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Nasty IRS Trick

It’s not too often that my blawg and TDE overlap, but they did yesterday. Readers, especially clergy, might find this article interesting: IRS Attacking Churches. My (perhaps lame) attempt at humor aside, the important thing to take away from the article is this: In order to qualify for a tax deduction for checks in excess of $250, your church’s annual statement of giving must recite that you received an “intangible religious benefit” from your donation.

Something for Lent

I’ve been listening to a lot of Mother Angelica lately. I find something soothing about her delivery (except when she coughs; that’s a bit jarring). I like falling asleep to her. Anyway, even though her videos are all pretty equal in quality, this one was a bit better than the rest (forgive her poorly-informed digression on football) and it pertains to an issue that has long interested me: noise in the world.

I wrote a piece a few years ago for New Pantagruel that identified noise as the eighth capital sin. It appears to have disappeared from cyberspace. I’ll have to see if I can find it in my C drive and post it here. It’s one of my favorite pieces (among the gruel I’ve penned).

Good Late Night

Over the weekend, President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods. Tiger said the president was a very good golfer for a guy who plays only five days a week. Leno

Yesterday Burger King’s official Twitter account got hacked. When asked for comment, people who follow Burger King on twitter were too embarrassed to identify themselves. Conan

Pope Benedict is deaf in one ear. He’s deaf in one ear and also a little bit blind, but boy, he sure could play a mean pinball. Letterman

In a new interview, Bill Gates said he’s not satisfied with the level of innovation at Microsoft. He would’ve said more, but he had to hang up the phone so his assistant could use the Internet. Fallon