“I am convinced Jeremy Runnells is the anti-Mormon equivalent of a science-denier like Ken Ham”

    An interesting perspective — on reddit, of all places! — from Joseph Smidt:   https://www.reddit.com/r/lds/comments/4fnzde/i_am_convinced_jeremy_runnells_is_the_antimormon/   Thanks to Robert Boylan for alerting me to it.   Before (as will inevitably happen) I’m accused of piling on Mr. Runnells, I’ll simply point out that he’s been receiving unusual attention since his excommunication on Sunday [Read More…]

“The Gift of Trump’s Ramshackle Campaign”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434300/donald-trump-republican-primary-process-reform-nomination-process     [Read more…]

A thought on science and morality, by a scientist

    “You are right in speaking of the moral foundations of science, but you cannot turn around and speak of the scientific foundations of morality.” Albert Einstein     [Read more…]

The New Yorker: “Mormon Transhumanism and the Immortality Upgrade”

    I had lunch today with Christopher Bradford, the newly elected president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, whom I’ve known for most of my life and for an even larger majority of his.  He mentioned this soon-to-appear New Yorker article to me . . . et voilà, it has now appeared and he’s sent me the link: [Read More…]

NY Times: “Why there’s hope for the middle class, with help from China [and the Mormons]”

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/upshot/why-theres-hope-for-the-middle-class-with-help-from-china.html?smid=tw-share&referer=     [Read more…]

Even after last night’s Trumpist victory, there’s still some slight hope for Republican conservatives

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434267/donald-trump-new-york-primary-win-changes-nothing     [Read more…]

“What We Should Learn from Jeremy Runnells: Some Thoughts on His Departure from the Church”

    I concur with this commentary on the unfortunate case of Jeremy Runnells and his recent excommunication:   What We Should Learn from Jeremy Runnells: Some Thoughts on His Departure From the Church     [Read more…]

Mr. Trump’s remarkable devotion to charity

    This little video — 2:46 minutes long — speaks eloquently of Mr. Donald Trump’s commitment to charity and his devotion to the city that he loves:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/434206/donald-trump-new-york-values-video   Yet another reason why he should be our nation’s Leader.     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 8

    I’ve known several people who’ve had an experience much like that of Alma and Amulek in today’s reading, Alma 8.   I’ve known a few who tell of having been accepted into a house, while serving as Latter-day Saint missionaries, because someone had seen them in a dream or a vision.   And I’ve known [Read More…]

On losing but maintaining one’s principles

    “I am a conservative. Quite possibly I am on the losing side; often I think so. Yet, out of a curious perversity I had rather lose with Socrates, let us say, than win with Lenin.” Russell Kirk     [Read more…]