Bad punctuation kills

Punctuation: Do it for the children

  I am what some people call a "grammar Nazi."  My students soon realize, when they turn their papers in, that I really care about punctuation, too. Commas are particularly high on my priority list, and, because the Deseret News and I disagree on the use of commas in serial lists, the publication of my column every week always causes me just a tiny bit of pain. But life goes on. The image above reminded me of the cover of Lynne Truss's … [Read more...]

Jacob 3

The City of Nephi?

  Today's chapter, Jacob 3, is relatively short, but hardly without interest. The promise of ultimate victory, vindication, and comfort given in verse 1 to innocent victims of treachery or betrayal is a comforting one, for example. But I'll focus on verse 5. That verse is striking for its flat declarations that at least some of the Nephites actually "hate" the Lamanites -- an inappropriate attitude and emotion for anybody claiming to … [Read more...]

Something wicked this way comes.

Karbala, in Iraq

  Or, at least, so says Tom Rogan.  And he may be right: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/391238/storm-karbala-tom-rogan The Middle East bears particular watching as 3 November approaches.   … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on evolution and the Big Bang

The transition to animal life on land

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/10/28/pope-francis-backs-theory-of-evolution-says-god-is-no-wizard/   … [Read more...]

Putting America’s problem with Ebola into perspective

Kardashian and Eboal

  I agree that the Obama administration -- big surprise! -- hasn't handled the Ebola situation well. Or the immigration issue, or the health care roll-out, or Syria, or religious liberty matters, or Vladimir Putin's adventurism, or Iran, or the economy, or Afghanistan, or the rise of the "Islamic State," or Iraq, or any of dozens of other challenges.  It's not just a matter of ideology; it's a matter of competence and of paying attention. That … [Read more...]

Mia Love for Congress

Ludmya Bourdeau Love

  In response to the avalanche of inquiries that surely have been sent in (but that, I can only guess, must have been accidentally misdirected by an email/internet glitch), I hereby declare today that I support Mia Love for Congress. I can't vote for her; I don't (quite) live in Utah's Fourth Congressional District. But I certainly hope she wins. It's scarcely a foregone conclusion, though. One recent poll shows her … [Read more...]

Sting praises the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The musician Sting with bass guitar

  You may already be aware of this, but I missed it when it first appeared: http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/articles/music-legend-sting-praises-the-mormon-tabernacle-choir?lang=eng Incidentally, does anybody know how to reach the Choir's webmaster, to alert him or her to correct the headline?   … [Read more...]

Brother Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals

Brother Guthrie, pitcher

  In just a few hours, Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for Kansas City in the seventh and final game of the 2014 baseball World Series. He attended Brigham Young University and Stanford University and, in between, served as a missionary in Spain. In this 3:37 minute clip, he discusses his mission and what it meant to … [Read more...]


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