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From the Federalist, on Christian charity and what it has become thanks to postmodernism.

The Christian creed of caring for the poor often morphs into a call for government to take the reins from industry and private individuals to ensure proper care for the poor. In reality, this is an abdication of responsibility toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Someone else should do this.”

Obviously, the Catholic Church and various Christian charities have done wonderful work in helping the poor, weak, and downtrodden, as they should. However, the communist and socialist tendency puts the administration of that care into the hands of an all-powerful state bureaucracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of principles or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubicle desk who is just trying to get through a 40-hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sunday morning rather than crying into a confessional.

Giving into this temptation marks a confusion in Christian heritage between society and the state. The two are not synonymous. Society exists wherever an aggregate of humanity interacts in commerce, culture, shared values, and social interaction. Society is created out of human want and need, and is where individuals pursue those ends in a common arena.


It is easy to see why [state-mandated charity] is so tempting for Christians and do-gooders in general. Individuals often become frustrated in the limitations of individual or small-group action, and they see the state as having the power to affect the entire population of a country rather than just the few in their immediate area. And, of course, everyone believes he has the best intentions when embarking on his will to power.

In doing so, however, such people fail to grasp the realities and complexities of human life; namely, that not everyone may agree with you. To use the apparatus of the state to trample dissenting viewpoints cannot be seen as anything but immoral.

My favorite part of this phenomenon is when non-Christians try to shame Christians who are against government-mandate charity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-cudgel.

And I don’t ascribe such altruistic motives for government-mandated charity. Its proponents’ true purpose is simply to multiply plain-old graft opportunities.

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Yesterday I spent the day in Leominster Massachusetts birthplace of Johnny Appleseed for their annual Johnny Appleseed fair manning the WQPH 89.3 FM Queen of Perpetual Help Shirley Fitchburg booth promoting Catholic radio for people and praying decades of the rosary on the spot for people’s intentions both online and in person.

At the festival I did a few interviews for WQPH. We talked to Adam Webber of the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network which provides help for homeless families.

If you want to donate to MIHN their website is here.

I also spoke to Brother Alexis who while from Fitchburg has spent the last 2 1/2 decades in Italy.

I’d also like to thank him for joining me in many of the rosary decades that I prayed for others.

Compere: Well, Mr Walters, what’s it like being invisible?

Walters: [slowly and boringly] Well, for a start, at the office where I work I can be sitting at my desk all day and the others totally ignore me. At home, even though we are in the same room, my wife does not speak to me for hours, people pass me by in the street without a glance in my direction, and I can walk into a room without…

Compere: Well, whilst we’ve got interesting people, we met Mr Oliver Cavendish who…

Walters: [droning on] … Even now you yourself, you do hardly notice me…

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

On Saturday I posted videos & interviews from the planned parenthood protest in Fitchburg.

It was a small protest but one of 180 planned protests against planned parenthood that as Breitbart noted became 320 protests all over the nation such as louisville.

Alejandro Capote spoke at the Louisville, Kentucky, protest, where he estimates at least 500 people participated.

“I spoke about the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood,” Capote tells Breitbart News. “It’s important that women have health care that does not fund abortion.”

Falls church virginia

Theresa King, who organized the Falls Church, Virginia, #ProtestPP rally told Breitbart News she decided to be an organizer after viewing the Center for Medical Progress videos.

“I saw the Planned Parenthood videos and felt the need to act,” she said. “As a kid, I would pray outside of abortion clinics, and my mom always said that we were giving the babies the only funeral they would ever have, so I felt the need to stand for the babies in the video, but for all the babies that have died in abortion.”

and if you go to twitter you could find photos from all over the country. Ottawa Illinois

Orange California

Nashville TN

Grand Rapids:

San Diego:


Dayton OH



And as Twitchy and Steven Miller noted these took place without violence:

This fact is a huge problem for the MSM which has taken the side of planned parenthood in the current debate and the knowledge that this many protests took place without incident would be an awkward story for them.

