“Karaoke Machine Backs Out of Performing at Inauguration”

    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/karaoke-machine-backs-out-of-performing-at-inauguration   On the other hand, rumor has it that Vladimir Putin will make a surprise appearance, shirtlessly flexing his muscles and rippling his chest for the edification of the audience.   While I’m at it, permit me to say that Rep. John Lewis’s claim that Donald Trump “is not a legitimate president” [Read More…]

One way to cut down on internet traffic

    “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be.  Be one.” Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome, AD 161-180)     [Read more…]

Yes, the time has very nearly run out.

    I posted an item last night indicating that time is rapidly running out for the chance to do a Mediterranean cruise this summer that would be interrupted at awkward moments by my random blatherings on irrelevant subjects.  Here is the link to that post:   “This is your last chance.”   Some readers evidently missed [Read More…]

This is your last chance.

    If you’re at all interested in coming on a Mediterranean cruise with, well, me from 18-30 June this summer, the time for decision has arrived.   I’m told that, although a number of people have signed up for the cruise, that number is still roughly nine short of what it needs to be [Read More…]

On Martin Luther King Day

    We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.  Martin Luther King, Jr.     [Read more…]

Predict the next scandal, and win big!

    I’m very pleased to announce an exciting new competition for readers of Sic et Non.   Over the past month or two, Latter-day Saints have been rocked by unexpected revelations of sordid truths about the leadership of their church — for example, that people called to abandon their careers and give their full [Read More…]

The past is prelude

    I can sum up all the arguments used against Joseph Smith and “Mormonism” in a very few words, the merits of which will be found in “OLD JOE SMITH. IMPOSTOR, MONEY DIGGER. OLD JOE SMITH. SPIRITUAL WIFE DOCTRINE. IMPOSTURE. THE DOCTRINE IS FALSE. MONEY DIGGER. FALSE PROPHET. DELUSION. SPIRITUAL WIFE DOCTRINE. Oh, my [Read More…]

“Many Great New Resources at LDS.org and on the LDS Gospel Library App”

    I’m just a bit unhappy with the indispensable Jeff Lindsay on this one, because my Thursday Deseret News column for the coming week will cover rather similar ground.   But this is really good and important news, and people need to be aware of it:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/01/many-great-new-resources-at-ldsorg-and.html     [Read more…]

“Social Deification in Ancient Egyptian and Mormon Theology”

    The continuation of social and family ties into the world to come was of the utmost importance to ancient Egyptians:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2017/01/social-deification-in-ancient-egyptian.html       [Read more…]

Science as oracle?

    Some treat science as if it were a sort of infallible oracle, like a divine revelation–or if not infallible, at any rate such that when it comes to fixing belief, science is the court of last appeal. But this can’t be right. . . .  science doesn’t address the topics where we most [Read More…]