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Younger Missionaries, Older President

January 23rd, 2015 by John Mansfield

A former stake president explained once that in his calling he was supposed to recommend potential mission presidents to his leaders. Mission presidents needed to be under 60, or up to 65 in cases of exceptionally robust health and vigor.

When the ages for young missionaries were lowered, and thousands more made themselves available for service, and dozens of new missions opened, that required finding more mission presidents than before. One of those tasked was Stephen Hansen, 71 at the time of his call to preside the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. Wednesday, Sister Carol Hansen, his 69-year-old wife died quite unexpectedly, though naturally. It seems likely that President Hansen will be released early.

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January 23rd, 2015 11:06:53

Contextual Idiocy

January 23rd, 2015 by Vader

The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.

— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution

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January 23rd, 2015 11:02:07

Whiplash

January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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January 23rd, 2015 02:02:03

The unbearable lightness of being

January 21st, 2015 by Vader

An OPS who is not a morning person.

The laziness here nearly amounts to high art.

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January 21st, 2015 14:24:28

The Marriage of True Minds

January 21st, 2015 by G.

 

Marriage is theater.  It is the stage and the back stage.  It is the play and also the players. (more…)

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January 21st, 2015 11:13:06

Dadgum Bad Parents

January 20th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

I reckon this here pa and ma done should have given their cubs a vehickle, or at least their own cayuses.  Walkin’ taint natcheral.

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January 20th, 2015 20:00:38

Simon de Montfort

January 20th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

I don’t much bother with Wiccapedia, but a spread on this gent fixed my gaze. Seems he humbled a king and getted modern democracy in one crack shot, which is plenty for any hombre to crow about.

I reckon I ain’t heered of him afore now because I was raised to make G. Washington my hero. I kin live with that. It warms the cockrels of my heart that furriners got their heroes as well.

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January 20th, 2015 13:41:33

Angina Monologue 7

January 20th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was in rare good humor this morning.

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January 20th, 2015 12:59:27

Graft versus host disease

January 20th, 2015 by Vader

If social policy were medicine, and countries were the patients, the United States today would be a post-surgical charge under observation after an ambitious and previously untested transplant operation. Surgeons have grafted a foreign organ?—?the European welfare state?—?into the American body. The transplanted organ has thrived?—?in fact, it has grown immensely. The condition of the patient, however, is another question altogether.

–Nicholas Eberstadt

I highly recommend National Affairs. My only objections to it are that it only comes out quarterly and some of the best articles are subscriber-only.

His Majesty: “If it’s all that good, it’s worth paying for.” Touche.

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January 20th, 2015 12:08:44

Remember how we were going to give tax breaks to families saving for college for their kids?

January 20th, 2015 by The Most Interesting Man in the World

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January 20th, 2015 10:10:45

A small tribute

January 20th, 2015 by Vader

To occasional Junior Ganymede reader Joseph Hertzlinger:

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January 20th, 2015 09:22:54

Je Suis Photo-Op

January 19th, 2015 by Man SL

World leaders aren’t good for  much.  They’re good for a laugh.

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January 19th, 2015 10:27:37

Chiaroscuro of the Decline II

January 19th, 2015 by G.

Overall birth rates are at all-time lows.

But the drop is mostly among the unmarried.  Married birth rates have actually increased slightly.  (Ungated version here).

Yet illegitimacy rates are increasing.

How to explain the apparent paradox?  The answer must be that marriage rates are dropping.

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January 19th, 2015 08:11:43

Three-Word Theodicy

January 19th, 2015 by G.

(Meaningful) Choice + Love = Suffering

(The words in parentheses don’t count)

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January 19th, 2015 08:06:22

Angina Monologue 6

January 18th, 2015 by Vader

“Our society is systematically enabling deviant and self-destructive behavior. And you Mormons are as bad about it as anyone else.”

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January 18th, 2015 18:55:41