A shocking Hollywood scandal!


  This man should never work again in that town.  He should be run out on a rail for his remarks: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/famous-actor-matthew-mcconaughey-takes-bold-stand/ Unbelievable, in this day and age, that a popular Hollywood actor would say such horrifying things.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 17

Abinadi about to be burned

  Three notes about today's reading, Mosiah 17: 1. Royal Skousen suggests a "conjectural emendation" -- in other words, an adjustment to a text based on other considerations but lacking direct manuscript support -- for Mosiah 17:13: He suspects that, when it's said of Abinadi that his royal executioners "scourged his skin with faggots, yea, even unto death," it should actually read that they "scorched his skin with faggots."  (See Pr … [Read more...]

Faith and Seeing

Bishop of Hippo

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Another reason to favor free markets

South China water

  I've finally read a brief article in the Economist that I've been meaning to get to for quite a while, from an issue back on 27 September 2014: China's South-North Water Diversion Project has cost tens of billions of dollars and -- the country is ruled by a dictatorship, remember -- evicted more than 300,000 people.  It's created a canal that's over 750 miles long, to transfer water from the lush and well-supplied south of China to the grain-growing areas ne … [Read more...]

Mosiah 16

Walter Rane's Noah and Abinadi

  1. Today's reading, Mosiah 16, suggests to me that it isn't mere honest, sincere error that God punishes, but actual rebellion. The wicked, says verse 2, are those who "would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord."  (The would not here probably isn't a simple past tense of the verb to be; rather, it's the past tense of the verb to will.) A wicked person, says verse 5, is in "rebellion against God" and is, thus, "an enemy to Go … [Read more...]

Eleven-year-old football sensation

Sam didn't make the photo that day?

  Have you heard of Sam Gordon?  Also known as "Sweet Feet"? Did you know that Samantha -- that's her full first name -- is a Latter-day Saint? http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/blog/post/16248/11-year-old-football-phenom-sam-gordon-not-stopped?ex_cid=sportscenterFB  Posted from San Diego, California … [Read more...]

Time well spent

The San Diego Temple with nativity scene

  I always feel that, if I've been to the temple on a given day, it's been a good and productive day whether or not I accomplish anything else. Today has been a good day. We participated in a Spanish-language session, which was fun.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Tales from the Dark Side

Dehlin's a real poser. (Jn at least one sense, and possibly two.)

  Today is the fifty-first anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  I'm an officially certified geezer now, and I can still remember aspects of that day -- and of the days that followed -- with considerable clarity. Many still puzzle over that assassination. A few of us, however, are puzzled when we read things like this: http://www.allenwyatt.com/blog/hubris-and-the-straw-man/ And particularly so in … [Read more...]