However despite the photographic evidence I’ve just displayed the media’s problem was solved by the people in question apparently being totally invisible:


Obviously the protesters were quite invisible to most, I did a search of CBS news for planned parenthood , no coverage:
ABC no coverage
NBC no coverage

Not even a word on the net from any of them.  CNN did slightly better online here is the full text of their only story: (emphasis mine)

CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Opponents took to the streets in a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Jennifer James was driving past a Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City when she saw hundreds of people protesting Saturday morning. ““It was a very quiet protest,” James said. “As I walked up and down it with my camera, you could have heard a pin drop. It was unusual given how contentions of an issue it is.”
zdan, CNN iReport producer

A few hundred people gather outside Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City to protest abortion and government funding for the organization. Among the protesters were students from the Newman Center, a Catholic student organization at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Note the highlighted text, the only reason why CNN has this tiny bit of online coverage was because one of their producers noticed the protest driving by and was shocked by how orderly it was.
But who knew that so many people in the nation could be so invisible?  Particularly when they don’t have media connections who will be sure to show up to make even the tiniest protest national news

I’m a single blogger with a cheap camera and the MSM is a multi billion dollar industry, how is it that I could produce this interview

and they could not?


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One of my rules regarding talking about religion is to pretty much never talk about any church except the one I attend.  Islam would be an exception since it’s not a religion, but more of a political movement.  So if Presbyterians change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, well, so be it.  I’m not a Presbyterian, so I consider that none of my business.

On the other hand, when Catholics act badly, that is my business.  Much ado is being made over Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, one, I might add, that is probably going to be gutted due to the homosexual activists claiming they will be unfairly discriminated against.  No never mind if the person who declines to bake a cake for their “wedding” will have his life ruined due to their harassment.

Which brings me back to Catholics acting badly.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese — Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic — to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination.  source

Let me make this abundantly clear.  The good Archbishop, a true defender of Church teaching, is not telling the staff they can’t ever sin.  He’s only asking them to not promote teaching that is contrary to the Catholic faith while in their employ.

Sounds reasonable to me. I wouldn’t want to spend money to send my child to a Catholic school whose teachers promote whatever their pet (petty?) agenda happens to be.

So how do some of the parents and teachers respond?

By marching in defiance of his contract requests.

Carrying signs reading “Who Am I to Judge?” and “Love One Another,” hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishop’s “morality clauses” at four Catholic high schools. source

Getting the picture?  If you teach that homosexual acts are wrong, you no longer “love” someone.  It didn’t take long for some of the marchers to conjure up the “hate” word, either.  If you believe adultery is wrong, cohabiting without benefit of marriage,  or  abortion is wrong, then you have become a “hater.”

These mighty leaps of thought with a complete lack of logic in any of these statements is proof that even a Catholic school is not teaching the children very well.

“I can be a Catholic and a follower of Jesus without accepting what the hierarchy says but accepting what I think Jesus would have said,” said Sue Fandel, a parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro who married her longtime female partner this month.

Let me be blunt here, Mary.  No, you can’t be either a real Catholic and a follower of Jesus with that attitude.  May I also remind you that it is not the “hierarchy” of the Church making these statements, but the teachings of Jesus which they’re trying to uphold.  And these teachings do not include what “you think Jesus would have done.”  If you don’t like it, start your own church.  Lest you think I’m being harsh, let me further add that I’m telling you this precisely because I love you.

Saddest of all is the brain-washed students who have obviously never had  decent catechetical formation.

“At the core of the religion is love, acceptance, respect and dignity,” said Gino Gresh, 18, a senior at Sacred Heart. “Whatever the archbishop is doing is completely contrary to that.”

No, Gino, what the good archbishop is doing is the most loving, accepting, and respectful position to take.  Would you decline to tell your friend who is indulging in dangerous drugs that what he was doing was just A-okay with you because you accept and love him?  Of course not.  When you love someone, you want what is best for them.  Living in sin is not dignified, no matter how you try to spin it.

