Monthly Archives: December 2011

Monsters and Mormons provides edgy chills and thrills

I don’t think LDS readers will be able to find Monsters and Mormons at Deseret Book or Seagull Book. I’d love to be wrong about that, but it’s my experience that fantasy at those stores never matures beyond puberty. Those interested … Read More

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Newt Gingrich was for RomneyCare before he was against it

One of the main problems with Newt Gingrich as presidential timbre is that he tends to talk out of his as… uh, … rear end. Before Newt was taken seriously, Mitt Romney parried a “Newt-bomb” attack on states enacting individual … Read More

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Book presents case that libertarianism, Mormon doctrine, are compatible

The book, “Latter-day Liberty,” by Utah County political activist Connor Boyack, is extremely provocative. If sales gain steam, it could provoke a political debate within Mormonism. I say that as someone who disagrees with Boyack’s conclusions at times. Yet, his … Read More

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The payroll tax cut needs to end

“Do you want to know what lives longer than a vampire?” … “What?” … “A one-year tax cut.” OK, I know it’s not great humor, but at least it’s wry humor. How can one not at least chuckle at the … Read More

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Demagogic political rhetoric has a colorful, long history

The fight over extending the payroll tax cut is as interesting to watch for the political rhetoric pitched by pols as it is for the actual arguments. Watch the debate sometime via C-Span and you’ll get the idea that the opposing … Read More

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LDS Church, through Church News, praised Hitler, Nazi Germany

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) History is blunt. Left to itself, it doesn’t spin or gloss over unpleasant facts. The positive side to unvarnished history is that it can prevent future mistakes. There … Read More

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Rick Perry is pathetic

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is such a pandering clown. Romney “bets” Perry $10,000 that he’s wrong about his Massachusetts’ health care mandate and the media, sensing “gotcha,” calls it a gaffe because Romney’s so darn rich he can’t possibly … Read More

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Envy against rich, class warfare the ticket to Obama’s re-election

President Barack Obama’s class warfare speech in Kansas (here) makes clear the theme of the 2012 election for the Democratic Party, and the president: anger at those who have earned more than others. It’s an insidious strategy that both deflects … Read More

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Jacob Marley gets to tell his Christmas Carol, but alas, ’tis more dull

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) Have you ever wondered what happened to Jacob Marley, the tormented, consigned-to-eternal-punishment spirit who successfully warned miser Ebenezer Scrooge of the fate that awaited him if he did … Read More

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Sporting Surf: Utah football up, BYU football down

The decision by Jake Heaps to leave BYU is not the biggest story of BYU football. It’s just one baby step toward what will be a consistent decline in the BYU football program.

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