D-Day: How Dare I Forget It?

Good grief.  I'm ashamed.  I almost forgot something that should never, ever, be forgotten.  The day that just concluded, 6 June, was the anniversary of D-Day. A great way to reflect on it, if you have time -- it's only about 13.5 minutes, and you and I really should take the time -- is to listen to this speech, delivered by President Ronald Reagan at Normandy, on the fortieth anniversary of that "longest day," 6 June 1944.In 1984, 6 June was a difficult day to speak.  … [Read more...]

The John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs

One of the most intellectually interesting new ventures in modern Mormonism -- though its interests transcend the denominational boundaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and don't focus primarily or even, really, secondarily on theology as such -- may well be the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs, founded by Brigham Young University political philosopher Ralph C. Hancock.Launched only a few years ago, and still seeking to grow -- … [Read more...]

“A Vote for Romney is a Vote for Satan”

Mitt Romney relaxing at homeJust in case you were wondering.http://votingforsatan.com/ … [Read more...]

A Bogus Anti-Christian Argument Claims Yet Another Naïve Victim

Mithra, with Sun and MoonSometimes, from where I sit, it's just plain depressing.  And frustrating.Only a few minutes ago, I ran across the following on a message board, written by an anonymous woman who apparently lives right here in Utah County:"Any lingering belief I had in Jesus's divinity is now a pile of smouldering ashes. I downloaded a free ebook from www.forgottenbooks.org (I've gotten some really cool free books from there) that was written a century ago. It compares the Jesus … [Read more...]

Ray Bradbury (d. 2012)

Ray Bradbury, writer for The Twilight Zone and author of, among other things, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, and the screenplay for the 1956 John Huston film Moby Dick (starring Gregory Peck), was the patron of my high school writing club.That's not to say that he and I, or he and the club, were intimate pals.But I do remember the time that we had to go out to the west side of Los Angeles to pick him up for a talk.  (He didn't … [Read more...]

Viva Wisconsin!

Congratulations to the voters of Wisconsin for their admirable decision today.Real change.  Offering real hope.Incidentally, I read a piece a few days ago, which I cannot now find, in which the author laid out a way of interpreting the then-still-future Wisconsin results.If Walker were recalled from office, the author said, that would be a very bad omen for Mitt Romney's prospects come November, not only in Wisconsin but nationally.If Walker were to win, but by a very narrow margin, that … [Read more...]

“Greeks Apologise with Huge Horse”

What with all the worry and trouble that Greece's mismanagement of its own economy is causing the rest of Europe and the world as it bravely pioneers the path down which the United States is also descending, it's a real comfort to hear that the Greeks have apologized to the European Union:http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/international/greeks-apologise-with-huge-horse-2012051527146I have no idea at all what this is supposed to depict, nor how on earth it could possibly be connected with a … [Read more...]

“Jus’ Wipe Yer Shoes Off ‘Fore Ya Come In, an’ Please Don’ Bring Yer Pitchfork”

Yes indeed, little people!  British-born Anna Wintour (pronounced "Winter"), editor of the U.S. edition of Vogue, and her friends Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama (pronounced Meeeshell by Ms. Wintour) are saving the two best seats for you and a companion of your choice at an Obama fundraising dinner in New York City on 14 June:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/anna-wintour-obama-video-sarah-jessica-parker_n_1562166.htmlSign up now and win!Anna Wintour, OBEIn case you're … [Read more...]