For these teachers and parents to encourage the debasement of the teachings of the Church to the children God has given them to protect and teach, is beyond any thinking person’s comprehension.

The two greatest Commandments are:

  1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
  2. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Truly loving your neighbor includes teaching them right from wrong.  We can only hope that on this, the most holy week of the year for Christians, that these dissenters will have an epiphany of thought.


Adrienne blogs about politics and culture with a heavy dose of kitteh’s at Adrienne’s Corner.  She used to have a writing muse, but she died and is in Purgatory awaiting the return of Jesus.






Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

Matthew 10:8

The Doctor: You’re running out of time.
Courtney Woods: For what?
The Doctor: Everything! Human beings have incredibly short lifespans. Frankly, you should all be in a constant state of panic. Tick tock, tick tock.

Doctor Who The Caretaker 2014


…As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, but rather in the wicked man’s conversion, that he may live

Ezekiel 33:11a

Via Instapundit a writer at Slate finds himself confused by a reality that his culture can’t understand:

Missionary doctors and nurses are stationed throughout Africa, in rural outposts and urban slums. Rather than parachuting in during crises, like some international medicine specialists, a large number of them have undertaken long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans.

This isn’t news to any faithful Christian .  Any person familiar with history knows  Christians have been the spearpoint of helping others.  In Africa for example the Catholic Church is very active:


Church africa


The Screen shot come from this video (via sacred space) with figures from dating from 2011.  (In fact we had a 2nd collection in our church two weeks ago to help support this work) and of course these number don’t count activities by various protestant denominations which, while not to the scale of much larger Catholic Church,  are quite commendable.

But all of this brings unease to our secular writer

And yet, for secular Americans—or religious Americans who prefer their medicine to be focused more on science than faith—it may be difficult to shake a bit of discomfort with the situation.

“Focused on science?  Does the writer think Christian doctors are using rattles and bleeding their patents to equalize their humors?

For all that,snark,  the writer, to his credit notices that there is something wrong with how he feels

And yet, truth be told, these valid critiques don’t fully explain my discomfort with missionary medicine. If we had thousands of secular doctors doing exactly the same work, I would probably excuse most of these flaws. “They’re doing work no one else will,” I would say. “You can’t expect perfection.”

I’m not altogether proud of this bias—I’m just trying to be honest.

While this fellow has gotten a lot of grief on comments I’m not bothered by the story because honesty echoed by different liberal writer earlier this week is the first steps to realizing that there is something wrong there is still that inexplicable unease.

Frankly it’s logical that Christians, believing in heaven, hell (and purgatory if Catholic) therefore seeing this life as a transitory phase in their existence might be less adverse to risking said life that others.  Contrariwise it’s just as logical that an Atheist rationally concluding he has but one life, is not about to risk it for a bunch of people thousands of miles away that he’s never met.

Completely logical, completely rational, makes perfect sense, particularly if one has a worldview that morality is relative and not an absolute handed down from on high, but if that’s so why is atheist writer Brian Palmer uneasy about all these Christian Doctors risking their lives fighting Ebola?

That answer is quite simple.

You see the reality is we are created in God’s image, all of us.  Because of that fact even if one has spent a lifetime denying God’s existence, this intrinsic truth of our nature creates, a gut feeling, an instinct a little whisper in the ear saying that maybe, just maybe all we have been conditioned to believe about Christianity as vast wasteland of ignorance & hate by the media, by our circle and by the secular culture might be wrong.

That merest hint that your worldview, celebrated by the dominant media culture is lacking, threatens to divide you away from your comfort zone and is makes the other side in this spiritual battle very nervous and he’s and his friends will fight like ravenous wolves to snuff that spark out.

It’s also means those Christian Doctors are getting it right because creating that discomfort is part of the job description.  I’ll give Christ the last word:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.  For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;  and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’

Matthew 10:34-36


Rick: I see the bus is in. I’ll take my shipment with me.
Ferrari: No hurry. I’ll have it sent over. Have a drink with me.
Rick: I never drink in the morning. And every time you send my shipment over, it’s always just a little bit short.
Ferrari: Carrying charges, my boy, carrying charges.

