Monthly Archives: November 2011

Decanonization has occurred in Mormon scriptures

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) Remember the Lectures on Faith sections in the Mormon scripture, “Doctrine and Covenants?” No? But they were there for 86 years? I’m reading an 1918 “Doctrine and Covenants” … Read More

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Newt Gingrich as Republican nominee? Gedoudahere!

The stamp-your-feet mentality that infects the Republican Party’s base has led to Newt Gingrich surging in the polls, after Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. Newt Gingrich for president? Newt Gingrich as a viable challenger to President Barack … Read More

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It is mustache month this ‘Movember’

Thousands of men have sprouted mustaches during the month of November (although your blogger chickened out). The ‘staches have not been for vanity, and quite a few may be trimmed off in a few days. What “Movember” mustache month (read) … Read More

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A weekly bath was part of the spiritual cleansing of 1856 Utah

There’s no Currents this week, but I wanted to share this list of questions that Mormon Church leaders — in the middle of the Mormon Reformation — asked Utah members. The information comes from historian David Bigley’s invaluable book, “Forgotten … Read More

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Federal judge agrees that high school can ban the American flag on clothing

An interesting decision on a case that generated a lot of controversy last year. U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Francisco agrees that Live Oak High School, in Morgan Hill, Calif., administrators were correct on Cinco de Mayo in forcing … Read More

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The Bountiful Davis Arts Center wishes you a very moral Christmas

Do you think this art, Santa’s Naughty Book, is offensive? The Bountiful Davis Arts Center has decided that it’s too immoral, or perhaps too amoral, for its annual end-of-year exhibit. The artist is Steve D. Stones, who for disclosure’s sake, … Read More

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Lincoln used skilled diplomacy to charm the once-hostile Mormons

The crude, casual racism of a long-ago era is striking in this Nov. 28, 1860 Deseret News advertisement from merchant George Goddard. It reads, “Abe Lincoln, Republican, elected by a large majority!!!, immense excitement!, Democrats all but crazy!!!, Niggers rejoicing … Read More

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What will GOP failure Jon Huntsman do next?

We’ve witnessed several months of Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman on the campaign trail. So far, among potential GOP voters, he’s about as popular as Raid in a roach-infested hamburger shack. Huntsman ain’t gonna be the GOP nominee. He’s in … Read More

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Conservatives should worry. Chances of Obamacare mandate have improved

A decision by the D.C. court of appeals upholding the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care law is receiving less attention than it deserves. Opponents of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) should be worried. The conservative-leaning appeals court’s 2-1 decision … Read More

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17 Miracles takes a grizzly bear story and offers viewers a teddy bear film

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) There’s a scene in “17 Miracles,” T.C. Christensen’s historical drama (click) that condenses the ill-conceived Willie and Martin handcart companies into one account, where a well-fed Mormon apostle … Read More

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