Modal mania

If you’re interested in creating a mode for our little technology project, now is the time to fill out the spreadsheet and send it in to us. That will let us put it in the box for everyone. We’re up to 72 modes now and we want to have well over 100, so if you are an aficionado of a game or application that is not on the list, don’t hesitate to dive in.

Also, a reader would like everyone to know that if they are in need of “the services of a good Access/SQL database geek”, he is available. Shoot me an email if you’re in the market for one. It’s not my purpose to establish a classified section here – although that’s not the worst idea – but one must reward initiative. Although I suppose Beau is already engaged with human trafficking matchmaking, so I suppose anything is possible.

A failure to communicate

I believe that’s what we have here:

I believe that when you say that Catholics are not Christian you are wrong.

I am not in the business of deciding who is and who is not a Christian. What I was referring to when I wrote “although many Catholics are Christians, many are not by any reasonable Bible-based definition of the latter term” is Catholics who themselves abjure Christianity. There are no shortage of confirmed Catholics who reject the label “Christian” but nevertheless describe themselves as Catholics. Indeed, in Italy, they probably make up the majority of Catholics. While they are cultural Catholics, one cannot reasonably describe them as Christians because they themselves will tell you they are not.

But speaking of Catholics, it is good to see that the Vatican is finally beginning to lay the greater part of the blame for their priestly sexual abuse scandal where it properly belongs, on homosexual priests who should never have been admitted to the priesthood in the first place. The Catholic hierarchy is still responsible, of course, as it was their decision to accept those priests and their failure to deal appropriately with the predictable consequences of that decision when they eventually surfaced.

The Holy See’s second-highest prelate after the Pope has blamed homosexuals for the paedophile crisis. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that the child rape scandal that is threatening the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide is linked to homosexuality and not celibacy among priests.

I can’t help but find it funny that the example cited by the Times in an obvious attempt to surreptitiously rebut Bertone’s statement refers to a “paedophile” priest having sex with a young girl from the time she was 16 until she was 20. By this standard, pretty much every single college man in the country is a pedophile. The man was clearly not fit for the priesthood and should have been stripped of his office long ago, but on the basis of the example cited, he was just as clearly not a pedophile.

Actions have consequences

Although they always seem to come as a surprise to liberal Americans:

Experts warn there won’t be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

That shortfall is predicted despite a push by teaching hospitals and medical schools to boost the number of U.S. doctors, which now totals about 954,000. The greatest demand will be for primary-care physicians. These general practitioners, internists, family physicians and pediatricians will have a larger role under the new law, coordinating care for each patient.

The U.S. has 352,908 primary-care doctors now, and the college association estimates that 45,000 more will be needed by 2020. But the number of medical-school students entering family medicine fell more than a quarter between 2002 and 2007.

At least the health care you’re not getting will cost you less. So there is that, anyhow.

Summer in Denmark

If this promotional campaign doesn’t make you want to visit the land of darkness, desperation, and depression, nothing will.