Casablanca 1942

My lead posts of the last two days on the EBT meltdown and the reactions have illustrated a divide among the people paying benefits and the people collecting them.  This divide exists for a reason but not the one you think

Ebenezer Scrooge: “I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned—they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843

One part of the divide are the people receiving benefits.  They looking at those who complained about the EBT reaction of some to Scrooge. How DARE they withhold the help from people who really need it.   They have houses and maybe even a second one to rent, they can afford vacations,  They care nothing for the poor.  When they paint their picture this is what they see.

To these people, anyone who complains are just greedy.


Alan Harper:  How do we sell this? Uh Come on…. You can do better than that….Uh Ah (gasps) (panting): Help me.  Call 911.  (grunting) Am I dying or taking a dump? Ah.  Call 911 Call 911 ….Yeah, that’s it.
Okay.  Showtime!

Two & a Half Men:  Why we gave up Women 2012

Meanwhile you have a second group of people mostly working class.  They put in their hours every day in jobs they may or may not like.  They scrimp to save for the mortgage, or the trip if they can afford it.  They go to the supermarket and watch each penny and see the person in front of them with a full cart buying cuts & items that they can only afford once in a while on EBT and feel cheated.  They do without to get their goal while worrying every day about their job or business that they took the risk to build and perceive those on relief as not only ungrateful but using them as suckers.  It’s Alan Harper on Steroids.

And Alan is laughing at them.

But this wasn’t always the case.


Benjamin Martin: You know, Peter I can’t pay you for this.

Peter Howard: Benjamin, you pay me what you can, when you can.

Benjamin Martin: I’m obliged.

The Patriot 2000

Before the days of the great society, relief for people in need was handled on the local level, cities and town paid for benefits from their property taxes and people applied at their local governments supplemented by the local church.

This had two important effects.

The people who paid the taxes, and owned the shops knew the folks who were collecting, they knew their situations and sympathized. The shopkeeper might extend credit, the fellow with the apples might give their drops and or a neighbor might give hand with the kids. They knew the people really needed him help and didn’t begrudge them it.

Meanwhile the person getting the help knew the people who were giving it. They understood the local hardware man wasn’t rich, the local butcher wasn’t well off and the local church got the funds they helped with from the collection plate passed to their neighbors. It wasn’t a faceless government proving “Obama Money” from some stash. They understood that every bit of help that they received came from the people around them, because of this they were not only grateful but careful not to abuse that privilege.

More importantly when they got themselves on their feet, they became part of that group of providers as they remembered dealing with hard times themselves.

This is a system that worked for a long time, the question becomes why did it change?


Mortimer Duke: Tell him the good part.
Randolph Duke: The good part, William, is that, no matter whether our clients make money or lose money, Duke & Duke get the commissions.
Mortimer Duke: Well? What do you think, Valentine?
Billy Ray: Sounds to me like you guys a couple of bookies.
Randolph Duke: I told you he’d understand.

Trading Places 1983

Why it changed is actually very easy.  The thought was that a more centralized set of relief would not only be more efficient but less costly due to economies of scale.  However the reality discounted something that some who voted for it didn’t consider.

As the money passed through the hands of those with political power and influence things changed.  After all someone had to administer these programs, they needed workers they needed paperwork all the things that come with government bureaucracy.   This became a source of power and once it was a source of power for the political class it expanded.  It was a source of wealth and power to be exploited.


Krako:  I know Bela. He didn’t offer you beans. Now, me, I’m a reasonable man. You give me what I want and I’ll cut you in for, say, a third. Skimmed right off the top. Well, what do you think?

Star Trek A piece of the Action 1968

That’s what this is all about.  Keeping they money flowing through DC.  It’s a perfect plan, not only are you able to buy votes to sustain yourself you use the money to grease people to support you.

The dirty little secret:   both sides are being played for suckers one is kept down to fuel the anger and the other taxed to weaken then and beaten down politically if they dare object.

