“America will elect its first Latino president — and other New Year’s predictions”

    I realize that this item is from way back last year, but I wanted to put it on record:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429163/new-year-2016-predictions-latino-president-conservative-correction   We’ll see how well David French does.     [Read more…]

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“Mass Sex Abuse in Cologne: Part of a Disturbing Trend among Middle East and North African immigrants”

    This is very troubling:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429395/colognes-mass-sex-abuse-new-years-eve-part-trend   Almost as troubling, though, was the astonishingly boneheaded response of Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker:   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/world/europe/cologne-mayor-henriette-reker-germany-sexual-assaults.html?_r=0     [Read more…]

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“So now Muslims can be fired for praying?”

    Hmmmmm.  This raises really serious issues:   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/05/so-now-muslims-can-be-fired-for-praying.html     [Read more…]

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“A massive new resource for students of the Book of Mormon”

      This is a very big deal:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644972/A-massive-new-resource-for-students-of-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   And it will grow bigger still.     [Read more…]

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“Adventures in Islam: The Myths and Legends of Muslim Homogeneity”

    There are some things (especially in the opening paragraphs) with which I would quibble, but she makes an important point:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tithi-bhattacharya/adventures-in-islam-is-th_b_8920010.html   Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for alerting me to this article.     [Read more…]

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“Going booze-free? The effects of a month without alcohol”

    Some drinkers have begun a tradition of abstaining from alcohol during the month of January.  A few call it the “dryathlon”:   http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2016/jan/05/alcohol-abstain-dryathlon-dry-january-health-science-spoof     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 12

      Today’s Book of Mormon reading is 1 Nephi 12.   Out of all that that chapter covers, I want to say something today about “the large and spacious building” to which allusion is made in 1 Nephi 12:18, but which was, of course, first mentioned as part of Lehi’s vision in 1 Nephi 8.   [Read More…]

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A thought for a civilization in decline

    “The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him — that he can have his cake and eat it, too.  He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension [Read More…]

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“Don’t worry. Be happy.”

    ISIS is developing sophisticated weapons that will enable it to attack civilian targets in Europe and beyond:   http://news.sky.com/story/1617197/exclusive-inside-is-terror-weapons-lab   North Korea is developing long-range missiles capable of delivering payloads throughout Asia and even to the western United States:   http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/04/world/north-korea-missile-capabilities/   (Will it be Kim Jong-un who puts an end to that [Read More…]

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“Did Lehi Use the Poetry of the Ancient Bedouin?”

    http://www.knowhy.org/content/did-lehi-know-poetry-arabian-desert     [Read more…]

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