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The Sins of Authenticity

October 04th, 2017 by G.

Authenticity is integrity with the element of time irrationally and wickedly stripped off.  The honest seed sprouts and flowers.  The authentic seed falls on stony ground and stays a seed, then a withered caricature of a seed, then a husk.  Authenticity is death.

In Mormon terms, where damnation means the cessation of progress, authenticity is damnation.

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October 04th, 2017 05:38:59

Too Many Future Profs

October 04th, 2017 by G.

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October 04th, 2017 05:14:30

Social Media in General Conference

October 03rd, 2017 by G.

 

This post summarizes each General Conference talk which touched on social media use.  It’s based on the notes of a father with lots of children, who was also ironing shirts and shelling pecans during a few sessions, so please suggest corrections and additions in the comments. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 07:30:03

An Immigration Amnesty

October 03rd, 2017 by Patrick Henry

The administration continues to quietly ramp up immigration enforcement.

Let’s review immigration penalties, civil and criminal, what an amnesty would look like, and whether it is a good idea. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 07:21:01

The Odd Case of the Communist in the Academy

October 02nd, 2017 by G.

That guy Rapone.  Two odd things about his story.

  1.  His apparently Muslim mentor at West Point.
  2. The fact that his full-on Communism was apparently known to his superiors at West Point
  3. The apt comment is one from the second link:

    West Point won’t even take its own side in a fight.

    Or the side isn’t the one we think.

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October 02nd, 2017 14:36:10

Diablography

October 02nd, 2017 by G.

Douthat’s stemwinder of a eulogy for Hugh Hefner is not a hagiography.

One of the nice features of the modern world is that it’s pretty easy to be the voice in the wilderness preaching an unheard truth: all you have to do is say something obvious.

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October 02nd, 2017 14:30:02

General Conference, October 2017

October 02nd, 2017 by G.

Please post your thoughts and what your observed, either in the comments here or as a new post. (more…)

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October 02nd, 2017 06:00:19

Court of the Red Tsar

September 29th, 2017 by G.

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag ...

The Court of the Red Tsar is the latest book I can add to the notches on my tally. Just finished it last night.

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September 29th, 2017 14:31:28

Obedezco pero no Cumplo

September 29th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Venezuela After Chávez | venezuelanalysis.com

What is the moral duty of obedience to the laws?  There is one, clearly.  It is the Western tradition that at some extreme of tyranny, this moral duty lapses.

Where the dividing line is has never been satisfactorily defined.  It probably cannot be satisfactorily defined.   The only positions that do not involve a lot of gas and bloviation are autocracy and anarchy.

But even that traditional conception of obedience up to the point of tyranny is binary in its own way.  Because traditionally the obedience owed prior to tyranny was absolute, and after tyranny the bonds of obedience were dissolved.  Imagine a switch with two settings: submit or revolt. (more…)

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September 29th, 2017 07:15:10

Parliament of Birds

September 28th, 2017 by G.

At a parliament of birds, a crow made the first proposal. He urged them to help him raid a fruit orchard.  That the fruit was not theirs was of no moment, he said, because life was a struggle and all that mattered was strength and cunning. He proposed tthat other birds distract the farmer with song and other deceits while he gathered the fruit, which he promised he would then surely share.

The parliament rejected his proposal. By his own words, his promise to share was worth nothing.  (more…)

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September 28th, 2017 09:23:35

Junk Food Politics

September 27th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the more perceptive comments on the Trump phenomenon:

 

The world is getting more addictive, and politics is getting more hyper-palatable too.

-thus FoJG Handle.

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September 27th, 2017 06:53:46

Rendering Assistance in the Lord’s Way

September 26th, 2017 by G.

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I really enjoyed Bishop Brown’s discussion of how the Church welfare system worked in the 1977 welfare session of General Conference.  Those are still the basic elements, although relying more on general social services outside of Utah.

In the spirit of the last post on sharing basic Mormon practices that may be of interest to followers of the Way, I thought I’d share a couple of basic experiences with the Church welfare system from the inside.

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September 26th, 2017 05:30:06

Asking Questions

September 25th, 2017 by G.

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In the spirit of the Benedict Option, this post will highlight some practical things that Mormons do to keep their youth faithful and on the strait and narrow.  We do much better than most in those regards (though we only look successful comparatively, we have a long way to go ourselves).  The two efforts tend to be intertwined because the sexual revolution is probably the single biggest challenge to faith in our era.  And that is the first pointer.  There is no alternative to biting the bullet and taking a firm line in opposition to the sexual revolution.  Yes, some will leave because of it.  But if you waffle, the same folks plus others will simply drift away, because it won’t be clear that your faith offers anything concrete.

So here are a couple of practical things the Mormons do. (more…)

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September 25th, 2017 06:04:33

Embarrassed by the Gift

September 21st, 2017 by G.

I gave a friend a blessing last night.  The blessing was nothing but generic platitudes, like you could read in a horoscope.  (I am not saying the blessing was not inspired.  Platitudes are mostly what people need to hear.)

I was thinking it over.  I recall having given many blessings that were more specific and more miraculous in their content.  In a mild way, my lads, I am no Moses or Joseph Smith.  Even so, enough that it was obvious to those of us involved that the hand of God was in it.  I was trying to remember the details, but couldn’t.

Why?  I had not realized before, but a common feature of all the blessings I’ve given where some of the power of Godliness was present was embarrassment on my part.  I treated it like I would any other compliment and distanced myself from the whole thing.  After the strictest sect of our culture I lived a WASP.

I think some change of attitude is in order.  I need to exult a little more.

This may come as a bit of surprise to you, dear fellows, since I exult plenty on the blog.  And for those who know me in real life, too, since I have my turns of swaggering around cock-a-hoop, which is how I ended up with a wife far prettier than my merits.

But to that I say that the exultation I do here is not for myself and to the extent that it is, is something in the nature of practice and play.  And the real life swaggering is more than half a joke.

Cease to be more embarrassed than is needful.

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September 21st, 2017 06:41:36

Effort to Effortless

September 21st, 2017 by G.

Conversion is such that walking in love and glory requires a lot of conscious effort at first.  The default is to slip out of it, and in fact mostly we do.  We have to repent and summon up our resolve to get back in.

With time and experience, it becomes more natural.  It takes more effort to sin.  One has to work at it.

At some point, it becomes impossible to not walk in love and glory.  It is not only the  natural state.  It is the only state.

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September 21st, 2017 06:10:49