Theology of Healing Series–Monsignor Douglas Raun

Theology of Healing – Part 1

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Theology of Healing – Part 2

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Whoopie Pie – Looks like a Moon Pie to Me

Looks like a Moon Pie to me!

Looks like a jazzed-up Moon Pie to me!

The Whoopie pie seeping the nation!


Whoopie pies have been on the rise for several years, and nobody can pinpoint the reason they finally broke into the national consciousness. But the snacks evoke a more homespun era that seems to provide some comfort amid the economic gloom. “Pure edible nostalgia,” the Williams-Sonoma catalog calls them.

How the cookies traveled to Maine is a mystery, however. One theory holds that whoopie pies were brought north during the Great Depression through the Yummy Book, a recipe pamphlet first published in 1930 by Durkee-Mower, the Massachusetts company that makes Fluff.

Recipe -Adapted from Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Camelot for the Masses – “Obamalot”

According  to Hot Air, the Washington Times found “the motherload.” Says Hot Air, “While publicly identifying with the nation’s have-nots, the Obama administration has been cultivating the Beltway social elite behind the scenes.”

In the vernacular of the tax-paying masses, Obama’s hobb-nobbings are just another “loada’ __.” Obama seeks to ingratiate himself with high society despite the imprinted image of  just-plain-folk representing “the humble masses yearning to breath free.”  Not much free for the tax-paying middle class,while the air of  neo-Camelot-ary reigns in Obamalot.  While Obama reaches into our pockets, his “outreach to the luxury lifestyle glossies, which cater to the region’s highest socioeconomic strata with knowing coverage of everything from the choicest real estate and most exclusive parties to the plushest resorts and spas, is not the only recent evidence that the Obama administration is eager to forge ties with the nation’s social and style arbiters.”

Says Hot Air:

Charming the local (and not so local) power structure is good, smart politics, as is having dozens of interest groups aligned on your side coordinating their message with a daily phone call. And just as conservative groups could never get away with that without dark media insinuations about the “right-wing noise machine” building a wall of propaganda around the White House, George W. Bush could never have gotten away with holding a strategy session on how to glad-hand the D.C. glitterati while issuing near-hourly warnings about how we’re on the brink of Great Depression II. I can just picture the mocking nut-roots YouTube clips, destined to be recycled on “Hardball” and “Countdown”: First a quote from a story about Bush’s interest in socializing, then a clip of him and Laura dressed in finery and dancing at an inaugural ball as graphics about the market’s implosion and this year’s $1.75 trillion deficit roll merrily by. They’re … out of touch, you see. Exit question: Couldn’t the meeting have been postponed until, oh, say, after Geithner came up with a bank rescue plan and Treasury had been staffed? This isn’t going to reassure George Will or Tom Friedman about Obama’s ability to prioritize.

Reality Check


NOTA BENE: The unemployment rate after the 1929 Market Crash did not turn down significantly until the United States entered World War II.

The much acclaimed New Deal of FDR is presently being heralded as having saved the economy, and bringing down the high unemployment rates of the Depression.  As you can see, That presumption is unfounded in the fact and numbers of actual history.

Beware the hype!   The New Administration saying that such New Deal spending will bring down unemployment rates in our present economy will not make it so.

We hear that our unemployment figures are “the worst since the Depression.”  Look at the real picture over time to get a perspective based on the actual numbers.   Notice, we are nowhere near the unemployment rate of the depression years, and notably below the high of the eighties.  The problems of our economy are being compounded by irresponsible media and Presidential spin.

Source for unemployment rates here.