They Pretend to Pay Us and We Pretend to Work, and the Business of Excess Compensation in the Internal Revenue Code

They used to say that in the old Soviet Union about the end result of this: But now, in a little-noticed move, the House Financial Services Committee, led by chairman Barney Frank, has approved a measure that would, in some key ways, go beyond the most draconian features of the original AIG bill. The new …

More Than Dreams Now in Flash Format

One of the most popular features of this site are the More Than Dreams videos, from the Muslim world. We now offer them in Flash format, the same technology that YouTube uses.  Unfortunately, YouTube limits the video length to ten minutes, and these are considerably longer than that. Check them out.

The Real Problem with Glenn Beck

The New York Times is worried: "There are absolutely historical precedents for what is happening with Beck," said Tom Rosenstiel, the director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. "There was a lot of radio evangelism during the Depression. People were frustrated and frightened. There are a lot of scary parallels now." The conservative writer …

Giving Wagoner the Boot: Moving Towards the Yank Version of British Leyland

We're one step closer... Instead of granting GM's request for up to $30 billion in loans, the administration will provide only enough money to keep it going for the next 60 days while it develops an even more sweeping restructuring plan under new leadership. The government is expected to demand tough concessions from union workers …

Book Review: Virgil’s Aeneid

I find myself frequently have read one book and coming to the realisation that I need to read another.  For example, my trudging through St. Thomas Aquinas’s Disputed Questions on Truth and Summa Theologiae convinced me that I needed to read the Bible through from cover to cover, which I forthwith did (and have repeated …

Rowan Williams’ Haunted England, or Why Europeans Aren’t Found In Church

Air travellers know that an "open jaw" itinerary is one where the destination from which you return is different than the one you departed to.  My idea of an "open jaw" itinerary is one where you arrive at the airport to suddenly find your flight has been cancelled, so you stand with an open jaw...hopefully …

The Ignorance of the Laity, in TEC and Elsewhere

A.S. Haley may have missed the unintentional humour of Judge Larry Schwartz in his decision favouring TEC in the case involving Grace Church and St. Stephens in Colorado.  Part of his decision reads as follows: For one thing, it appears to be rare that parish members, induding members of the governing Vestry, know anything about the details …

The Real Presence Won’t Get People Out of the Episcopal Church

Thad Stevens wonders why it's hard to get people out of the Episcopal Church: Most Common Cause parishes don’t compare favourably with neighbouring Episcopal parishes in worship and the Sacraments. In most cases, the problem isn’t due to size or limited financial resources, but to attitude–‘snake-belly’ low services and sloppy celebrations of the Eucharist don’t …

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