Utahans at the Republican National Convention

    I like Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).  He seems to me a quieter, less theatrical, more effective, less personal ambitious, and far less abrasive Ted Cruz, committed to the Constitution and deeply knowledgeable about it.  (Given who his father was, that’s hardly surprising.)   A friend and I had lunch with him when he [Read More…]

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A few thoughts on Utah, Mormons, and theater

    “If I were placed on a cannibal island and given a task of civilizing its people, I should straightway build a theatre.” Brigham Young   My wife and I attended a performance, last night, of the musical Peter Pan.  We saw it at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.  Curiously, it’s also playing [Read More…]

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The pioneer spirit is far from dead.

    As we draw nearer to the celebration of Pioneer Day, it seems appropriate to me to post, yet again, a link to this marvelous example of modern pioneers in Africa.  If you haven’t seen it before, please watch.  If you have, I think you’ll be inspired by watching it again:       [Read more…]

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“Miracles from Heaven”

    A few nights ago, my wife and I watched a film with Jennifer Garner entitled Miracles from Heaven.   I liked it, and I recommend it.   It’s based on a book that claims to be telling a true story, and, having done no specific research on this particular account but lacking an [Read More…]

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“Dave Barry missed the naked women, but finds dancing Republicans!”

    Unlike previous conventions, to which I paid very close attention, I’ve decided that it’s appropriate to the 2016 Republican National Convention for me to follow it by means of the brilliant reportage of Dave Barry.   Here’s an installment:   http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article90278682.html     [Read more…]

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“Organisms might be quantum machines”

    This is extraordinarily interesting stuff:   http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160715-organisms-might-be-quantum-machines   And, yes, it does appeal to my “gee whiz” sense about many things that science is disclosing.   By the way, the relatively simple universe of the old-style “hard-headed” materialist (like Mr. MacPhee, in C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength), who credits only “objective facts” — [Read More…]

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“Why Was a Stone Used As an Aid in Translating the Book of Mormon?”

    An interesting discussion of an issue that has never troubled me even a teensy tiny little bit, but that, I know, has troubled some (and inflamed others):   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-was-a-stone-used-as-an-aid-in-translating-the-book-of-mormon     [Read more…]

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“Mormon Filmmakers Focus New Lens on Anne Frank”

    Having just been in Amsterdam recently, the story of Anne Frank has been on my mind lately.  (It came up again during a conversation yesterday.)  So I was interested to see this:   http://lds.net/blog/buzz/entertainment/arts-culture/mormon-filmmakers-anne-frank/?utm_source=lds.net+users&utm_campaign=bf5f65503c-Newsletter_July_18_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_608611419d-bf5f65503c-86348953     [Read more…]

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A final summarizing note about BYU’s recent conference on religious liberty

    http://www.iclrs.org/index.php?pageId=1&contentId=1&blurbId=60260       [Read more…]

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“Fethullah Gulen: The Islamic scholar Turkey blames for the failed coup”

    Some useful background information on the controversy about the failed recent coup:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/07/16/fethullah-gulen-the-islamic-scholar-turkey-blames-for-failed-coup/   And also this, from the often controversial but indisputably well-qualified Daniel Pipes:   “Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt”   And this:   “How Erdogan Is Rolling the Dice, and How/Why America Must Check Him”   [Read more…]

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