Until this is clearly understood by both those on relief and those paying for it, nothing will change.

Update:  Grease sentence fixed

Update 2: Granite Grok talks about being morally overdrawn.


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Today is one of the few times that I not only woke up with nothing to say but didn’t see anything in the AP wire that inspired me so it’s time to empty the brain of some thoughts:

First some reader/listener feedback:

A reader pointed to this post about stolen railroad track and suggested that instead of story about metal theft if might be a dry run for a terror attack. I hate to admit it but that never crossed my mind.

The solo show got high marks from people who have commented, I’m thinking I might do that at least once a month.

The appearance on Fox 25 and the NY Post article both got great reviews from readers and listeners.

Lombardi said that when you get in the end zone act like you’ve been there, before, but I think it’s ok to save the game ball the first time you make it.

I’d love to hear some guest suggestions btw.

Is Nancy Pelosi STILL blaming Bush for the current economy? I guarantee that if the economy remains in this state the Democrats will be blaming George Bush right up until Jan 20 2013, at which time they will Blame Sarah Palin

Or Herman Cain

or Tim Pawlenty

or Maybe even Mitt Romney

BTW will the Democratic Senate actually ever do ANYTHING?

Speaking of Palin in today’s LA Times there is a piece by Andrew Malcolm wich pointed out that Palin had her Paul Revere history right and the MSM has it wrong. Yes you read that right, in the LA Times! Do you realize how many liberals are going to be spitting up into their cereal this morning?

And Yet Morning Joe’s “News you can’t use” segment that didn’t find Anthony Weiner worthy of touching is going all out on Palin this morning. Don’t any of these people actually READ history?

There is also a hubbub about people editing the Paul Revere page on Wikipedia. Seriously anyone who uses Wikipedia as a primary source for anything is really foolish, Glenn Reynolds put it best years ago, on uncontroversial topics Wikipedia is ok, otherwise no.

Although last weeks show was fun, I really hope I don’t do another show that is filled with Weiner jokes, but Andrew Breitbart apparently has a HUGE scoop coming out today that will break it wide open.

I remember a few years ago I was at a library in the Museum of Science in Boston and looking at a book on Tornadoes, I was stunned to see that where I live is “Tornado Alley” as far as Massachusetts is concerned, I was even more stunned to see Nature confirm it this week.

Remember at the beginning of the season when everyone said the Yankees would not be a factor this year?

I also noticed that people were hitting Jeter for poor performance. Listen, I’ll bet that he will trade personal numbers for first place any day of the year. That’s what a leader does and why Red Sox fans like myself still fear him with the game on the line.

Hockey and Basketball should not still be played during June.

I’m not a fan of the Slutwalks but Jessica Valenti make an important point on Morning Joe concerning this today: “Would I be sitting here if they were called ’empowerment walks’?”

Speaking of Morning Joe again the anger over Edwards after the MSM tired to bury the story is laughable, but at least it wasn’t as bad as this quote from Scarborough:

“If you keep dropping using drones killing civilian men, women and children all you do is make more Terrorists”

he said this in the Anniversary of D-Day, the day will come when people forget it’s significance, but can you imagine if this show was on in 1944?: “If you keep dropping Bombs on German cities killing civilian men, women and children all you do is make more Nazi’s”

If like me you weren’t willing to wait till next week and watched Doctor Who from the British feed you now know who River Song really is. I sure hope that the “Good Man” she kills isn’t who we expect.

BTW if you don’t want to wait till Saturday in the US the clip of the big reveal is on Youtube here.

Speaking of Doctor Who I’ve been way behind in reviewing the Big Finish CD’s but they have been pretty good.

The 8th doctor stories are now going to be replaced by a 4th Doctor Series featuring Tom Baker, The new McGann stories are going to be folded into the main series again.

Sadly Elizabeth Sladen had agreed to do new audios with Baker just a few days before she died.

