April 23, 2014
"A qualified accountant with a strong professional track record, and a loyal subject, one only detects resentment when he reflects on the two occasions in the mid-Seventies he was blocked from top jobs simply because he was a Catholic. As a victim of religious discrimination he stresses that neither injustice nor “the supposed unification of the country” ever justified “taking a life or surrendering a life”. He remembers “as if it was yesterday” being denied the post of director of finance at timber merchants J.P. Corry, having held the lesser paid post of chief accountant for 10 years. “One of the directors told me I am sorry we can’t have a fellow like you at the boardroom table.” Later he applied for a senior post in the Northern Ireland Dairy Council and blocked again because of his religion."

‘First and foremost a Belfast man’ | The Irish Catholic

April 23, 2014
"This kind of pattern is consistent with a deeper reality, which is that the G.O.P. is still a weak party with a weak message, and weak parties with weak messages have a way of underperforming the fundamentals, struggling in races that feature larger electorates and more persuadable voters (hence the Senate-House difference), and losing narrowly where they confidently expect to win.
True, the fact that Republicans could have won control of the Senate already, had a number of winnable races turned out differently, might just be evidence that the party has been unlucky, and that its luck is due to change. But to me, it seems like evidence that fortune favors the politically effective, which (despite recent reformist stirrings) I suspect the G.O.P. of 2014, like the G.O.P. 2012, is not."

The Republican Party’s Senate Problem - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

April 23, 2014
"David Moyes was left with a poor, aging squad. Sir Alex Ferguson did not leave him with a squad that was in good condition and the signing of Robin van Persie that helped secure the title merely papered over the cracks that had already emerged. Granted, David Moyes didn’t remedy this with good signings, but, the job that needed to be done was absolutely massive. United’s back four that had been so good for so long was aging. Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are 32, Rio Ferdinand is 35 and the replacements were not up to it. More of a concern is the fact that these three defenders, who were so good in their prime, were all coming into the last year of their contracts. Sir Alex Ferguson did not mitigate for this by bringing in good replacements. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Alex Buttner might turn out to be decent players but none look of the level of Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra in their prime. This was a huge problem and still is and Moyes would have had a massive job on to turn things around even if he was backed with £200 million in the summer. The squad was in need of a huge-scale overhaul"

Was David Moyes solely to blame for Man United’s terrible season? |

April 22, 2014
"The taproot of agitation in 21st-century politics, this trend suggests, may indeed be a Marxian sense of everything solid melting into air. But what’s felt to be evaporating could turn out to be cultural identity — family and faith, sovereignty and community — much more than economic security.And somewhere in this pattern, perhaps, lies the beginnings of a more ideologically complicated critique of modern capitalism — one that draws on cultural critics like Daniel Bell and Christopher Lasch rather than just looking to material concerns, and considers the possibility that our system’s greatest problem might not be the fact that it lets the rich claim more money than everyone else. Rather, it might be that both capitalism and the welfare state tend to weaken forms of solidarity that give meaning to life for many people, while offering nothing but money in their place"

Marx Rises Again - NYTimes.com

April 22, 2014
"Northern Ireland’s newest unionist party is taking the bold step of using the Irish language in an attempt to reach out to the electorate."

Unionist party NI21 goes Gaelic in hunt for Euro election voters - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

April 22, 2014
"If we get back to where we were in the 1990s, with an economy that’s delivering for the 40th-through-the-60th percentiles but a welfare state that isn’t as generous as the social democracies to the 10th-through-30th, most Americans will probably be inclined to say, well, that’s just our system’s traditional “growth over fairness, opportunity over equality” trade-off working as expected, and there will be more support for efforts to keep the tax-and-transfer share of the U.S. economy close to historic norms. (Though it would help, obviously, if there were more mobility out of the 10th and 20th percentiles than we’re currently seeing.) But if the advantages of the American system are only visible from, say, the 70th or even 80th percentile up, then the case for the low-tax model will seem weaker relative to how its been received and debated in the past, and American politics will probably shift leftward on size-of-government issues (as it already has among the rising generation"

The Diminishing American Edge - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

April 22, 2014
"American-style capitalism promises higher living standards overall in exchange for higher individual risks; faster growth rates in exchange for greater inequality; lower unemployment rates in exchange for fewer workplace protections; more liberty for innovators and entrepreneurs in exchange for somewhat less solidarity-as-redistribution. But if this promise isn’t being fulfilled, as has been the case in the last decade — if only the rich are seeing income gains, if the pace of growth and innovation are slowing even as inequality gets wider, if workforce participation is actually dropping below the European norm — then it’s inevitable that the model itself will start to bleed support."

The Case Against Higher Taxes - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

April 22, 2014
"There is a term to describe the people who surround him, and it isn’t “militia.” The word is “mob.” And what this mob has practiced is not civil disobedience but armed provocation of a democratic government which has afforded Cliven Bundy every right and privilege as a citizen. One of Bundy’s supporters boasted to the press that “we were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front.” This is the same spirit that animates people who attack firemen during riots, or opposed school integration with violence in Little Rock, Arkansas. In that case, 57 years ago, President Eisenhower was obliged to send the 101st Airborne because, as he said, “mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.” What was true then remains true today. Cliven Bundy is no hero of any kind. No conservative would pick and choose the laws he intends to obey, defy the rest, and challenge the rule of democracy with guns. No hero would adopt the terrorist’s tactic of placing innocents in harm’s way. Any fool can pick up a weapon and aim at an officer of the law; the moral power of civil disobedience lies in the willingness to defer to the law and accept punishment on principle."

