Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Eliminating troublesome aunts

May 22nd, 2015 by Bertie

Oh, I do say!


This is beastly. I suppose this must be that very odd American sense of humour, what? But it’s one thing to be pestered by one’s elder female relations, and quite another to actually entertain homicidal thoughts about the  dears. You’d never see anything like this in a civilised country like England. Sigh.

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May 22nd, 2015 08:02:27

Free Kindle ebook, by Bishop Noel Jones.

April 28th, 2015 by Bookslinger

God’s Gonna Make You Laugh. By “Bishop” Noel Jones. (He’s not an LDS bishop.)

I don’t know if it’s any good yet, but I wanted to post the link while it is still free. It will likely revert to normal price Tuesday night (tonight, the 28th) at midnight.

Kindle reading apps are free for iOS and Windows, and I assume for Android and MacOS too.

Bookbub.com is a free daily email list that sends you links to temporarily free and discounted ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.

I find about 2 or 3 free books worth downloading each week.

I tried some of the sci-fi list, but they usually just give you the first book of a trilogy for free in hopes that you buy the rest of the series.

Most of the free ones I find worthwhile are non-fiction, and religious/spiritual.

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April 28th, 2015 18:55:32

Why Science Does Not Disprove God

April 13th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Why science Does Not Disprove God, by Amir Aczel.

Based on interviews with eleven Nobel Prize winners and many other prominent physicists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists, as well as leading theologians and spiritual leaders, Why Science Does Not Disprove God is a “well-informed and readable” (Wall Street Journal) analysis of the religious implications of our ever-increasing understanding of life and the universe. The renowned science writer Amir Aczel (“One of our best science popularizers”—Publishers Weekly) masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the “New Atheists,” providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there’s still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.

Interview with the author, 40 minute podcast by John Batchelor.

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April 13th, 2015 21:00:37

New DoJ Policy: Ixnay Ostitutespray

April 10th, 2015 by G.

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April 10th, 2015 13:30:50

Tragedies: evil versus circumstantial.

April 08th, 2015 by Bookslinger

One of my favorite passages from Epictetus:

Never say of anything, “I have lost it”; but, “I have returned it.” Is your child dead? It is returned. Is your wife dead? She is returned. Is your estate taken away? Well, and is not that likewise returned? “But he who took it away is a bad man.” What difference is it to you who the giver assigns to take it back? While he gives it to you to possess, take care of it; but don’t view it as your own, just as travelers view a hotel. 

Fron The Enchiridion (The Manual), chapter 11. Also here.

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April 08th, 2015 11:02:07

A Daniel*!

March 15th, 2015 by Bookslinger

(A phrase used in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to exclaim the wisdom evidenced by a character acting as a judge. I believe it can be used to describe any person exhibiting much wisdom aside from strictly judicial wisdom.)

If you haven’t done so, please hie thee over to the Millennial Star blog and read this series of posts by Meg  Stout:

The series begins here: http://www.millennialstar.org/a-faithful-joseph/

A summary of the above here: http://www.millennialstar.org/faithful-joseph-digest/

and here: http://www.millennialstar.org/why-i-am-not-persuaded-joseph-smith-had-sex-with-plural-wives/

And this comment on a different subject: http://www.millennialstar.org/commandments-not-a-few-and-revelations-in-their-time/comment-page-1/#comment-148576

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March 15th, 2015 10:15:08

Giving a Reason for the Hope that is in You

March 13th, 2015 by Bartleby

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March 13th, 2015 07:49:12

Kevin Williamson Acquitted of Brutal Manslaughter Charges

February 26th, 2015 by Man SL

Jury foreman: They had it comin’.

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February 26th, 2015 14:05:48

“Time is the fire in which we burn.”

February 10th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Quote from the movie Star Trek: Generations, spoken by the Tolian Soran character, played by Malcolm McDowell.


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February 10th, 2015 09:27:38

The Most Persuasive Article on Mormonism Ever

February 10th, 2015 by Bertie

One read was enough for me, dash it.  One doesn’t have to strain the old bean with multiple perusals.  The thing lays itself out as plain as a pikestaff.  Or as  punch, if you prefer.  As plain as p.

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February 10th, 2015 08:08:49

Investigators on Scout Sunday

February 09th, 2015 by G.

You have a new bishopric. This is their first Sunday. They are fumbling a little. The counselor releases your ward mission leader, Brother X, and then asks for a vote of thanks to him or her. He adlibs that the bishopric is here to serve the ward, if only through comic relief.

The theme for the talks is Boy Scouting.  You are worried; a nice investigator family with the cute little daughters of the world is attending for the first time.  The talks won’t have much to offer them, you think.  The first speaker is the Scoutmaster.  He has a bunch of girls, no boys.  “My job,” he says, “is to raise the kind of men I’d want my daughters to marry.”  Bingo.

A guy who moved in to your ward a year ago tells how a dream his little sister had, telling her to go to primary, brought him back into the church as a teenager (no one else in the family wanted to take her, so he got the detail).

In Elders’ Quorum your baby daughter belches like a hog after you give her a bottle. You spend the afternoon making lemon icecream and French fries for your oldest daughter’s birthday dinner.

That is your Mormon Sunday.

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February 09th, 2015 09:12:12

“Religious Studies Does It Again”

January 07th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

Huh. I recollected that the Council of Nicea is where Leonardo da Vinci got hitched with Mary Magdalene and they all figured to hide the Ark of the Covenant in them black hills in South Dakota? Or mayhaps this was where they co-de-fyed the rules for runnin’ an automobile car race?

History ain’t my for-tay, I knows that.  I’d ruther be launchin’ thangs into orbit.

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January 07th, 2015 12:39:19

Low-turnout Democratic voters

January 07th, 2015 by Vader

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January 07th, 2015 09:13:21

Spotted on Facebook

December 24th, 2014 by Quis Custodiet

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December 24th, 2014 13:28:10

James Burnham: Suicide of the West. 50th anniversary edition.

December 21st, 2014 by Bookslinger

Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution wrote an essay about the 50th anniversary edition of James Burnham‘s 1964 book, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Berkowitz joins Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation to talk about it on The John Batchelor Show.

John Batchelor Show podcast archive.

Direct link to mp3. This segment starts at 19:45.

Berkowitz’s article.

Burnham’s book at Amazon.

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December 21st, 2014 08:08:24