Monthly Archives: October 2012

An electoral college tie brings a Romney, Biden prez and vp

I still think that in this last week of the presidential campaign one candidate will move slightly ahead — perhaps 2 or 3 points — in the aggregate polls and use that momentum for a narrow but solid win in … Read More

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iPlates offer the Book of Mormon as comic books

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) Perhaps the best endorsement for iPlates, the Book of Mormon comic book series from Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood (here), is that my seven-year-old son, Joe, can’t get … Read More

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‘Mortality’ is an appropriate epitaph to Hitchens’ life of writing

“Mortality,” by the late Christopher Hitchens, is a slim volume that serves as an epitaph not of Hitchens’ life, but the accompanying end of his writing, which fought its death. Most of “Mortality” are collections of magazine pieces Hitchens published while afflicted with esophageal … Read More

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LDS Church making further movements toward respect for gays, lesbians

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) In our ward on Sunday, there were specific, assigned meetings with priesthood groups and the Relief Society. Our bishop led the meeting with the Melchizedek Priesthood. The meeting, … Read More

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Obama edged Romney in the debate, but does it really matter?

Like last week, I think the Democrats scored a narrow win in the latest debate. Joe Biden was feistier than Paul Ryan last week and President Barack Obama was energetic and passionate last night, although Mitt Romney was again very … Read More

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Eternal progression after death is fun speculation for Mormons

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) A key difference between Latter-day Saints and many other Christian churches is that Mormons believe that there are various post-judgment kingdoms in the outskirts of heaven. There’s the … Read More

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Obama campaign’s appeal to women is condescending

According to news reports, Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg told President Obama’s campaign that his polling numbers among women dropped so steeply after last week’s debate because he didn’t “speak to single women” and reassure them that he’s concerned about their … Read More

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LDS General Handbook of Instructions has evolved over a century-plus

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Handbook of Instructions, or at least the section that’s for all inquiring eyes, are eagerly awaited as much by … Read More

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No need to debate … Romney easily handled Obama

Debate one is in the history books and it was a clear win for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama. Romney was assertive without being mean, had a wide command of the facts, and simply outdebated Obama. Romney, for example, … Read More

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Brigham Young biography portrays a great leader and an unpleasant man

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) Closing the book after reading, “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet,” the new biography by George Mason University religious studies professor John G. Turner, published by Belknap Press of Harvard … Read More

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