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Something to Cheer the Heart and Enliven the Mind

June 23rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

The Moapa Valley Progress reports on a stake young men’s activity:

“The group, organized by the LDS Logandale Stake, traveled via mountain bike cross-country from Caliente, Nevada, over and through the Mormon Mountain range, and ended near the Carp/Elgin exit at I-15.

“The bicyclists, and support staff in following trucks, traveled along an old mining road covering about 88 miles, and traversed an impressive total of about 6,969 climbing feet. Medical support and mechanical support were also provided the entire distance as the group accomplished the trip over three intense days.” (more…)

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June 23rd, 2017 06:24:43

Glory, Hallelujah

June 22nd, 2017 by G.


The new political science—rightwing, online, intellectual—tends to think of a regime’s political formula as a pure act of will.  As the product of design.


But in fact political formulas do happen naturally and they can’t just be anything.  There are only a few broad types of formulas that souls will respond to.  America’s political formula, for instance, is not democratic legitimacy (though its been shifting that way for decades, the worse for us) but rather the American Dream, or, in other words, “a decent live for decent people.”  It arose naturally from frontier conditions.  Some might say “freedom,” in the sense of being left alone by a distant government, but that is also a natural part of the frontier condition and is just a subset of a decent life for decent people.


If you were somehow to plot different political regimes and their political formulas, you’d get an unusual cluster around Monarchy on the Y axis and Glory on the X axis.  “The king is the fount of honors.”  La gloire et l’empereur!


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June 22nd, 2017 07:30:29

The Great Divorce

June 22nd, 2017 by MC

This part of Peter Beinart’s attempt to bring liberals to sanity on immigration stood out to me:

Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn’t need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. “The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November,” Salon declared after Obama’s 2008 win. “If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert.”

The increasing aggression and stridency of the Left is not monocausal, but surely the sense that the Left didn’t need white voters anymore (specifically, white Christians) helps explain why even supposedly moderate lefties did almost nothing to rein in or dissociate themselves from the extremists on campus, in Black Lives Matter, etc.

I’ve mentioned before how the very possibility of divorce makes marriage itself worse. Marriage requires total dedication, a lot of compromise, and self-denial. And fidelity in marriage requires us not to even acknowledge that there are options besides sticking around. Once you commit to be with someone, you think of every reason why you should be with them. You cultivate the love that you have; you see your spouse through Marriage Goggles.

But once you start thinking about divorce, you take the Marriage Goggles off. You may even put Divorce Goggles on. This is how marriages end.

The Left and Right in this country used to at least try to live with one another. But then the Left’s eye began to wander to those younger, more exotic and exciting immigrants. They work so hard for such low wages! They appreciate the Left’s ideas in a way the Right never could! They make such delicious sandwiches!

But what happens when bringing someone new into the home doesn’t result in the eviction of the old spouse?

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June 22nd, 2017 00:45:12

Transcontinental Eclipse of ’17

June 21st, 2017 by John Mansfield

Out early this morning, I was fortunate to see a beautiful thin old moon. I first saw it before 4:30, three quarters of an hour after it rose, and an hour and a quarter before sunrise. The moon should be an aid to navigation, but I found it quite a distraction working my way through the roads leaving Dulles airport. Its shadowed side was centered at 2:30 relative to the horizon, and Venus was at the moon’s 1 o’clock. They were also striking in a different way at 5:20, after the sky had begun dawning.

Seeing the moon two days before its new phase of course brought the thought, “Only two more orbits until the eclipse.” So, any plans to catch some shade under the path of totality? For myself, I will spend the weekend camped on the shore of Lake Greenwood in South Carolina, five miles south of the central line. Lake Greenwood is also twenty-five miles from I-26 which crosses the state on a bearing remarkably close to that of the eclipse’s path, so depending on cloud forecasts, we may set out Monday morning for the coast near Charleston or the other way toward Tennessee. Totality reaches South Carolina in the afternoon 2:36:10 and departs her coast at 2:49:01.

For any thinking about what they want to do on Monday, August 21, here is a link to NASA’s helpful webpage: link and alternate link.

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June 21st, 2017 06:17:16

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

June 18th, 2017 by G.

A perennial Fathers’ Day favorite:

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June 18th, 2017 18:22:33

The Cult of Authenticity: Multiple Personality Edition

June 17th, 2017 by Zen

Ponder this:

“Consider the musical ‘Grease’, where Sandy sheds her goody-goody persona to become a leather-clad, pelvis-thrusting bad girl. Surely all this smokiness and gyration is Sandy. But just as surely, this is a performance designed to gain the approval of her peers, not the ‘real’ Sandy.” (more…)

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June 17th, 2017 22:28:09

Ansel Adams moment

June 17th, 2017 by Vader

Friend of the Junior Ganymede, Kent Budge, seems to have had a wonderful vacation combining temple marriage with sedimentary geology.


