“Obama’s defenders: He’s not corrupt, just dishonest and incompetent.”

Thanks to Jim Davies for alerting me to this one.

  Of course, this article was published well before the triumphant launch of Obamacare: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/05/17/obamas-defenders-hes-not-corrupt-just-dishonest-and-incompetent/ Surely nobody's talking about either dishonesty or incompetence now.   … [Read more...]

More on the Implementation of Obamacare

Reports on the roll-out of Obamacare continue to come in, (Click to enlarge.)

  For those who want to follow the progress of hope and change in the healthcare arena, there's often good stuff here.  It will encourage and inspire you.  It will make you want to waive presidential term limits.  It will make you glad that the nation chose a chief executive with proven managerial competence. For some reason, I particularly enjoyed the second item, "You Can't Spin a Website Performance. It Either Works or It Doesn't."   … [Read more...]

Ice everywhere, but no hockey sticks

Antarctica, 2015 (or something like that)

  Those who've been following the controversy over global warming will get the references here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365220/ice-everywhere-no-hockey-sticks-mark-steyn   … [Read more...]

Refuting Mormon Abuse of Spalm 82:6

Members of the audience, reacting in awestruck wonder to the brilliance of this critique

  If you have sixteen or seventeen minutes of your life that you don't value, have a look at this devastating rebuttal of a Mormon commentary on Psalm 82: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLeYmwmbMeo&noredirect=1 In fact, if you have a rather peculiar sense of humor, you might even enjoy watching just two minutes of it or so.  I did.  In fact, I was able to endure three. It has to be one of the most astonishing performances I've e … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 2

Nativity scene at Temple Square in Salt Lake City

  And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.  (Alma 7:10) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all gene … [Read more...]

“Thanksgiving has very ancient roots”

An ancient thank offering, captured in an early color photograph

  As you begin to recover from your overindulgences on Thanksgiving, and to reflect back upon the holiday and to prepare for the overindulgences of the coming weeks, you might find this Hamblin/Peterson article, published on Saturday in the Deseret News, of at least some minor interest: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591680/Thanksgiving-has-very-ancient-roots.html   … [Read more...]

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

An unusual concert hall

   Here's a bit of fun Christmas music, from The Piano Guys (who got their start in St. George, Utah): http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/angels-we-have-heard-on-high/?utm_source=New+Video%3A+Angels+We+Have+Heard+On+High&utm_campaign=Angels+We+Have+Heard+On+High&utm_medium=email If you have the extra minute, watch it right through to the end. I'm grateful to Jim Davies for bringing this to my … [Read more...]

On how Mormons refuse to help others at Thanksgiving season and, for that matter, ever

A result of the Church's fresh-water projects in Africa.  I suspect that the water wasn't shut off on Thanksgiving Day.

  Several times over the past few days, I've run into the claim that LDS Inc., the Mormon Corporation, or TSCC (aka "the so-called church"), in contrast to real Christian organizations, did absolutely nothing for the poor and the homeless over this past weekend. This puzzles me.  I'm assuming that local bishops (such as I have been) don't mark the Thanksgiving holiday by suddenly refusing to help those within their stewardship.  Certainly I didn't.  (Maybe I ju … [Read more...]