Category Archives: The Political Surf

Baptisms for health were once more common than baptisms for the dead

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) Most of us know about the ubiquity of the LDS Church performing baptisms for the dead in church temples. And every week in many locations there are baptisms … Read More

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Ghostly tales of Ogden’s 25th Street arrive to haunt readers

“Tales From Two-Bit Street and Beyond … Part II” is another collection of ghostly short stories that mix spooky chills with the colorful history of Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. A disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology, titled “Yehudi,” … Read More

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Willard Bean, Mormonism’s ‘Fighting Parson,’ did have an admirable pro boxing career

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) A lot of Mormon lore has surrounded Willard Bean, a professional boxer (at right in a Salt Lake Tribune 1902 photo boxing Fireman Jim Flynn, Bean is at … Read More

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LDS apostle Boyd K. Packer is correct that virtue can be turned into a vice

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) The very old, extremely conservative LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer is slowly but consistently seeing his influence diminish. Because he fulfills the role of bogeyman by many of … Read More

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Obama administration is best ally the GOP has in its hunt for scandals

If politics is a game, the Obama administration has gone through three relief pitchers and allowed Republican batters to clear the bases more than once. The sight of high-level IRS official Lois Lerner taking the fifth at a hearing today … Read More

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Idea that righteous parents can save wayward children a consistent doctrine in Mormon history

Although doctrines and decrees change in the LDS Church — think polygamy and blacks — one consistent teaching from the time of Joseph Smith to today is that the righteousness of parents can provide salvation to wayward (read: unrighteous) children. … Read More

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Review of three indy books include Mormon presence, and scholarship

I like novels and books from small presses, the independents, those that rely on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, word-of-mouth … for sales. I read two novels and one scholarly book, from respectively, Strange Violin Editions, Leicester Bay Books, and Xlibris. They … Read More

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Mormon one-size-for-all Sacramental goblet was a casualty of the progressive era

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) I was talking to an elderly woman in my LDS ward and I asked her if her father had mentioned partaking of the Sacrament in a large ward … Read More

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FAA reversal on “sequester cuts” likely ends the scare tactics

I’ve seen comments and cartoons casting the reversal of the FAA air traffic controller cuts — which were supposedly due to sequestration, or the process of trimming a couple percent or so from federal spending –as a folly of congressional … Read More

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Flurry of new fiction helps authors get Mormonism out of their system

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here). There’s an extremely profane scene in “Multiple Maniacs,” one of filmmaker John Waters’ earliest films, that takes place in a Catholic church and involves the actors Divine, Mink … Read More

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