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The War in Heaven and the Nameless Virtue

November 21st, 2014 by G.

corporate devil

You have a new boss (not the one portrayed above). Against all precedent, he doesn’t change all the old boss’s policies. He keeeps all the ones that working. You’re pretty impressed with your new boss. He is one of a kind. (more…)

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November 21st, 2014 12:23:08

The Anabasis: God, Democracy, and Free Speech

November 20th, 2014 by G.

I just finished listening to the Anabasis on a free librivox.org recording. It’s been over a decade since I read it last. It surprised me. It had a lot to say about democracy, free speech, and faith. (more…)

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November 20th, 2014 13:02:51

G. is not the only one

November 20th, 2014 by Vader

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November 20th, 2014 10:12:21

Most of Us Don’t Sacrifice Like Abraham. We are not Pioneers.

November 19th, 2014 by G.

modern pioneers

I’ve been writing a lot about the nameless virtue, which is the virtue of unironically recognizing and praising standards that you yourself fall short of. The nameless virtue is easy to recognize when we’re talking about conventional sins and shortcomings. The inmate telling kids to stay away from the gangster life, the alcoholic who wishes he’d never taken that first drink, those are all standard fare. Along the same lines, what first brought the nameless virtue to my attention were Mormons who missed out on the basic steps of Mormon life extolling those steps. Those kinds of exceptions that prove the rule make the nameless virtue pretty apparent. (more…)

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November 19th, 2014 13:25:00

The power to tax

November 19th, 2014 by Vader

Is the power to corrupt.

See, this is one reason why, if we must have an income tax, it should be a flat tax.

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November 19th, 2014 13:02:32

Elizabethan Superheros

November 18th, 2014 by Bertie

Quotha.  These are all the cat’s pajamas and dashed dope, what?  I expect I’ll have to give the old Pierrot a rest at the next costume ball and shake a leg as Sir Darth Bertie.

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November 18th, 2014 16:20:21

Liberating an automobile

November 18th, 2014 by Vader

In the name of the oppressed.

The irony is strong with this one.

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November 18th, 2014 11:47:31

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

Book of Omni-vorous

November 17th, 2014 by G.

Two observations about the Book of Omni.  The first is that the meeting with the Mulekites is actually quite important for the Nephites, because the Mulekites confirm that Jerusalem fell.  Whether or not Jerusalem would fall was the major doctrinal conflict between Nephi and his brothers.  Lehi has a vision to confirm it, and so does Jacob, but for obvious reasons their vision that their prophecies were right doesn’t really validate their prophetic authority.  We don’t pay much attention to the Jerusalem prophecy because we already know Jerusalem fell.  But the Nephites aren’t us.  It meant something to them. (more…)

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November 17th, 2014 12:00:12

Participating in Your Own Life

November 14th, 2014 by G.

I wrote this post in my head, wide awake at 3 AM in an uncomfy bed.

Not the actual bed

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November 14th, 2014 13:19:25

At breakfast this morning

November 13th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty dropped a totally random aphorism into the middle of the conversation.

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November 13th, 2014 23:51:36

Is the Christian Tent Big Enough for Idol Worship?

November 13th, 2014 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

I absolutely loved this article.  In solidarity, I sacrificed a free range organic kitten to my toilet.

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November 13th, 2014 16:10:54

The New Golden Questions

November 13th, 2014 by G.

If the self is a delusion, who is it that is being deluded?

Why do they keep trying to persuade me to freely decide I have no free will?

Who you gonna believe, the world or your lyin’ eyes? (more…)

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November 13th, 2014 08:16:00

The sacred Artist

November 12th, 2014 by Zen

When Wilford Woodruff was the 4th President of the church, he had a curious experience in the temple. He wrote in his journal,

Two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.

Everyone of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence, with General Washington, called upon me as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them.

I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.

When Brother McAllister had baptized me for the 100 names I baptized him for 21, including General Washington and his forefathers and all the Presidents of the United States–except three. Sister Lucy Bigelow Young went forth into the font and was baptized for Martha Washington and her family and 70 of the ‘eminent women’ of the world.

After politics, the most prominent and frequent occupation of these eminent men and women, was artist, usually as author, though there were also actresses,a playwright, painters, a sculptor and singers.

This included people such as Goethe, Washington Irving, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte,  and Elizabeth Barrett Browning among many others.  Here is a list by occupation.

This is what came to mind, as I read an article today about how the culture war about marriage has been lost. Movies and other media emphasize the exciting single life, with few exceptions. For instance,

According to a former editor of Marvel Comics, one reason why the graphic novel has nearly universally eschewed marriage is that it “kills a good story.” Whatever could be exciting about Clark Kent if he were to remain married to Lois Lane? Not much, apparently, because DC Comics erased the 1996 marriage from history, returning Superman to bachelorhood, the preferred state of our superheroes.

This affects how we think of life, and what we can relate to. This is a significant reason why homosexuality has entered the mainstream, as same-sex marriage is now as well. If I had the money to change the world, I would commission a TV show. Or possibly one on Youtube. It would have excitement and passion, life and death, love found and love lost… and it would have families. Happy marriages. It would have people keeping the commandments and others not, but with the consequences of a broken law. It would help people see a better, higher way of life.

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November 12th, 2014 14:29:55

Wanted: a Better Healthcare System

November 11th, 2014 by Man SL

Our healthcare system is broken. I don’t want to keep being a one-man proof of its brokenness, but Providence made its dispositions without asking my permission. (more…)

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November 11th, 2014 11:44:46