Dispatches From Hell

In a Stunning Upset, Ann Althouse Wins the Internet With the Stupidest Response Ever…

“Why did Adam, after killing his mother, travel to the school where she worked? Shouldn’t some suspicion fall on the mother? She looks like a victim, but could she and her son have been operating together?” [Althouse]

Perchance to Dream…

CBS Sports on Jovan Belcher’s murder/suicide: “Fantasy Analysis: This is a bizarre and tragic incident and there are plenty of details still left out. The Chiefs will play Carolina Week 13 on Sunday and will do so with a very heavy heart. Belcher was just 25 years old out of West Babylon, N.Y. He attended Maine for college and was a four-year NFL veteran. He had 38 tackles and was not a viable Fantasy IDP option in most formats.” [via @gregokuhara, since deleted]

And, We’re Back

So, how was your Tuesday? Ours didn’t happen. Server crash. Don’t ask.

The Lord Kills in Mysterious Ways

Our guest columnist failed to consult the American Republican party before writing this story.

Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital [Irish Times]

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Beware Gods Bearing Gifts…

“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” —Indiana GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock, making us devoutly wish that God intends something to happen to him. [TPM]

“Gosh, You Look Awfully Spry for 78, Mr. Lehrer!”…

“Romney’s advisers have a simple strategy: They want their candidate to balance his finely tuned arguments with personal warmth.” [NRO]