Buy Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968

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

National Guardsman Arrested In ISIS Plot To Attack Military Facility | Truth Revolt

He was arrested at Midway!

Authorities report that Air Force veteran and member of the National Guard Hasan Edmonds was arrested, along with his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, on charges including supporting terrorism in Illinois on Wednesday night. The arrests were made by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Ebony Editor Equates Country Music With ‘Killing Muslims’ | Truth Revolt

Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Senior Editor for Ebony.com and frequent MSNBC guest Jamilah Lemieux was criticizing Senator Ted Cruz over his music tastes when she made a comment that had host Ari Melber visibly uncomfortable and, later, apologetic.

She a twisted sistah.

Read it here.

U.S. food stamp dependency continues at unprecedented levels – Watchdog.org

Is there a more accurate indicator of a limping economy?

The “Progressive” Notion Seems To Be…

This reigning foolishness:

in Myths and Fallacies
… that if each individual can, on his or her own, choose which offerings of private businesses to accept and which to reject, and all without having to coordinate these choices with other individuals, people are slaves to corporations –

but that individuals regain their freedom and dignity only by voting to use government power to regulate businesses, with every individual forced to abide by the ‘will’ of the majority.

Instead, power to the people, a.k.a. consumers.

ISIS Club at Cornell? Wow!

Islamic State “freedom fighters” welcome at Cornell University, says this assistant dean, even to set up training camps.

Some of those Ivy League schools are far out.

The archaeologist nun “digs the past but lives in the church of today” — a Catholic New World story

First of a series by the excellent Dolores Madlener, “Conversations with the Consecrated” — that is, religious women, that is nuns. This one a Benedicting, living in community at St. Scholastica Monastery, 7430 N. Ridge Blvd.

“I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, and attended public school all the way through. I’m the middle of three sisters. My dad worked for the state of New Jersey and mom worked in our local libraries when I was in middle school.

As a child of the ’70s, I never thought of being a sister until my late 30s. Before then I had only known three nuns. “I dreamed of being an archeologist. I went on my first dig at 17. I did my B.A. at Boston University, my master’s at the University of Chicago and Ph.D. at Northwestern. I still work part-time as a research associate at U. of C.

I’ve also been cataloging books, photos, religious objects, as well as household items from the oldest Benedictine women’s monastery in the U.S., St. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, which is in the process of closing. Since many monasteries descended from it, including our own, we want to preserve its history — our shared history.”

And standing ovation for the writer of the headline, “She digs,” etc.

Hard Earned, about people barely making it . . .

Interview with Maggie Bowman, producer of Hard Earned

Hard Earned is a six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films and Al Jazeera America that explores the hopes, fears and realities of low-wage American workers, following five families across the country trying to achieve the American Dream. The series is slated to air on Sunday nights beginning May 3rd on Al Jazeera America Presents.

The Hard Earned series producer is Maggie Bowman, directors are Katy Chevigny, Maria Finitzo, Ruth Leitman, Brad Lichtenstein, and Joanna Rudnick, with series editors & co-directors Liz Kaar and David E. Simpson, and executive producers Steve James, Justine Nagan, and Gordon Quinn.

Maggie Bowman talks about it:

Before that world TV premiere, Maggie Bowman, series producer, took the time to tell us about her experiences working on this landmark new series.

Questions and transcription by Mihaela Popescu, Spring ’15 Intern.

Why did you want to make this documentary?
We were in the great position of being approached by Al Jazeera America who had the idea for the series and so they approached Kartemquin. They knew they wanted something on this topic and (executive producer) Justine Nagan put together a team and asked me to be a part of it to try to capture these stories.

Personally, it’s been a topic close to my heart for a very long time, I used to be a Union organizer and spent 5 years working on campaigns to organize low-wage workers into unions so they can improve their wages and working conditions. So, through that work and the approach that Kartemquin takes to making films on social issues, I knew it was a project that I really wanted to be a part of. . . . .

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Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality

The history of our great state:

Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois’ culture of “Where’s mine?” and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace.

In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.

By a couple of people who know.

Immigration activist’s delight — a Doonesbury take-off

A racist has her lunch handed to her.

New by Cynthia Clampitt: Corn in the Heartland

Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland (Heartland Foodways)

Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind’s greatest achievements.

Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world.

Let’s hear it for corn!

(Cynthia is smart on top of smart, riveting when she talks corn. Book has to be good.)

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