On Mr. Putin and the new Russian advance into the Middle East

Das Weisse Haus

  An interesting piece from Thomas Donnelly: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/he-who-dares-wins_1040242.html   … [Read more...]

“Three Chemists Share Nobel for DNA Repair”

The for which Watson and Crick won the Nobel Prize (from which the woman was excluded)

  https://www.insidescience.org/content/three-chemists-share-nobel-dna-repair/3291 I was pleased to note that one of them is originally from Turkey.   … [Read more...]

Two quotations from Thomas Jefferson

Across the Potomac Basin to the Jefferson Memorial

  "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.""In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."   … [Read more...]

News Flash: Some Critics of the Church are Unfair and Unreasonable

L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy

  Among some of the more deranged (or at least unreasonable) critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there has been intense criticism of yesterday's announcement that Elder Whitney Clayton will now serve as the senior president of the Seventy.  This, a few have suggested, is his consolation prize for having been passed over for the apostleship.  He got a promotion nonetheless, they say, and will get a handsome raise.  And he's a white Utahn.  ( … [Read more...]

“Toward a Post-Obama Middle East”

In today's Damascus

   There are elements in this article with which I disagree, but I do agree that the United States lack, and have lacked for some time, a coherent strategy in the Middle East: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425114/middle-east-after-obama-conrad-black I attended a dinner last night hosted by BYU's International Center for Law and Religion Studies in connection with its 2015 conference on "Religion, Law, and Social Stability," which … [Read more...]

“LDS Woman’s Viral Posts Share How Conference Led Her to Re-Convert”

LDS Conference Center, SLC, UT

  President Monson's near-crisis, President Uchtdorf's loving concern and alert readiness to help, and a remarkable private sequel: http://lds.net/blog/faith/lds-conference/lds-womans-viral-posts-share-conference-led-re-convert/   … [Read more...]

Another installment on Joseph Smith’s character

NY's Cumorah, where the plates were found

  Recalling his early experiences with Joseph Smith, Brigham Young remarked,Who can say aught against Joseph Smith? I do not think that a man lives upon the earth that knew him any better than I did, and I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth. I feel like shouting Hallelujah all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet.[1]“It must weigh heavily in the balance of history,” remarks Ri … [Read more...]

“Brian Hales the Amateur — Revisited”

A leading authority on plural marriage

  Brian Hales is a leading published authority on the subject of plural marriage, but, alas, he's an active and believing Latter-day Saint. Accordingly, those who really, really, really, really dislike his point of view on the subject -- it doesn't lend itself easily to attempts to discredit Joseph Smith -- have sought to dismiss him as a mere amateur who needn't be taken seriously. Here's a response to such … [Read more...]