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Me – interviewed, by Brett Stevens

June 30th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

On the Amerika.org blog… it is very flattering!

http://www.amerika.org/politics/interview-with-bruce-charlton/

Excerpt, of JG-relevance:

I discovered Mormonism via an interest in the social aspects of religion – in particular an interest in how Mormons lived in a modern way, yet sustained above-replacement fertility.The superficial and social aspects of Mormonism are reasonably well known; but when I read Mormon theology in some depth, I found a beautiful and deeply congenial world understanding that I could wholly assent to; indeed nothing less than an entire alternative metaphysics. Following a period of study and meditation I was rewarded with a solid experience of the reality of Mormon metaphysical theology – which has stayed with me since.

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June 30th, 2017 08:05:06

The Doomerick

June 30th, 2017 by G.

Poor Cassandra.  The doomerick was the missing tool in her arsenal.

A nice little Civ in the West,

decided it’d be for the best

to cheer on the gay

and spend more than it could pay

and give common sense a good rest.

I’m working on one for Dr. Charlton and Dr. Woodley.  What rhymes with deleterious mutation?

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June 30th, 2017 07:18:48

A Fellow Just Can’t Innovate

June 30th, 2017 by Bertie

Sometimes a fellow wakes up and finds himself in the yeasty ferment of a veritable Renaissance, full of zip and champagne, like all the world has joined the Drones Club.   If the man on the street wants to know if Bertram thinks these days are sartorially whiz-bang, full of infinite possibility and whatnot, Bertram will reply, “dear man on the street, you betcher.”  We are the awed witnesses of major innovations such as serge de nim and the super-long tie. (more…)

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June 30th, 2017 07:14:19

Boy Prayer

June 29th, 2017 by MC

Two nights ago, my little daughter had a fever. She asked me if I could say “a boy prayer.”

“What’s a boy prayer?” I asked.

“It’s where you put your hands on my head and you say a prayer for me. Only boys can do them.”

I’m grateful for the restored power and authority to give boy prayers for my family.

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June 29th, 2017 00:58:26

Slippery Slopes are Real

June 28th, 2017 by Zen

If we do not cherish life, then most assuredly, we will cherish something else.

If we do not cherish the life of the most innocent, do not think for a moment, that they will cherish yours.

EU puts a baby to death, in spite of parents wishes

Once Government takes power, it is almost impossible to take it back.

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June 28th, 2017 23:42:28

Roots and Branches

June 28th, 2017 by John Mansfield

The caption of the above photo by Gabrielle Shiowzawa in the Moapa Valley Progress reads, “Sierra Bunker works to start a fire with flint and steel while Micaela Leavitt looks on at LDS Logandale Stake Girl’s Camp last week.” That made me smile for reasons that may need a little explaining. (more…)

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June 28th, 2017 07:18:18

A Little American Heresy

June 28th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

If a guy kept punching you, and every time he punched you he hollered, “Remember the Alamo,” you might come to hate the Alamo.

Equality is our Alamo.  Equality they say while they attack tradition, institutions, the faith, the family, order, prosperity, happiness.  Equality they say while the Devil cackles.  And it is hard to not come to hate the idea, even if it were being badly abused.  Even if it were to have almost nothing to do how its being used.

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June 28th, 2017 06:37:48

One Weekend, Two Launches, One Refurbished Stage, Two Recovered Stages

June 27th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

I like a feller who tain’t afeared to swagger.

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June 27th, 2017 22:16:27

Are We There Yet?

June 27th, 2017 by G.

No.

Now may I speak, not to the slackers in the Kingdom, but to those who carry their own load and more; not to those lulled into false security, but to those buffeted by false insecurity, who, though laboring devotedly in the Kingdom, have recurring feelings of falling forever short.

Earlier disciples who heard Jesus preach some exacting doctrines were also anxious and said, “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:26.)

The first thing to be said of this feeling of inadequacy is that it is normal. There is no way the Church can honestly describe where we must yet go and what we must yet do without creating a sense of immense distance.

-thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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June 27th, 2017 07:30:57

The Voices of Men

June 26th, 2017 by G.

I remembered why I go to Stake Priesthood meeting. (more…)

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June 26th, 2017 07:16:21

Dietary Advice from Church History

June 26th, 2017 by G.

The following story illustrates how pride led Thomas B. Marsh, who was President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and his wife, Elizabeth, into apostasy.

While living in Far West, Missouri, Sister Marsh and Sister Harris decided to exchange milk so they could each make a larger cheese than they otherwise could. They agreed to send each other both the milk and the cream from their cows. But Sister Marsh saved a pint of cream from each cow and sent Sister Harris the milk without the cream.

A quarrel arose, and the matter was referred to the bishop. When he determined that Sister Marsh had violated her agreement, she and her husband were upset and appealed the matter to the high council and then to the First Presidency. Each council approved the original decision that Sister Marsh had been in error.

Thomas B. Marsh declared that he would sustain the character of his wife. Soon afterward, he turned against the Church and went before a government official to declare that the Latter-day Saints were hostile toward the state of Missouri. (See George A. Smith, in Journal of Discourses, 3:283–84.)

 

Moral: Skim Milk is of the Devil.

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June 26th, 2017 07:00:03

Signs of the times

June 25th, 2017 by Vader

Signs of the times.

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June 25th, 2017 14:48:17

Something to Cheer the Heart and Enliven the Mind

June 23rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

The Moapa Valley Progress reports on a stake young men’s activity:

“The group, organized by the LDS Logandale Stake, traveled via mountain bike cross-country from Caliente, Nevada, over and through the Mormon Mountain range, and ended near the Carp/Elgin exit at I-15.

“The bicyclists, and support staff in following trucks, traveled along an old mining road covering about 88 miles, and traversed an impressive total of about 6,969 climbing feet. Medical support and mechanical support were also provided the entire distance as the group accomplished the trip over three intense days.” (more…)

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June 23rd, 2017 06:24:43

Glory, Hallelujah

June 22nd, 2017 by G.

 

The new political science—rightwing, online, intellectual—tends to think of a regime’s political formula as a pure act of will.  As the product of design.

 

But in fact political formulas do happen naturally and they can’t just be anything.  There are only a few broad types of formulas that souls will respond to.  America’s political formula, for instance, is not democratic legitimacy (though its been shifting that way for decades, the worse for us) but rather the American Dream, or, in other words, “a decent live for decent people.”  It arose naturally from frontier conditions.  Some might say “freedom,” in the sense of being left alone by a distant government, but that is also a natural part of the frontier condition and is just a subset of a decent life for decent people.

 

If you were somehow to plot different political regimes and their political formulas, you’d get an unusual cluster around Monarchy on the Y axis and Glory on the X axis.  “The king is the fount of honors.”  La gloire et l’empereur!

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June 22nd, 2017 07:30:29

More than 3 Million Immigrant Voters

June 22nd, 2017 by Man SL

Could be, anyway.  That’s a lot.

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June 22nd, 2017 04:51:34