Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Who Needs Greece When You’ve Got Chicago; Thoughts from the other side of the Obergefell decision...more

Thoughts from the other side of the Obergefell decision ...Was it once common for Americans to delay sex until marriage? Yes. Did they once avoid divorce if humanly possible? Did the law once lend its authority to chastity and the preservation of marriages? Yes. Unquestionably. But once the birth-control pill, legalized abortion, and the removal of legal sanction changed the calculus of consequence, Americans moved in a different direction en masse. It wasn’t a desire to be faithful to God and his design that sustained more traditional sexual behaviors. It was a flatly utilitarian calculation. Once that changed, America changed. I don’t think it was ever going to be possible to maintain the old consensus on marriage, including gay marriage, in a time in which sex is much more about pleasure than it is about conceiving children.

The change is almost like the plot of a sci-fi novel in which a sentient planet begins to exert an impact on human beings. Gay marriage seems almost like an ecological strategy of some green mega-mind. “A significant percentage of unions henceforth must not be fruitful. Thus, the male-male and the female-female relationship must come to represent a larger portion of potential couplings. This strategy will join the pharmocological and surgical methods.”...

...In any event, it’s no surprise that a federal education program is moving beyond assessing academic knowledge and into the realm of attitudes, mindsets, and dispositions. For years now, the federal government has openly advocated teaching and measuring the “appropriate” (that is, government-approved) mindsets for students. The concept is known as “social/emotional learning,” or SEL...

Who Needs Greece When You’ve Got Chicago?
The “internal contradictions” of socialism are now becoming distressingly external. Surprise!

The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs. The meet the $634 million obligation, the board used a combination of borrowed money, $200 million dollars in cuts and layoffs it promised before talks with the Chicago Teachers Union broke down last week.

The board is expected to lay off 1,400 employees, and Interim Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz said in a statement that classrooms will be impacted. “As we have said, CPS could not make the payment and keep cuts away from the classroom,” he said.

FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning.

Agents confirm the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in and around Sacramento, the state's capital.

FBI agents declined to specify how significantly the attack affected customers, citing the ongoing investigation. In Tuesday's attack, someone broke into an underground vault and cut three fiber-optic cables belonging to Colorado-based service providers Level 3 and Zayo...

The Gospel According to Pixar   ...Good stories, of course, draw on familiar themes and story arcs that audiences connect with easily, even if they’re not necessarily the "target audience." Good stories point to truths beyond the story itself.

Pixar movies touch our hearts precisely because they tap into deep truths.

As you may already know, Pixar's movie catalog offers plenty of spiritual messages we can identify. Unfortunately, we can't look at all of them. So here are four examples from recent films, including this weekend's Inside Out—don't worry, I won't spoil anything...


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