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Making babies is not only fun

August 25th, 2016 by Vader

It’s also a good idea.

What is remarkable is that Caplan is an atheist.

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August 25th, 2016 08:26:37

God is the Father, the End.

March 25th, 2016 by G.

“[W]hat defines the [Mormon] religion is not orthodoxy or even orthopraxy but ortho-relationality, correct relationship with God. The idea is that one can have the correct–or at least distinctively Mormon– relationship with God independent of even a pretty basic consensus belief on what sort of Being He actually is.”

-thus pseudo-Bonald

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March 25th, 2016 15:57:21

Patriarchy, Risk and Reward

March 01st, 2016 by G.

Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame. (more…)

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March 01st, 2016 07:20:45

“Children Aren’t Consumer Goods”

December 18th, 2015 by Vader

Thus Kevin D. Williamson.

His Majesty: “Whatever became of ‘legal, safe, and rare’, anyway?”

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December 18th, 2015 10:46:15

I wish that were so

December 07th, 2015 by Vader

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December 07th, 2015 11:06:44

Imagine, if you can

September 21st, 2015 by Vader

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September 21st, 2015 09:25:07

A Father’s Day thought from my daughter

June 21st, 2015 by Vader

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*sigh*

Kids just don’t listen. I’ve told her over and over that it was all Tarkin’s fault, that the man was insane, but she just doesn’t want to hear it.

 

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June 21st, 2015 20:55:43

The Playing Fields of Eton

May 23rd, 2015 by MC

Playing fields of Eton

Mrs. MC: Did you tell our son that he could head-butt Jerome [a boy in his preschool class]?

MC: No.

Mrs. MC: Why does he think you told him that? (more…)

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May 23rd, 2015 19:38:51

As Man is, God Once Was

April 03rd, 2015 by G.

As Man is, God once was.

As God is, Man may be.

There is lots of scriptural support for the second half of Lorenzo Snow’s couplet. There is little support for the first half, the way President Snow meant it.

There are alternate meanings, though.  The couplet is quasi-scriptural. Scripture usually has more than one layer of meaning. (more…)

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April 03rd, 2015 09:07:33

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

— Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Spotted on Facebook

December 24th, 2014 by Quis Custodiet

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December 24th, 2014 13:28:10

Nativity Conversations

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

My younger kids made a nativity set for me.

Joseph the Hut

It goes without saying that there’s Joseph on the left, Mary on the right, the swaddled Infant Jesus in the center, and a lamb poking its head in at the bottom. Not pictured: a second Infant Jesus they made for the set, for reasons best known to themselves. (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 10:43:37

The Two Great Commandments and the Father of Souls

December 02nd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton had a very interesting insight into the Mormon belief that God the Father literally begot our spirits in some way:

It is by being children of God that we enter relationship with Him (and Mother in Heaven) – this makes us siblings in a divine family; then by being born to a human father and mother we are related in overlapping human families (which are intended to persist eternally). I think this corresponds to the two great commandments – …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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December 02nd, 2014 11:30:34

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

Growing Grass and Growing Kids

October 30th, 2014 by G.

I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally.  My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.

Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.

Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)

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October 30th, 2014 10:00:17