Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Little Free-Form Poetry, by ME! :)

All formatting and spelling (or lack thereof) intentional.
And if it turns out something wasn't -- well that just proves the point, I guess.....

Life is messy
 -- No doubt about it!

Some of it can be UNmessed,
Organized, packt up in
Neat little boxes
 -- With straight sides and
Square corners flush and
Trim -- Nary a slot for
Carbon paper a-'tween 'em!

Some of the boxes, on the other
Hand, bulge a little bit,
And the neat little grid
Begins to drift.  The
Yarn loosens,
Unravels a tad, and
Next thing you know you've got a
Hair-Ball on the carpet and no idea
Where the cat went.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Proposal to Fix Immigration, and possibly Unemployment and the Student Debt crisis, too...

I have an idea on how to solve immigration, and I'd like y'all's feedback:

1) Put protections in place for employers who hire illegal immigrants into this program, and for the illegal immigrants volunteering for this system as well.

2) Allow any foreigner who passes muster (normal background checks, not on terrorist watchlist, etc.) to enter this program.

3) Give anyone who completes this path full citizenship upon completion, assuming certain minimums of behavior in the interim (i.e. annual background checks, drug testing, etc., including a final comprehensive review at the end)

4) To prevent abuse by both the employers and the employees, set certain reasonable minimums on the contracts involved in this program.  These limits would initially be set by Congress, but the State Legislatures could amend these on an ongoing bases at will.

5) Tax Credits may or may not be offered by the States or the Congress for participation in the program.

6) The system is proposed as follows:

a) Allow and encourage employers to offer indentures.

b) Require indentures to be registered.

c) Repeal or adjust any laws preventing or harming enforcement of indenture contracts, including any "no debtor's prison" laws, to allow for full enforcement.  This might require a Constitutional Amendment, so as to override any State and Local Laws, and to create a Constitutional basis for Federal enforcement.

As far as fixing unemployment and the student debt crises as well, 4), 5), and 6) c), if done properly, could also open the door to domestic use of this instrument.

What do y'all think?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

On the nature of the Western confessions...

In this excellent romp through Church History, Khomiakov elucidates the impetus and disease underlying the Western Schism, and the means of its healing, clearly identifying the core values of the Western Schism in its two halves (Romanism and Protestantism [and touching on the two further halves of this as well]).

Highly accessible to both scholar and layperson alike, this article includes a brilliant (and I dare say holy) description of the Orthodox Church, and a careful but direct demarcation of the ground it stands on (and a critical comparison of that solid rock to the shifting sands of the West).

The reader will also have obtained, by the end of the piece, a clear understanding of the reason that the filioque controversy is such a touchstone, and was the watershed of the schism, without having to melt his or her brain by touching (beyond the broad ecclesiological considerations being discussed, of course) on the particulars of the doctrine and/or the specific theological implications of its acceptance in the West, nor the particular theological reasons for its rejection by the East.


(NOTE: In the article, the Translator notes that Khomiakov may be referring in a particular place to an earlier article of his, entitled "The Church is One", and the webmaster provides a link.   However, that link is broken in the above linked version of the article.  Here is a substitute link: