Category Archives: Modern life-as-we-know-it

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lucas1When George Lucas couldn’t get approval to build a  studio in Marin County, he opted to build affordable housing on the site, instead. With his own money.

Of course, the link above says Lucas “trolled” his rich neighbors by putting them in close proximity to “poor people.” Uh…to steal a quote, I do not think “affordable housing” means what the writer thinks it means.

Gwyneth Paltrow took the SNAP Challenge

indexAnd got her head handed to her.

You know the challenge, and maybe you’ve taken it yourself: Pledge to live on the same amount of food provided to someone on food stamps (now called SNAP). The amount varies from state to state, but it’s hard and it’s challenging and why do you think people were so hateful that Paltrow, who seems to be a target for all kinds of angst, did this? (Time magazine called her participation “poverty tourism.”)

But at least Slate told everyone to cool their jets.

And thanks, Kimberley, for the link.

Happy April 15! What does the Bible say about paying taxes?

imagesJesus did it.

He told his followers to do it, too.

Paul reminded early Christians that they are “subject to governing authorities,” and as such, they should pay taxes as a matter of conscience, and not just to avoid jail. For more, go here or here or here.

In the Hebrew Scriptures, required tithing was something like a tax, though the Hebrews mostly paid in animals, not money. (Imagine how messy that would be, all of us rushing to the post office this evening with our goats and doves.)

So pay up, buttercup, even if  you don’t like where your tax dollars go. (Check out this chart from National Priorities Project for more on where your 2015 tax dollars will go.)

 

Kansas limits welfare recipients to $25 a day

unnamedAnd they can’t spend it on a cruise. What’s the matter with Kansas, I wonder?

Curse you, welfare recipients who take cruises! And thanks, Cynical, for the link. And thanks, Sharon, for the illustration.

 

Economic inequality is worse than you think

econFrom Scientific American:

The average American believes that the richest fifth own 59% of the wealth and that the bottom 40% own 9%. The reality is strikingly different. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth, and the bottom 40% combine for a paltry 0.3%. The Walton family, for example, has more wealth than 42% of American families combined.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

An addition to the prayer list: Mo. Rep. Rick Brattin

Rep. Brattin has submitted a bill in Jefferson City that would remove, among other things, fish and steak from the list of food people could acquire with food stamps in the Great State of Missouri.

Another bill would remove porn from the list of things welfare recipients can buy with their benefits.

The porn? Well, I’ll leave it to Jesus to decide if that’s a good use of public funds, but there’s a whole history of fish being fed to those without in the Christian scriptures. Wonder if the good Rep. Brattin has read this story?

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

(And forgive the name at the lower part of that gif. It’s naughty.)

I KNEW it

7190263_GElizabeth Sullivan, a 104-year old Texas woman, credits her longevity to drinking Dr Pepper (nectar of both gods and goddesses) three times a day.

Thank you, Sherry. This makes me very happy because I’m a Pepper, too! Ms. Sullivan only started drinking the stuff just 40 years ago. I started roughly 54 years ago. It was placed in my baby bottle by my loving mother. So I’m going to live forever, I suspect.