Here. There are exceptions to every rule, but in general if she’s the marrying kind, she’s more willing to dial down on being the wedding kind, because she’s willing to look ahead a little.
I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally. My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.
Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.
Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)
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The Washington Post brings to our attention David T. Fagan, father of eight and author of Guerrilla Parenting. (link) There are people you disagree with, but respect or like. There are others who share many opinions with you, yet still irritate you. I see value in how Fagan describes the rearing of his children: instilling self-reliance and industry, willingness to chart an independent path, not idolizing formal education, but he annoys me, and the most compact explanation why is that he is a salesman.
From Bruce Charlton:
What is to stop this trend going through to completion – and having only managers and bureaucrats? Why not a doctor-free hospital, a teacher-free college?
This is the kind of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that we need to facilitate. I am going to leverage the idea for my next TED talk: I am going to propose that my denomination get by without any believers. Though I fear my proposal may have been anticipated by events.
Second Nephi Ch. 31 is not authentic.
It is not a forgery. It is not a fabrication. But the spirit of the age embraces the cult of authenticity, and Second Nephi Ch. 31 could not be more against the spirit of the age if it emitted unlicensed pollutants from burning iPhones. (more…)
The Bonald has a choice little esssay on intrinsic failure modes. Here is what he says about Christianity.
How about a Christian neighbor? Better stay on your toes. She might hear one too many times about tax collectors and prostitutes getting into heaven before priests, and it may trigger Moral Inversion Syndrome, and she’ll go around haranguing her fellow Christians about the many moral lessons they can learn from prostitutes. This sort of thing is not the proper interpretation, but I’m afraid all Christians are prone to it. We know that we’re all sinners, so we tend to imagine that spectacular sinners have some deeper spiritual awareness, or at least they’re not “hypocrites” like respectable Christians.
You’ll notice that the Bonald’s intrinsic religious failure modes look very much like a dumb critic’s straw man of the religion’s belief. That is because a belief’s failure modes are the entropic versions of the belief. As such, they are always possibilities. (more…)
On Mormon manliness. (more…)
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I would be proud to be led by one of these men.
After they heard gunfire outside their meeting room door Wednesday, Members of Parliament snapped close to 15 flagpoles to make sharp weapons.
Some positioned themselves on risers that flanked doors, ready to attack an assailant.
Michelle Malkin catalogs some murders, attempted murders, and foiled murder plots by radical Islamist U.S. citizens right here in the U.S.
Did you see them on the nightly news? Did you read about them at the time in the headlines of your daily (online or hard copy) newspaper? What was the Bamster’s response to them?
Most or all of the ones she catalogs were before ISIS was in the headlines.
“God the Father and the Holy Ghost are not to be portrayed in meetings, dramas, or musicals.
“If the Savior is portrayed, it must be done with the utmost reverence and dignity. Only brethren of wholesome personal character should be considered for the part. The person who portrays the Savior should not sing or dance. When speaking, he should use only direct quotations of scriptures spoken by the Savior.”
Am I the only one morbidly curious about what sort of Mormon Roadshow From Hell precipitated that rule?
The First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion and protects the free exercise of religion. America’s Founders viewed the Establishment Clause narrowly and the Free Exercise Clause broadly, a combination that allowed for robust religious freedom and an active role for religion in public life. Judges who have felt free to impose their own values, however, have consistently reversed that order, interpreting the Establishment Clause broadly and the Free Exercise Clause narrowly. The result has been a continued diminishing of religious freedom and an increasingly muted role for religion in public life.
Thus Orrin Hatch.