Electing America’s first African president

    The video is 7.5 minutes long, but it’s well worthwhile and very funny.  Especially as the evidence mounts:     Thanks to my son for calling it to my attention.     [Read more…]


    I’ve signed a petition in favor of including the Libertarian ticket, Gary Johnson and William Weld, in the presidential debates.  It can be found here, and I encourage you to sign it, as well:   https://www.johnsonweld.com/debate   I do this without having actually endorsed them.  (I may yet do so, but I haven’t [Read More…]

Criticizing is easy.

    “Criticizing to destroy is easy, thinking in order to build is much more difficult to achieve.” Tariq Ramadan [Read more…]

A Nobel laureate’s testimony

    “While . . . media attention goes to the strident atheists who claim religion is foolish superstition, and to the equally clamorous religious creationists who deny the clear evidence for cosmic and biological evolution, a majority of the people I know have no difficulty accepting scientific knowledge and holding to religious faith. . [Read More…]

“‘Yeah, but’ Discipleship”

    I’m grateful to Todd Galbraith for calling this item to my notice:   “Yeah, but” Discipleship   I’m reminded of a story that I believe I may have told here before:   A friend of mine who has since left the Church once recounted an experience to me, somewhat at his own expense, from [Read More…]

“Religious liberty,” just a code word for hate and bigotry?

    Alexandra DeSanctis responds to the claim of a Episcopalian priest, of all people:   “Religious-Freedom Laws Are Not ‘Unconstitutional Smokescreens for Bigotry’”   But it’s a claim that’s been taken up by the chairman of the United States Civil Rights Commission, as well:   “‘Religious freedom,’ ‘liberty’ just ‘code words’ for intolerance, U.S. [Read More…]

Suggesting a way to NOT make enemies.

    “You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill       [Read more…]


    You cannot be unaware that today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.   But, please, don’t just pass indifferently over that fact.   Almost exactly 3000 people died as a result of those four plane hijackings.       The quantity of the sorrow that ensued and that, no doubt, [Read More…]

A “fraudulent” ancient American text turns out to be authentic.

    Because of the controversial circumstances of its discovery, the Grolier Codex was denounced by prominent scholars as a forgery and a fraud.   We now know that they were wrong:   “Oldest Manuscript in the Americas Confirmed”   For a very brief account of the relevance of the story of the Grolier Codex to evaluations [Read More…]

A graphic novel about being an LDS missionary in Japan?

    Yes, indeed.  There is such a thing.   In my childhood, by the way — back when North America was almost two yards further to the east northeast than it is today — we didn’t know about “graphic novels.”  We read comic books.  But that term, I take it, is very much out of fashion [Read More…]