“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” (Well, anyway, “tomorrow and tomorrow”)

    Just a reminder that the eighteenth-annual FairMormon conference begins tomorrow and continues through Friday:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658878/The-18th-annual-FairMormon-conference-is-next-week.html   You surely don’t want to be the only person on your block who didn’t attend and who, therefore, has no utterly no clue what people are talking about for the next several days.  Do you?   [Read More…]

A gracious note from the new director of the Maxwell Institute

    “Debts”   This seems to me as apt an occasion as any to append something that I originally posted back in September 2013, under the title of “The Middle Eastern Texts Initative: Farewell and a Retrospective.”  I frequently run into retellings of the saga of my departure from the Maxwell Institute that are as [Read More…]

“Senior GOP Officials Exploring Options If Trump Drops Out”

    This isn’t from the Onion:   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senior-gop-officials-exploring-options-trump-drops/story?id=41089609   From my perspective, of course, ’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.   I expect ABC’s reporting is correct, though, and that Mr. Trump isn’t actually thinking of dropping out of the race.  He is, after all, a supremely egotistical man.   But it’s not [Read More…]

The great fiction

    Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. Frédéric Bastiat     [Read more…]

He continues to dominate the news cycle.

    I want to start posting things against Hillary Clinton.  I really do.   But there’s just so much to say about The Donald!  Every single day, he makes ridiculous, ignorant, silly, crass, offensive, and revealing comments.  I can’t even keep up with him:   “Trump vs. the Khans”   “The Trump Campaign Keeps [Read More…]

“A Mormon Convert’s Clever Response to an Attack on Her Faith”

    This situation was adroitly handled.   Posted from Cedar City, Utah     [Read more…]

“Much Ado About Nothing”

    We caught a very entertaining production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing here last night.  They played the comedic scenes with Beatrice and Benedick really broadly — the scenes with Dogberry, Verges, and the night watch are inescapably and hilariously broad already — and the audience loved it.  (So far as I could tell, [Read More…]

“Jupiter’s giant red storm makes its atmosphere hotter than molten lava”

    You may want to postpone your plans for that Jovian vacation until you can find more suitable clothing:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/health/jupiter-great-red-spot-heat/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool   Fortunately, while it’s an excellent site for extreme sports, there is no evidence whatever that year-round residents of Jupiter are particularly fashion-conscious.   Posted from Cedar City, Utah     [Read more…]

“A First (and Last) Look at the New Mormon Temple”

    In this extensively illustrated article, Philadelphia magazine tours the newly completed Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple:   A First (And Last*) Look at the New Mormon Temple   Posted from Cedar City, Utah     [Read more…]

Attacking the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. soldier

    I’m sorry, folks, but, in my judgment, this man is simply unfit to be president of the United States.  Independently of concerns about Hillary Clinton and questions about Gary Johnson, he is simply unworthy of the office.   “Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’” “Trump’s Vulgar [Read More…]