Monthly Archives: June 2011

Polygamy was no Mormon harem, but it tore at marriages and hearts

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) I spent some time re-reading the late Richard S. Van Wagoner’s excellent book, “Mormon Polygamy: A History.” The 19th century tales of harems and never-ending teenage-girl hunting were, … Read More

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Boring but important: Banks need higher capital requirements

Capital requirements for investment banks, eh, have you already stopped reading. You shouldn’t. It’s the biggest financial issue on the table right now. One reason banks such as Merrill Lynch, or many dead banks, or insurer AIG, were able to badly … Read More

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Notes on a trip to Hungary

For most of the last three weeks, our family visited Hungary, a first experience for myself and the kids. We spent two and a half days in Budapest (at the bottom floor of photo at right) and then the bulk … Read More

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Democrats less likely to vote for a Mormon for president than Republicans

This Gallup poll needs to be taken with skepticism, of course, but its finding that 27 percent percent of Democrats are hesitant to vote for a Mormon compared to 20 percent of Republicans seems to indicate that the Republican beliefs … Read More

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GOP should be silent on Weiner, let him twist in wind

Republican U.S. House leader Rep. Eric Cantor has called for his sexting colleague Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign. Weiner is perhaps the first Twitter-induced scandal in politics, with silly sextweets and anatomical photos. As is the norm with these … Read More

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Those risible, dare I say it, uninformed Palin-haters

The Sarah Palin-haters were in fine form this past weekend, you know the types who find her dumb and uninteresting but can’t stop talking about her. The latest supposed Palin gaffe was that the ditzy ex-Alaska guv who sounds nothing … Read More

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E-Verify win for Arizona in high court bodes well for SB1070

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Arizona’s law which allows the state to suspend a business license if a business is caught hiring illegal immigrants twice may provide a clue that the high court will uphold … Read More

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