“The science of sleeping in, and why you probably shouldn’t”

A sleeping vulpes zerda

  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/science-sleeping-in/  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

New Testament 195

Aysh or khubz

  Luke 12:1Compare Matthew 16:5-6; Mark 8:14-15 "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." Just a little bit of leaven affects the entire loaf.  So, too, just a tiny trace of obvious hypocrisy taints a person's reputation, authority, and moral stature.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

His most famous line from the 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco

Barry Goldwater (R-AZ)

  "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."  (Barry M. Goldwater)  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“ISIS opens new front in Egypt”

ISIS territory

  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/07/02/isis-attack-in-egypt/ "Our objective is clear," President Obama declared to the nation from the State Floor of the White House on 10 September 2014.  "We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL [aka ISIS or the "Islamic State"] through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy." How's that coming?  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

On California today

Ruby's, on Balboa Pier

  Things are a bit out of joint here in California. A few days ago, for example, when we dropped by Ruby's Diner along the Pacific Coast Highway just below Newport Beach in order for me to get a date milkshake -- I've been getting date milkshakes there for as long as I can remember -- they were out of dates! That's what Californian's get, I think, for putting Jerry Brown back into the governor's office. But I was relieved to see, … [Read more...]

New Testament 194

Old City bazaar J'lem

  Luke 11:37-54Compare Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-9; Luke 20:46; John 8:6 These are powerful verses against cultivating an outward appearance of righteousness without the inward attitudes that accompany the real thing. I've always liked a German word that is the rough equivalent of English hypocrite:  Scheinheiliger.  A not very elegant but fairly literal translation is "appearance saint." The important thing is the inner reality, n … [Read more...]

Personal Encounters with Elder Packer (Part 2)

The JKHB, as it was then called

  Many years before, when I was still an undergraduate student at BYU, I had served on a committee with Bruce Hafen.  At that time, I think he was some sort of assistant to the University's president -- not yet the president of Ricks College, the dean of the BYU law school, the prominent Mormon writer, the General Authority, or the president of the St. George Temple that he would eventually become. But I didn't think that he would remember me from that … [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day!

A mountain in South Dakota

  To every American out there.  Even to those who apparently loathe and despise what it commemorates: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/07/03/independence-day-lefts-vanity/ And, for that matter, to everyone else. And, for those who believe in what this republic represents, here are a few minutes of stirring beauty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZ3jPMM5Ac  Posted from San Diego, … [Read more...]


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