If you were a cop, would you fear ISIS?

Or would you fear home-grown anti-government extremism? Last year, the New York Times conducted a survey of law enforcement officials and found that among 382 law enforcement agencies: 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist …

In an acknowledgement of the church’s true purpose:

Pope Francis has ended the benighted investigation into U.S. nuns — some of whom were known collectively as Nuns on the Bus. This makes sense, as the nuns appear to be at the forefront of doing precisely the kind of church work favored by Pope Francis. Funny how different news outlets have different takes on …

Read this. And weep.

The New York Times carries this story about Ryan Hoffman, a former University of North Carolina lineman who is now living on the streets in Florida. The story makes much of the fact that football may have injured Hoffman, and set him on the road to homelessness, and that’s a damn shame. But I took …

The Protestants have lost the soul of America

Leftover sends this (we share a love of this kind of stuff) from PRRI, “10 Things the American Values Atlas Teaches Us About America’s Religious Landscape.” Mostly? For our purposes, there’s this: 1. For the first time ever, America is not a majority Protestant nation. Only 47 percent of America identified as Protestant in 2014. …

What means “the deserving poor?”

Aid to poor Americans tends to skip those who need it most, according to this New York Times article, which examines an upcoming article in Demography magazine. And here’s the speech, by Dr. Robert A. Moffitt, of Johns Hopkins University, on which the whole discussion is based. Basically, boiled down from the linked press release: …

If Mitt runs again, it will be as a Mormon

That’s what we call a misleading headline but the New York Times reported today that should  Mitt Romney, the unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee in 2012, run again in ’16, he won’t pussy-foot around his Mormon faith. And that’s what we call a long sentence. Anywhoo: The story touched on how the former-and-still-a candidate was pretty …

Women are smarter than men

Or, at least, women make groups smarter, according to a series of MIT/Union studies that were written up in the New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. From one report: In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains …

And another thing…

Oddly, the New York Times reported today that the Colorado theater shooting suspect, James E. Holmes, bought much of his arsenal online — “It was pretty much as easy as ordering a book from Amazon,” the story said. Twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured in the shooting. Holmes goes to court today. …