Monthly Archives: August 2012

Most Americans are more reasonable on abortion issue than President Obama

Abortion is a contentious issue, but there are stances within the debate that most Americans can agree on. For example, most Americans would support laws banning sex-selection abortions. Most Americans favor parental notification if an underage daughter is going to have … Read More

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Joseph Smith biography does not shy away from historical scrutiny

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) (Originally, this review of the Joseph Smith biography, “Rough Stone Rolling,” was published in the Dec. 23, 2005, edition of the Standard-Examiner. However, several years ago, the review … Read More

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’2016: Obama’s America’ is well-produced, effective political propaganda

A polemic, or propaganda film is not designed to change minds. It’s created to reinforce the beliefs or biases of those who already support it. To energize the like-minded, to rally them to a cause. To attack it because one disagrees … Read More

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In 1915, kill a Wobblie who insults you, and get honored at the Elks Club

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) I just read a fascinating book, “The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon,” by William M. Adler, Bloomsbury, 2011. … Read More

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On Medicare, seniors more upset with Obama than Ryan, GOP

There is an assumption that the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential running mate will drive senior voters away from the ticket. The argument is because Ryan supports a Medicare reform plan that includes vouchers an an … Read More

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The LDS Gospel according to Sen. Orrin Hatch

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) The title of this blog may perhaps be a bit flip. It’s a book-sized testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by one of its … Read More

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Biography of the Book of Mormon an unbiased look at its influence

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) In “The Book of Mormon: A Biography,” (Princeton University Press, 2012) author Paul C. Gutjahr notes that critiques and evaluations of Mormonism’s most important book have moved simple … Read More

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Respect for free speech drove most to Chick-fil-A

A couple of observations about the Chick-fil-A appreciation day that drove record amounts of Americans to the fast-food chain. It had more to do with respect for freedom of speech than a show of support for the chain’s president’s position … Read More

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Anthology features ghost stories set on Historic 25th Street

“Tales From Two-Bit Street and Beyond … Part 1,” features a collection of ghostly short stories that deal primarily with hauntings along Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. It’s no secret that “Two-Bit Street” has a mysterious, crime-infested history. It was the … Read More

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