Category Archives: Personal

The Esoteric Mormon Doctrine of Baptism for the Dead


Many have all wondered about it in Washington, D.C., at one time or another while driving around the Beltway and see the Mormon Temple rising before us like the Emerald City out of Oz. What do the Mormons do in there? … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts and Supercars”


Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts & Supercars: The Fantastic Physics of Film’s Most Celebrated Secret Agent. By Barry Parker. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. Did the jet pack that James Bond used in Thunderball actually work? What about the … Continue reading

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Requiem for the “Sizzler”


George Sisler, also known as the “Sizzler” because of his hot bat, was the greatest player ever to don a St. Louis Browns baseball uniform. First baseman for the Brownies between 1915 and 1927 Sisler compiled a .340 lifetime batting … Continue reading

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Is There a New Mormon History?


Is there a “New Mormon History?” D. Michael Quinn, one of the foremost practitioners of the type of work distinguished as the “New Mormon History,” certainly thinks so. He assembled more than two decades ago The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “People of Plenty”


People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character. By David M. Potter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954. I first read this book while in graduate school now more than thirty years ago and I found it stimulating enough … Continue reading

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The Power of the Past in American Consciousness and the Fight over History Curricula


The current flap over the right wing politics of Mary Lou Bruner, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 9 seat on the Texas State Board of Education, brought to mind the longer-standing debate over the nature of … Continue reading

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Something Fun for a Friday: Top Ten Comeback Lines in Movies


This is really quite a list. What are your favorite comeback lines in films?

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #19


The next Space Policy and History Forum takes place on March 21, 2016, and will feature David Beaver, Co-Founder of the Overview Institute, presenting “The Overview Effect: The Missing Piece in the Cultural Debate over Human Space Flight.” Please note that this … Continue reading

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What Were the Origins of Mormon/Non-Mormon Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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Redirect: Top 10 Overused Songs In Movies And TV


I really enjoyed this countdown of the top 10 overused songs In movies and TV. Enjoy.

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