“Iraqi PM warns ISIS could become unstoppable as key city threatened”

      Sigh.   It seems that the silly little jayvee team known as ISIS is still around, somehow:   http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/16/iraqi-city-ramadi-verge-falling-isis-prime-minister     Read more

“Introducing the Envia Discord 2015”

    Thanks to Loran Blood for bringing this marvelous gem to my attention!   http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/04/introducing-envia-discord-2015.html     Read more

Brigham Young, on gifts and givers

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Some fascinating General Conference statistics

    I posted an entry the other day entitled “Ashamed of Joseph?” in which I noted that some critics had detected, and were celebrating, a sharp decline in mentions of the Prophet Joseph Smith during the just-concluded General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   They claim that leaders and members of the Church are backing away from Joseph, repulsed and embarrassed by his poor character and manifest fraudulence — or some such thing.  … Read more

“The Art of Thinking Clearly”

    I’ve just about finished a leisurely reading, over the past month, of Rolf Dobelli’s book Die Kunst des klaren Denkens: 52 Denkfehler, die Sie besser anderen überlassen.   It’s a compilation of short newspaper articles (for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Schweizer Sonntags-Zeitung) that its Swiss author had published on common errors in reasoning that routinely get us fallible humans into trouble.  Not precisely logical fallacies, in every case — which is what I thought it was… Read more

“The religion of secular liberalism”

    An important column from Eric Metaxas, one of my absolute favorite contemporary writers:   http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/27177     Read more

On two members of the current presidential field

    I’m going to surprise everybody here by stating right now, up front, that I’m not a big Hillary Clinton fan, and that I’m not likely to be supporting her presidential candidacy.   Here are a couple of pieces about Ms. Clinton that I’ve recently read and liked:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416895/hillary-clintons-candidacy-depressing-dennis-prager   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/416907/behold-worlds-lowest-bar-jonah-goldberg   (I suppose, by the way, that, in linking to these two columns, by these two authors, I’ve allowed my alleged misogyny to overcome my alleged anti-Semitism?)  … Read more

“There is a huge wage gap, and it’s because conservative men hate women.”

    Yesterday or the day before, a few interlinked people suddenly discovered me — and discovered at the same time that I’m a misogynist who holds women in contempt when, in fact, I don’t fear them if they’re in any way competent or intelligent.   These perceptive folks were basing their estimation of me on my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   It seems that I also hate and fear diversity — which I… Read more

“The mystery of the orderliness of the universe”

      Today’s Peterson-composed Deseret News column has been published:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865626506/The-mystery-of-the-orderliness-of-the-universe.html   Some of my weekly stable of atheist commenters have already shown up, hastening to assure themselves and others that what Einstein and his fellow Nobel physics laureate Eugene Wigner thought mysterious and significant really isn’t significant or mysterious at all and that anybody who thinks it might be is just plain silly.  On one atheist message board, a dogmatist based in Florida with a scientific background and who often… Read more

“Public invited to tour Córdoba Argentina Temple”

      The public open house for the new Córdoba Argentina Temple begins on Friday.  If you’re in the vicinity, you should drop by!   http://ldsmag.com/public-invited-to-tour-cordoba-argentina-temple/     Read more

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