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January 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

When you have warnings of impending civil war to wake you up?

In North Carolina, the Repub governor lost re-election, so the Repub legislature convened a special session to limit powers of the post.

Democrats nationwide howled w/ justified outrage; as we all know, legislators who dislike a governor should flee state to block quorum…

…facilitate occupation of government buildings by mobs, and have allies execute secret raids on homes on the governor’s supporters.

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1) cold Civil War
2) targeted political violence, mostly short of murder
3) political violence with murder as the default
4) Civil War II
We’re in Stage 1 now. Stages 2 and 3 are what we’re concerned with: the public getting mobilized. What’d that look like, on Left and Right?

thus David Hines

People forget that the Spanish Civil War didn’t just happen out of the blue. The immediate trigger was quasi-official leftist paramilitaries assassinating Calvo Sotelo, who was the leader of the revolutionary right. And there was much build-up before that.

Arguably Mr. Hines’ own post is itself another omen, however slight.

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January 16th, 2017 09:34:09

Extended Rationale for Presidential Election Process, Federal Constitution v2.0 Draft Revision 2

January 13th, 2017 by Publius

The Committee is gratified by the response to Federal Constitution v2.0, Draft Revision 2. Public comments received to date have highlighted the need to publish a more extended rationale for Presidential Election Process v2.0 Draft 2.

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January 13th, 2017 13:31:15

We fear the demands of children on our charity

January 13th, 2017 by Vader

Julia Yost has an unconventional and sympathetic interpretation of a film I never care to see.

As one whose own children have been a bit problematic, I found this a fascinating insight.

 

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January 13th, 2017 11:59:58

The Past is a Foreign Country, Part [Large Number]

January 12th, 2017 by G.

For those of us who are inclined to believe that the Left is coherent across time and has been winning for many,  many decades, its worth grappling with the Archdruid Report’s latest.

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January 12th, 2017 07:49:46

Sex and Other Things Ye Know by Their Fruits

January 12th, 2017 by G.

Our friend the Bonald points to various scientists answering the question of what scientific concept they wish were more widely understood.  Signaling, one says.  The sexes, another says.  They are, like, real,  man.  The one that made me laugh was the scientist who said, the scientific method.  Not peer review, “consensus,” sophisticated models.  It’s coming up with ideas and testing them over and over.  Amen.

Which brings me to Wm. Briggs’ book on statistics.  My acumen for statistics and modeling, assuming I have any, is currently resting.  (more…)

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January 12th, 2017 07:42:06

Update Available: Federal Constitution v2.0, draft revision 2

January 11th, 2017 by Publius

Normative text is displayed in black. Archaic spellings and capitalization have been modernized. Annotation to distinguish changes from version 1.27 has been dropped, on the grounds that it was visually confusing and tended to steer reviewers away from careful review of the original test of version 1.27.

Rationale is displayed in red. Rationale is non-normative, but is provided to call out differences from release 1.27, better define terms of art, offer the reasoning behind the normative text, and offer other clarifications.

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January 11th, 2017 12:54:24

All Things

January 11th, 2017 by G.

Everything bitter and bleak you might say about life is true.

Everything joyful and hopeful you might say about life is also true. (more…)

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January 11th, 2017 11:54:39

Canning Jar Mormonism

January 10th, 2017 by G.

Image result for canning jars

 

I have probably said something snide about “checklist” Mormonism a time or two.  But rules, checklists, and practicality have the same relationship to spirituality that flesh has to spirit.  The former provides form, content, and meaning to the latter.  The former is often the best route to the latter.  Eating is more important than studying nutritional principles.

I have read and written breathless little sermons on the spiritual value of gardening.  The glories of creation and all that.  I love them.

But the Mormon says, “Why should you garden?  For the cheap vegetables.” (NB: it takes a fair amount of mental independence these days to grow cheap vegetables. Much of the gardening advice out there will get you growing very expensive vegetables indeed.) (more…)

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January 10th, 2017 08:30:29

The Sacrament of Friendship

January 09th, 2017 by G.

I have regretted that we don’t have a friendship ordinance (for our non-Mormon friends, “ordinance” is the Mormon word for a sacrament).  Friendship bonds are holy bonds.  I would like them to be sealed.

Yesterday I wondered if maybe we do have such an ordinance. (more…)

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January 09th, 2017 08:16:34

The Last Day of Christmas

January 06th, 2017 by G.

Image result for temple square christmas crowd

 

Every year there is an end to Christmas day and an end to the Christmas season.  It is always a bit melancholy.  Each of us will have a last Christmas of our life.  That will be a bit melancholy too.

Our kind of Christmas will end someday too.  Someday there will be a Last Christmas within the circle of the world.

 

But this year I have had an intimation that at the true last Christmas, Christ will be there.  It will not be sad at all. (more…)

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January 06th, 2017 20:46:03

Critiquing the Butterfly Effect

January 05th, 2017 by G.

The initial intervention is assumed to be uncaused – hence undetermined – while everything after that point is assumed to be determined (albeit in a non-linear fashion).

 

-thus Bruce Charlton

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January 05th, 2017 16:20:58

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

January 05th, 2017 by G.

 

Helpless as a Baby and Helpless as a Child–what we learn from Christ taking on the feeble helplessness of an infant.

How we are Mary and Overlooked Christmas Scriptures and We are Joseph and Mary and Holding the Messiah–four essays on being a father or a mother or a recipient of revelation. See also this brief meditation on the comparison between Mary and the tree of life.

holly and ivy

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January 05th, 2017 08:30:19

All Girls’ Magazines are Terrible

January 03rd, 2017 by G.

That rumble you hear is me saying AMEN.

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January 03rd, 2017 14:07:26

Bride of Christ, Marriage of The Lamb

January 03rd, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

The Book of Revelation is an exceedingly mysterious and symbolic text; and I have never been convinced by any particular interpretation of its meanings.

It seems like a multi-referential code, understandable to an initiate of the time, no doubt; but whose ‘key’ has been (to a significant extent) lost. Consequently, guesswork is required, and results will be tentative… (more…)

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January 03rd, 2017 08:31:09

Fitly Framed

January 03rd, 2017 by G.

The full gospel is very full.

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January 03rd, 2017 08:30:57