Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

With the Bundy’s at their Country Place

October 26th, 2016 by Bertie

My Aunt Agatha has crust to end all crusts.  One can only goggle at the sang-froid with which she puts across her desires that some poor innocent toad beneath the harrow engage in enterprises of the scaliest.  As the Americans would say, bless her heart.

As is often the case, what, what, what, the recent toad beneath the harrow was one Bertie Wooster.  “Bertie,” she said, “I wish you to join the Oregon militia stand-off under false pretenses as an informant for the FBI”

“Why, I say,” I said, “dash it.  This is the limit.  The absolute frozen limit.  What earthly reason should I have for embroiling myself in those contretemps?”

She fixed me with her steely gaze.  “Because I wish it,” she said.  Or perhaps hissed would be the mot juste.

As Jeeves would put it, vowing that I would ne’er consent, I consented.

It was rather jolly.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the great bulk of my fellow militia men were also undercover fellows.  It was rather in the nature of a costume party.  Next time I shall go as Pierrot.

A good time was had by all and sundry.

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October 26th, 2016 10:00:28

NPV of Immigrants without High School Educations

October 25th, 2016 by G.

is -200k, study claims.  I don’t know what methodology was used.

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October 25th, 2016 13:37:30

Neighborliness through Travel

October 25th, 2016 by G.

I discovered a way of life Saturday night. (more…)

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October 25th, 2016 09:19:15

Primary Program

October 24th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.  Your kindergarten son leans over after the priest recites the sacrament prayer again, this time correctly. “Dad, he forgot to say,’ which was shed for them correct, dad?” Correct. You are impressed.  He has apparently managed to memorize the prayers.

Minutes later, he goes to the stand for the primary program, and confidently and clearly mangles his line. (more…)

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October 24th, 2016 06:56:03

Crisis on the Right

October 22nd, 2016 by G.

These are mere symptoms of a much deeper but poorly understood problem. It can be stated directly in one sentence: Elections no longer change the character of our government.


But along with the increasing concentration of power in the hands of unaccountable experts is the equal concentration of authoritative public opinion in the hands of the experts and their media-academic allies. . .  “Public opinion is in the hands of a national elite. That public opinion, the whole of the public discourse about what is political in America, is in the hands of very few.”

-thus Stephen Hayward


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October 22nd, 2016 05:57:23

Heaven has a Boisterous Crowd

October 21st, 2016 by G.

I don’t remember which roommate it was. One of my college roommates was nervous about a test.

I don’t remember which other roommate it was. Some one of them thought of a way to boost his confidence.

We gathered around to send him out the door and may even have given him a priesthood blessing. We then told him to look up at our second-story window when he was walking through the parking lot on the way to the testing center.

When he turned to look up, we held up speakers blasting the Star Wars Imperial March and all of us crowded to the window and cheered as loud as we could. He straightened up and marched off looking like a world-beater.  We kept it up for as long as he could hear.  We loved doing it.

When he came back he was bubbling. He had gone through the test like a flame.

After that, we did it with everybody who had a tough test coming up. (more…)

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October 21st, 2016 11:12:08

New Nuclear Plant

October 20th, 2016 by G.

Good news.

More please.

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October 20th, 2016 10:17:32

The Lion’s Brood

October 19th, 2016 by G.

The Lion’s Brood

I let my mind wander at 3 AM.  Let the little thing go where it wants to.

This morning, where it wanted to go was the discussion between our own Bruce Charlton and our friend GOS. (more…)

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October 19th, 2016 08:01:45

Angels Leading Us

October 19th, 2016 by G.

4  for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness.

5 And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me.

6 >And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him.

7 And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste.

And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies.

9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field.

10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.

Lehi’s Dream (more…)

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October 19th, 2016 07:40:33

Solemn Assemblies and the Communion of the Saints

October 18th, 2016 by G.

The communion of the Saints is a phrase nowhere found in scripture.  But the idea is found there.  Even more, it is found in the lived experience of the Saints.  We soon find a sense of kinship and fellowship with other Saints both living and dead. (more…)

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October 18th, 2016 07:30:20

Worse than Suffering

October 17th, 2016 by G.

Those who do not want to be saved, who fight being saved; who reject the Gift of the Saviour… they will typically suffer. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

We, as individual people, shuld not make them suffer – they do that for themselves – but we should not unthinkingly or always strive actively to alleviate self-imposed suffering – that may well be to harm the other person: harm them soon and forever.

Alleviation of suffering is not an imperative – and we should never allow ourselves to be persuaded that it is.. In a sense they should suffer, because suffering is their only hope.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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October 17th, 2016 10:34:30

Interesting Parallels in Lehi’s Dream

October 17th, 2016 by G.

I like books with zip. Plot twists are my Shakespeare. I have to anesthetize my lower tastes to read the Book of Mormon. That book does not have a lot of surface dazzle but it rewards deeper reading.  It rewards reading carefully and thinking.  It has depths.

I just started again, right spang in Ch. 1, me and good ol’ Nephi, and I just found out one of the hidden depths. Lehi’s dream has a beautiful and thought-provoking parallel between the great and spacious building and the tree of life. (more…)

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October 17th, 2016 06:12:04

She’s having a baby (1988) – most under-rated movie ever?

October 17th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton


She’s having a baby is a John Hughes movie from 1988 starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern – and I would rate it one of the very best ‘romantic comedies’ ever made.

It is very funny and enjoyable – with many classic scenes (never to be forgotten), but also has a depth and sweetness lacking from most of the genre. I would say it is as good as the benchmark When Harry met Sally – not so tightly-constructed, but equally memorable and with much more heart.

Yet the movie was tepidly received at the time, did poor box office, and usually gets rather poor ratings. Why?

The answer, I am afraid, is that SHaB is a mature movie and a Good movie. Mature in that it is about a marriage, and Good in that the marriage is strengthened and moves on to family.

No wonder the critics disliked it!

Unlike the classical comedy – which starts with the characters meeting and ends in their marriage (or a ‘committed relationship…); SHaB starts with a marriage and ends with a baby.

Unlike most Holly wood ‘coming of age’ movies which are about adolescents; SHaB is about a typical modern pseudo-adult becoming a real adult.

Unlike most Hollywood movies about marriage which are about sexual temptations yielded-to and the personal growth arising therefrom – SHaB is about (shambolically-) resisting (multiple) temptations and the personal growth therefrom.

Kevin Bacon produces the best all round and multi-faceted performance I have seen from him – the lovely Elizabeth McGovern portrays a genuinely good person; and the two onscreen seem to be genuinely and relaxedly loving – consistent with their having been teenage sweethearts.

The movie is not at all religious – but has a spiritual quality – as the hero strives to synthesise marriage with his need for creativity and his horror of the soul-crushing and shallow materialism of the life around him in the suburbs and at work.

And being a comedy it has a very happy ending – in which all this is satisfyingly achieved; love, depth and creativity are all vindicated; and a strong basis for the future has been established.


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October 17th, 2016 03:14:08

One Double Standard I Can Approve Of

October 15th, 2016 by Vader

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October 15th, 2016 15:07:27

Reality is not an Option

October 14th, 2016 by G.

Lehi’s Dream is the parable for our age. Its oddest parts turn out to be its best parts.

The Great and Spacious Building has no bottom.

It does not rest on reality.

Perhaps it cannot rest on reality?


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