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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

Homesickness

June 20th, 2016 by G.

A missionary in our ward said that when she first got to the mission she was very homesick.  She missed her family.

She prayed that the sadness would go away.  She wanted to be a missionary and have her heart in doing missionary work.  She did not want to be pining for her family.

She heard an answer that her feelings for her family helped her understand God’s feelings for his lost children and would help her be a better missionary.

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June 20th, 2016 05:56:07

The Bull and the Jackrabbit

June 17th, 2016 by G.

The bull and his herd mostly ignored the jackrabbit who sometimes also grazed on the meadow.  They would not turn aside from him, however, so he sometimes had to scamper out of their way.  He resented having to move.  “They should move away from me,” he thought, “I consume less and am closer to the earth.”

One day the jack-rabbit began the unnatural practice of digging burrows in the field.  They gave  him a refuge so he did not have to get out of the way.  Best of all, the inconvenienced the cattle and even caused one cow to break her leg and be put down.  He was delighted with the outcome, though he was also sure that it was not his fault.

The bull in particular became quite angry about the jackrabbit’s burrows.  Though the bull never did any real damage to the agile creature, the jackrabbit still took the scorn personally.  Brooding on these wrongs, as he supposed, he quite naturally fell in with the coyote, who also had angered the bull with his sneaking ways and nips at calves.

The parrots also soon took up the cause of the coyote and the jackrabbit.  All over the fields and the meadows, they squawked that the bull had an unreasoning hatred for the coyote and the jackrabbit.  “Why,” they said, “the bull’s anger has gone so far that it has even led to coyote nips at calves and dangerous jackrabbit burrows.  The bull is dangerous.”

One day the coyote killed the jackrabbit and devoured him.

And the parrots squawked louder.  They said the bull had caused the jackrabbit’s death, after one fashion or another.  “The bull hated the jackrabbit.  The jackrabbit was killed hatefully,” they said.

When a hound, sniffing the remains, said the scene smelled of coyote to him, the parrots flew around him beating his face angrily.  The coyote was friends to the jackrabbit, they said, and equally  hated by the bull.  And besides, when killing the jackrabbit, they said, the coyote was acting like a bull.

Moral of the story: The media and memes talk nonsense.

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June 17th, 2016 13:37:09

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

Christ Camp

June 15th, 2016 by G.

I sat by a federal agent at my work cafeteria yesterday. He had his phone out, reading it.

We struck up a conversation. Turns out he was reading the Gospels. He had gotten a book called Why Men Hate Church, something like that. The author urged reading the Gospels to find masculine qualities and behavior by Christ, not just the usual femininities of love and compassion and so forth. So that is what the federal agent was doing.

Him: Do you realize that Christ spent most of his time camping in the wilderness with his guy friends?

Me: Dadgum. You’re right. Huh. [Yes, my poppets, I said ‘dadgum.’ Saying it un-ironically is one of my superpowers.]

Him: Or fishing.

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June 15th, 2016 14:21:59

Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion

June 15th, 2016 by G.

Up, awake, ye defenders of Zion!

Is there any more militant hymn in the hymnal?

The foe’s at the door of your homes;
Let each heart be the heart of a lion,
Unyielding and proud as he roams.
Remember the wrongs in Missouri;
Forget not the fate of Nauvoo.

Or any hymn that is more explicit about Church history?

When the God-hating foe is before you,
Stand firm and be faithful and true,
Stand firm and be faithful and true,
Stand firm and be faithful and true;
When the God-hating foe is before you,
Stand firm and be faithful and true.

WE sang it proudly for Memorial Day.

Full lyrics here.

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June 15th, 2016 14:17:58

Half-Wits

June 15th, 2016 by G.

Unreflective, naive realism is the past: religious traditionalism – it accepts what is given and relies on not-thinking about it. And then those who reflect and think deeply and become wise are led to a conscious recognition that what is given is true, real and therefore necessary.

Modern people who do not consciously think are therefore on ‘the Right’; and so are those who follow-through their thoughts to their conclusions.

But the mass majority of modern intellectuals, however, think a little bit but never through to conclusions. They reflect a little, but never about their own assumptions. They are – in a word – sophomores: that is, wise fools – or, actual-fools who superficially appear, and believe themselves to be, wise.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

If you are not reading the good doctor, you ought.

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June 15th, 2016 13:31:12

The Experience of the Spirit

June 15th, 2016 by G.

I want to be transformed all at once. I hate battling the same weaknesses, revisiting the same old wounds. I want to change and STAY changed! After each renewed commitment, each meaningful experience or spiritual high, I want to say . . . that “I cannot go back” to who I was before.

In spite of myself…it seems that I DO go back.

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June 15th, 2016 06:12:25

God of the Gaps

June 14th, 2016 by G.

Here is an observation from President Lee that is eloquent and deeper than it first appears: (more…)

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June 14th, 2016 07:30:15

The Russia Thing

June 14th, 2016 by MC

Here’s a parody blog making fun of Russophile paleocons:

http://www.splicetoday.com/writing/paleocon-diary-16

The parody unfairly lumps Russian Orthodox Christians like Rod Dreher in with Putin-adoring Lew Rockwell types, although the writer’s voice resembles nothing so much as one of those neoreactionary bloggers for whom Russophilia is just the next logical step after they’ve gotten bored with Dungeons and Dragons.

I find myself sympathizing more with the paleocons over time. While Putin is not a good man, and Russia is not a place I would like to live, the affinity for Putin’s Russia didn’t come out of the blue. I think I can demonstrate this with an economy of examples. (more…)

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June 14th, 2016 02:40:36

“One man with a gun…

June 13th, 2016 by Bookslinger

… can control 100 without one.”

Thus Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924.

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June 13th, 2016 13:30:33

Premarital Sex and Divorce

June 13th, 2016 by G.

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As reported before, there is a link between divorce and premarital sex.

Hat tip to Difficult Run.

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June 13th, 2016 06:10:19

Natural Conventions

June 13th, 2016 by G.

The conventional, under appropriate rational conditions, converges on the natural.

thus the Siris blog.

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June 13th, 2016 06:06:52

Democracy in America

June 10th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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June 10th, 2016 13:32:47