Friend of the JG Jamie Huston has a winsome, eclectic blog. I hope you are reading it. He had a recent post on the LDS best book tournament that he thought we would enjoy. I fail to see how it could not be a vast improvement on reading the worst puns of the age.
The Junior Ganymede has come into exclusive possession of a lost draft of General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day for the invasion of Normandy.
Historians of the era, students of rhetoric, and American patriots will all be amazed and delighted at this remarkable find. Though a fuller analysis of the document must wait on the opinions of scholars, even the casual reader will wonder why so much of the vigorous and inspiring language of this draft did not make it into the version known to history: (more…)
Donald Trump’s was the greatest political strip-tease act in U.S. political history: the dirtier he got, the more skin he showed, the more his core supporters liked it.
— Thus Bret Stephens
A rabbit went a little way down a small woodland path, then stopped and turned as if to poke into some bushes on the side.
A serpent further down the path, perceiving it, hissed “Stay on the strait and narrow path!” The rabbit, who was pious, desisted from leaving the path and continued to hop down it.
As it came even with the serpent, the reptile hissed, “Be still, and know that He is God!” The rabbit reverently ceased to move and composed himself for contemplation.
The serpent approached, but fearing that the rabbit would see him and take to flight, hissed, “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow!” Somewhat perplexed as how best his own rabbit anatomy would allow him to comply with this scripture, of which he had just been reminded, the rabbit settled on prostrating himself to the ground.
As the serpent approached nearer, the rabbit heard the rustlings and asked himself out loud, Can this be a snake approaching?” The serpent gasped as offended. “How unkind!” it said. “Should you not love your neighbor as yourself?” With that, the serpent struck.
The rabbit, imagining himself engaged in pious exercises when in reality only engaged in folly, died and was eaten.
Moral: The Savior never said, heed your enemies.
Friend of the Jg Handle and G. both work in large bureaucracies. Handle, who is Jewish, wrote this reflection on the experience, which he has graciously agreed to allow as a guest post:
The funny thing is that not all government is like that.
Not yet.I feel in a reflective mood this morning.
Many philosophers ask, “Why is there evil?” Some say free will, others original sin.
My religious tradition says, “Evil is in the very nature of things. Suffering, predation, disease, decay, decrepitude, entropy, these are all parts of life and nature and have been features from the very beginning, since the creation, and will be with us until the end. The real question is why is there any good? That is new, rare, surprising when less rare, and that is the mystery the answer to which, and the implications of that answer, is where we will find rewards.”
We are all poor sinners. And yet, somehow, also there are saints. (more…)
I was in my mid 40’s when I came back to church in the early 2000’s. Since then I’ve occasionally met flawed people with both obvious and non-obvious problems or challenges, though the exact nature or cause of their problem/challenge was not always clear. Either immediately or at some point after meeting such a person, it occasionally dawned on me … “Oh, no. I have/do that too.” And later… “Ahhhh. So that’s why people hate me.” And later… “Eeek. I’m disgusting.” (more…)
Taint no secret that I don’t cotton to the spectakle of womenfolk engagin’ in brawls and sichlike. Taint natcheral.
For sich reasons, its a durn shame to see this pert little gal pummelin’ the everlivin’ snot out o’ the GOP’s Obamacare replacement, right out in the opticals o’ the public ‘n’ all. Yessir, its a durn shame.