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This August

August 21st, 2017 by G.

I’ve had some unusual spiritual experiences. One involving a football game, for instance.

Another one was after posting those August poems.

I heard the voice of the Spirit saying to me, many times, “this August.” It emphasized the this.

I believe it meant something like this”

There are seasons rounds, and in some sense there is an eternal August. But as much as we enjoy this August for being an August, for being part of the eternal August, it’s variations on the themes are also to be cherished.

Its something like an inverse Platonism. There are the forms, of which the particular things partake, but we value the particulars for themselves, and not just as windows to the forms.

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August 21st, 2017 05:47:53

A Guide for the Perplexed

August 21st, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the difficulties of our current Cultural Revolution is that there is no Little Red Book. You can be pilloried and fired for what you say, but no one will tell you what you are supposed to say. This isn’t a problem for me, because I am instinctively a good person who naturally understands these things.

Not everyone has my natural breadth of soul, however. Fortunately, a kindly soul has condensed some of the rules for the benefit of the benighted.

Read and learn.

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August 21st, 2017 04:15:01

Charity is

August 20th, 2017 by G.

Charity is the opposite of entropy.

-heard from a friend

If so, then entropy is a form of fear, or vice versa. Could that be? I can see an argument. Fear, the vice, usually involves selling out one’s own future or other people or virtues in order to hold on to some good. In other words, it is like a non-entropic system that can only be maintained by increasing disorder outside the system.

But love expands the system size, ultimately to take in all that is. At that point, one can no longer strive for a non-entropic system consistent with entropy.

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August 20th, 2017 20:42:25

My, how things have changed.

August 17th, 2017 by Bookslinger

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August 17th, 2017 20:19:16

A few words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 17th, 2017 by Bookslinger

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says ‘Love your enemies,’ he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”


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August 17th, 2017 12:55:42

The Way of Clogged Sinks

August 17th, 2017 by G.

I fixed a stopped-up sink this morning. Ladle out the sink water, put a pan under the trap, get a wrench, remove the trap, snake the line, run some water, snake the line, run some water, reattach everything, pour boiling hot water down for good measure. It took about an hour. It felt routine. (more…)

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August 17th, 2017 11:02:57

Dead Democracy

August 17th, 2017 by Bertie

I shook out the old rag for a spot of post-prandial reading and dashed if I didn’t find something of interest.  It seems the chappies who track that sort of thing say there are millions more registered voters in the dashed USA than there are dashed adults.  “Jeeves!” I said.  (Jeeves is my man, don’t you know).  “Cast your optics over this bit of news.  Rummy, eh, and I dare say a tad disturbing.  Hardly compatible with the finest traditions of the America democracy and what not, what what what?” (more…)

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August 17th, 2017 10:56:44

The First Church Endorsement of a Rock Festival Ever?

August 17th, 2017 by John Mansfield

From the LDS Newsroom:
After receiving media inquiries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided the following statement about the LoveLoud Festival in Orem, Utah, which takes place August 26, 2017:

We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBT youth’s aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children. We join our voice with all who come together to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe.

We share common beliefs, among them the pricelessness of our youth and the value of families. We earnestly hope this festival and other related efforts can build respectful communication, better understanding and civility as we all learn from each other.


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August 17th, 2017 07:59:05

Political Murders

August 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

December 2014:

  • Two policemen are assassinated by a gunman who wanted revenge for Michael Brown.


July 2016:

  • A Black Lives Matter type murders 5 policemen in Dallas.
  • A black separatist murders three policeman in Louisiana.


June 2017: 

  • A gunman set out to kill Republican Congressmen and attempted to murder five different people.  Rep. Steve Scalise was in critical condition for some time.


July 2017:

  • An assassin kills a sitting policewoman because of hatred of the police.


August 2017:

  • A leftwing activist shot and killed his neighbor, a Republican committeeman for the county.
  • Just a few days ago, as everybody knows, at a protest where both sides showed up with clubs and shields and were using them, a racialist alt-right guy in Charlottesville ran down some alt-lefters, killing one, and was charged with homicide.  Next days neo-nazi websites were making fun of the dead girl.  Then the Washington Post ran an editorial calling for “direct action” that concluded “Start Throwing Rocks.”  Then a conservative  journalist called for the arrest on incitement charges of the editor in chief of the Washington Post.

