Tag: Down Syndrome

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“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” – Jean Vanier I recently learned of the death of theologian, author, and humanitarian Jean Vanier, who passed away at the age of 90 in a facility in Paris run by the L’Arche community […]

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With all the glowing news reports this week about the wonders of abortion, an antidote:

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With 70,000 hippies streaming past my back window, I believe we can safely say that Exodus is underway. And with Exodus underway, we may safely conclude that the 32nd Burning Man has ended. Thus, for those who are interested in such things, I thought I might provide an overview of this year’s version of the World’s Most Dangerous Art Festival from the perspective of someone who has been going since 1995.

I’m unsure of exactly how many times I’ve been to Burning Man. Somewhere between 19 and 21. I skipped the year my daughter was born, and possibly one other for work reasons back in the 1990s. It’s hard to remember exactly. Nevertheless, I was there for the formative (and highly unsafe) HELCO year of 1996; the “bad year” of death and mayhem which led to co-founder John Law renouncing the event, leaving forever, and the introduction of the entire slew of laws which govern the festival to this day.

Man, I had a great time in ’96!

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump defending some of the people attending the rally in Charlottesville, including those who were at the torch protest, and David explains why he sees Trump’s words as the dream scenario for the alt-right.. They cheer a new law in Texas that prevent insurance companies from requiring Texans to subsidize elective abortions through their own coverage. They are deeply disturbed, however, by a CBS report declaring Iceland has virtually eliminated Down Syndrome through abortion.

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With all the talk of Nazi protesters here in these United States, it is sad to also note that the Nazi legacy of eugenics is alive and well in Iceland. CBS News reported earlier this week that Iceland has come close to eradicating Down syndrome births. Preview Open

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Will Seaton from Indiana began dating Ashley Schaus in 2010. Soon afterward, he met her younger sister, Hannah. “She has Down syndrome and diabetes, and I look after her and protect her,” Ashley told the young man. “To be with me, you must accept her and love her as well.” Realizing that the sisters were a package deal, he included both ladies on most dates.

When he decided to ask Ashley to be his wife in March of 2016, he first got down on one knee and asked Hannah if she would be his best friend for life and gave her a ring from the sisters’ grandmother when she accepted, before turning to his intended and proposing to her. Ashley accepted him. The wedding will be in October.

Sources: NY Post; Fox 5 Atlanta

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With a tweet that spawned a thousand Ricochet threads, Richard Dawkins really stepped in it last week.

The would-be avatar of all things atheist then issued an “It’s-not-me-it’s-you” style apology soon thereafter; this said more about the man’s venal nature than his underlying argument. Unfortunately, people’s first instinct seemed to be to prove Godwin’s Law in the first iteration of the argument in their haste to denounce Dawkins and his admittedly tactless 140 characters.

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Perhaps the learned professor can be compelled to sit and watch it. Leather straps hopefully won’t be necessary. Preview Open

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