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Commentary on an extended piece by an outsider.

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.

Who are the real gatekeepers?


"A woman last week described on Salon the experience of her photo going viral and how she clawed back control, first by reining in her privacy settings and then by sending copyright violation notices to sites that had shared her picture. It was "tedious, like pulling weeds out of the planet's largest garden," she says, but ultimately fulfilling. And a reminder that, however omnipotent the internet can feel, we can control much of the life we live in it. It's not hopeless, or scary, or ignorable, or fixed. It's just… real life." From "Is technology bad for us?" by Eva Wiseman.

Is the canon of scripture closed?


The question is raised by John Turner at First Things on the Square in " How Does God Still Speak?". I comment as follows:.

It seems to me the question posed here is not as difficult to address as it may seem at first blush.


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