I thought I was going to Heaven, now it’s very hard to tell

BelleBible

Some Friday morning links and observations, including: Always give yourself all 5s on employee self-evaluations; how complicated schedules simplify wage theft; James McGrath wants to know if the Winchester boys are worth his time; unpaid exercise is nice work if you can get it; and why I’m happy to know that “desecration of a venerated object” is illegal here in Pennsylvania. [Read more...]

Labor Day Scenes from the Class War

LaborDay

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more...]

So let the judgment fall on me

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So, OK, I missed the Emmys — did Tatiana Maslany win for lead actress or supporting actress? Or both? (Plus some other links and stuff.) [Read more...]

Scenes from the Class War

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“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women

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Mandatory birth control in China is of no moral concern for Hobby Lobby, but access to voluntary birth control for American women is something it will fight all the way to the Supreme Court. The company has no conscientious objection to forced abortion in China if such objection would interfere with its ability to get kitschy rooster ornaments for pennies for the dollar. But preventive health insurance for female employees violates it’s deepest purported religious convictions. [Read more...]

‘The rich rule over the poor’: Dave Ramsey doesn’t understand poverty, Part 2.5

Three smart women saying smart things: Elizabeth Stoker dismantles “The ‘Dependency’ Argument;” Tressie McMillan Cottom answers the rich person’s question of “Why Do Poor People ‘Waste’ Money on Luxury Goods?” and Linda Tirado explains “Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense.” [Read more...]

‘The rich rule over the poor’: Ramsey’s II, challenging Pharaoh

Jacob Marley celebrates debt-free living.

Here’s a round-up of some of the recent responses to Dave Ramsey’s recent ugly bout of punching-down at the powerless. Some of this criticism is sharp and strongly worded, but most of it is still far, far gentler than the sarcastic reproach with which Job blasted Bildad when that archetypal fool resorted to Ramsey’s brand of victim-blaming garbage in the Bible. [Read more...]

‘The rich rule over the poor’: Dave Ramsey, McDonald’s, and the personal salvation of personal finance (part 1)

Debtors

Credit-card banks and other lenders are scared of Richard Cordray and of Elizabeth Warren. But they’re not scared of Dave Ramsey. They love the guy. No matter how many new ways they concoct to fleece their customers, they can always count on Ramsey to have their back, telling his radio audience that it’s their fault and that their only response should be to cut expenses and pay those new rates and fees in full. [Read more...]


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