Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

“And they are far too busy being original to discover that they are not.”

July 30th, 2014 by Vader

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July 30th, 2014 15:00:58

Lack of Philly Mormons in the Building Trades

July 30th, 2014 by John Mansfield

“At the time of the ground-breaking, Mayor Michael Nutter hailed the project at 18th and Vine Streets for its projected infusion of millions of dollars into the local economy, as well as the 300 construction jobs it would create.

“Church officials contend the worship site is much-needed to serve the Philadelphia area’s estimated 35,000 parishioners.”

. . .

“The temple’s building contracts also give hiring preference to union-affiliated Mormon workers in the Philadelphia region. But none could be found, aside from one carpenter who may join the team when his skills are needed during the project’s later stages.” (link via Millennial Star)

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July 30th, 2014 12:16:48

What’s On Your Re-Read Shelf?

July 29th, 2014 by G.

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FoJG T. Greer has a great post at the Scholar’s Stage on the works on his re-read shelves. You’ll want to check it out, especially his LDS material. He has several conference talks listed that I’m glad he brought to my attention.

Greer suggests that there are three kinds of books on the re-read shelves.

three categories:

those read again for the sake of “intellectual learning,” as you say it, or perhaps poetically, the books that enlighten;

books reread for purely for amusement or escape, the books that entertain;

and last of all, books that gives us snap shots of the beautiful or sublime, that increase our capacity to feel sorrow for the sorrowful or inspire us to the greater deeds of greater men – or in short, the books that edify.

I think he’s right. The object of this exercise is to share with our friends here or over at Greer’s place the books you re-read,the movies you rewatch, etc., that enlighten or edify. (more…)

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July 29th, 2014 09:39:26

It’s All About the Straights

July 28th, 2014 by Man SL

A perceptive article on the gay rights movement and the gay marriage movement. Points out that the movement is mostly about putting a hedge around the sexual revolution for heterosexuals.

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July 28th, 2014 11:06:07

Bad People Always Support Each Other

July 28th, 2014 by G.

Bad people always support each other—that is their great strength. Zhilinsky had Sukhomlinov. He had patrons still higher up . . . .
Samsonov did not envy men like Zhilinsky their advancement, but whenever he thought of it he was deeply troubled: there were difficult times ahead for Russia, and when they came all these glittering schemers would be gone with the wind, never to be heard of again.

-From Solzhenitsyn’s Red Wheel: August 1914

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July 28th, 2014 04:09:11

Rising to the challenge

July 27th, 2014 by Vader

[Regular readers know I try to derive sophomoric humor from taking on the character of a lumbering seven-foot-tall asthmatic-villain-American who dresses in black plastic armor and has medical issues. (more…)

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July 27th, 2014 18:45:10

Only Nixon could go to China

July 25th, 2014 by Zen

While Feminists are a humorless bunch, any attempts by men to explain any shortcomings are immediately shouted down as vile, sexist misogyny. It is called man-splaining. Never mind, that that happens to be men’s native conversation style and would be treating them like a man.

But if a woman, or a group of intelligent women, disagree with the party line of Feminism, and start a Tumblr called, “Women Against Feminism”, and explain that they are neither victims nor oppressed, you can expect all kinds of hell to be stirred up. I will forbear the most vicious links against them, but will share ones that are still illuminating.

Hell hath no fury is not reserved purely for men who scorn women, and the most vicious, hateful name-calling is being used against them.

Feminists are insistent they don’t understand what Feminism really is while the ‘rebel scum’ insist that modern Feminism does nothing to resemble the dictionary definition. And appearently women don’t like Fem-splaining any better than Man-splaining.

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July 25th, 2014 14:55:01

What is Worship, Alex?

July 25th, 2014 by G.

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Worship

: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god

: excessive admiration for someone

-thus Webster’s. (more…)

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July 25th, 2014 10:21:08

The Corruption of the Best

July 25th, 2014 by G.

She and her late husband both thought that the main purpose of education was to produce citizens–which meant people hostile to authority.

-from Solzhenitsyn’s Red Wheel:August 1914 (more…)

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July 25th, 2014 09:49:59

Pioneers, Old School and Modern

July 24th, 2014 by G.

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July 24th, 2014 20:42:40

A rejoinder to “We attack, you defend.”

July 24th, 2014 by Bookslinger

I think this is a proper rejoinder to anyone who attacks you or accuses you of hating them, or tries to shame you for commenting, when you publicly disagree with something that they have publicly stated/written/published.

From Meg Stout: (Her comment of July 23, 2014, 5:25 am, if the link does not take you directly there.)

” … to openly attack and demean the organization from which one has parted makes the matter public record.

And when something is a matter of public record, it appears within my [F]irst [A]mendment rights to comment on the public record. As it is within your rights to comment on my comment. However it is not within your rights to force the owners of [a blog or forum] to give you bandwidth on their website. “

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July 24th, 2014 19:47:02

What a Good Member of the Church Looks Like

July 24th, 2014 by G.

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July 24th, 2014 11:36:44

Mainstream Christianity 1830 A.D. = mainstream Judaism 30 A.D.

July 24th, 2014 by Bookslinger

Both institutions had a glorious, truthful and divine beginning, but were at the degraded and corrupt end of a “dispensation” of the gospel (ie, Truth and Authority originally dispensed to men by God, but eventually corrupted by men) and at the cusp of a new. The leaders of both opposed the newer revelation/dispensation.

Matthew 23:2
… The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…

The Lord then put Peter in Moses’s seat.

By 1830, those who claimed to be rightful occupiers of Peter’s seat, along with those who claimed to be custodians of Truth while denying the need for a seat, were much like the scribes and pharisees of 30 A.D. (This is not to deny that there were some righteous and sincere men among those who claimed to have Authority or Truth.)

In 1830, the Lord put Joseph Smith Jr. in that seat. He was followed by Brigham Young.

Thomas S. Monson sits there now.

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July 24th, 2014 09:55:32

Nightime is Dark

July 24th, 2014 by Man SL

A double blind study shows.

Also men wouldn’t work as hard, get as much education, and take desk jobs as much if it didn’t help in getting married.

And any sleeping around by a woman before marriage, any at all, increases the chance of divorce.

These studies were funded by the Foundation for Stuff You Figured Out on Your Own By the Time You Were Twelve and were conducted by the prestigious Institute for Cutting-Edge Bronze Age Social Tech.

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July 24th, 2014 09:04:57

Freedom to Call Your Religion not a Religion

July 23rd, 2014 by Man SL

Secular progressivism is a religion, one of whose tenets is that it is not a religion. So religious freedom requires that secular progressives not be required to renounce their religious faith that they don’t have a religious faith in order to secure the blessings of religious freedom for their religion.

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July 23rd, 2014 11:40:10