Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jewish roots of Catholic thought

Weird name and heavy on the youtube videos. I'm not sure what's going to come of it, but a lot of people in certain groups seen very excited. I'll wait until the book comes out before passing judgement, but the author at least seems saner than the author of the last book I read on the topic. In the middle of this discussion of the liturgy he went into this diatribe about how stupid the browner peoples of the earth were. Yikes.

Yes the bar is pretty low for this book to be better than the last.

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Scary doctors

Aka twitter saved my back.

Apparently some doctors in backwoods types of places can be more interested in their careers than their patients.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

You may be Catholic if

you started your Friday night out in a church and ended it delivering a keg to some nuns.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Kennedy funeral overview

Once in a press conference in which he distanced himself from the angels on significant points of behavior, Senator Edward Kennedy said that St. Thomas More had been "intolerant."


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Birth in Peru

People seem to like it better when you respect their worldview.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not a big student of economics

“I think that good public policy argues for setting the bar pretty high against making significant changes in direction at this point,” said Representative Bart Gordon, Democrat of Tennessee, who is chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology. “There would need to be a compelling reason to scrap what we’ve invested our time and money in over these past four years.”

Sunk costs fallacy anyone?

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

That's true, but I'm not sure it's worth a caption

The article has a photo of a Subway truck on an army base. The caption is:

At the Subway at Joint Base Balad, workers from India and Bangladesh make sandwiches for American soldiers.

Look at my revision and tell me if it is any less true:

At the Subway at 50th and Broadway, workers from India and Bangladesh make sandwiches for American office workers.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Satan in Jewish thought

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Fraud for good, not so good

Q. Insurers insist that every procedure be reimbursed according to its code. But sometimes a procedure that usually takes five minutes takes an hour. Can't I record a higher-level code in order to get fair recompense?

Apparently it's not such a good idea.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

A "Catholic" college is a dangerous place to protest

On May 17, at least 90 individuals protesting President Obama's presence and honorary law degree were arrested for trespassing on Notre Dame's campus. While witnesses say pro-Obama protesters were allowed to roam free, the arrested individuals were singled out for displaying any pro-life message - including slogans on the sanctity of life, photographs of aborted children, a large wooden cross, and images of Mary.

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"The general council's office of Notre Dame has responded to me by saying that Fr. Jenkins has no interest in discussing these matters any further," pro-life attorney Tom Dixon, who is also supporting the pro-lifers, told (LSN) in June.

Nice. Maybe next they can remove Augustine's writings from the library because they are too divisive.

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Notes from reading underground

A primer on subway reading. Apparently people do read stranger things than me.

Err, stranger things than I read. Though I suppose I would be a strange thing to read.

I'm of two minds on reading. I tend to do a lot of it, and there is much to be learned by reading the right stuff. But I could be wasting time, or at least using time that would be better spent elsewhere.

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On telepathy

Apparently getting a loan modification now requires you to be a telepath.

Under preliminary questioning by one of the bank’s lawyers, Mr. Ohayon stated that Mrs. Giguere had repeatedly failed to provide a financial worksheet, a critical document in processing a loan modification.

Under cross-examination by Mrs. Giguere (who had a little assistance from Judge Haines), the bank’s defense withered. From her files, Mrs. Giguere produced a letter from Wells Fargo describing the paperwork that she needed to file for a loan modification. In the witness chair, Mr. Ohayon read the letter.

“Mrs. Giguere is right,” Mr. Ohayon concluded. “The letter did not ask for a financial worksheet.”

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