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Explosion in Panaca

July 15th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Panaca, Nevada goes back to 1864 when it was Panaca, Utah, a couple years before Nevada’s boundary was moved another degree east to the 114th Meridian. It was an agricultural community supplying mining camps. “Tranquil and religious, Panaca never had an easy relationship with its rambunctious neighbors, but it has outlasted nearly all of them.” Today with a population of 900, it is the only dry town in Nevada. There is a Panaca Nevada Stake of the LDS church, a Panaca 1st Ward, and a Panaca 2nd Ward. The last time I was there was two nights before the 2012 eclipse. The next morning I visited graves in Enterprise, 50 miles east of Panaca.

A weird crime occurred there Wednesday evening. (more…)

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July 15th, 2016 09:12:30

A Generation of Artisans and Scholars

July 15th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede


The Junior Ganymede is proud to present a guest post from our friend at Gently Hew Stone.

I loved Aardvark’s recent post about gathering to Zion culturally. That essay made many important points that need to be considered deeply. My post is meant to stand on that one’s shoulders and go a little farther.

In the middle of what might be the essay’s most important paragraph, Aardvark said, “This is not a call to turn the next generation into a generation of artisans and scholars.”

Actually, it should be, and I’ll make the case that it is. Our need to save this and future rising generations is absolutely a call to produce more artists and educators—more people whose profession it is to build and transmit culture. (more…)

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July 15th, 2016 06:09:11

Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico

July 14th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

I just finished reading Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico (1842).  Free or at least very cheap on the Kindle.  Superior writing, highly recommended.

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July 14th, 2016 07:24:38

Mormon-Style Insights on Cultural Creativity: Opposition in All Things

July 13th, 2016 by G.

The key to joy is sorrow.

The key to insight is moving into areas of ignorance.

The key to growth is the Fall.

The key to creativity is boredom.

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July 13th, 2016 06:10:18

We Need to Gather to Zion Culturally

July 12th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

The JrG is pleased to share this guest post from our friend Aardvark.  He proposes a cultural variant of the Benedict Option.

Sometimes I find myself envious of Lehi and his family, or of the early saints; they had somewhere to go. Things got weird, they saw that things got weird, so they packed their bags and left. Sure, I’m glossing over a whole host of important details that would make me less envious of those two parties, but suffice it to say, lately I feel the the desire to leave for the wilderness and gather very keenly.


Alas there are few empty places in the world left to run to, and short of an explicit call to gather from the prophet there are most likely not enough people willing to leave that could make any self-imposed exile sustainable in the long run. It seems that we are left with the Benedict Option as our first step. This idea has been covered on this blog recently and previously, as well as in other places so I’ll avoid rehashing what it is.


Ultimately, it seems that many people I speak with think this isn’t even available as a first step for us anymore. It seems that we are in the world a bit too much these days. For Mormons this appears to be the crux. We have many of the necessary structures in place already to execute a highly successful Benedictine withdrawal, but our desire for respectability keeps us trying to straddle the line. As modern culture continues its willful descent into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, we’ll get pulled down along with it.


As has been observed by others on this blog, we as Mormons have outsourced much of our cultural and social economies to the broader culture; shunning the world then simply will not work. On the one hand, we are too reliant on it for our entertainment. On the other, we cannot retreat or hide from the onslaught of a decadent culture forever, hiding behind rocks that progressively get smaller and smaller. What we need to do, is replace it. Yes, let us replace the decadent culture around us with a rich beautiful culture infused with the sense of divinity we lay claim to as Latter-day Saints. And when I say culture, I don’t mean we should pick off the lowest hanging fruit. I aim for us to retake the ultimate expression of a society’s culture: its theater, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, drawing, painting, and other fine arts. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 12:00:19

God of the Gaps: Do not Cast Yourself Off the Temple

July 12th, 2016 by G.

About a decade ago, I noticed a trend.  Whenever I pointed out to liberal Mormons that some vastly silly proposal of theirs would wreck the Church, merely because it had wrecked all the other churches where it had been tried, I got two kinds of responses.

From the progressives in Mormon skins, the response was indifference.  The Church was not their allegiance, progressivism was, so they did not care.

From the genuine Mormons who were merely colonized by progressivism–the ones where the infection had not killed off their faith yet–the response was more irenic.  No, they assured me, this was God’s church so he would never let bad things happen to it. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 07:30:37

A Few Days Ago in the Temple.

July 11th, 2016 by G.

