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Immortal words?

President Abraham Lincoln is popularly credited with having delivered one of the greatest orations of all time, known as the Gettysburg Address. It seems to me this speech has much poetry and surprisingly little real substance. And should the great American experiment collapse from the weight of the progress-inspired contradictions of the last couple of centuries, people will eventually realize that the speech failed to provide much in the way of prophesy.

Technical challenges of the healthcare enrollment website...


As any systems engineer can tell you, there are a number of major technical challenges in implementing a system as large as the federal healthcare enrollment website. They include (1) defining healthcare benefits data standards for the purpose of information interchange, (2) defining plan enrollment rules to define the operation of the website, (3) defining plan implementation rules and standards to qualify participating companies, (4) defining customer plan qualification rules to determine eligibility standards for customers with a given medical history, income, etc.

America 3.0?


In "America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America", authors James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus have given us an optimistic look into a possible future.

The Party of Lincoln or the party of Lincolns (Continentals)?


Republican bigwigs have been attacking the upstarts as if they were an invading foreign organism. (See, for example, "WashPost Front-page Lecture: GOP Must Save Itself from 'Self-Destructive Impulses of the Tea Party'.") How did the Republican Party come to regard Constitutional government as a foreign concept? Why?

Why pray?


I learned a new word, today: "impetrate." It occurs in Aquinas' Summa. (Question 83, Article 2, in the part on virtues.) It means "to obtain by asking" or perhaps more accurately "by entreating, as in prayer" ... "For we pray not that we may change the Divine disposition, but that we may impetrate that which God has disposed to be fulfilled by our prayers [sic] in other words 'that by asking, men may deserve to receive what Almighty God from eternity has disposed to give, as Gregory [that is, Pope St. Gregory the Great] says (Dial.


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