A status report on South America’s emerging socialist paradise

    “Dystopia:  Venezuelans Are Now Hunting Cats, Dogs, and Birds for Food Because Socialism Can’t Provide”   “In Venezuela, Socialism is Killing Venezuelans”   Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven! Oh! times, In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute, took at once [Read More…]

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“Revisiting the Forgotten Voices of Weeping in Moses 7: A Comparison with Ancient Texts”

    I posted a link yesterday to an article on Moses 7 that I published roughly a decade and a half ago.  Here’s another article on Moses 7 that I hope you’ll find of interest — this one published a while back in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Jacob A. [Read More…]

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If you support Donald Trump and are angered by those who disagree, please don’t read this.

    I’m told that I’m angry, bitter, unchristian, a whiner, and many other bad things, because of my vocal opposition to putting Mr. Donald Trump in the White House.   I also oppose Hillary Clinton for the presidency, but, somehow, I don’t imagine that my opposition to Mrs. Clinton will be seen as angry, bitter, [Read More…]

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“‘Bring Forth Fruit with Patience’: Lessons on Faith and Patience from the Book of Mormon Archaeology”

    A nice essay from back on 30 April of this year, by Neal Rappleye:   http://blog.fairmormon.org/2016/04/30/bring-forth-fruit-patience-lessons-faith-patience-book-mormon-archaeology-2/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia   [Read more…]

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A challenge to the Bering Straits explanation of Amerindian origins?

    First, let me say that I have absolutely no problem with the theory that early migrations across a Bering Straits land bridge produced much of the historical DNA of the Americas.  I’m perfectly fine with that idea.  I realize that I’m supposed to hate and fear science — a number of people who don’t [Read More…]

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“Dying GOP Senator Apologizes to Muslims for Donald Trump”

    I had some personal (and even professional) contact with former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett over the years, and the more I came to know him, the more I respected him.   I think I’ve mentioned this before:  In the wake of the 11 September attacks, Senator Bennett decided that, like most Americans, he [Read More…]

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“‘Sweet are the uses of adversity’?”

    The latest specimen of my weekly column for the Deseret News is now up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865654549/Sweet-are-the-uses-of-adversity.html   Sigh.  One of my regular atheist critics is already complaining about supposed religious glorification of suffering — as if my column had advocated or endorsed anything remotely like that.   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Thirteen quotations from Robert E. Lee

    I’ve always felt sympathy for the Confederacy.  Not, certainly, because of its support of slavery.  That was a moral enormity, grossly inconsistent with the founding principles of our nation.   Partly, I suppose, it’s the romance of a lost cause.  Those fighting on behalf of the South were, by and large, just as [Read More…]

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“Deport Melania Trump”

    Guys, I know.  I understand.  I get it.  She’s by far the most attractive element of Trumpism.  It could be argued, in fact, that she’s the only attractive aspect of the Trumpist ascendency.   But there are serious issues involved here.  Really:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432679/donald-trump-melania-trump-immigration-h1b-visa   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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“On the Motif of the Weeping God in Moses 7”

    I published this article back in 2002, in a Festschrift honoring Truman Madsen:   http://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1122&index=12   The book is, I expect, long out of print, but I like to bring the article up from time to time because . . .  well, because I like it.   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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