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How Many Decapitated Heads?

July 26th, 2016 by Man SL

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July 26th, 2016 15:52:32

Voter Anger, Citizen Distress

July 26th, 2016 by G.

Haunting this year’s presidential contest is the sense that the U.S. government no longer belongs to the people and no longer represents them. And this uneasy feeling is not misplaced. It reflects the real state of affairs.

thus Myron Magnet, boss at City Journal.

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July 26th, 2016 10:20:18

Militant Openmindedness

July 21st, 2016 by G.

=severely punishing deviations from accepted schools of thought.

Irony is dead.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Home for Exhausted Cynics.

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July 21st, 2016 12:08:35

Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico

July 14th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

I just finished reading Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico (1842).  Free or at least very cheap on the Kindle.  Superior writing, highly recommended.
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July 14th, 2016 07:24:38

The Work of Devils

July 08th, 2016 by G.

What do our friends think of this account of a psychiatrist who believes that some small fraction of the mentally ill are straightforwardly haunted by devils?

I am by constitution a materialist skeptic.  But the extension of my skepticism to science also and my own experience in the gospel has probably left me an agnostic about such things.  Certainly the gospel accounts are clear.

But it still seems to me that in the diabolic economy, the Lowerarchy is content to let fear and rumor and sin do most of their work for them.  Presumably direct action enables direct responses.

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July 08th, 2016 07:18:57

Birth Order Stats

July 08th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From “Table 2. Births, by age of mother, live-birth order, and race of mother: United States, 2014” in “Births: Final Data for 2014,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 64, Number 12 are the following number of first-borns, second-borns, etc.:

1st: 1,550,475; 2nd: 1,267,334; 3rd: 667,446; 4th: 283,953; 5th; 110,565; 6th: 46,045; 7th: 20,771; 8th and over: 21,589; not stated: 19,898; total: 3,988,076.

That makes for the following ratios:

1st/2nd: 1.22; 2nd/3rd: 1.90; 3rd/4th: 2.35; 4th/5th: 2.57; 5th/6th: 2.40; 6th/7th: 2.22.

I wonder what my six children would make of this, particularly the youngest. The ratios correspond somewhat with my own experience as a potential parent: The choice to have a second child was never pondered independently—it was part of the choice to marry. After that, conception was a consciously considered matter, and considered one child at a time. The last two were on exception, though. Before conceiving a fifth child, we decided to also have a sixth if we could and then retire from getting and bearing. After the sixth was born, that seemed to be a good decision and we stayed with it.

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July 08th, 2016 06:17:58

Trouble and Anxiety, like Chaff in the Wind

July 06th, 2016 by Man SL

 Another June, another birthday. Would the kids remember to call? Mom and Dad have a strict and binding agreement not to prompt them.

They both called, bless them.

Better than that, in fact. My son, after wishing me a happy birthday, said: “I bought you a present, Dad.”

Me: “Hey, thanks! You going to mail it or bring it?” (He lives on the other side of the country but will be home for a couple of weeks in July.)

He: “Neither. Go upstairs to my room. [I went.] My clothes closet … second shelf from top … about eye level. Reach towards the back. You’ll feel some tissue paper …”

It was a beautiful, rather expensive, silk tie.  Junior, thinking ahead, had purchased it last time he was home, six months ago, and secreted it in his closet for my birthday.

At such moments all the troubles and anxiety of child-raising, all the storm and stress, blow away like chaff in the wind, leaving in plain sight the core things, the things that really matter.

-thus John Derbyshire.

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July 06th, 2016 14:00:43

The New Gnosticism

July 03rd, 2016 by Zen

golden calf 10 commandments

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
Pet. 2:19

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July 03rd, 2016 17:24:00

To Be Learned is Good

July 01st, 2016 by G.

Bruce Charlton has an important discussion on why the Great and Spacious Building has no bottom, i.e., why it is sealed off from reality and error correction: (more…)

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July 01st, 2016 15:58:09

“A Bottle of Valley Tan”

June 30th, 2016 by MC

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As a rule, there are not many experiences more dull than being the only sober person at a gathering of drunk people. However, I have to think that even a teetotaler like me would have loved to be present the night that Sir Richard Burton sat down in American Fork, Utah for a “squar” drink with Porter Rockwell.

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June 30th, 2016 22:54:17

Daughters of Odessa (Martyrs of Modernism)

June 29th, 2016 by G.

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June 29th, 2016 10:07:10

What Joseph Smith Means

June 27th, 2016 by G.

Yesterday the men were talking about Brother Merrill’s sermon Joseph Smith did See God which was excerpted in last December’s Ensign magazine.  It got me thinking about what Joseph Smith means, even for non-Mormons. (more…)

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June 27th, 2016 10:50:57

Power and Other Words

June 20th, 2016 by G.

Here are some simple ways of defining key gospel terms that make them easier to understand and apply.  They are not the only possible meanings.  They are just true and productive meanings. (more…)

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June 20th, 2016 06:12:47

9-11 was Good

June 16th, 2016 by Man SL

From a number of sources, some on the inside, I learned that our security establishment has been trying to say that the threat of Islamic terrorism is overplayed and threat of domestic terrorism, especially right-wing domestic terrorism, is not. This is called domestic “violent extremism.” The recent Orlando attack by an Afghani Muslim is judged to confirm this diagnosis: the real threat is domestic violent extremism.

It turns out that the people making this judgment are largely the old kind of violent extremist–the imported kind. Here is a shocking example, a Syrian Muslim who celebrated 9-11.

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June 16th, 2016 05:54:52

Emergency Prep: Ham radio

June 15th, 2016 by Bookslinger

I recently discovered the inexpensive (and cheap/cheapy) Baofeng brand of Chinese-made hand-held dual-band ham radio transceivers.

I wouldn’t describe them as “good”, speaking as a ham with previous experience with better quality transceivers. But they are “acceptable”, and I have to begrudgingly admit they are worth what you pay for them.

I bought a UV-5R and a UV-5R7 from R and L Electronics, for $27.95 and $39.95 respectively.

These prices make for a very low cost entry into Ham (Amateur) Radio.
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June 15th, 2016 16:58:56