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Earthquake prediction

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Despite the efforts of the past two popes to purge the ranks of liberals, there are still Catholics who believe in the teachings of social justice:

House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican who grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family in Ohio, is scheduled to give the commencement address this Saturday at the Catholic University of America in Washington, a prestigious venue in church circles for its affiliation with the nation’s bishops.

But now Mr. Boehner is coming in for a dose of the same kind of harsh criticism previously leveled at some Democrats — including President Obama — who have been honored by Catholic universities: the accusation that his policies violate basic teachings of the Catholic church.

More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a pointed letter to Mr. Boehner saying that the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House of Representatives will hurt the poor, elderly and vulnerable, and therefore he has failed to uphold basic Catholic moral teaching.

“Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings,” the letter says. “From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”

PA voters guide

For next Tuesday’s election, here’s a site that lists progressive candidates.

Medicare for all

Bernie Sanders and Jim McDermott introduce single-payer legislation. This is the way to do it – make the Republicans go on the record against it. Now let’s see if it gets to a vote.

Hallmark moment

I was in a store with a friend the other day and we passed a display featuring items that proclaimed “Live, Laugh, Love” — a phrase that was okay the first time someone used it, but has now become a million-dollar industry of triteness. You can even buy wall decals!

My friend looked at it and sneered, “Die, Cry, Hate.” Which cracked me up.

Nice idea

But I wonder why they think classes in resume writing will help when we have an actual unemployment rate around 18%.


So as I’m outlining my novel (oy, what a lot of work! I have trouble shutting off my brain), I’m also reading a lot about the business end of getting an agent. One piece of advice is to pick an author you like whose style is similar to yours, and see who represents them.

Imagine my surprise when I looked up one of my favorite authors and the agent’s name sounded familiar. Turns out not one, but two of the people I know are represented by this same agent. So at least once I have something to show, I can get personal recommendations to at least one good agent.

Pat Toomey

Supports the same changes to Medicare he used to bludgeon Joe Sestak. A right-wing extremist who’s a hypocrite? Shocking!


The AARP points out that little Paulie Ryan is just plain stupid:

WASHINGTON — AARP is firing back at Republican budget maven Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for accusing it of putting business interests before the needs of older Americans.

Ryan sent an email to supporters of his Prosperity PAC Tuesday, slamming AARP over its new multi-million dollar ad campaign that accuses Washington of trying to pay its bills by shorting the Medicare benefits Americans have earned.

The spot doesn’t mention Ryan or any party, but it is clearly a shot at Ryan’s budget, which would shift Medicare from its current from, a government-run plan, to a voucher-like private system in which the government subsidizes people to buy their own insurance.

Ryan did not appreciate the ad, and in the email, an adviser to his PAC trashed it.

[...] Republicans in the House have taken aim at AARP recently, charging, like Ryan, that AARP is prioritizing its business interests over its advocacy. A lengthy report using much of AARP’s own data suggested the income AARP gets from endorsing certain insurance plans was clouding its vision.
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