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Hot teen exorcists!

by Susie
No, really. Home-schooled, pastor father, being wooed for a reality show. But Charlie Pierce explains that Joss Whedon did it already, and much better.

The Poor People’s campaign

by Susie
Martin Luther King was killed for saying things like this, not for his “I have a dream” speech:

Ted Rall is writing a book

by Susie
And it’s on Kickstarter. The way that works is, you pledge an amount and you only have to pay it if his project is fully funded. The book? It’s about how to pick up the pieces and start over if we have a revolution. (That Ted! Never a controversial moment!) Anyway, if you want to support it, click here.

The ruling class of U.S. intelligence

by Susie
Enlightening post by Tim Shorrock about the private security apparatus that’s now taken over most of what used to be government intelligence operations. Implied but not said is that they can do more end runs around the American laws that are supposed to protect us but hey, no big deal!

Austerity

by Susie
An old man publicly kills himself in Greece. The austerity crowd shake their heads and wonder why people don’t appreciate the very hard work they’re doing to keep the bond vigilantes happy!

“The occupation government… has literally wiped out my ability to survive, based on a respectable pension which I had paid for during a 35-year period,” the pensioner said in an excerpt published in Greek newspapers.

“I find no other solution for a dignified end before I start sifting through garbage to feed myself,” he allegedly wrote in red ink.

‘Trust me’

by Susie
A man who wears a gold dress warns priests they should support whatever he says without question.

There were no laws about clerical celibacy until the 12th century, when church officials drew up such restrictions – mostly because they were worried about the legal claims of priests’ bastard children. If the church was wrong before they made those rules, who’s to say they’re not wrong now?

One of my aunts was complaining about women wanting to be priests. “Jesus only picked men to be apostles,” she told me. “Well, Aunt Aggie, if you really want to be accurate, Jesus only picked Jews to be apostles. So maybe you should have to be a Jew to be a priest.” She was speechless.

Aunt Aggie’s dead now, and soon the rest of the people who think like her will be gone, too. So if Benedict wants a smaller, purer church, he’s going to get one.

As predicted

by Susie
There will be a lot of pain in the coal industry, especially on the workers’ side. But breathing is pretty basic, too.

Holy Thursday

by Susie

St. Adelbert’s on Allegheny Avenue.

The local Polish shops were packed today, because tomorrow is Good Friday and a lot of people will be in church instead of shopping. At the Krakus supermarket, located on a busy artery and a bus route, it was even more difficult to find a parking spot than usual. I saw many out-of-state plates from people headed back to the old neighborhood for their traditional holiday treats.

I gave up on getting kielbasa at Krakus because the line was so long. Instead, I bought a cheese babka and some chrusciki (Polish cookies made from scraps of fried dough and covered in powdered sugar). Then I headed over to the Polish butcher near my house, where I got some smoked kielbasa and some potato pierogis. There was a line of people waiting all the way around the store to place orders at the butcher counter, so they weren’t making hoagies today. I was starved, so after I was done, I headed over to the Korean Polish grocery, where they make a very nice hoagie. No lines there, even though they carry a lot of the same Polish food. But at the other store, it’s homemade.

Anyway, I’m done, I’m home and as ready for Easter as I’m going to get.

You’ve got mail — for now

by Odd Man Out
Bernie Sanders is fighting the reactionaries who are trying to put the U.S. Postal Service out of business, but where are Obama and the Democrats?

‘Heroes and Villains’

by Odd Man Out
A reminder of why Paul McCartney was a major fan of Brian Wilson:

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