Of Bags, Bugs, and Bandits

Spread the word

  Sic et Non aspires not only to be a beacon of reason and sanity -- which, plainly, it's achieved with consistent success since its first entry (as measured, among other things, by the derision it's unfailingly attracted from the unreasonable and the . . . well, from certain other types) -- but to be useful in daily life. Herewith, accordingly, a couple of important notices: 1)  You might want to reconsider your use of those environment-friendly … [Read more...]

Friend of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative to Speak at UCLA

The announcement from UCLA

 Mr. Khosrow B. Semnani, a crucial friend of BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) and a personal friend of mine, will be speaking at Josiah Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles on 28 January at 5 PM.  His topic is "Iran's Nuclear Gamble."     … [Read more...]

Member of the “Interpreter” Board to Deliver BYU Devotional Next Week

Professor David R. Seely

  David Seely, a member of Interpreter's board of editors, will deliver the BYU devotional address next week: http://news.byu.edu/archive13-jan-seely.aspx?utm_campaign=01242013&utm_source=ynews&utm_medium=emailhtml   … [Read more...]

“When it comes to religious differences, first show charity, then get charity.”

The Baha’i Temple in New Delhi, India

  My column for this morning in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765620918/When-it-comes-to-religious-differences-first-show-charity-then-get-charity.html  … [Read more...]

Put these on your calendar!

Professor Royal Skousen

   A Series of Lectures by Professor Royal Skousen The Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and the Harold B. Lee Library are sponsoring a series of lectures by Professor Royal Skousen on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.There will be three lectures in this series:25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned about the Book of Mormon Text "The Original and Printer's Manuscripts" Tuesday, February 26 "The Printed Editions" Tuesday, March 5 "The … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King, Part III, or The Human Comedy

Not Martin Luther King

 An interesting perspective on the contemporary image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. I was exceptionally busy over the weekend and on Monday and heard little if any news or anything else on either radio or television.  And I fell l behind on my newspapers.  So I don't know whether Mr. Habeeb's prediction was fulfilled.  But I expect that it was. And incidentally, while I'm at it:  My two prior posts regarding MLK -- here and here -- have, as I've indicated, ear … [Read more...]

The Abyss of Romneyism Recedes Harmlessly into the Distance

Four More Years!  (And, If Certain Proposed Legislation is Adopted, Eight More, or Even Twelve, or . . . !)

 Mercifully, The One was inaugurated yesterday, and not Mitt Romney.  A newly disclosed fragment from Mr., Romney's projected inaugural address plainly shows that Barack Obama was directly responding to the evils of Romneyism in his immortal remarks from yesterday. And newly revealed details about the Romney Presidential Team show the nature of the catastrophe that we barely averted by re-electing The One. Hallelujah!   … [Read more...]

Once More, Briefly, on Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  My blog entry about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., posted yesterday, has thus far earned me accusations of "sophistry," "racism," dishonesty, sympathy for segregation and slavery, ideological alliance with the Ku Klux Klan, and having led a "little," "arrogant," and essentially worthless life. Such responses have fascinated me, since the point that I was making was simply that flawed people can, despite their failures and failings, be great -- and that Dr. King, … [Read more...]