The Daily Roundup

30 Mar

The pace of news wasn’t as fast as yesterday and there were no significant breaking stories.

Which means that today’s column by David Brooks in The New York Times is my number one recommended read for today.

Brooks examines the causes of happiness and what makes and keeps people and societies happy. While the information may not necessarily be new to you, Brooks puts an interesting twist on it using Sandra Bullock as an example.

His main point is that the quality of our relationships have a much greater effect on our happiness than our wealth or status.

Nullification. It’s been a dead and invalid legal concept since the Civil War, but recently the idea has reappeared as an argument opponents of the new health care reform law are using.

Essentially nullification refers to the idea that states can ignore or refuse to enforce federal law with which they don’t agree. It places states above the federal government.

No one has taken nullification seriously until now largely because it is not held to be a constitutionally supported concept. A few lawmakers and state officials throughout the country have revived the argument or have described nullification-like methods that they would support in order to block implementation of the new health care law.

The New Republic story on the legal concept is a worthy read.

The Large Hadron Collider began experiments this week. The world did not end, as some thought.

Evangelistic atheist Christopher Hitchens appeared on MSNBC today to speak about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and its connection with the Pope.

Although my worldview is the polar opposite of Mr. Hitchens, that does not diminish several of his points raised in this clip. As I see it, as the scandal continues to engulf the Church, this becomes a test for not only the Catholic Church, but also Christianity as a whole because how the Catholic Church handles this crisis I’m afraid will shape how Christianity is viewed by millions of people.

The Church’s unwillingness as of yet to turn these priests over to the authorities is not good and it paints the Church as an institution that protects its clergy at the cost of justice.

Last year several Republicans in Congress derided the Census, complaining about how the Census was being handled among other issues.

One of the more far-reaching non-accusation accusations (kind of like a non-denial denial) came from Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Now, as the Census actually is being conducted, the government is finding that returns of Census forms are way down in some Republican areas, specifically in Texas, because anti-government conservatives are not turning the forms in.

Ironically, for protested who feel alienated and threatened by their government, failing to fill out the Census will result in even more alienation as federal funding will diminish.

The Houston Chronicle has the story.

And that’s The Daily Roundup. Have a great evening.

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