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My Employment History as a Deadly Sinner

Let me kick this off a bit autobiographically.

I have been paid for work since I was 16 (before that I was a slave laborer for my parents) and have been quite fortunate in my jobs. That said, some jobs were more worthy of my time than others. Read more »

Welcome guest blogger esodhiambo

Nepotism Alert: If this introduction sounds just a little too glowing, perhaps that’s because eso is my super-cool East Coast cousin who, along with her sisters, has been the arbiter of taste in my extended family for decades. One of my favorite parts of visiting my New York cousins is sitting around and listening to them talk. They represent the full spectrum of political and cultural opinion (I’ll leave it to you to figure out where eso falls), and if you want a statement on international development in eastern Europe, the latest education legislation up for debate, travel tips for France, or the hot new Broadway hit, there’s a sister who can deliver for you.

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Kennedy’s Endorsement of Obama

Since we are heavily Republican on this blog, lets look across the aisle for a moment. I was puzzled by all of the excitement around Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Senator Obama. Senator Kennedy was touting how this country really needs change and that Barack Obama is the person to make the required changes. This is where I get confused.

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DKL’s Analysis of the Florida Primary

Spoiler alert: If you want to wait to find out what’s going to happen to the GOP candidates in the upcoming Florida primary, do not read the following post.
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In Memorial: Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910-2008

In closing I plead with you to control your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase anger; speak out with words of love and peace, appreciation, and respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without regret. Your marriages and family relationships will be preserved. You will be much happier. You will do greater good. You will feel a sense of peace that will be wonderful.

-Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2007

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Matt Mullenweg, “the founding developer of WordPress” will be sponsoring a WordPress meetup in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 2nd. You can read more about it here and here. It appears to be an open invitation to any and all interested local WordPress users, though they are asking for RSVPs to make sure there’s enough space for participants. Read more »

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Guess Who’ll Say or Do Anything to Get Elected (Hint: John McCain)

In a last-ditch move to re-invigorate his failing campaign to win Florida, John McCain has started telling out-and-out lies about Mitt Romney.

This afternoon, McCain started claiming that Romney favored a “timetable for withdrawal” in Iraq. McCain said:

John McCain: If we surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do, and withdraw, as Governor Romney wanted to do, then there will be chaos, genocide, and the cost of American blood and treasure would be dramatically higher. (emphasis added).

McCain makes his claim about Romney based on the following quote from an interview Romney did with ABC News last April (which even the Associated Press says “didn’t show Romney making [McCain’s alleged] comment”):

Mitt Romney: There’s no question that the president and (Iraqi) Prime Minister al-Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about. But those shouldn’t be for public pronouncement. You don’t want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until you’re going to be gone.

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Two Mormon Mentality Comment Moderation Analogies

I’ve been thinking a little bit about Steve’s BCC: “Banned!” post and some of the comments. In the process I’ve come up with two analogies to describe the way comments are moderated at Mormon Mentality. Read more »

Outrageous Speculation on Race and the Presidential Race

The following is speculation on my part and not meant to offend.  If you are offended, please state why in the comments.

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Trash Calls Database: Resource or Scandal?

Having spent a few years wasting time on the bloggernacle I’ve seen lots of people come and go. People sometimes use multiple handles and it is often hard to keep names straight. Our own annegb has asked people to introduce themselves in post dedicated to that purpose. So I suppose that Joseph Addison of Trash Calls might have had similar motives in posting a spreadsheet of many bloggernacle regulars. However I think that many will be disturbed that there is now a repository of information that connects the bloggernacle firmly with real life names and occupations. What do you think? Is this thing a helpful if snarky resource? Or is it a violation of privacy in some way?

And yes I read Snarkernacle and Trash Calls and find both to be funny, though unevenly so.

Are Mormons Evangelical?

The problem, of course, is in defining ‘evangelical.’

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LDSelect: It’s Alive!

I apologize to everyone who’s been put out by LDSelect being offline for the past few days. It’s domain expired. I blame A2 Hosting. Their service is unreliable, and they tend to be hostile and snide when dealing with customers. That’s made things difficult. When I started that site and this, I hosted everything at A2 hosting, and they did a lousy job. They couldn’t throttle my usage effectively, so they asked me to move elsewhere because I was consuming too many resources. All they ended up handling was the registration of my domains, and they couldn’t even get that right. They ended up refusing to renew the domain altogether, though they’d just renewed Mormon Mentality a few weeks ago. In the end, I had to go to enom to make things work.

I’m also going to be doing some updates to it. I’ve also accumulated a large list of blogs that folks want me to add, and I’ll be adding those, too. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the most advanced and most retribution-free bloggernacle aggregator available!

And I also want to extend a very big “Thank You!” to everyone who has used LDSelect and has made it a viable aggregator! You all are the best.

The New England Patriots and Perfection

As he was wheeled into surgery after being shot in 1981, Ronald Reagan famously joked with the doctors, “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” The head surgeon, a liberal Democrat, replied, “Today, we’re all Republicans.”

In that spirit, I would like to suggest that today, we’re all New England Patriots fans. Read more »

LDS 12 Step Meetings, Not as much fun as you’d imagine

Having experienced LDS Social Services as a foster child in their care, I have little regard for the institution.  My sisters and I were part of a pilot program in Vegas (Victor Brown, Jr. was the boss—-he was pretty cool) for foster care.  We were in a few good homes, but mostly not.  Many were inactive and two were terribly abusive. Read more »

Speaking of Identity Politics…

Romney also benefited from his Mormon religion, the poll results show. Romney captured 94 percent of the voters who identified themselves as Mormon, which made up 25 percent of all Republicans participating in the GOP caucuses.

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“Time is only unto man”: exhibit A

I don’t think I ever thought seriously about the sacrament until my mission, when I received a letter from my grandfather. Grandpa had a long history of service in the Church, and so I regarded him as one who could enlighten me on the “mysteries of the kingdom” through our correspondence during my mission, and looked forward to what treasures his letters might hold for my understanding of spiritual things. Read more »

Bonus Shot at Huckabee

Mike Huckabee responded to a debate question about whether he raised taxes in Arkansas by saying, “I raised hope.” He then went on to justify his tax record by pointing out that no bridges were collapsing in Arkansas. This prompts a few obvious observations:

  1. Huckabee successfully transforms hope into the bane of taxpayers. Contra Emily Dickenson: this doesn’t float.
  2. There is no end to the depths to which he’ll sink in order to justify himself, even leveraging another state’s tragedy to tout his own gubernatorial record in ways that are both transparently trivial and incorrect. At least 49 other governors can say the same thing. Does that justify their tax policies?
  3. This link indicates that the bridge in Minnesota collapsed because of a design flaw, not due to poor maintenance and definitely not due to lack of taxes.

Mike Huckabee: Wrong on metaphysics. Wrong on ethics. Wrong on aesthetics. Wrong for America!

Seriously, this guy is a clown.

Thou Kindle, Shalt Dwindle


Because he’s known for pushing such innovative products, everything Steve Jobs says gets analyzed and assessed. Read more »

Romney the Frontrunner

Mitt Romney is, for the moment, the closest thing that the Republican party has to a frontrunner. He has won the most contests (two), he has placed in the most contents (two), and he has the most delegates (59). Pundits have begun to talk about Romney’s Michigan performance as though it were inevitable, but just hours ago they were asking whether he could really pull it off. Make no mistake: Romney cleaned up in Michigan, and Michigan is a big win for Romney.
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