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June 17th, 2017 20:03:28

Civil War Watch, Live Fire Edition

June 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Our long national vacation from history came closer to ending yesterday morning on a baseball diamond.  An older white man with no history of mental illness asked if it were Republicans hitting the ball around out there.  Yes, he was told.  And he took out a long rifle and shot them.  They were Republican Congressmen and their aides and friends and a couple of cops pulling security.

It was early in the morning.  Cool and still.  The calm before the heat and clamor of the day.  if there were a few clouds, they may have turned rosy from the pre-dawn light.  And any Christians on the field may have looked up and briefly and idly remembered the Savior comparing morning red skies to the signs of the times.

When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Shooting down Republican officeholders is a sign of the times.  It is not the Ft. Sumter for a second outpouring of blood on this continent.  It is not even a precursor like his attack on Harpers’ Ferry.  But it is the Pottawatomie Massacre.


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June 15th, 2017 06:27:02

Not Pure Aryan Skull Shape

June 13th, 2017 by G.

Image result for skull with long teeth logo


I saw one of those skull logos the other day, the one with really long teeth, like you find on the back of pickups and motorcyclists.  Spooky.  In my mind, I worked out what the creature would look like in the flesh, or even what the skull’s skeleton would look like up and moving around.  Ridiculous, in both cases.  It needed to be just the still image to have an effect.

Which apparently my subconscious took as some kind of warrant. (more…)

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June 13th, 2017 05:03:50

Trust and Science

June 12th, 2017 by G.

Thinking out loud here.

One of the great things about the internet is you can get to know foreigners. We’re all the same under the skin, etc., etc., but foreigners are also foreign. For instance, my experience out in the Great Digital Unknown has tended to validate the insight that Anglo-Americans are more empirical and pragmatic, and others, especially Eastern Europeans, are very abstract thinkers.

I think its because of trust.

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June 12th, 2017 10:49:32

Reincarnation, sort of, maybe?

June 11th, 2017 by Zen

Of course, in the grand Eastern sense of the word, we don’t believe in Reincarnation. This life is what you have, and you make the best of it, so don’t plan on infinite do-overs. Still, I wonder if things could be more messy, if we could see them better.

One interesting example, so called Pre-Birth Experiences, which are the premortal equivalent of After Death Experiences. That certainly suggests a less strict interpretation. 1 2

Still, is there anything that forbids having a second go around, if in rare circumstances, you really didn’t get the chance to fulfill your life mission? For instance, if you were a child who died in infancy when you should have had more life experiences.

This list of short experiences has had me thinking. It doesn’t fit with a very literal interpretation, but nor do I see a strict way to refute the possibility of occasional multiple mortal lives. Of course, if you are postponing repentance, banking on infinite other lives, you have likely already made the crucial choice, and not in your own favor.

I do think there are “more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of” in most reductive philosophies. If this life is complicated, I would expect nothing less of a realm of greater intelligence.

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June 11th, 2017 17:52:10

Things That Might Have Been

June 07th, 2017 by G.


I think of things that weren’t, but might have been.

The treatise on Saxon myths Bede never wrote.

The inconceivable work Dante might have had a glimpse of,

As soon as he’d corrected the Comedy’s last verse.

History without the afternoons of the Cross and the hemlock.

History without the face of Helen.

Man without the eyes that gave us the moon.

On Gettysburg’s three days, victory for the South.

The love we never shared.

The wide empire the Vikings chose not to found.

The world without the wheel or the rose.

The view John Donne held of Shakespeare.

The other horn of the Unicorn.

The fabled Irish bird that lights on two trees at once.

The child I never had.

-thus Borges

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June 07th, 2017 21:15:56

Free ebook: Lost Skills of the 19th Century.

June 05th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Skills-19th-Century-practical-ebook/dp/B06X93ZLHJ

This is in Kindle format. Free Kindle reading apps are available for Windows, ios, and Android.

The title struck me as very Junior Ganymede-ish.  The bit on how to cook a buffalo hump in the “traditional manner” sounded even Pecos Bill-ish.

This book contains mere snippets from a wide selection of free online source material.  Links are given to the full publications. Therefore it will be a multi-step process to get the particulars.

Yee-Haw, pardners.

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June 05th, 2017 17:06:19

P-rn, Spock, and the Great Salt Lake

June 03rd, 2017 by Zen

This has been percolating in my mind for some time, but I recently saw a video on a show I have not seen yet, that really brought this to mind. This video is on the Philosophy of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Watch at least the first 3 minutes. I can only characterize this as a vision of hell.


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June 03rd, 2017 20:30:58

Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

June 01st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

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June 01st, 2017 19:55:44