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The Friday Link Fry – Crime and Punishment Edition

The Dangers of Perfectionism (First Things) on the Abbotabad strike that killed Bin Laden.

What seems so is not always so, and many critics of the strike authorized by President Obama exemplify a perennial temptation: to champion what is ideal, and in so doing undermine what is possible.

I have a great deal of experience with this temptation. I’ll argue for the ideal, but blinded by my vision of perfection ignore the circumstances and denounce those who recognize the need for compromises.

The People vs. Goldman Sachs (Rolling Stone, Thanks , J0Anna)

More God, Less Crime The Evidence is There (Breakpoint)

We were surrounded by dignitaries. Then the Prince asked me, “Mr. Colson, what can we do about juvenile crime here in England?” I told him: “Send more young British children to Sunday school.” He smiled, thinking I was joking.

Tempe man finds his stolen $3,000 bike on Craigslist (AZCentral)

Conservative Prison Reform: Less Crime, Less Waste (The Stanford Review)

Killing bin Laden vs. Killing Tiller: What's the Difference? (Mark Shea at NCR)

Presumed Innocent, Anyone? (Ben Stein on American Spectator) Ben's defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn't all that interesting, but his defense of due process is worth considering.

NURTURED BY NATURE Native-plant garden tour spotlights program for young offenders (The Register Guard in Eugene Or.)

How Metaphors Shape the Debate About Crime Fighting (Science Daily, via First Thoughts)

College Debt: Is It Worth It? (NCR)

Public Holds Mixed Views of Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed via Instapundit)

A majority of Americans (57 percent) believe that the higher education system in the country fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend, according to a survey released Sunday by the Pew Research Center. Three-quarters of those polled said that college is too expensive for most Americans.

Why Catholic Schools Matter (Sol Stern on CERC)

Easter Season and Mysterium Tremendum Matt Emerson on First Things, Thanks Rob.

As we move forward toward Pentecost, I propose we open ourselves to a different set of emotions, that we allow ourselves to be confused, frustrated, shocked and afraid.

Is nothing sacred? Christopher Orlet The American Spectator says: Something Is Sacred

after more than 100 years in business, the company has ceased manufacturing custom pipe organs.

The family-owned Wicks is but another casualty of a lingering recession coupled with changing tastes in religious music (read: worsening tastes). There just isn't much call for pipe organs in 21st century America.

Verifying Mass Attendance Is it necessary? How does your parish do it? (Faith &Family Live)

So help me out here - does your parish, your school or your religious education program require proof of Mass attendance to qualify to receive the sacraments? How do you feel about this topic? If your parish has a good system in place, please share the details with us.

Once Again, Real Life Imitates South Park

Case in point: Stephen Hawking. In a recent interview with the Guardian Stephen Hawking had this to say:

The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can’t solve the equations, directly in the abstract. We need to use the effective theory of Darwinian natural selection of those societies most likely to survive. We assign them higher value.

This caused Carl Olson to quip that Hawking “does, in fact, believe in and worship a god—the name of which is ‘Science’”.

That brought to mind the two-part episode from season ten where Cartman travels into the future and discovers an Earth where everyone is now an atheist (content warning). Exclamations of “Science help us!” escape from everyone’s lips in times of trouble.

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Major Supernatural Event This Saturday! (Rapture Prediction Analyzed!) (by Jimmy Akin on NCR)

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