Junior Ganymede
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The Land of Desolation, the Land Californiaward.

June 21st, 2011 by G.

To be perfectly frank, I prefer my scriptures to stay scriptural.

And now there began to be a great curse upon all the land because of the iniquity of the people, in which, if a man should lay his tool or his sword upon his shelf, or upon the place whither he would keep it, behold, upon the morrow, he could not find it, so great was the curse upon the land.

Wherefore every man did cleave unto that which was his own, with his hands, and would not borrow neither would he lend; and every man kept the hilt of his sword in his right hand, in the adefence of his property and his own life and of his wives and children

Ether 14:1-2 (modern version)

Yea, in that day ye shall say: O that we had remembered the Lord our God in the day that he gave us our riches, and then they would not have become slippery that we should lose them; for behold, our riches are gone from us.

Behold, we lay a tool here and on the morrow it is gone; and behold, our swords are taken from us in the day we have sought them for battle.

Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of the land.

O that we had repented in the day that the word of the Lord came unto us; for behold the land is cursed, and all things are become slippery, and we cannot hold them.

Helaman 13:33-36 (modern version)

Comments (5)
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June 21st, 2011 08:01:58
5 comments

Vader
June 21, 2011

I found the Hanson article disturbing. Rule of law seems to be breaking down in California, though in fairness there have always been tough neighborhoods full of crime.

I had not thought to tie Hanson’s lament to Ether’s Curse, though. Impressive. Most impressive.


jules
June 21, 2011

Completely unrelated, but THANKS to mrmandias for the Game of Thrones comment on NRO. Boring book, boring-est tv series.


mrmandias
June 21, 2011

The conventions that there are good guys and bad guys and the good guys win is a convention because its interesting and satisfying. Breaking the conventions by having nasty people you don’t care about fight other nasty people you don’t care about is about as cool as breaking the conventions by transliterating your story into the cyrillic alphabet.


MC
June 21, 2011

What makes VDH’s article disturbing is that he lives out in the country, where that sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen.


Adam G.
June 21, 2011

MC,
urban and suburban law enforcement has gotten more efficient and more integrated over the last decade or so. Where I live, the result has been to push crime and gangs out past the urban periphery.
Then, of course, there’s redneck crack, aka methamphetamines.

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