“LDS leaders visit flood victims in Louisiana”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865661735/LDS-leaders-visit-flood-victims-in-Louisiana.html   I’ve been posting about the very large Mormon clean-up effort in Louisiana.  (See here.)  Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have every reason to take satisfaction in what is being done there.   But remember:  The funds need to be in place well before an emergency.  So [Read More…]

“Hillary Clinton Is Even More Dishonest than You Thought”

    I’m two or three days late in posting this, but it’s still relevant:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/439664/hillary-clinton-even-more-dishonest-you-thought   The only electable alternative is Donald Trump.   Just think about that.     [Read more…]

“Middle Eastern Pathologies Chase after Those Who Run”

    I’m afraid that they’re likely right:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439677/middle-east-united-states-foreign-policy-isolationism     [Read more…]

“Promoting Infanticide in ‘Newsweek'”

    It’s coming.   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/439703/promoting-infanticide-newsweek   In essence, it’s already here.     [Read more…]

“Baseball’s Storyteller, Our Friend”

    I actually found myself unexpectedly tearing up just a bit at George Will’s eloquent tribute to the great Vin Scully:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439685/vin-scully-baseball-storyteller   His unique voice is among my very earliest memories, going back to when I was first coming to consciousness in San Gabriel, California.   In the seven long years of my [Read More…]

“Just a Nice Old Man Who Tells Stories?”

    My friend and longtime FARMS/Maxwell Institute colleague John Gee takes well-deserved aim at a remark that he recently heard from a “Mormon studies scholar”:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2016/09/just-nice-old-man-who-tells-stories.html   I might also suggest a glance at this very brief item, also from Dr. Gee, which seems to me clearly relevant:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2016/08/today-quote.html   May I [Read More…]

Measurement and Reality

    “Lord Kelvin was so satisfied with this triumph of science that he declared himself to be as certain of the existence of the ether as a man can be about anything. . . .  ‘When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it. [Read More…]

Three comments from Milton Friedman

    If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.   Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.   Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.   Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate in [Read More…]

“Kenyan churches, mosques painted yellow to symbolize love”

    Here’s a curious but ultimately encouraging little story:   Kenyan churches, mosques painted yellow to symbolize love     [Read more…]

“Elizabeth Smart Shares How Teaching Chastity the Wrong Way at Church Has Harmful, Lasting Effects”

    We cannot and must not abandon the standards that the Lord has revealed.   However, we also cannot and must not ignore the (umm, rather centrally important) doctrine of the atonement of Christ, and of repentance, grace, and forgiveness.   Elizabeth Smart raises an important issue here to which we need to give [Read More…]