Sometimes, I am spared the necessity of fulminating.  The facts fulminate for me. (more…)

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August 16th, 2017 10:14:33

The Labor of Love

August 15th, 2017 by G.

A man just moved into the ward.  26-foot trailer, second-story apartment.  Eight men showed up ranging from 14 to 60 and we had it unloaded in 1 hour and 15 minutes.  It was hard work.  It was also fun work.  We did a lot of chatting with the new guy about who he was and what his life was about.  And we did a lot of joshing each other.  One guy came straight from his work at a gym and was still wearing his tight little exercise shorts, so he came in for his fair share.  It was all good natured.  Work was done with brotherly love.

That was President Kimball’s theme at one of the Church’s welfare conferences, back in October 1976.  Labor, and love.  Charity is a thing of the spirit, and like all things of the spirit, for true happiness it needs flesh.  Work is that flesh. (more…)

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August 15th, 2017 06:45:38


August 15th, 2017 by G.

The school year here just started.  The ‘caution: school’ yellow lights were blinking, there was a snarl of traffic, kids walking on the sidewalks with enormous backpacks, little piles of fresh notebooks and pencils in the home.  In short, there is the feeling of a change of season in the air.  The feeling affected me.  It made me want to read poetry. (more…)

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August 15th, 2017 05:50:40

Pavlik Morozov in the Current Year

August 14th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Some people might look down on this father for publicly denouncing his son and informing the world that his son is no longer welcome at home.  But the times are what they are.  The dad is just being smart, that’s all.

I love Dreher’s Orwellian framing also: the father is “reaching out” to his son.

Remember, comrade, reach out to your neighbor before he reaches out to you.

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August 14th, 2017 19:33:54

The Nephite Story didn’t End Well

August 14th, 2017 by G.

The direction the Right is going sometimes reminds me of the Nephites.  I don’t know whether the parallel I’m seeing is real or not–I don’t vouch for it–but sometimes I do see a parallel.

The Nephites (or, within the Nephites, the Church) sometimes responded to unrelenting persecution and hatred by aping their enemies.
Alma 4:

For they saw and beheld with great sorrow that the people of the church began to be lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and to set their hearts upon riches and upon the vain things of the world, that they began to be scornful, one towards another, and they began to persecute those that did not believe according to their own will and pleasure.

And thus, in this eighth year of the reign of the judges, there began to be great contentions among the people of the church; yea, there were envyings, and strife, and malice, and persecutions, and pride, even to exceed the pride of those who did not belong to the church of God.

Or the Nephites in the last days of their civilization, who correctly perceived that the Lamanites would never stop until they had exterminated all the Nephites–and invaded the Lamanites to, I suppose, exterminate them first, and thus prompted their own extermination ahead of schedule.

This is not a direction I hope for the Right.

On the other hand, if politics is war by other means, for the longest time the Right has been practicing pacifism by other means, and the record is one of unremitting failure.

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August 14th, 2017 07:27:51

An Overabundance of Cheap Messiahs

August 13th, 2017 by Zen

We all know that Hollywood is sick. Not just morally depraved, but intellectually and creatively bankrupt. This is no great surprise to any of us. Looking at foreign films, even just good anime, can really surprise you with genuine emotion, real stakes, terrifying loss, and real characters, you just don’t get with movies like Transformers, or even most of Hollywood. It is interesting to note, that besides the Founding Fathers, the majority of people who appeared to Pres. Woodroof and ask why their temple work had not been done, were artists (authors, poets, playwrights, etc). So, I think their is a genuine spiritual angle here, besides simply Hollywood mediocrity.

The New York Post has a great little article How Harry Potter and ‘The Dark Tower’ have messed up millennials
Please read it – it is quite short.

Protagonists don’t have to grow or struggle. They are simply the Chosen One. (more…)

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August 13th, 2017 17:37:37


August 12th, 2017 by Zen

On one hand, visions and dreams that do not come through the church authorities, or ourselves, are not binding to us at all. And there are certainly no shortage of nutjobs out there.

On the other hand, there is a notable vision by Charles D Evans, a church Patriarch back in the 1890’s, that keeps ringing in my ear.

Right after showing the gospel restoration and general national prosperity, and right before discussing disasters and plagues, he is told (more…)

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August 12th, 2017 14:58:39