What’s a poor progressive to do?

Hate H(8)!

  . . .  when a group of black pastors urges civil disobedience against the recent SCOTUS ruling on gay "marriage"? http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/bill-owens-caps-gay-marriage/2015/06/27/id/652541/?ns_mail_uid=5388816&ns_mail_job=1626573_07042015&s=al&dkt_nbr=hlkry56w Accusations of "racism" have long been the weapon of choice for marginalizing and silencing conservative dissent.  But charges of "homophobia" have gained tremendous p … [Read more...]

Jenkins, Hamblin, and “Great Expectations”

Classic structures at Tikal

  The interesting exchange between Professors Philip Jenkins and William Hamblin continues: Hamblin 23:  Great Expectations Jenkins 16:  Argument Turned Upside Down Jenkins 17: Epistemology and Nihilism Hamblin 24: Question for Jenkins Hamblin 25:  U-Kix/Akish  Posted from Carlsbad, California    … [Read more...]

“Lost Boys: Moms of Radicalized Western Jihadists Form a Support Group”

Tolstoy portrait, 1907

  "All happy families," Leo Tolstoy wrote, "are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  Put yourself in the position of these mothers.  Can there be a greater parental unhappiness in this life?  If so, it's hard to imagine: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/05/lost-boys-moms-radicalized-western-jihadists-form-support-group/  Posted from Carlsbad, California    … [Read more...]

“Can light orbit massive objects?”

Particle/wave duality of light, an artist's conception

  http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/07/can_light_orbit_massive_objects.html  Posted from Carlsbad, California    … [Read more...]

The Tabernacle Choir’s Current East Coast Tour

West Point, from the air

  Were you aware that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is out on tour?  Here are some articles about how it's going: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Draws Large Crowds During East Coast Tour Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings at Yankee Stadium on East Coast Tour Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performs Fourth of July Concert at West Point  Posted from Carlsbad, California  … [Read more...]


Friendly Hills Country Club

  "A happy family is but an earlier heaven."  (John Bowring, d. 1872) I was able to join in the blessing of my nephew's new baby girl Emma today, in the Santa Gertrudes Ward in Whittier.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch and good conversation with him, his wife, my sister-in-law, and others at his home, in the house where my parents used to live. Then, before we left the general Whittier area, my wife and I visited the graves of my parents and of my p … [Read more...]

“5 Reasons Why Mormons Are Happier”

LA Temple from SW

  Social science survey data indicates that they are. But why? http://janariess.religionnews.com/2015/07/02/5-reasons-why-mormons-are-happier-says-researcher/  Posted from San Diego, California  … [Read more...]

Personal Encounters with Elder Packer (Part 3)

BKP sculpture

  Despite the almost instant phone call that I mentioned in my previous installment, that episode didn't begin a period of constant interaction with Elder Packer. So this next encounter was quite discrete and unexpected. First, you need to understand that I'm a living, walking, breathing violation of Doctrine and Covenants 88:124 ("retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary").   I've tried to repent for years, but the repentance never lasts. … [Read more...]