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Reflections

Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
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<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>technology
<li>medicine
<li>Church documents
<li>catechesis
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On Turning Over a New Leaf in 21st Century America

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The last thing Old Scratch (I like to call The Evil One "Old Scratch" because he's always scratching away at the scabs on our consciences, or scratching away at our satisfaction with our relationships to make us jealous, resentful, etc., etc., etc.) wants anyone to do is to turn over a new leaf in the book of life and learn something new about themselves, something that can help them in the next stage of growth.

High paid consultants

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Conservative pundits have made much of the fact that many high profile Republican "hopefuls" pay big bucks to campaign consultants, and that these consultants often provide very, very bad advice which the candidate nevertheless takes as gospel. One might profitably assume that not all high-paid consultants are worthy of their fees. The candidate, who pays those fees with money raised during the campaign, not their own money, may well be inclined not to question such value based on the recommendation of political "friends."

The Conservative Political Philosophy and Catholic Social Teaching

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According to Russell Kirk (following the tradition of Edmund Burke), the essence of Conservatism is (depending on how you interpret the role of time and history) " a conservative is a person who prefers the devil he knows to the devil he doesn't. He knows there are always ills and devils in the world, and he would rather get along with present imperfections than dash into some ruinous and impossible scheme of perfectibility." See "The Conservative Mind After Forty Years: An Interview with Russell Kirk."

"Cloward and Piven What?"

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Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were in the news these past few years because their Cloward-Piven strategy was seen by some to inform and to guide the progressive movement. At first blush, it seemed to some people that the strategy was aimed at collapsing the economy. In reality, it was only aimed at collapsing the welfare bureaucracy, so that the welfare state would inaugurate a government-sponsored guaranteed annual income, thus eliminating poverty (or so the delusional theory went).

5 stages of post-election grief

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5 stages of grief (à la Elisabeth Kübler-Ross) over the 2012 election results:

  1. Denial: They must have stolen the election somehow. I demand a recount.
  2. Anger: I'm going to unfriend all my liberal Facebook friends.
  3. Bargaining: Where Speaker Boehner, and other liberal Republicans, are, currently.
  4. Depression: It's hopeless. I'm packing my bags and moving to Canada.
  5. Acceptance: O.k. What would Jesus do?

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