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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:31:05 pm »
He is a con artist.  He can usually put on the facade he needs to appease his sycophants.

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 21, 2019, 12:01:03 pm »
I assume you are referring to when they briefly asked married couples if they engaged in oral sex.  At least that is the story I've heard, since such events would have been before my time.

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:39:08 pm »
  It makes one wonder just what qualifies as an "unholy and impure" practice not specifically spelled out in covenant... 

I suspect it has something to do with mixing orange, vanilla and coke.

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:30:20 pm »
  Ok then.  Because of this post, I am now condemned to a lifetime of giggling every time I hear this phrase.  Thanks a heck of a lot. 

You're welcome.   ;)

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:49:06 pm »
 Right.  Cosmetic surgery squarely falls under the "none of your bees wax" categories.  If someone wants to assume the risks of surgery, that is entirely their perogotive.

In terms of "excess" , a typical treatment would be less expensive than something like a BMW or a big diamond, yet I see those at church all the time.  Why should a boob job or face lift be considered "excessive" yet imported cars and shiny rocks not be?

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:09:51 pm »
  They may not be specifically by name prohibited by prophetic counsel but I'm sure we could come up with plenty of ways that prophets have counseled against the vanity and pride involved. 

I'm pretty sure Pres. Monson was dying his hair for quite a many years, and I'm pretty certain most if not all of the Q12 wives, RS, YW and Primary presidencies dye their hair.  Is that not vanity and pride?  If not, then why should cosmetic surgery be?

Mormon Life / Re: FOMO over WOWO?
« on: May 19, 2019, 10:09:48 am »
I suspect the cosmetic surgery industry in SLC is driven by mommy makeovers.  I get it.  After nursing 5 kids my wife is unhappy with the current state of her breasts.  I suppose if you just thiink of it as temple renovations, then there is no issue.

General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: May 19, 2019, 08:41:27 am »
DHS and ATF agents, US Border patrol, representatives from small towns.

You could have just said "the deplorables."

General Discussion / Re: No more valedictorians
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:53:34 am »
So does the British grading system mirror the wizarding world OWL grading systen?

General Discussion / Re: No more valedictorians
« on: May 12, 2019, 08:30:16 am »
I think it's called childhood.  Most of us grow out of it.

As for the valedictorian thing?   Meh.  The will still recognize high performers.  The only change is to not specifically recognize the single top performer, which is fine.  Life is a team effort,  so let's reduce the incentives that put I over we.
Besides, the kids will figure out where the rank anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Notre Dame Cathedral on fire
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:28:34 am »
Well, if somebody's brand was "Turd Bucket" that would make sense.  Did somebody really post that comment here? I assume it got janitized if that is the case.

I believe provided excellent rationale for the CO act.

     Some decisions are choices between doing something or doing nothing. I heard an example of this kind of choice at a stake conference in the United States many years ago.
            The setting was a beautiful college campus. A crowd of young students was seated on the grass. The speaker who described this circumstance said they were watching a handsome tree squirrel with a large, bushy tail playing around the base of a beautiful hardwood tree. Sometimes it was on the ground, sometimes up and down and around the trunk. But why would that familiar sight attract a crowd of students?
            Stretched out prone on the grass nearby was an Irish setter. He was the object of the students’ interest, and the squirrel was the object of his. Each time the squirrel was momentarily out of sight circling the tree, the setter would quietly creep forward a few inches and then resume his apparently indifferent posture. This was what held the students’ interest. Silent and immobile, their eyes were riveted on the event whose outcome was increasingly obvious.
            Finally, the setter was close enough to bound at the squirrel and catch it in his mouth. A gasp of horror arose, and the crowd of students surged forward and wrested the little animal away from the dog, but it was too late. The squirrel was dead.
            Anyone in that crowd could have warned the squirrel at any time by waving his or her arms or crying out, but none did. They just watched while the inevitable outcome got closer and closer. No one asked, “Where will this lead?” When the predictable occurred, all rushed to prevent the outcome, but it was too late. Tearful regret was all they could offer.
            That true story is a parable of sorts. It applies to things we see in our own lives and in lives and circumstances around us. As we see threats creeping up on persons or things we love, we have the choice of speaking or acting or remaining silent. It is well to ask ourselves, “Where will this lead?” Where the consequences are immediate and serious, we cannot afford to do nothing. We must sound appropriate warnings or support appropriate preventive efforts while there is still time. 

General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:02:27 pm »
Wait, what are you talking about?  The "pivot" you are talking about was done by Trumpkins himself.  The news is merely following the story.  Politically, it was probably the stupidest thing he could have done. 

All Muller found was that there was insufficient evidence to show a "meeting of the minds" in order to establish a conspiracy charge.  Nevertheless, Trumpy did benefit from Russian interference, and frankly welcomed it.  Obstruction of justice is still on the table though

And I believe the current "illegal immigration" rhetoric is a red herring intended to mask fundamentally racist anti-immigrant policies.  So there we go.

He doesn't speak for me.

AOC has a point, but is was clumsily articulated.  True prayer doesn't just ask to "Bless so and so," but asks "What can I do to help so and so." I see a lot of public displays of supposed piety by these politicians, but little effort to correct the root causes of the problem.  Scribes, pharisees, hypocrites.

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