May 15, 2015

Seven (or Ten) Quick Takes, as Made Popular by Jennifer Fulwiler

Ascension Thursday is moved to Sunday here in Columbus. Presumably the local bishop checked with Jesus and found that contrary to popular opinion He rose 43 days after Easter. (I jest...not that big a deal to me when it's celebrated.)


So, I'm guessing George Stephanopoulos didn't do his homework before donating to Clinton Foundation.

Being a Clinton sycophant must be like being in the Mafia or a resident of the roach motel - you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave.

From the "You can't make this up" dep't:
[Clinton Cash author Peter] Schweizer... accused Stephanopoulos of a "massive breach of ethical standards," writing in an email to Bloomberg Politics that he was "really quite stunned by this...He fairly noted [during the This Week appearance] my four months working as a speechwriter for George W. Bush. But he didn't disclose this?”

I'm amazed by folks who learn language via foreign language TV.  When I hear a Spanish-speaking show, it all seems so fast-talking and the words unclear that it seems like it would take forever to actually understand consecutive sentences.


Ben Franklin recommended sexual indulgence only for “health or offspring”. Even back then a bit of the cult of the therapeutic? Was it “what's love got to do, got to do with it?”


Read another 40 pages of The Circle. Man is it good. Just a master touch, Eggers has. He taps into that uneasiness many of us feel over the idea of our lives open and transparent with a constant social presence. He even provokes thought about I long to discover things about my ancestors that are perhaps in some ways invasions of their privacy.


Nice meditation from Dale Alquist on sex and God.


The shoeshine guy at my barbershop is the product of a black father and white mother and looks black, but calls himself mixed and says he doesn't want to work for a particular shop on the south side because “they're all black there.” His friend told him he should look in the mirror. He's the opposite of Obama, who doesn't appear to see his white mother and wouldn't call himself of mixed ancestry if his life depended on it.


A rogue Amtrak driver equals underfunding in Democrat logic/illogic.

(Although it's true we should spend more on infrastructure in general.  Though one for my oxymoron collection is "shovel-ready projects".)


On a more edifying note...Fascinating Scriptural line from gospel the other day, John 16:14:

    "He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

That's a counter-cultural view of glorification!  And one I think the saints have closely adhered to - this notion that to lose is to gain, to give up what his mine (my body, my life) in order to declare it to God or neighbor.

When Jesus said that his disciples will do greater things than him, perhaps he was not thinking the way most of us reflexively think of “greater things” (i.e. performance of even greater miracles) but in the bearing of greater sufferings?


From John Zmirak post:
“[Jeb Bush] even made a not-so-subtle dig at the Kennedy clan, citing politicians whose religious convictions are so private that they don’t even influence their personal lives.”

And another line:
There’s an old joke that goes: Catholics preach salvation through faith and works, Protestants through faith alone; but in reality, most Catholics preach works but rely on faith, while Protestants preach faith but practice works.

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