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Well, well, it's been quite a week. At least at the end of it — the first couple of days I could barely prod a thought out of my brain. Then the HHS controversy started heating up good and proper, as more bishops sounded off against the Obamination and more people sounded off for and against the mandate. Then the news broke out about Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Barrenhood, and we got front-row seats to a mob-style shakedown,played out with the active connivance of the MSM and a huge chunk of Congress on the national stage.So what are this week's selections?
- All lenders are predatory — Possibly the most citations I've put in any writing since college, this extended post is my attempt to explain why lending at interest is not only inherently wrong but also behind our economic woes ... and why our economy may never fully recover.
- From the "Collected Works of Winston Smith" file — Smith, if you remember, was the protagonist of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four; his job at the Ministry of Truth was to re-write history. Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe doesn't quite go that far, but she's somehow convinced herself that people are not only entitled to contraceptives and sterilization procedures but that they're entitled to make other people pay for them as well ... and if we don't cough up, well, we just don't care about the health of other people do we.
- American or Catholic? Why must we choose? — Louie Verrecchio sees the HHS conflict as a matter of deciding whether we're Catholic first or American first. To me, this misses the point. Certainly, "we must obey God rather than men" (Ac 5:29). But under a reasonable construction of the First Amendment, this should not be a conflict requiring a choice.
- From the "More dire need than any non-profit in history" file—UPDATED — Okay, I stole this from Kristi Burton Brown of LiveAction. It's still good!
- The Komen Files:
- When I first got the news: Hurray for Susan G. Komen!
- And then when Planned Barrenhood had their propaganda machine ramped up: The art of lying perfected
- My final thoughts on the matter: How I helped create the myth of the Flip-Flopping Charity