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How to Make America Great Again in 3 Easy Steps

December 02nd, 2016 by MC

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To my mind, the most distinctive feature of the recent presidential election was the way in which it scrambled previously-stable political coalitions. Even Mormon voters, who are perhaps more similar to one another in mindset and political views than any other religious group, found themselves opposed in ways they never thought possible: Mommy-blogger was divided against mommy-blogger, and church-baller against church-baller.

Mormon Trump voters and McMullin voters differed less in political or moral views than in the meaning they impute to the act of voting. McMullin voters (like my in-laws) seemed to think of their vote as an affirmation of their values. By withholding a vote from Trump, they were making a statement about what they consider to be acceptable behavior in a president.

Although I voted for Trump, I have no quarrel with the “endorsement” view of voting. Not one person in the whole country can say, or likely ever will be able to say, that his vote changed the result of the election. Thus, the “meaning” which we attribute to our individual vote is essentially metaphysical, and not really subject to rational argument. (more…)

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December 02nd, 2016 04:45:19

The Critical Crow

December 01st, 2016 by G.

An old horse was looking over the fence into a brushy field where some goat kids were frolicking.  A crow settled onto the fence next to him.

After a time, the horse observed, “They are so full of life, aren’t they?  It makes me feel young again.” (more…)

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December 01st, 2016 08:43:47

The Saints Together

November 30th, 2016 by G.

Friday morning you show up three hours from your home in the New Mexican city to visit your brother and his family.  You realize you don’t know the address of his new home and don’t have directions.  You also realize that  you forgot to bring your phone with you. (more…)

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November 30th, 2016 10:18:15

Mood Killer

November 29th, 2016 by John Mansfield

I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in the home of a relative who became, in the course of his four years as a medical student at the University of Michigan, a Michigan football fan. Michigan’s series with Ohio State goes back to 1897, has been played annually since 1918, and it has been played in November as the teams’ last regular season game since 1935.

This year’s game was a great one. The Wolverines arrived in Columbus with a 10-1 record and ranked #3 in national playoff standings. The Buckeyes were also 10-1 and ranked #2. Attendance was a stadium record 110,045, and it was this season’s most-watched college football game on television. Ohio State won in double overtime 30-27. What a great weekend to enjoy being a Buckeye!

Then, two mornings later . . . eleven people “including at least one faculty member, one staff member and seven students” were sent to hospitals for treatment of injuries inflicted upon them by a student who was shot dead by a policeman to stop the student’s attack. Celebrate while you may, for it may not fit tomorrow’s mood.

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November 29th, 2016 09:48:59

The Savior’s Program for the Care of the Aged

November 29th, 2016 by G.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone spoke on helping the old at the Saturday Afternoon session of the April 1974 General Conference. It was a very Mormon talk. It had throat-catching personal stuff, and a little chastisement, and some practical programmatic advice. I loved it. I love the Saints and the way they are.

Two things caught my eye. (more…)

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November 29th, 2016 08:30:46

The Essential Bruce Charlton reading list.

November 26th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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November 26th, 2016 07:55:11

On Being Moderately Evil

November 25th, 2016 by G.

Up into 2010 I was trying to be reasonable. Why? Well, one does, doesn’t one?

But what counts as reasonable depends on the system; as as I became more aware of the system I realised that being reasonable in an insane, suicidal system of inverted-Good was, actually, participating in evil.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

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November 25th, 2016 06:10:21

Failson

November 23rd, 2016 by G.

A young man worked a menial job and spent the rest of his time holed up in his room in his parents’ house, where he spent all his time playing video games and masturbating to porn videos.

“I am an atheist,” he said.  “Because obviously life is meaningless.”

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November 23rd, 2016 09:49:41

Repentance is the Shape of Things

November 23rd, 2016 by G.

The Atonement is basic.  It is to the universe what the fundamental particles are to that subset of the universe we call physics.  Christ is the foundation stone in part because his atonement is part of what makes the universe what it is.  The cross is the Big Bang. (more…)

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November 23rd, 2016 09:25:03

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

God is Now

November 22nd, 2016 by G.

President Hunter taught that faith and testimony are steps towards experiencing the presence of God . . . in this life.  No need to wait.

He is right.

Those who have seen the face of Christ in mortality are blessed, not because they have seen the face of Christ in mortality, but because they have seen the face of Christ.

My brothers and sisters, I should like to speak of and to a particular group of important individuals. These are they who fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet! These are not bad individuals, but good individuals who simply do not know how much better they could be. Such individuals often stay proximate to—but do not participate fully in—the Church. They will not come inside the chapel, but neither do they leave its porch. These are they who need and are needed by the Church, but who, in part, “live without God in the world.”

To such individuals, in the brief, imploring invitation which follows, be assured there is a real craving for your companionship and a genuine need for your unique strengths.

thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2016 07:37:44

The Artist as Patron

November 21st, 2016 by G.

Artists are patrons nowadays.

There are exceptions, to be sure.  Writers can still make money doing good stuff.  Some movie makers too.  But official architecture and official painting and sculpture are bad, and classical music and theater are isolated to a few larger cities.

Most of the decent art I have seen was done as a sideline and often donated.

Most of the created beauty I have seen was done as a labor of love.

It seems the artist is the patron. His largesse is beauty.

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November 21st, 2016 09:15:35

The metaphysics of opposition in all things

November 21st, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

The phrase Opposition in all Things from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 2:11) is generally taken to apply to moral development – and the necessity for opposition from Life if people are to experience, learn and progress spiritually.

But I think it is linked also with the underlying metaphysical basis of Mormonism, which is ‘evolutionary’ in contrast with the world view of Classical Theology; and in particular with the unique doctrine that the highest form of spiritual progression – full deity – is only possible for the ‘dyad’ of a man and a woman joined (complementary but not fused – united but separate selves) in celestial marriage. (more…)

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November 21st, 2016 07:45:16

The Inimitable Larry Correia

November 21st, 2016 by G.

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November 21st, 2016 06:08:23

Political progress

November 20th, 2016 by Vader

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

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November 20th, 2016 22:35:57