Tragedy and irony

Darwin Dynasty Cursed By Inbreeding:

Charles Darwin’s family suffered from the deleterious effects of inbreeding, suggests a new study that serves as ironic punctuation to the evolutionary theorist’s life work. Pioneer of the theory that genetic traits affect survival of both individual organisms and species, Darwin wondered in his own lifetime if his marriage to first cousin Emma Wedgwood was having “the evil effects of close interbreeding” that he had observed in plants and animals.

Three of their children died before age 10, two from infectious diseases. The survivors were often ill, and out of the six long-term marriages that resulted, only half produced any children. According to researchers at Ohio State University and Spain’s Universidad de Santiago de Compestela, that alone is a “suspicious” sign that the Darwins suffered from reproductive problems.

Setting aside the fact that Darwin was by no means a pioneer of genetics, as that would be Mendel some years later, it is more than a little ironic that the evolutionist’s loss of his Christian faith after the tragic loss of his children may have been at least partially the result of his family’s habitual inbreeding. How often we blame God for the inevitable consequences of our own actions.

There goes the "angry white man" angle

Ah well. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again:

Police have arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Pakistan, in connection with the attempted Times Square bombing. Shahzad is believed to be the purchaser of the SUV used in the plot, and was apprehended at about 11:00 P.M. Monday while already on-board a flight to Dubai from JFK International Airport:

I know I’m astonished. How about you? Let’s face it, about the only way a bomb would ever be planted in Times Square by a white guy is if he’s a Federal agent acting on orders.