Obama Hands Back Money Raised by Disgraced Wall Street Financier!

Wait a minute.No.He didn't.Jon Corzine, who ran MF Global into bankruptcy, seems quite acceptable to the Obama campaign:http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/301266/why-trump-bigger-news-say-jon-corzineAfter all, the Democrats are said to be the party of the poor.  And, indeed, they've created a lot of poor people.  Mr. Corzine, in particular, formerly a senator from New Jersey and then a governor of New Jersey, has had experience creating poor people in both the public and … [Read more...]

“Third Nephi: An Incomparable Scripture”

I don't think that I've announced this book yet, which compiles remarks presented during a two-day symposium on the book of 3 Nephi sponsored by the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies (part of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) and held at Brigham Young University in 2008. Here's the Table of Contents:1.  John W. Welch.  "Seeing 3 Nephi as the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon."2.  Dana M. Pike.  "3 Nephi 9:19-20:  The Offering … [Read more...]

“America’s Honor”

My intermittent access to email flared up again briefly just now, and I saw that a longtime friend from BYU undergraduate days living in greater Chicago had sent me a link to a marvelous article about American war heroes.We're a bit past Memorial Day, but this inspiring piece is definitely worth a read:http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/05/americas-honor.php … [Read more...]

Email Withdrawal Derangement Syndrome

BYU's server, through which I do the overwhelming majority of my emails, has been badly acting up since late on Sunday.  I've had some access since then, but only for brief periods.We used to live happy and fulfilling lives without the internet.This is pretty much how I remember the way life used to be:It's difficult to picture that now, though.  When my email goes down for even a short while, I become irritable, nervous, and depressed.  I fell incapacitated.  Wounded.  … [Read more...]

Sad Breaking News

Doc Watson has died.I remember sitting on the floor in a girlfriend's living room in San Gabriel, California, in front of a sofa on which sat Doc Watson and his son Merle.  They did a private concert for us that lasted roughly an hour and a half, or maybe two hours.  It was a remarkable privilege.That must have been about 1969, though it could have been 1970.Mary Z. and I were the only two members of the San Gabriel Valley Bluegrass Association that we knew. … [Read more...]

Obama Campaign Calls Upon Romney to Renounce “Extremists”

This Romney supporter, according to the Obama campaign, is too toxic to be permitted a role in American electoral politics:This major donor to a pro-Obama Super-PAC seems quite unobjectionable, though:As does this couple: … [Read more...]

Muslim Prayers in a Mormon Meetinghouse, and Those Who Just HATE the Idea

This is a wonderful story:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwlAAT7p2X8It's very much in the spirit of the approach to other religious faiths that I favor and advocate.Notice, though, how the Evangelical anti-Mormons who’ve posted it -- thus far, I’ve found no undoctored version of the video on the web -- try to put a negative spin on it.I wish the original broadcast had explained that covering the pictures of Christ on the wall is by no means an anti-Christian gesture, let alone an expression of di … [Read more...]

Academics in Robes, or in Sheets?

Academic convocation at prestigious Mainstream UniversityA non-Mormon professor at a state school in the West skewers anti-Mormon prejudice among his fellow academics and wonders why it's apparently considered socially acceptable:http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/05/29/essay-about-prejudice-academe-against-mormons … [Read more...]