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Today's contribution to the General Conference Odyssey project:

"Even if what we have been doing is considered acceptable by common standards, we aren’t building to the acceptable standards of society, we are being asked to build our lives to a higher standard. And at times the only way to make it durable enough to last is to back up and try again."

#lds #mormon #ldsconf #1971
This is my latest installment to the ongoing General Conference Odyssey project. My previous posts in this series can be found here. Posts by other bloggers writing about the October 1971 General Conference today are linked at the end of this post. You can also check out the project group on Facebook. Today we are writing about the Saturday Afternoon Session of the October 1971 Conferen
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I find cover songs fascinating. It is interesting how different artists translate songs into different styles. Some covers stick fairly close to the original. Some make minor changes to the lyrics. Others not only change the style radically, but add whole new verses.

Here is my playlist of cover songs on Spotify:

I don't love all of them, but they are interesting to me.

What are your favorite cover songs?

#music #covers #playlists #spotify
A playlist featuring Dirt Poor Robins, Streetlight Manifesto, Rush, and others
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My contribution to today's General Conference Odyssey posts:

When I was a child, there was a fad for brand-name shirts with a little alligator logo on them. Our family did not have a lot of money. All of my clothes were second hand. I remember vividly being made fun of by other children at school for not having an “alligator shirt.” (Looking back, it was the climax of the “Preppy” clothing fad, and what we called the “alligator” was probably the crocodile logo of the Lacoste polo shirts, but the kids called them “alligator shirts.”) I couldn’t understand why it was a big deal, but it still hurt to be made fun of. Years later nobody I know cares about shirts with an alligator logo on them.

#lds #mormon #ldsconf #retrospective
This is this week's contribution to the ongoing General Conference Odyssey project. My previous posts in this series can be found here. You can also check out the project group on Facebook. Posts by other bloggers writing about the October 1971 General Conference today are linked at the end of this post. Today we are writing about the Saturday Morning Session of the October 1971 Confere
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"With 75% of precincts reporting, the current vote total on the GOP side is 28% for Ted Cruz, 25% for Donald Trump and 22% for Marco Rubio." - Powerline Blog

Updated:"With 99% of precincts reporting, it is Cruz 28%, Trump 24%, Rubio 23%"

Also, the delegates for Iowa are awarded proportionally. See :
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A Wrested Development – Mourning with Those That Mourn as a Rhetorical Weapon

"Among some vocal members of the church, there is a growing tendency to employ the phrase 'mourn with those that mourn' as a rhetorical weapon. 

This is especially evident among those dissident members who publicly oppose the church and want it to change its policies and doctrines. As a rhetorical trump card it is a remarkably effective way to shut down disagreement and opposition from those who venture to defend the church or its leaders.

It is effective because it gives the impression that the efforts of those who defend the church are inconsistent with their most fundamental covenant, made at baptism.

But that is not what we covenant to do at baptism.

Turning “mourn with those who mourn” into a overarching slogan is sloppy thinking and dangerous doctrine, especially when it is used in an effort to justify opposition to the prophets and the church."

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#lds #mormon #mourning #wrestingthescriptures
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Dear Interwebs,

Please resist the urge to use the word "normative" in your conversations. Also the phrase "begs the question." I know you think they make you look smart, but they don't. You often use them wrongly, and when you don't they can seem unnecessarily pedantic.

Thank you,

Ironically Pedantic About Pedantry
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I'm a conservative republican with libertarian sympathies.

One thing I dislike about the party presidential nomination process is that the candidates often viciously attack and undermine each other and over-emphasize differences.

I understand that this can be valuable as a way to expose weaknesses and issues in potential candidates that will prepare them for the general election and weed out candidates that are especially vulnerable.

But regardless of which one wins the nomination, I would actually like to see Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Cristie, Carson, and Fiorina, involved in some capacity the next administration. They all have valuable perspectives and skills that I believe would be beneficial for the next president to regularly consider when discussing decisions. If they make enemies of each other in the primary election, that is less likely to happen.

Trump rubs me the wrong way. I don't believe he has any real conservative principles. I think he is an opportunist and a bully. I don't want him to be president. But he certainly has tapped into some legitimate anti-politics and anti-political-correctness anger. The people who support him have legitimate gripes. But Trump is the wrong solution to their legitimate grievances.

I will probably be voting for Marco Rubio. But I could probably be happy with Rand Paul or Ted Cruz too. Any of them would likely be the most conservative president since Coolidge.

#gop #president #election2016 
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Thanks for the thoughts. I enjoyed the National Review's article about the Donald and feel it sums up my feelings pretty well. I only hope enough candidates drop out, so one or two will have enough support to counter Trump (or that his supporters will recognize how impractical and seemingly random the "plans" he's laid out are -- if we can even say they've been "laid out").
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"In recent years, MFT [Moral Foundations Theory] has been used to study political differences between the American left and right. Republicans and Democrats in the United States are now in some ways like citizens of different countries, with different beliefs about American history, the Constitution, economics, and climate science. Using questionnaires, text analyses, and other methods, psychologists have found that progressives put more emphasis on the care foundation than do other groups, while social conservatives see more value in loyalty, authority, and sanctity than do other groups. Libertarians, meanwhile, put liberty far above all other moral concerns."

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How on Earth can anyone vote for that ... [fill in the blank]? This is a question some Americans ask during every presidential primary race, but this year our mutual incomprehension feels especially intense.
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I know a lot unsuspecting people who have been tricked by online advertisements that pretend to be a download link on a page that has a legitimate download link, or that pretend to have detected viruses and deceive users into installing software. Google will now start warning users about sites that have that kind of advertising. Thank you Google.
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That would be all of sourceforge LOL.  Wait isn't google the one that provides those images via adwords though sometimes LOL...anything in the right direction is a step forward though :)
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"Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today."

"Do you ever have déjà vu? Didn't you just ask me that?"

"Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today. It's coooold out there every day."

"I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."

"Do you know what today is? Today is tomorrow."

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For anyone interested in a detailed explanation of how the Republican party will choose its presidential candidate this year, here is a great rundown of how it works, state by state and in chronological order:

#gop #politics #president #election2016 
The presidential Republican primaries and nominating process are the most intricate and arcane parts of our political system.
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Today's entry in the General Conference Odyssey project:

LDS Conference October 1971 – The Mysteries of Being Righteous Aren’t So Mysterious

"Sometimes we are tempted to focus on speculative doctrines and ideas and concern ourselves with all of the things that God has not yet revealed. Meanwhile, there are a lot of things that God has revealed that we manage to neglect or dismiss. For some, speculating about mysteries and unknowns may be a lot more fun, and for others it may be a source of anxiety and doubt, but if we are really interested in getting revelation from God, we have to get down to the serious business of being righteous and complying with what He has already asked of us."

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#lds #mormon #conference #1971 #mysteries #righteousness
This is today's entry in our ongoing General Conference Odyssey project. My previous posts in this series can be found here. You can also check out the project group on Facebook. You can read a little about the reasons why we are doing this in this recent article at Meridian Magazine. Posts by other bloggers writing about the October 1971 General Conference today are included at the en
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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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Didn't learn to read until I was nearly 9 years old. Read The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion by the time I was 11 years old.
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