Author Archives: John Howard

Patrick Deneen on Conservatives versus libertarian Live Now’ers

I came across this old 2008 column by Front Porch Republic writer and blogger Patrick Deenen, called Peak Oil – Liberals vs. “Conservatives”, that is eerily prescient considering the split that seems to have developed here with the pro-biotech, pro-gay marriage, global-warming-denying, and-i’ve-got-a-gun libertarians and the social conservatives. What may be most productive in coming years is to stop…

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Pin the Sperm on the Egg



“Pin the sperm on the egg” was the headline on the Center for Genetics and Society’s blog post on this story.  I think that photo was from this fundraising event but I’m not sure.  This is from the CGS summary: A San Francisco couple put a twist on the baby-making process by hosting a $35 a head party to raise…

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There is no place for Transhumanism in Conservativism

It should be obvious from the words themselves that Transhumanism and Conservatism are essentially completely opposite and mutually exclusive enemies of each other:   Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to preserve”) is a political attitude that advocates institutions and traditional practices that have developed organically, thus emphasizing stability and continuity. Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of…

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Sex Change Surgery, Expenses Are Tax Deductible, Tax Court Rules

Yesterday the US Tax Court ruled that sex change surgery is tax deductible.  From HuffPost: BOSTON – The U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday that a Massachusetts woman should be allowed to deduct the costs of her sex-change operation, a decision that could have broad implications for transgender people. Rhiannon O’Donnabhain (oh-DON’-oh-vin), who was born a man, sued the Internal…

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