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Day Shift

  /   Tuesday, January 27, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I also have to announce that I have a day job now. My company has finally allowed me to work a regular day shift. This couldn’t happen at a better time. I am busily revising the Frassati Society Home Page.

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Weekly E-letter

  /   Tuesday, January 27, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Karl Keating has posted the archive of his weekly e-letter online. You really should subscribe.

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South Dakota Rocks

  /   Tuesday, January 27, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Some legislators in South Dakota are lined up to pass a bill to make abortion a crime unless necessary to save the life of the mother. Obviously, this will get challenged in court, but maybe by the time it makes it there we will have some pro-life justices. This may become the golden opportunity to see Roe vs. Wade overturned. Pray for these courageous legislators.

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E-mail from Purgatory

  /   Sunday, January 25, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I got a good laugh out of Jeff Miller’s post on the Rapture e-mail service. Now, if I were an irreverent little snot, I would put up a PHP web form where people could enter the name of a dead relative and the e-mail address of a live one and automatically have a message sent “from Purgatory,” as Jeff had suggested in his post.

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Outrageous Lawsuits

  /   Thursday, January 22, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I was just informed of the Stella Awards. Here are the 2003 and 2002 awards for the most ridiculous lawsuits.

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More on Sex, Drugs, and Death

  /   Thursday, January 22, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Now, Steve Kellmeyer suggests that the reason we have these outrageous package inserts is because of oral contraceptives. Much of what he says proves the point I tried to make in my last post. I don’t know if the history he presents is accurate or not, but it well could be given my experience with how our government treats anything that has to do with sex.

As a pharmacist, I dread talking to a patient who actually read that package insert. Suddenly, the patient thinks he knows something he doesn’t and, in some cases, won’t take his medicine. Many pharmacists will have a story of someone who got very sick and/or was hospitalized (or even died) because he didn’t take medicine out of fear of the side effects listed in the package insert. Much of what is written there is pure CYA. For example, the package insert of Celebrex lists “accidental injury” as a side effect.

With that being said, I don’t really think that the remarks on the “dangers” or oral contraceptives by fellow pro-lifers are really warranted. I don’t like to see us base arguments on potentially bad science because it can be used to discredit us easily. We should oppose contraception because it is contrary to God’s plan for our sexuality and therefore gravely sinful.

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Sex, Drugs, and . . . . Death

  /   Wednesday, January 21, 2004   /   Comments(0)

As I’ve written before, I find it troublesome that the FDA would even consider making the “morning-after” pill available over-the-counter. The article that I have a link to there is written by Russell Shaw, and it really gives us a good overview of how our society trivialized sex.

It seems that our government won’t pull back anything that has to do with sex regardless of the consequences. For example, Viagra is not anything that resembles a safe drug in a lot of people. If you take it with nitroglycerin, you are not likely to survive. Many people find themselves in a situation that would require Viagra because they also have a condition that requires the use of nitrates (e.g. heart conditions). Yet, I know of very few safeguards and restrictions on it. Some drugs have been restricted before, such as Propulsid, so there is a precedent.

However, there’s something that I find more distrubing in the FDA panel’s recommendation. It seems that “unintended pregnancy” is viewed by this panel, as well as many others in society, as Public Enemy #1. Heaven forbid someone have a baby! Nevermind that they engaged in an act that is well-known to cause pregnancy. Sex is designed to cause pregnancy. Sadly, as Shaw reports, we are hell-bent on separating sex from procreation. The morning-after pill could very well be the thing that causes some to be careless enough to contract more STDs. Even worse, they can ruin their souls. Our society may want to say that to think of this is to violate separation of Church and State, but facts are facts.

Hmmmm . . . I did think of something, though. There are likely many people who won’t want the embarassment of taking a morning-after pill to the checkout counter. So, it could be that having these available over-the-counter may serve to reduct their usage. If the FDA approves this, which I hope they don’t, I hope that this is what happens.

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Wisdom All Gone

  /   Wednesday, January 21, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I’m sitting at my parents’ house recovering from the removal of my four wisdom teeth. Luckily, things have gone well. I haven’t even needed the Percocet that was prescribed for me.

I had quite an experience coming here on Monday. I was about ten miles away from my apartment when the “Check engine” light of my car came on. Luckily, I was right by Covington Pike where I knew there was a Honda dealership. I went in, and they helped me right away. It turns out that there was some problem with my emissions that Honda covers up to 8 years or 80,000 miles, so I didn’t have to pay a cent. Praise the Lord for that one! I was just a bit delayed, but I made it fine.

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Spam Bill

  /   Tuesday, January 20, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Here is something that I found that is, although written more than a year ago, perfect for honoring the new anti-spam bill passed in the United States.

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Stay Alive

  /   Saturday, January 17, 2004   /   Comments(0)

The first-lady of Uganda told over 2000 youth to avoid the condom pushers. Here is the article.. She says blunty that teenagers do not need to have sex. This, I think, sums it all up:

She told the teens to ignore those who push condoms noting that companies which promote such products are after money.

I have never seen the data, but I can’t help but wonder how much of our “sex-education” in this country is funded by people who manufacture birth control pills and devices. I have long held a sneaking suspicion that they are behind that defeatist argument that “Teens will do it anyway.” Never mind the fact that many of those teens who “do it anyway” won’t use a condom. So, by that logic, we can’t push condoms either. Or better yet . . . . since whichever we push will be ignored, we might as well preach chastity since it is much more effective and isn’t something that adds one mortal sin to another.

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