A Jesuit's Jottings
Rick Malloy, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and cultural anthropologist. He is the author of _A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (2007) and _Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholicism_ (2014), both published by ORBIS Books
Monday, November 26, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
All I Want for Christmas is Something from your Heart
Great Christmas song from Orba Squara
Will Notre Dame Go Undefeated? It all started in Ireland...
Will Notre Dame Go Undefeated? It all started this year in Ireland with a win over Navy. Tonight could see history made. GO ND!
The legend of Brian Kelly takes off as Notre Dame stand on edge of history
The march to the BCS bowl all began with victory over Navy on Irish soil
Friday, November 23, 2012
@Lindsey Stone! Stop Being Stupid.
Young People have to learn that most sane and mature people care about things considered sacred. Respect is necessary for a functioning society. Ms. Stone's insensitivity cost her a job. It cost all of us who desire a world of care and concern for others, for now we live in a society where community is at the mercy of self described "douchebags". She may have meant no disrespect, but it is disrespectful. She enjoys being disrespectful to authority. Now she learns "authority" no longer wants to give her a paycheck.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
DON'T SHOP ON THANKSGIVING DAY
It's crazy to have all these stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Too many people have to leave family to go and work. People can buy all the crap they want other days. Keep Thanksgiving a day for rest, relaxation, reflection. Eat, watch football, thank God for everything. Listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Song from Parenthood "You ain't alone, just let me be your ticket home"
Monday, November 12, 2012
Lies I've heard recently: $60,000 for each poor family. Right...
The facts of the matter are that TANF [Temporary Aid to Needy Families] gives much less than welfare AFDC [Aid to Families with Dependent Children] ever did. There is no welfare, AFDC, since Clinton "ended welfare as we know it." A person is only eligible for TANF for five years and then she and her kids are on their own (usually it's the woman who is left to care for the children).
The truth is TANF and food stamps do not add up to more than two thirds of the poverty line, $23,031 for a family of four (http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb12-172.html).
The idea that the USA spends an inordinate sum to aid the poor is bogus. The entire budget only spends 38% on all Human Resources costs. AFDC never cost more than 1% of the federal budget. The military this year will cost 48% of the federal budget (https://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf ).
Here's the link to the Weekly Standard story.
Compare the above to articles blowing the Weekly Standard article out of the water
Here's the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities with all the graphs and facts.
US poverty (less than $22,314 for a family of four): 46 million people, 15.1 percent of population.
Children in poverty: 16.4 million, 22 percent of all children, including 39 percent of African-American children and 35 percent of Latino children.
Number of poor children receiving cash aid: one in five.
Poverty rate for people in female-headed families: 42 percent.
Single mothers with incomes under $25,000: 50 percent.
Single mothers working: 67 percent.
Deep poverty (less than $11,157 for a family of four): 20.5 million people, 6.7 percent of population. Up from 12.6 million in 2000.
Increase in deep poverty, 1976-2010: doubled—3.3 percent of population to 6.7 percent.
Americans with no income other than food stamps: 6 million, 2 percent of population.
Twice the poverty level (less than $44,628 for a family of four): 103 million people, roughly 1 in 3 Americans.
Families receiving cash assistance, 1996: 68 for every 100 families living in poverty.
Families receiving cash assistance, 2010: 27 for every 100 families living in poverty.
Impact of public policy, 2010: without government assistance, poverty would have been twice as high—nearly 30 percent of population.