“Donald Trump: Don’t hand federal lands to states”

    Many people in the interior American West are instinctively conservative.  One of the issues that sometimes exercise them is the intrusive role of the federal government in their lives.  For years, for example, legislators and bureaucrats from the heavily populated East set slow speed limits for highways in the sparsely populated western states.  And, [Read More…]

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Why Alaska has so many earthquakes

    Alaska suffered a magnitude-7.1 quake over the weekend.  Fortunately, there was very little damage and, so far as I’m aware, there were no significant injuries.   Roughly 80% of American earthquakes occur in Alaska.   Why?   This article explains.     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 8

    In today’s reading, 2 Nephi 8 (= Isaiah 51-52:1-2), Jacob continues to cite the writings of the prophet Isaiah.   I would like to focus, very briefly, upon one verse, 2 Nephi 8:6:   “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth [Read More…]

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The Donald whines, pouts, takes his ball, and goes home.

    If Megyn Kelly is so frustrating and intimidating to Mr. Trump that he’s bailed out of the final Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t that raise fundamental questions about him?   Would he find the duties of the presidency similarly irksome and frustrating?   Does he seriously expect that moderators from MSNBC [Read More…]

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“Tuesday on TV: Book of Mormon, angel Moroni show up in ‘The Expanse'”

    http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/3463184-155/story.html       [Read more…]

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Law and mores

    All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law.  A well-disciplined society needs few laws; but it needs strong mores. William F. Buckley, Jr. [Read more…]

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Is the religious liberty of Muslims and Mormons worth protecting?

    Incredibly, American opinons vary on this question:   http://rare.us/story/the-less-we-understand-others-the-more-were-willing-to-take-away-their-freedom/     [Read more…]

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Are we reaching the limits of physics, the end of science?

    Maybe.  In some ways.  There may well be scientific questions that we’ll never be able to answer:   http://www.businessinsider.com/the-end-of-physics-as-we-know-it-2016-1     [Read more…]

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“Trump’s Liberty U performance was insulting to Christians everywhere”

    Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, has just endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.  Which makes this article, by former House majority leader Tom DeLay, a hero of many people on the political Right, particularly interesting:   http://www.christianpost.com/news/donald-trump-liberty-university-insulting-to-christians-everywhere-opinion-155677/     [Read more…]

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You will be assimilated

    Welcome to the new regime, in which dissent will not be permitted:   http://www.sltrib.com/news/3459506-155/national-bar-group-looking-into-discrimination   If this attempt to transmogrify Brigham Young University isn’t successful, there will be others.  Oh, brave new world!   Canada was the canary in the coal mine:   This is something that I wrote back in the fall [Read More…]

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