Monthly Archives: April 2011

Senator Hatch favors the Senate over immigration reform

Utah’s AG Mark Shurtleff is in Washington D.C. trying to get Utah’s legislators to endorse HB116, Utah’s new law, derived from the Utah Compact, that would institute a guest-worker plan for Utah’s illegals under certain conditions. He’s not having much … Read More

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Snub to Mormon Church at 1893 world fair in Chicago was a bitter setback

Eighteen ninety-three was heralded as the end of the frontier era as the world gathered in Chicago to celebrate civilization. For the Mormon Church, still mostly hidden from America in Utah, it represented for church leaders an opportunity to garner … Read More

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Has President Obama morphed into Bush?

The McClatchy/Tribune wire service  published a piece pointing out how similar some of President Obama’s policies have been to President Bush. (The Standard ran the article on April 24) The Obama morphs into Bush story may explain why the Democrats … Read More

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The lowest attack on the Palins yet

The post making fun of special-needs baby Trig Palin on his birthday by liberal blogger Wonkette, who fancies herself as cute and witty, is the lowest attack I have seen on the Palins, and the competition for that is certainly … Read More

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How dogmatic is an atheist or a Christian?

I enjoyed the linked column by one of the best thinkers in America today, Rod Dreher: “How unbelief can survive the miraculous,” at realclearreligion.org. read Dreher takes issue with America’s ”brainest couple,” cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker and novelist-philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, claiming that they could … Read More

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RIP Dean Thompson, teacher, historian, comedian, marimba player

Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post is here: I attended the funeral today of H. Dean Thompson, 79, of Ogden. A retired Ben Lomond High School teacher, he had a remarkable life. I only got to know Dean … Read More

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Does BYU have a dishonorable code?

The blog deadspin.com has revealed some disturbing news about BYU’s honor code. Read Although only 23 percent of BYU athletes are minorities, since 1993 about 80 percent of the 70 athletes “suspended, dismissed, put on probation, or forced to withdraw … Read More

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From LDS apostle to spiritualist — the strange journey of Amasa Mason Lyman

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here In the spring 1983 edition of Dialogue, author Loretta L. Hefner recounts a sermon Mormon prophet Brigham Young delivered in 1867. Young said that doctrinal deviancy was not limited to … Read More

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Budget deal includes another Senate vote on ObamaCare

Largely ignored in the news of the last-minute budget deal that, for now, avoided a government shutdown is that the U.S. Senate will have to vote on repealing President Obama’s still very divisive health care law.

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Doubt is OK and God is not a butler themes of latest LDS conference

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here Watching LDS General Conference reminds me of sifting through rice in Peru, looking for the bad grains to discard. It can be tedious, but when it’s over you have accomplished … Read More

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