“The Republican Party Going to the Right House”

      1860 was the year in which the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, won the White House.  However great we may now think he was, though, he didn’t have universal support among the voters.  Nor, for that matter, among editorial cartoonists.  Take a look, for instance, at the 1860 political cartoon shown above. [Read More…]

“Eternal Man: Reflections on the Life and Thought of Truman G. Madsen”

    Truman Madsen (1926-2009) had an enormous impact on me when I was in my late teens, at a pivotal moment of my life.  Much of what I’ve done since then, including my decision to come to BYU as an undergraduate, has been affected by that impact.   It was hearing him speak — [Read More…]

“More Book of Mormon Wordplays: A New Proposal Involving ‘Noah'”

    A nice summary:   https://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/04/more-book-of-mormon-wordplays-new.html     [Read more…]

Is a major earthquake imminent in New Zealand?

    This article suggests that the odds are somewhat higher than previously thought:   “Ripple effects of New Zealand earthquake continue to this day”     [Read more…]

ANAA: The Americans with No Abilities Act

      Dallas Jolley has granted me permission to repost this item, which, he says, comes from a friend:   The Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA). The Democratic Senate is considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a [Read More…]

“Irrational fear of sharī’ah law — what of Jewish (Halakha) courts or Mormons?”

    There is considerable truth in this:   http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2017/02/irrational-fear-of-shari-ah-law-what-of-jewish-halakha-courts-or-mormons-001488941.html     [Read more…]

From the author of “Intellectuals”

    “One of the categories of people I don’t like much are intellectuals.  People say, ‘Oh, you’re an intellectual,’ and I say, ‘No!’  What is an intellectual?  An intellectual is somebody who thinks ideas are more important than people.” Paul Johnson   [Read more…]

“The O’Reilly Divide”

    I think that this is a pretty perceptive and insightful article about a division within (broadly speaking) American conservative ranks:   “The O’Reilly Divide”   [Read more…]

“New book tells how Quincy offered refuge to fleeing Mormons in 1839”

    Blessings on the people of Quincy in the 1830s and 1840s, and upon John Wood:   http://www.whig.com/20170213/new-book-tells-how-quincy-offered-refuge-to-fleeing-mormons-in-1839   A small thing:  Whenever I’ve been in the area, I’ve always tried to spend a bit of money (for groceries, or a meal, or gas, or something) in Quincy.  It’s a very insignificant way of signaling my [Read More…]

Scientific American: “We Live in a Pre-Truth Universe”

    A very short but quite important statement, making a point that needs to be kept in mind:   https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/we-live-in-a-pre-truth-universe/?WT.mc_id=send-to-friend     [Read more…]