Apparently National Buildings Are Warm

I was grousing below about--among other things--being cold in my house as we try to keep the energy bills down.Then I saw this picture of our First Lady, Michelle Obama, wearing a killer vintage dress she got at a thrift shop for a couple grand:Now, I don't begrudge anyone who wants to wear one of those classic, elegant, full-skirted, Grace Kellyesque creations from the 1950's, and it looks wonderful on Mrs. O. But as I sit here wearing heavy socks, long sleeves and a shawl, I can't help … [Read more...]

"The Big Cover" of Government Solutions UPDATED

Winter is promising to be a home-heating oil budget-buster and so my husband and I have taken to turning down the thermostat and wearing bulky sweaters all day. I never feel completely warm, though, and last night, as we tried to watch a movie, he had to listen to the Greek Chorus of the Winter of my Discontent:"Brrr; I'm cold," I said.He tossed an afghan my way.A little later: "Why is it so cold in here?"Another afghan."Brrr..."Finally, feeling chilled to the bone, I announced that … [Read more...]

Quantitative Easing, Explained

Choose your poison.<centerWhy do I feel like at some point, this government is going to show up--covered with feathers--claiming, "as God is my witness, I thought turkey's could fly!"It's the 70's all over, again, only this time is the tragedy, the first time was the farce. … [Read more...]

"Bush tax cuts created deficit" Not.

I'm tired of hearing the Democrats and my hate-mailers stupidly try to pin our historic deficit spending on the "evil, immoral" Bush tax cuts, so let's just put this narrative down for good, shall we?NY TIMES, JULY 9, 2006: Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing DeficitAn unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of … [Read more...]

Unemployment Numbers & a Timely Meditation

The unemployment numbers are looking pretty dismal and bleak, aren't they?A while back, I was praying for someone's job intention when it turned into a meditation through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which adapt themselves perfectly and powerfully to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and exposure that those suffering a job loss can experience.The folks at Our Sunday Visitor wondered if I could adapt that post, after some revision, to a pamphlet that could help prayer groups, … [Read more...]

Being Willing to Endure Tough Times

Skojec Kid in BookcaseI love Steve Skojec's photograph of one of his sons self-crammed into the bookcase. It's a terrifically honest shot that says, "yes, my kids get into things; the house is not perfect. We live here." And it reminds me of the situations my sons got themselves into, and the days I thought would never pass, but now so greatly miss.The picture is also a terrific metaphor, too; the child has climbed higher than he knew and in the process he made something of a mess. Now … [Read more...]

Obama Refuses Perry's Letter

What kind of president is this?All hat, no cattleGov. Rick Perry's meeting at the Austin airport with President Barack Obama on border security lasted a mere 34 seconds, and Perry had to hand a letter on the issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett because Obama declined to personally accept it.That did not dissuade the governor from inviting Obama to come back to Texas and tour the border with him to get a first hand look at what Perry describes as the threat from Mexican drug … [Read more...]

Markets and Marxists – UPDATED

Passed along to my by one of my sons. The thoughts are not original, but the presentation itself is remarkably clever and it does draw you in. Do I endorse it? I believe in free markets. But, perhaps because of my formation, I do understand that neither capitalism or socialism are flawless vehicles; both (whether "intentionally" or not) leave some people on the sidelines. Capitalism does often foment greed and can be de-humanizing in terms of wage-exploitation (among other things) while … [Read more...]

Blood from Turnips, Money from the Broke

The government does not seem capable of practicing simple reasoning, here. My 10 year old niece could tell you that this is madness.H/TAll those "smart" people in Washington--that "idiotic cerebral meritocracy,"--they can't figure this out, or they just don't care?Of course, if the kind of federal paycheck you're seeking is a social security check--you know, the thing you've paid into all your life in expectation that it will help to support you in your dotage--well, you might still get … [Read more...]

The Wussification of the Workplace- UPDATES

:::WARNING: The very funny and insightful essay and link I am about to present to you contains a variation of the "S" word and several renderings of the "F" word. If you cannot handle the "F" word in any context, please do not follow this link. Go write me a letter about how scandalized you are that any Catholic site would dare to suggest that you read something that contains the "F" word, and then, rather than tempting yourself away from charity, tear it up and pray for me, instead. You are … [Read more...]