April 19, 2014
"A week after Backer’s interview, when $57 million had already been spent by outside groups on the 2014 midterm elections, David Keating, an advocate of the deregulation of campaign finance, put it simply as “money means speech.” Interestingly, Backer backed off such a stark equivalence. “The court did not say, and really neither does any serious commentator, that money is speech. Money is not speech. Money is a necessary tool to engage in political speech and political association.” Money is not speech; rather, money is a necessary prerequisite. Hence Backer treated the right to spend money (on political campaigns) as essentially the right of free speech applied to politics. In other words, the assumed necessity of money for political speech means that the right of free speech in electoral politics is essentially violated if the right to spend money is severed or even truncated."

http://thewordenreport-governmentandmarkets.blogspot.com/2014/04/is-money-speech.html

April 15, 2014
I had to wear a “space suit” of sorts to watch the lunar eclipse in mid-April. 
http://thewordenreport-mycorner.blogspot.com/2014/04/face-to-face-with-lunar-eclipse.html

I had to wear a “space suit” of sorts to watch the lunar eclipse in mid-April. 

http://thewordenreport-mycorner.blogspot.com/2014/04/face-to-face-with-lunar-eclipse.html

April 15, 2014
Face-to-Face with a Lunar Eclipse

Does it really make a difference whether you go outside to watch a lunar eclipse?

April 13, 2014
Discipleship of Women: Jesus's Wife

Was Jesus married? Did he designate his wife as one of his disciples? Did he include Mary, his mother, as a disciple too? Even if only centuries after Jesus the Egyptian (Coptic) Church held that the answers could be “yes,” news of this historical perspective could reshape how people view today’s Christianity.

April 9, 2014
From: http://thewordenreport.blogspot.com/2014/04/making-matters-worse-global-warming-and.html

From: http://thewordenreport.blogspot.com/2014/04/making-matters-worse-global-warming-and.html

April 9, 2014
Making Matters Worse: Global Warming and Income Inequality

Not only is the world as a whole not reducing carbon emissions; 2012 was a record year!  How could this be?  The answer may lie with Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014
Pro-Second-Vatican-Council Clergy Distrust Traditionalist Vatican Administrations: Translating Ecclesiastical Partisanship

 A majority of catholic priests oppose the new English translation of the Mass’s Missal. Or a minority galvanized to respond to the survey?

April 7, 2014
So Ends an Era: Classic Hollywood Cinema (1930-1950)

With Mickey Rooney’s death, the last major living link back to the classical Hollywood period before 1950 has been lost. Are classic films to live on, rendering the stars immortal?  Not necessarily.

April 6, 2014
The New Birds of Prey in Modern Retail: A Sector of Dysfunctional Organizations

Lines such as, “Unfortunately, the product cannot be returned” bristle with the pathology of an need to control…to be in charge. Yet American stores are saturated with the sickness. Let’s take a look…