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It can always get worse

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

I thought Clinton versus Bush (round 2) was horrifying enough. But now it’s looking like Biden versus Trump.

One hopes sanity will yet prevail. But, if not, and this nightmare scenario comes to pass, I will write in Romney’s name in 2016.

His Majesty: “I’m writing in Cthulu. Why settle for the lesser evil?”

Actually, I think His Majesty has even worse in mind. Hold on to your hats.

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August 27th, 2015 11:58:44

The real difference between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

George H. W. Bush did not need to be president, and Bill Clinton needed it worse than any normal human being can imagine.
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August 27th, 2015 10:50:13

Wisdom from Mark Twain

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

To be good is noble; to teach others to be good is nobler, & less trouble.

–From Twain’s personal inscription on Churchill’s copy of Twain’s collected works

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August 27th, 2015 10:48:39

The Parable of the Laborers

August 27th, 2015 by G.

We usually think the Parable of the Laborers is about repentance.  11th  hour repentance and all that.  It isn’t. (more…)

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August 27th, 2015 07:47:42

What is the (psycho-social) function of the Temple?

August 27th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

My general impression is that the Temple functions to sustain – as a living reality – the eternal perspective in general; and the living reality of post-mortal existence in particular.

And the desperate need for this (in the context of mass media secular modernity) is one important reason why there has been such a vigorous programme of Temple building etc. over the past generation

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(Note: I say this as someone who knows of the Temple only what the CJCLDS chooses to reveal to outsiders. I have made no attempt to pseudo-discover more about what goes on in the Temple.)

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August 27th, 2015 02:40:30

The Devil’s Dictionary: Legacy

August 26th, 2015 by Ambrose Bierce

Legacy

[leguh-see] noun, plural legacies.
Something every President wishes to leave, and every sane voter hopes he will not.
See also: coprolite
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August 26th, 2015 08:39:32

If She is Thee

August 26th, 2015 by G.

You give your wife a big squeeze on the way out the door this morning.

She: Thanks.

You break into a song you are making up as you sing:

It’s a pleasure in life

to gives hugs to your wife–

provided your wife is

my wife

She: I wish you didn’t like it when I roll my eyes.

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August 26th, 2015 07:49:50

Young Churchill, in his own words

August 25th, 2015 by Vader

As quoted by Martin Gilbert, Churchill: A Life, from Churchill’s own correspondence as a brand-new Army cavalryman visiting America for the first time, ca. 1895:

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August 25th, 2015 08:53:11

I am shocked, shocked

August 24th, 2015 by Captain Renault

To find that Barack Obama is not universally loved in Europe.

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August 24th, 2015 10:14:34

Donald Trump

August 24th, 2015 by Vader

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August 24th, 2015 09:07:54

American (and British) Train Heroes Honored

August 24th, 2015 by G.

Well done, gentlemen.

 

It doesn’t fit well or directly into any of the great political or cultural issues of the day.  But what you do in the moment of truth is one of the fundamental questions of life.

 

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August 24th, 2015 08:57:26

Angina Monologue 18

August 24th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has been awfully quiet lately, but I could feeeeel the sourness swelling within him.

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August 24th, 2015 04:10:07

Easy, Natural Leadership

August 21st, 2015 by G.

While formal equality just means fighting and conflict in practice,  stable authority can lead to practical informal equality.  Call it “peerage.”  Peerage is one of the sweetest states of human existence.  In fact, one might say that it is the ultimately reality of all existence.  It is the nature of the Godhead.

So it’s worth considering why stable authority doesn’t always lead to peerage. (more…)

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August 21st, 2015 10:49:56

Led by the Priesthood

August 20th, 2015 by John Mansfield

One of the hard teachings of the LDS church is that God will accommodate the weaknesses of his people. One standard example of this is Samuel ordaining Saul as king for Israel, and another is that the higher priesthood was withdrawn with Moses, leaving ministry only through the Aaronic priesthood. One can imagine being taught the gospel by the ancient apostles, embracing it and teaching it to one’s children, but ultimately unable to pass the blessings of the priesthood on to further posterity, not because of any lack of desire or seeking for them, but because the priesthood has been withdrawn from the earth until times of restoration.

This pattern allows one to fully accept the authority of the LDS church’s president to enact changes in the church’s ministry, and to believe him a prophet acting as God has directed him, and to still wonder if a given change is a good change, a further unrolling of gospel fullness, or a necessary change due to the latter-day saints’ weakness in a fallen world, much to be lamented as we correctly submit to it.

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August 20th, 2015 13:09:08

Mean Girls and the Great and Spacious Building

August 20th, 2015 by G.

Mean girls bully everyone else to keep themselves on top.  So do mean guys.  I’m reading right now about the Barbarossa brothers in the Western Mediterranean.  They were more or less pirate kings.  Being pirate kings, they had no security.  Continued cruel atrocities kept themselves on top.

We can see that in the scriptures.  The great and spacious building runs on mean girl power.

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August 20th, 2015 10:30:34