“Some background notes about the Islamic State”

The Islamic State's five-year strategic goal

  Today's bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson column is now up,  I hope that it helps at least a little bit in understanding some of the current headlines in the news.  (There's only so much that can be done within <740 words, of course.) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865612364/Some-background-notes-about-the-Islamic-State.html  Posted from Koloa, Kaua’i, Hawai’i    … [Read more...]

“The Economist” calls for the abolition of money

American banknotes

  Well, not quite.  But a fascinating article in the 20 September 2014 issue of The Economist does advocate the abolition of cash, arguing that doing away with coins and banknotes would bring enormous benefits. Already -- and, with the ever-increasing prevalence of electronic transactions, the numbers will surely decline even further -- exchanges in notes and coin make up only 10% of American economic activity, and, in the United Kingdom, only 3%.  According to … [Read more...]

Threats to Christians in higher education

Under siege at Gordon College

  Religious freedom on college campuses has just taken an unmistakably major hit: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389482/forgotten-freedom-freedom-association-maggie-gallagher And, in related news (also contained in the article just above), I can see a danger in the not too distant future to BYU's accreditation.  See here for another … [Read more...]

“Hitting ISIS everywhere but where it matters”

Near Kobane

   http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/10/03/hitting-isis-everywhere-but-where-it-matters/  Posted from Koloa, Kaua’i, Hawai’i  … [Read more...]

There will be worship.

Orwell's conclusion to "1984"

   "Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God." G. K. Chesterton, Christendom in Dublin (1933)Think of the French Revolution's Culte de la Raison, of the Führer and the Third Reich, of the essentially scriptural "thoughts" of Chairman Mao, of the League of the Militant Godless and the omniscient will of the party of the revolutionary Soviet proletariat, and of the idolatry demanded and received by the Kim dynasty in Pyongyang.Posted from Koloa, Kaua’i, H … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 10

Lehi sermonizing at Jerusalem

  I'm quite late, but it's still very much 3 October where I'm writing.  So today's reading is still 2 Nephi 10. Especially if one views of the Book of Mormon as a modern production, and especially in the light of the horrific treatment of Jews that has repeatedly scarred human history during the years intervening since 1830, it would be easy to suspect that 2 Nephi 10:3 is an expression of antisemitism when it refers to "the Jews, . . . those who are the more w … [Read more...]

“Kudos to Panetta for telling truth about Obama and Iraq”

Sec. Panetta

  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/03/kudos-to-panetta-for-telling-truth-about-obama-and-iraq/  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

Meet Peter Kassig. ISIS has him.

Peter Edward Kassig

  ISIS is a nihilistic death cult that brutally murders aid workers.   That provides a pretty clear look into their souls, or their lack thereof: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/03/world/meast/isis-peter-kassig/index.html?hpt=hp_t1  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]