Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968 selling today

At Amazon, where the elite meet to buy good books.

Rauner coming to River Forest Oct. 24

He will be at the Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison, 5:30 pm, for a Get Out the Vote rally.

RSVP Bill Hogan, 312-201-7100

Documentary film at Columbia College-Chi

#3 Daughter here:

3:45pm – 5:15pm More than One: Producing the Documentary Series – A look at some of the most exciting new documentary series being produced in Chicago today. Scheduled to appear: Mike Schmiedeler (The Michael Group), Maggie Bowman and Justine Nagan (Hard Earned, Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America); along with Bob Hercules (Media Process Group),Greg Jacobs (Siskel/Jacobs) and Ines Sommer (Sommer Filmworks)

Go, #3!

Croatian nut roll advice from Catholic New World

Benevolent gossip from headquarters:

It’s an art —
Croatian potica, a dessert for special occasions.
Potica (pronounced po-teetsa), aka povitica, orehnjaca or Croatian nut roll, are all the same baked delicacy served on special occasions.

Archbishop Cupich says it’s one of his favorites. Naturally! It’s a delicious blend of Mediterranean sunshine, Roman ruins, tamburitza music, urban cities like Zagreb, fairylands like Dubrovnik, with just a touch of soccer and Olympic competition tucked in.

The knack of making good potica is in rolling and stretching the dough. That is the art. Anyone can make the filling — but try stretching that dough paper thin and rolling the filling in it without tearing. Attempt the adventure anyway.

One of these days, I (or someone in our house) is gonna try this.

Nothing unique about free trade in destroying or creating jobs, happens all the time

Shooting down foolishness about protectionism:

You ask why I cannot “be more practical about trade.” My answer is that unconditional support for unconditional free trade is the most practical policy that is practically available. Unconditional free trade is far more practical than is your proposed alternative of empowering government officials to decide when, for how long, and to what degree trade should be free.

Free trade is simply consumers spending their money as they – rather than as government officials – wish. Yes: changes in the pattern of consumer demands destroy some jobs.

But this reality is true whenever consumers change their spending pattern. It is as true, for example, when consumers shift their demands from domestically produced steel to domestically produced aluminum as when they shift their demands from domestically produced steel to foreign-produced steel.

Anytime consumers change their spending pattern some incumbent producers suffer – and others gain. There’s absolutely nothing about freedom to trade across political borders that uniquely “destroys” (or creates) jobs. [Italics not added]

more more more here

Twenty-seventh Sunday, pep talk from our favorite apostle to the gentiles

Originally posted on Company Man:

Buck up, says Paul:

Reading 2 phil 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Your strategy:

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.

Think happy thoughts? Not quite. No one ever accused him of pollyannish behavior. But look. It makes sense to accentuate the positive, especially when you’re on the brink of feeling sorry for yourself and losing heart:

Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with…

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SC could settle the issue of gay unions | Crux

Supreme court may decide gay marriage:

. . . the justices appear likely to take on the issue and decide once and for all whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry. [Italics added]

Or whether states can settle matrimonial tax, property and other rights on G&L couples, this being how states get into the marriage business. Right?

Got Company Man on Kindle?

Get it now at Amazon, Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968.

From the book, first page:

Five of us took the New York Central from Chicago to Cincinnati in August, 1950, arriving with hours to spare before our 6 p.m. novitiate-arrival deadline. Our destination was suburban Milford, 15 miles east of the city. Killing time, we cabbed it at one point. One of us wanted to buy a fielder’s glove. We asked the cabbie where we could find a sporting goods place. He picked up on the sporting part and was about to suggest a brothel. We cut him short smilingly. Athletic goods, yes. Sexual athletics, no.

From the book, last page:

On my last night, Brichetto and I and two or three others had a good hour or so chatting in the kitchen over a beer.  As we broke up, he commented that this is how we Jesuits should get together with each other, referring to our relaxed camaraderie.

Next morning after breakfast, five or six gathered at the loading dock to say goodbye to me.  My rental car was waiting, compliments of the Xavier U. minister, who also gave me $400 for the pocket.  I was good to go, as people say.  As we stood there, joshing briefly, Brichetto, who was not one I’d told of my leaving, passed the area and looked out at me from some 75 feet away, me in civvies and obviously on my way.  We caught each other’s eye.  He had a slightly bewildered look I had never seen on him—like Jesus being led away by Roman soldiers, looking at Peter, who had denied him.

Way in the back of my head, it was occurring to me that I was betraying him.  I wondered momentarily, how many others? The feeling disappeared and did not return.  I was off to my new life, simultaneously apprehensive and exhilarated.

In Detroit, thousands for TV, not one cent for water

The city water bills go unpaid.

The suburbs mostly buy water from the DWSD [Detroit Water and Sewerage Department] wholesale, so it’s mainly city residents and businesses who get billed directly, and over half of them—about 90,000 customers—haven’t paid up. Total past-due bills add up to nearly $90 million, with the average delinquent residential customer owing $540, or more than 7 months’ worth of service, based on an average bill of $75.

Entitlement mentality hard at work.

Eric Holder faced venom from 9/11 families, says NPR writer

Listing Holder brouhahas (a short list), NPR has this:

Another huge controversy — over his decision to try the Sept. 11 plotters in a New York courthouse in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — prompted venomous reaction from lawmakers, New York City officials and some victims’ families.

Ah those venomous lawmakers, NYC officials, and some victims’ families, spewing as they go.

On the other hand, we find this from same writer:

. . . even longtime aides say Holder didn’t do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff — and obliquely.

But nothing about his non-investigation of the IRS scandal, which would have put him perilously close to nailing his fellow Dems.

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