So let the judgment fall on me


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


“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


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)


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...]

‘When the wicked perish, there is jubilation’


So, then, media tycoon, televangelist and fabulously successful grifter Paul Crouch is dead. Adelle M. Banks provides the straight-news story for Religion News Service, “Prosperity gospel televangelist Paul Crouch dead at 79“: Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday [Read More...]

8 More Things the Rich Do Every Day


Anti-Jubilee preacher Dave Ramsey just helped Tom Corley’s list of “20 Things the Rich Do Every Day” to go viral on the Internet. Corley might as well have called this list: “A Rich Guy Finds 20 Different Ways to Accuse the Poor of Being Lazy.” In the spirit of that nasty piece of kick-’em-while-they’re-down trash, here are “8 More Things the Rich Do Every Day.” [Read more...]