Diocese of Pittsburgh Sues HHS Over Question of Influence of Lobbyists UPDATED

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Remember back when the scandals were erupting from the grounds surrounding the IRS, the spying on the Associated Press, and the revelations learned from the Benghazi hearings?

Yes, seems like it was a quiet time, doesn’t it? A halcyon time before the veil was lifted on the abrogation of the 4th Amendment and the fact that your privacy is now not your own. [Read more...]

Liberation Theology Gets the CDF Seal of Approval, and the Rich Act Different…Who Knew? UPDATED

Says who? Says Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that’s who.

Now before you go off all half-cocked, like a lot of folks did when President Obama made remarks about segregationist tendencies in Northern Ireland (see Bill Donohue’s remarks, please), perhaps it would be prudent to consider some of Pope Francis’s remarks on one of our cultures’ favorite idols: Mammon. [Read more...]

That Twilight Zone Moment When The IRS Agent Asks You For The Content Of Your Group Member’s Prayers

Hi. We’re from the IRS, and we’d like to ask you some questions.

That’s when you break out your pocket copy of the Constitution, read the agents of the Eye of Sauron the First Amendment, inform them that the interview is concluded, and walk the hell out.

Next step? Call your attorney, and your Congressional representatives constituent services offices.

Uh, you probably think I’m making this headline up, but truth is stranger than fiction. Besides, it’s all right here on C-Span. [Read more...]

Marriage Equality: The Prosperous Pol vs. The Gay Pauper

I’m with the gay pauper on this one. And so is the Catholic Church. Think about that for a moment.

The Washington Post, see, published a story a few days ago about about a billionaire hedge fund manager working hard to bring the Republican Party out of the dark regarding marriage equality. His name is Paul E. Singer, and in the piece he’s quoted as having said, [Read more...]

Message from Mammon On Student Loan Debt: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Really. It’s “contained.” Ben Bernanke says so. Cody Willard of Marketwatch gives us reasons to be confident in the latest pronouncement of The Great Ben, [Read more...]

Brides-to-Be and the Blindness of Vanity

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the books Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan, once said the following about fasting:

The reason fasting in its various forms is not practiced as the best medicine is because industry has not (yet) managed to make a profit from it. Try to generalize this very, very simple point to other substractive treatments and you will understand what we got ourselves into with modernity.

You’re about to be proved wrong, Taleb. [Read more...]


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