Monthly Archives: July 2012

Isaac Russell, New York Times journalist, PR specialist for the Mormon Church

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) At this year’s Mormon History Association conference in Calgary, two contributors, Michael Harold Paulos and Kenneth L. Cannon II, continued an annual practice of producing a keepsake booklet … Read More

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Federal workers may get layoff notices right before the election

Both the U.S. Senate and House have overwhelmingly passed a bill that will force the Obama Administration to send out layoff notices to many thousands of federal workers just four days before the Nov. 6 presidential vote. (Read) President Obama … Read More

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Public officials need to back off from calling for Chick-fil-A boycotts

The actions of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and a Chicago alderman to try to ban Chick fil-A restaurants from their cities because that company’s president opposes gay marriage is thuggish, political correctness contrary to freedom … Read More

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State violence is far more prevalent than religious violence

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) In the Summer 2012 issue of The Journal of Mormon History, historian Patrick Q. Mason takes issue with this statement from Charles Kimball, in his widely read book, … Read More

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The reasoning of Roberts may lead to liberal losses in the Supreme Court

I’ve read Chief Justice John Roberts opinion on Obamacare, where the court upheld the main part of Obamacare, the individual mandate, by labeling it a tax rather than a penalty. A significant portion of Roberts’ reasoning is spent destroying the … Read More

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‘Millstone City’ an example of the Mormon pulp fiction genre

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) There’s been an emergence in what I call the Mormon pulp fiction genre. Far less refined than an Orson Scott Card novel, writers delve into thriller tales with … Read More

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More workers went on disability than got jobs in June

In June, 80,000 American workers managed to get a job, and a third of those were temp workers. On the other hand, more workers — 85,000 — quit the work force and went on Social Security disability. The economy sucks, … Read More

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Novel ‘Chris and Louisa’ provides interesting account of 1844 Nauvoo

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) There’s an excellent novella to be found within the Mormon historical fiction offering, “Chris & Louisa,” written by a retired pair of academics, Ralph and Judith Vander Heide. … Read More

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