A Bit Saucy – So Restricted Just To The Broadminded!
Four Catholic men and a catholic woman were having a coffee.
The first Catholic man tells his friends, ‘My son is a priest.
When he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’ ‘.
The second Catholic man chirps, ‘My son is a bishop. When
he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace”.
The third Catholic gent says, ‘My son is a cardinal. When
he enters a room everyone says ‘Your Eminence’ ‘.
The fourth Catholic man chirps, ‘My son is the Pope. When
he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Holiness”.
Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in
silence, the four men give her a subtle, ‘Well…?’
She replies, ‘I have a daughter. She is slim, tall and 36-24-36.
When she walks into a room, people say, …….”MY GOD !!!”
85 foot custom-built motor yacht complete with 4 state rooms,
a state-of-the-art galley, GPS System and radar for navigation,
twin supercharged diesel engines, etc.
Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries with cream and
music dockside for the excited ‘soon to be owner’ and a small
group of his friends.
Two corporate representatives, crane, and rigging … $2,500 an hour minimum…
a faulty turnbuckle… $25
Watching your 7 million dollar dreamboat nose dive into the
harbor, accompanied by two corporate
Representatives from the company that built it just prior to
‘inking’ the final paperwork and handing over a 7 million dollar bankers check
So, how was your day?
A paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?”, argues that killing a newborn baby should be “permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled”. #Hat-tip: Catholic Herald.#
The authors of this paper, Alberto Giubilini of the University of Milan and Francesca Minerva of Melbourne University, argue that “both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons”. Secondly, they say that “the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant”. Thirdly, they write that “adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people”.
In summary – and it really is this brutal – newborn babies are not actual people, ergo killing them is not immoral.
Now Julian Savulescu, the Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, is complaining that the authors – both leading ethicists – have received “personally abusive correspondence”, most of which is anonymous, “threatening their lives and personal safety”.
Welcoming the progress, President Barack Obama’s administration said it would move ahead on a long-mulled plan to deliver 240,000 metric tons of food aid to the impoverished state which suffered a major famine in the 1990s.
But the agreement, reached after talks last week in Beijing, is certain to be met with scepticism in many quarters as North Korea has repeatedly agreed to end its nuclear programme only to renounce agreements when tensions rise.
“The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behaviour across a wide range of areas, but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
Nuland said that North Korea – which has tested two nuclear weapons – has agreed to the return of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, at its main Yongbyon nuclear
The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.
The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article’s authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”.
The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.
They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”
Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life��%9
McCluskey suggested in a newspaper interview that unions could stage industrial action during the Games as part of their campaign against Government cuts.
The leader of the country’s largest trade union said workers should consider using strike action over the period so as to achieve maximum disruption.
“The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable,” he told The Guardian.
“The unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting. If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at.”
While McClusky stated that a definitive plan for industrial action over the Games has yet to be established he warned that the protests could “absolutely” include strikes.