Cutting through the red tape

Five-dollar bill

  A presidential aide entered the office and found Abraham Lincoln counting out dollar bills. "What are you doing?" the aide asked in astonishment. "A porter at the Treasury Department is laid up with smallpox," Mr. Lincoln responded.  "He is owed back wages, so I am what you call 'cutting through all the red tape' to give him his due."   … [Read more...]


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“To judge or not to judge: not much of a question”

Alberta Temple #2

  A nice essay from clear back in early July, by the peerless Greg Smith: https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/to-judge-or-not-to-judge-not-much-of-a-question/   … [Read more...]


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“Oliver Cowdery in Wisconsin”

Mr. Cowdery, as he really was

  Today's installment of my weekly Deseret News column: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639058/Oliver-Cowdery-in-Wisconsin.html For the story behind the image of Oliver Cowdery, above, see here.     … [Read more...]


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In which, for a moment at least, I master my “lust for deception”

ISIS fighters on the march

  A couple of days ago, someone sent to me, on Facebook, an item about an ISIS fighter who had allegedly been involved in child sex trafficking but who has recently been killed by the Russians in Syria. Since, as a few readers of this blog may know, I have some slight interest in the Middle East, and since I assumed the item to be accurate -- after all, ISIS does engage in child sex trafficking, on a mass scale, so it was immediately plausible -- I shared it on … [Read more...]


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“The Road to Middle East Perdition”

V. C. Hanson, Ph.D.

  Conservative analysis from one of my favorite authors, the Central California farmer and Stanford-Ph.D. classicist Victor Davis Hanson: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425423/obama-middle-east-blunders-putin-gains?target=author&tid=900280 Incidentally, there's a report tonight that Cuban troops -- Cuban troops -- are now on the ground in Syria, along with their Russian counterparts.  After decades of isolation, the Castro brothers have … [Read more...]


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“Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ sound so similar in so many languages”

Mom and Dad and two kids

  You might find this very, very interesting.  I did, even though I already knew quite a bit of it: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/words-mom-dad-similar-languages/409810/     … [Read more...]


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“Unique LDS temple, high-rise apartment project excites Mormons, others in Philadelphia”

The high altar of Philadelphia's cathedral

  Some of you who missed this article from a couple of weeks ago might find it of interest: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638165/Unique-LDS-temple-high-rise-apartment-project-excites-Mormons-others-in-Philadelphia.html?pg=all When I was younger, I wanted to be an architect.  But I'm utterly and absolutely devoid of even the slightest visual talent. I know.  That hasn't stopped some architects.  But it stopped me … [Read more...]


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New Testament 260

Tissot Caiphas Annas

  John 11:45-53Compare Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 11:18; 14:1-2; Luke 19:47-48; 22:1-2 It's the miracle of the raising of Lazarus -- far too spectacular and far too public to be ignored -- that seems to have finally impelled the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem to seek Jesus' life. For some background on Caiaphas's comment that "it is expedient that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish," see … [Read more...]


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