Uncivil Disobedience | The Weekly Standard

April 22, 2014
Vin Scully’s day at the office

Vin Scully’s day at the office

April 22, 2014
"America, from the beginning, has been a kind of dialectical tension between the democratic and libertarian “voices.” The dominant voice, which we hear in The Federalist, is about securing the conditions of liberty for the free and self-interested individual. The second voice, which originates with our Puritans, is about participatory, egalitarian idealism rooted in the Christian insight about the dignified equality of all creatures. We see Lincoln (who is only a “progressive” to hyper-libertarians), McWilliams reminds us, as correcting an excess of the dominant voice of our Founding in the Gettysburg Address “the Declaration of Independence asserts that we are created equal and that government exists to secure rights; Lincoln argued that the Union, conceived in liberty, is dedicated to equality"

The Conservative Road to Serfdom? | Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

April 22, 2014
"The legal market for new grads is still sadder than a Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial. Job opportunities are still few and far between, and median salaries are taking a hit. If you wanted to see all that sadness in one super-convenient graphic, we have you covered. Stick this on the wall of your law school dorm room"

The State Of Law School In One Comprehensive Graphic « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News, Commentary, and Opinions on Law Firms, Lawyers, Law Schools, Law Suits, Judges and Courts Career Resources

April 19, 2014
St. Rocco’s Feast Processional 1940 Youngstown (by anglican11)

Feast of Saint Rocco annual procession, August of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio. This procession would march through the streets of Brier Hill for 4 or 5 hours as the faithful would pin money and jewelry to the stole on the statue as a gift to the Church and a sign of their devotion. Residents would also serve food and beer in front of their homes along the route. St. Rocco’s was founded by Italian immigrants as an independant Catholic Church and received into the Episcopal Church in 1918. Although worship was high church Anglican, The Italian customs were retained as well, sometimes at the annoyance of some of the Episcopal Bishops during the Church’s history.

St. Rocco’s Feast Processional 1940 Youngstown (by anglican11)

Feast of Saint Rocco annual procession, August of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio. This procession would march through the streets of Brier Hill for 4 or 5 hours as the faithful would pin money and jewelry to the stole on the statue as a gift to the Church and a sign of their devotion. Residents would also serve food and beer in front of their homes along the route. St. Rocco’s was founded by Italian immigrants as an independant Catholic Church and received into the Episcopal Church in 1918. Although worship was high church Anglican, The Italian customs were retained as well, sometimes at the annoyance of some of the Episcopal Bishops during the Church’s history.

April 19, 2014
“I think one of the problems is that for a long time evangelical Christianity, at the lay populist level, has had a narrow vision of religious liberty, because we haven’t had a lot of threats to it in a real sense,” Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Q&A podcast on the agency’s website.
Moore noted that makes his job harder in a couple of ways.
“You have some people who haven’t thought through that what our Baptist forebears were saying is right—that religious liberty is an image-of-God issue; it’s not a who-has-the-most-votes issue,” he said.
“That means we’re the people who ought to be saying the loudest ‘We don’t want the mayor and the city council to say that a mosque can’t be in our town,’” he said.
“The mayor and the city council that can say that is a mayor and a city council ... that has too much power. The government doesn’t decide that. We’ve got to be the people who are saying that.”
“And then secondly. we’ve had a lot of people who have cried wolf over situations,” he continued. “They’ve cried persecution when there is no persecution
www.baptiststandard.com/news/baptist/16347-u-s-paying-price-for-narrow-vision-of-religious-freedom-russell-moore-asserts
April 19, 2014
"In February, a story about Franton, Kansas, made the rounds on Facebook. “38-year-old Johnny Quinns-Smith wanted to get an egg-salad sandwich for himself and his fiancé, Erique Boltzman,” it read. “He went to his local diner, a place where he and Boltzman had occasionally ate over the past six years. But today, Quinns-Smith encountered something he thought he would never see in his lifetime: a sign. A sign that said, SERVICE REFUSED TO GAY COUPLES.”“It means you and your boyfriend can’t come eating in here no more, unless you find God,” the article claimed Quinns-Smith was told by another customer. Here’s the thing: There is no Franton, Kansas. Or SERVICE REFUSED TO GAY COUPLES sign. Or small-minded patrons with a penchant for quoting scripture in the presence of gay men. It was all a ruse by a local satirist who isn’t that funny."

Gov. Sam Brownback Is Conquering Kansas. The Rest of America Is Next

April 19, 2014
"David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland. A Prime Minister who allows the break-up of the United Kingdom cannot suffer such a statement of no confidence and continue in office.
That much is understood in Downing Street, where a gnawing doubt about the referendum gets worse by the day. The vote takes place in five months this Friday. Angst rather than panic describes the feeling apparent among those involved – but is it just a momentary loss of nerve, or a dawning realisation that something is seriously wrong?
The No campaign commands a lead that by any other standard would be regarded as comfortable. But it has been narrowing, prompting suggestions that exposing the perils of separation has, perversely, encouraged Scots to go it alone. The truth is hurting, but not in the way intended."

It’s time David Cameron showed Scots that England does care – Telegraph Blogs

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