Our dark national weekend

On account of a variety of presidential, departmental, and gubernatorial proclamations, I’ve lowered our nation’s flag to half-staff four or five times in the last month. On Friday I lowered it for the shooting victims of Aurora, Colorado. It will not be raised again until Wednesday. I feel like we abuse our flag this way, and ourselves, by being in a perpetual state of symbolic mourning. I think it cheapens the idea of official mourning and renders it rather meaningless.

An archaic barbarism persists

NPR aired a story today about the Kenyan government promoting circumcision as a way to reduce the transmission of HIV. The story claims  that Studies have shown that circumcision can reduce the risk of a man’s contracting the virus by as much as 60 percent. The AIDS epidemic in Africa is apparently nothing a little unnecessary […]