“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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“’13 Hours’ Honors the Sacrifice of the Men on the Ground in Benghazi”

    I’m looking forward to seeing this:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429273/13-hours-michael-bay-benghazi-film   Even though I know that it will be painful to watch.   America needs to see it.     [Read more…]

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“Alien life could thrive in ancient star clusters”

    An interesting hypothesis:   http://www.nature.com/news/alien-life-could-thrive-in-ancient-star-clusters-1.19124     [Read more…]

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“Why you can’t be loyally opposed to the Church”

    I don’t want to drive people out of the Kingdom.  But I also don’t want us to pretend that just about anything goes and that truth and standards don’t matter.   http://www.mormonwomenstand.com/you-cant-be-loyally-opposed-to-the-church/   I can’t help but think, in this context, of a deservedly very famous motto from an otherwise little-remembered German Lutheran theologian of [Read More…]

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“Trumpservations”

    Jay Nordlinger lays out some of the reasons why real conservatives are, or at least should be, concerned about Donald Trump as a presidential candidate:   “Trumpservations” (31 August 2015)   “Trumpservations, Cont.” (2 January 2016)     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 11

    We come, now, to a favorite chapter of mine in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 11.   And I’m simply going to mention, in this connection, one of my very favorite articles among the various Mormon-related things that I’ve written and published.   Here it is in its abbreviated form:   http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/jbms/9/2/S00003-50be458eb2b313Peterson.pdf   [Read More…]

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More thoughts on the Oregon stand-off

    I have ambivalent feelings about the Oregon stand-off.   I think, for example, that there are reasonable grounds for believing that federal officials have behaved far too heavy-handedly in the matter of the Hammond family and, more generally, toward the ranchers in the area.   And I’m not unhappy that this issue is [Read More…]

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It’s what you’re looking for.

    He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)       [Read more…]

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A note on the current tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429187/saudi-arabia-iran-middle-east-things-get-worse     [Read more…]

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