31 March 2014

Obama: Winning the Fight Against Poverty

President Barack Obama has done more than any other president in the struggle to eliminate poverty, particularly with his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He has made it one of his highest priorities to guarantee funding to the one organization that is most dedicated to the anti-poverty cause. He was even willing to cut off all Medicaid funding for family planning to the state of Texas if they discriminated against this and any other such anti-poverty organizations.

30 March 2014

Idiots on the Road

When I was first learning how to drive (on a road with traffic, as opposed to in a field before I was old enough to get my learner’s licence) I was told that when someone is tailgating you, the best thing to do is to slow down and let the person pass you. This makes sense on a road with only two lanes, one for each direction, and seems to make just as much sense on a road with multiple lanes going in each direction. Obviously, you should only be in the far left lane (the fast lane) if there is traffic going slower than you would like in the other lanes. But, what should you do when this is the case and someone is tailgating you?

It is common knowledge that people tailgate because they are idiots. (I have looked into the etymology of the word idiot, so I can assure you that this is the correct term.) Tailgating is seemingly an attempt to make the person in front drive faster. If the person in front is already driving the speed limit or even 10 km/h (6.2 mph) over, this is an attempt to coerce this person to do something immoral (see: 2290 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Obviously, the person tailgating very much wants to exceed the speed limit and “endanger their own and others’ safety on the road.”

25 March 2014

“Virgin” vs. “Young Woman”

If you compare the Canadian Lectionary with the U.S. Lectionary, you will notice a major difference today.

Canadian Lectionary:
Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary the people, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel,” for God is with us.