January 15, 2020

I want to say a few words about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in light of President Trump’s new change. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has just estimated that twenty thousand Ohioans could lose their SNAP benefits in April if Trump’s new rule restricting who can get them goes into effect as planned. The number is said to be about seven hundred thousand across the country. People often write to me to ask if this or… Read more

January 14, 2020

Catholic social media erupted that Cardinal Sarah & Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were publishing a book delivering a massive blow to evil liberal Pope Francis. I smelled a rat, as did many others. And, indeed, it turns out we were right. Archbishop Gänswein, Benedict’s personal secretary insisted Benedict, didn’t know he was going to be cited as an author, and actually only submitted one essay to be used under a different circumstance. Read more

January 9, 2020

  They told me I had to vote Republican, because Republicans were pro-life. For awhile, I believed them. I voted Republican for years and years– at first, as a brainwashed conservative eighteen-year-old and later as a grown woman who didn’t like Republicans but felt like I’d be committing a sin if I didn’t. Saving unborn babies was the most important issue. It was more important than war, which also kills unborn babies, or environmental destruction which could kill hundreds of… Read more

January 7, 2020

Want to know what I got for Christmas? Oh, I got a lot of good things for Christmas– four huge gifts I didn’t expect. It started when the secular world’s idea of a Christmas began, with my friend I’d never met in person showing up and taking the family to Pittsburgh on Black Friday for a trip to the zoo, and then to Trader Joe’s and out to dinner. I felt like Christmas had already happened for me, as far… Read more

January 7, 2020

Shortly before Christmas, I wrote a little about the Legionaries of Christ’s new report, coming clean about some of the abuse they’ve committed over the years since their inception by the pedophile Marcial Maciel. I wrote about my experiences in the diocese of Columbus in the late nineties and early oughts, where the Legionaries were officially not allowed to be– but where their lay branch, Regnum Christi, ran meetings of their children’s branch, ECYD, with impunity. I spoke about the… Read more

January 5, 2020

People who live in big cities in America are– rightly, I think– terrified that big American cities will be at an increased risk for another terrorist attack. That’s a real concern. I watched 9/11 from my living room in Columbus 18 years ago and I never, ever want to see that happen again. The fear must be much worse for people who live in New York and Washington. But what’s far more likely to happen, is that Iran will suffer… Read more

January 4, 2020

I want to say a few words about the president of the United State’s recent threat to the nation of Iran. You may recall that when the president ordered an assassination on a high-ranking Iranian official a few days ago, he didn’t make a statement at all, but just tweeted an American flag. Today, he’s making up for his silence in spades. Today, on Twitter, the president threatened Iran in a series of three tweets which I copy and paste… Read more

January 3, 2020

It has not been a good year, so far. Australia is burning, and has been all week. They say half a billion animals have been killed, and at least eight people. My friend from Australia says it’s not just climate change to blame, though of course that’s one of the reasons– it’s also the horrible soil and water management and the fact that they’ve scaled back fire prevention practices. Not just one man-made cause but several, according to him. I… Read more

December 31, 2019

    Hey folks, I am trying to put out at least one more post in the hours before the new year and I’m re-sharing the best of the old year over on Twitter as well. In the meanwhile, this is just the year-end and beginning of January request for tips. If you’re new here, you should know that blogging at Patheos is my whole living. I get a very small paycheck, usually between one and two hundred dollars per… Read more

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