At the end of my row was a Navajo man without much temple experience. The workers were helping him through the ceremony. Meanwhile I was going through the ritual motions in a particularly brusque fashion. I caught myself doing it. I realized I had unconsciously decided to affect being the old hand who has seen it all before. I laughed at myself.  (more…)

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July 11th, 2016 06:12:06

The Work of Devils

July 08th, 2016 by G.

What do our friends think of this account of a psychiatrist who believes that some small fraction of the mentally ill are straightforwardly haunted by devils?

I am by constitution a materialist skeptic.  But the extension of my skepticism to science also and my own experience in the gospel has probably left me an agnostic about such things.  Certainly the gospel accounts are clear.

But it still seems to me that in the diabolic economy, the Lowerarchy is content to let fear and rumor and sin do most of their work for them.  Presumably direct action enables direct responses.

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July 08th, 2016 07:18:57

Birth Order Stats

July 08th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From “Table 2. Births, by age of mother, live-birth order, and race of mother: United States, 2014” in “Births: Final Data for 2014,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 64, Number 12 are the following number of first-borns, second-borns, etc.:

1st: 1,550,475; 2nd: 1,267,334; 3rd: 667,446; 4th: 283,953; 5th; 110,565; 6th: 46,045; 7th: 20,771; 8th and over: 21,589; not stated: 19,898; total: 3,988,076.

That makes for the following ratios:

1st/2nd: 1.22; 2nd/3rd: 1.90; 3rd/4th: 2.35; 4th/5th: 2.57; 5th/6th: 2.40; 6th/7th: 2.22.

I wonder what my six children would make of this, particularly the youngest. The ratios correspond somewhat with my own experience as a potential parent: The choice to have a second child was never pondered independently—it was part of the choice to marry. After that, conception was a consciously considered matter, and considered one child at a time. The last two were on exception, though. Before conceiving a fifth child, we decided to also have a sixth if we could and then retire from getting and bearing. After the sixth was born, that seemed to be a good decision and we stayed with it.

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July 08th, 2016 06:17:58

Trouble and Anxiety, like Chaff in the Wind

July 06th, 2016 by Man SL

 Another June, another birthday. Would the kids remember to call? Mom and Dad have a strict and binding agreement not to prompt them.

They both called, bless them.

Better than that, in fact. My son, after wishing me a happy birthday, said: “I bought you a present, Dad.”

Me: “Hey, thanks! You going to mail it or bring it?” (He lives on the other side of the country but will be home for a couple of weeks in July.)

He: “Neither. Go upstairs to my room. [I went.] My clothes closet … second shelf from top … about eye level. Reach towards the back. You’ll feel some tissue paper …”

It was a beautiful, rather expensive, silk tie.  Junior, thinking ahead, had purchased it last time he was home, six months ago, and secreted it in his closet for my birthday.

At such moments all the troubles and anxiety of child-raising, all the storm and stress, blow away like chaff in the wind, leaving in plain sight the core things, the things that really matter.

-thus John Derbyshire.

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July 06th, 2016 14:00:43


July 06th, 2016 by G.

A really excellent missionary told me recently that she was very homesick when she first came out.  She prayed to have the feeling lightened so she could focus more on missionary work.  But God said to her, no, in the long run you will be a better missionary for knowing how I feel at the absence of my family.

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July 06th, 2016 09:52:52

Hillary Skates

July 05th, 2016 by Bertie

Sometimes a fellow makes a perfectly ghastly bloomer, and he has no choice to but to face the world and give a frank, fearless acknowledgment that the b. in question was his own dashed b., or words to that effect.

While a stout admirer of the young American Republic–the jolly old eagle and all that, what, what, what–B. Wooster has always maintained that if one criticism could be made of these United States, it was a certain lack of that fine Old World manner.  Not exactly deferential, if you get me.

But I manfully take it all back.  One is all agog at the splendid hauteur with which Dame Hillary Clinton has come it across the FBI like the proud daughter of a hundred earls.  And the quiet, efficient way the FBI tidied up the unpleasantness to her satisfaction has more than a touch of the old family retainer about it.  In the best traditions of service and all that.  Why, it was positively feudal.

What ho, my good menservants.

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July 05th, 2016 21:11:34

Patriot Dream

July 04th, 2016 by G.

It may have been just a dream, but it was beautiful while it lasted.

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July 04th, 2016 07:01:09

The New Gnosticism

July 03rd, 2016 by Zen

golden calf 10 commandments

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
Pet. 2:19


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July 03rd, 2016 17:24:00

Obamacare Sprung from Voter Fraud

July 02nd, 2016 by Man SL


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July 02nd, 2016 06:31:16