Same-sex Marriage Leads Catholic Charities to Adjust Benefits

From the Washington Post:

Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers — the latest fallout from a bitter debate between District officials trying to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District.

Different Interpretations of the Same Picture

I found this on my friend Dalia’s blog where the description read:

When he died, his wife commissioned this sculpture, as an expression of her love for him.
I want love like that.

me too. doesn’t every girl?

I reacted differently to the photo. My first thought was:

Oh. They’ve encased her in Carbonite. She should be quite well protected. If she survived the freezing process, that is.

Comment of the Day

Cornjob wins.

He’s dead meat if he ever does that to one of Patrick Bateman’s business cards!!!

Runner up was Becca:

Ohh my god Chris. Get over it you sado, its an animated film and you should respect your wife for who she is and not be a pervert for a film, your being a bad influance on your son. plus you shouldn’t be imaging yourself runnning away to pandora and leaving YOUR family. Sorry if you don’t agree with me but you shouldn’t say your a horny obsessive man.

Actually, she would have won but her comment wasn’t from today.

Ayn Rand Was a Big Admirer of a Serial Killer

From Alternet:

The best way to get to the bottom of Ayn Rand’s beliefs is to take a look at how she developed the superhero of her novel, Atlas Shrugged, John Galt. Back in the late 1920s, as Ayn Rand was working out her philosophy, she became enthralled by a real-life American serial killer, William Edward Hickman, whose gruesome, sadistic dismemberment of 12-year-old girl named Marion Parker in 1927 shocked the nation. Rand filled her early notebooks with worshipful praise of Hickman. According to biographer Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market, Rand was so smitten with Hickman that she modeled her first literary creation — Danny Renahan, the protagonist of her unfinished first novel, The Little Street — on him.

What did Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: “Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should,” she wrote, gushing that Hickman had “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel ‘other people.'”