Saturday, February 28, 2009
Signs of the Apocalypse Dept.
A southwest Missouri cattleman has been delivering calves at his farm for a long time, but a calf born this week sure was different. This one had two heads. Scott Clift said he delivered the chocolate-colored male calf Wednesday morning at his farm near Aldrich, in Polk County. Clift said the calf had two fully-formed heads that appeared to be connected to its body just behind the skull.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:51 PM Permalink
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thou Shalt Not Nickel and Dime: New York Post
It's time to cash in on Catholic guilt.As an long-time usher in a parish a few miles away, I am only surprised to see that it took this long for this to get some sunlight.
Catholics are cheap. That's the old news. Catholics are so cheap they contribute whatever they contributed when they were 20 years old without regard to the fact there were 20 years old -- 40 years ago. That's the new news.
Here is what I added to the comment box:
Let me comment on the article: Each parish also publishes a financial statement of where the money goes (i.e. expenses) which includes the salaries for the priests, religious orders, and staff who are neither. Only members of religious orders take vows of poverty. A diocesan priest has a modest salary. In a financial statement you see a big number being the sum total of all the sources of income. I think it is very helpful to see the breakdown of donations so that one gets an idea of what the gap is between the expenses of the parish and its income. If this parish has to close, how many of those dollar-a-week or five-dollars-a-week parishioners will be complaining to the bishop?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:12 PM Permalink
Nigerian Accused in Scheme to Swindle Citibank - NYTimes.com
Citibank was defrauded by phony documents.
We're taught to be skeptical of phone numbers in documents and verify them by contacting the main published number of the firm. This is rather basic and reflects poorly on the controls the Citibank has put in place.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:12 PM Permalink
Oops: Microsoft Asks Some Laid Off Workers To Send Back Part Of Their Severance: techcrunch.com
This is PR problem for Microsoft and perhaps a disaster if the MSM want to run with it. Reputation counts for a lot here.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:51 PM Permalink