Links for December 26, 2013

Jumping over the subway

Jumping in the 145th Street Station | December 6, 2013 | gothamist

As Lutherans exit pew in Brooklyn Church, Arab Christians move in | A misleading headline; the church is a Lutheran church with a growing ministry to the Arabic speaking community in Brooklyn. Just because they’re not white and German doesn’t mean they aren’t Lutherans (or will be). | December 23, 2013 | New York Times

Comedian Aamer Rahman on Reverse Racism | Yep. | December 2, 2013 | The Hairpin

A Brooklyn Church Uncovers a Long Hidden Celestial Scene | December 25, 2013 | New York Times

Steve Harvey and President Obama surprise some White House tours | December 18, 2013 | People

This Chart Blows Up The Myth of the Welfare Queen | This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don’t. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile, they spend a third less on food, half as much on housing, and 60 percent less on entertainment. | December 17, 2013 | The Atlantic

Peyton Manning RSVPs to a fan’s wedding | December 3, 2013 | First and Orange