Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Egypt’s Christians Are Facing a Jihad
Nina Shea, National Review Online

As of Sunday night, some 58 churches, as well as several convents, monasteries, and schools, dozens of Christian homes and businesses, even the YMCA, have been documented as looted and burned or subject to other destruction by Islamist rioters.

The Texafication of American Catholicism
Michael Moreland, Mirror of Justice

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced earlier this summer that he is running for Governor, but a neglected aspect of the coverage was that Abbott (the favorite in the race next year) would, to my knowledge, be the first Catholic to hold major (Governor or US Senator) statewide office in Texas.

Michigan among states profiting most from ‘sin taxes’
Mike Sauter , Detroit Free Press

In 2011, state governments collected more than $50 billion in taxes and proceeds from vice: gambling, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers
Jerry Brito and Andrea Castillo , Mercatus Center

The characteristics that make Bitcoin so innovative have also made it a target for regulators, who fear that the cryptocurrency will aid tax evasion, money laundering, and other crimes.