“Trump is Conservatism’s Dunkirk”

    It’s still possible that Mr. Donald J. Trump could be the next president of the United States.  But it’s quite unlikely, and he seems to be preparing for his historic loss:   “Insiders to Trump: Drop Out”   His only hope is that Hillary Clinton might self-destruct, leaving him as the sole electable [Read More…]

“Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones”

    A new book is out on an often contentious Mormon-historical topic.  Stephen Smoot reports:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2016/08/book-review-joseph-smiths-seer-stones.html   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

“Scientists find ‘closest ever’ second Earth outside our solar system – but won’t say so”

    I’m guessing that this is where some of my most obsessive critics come from:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/second-earth-discovery-nasa-esa-space-solar-system-scientists-a7192341.html   They can’t go outside; they would be noticed.  That’s why they spend so much time commenting on message boards about me.  Sheer ET boredom.   Don’t they have anything else to do?  Like sucking up our [Read More…]

From a very great Norwegian writer

    A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.  (Henrik Ibsen) Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

Another day in Oslo

    We spent most of today at the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Fram Museum, out on the Bygdøy Peninsula.  These are, deservedly, three of the tourist highlights of Oslo, and it was great to see them again.  The Viking ships are magnificent, and they remind me of my ancestors, whose remorseless [Read More…]

Talking Points Memo: “Mormon Voters’ Antipathy Toward Trump Has Roots In The Church’s Own History”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mormon-voters-antipathy-trump   The national media have been very aware of this issue.   So, plainly, is Mr. Trump.   And it should do nothing to help him in Utah and other Mormon-heavy areas that he’s evidently used his lack of support among Latter-day Saints as a tool for attempting to increase his support [Read More…]

“I’m a spy for the Mormon Church”

    I would imagine that some of this guy’s audience will believe him.   After all, his story is no crazier and no more obviously bogus than the claims with which Ed Decker and Bill Schoebelen and the inimitable Loftes Tryk have entertained audiences (and from which at least one of them has apparently [Read More…]

A day afoot in central Oslo

    “Jazz isn’t dead,” Frank Zappa once remarked.  “But it smells funny.”   Well, it didn’t smell funny at all tonight.     My wife and I and one of our sons walked from our hotel, which is located near the city’s Sentralstasjon, over to the magnificently-sited Oslo Opera House for a concert by [Read More…]

“Mulek, Son of Zedekiah”

    A nice little bibliography (with links) of discussions of the Book of Mormon’s “Mulek”:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.no/2016/08/mulek-son-of-zedekiah.html   Posted from Oslo, Norway       [Read more…]

“Northwest Nazarene professor shares views on God, loses academic freedom”

    An interesting case.  I know something about getting the boot via an email while traveling.  I also believe that private religious institutions have a perfect right to maintain their beliefs and their standards.  But I’m also very sympathetic to what’s often called (as in this article) “open theology.”   http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/article95597627.html   Posted from [Read More…]