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The Tragic Cycle of Mankind

October 10th, 2017 by G.

“It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.”

-Gimli

The tragic cycle of  mankind is to rise and to fall.  A group hears God and follows principles of righteousness, the principles that bring deep prosperity and strength. (more…)

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October 10th, 2017 07:30:05

Still making the Internet memes

October 09th, 2017 by Vader

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October 09th, 2017 15:24:26

Settler-American Heritage Month

October 09th, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

Daniel Boone: Passing the Torch - True West Magazine

The JG is happy to announce Settler-American Heritage Month, running from Columbus Day to Thanksgiving.   During this period, we celebrate the rich tradition of Settler-Americans, who have contributed much to the diverse fabric of America by founding the nation and the state, and giving it its laws, language, and customs.  Diversity is our strength! (more…)

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October 09th, 2017 06:53:05

Mike Fink is a classical baritone

October 07th, 2017 by Mike Fink

And the most rip-roaring, tub-soaking, hand-winning, shirt-stealing classical baritone you ever laid ear on.

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October 07th, 2017 10:21:35

Through Study and Faith

October 06th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the big things is the non-contradiction between material sources of knowledge and metaphysical sources of knowledge.  Because there is one truth.  If something true metaphysically, this has implications for material reality.  Those implications mean that the same knowledge can also be known from the material.

-a Wayfarer

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October 06th, 2017 11:20:44

The Painfully Modern Parable of the Good Samaritan

October 06th, 2017 by G.

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain woke priest that way; and when he saw the man he returned to Jerusalem and launched a campaign for travel control, so only licensed travelers with adequate provision to defend themselves against robbers would be allowed out on the road. Those he met were impressed with his compassion and wealthy caravanners donated to his campaign. #CareforTravelers

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October 06th, 2017 08:18:40

God, gods, and Creation

October 06th, 2017 by G.

To have a coherent metaphysics [of free will] seems to me to entail a coherent and purposive universe – which seems to require a single creation – or else (if there were no creation, or many) everything would ultimately be ‘random’, incoherent, contingent and arbitrary; and agency would have no meaning.

And it also seems to require the participation of agents (e.g Men, in this instance) – that Men are actually engaged with the universe, and can change it by and from their own distinctive natures. This seems to entail that Men are ‘gods’ – in the sense that they are sufficiently separated from reality not merely to be caused-by it (i.e. determined) – and also that Men are able to change reality from themselves, expressive of their nature – and not merely arbitrarily. In other words, these are the characteristics of gods.

-thus Bruce Charlton

To act meaningfully is divine.  Your choice sets in train events that otherwise would never be, for good or for ill.  And so irrevocably that no one can undo what you have done, and only God through death can make up for it.  That is the glory and damnation of Man.

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October 06th, 2017 06:22:15

Selfishness is the Vice of what Virtue?

October 05th, 2017 by G.

It’s a commonplace that vices are sick virtues.

Some vices are crippled virtues.  Some vices are bloated virtues.

So what is the healthy virtue that, when ill, becomes the vice of selfishness.

 


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October 05th, 2017 10:04:05

Ignored a prompting, again. #1,746.

October 04th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Ok, I made up the 1,746, because I’ve lost track of the number of times.

There are five ways I am aware of to know if an idea that pops into your head is really a whispering of the Spirit, versus another source or your own imagination. (more…)

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October 04th, 2017 10:44:08

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

Someone is Calling My Name from the Back of the Restaurant

October 03rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

Looking back at sunsets on the eastside
We lost track of the time
“Smile Like You Mean It” from the Killers 2004 Hot Fuss album

The photo above was taken from the east side of the Las Vegas Valley. It was sent yesterday by an LDS missionary of my acquaintance who is serving in my hometown. As Brandon Flowers once told a Times reporter, “Have you been to Los Angeles? Well, our sunsets are better!” The large buildings below the mountain silhouette are hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 17:20:58

The Myth of Martyrdom

October 03rd, 2017 by Bookslinger

The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers by Adam Lankford. (At Amazon.)

If you don’t want to buy/read the whole book, you can listen to John Batchelor’s interview with the author at AudioBoom, or on Batchelor’s podcast on itunes: (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 09:42:29

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