BTW the last 8th doctor Adventure To the Death written by Nick Briggs seams to have been specifically tailored to get the Doctor to the mindset to destroy both the Daleks and the Time Lords per the new series. Quite a season/series finale.

Speaking of season finales I sure hope the Big Bang series finales means that Raj gets to develop as a character. He is the only one that has not been allowed to grow.

Saw Hangover 2 with the family, it was not my first choice but it was funny. I think the series works because in addition to the weird comedy it is basically, like the first one, a detective story.

I suspect the new Green Lantern movie will be absolutely horrible, but as a Green Lantern fan since I was 13 how can I not go see it?

I’m still angry about the comic books out of SF, it is yet another version of the Big Lie.

BTW if you wonder why I’m so unwilling to trust the Arabs on the middle east it’s because of this event that took place 44 years ago this very day:

Gravely disappointed, desperate, the king (Hussein of Jordan) retorted with a warning of his own. If the fighting continued, Jordan would have no option but to corroborate Nasser’s charge of an Anglo-American conspiracy.

It was not an idle threat, as Hussein proved a half-hour later, when a phone call arrived from Cario “Will we say that the U.S. and Britain [are attacking] or just the United States?” asked Nasser, inquiring whether the British even had aircraft carriers. Hussein responded, “United States and England” agreed to issue a statement to that effect immediately. Nasser was heartened. “By God,” he exclaimed, “I will make an announcement and you will make an announcement and we will see to it that the Syrians will make an announcement that American and British airplanes are taking part against us from aircraft carriers. We will stress the matter. And we will drive the point home.” Six Days of War page 226

Remember King Hussein was OUR ALLY. The most pro-US arab country out there, and they were ready to sell us in a second for a political advantage. That’s why I don’t trust Jordan any more than the rest of them.

Confession is a lot like housecleaning. If you go often you will find that you tend to have less tolerance for small sins within yourself and will avoid them. Just like housecleaning, if you tend to excuse a dirty house it will remain dirty.

I confess I’m much better with Confession than with housecleaning.

A correction, last month I opined that the job numbers were skewed by the McDonalds hiring spree, I was one month early, it was THIS month that the McDonalds numbers kicked in. Mea Culpa.

It is a very odd thing to be recognized when I go places. As long as I have the hat people tend to know me.

I just can’t afford to go to the Smart Girl Politics event in St. Louis, I’m Hoping to go to Blogcon but the radio show will have to make more money before that happens, or I’ll have to be sponsored.

I really haven’t shaken the Tip Jar much but when it comes down to it, after expenses I’m taking in a whole lot less than I did on Unemployment and trips like the Palin hunt were expensive for me. I need a new Lawn Mower, and we use a Board and a stick to keep the Dryer door shut while it is running. If anyone is in a position to kick into the Tip Jar it will be much appreciated.

If you are in a position to kick in Big then I can run a ad on the radio show promoting a favorite charity of yours (provided said charity doesn’t conflict with Catholic moral Belief).

Matt Yglesias seems to be unclear on the concept of damage control when a colleague has said something really offensive:

Indeed, precisely the crux of our problem is that climate chaos isn’t divine retribution for pollution.

So rather than suggesting that is the divine curse of Gaia that those GOP voting areas are subject to devastation, Yglesias mere bemoans the fact that it is not…

…and although he does give space to hit my friend Tabitha Hale he still doesn’t has space for a charity link or two Here are some quick giving options in case you think differently

* Red Cross, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to relief efforts
* Catholic Charities
* Samaritan’s Purse
* Text “Give” to 80888 to give $10 to Salvation Army relief efforts.

Personally I’m much more offended by Yglesias’ piece than Johnson’s. There is the possibility, however slight, that Johnson’s piece was typed up in haste and posted intemperately. We’ve all hit the “post” button on occasion when we shouldn’t. There is no chance in Yglesias case. He saw Johnson’s piece, and the reaction, and then wrote what he wrote.

Whatever Soros is paying these guys it’s too much.

Update: Johnson doubles down but this time includes a donation link. I guess that’s progress.