Missionaries for Dinner

    If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. H. L. Mencken    [Read more…]

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Able to Destroy, But Not to Create?

    I didn’t watch the most recent Republican debate, but I’ve heard almost everywhere that Governor Chris Christie managed to do some rather serious damage to Senator Marco Rubio during one of their exchanges.   I won’t pretend to be happy about that.   Governor Christie, most are saying, didn’t do much good for [Read More…]

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“O How Great the Goodness of Our God”

    In this, the 152nd scripture roundtable produced by the Interpreter Foundation, Bruce Webster and Martin Tanner discuss 2016 Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine lesson 8, which focuses on 2 Nephi 9-10:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-152-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-8-o-how-great-the-goodness-of-our-god/       [Read more…]

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About Those Super Bowl Ads

    I understand that the Super Bowl was played yesterday, and that it represented some sort of anniversary.  And that my beloved Dodgers didn’t win it.  (I met a distant cousin of my childhood hero Don Drysdale in Fresno about a week ago, by the way!)   Anyway, some advertisements seem to have been [Read More…]

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“The Fallacy of Fundamentalist Assumptions”

    Blake Ostler, one of the most interesting thinkers in contemporary Mormonism, delivered these remarks at 2005’s annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2005-fair-conference/2005-the-fallacy-of-fundamentalist-assumptions     [Read more…]

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“Seven Cities Announced for 2016 Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour”

    I’m very pleased at the news of this tour, and I’m particularly happy about the places where the choir will be singing:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/2016-mormon-tabernacle-choir-european-tour-cities   This is good news.  I wish the choir well.  It will be a great moment for the Church in a region that I care very much about.     [Read more…]

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Bill Clinton calls Comrade Bernie supporters “sexist”

    That’s right.  Your eyes haven’t deceived you.   Bill Clinton — defender of womenfolk everywhere, reverent respecter of the divine feminine, and aspiring First Dude — has called some of the Sanderistas “sexists”:   http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/bill-clinton-bernie-sanders-hillary-218916   Thanks to Cody Quirk for calling that priceless item to my attention.     [Read more…]

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Speaking the truth in the Middle East

    An interesting exchange.  A forthright and brave Arab woman.   I don’t agree with everything here.   Shams Bandar — that’s her name — is a Saudi/Kuwaiti singer.  In this interview, she’s somewhat mischaracterizing and oversimplifying 1400 years of Islamic history, for instance, and contrasting it too starkly with much of Europe’s history [Read More…]

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Did you hear about that apparent bomb attack on an airliner over Somalia earlier this month?

    Maybe you did, but I never heard the sequel to the report of that attempting airline bombing.   Here it is, though.  And I couldn’t help but chuckle:   http://worldwarwings.com/news-suicide-bomber-on-plane-sucked-out-himself-as-only-casualty   I know.  I know.  I’m not very Christian.  Not very charitable.  I shouldn’t really laugh at anybody’s death.  But . . . [Read More…]

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“Pluto has ‘floating hills,’ NASA says”

    When the weather becomes hot in the summer, this could become an attractive vacation spot.  Think extreme sports, too!  Running in reduced gravity across seas of frozen nitrogen, scrambling to be the first atop a peak of ice . . . Only, I suppose, to meet Dora the Explorer there.   http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38413092&nid=1012&fm=home_page&s_cid=topic   [Read More…]

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