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Alan S. Russet

One solution? Let the women in

Negating women is at the heart of the church’s hideous — and criminal — indifference to the welfare of boys and girls in its priests’ care. Lisa Miller writes in Newsweek’s cover story about the danger of continuing to marginalize…

MBS market gets religion (kidding!)

(The biggest April Fool’s joke of the day may be that played by the Federal Reserve on the banks and the housing market — terminating the MBS purchase program just before the $8,000 first time buyer’s credit is set to…

Sorry to be so anti-perkipantied

U.S. gains jobs. No, wait, it’s losing… Yah de blah de de blah woof woof. ADP counts real jobs. Labor Dept counts temporary census jobs (what happens when the census is over?) and adjusts for the imaginary birth-death model. Perkipantied…

Anti-perkiness report

Georgia Republicans believe the cause of unemployment is drugs, propose random drug testing as condition for receiving unemployment benefits. Ignoring that it was unbridled free marketeering and deregulation, and a host of other policies favored by the ruling class (of…

Strategic default is not a moral failing

“Strategic default” involves homeowners deciding to walk away from their homes and mortgages, not because they cannot afford to pay, but because they owe more than their homes are worth. Read the news, and you’ll see that a lot of…