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The progressive's "anagogical sense" of Constitutional interpretation

Scripture is written by people. Inspired scripture is written by people under God's inspiration. Inspired scripture is inherently deeper than that which is not. The Church has recognized this point, and discerned three spiritual senses of interpretation (allegorical, moral and anagogical) of the canon of scripture to supplement the literal interpretation. To tease out the literal interpretation, it can be necessary to apply technical means such as historical and literary criticism. What did the original human author intend to convey?

Marijuana, sex and dependency

Since the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized private use of marijuana (see "Colorado and Washington Blazed a Marijuana Legalization Trail: Should Others Follow?"), moral conservatives all over have objected to its coming impact on youth. One of the more interesting arguments is a very old one, that marijuana is a gateway drug. (So are chocolate and taco chips and spectator football.

Population control hysteria, the progressive movement and the world's elites

Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens' A Chistmas Carol. One of Scrooge's most remembered comments is in response to a solicitation from unnamed gentlemen on behalf of the poor. “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge's blunt response was typical of many business class people of his day, It was not generally so publically stated by members of the Progressive Movement, but their general sympathy for the arguments of the Eugenics Movement and the creed of the Malthusians is well known to historians.

Pope Francis under fire from the right.

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Pope Francis has used language to describe problems in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, which has rubbed some sensitive areas among some in the conservative blogosphere/talk radio world. The Pope, of course, has admitted recently that he is not an expert on the technical matters of an economic system.

The geek's bane

One of the more common approaches hackers take in attacking a large web site is known as DOS, or denial of service. The method is to attack and exploit personal computers using a variety of Trojan Horse methods (enticing emails, official looking or otherwise enticing websites with "poison apples", enticing downloads loaded with computer viruses, etc.) to install automatic programs that can be directed by instructions from a remote computer. These PCs, once appropriated in this way, are directed to attack the target site with a level of "traffic" the site is not equipped to handle.

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