Utah Bloghive

A collection of political commentary from throughout the Beehive State.

Right Leaning

Not the Best Two Years — Never Good Enough

Reach Upward
I have never once thought that my mission was the best two years of my life. I...

LDS Church And LGBT Non-Discrimination Law Credibility

Utah Rattler
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I Hope For Better Ward Councils

Reach Upward
It was the first Sunday that the bishop was away, leaving me in charge of the...

Responding to Bullying

Reach Upward
I discussed bullying and fighting in this recent post, where I promised to...

There Was No Poor Among Them

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In a recent post I discussed the topic of Zion, focusing on the first part of...

The Evils That Merit Badge Worksheets Have Wrought

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Is it OK to say that I am relieved that my sons are pretty much done with...

Of Bullies and Fighting

Reach Upward
I stammered as I faced the sneering bully. The fear welling up inside of me...

Of One Heart and One Mind

Reach Upward
The concept of Zion can be difficult to grasp because it's not just one thing....

The Future of Languages: Fewer and Simpler

Reach Upward
Language is an interesting thing. Despite various official and unofficial...

Good For The Gander: LDS Church And LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws

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The Forgotten Christmas Decoration

Reach Upward
As I explained in this December 2013 post, our family usually decorates for...

Why Latter-day Saints are Condemned

Connor Boyack
King Mosiah had many duties, one of them being the charge over the protection...

Torture is okay, because hey, we’re awesome!

Connor Boyack
After four years and forty million dollars, a Senate committee released a...

Turkish Delight and the Great Gift of Christmas

Reach Upward
I have long been a C.S. Lewis fan. I read the seven books in the Chronicles of...

Can Prophets Come from Outside Church Leadership?

Connor Boyack
I find it troubling that, speaking generally, people seem unable or unwilling...

An Open Apology to Glenn Beck

Connor Boyack
The invite was received. The plane tickets were purchased. The questions were...

Utah’s Voter Roll Disclosure Open To James O’Keefe, Project Veritas Operation On Voter Fraud

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Davis County Veterans, Active Duty, Others: Make Your Voter Records Private

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Bountiful Preparing Another Attempt For A New City Hall

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Rapid Principles of Immigration Reform And Amnesty (2014)

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Seeing the Temple Through My Little Boy Eyes

Reach Upward
I recently attended a conference where several senior leaders of The Church of...

Mormon Pharisees and Phylacteries

Connor Boyack
It’s not uncommon for my Facebook posts to receive hundreds of comments;...

When Inconvenience Defines Love

Reach Upward
My phone rang a few minutes after my wife had left for her weekly Cub Scout...

Changing Deckhands or Direction?

Connor Boyack
The following op-ed was published this past weekend by the Daily Herald. The...

Transparency, simplicity, publicity: Words for GOP to live by in 2015

Connor Boyack
The following op-ed was published this week by Fox News. It was written, in...

Money Can Buy (Some) Happiness — Especially When You Give It Away

Reach Upward
The old saying goes that money can't buy happiness. Maybe not. But in our...

Forced Taxation to Fund Schools — For the Good of Society?

Connor Boyack
I received my annual property tax notice in the mail last week, informing me of...

Utah Counties’ Mail-In Election: Let’s Simplify Voter Fraud

Utah Rattler
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The Problems and the Beauties of LDS Fast and Testimony Meetings

Reach Upward
Once each month LDS congregations around the world hold a fast. Those that are...

The Lost Post: Attorney Generals, ID Theft And Illegal Immigration

Utah Rattler
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In the Shadows of the Unknown

Connor Boyack
The following article was published in this month’s edition of The...

The Halloween that Cured Me of Pranking

Reach Upward
I was not a mischievous kid, but I did manage to get in trouble one Halloween...

The Giga Pet Prayer

Reach Upward
Christmas was an amazing time when our children were young. The joy and...

Select 2014 South Davis Candidates And Issues

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Surviving My Second Gingival Graft

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I wasn't pleased when the periodontist confirmed my suspicions that I would...

Heed Bastiat: Bountiful RAP Tax (2014)

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The Hearts of the Children are Turning — Sometimes Via Official Callings

Reach Upward
Last Sunday our youngest son (a young teen) was sustained and set apart as a...

Last One Standing

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I repeatedly expressed gratitude that it was early autumn and not winter as we...

Closing the Dopamine Highway of Addiction

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"It starts out as a little trail in the weeds, but every time we walk down the...

Pulling Down My One-Upmanship

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"Latter-Day Saints are among the most generous people on earth," said the...

I Won't Dessert Desserts

Reach Upward
I have noticed that food has been mentioned a quite a bit in my blog posts over...

If I Like Something, You Have to Like It Too, Right?

Reach Upward
Years ago I became alarmed when I found myself on a seemingly nonstop weight...

Could a Dynamic LDS Hymn Selection Enhance Worship?

Reach Upward
As I wrote in this 2010 post, I very much enjoy many Mormon hymns. I also...

9/11 Becomes a Foreign Country

Reach Upward
"Dad, what's 9/11 all about?" my daughter asked me last night. I was a little...

After Ferguson, Then What?

Connor Boyack
Cheye Calvo was the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in 2008 when law...

Why I Now Remain Silent During the Pledge of Allegiance

Connor Boyack
Four years ago I wrote an article explaining the sordid history of the pledge...

The Public Relations Meltdown Regarding a Renouncing of War

Connor Boyack
The events of 9/11 served as a catalyst for the neocolonial interventionist...

Libertarianism Does Not Mean “Live and Let Live”

Connor Boyack
Critics of libertarianism—and there are many—object to the supposed...

Clueless

Ladies Logic
If you are a conservative, you have to laugh at the complete cluelessness shown...

What Did She Say?

Ladies Logic
Last night I ended up going to the Magna Town Council meeting (a business I am...

ACA Round Up

Ladies Logic
It's been a couple of weeks, so it's time for another Affordable Care Act round...

Outraged Outrage

Ladies Logic
The perpetual outrage machine is in high gear as election season gears up. ...

A Good Start

Ladies Logic
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) had a great column in the Wall Street Journal last...

Don’t Confuse Progress With Apostasy

Connor Boyack
In my last post, I argued that ideally we should progress past the point of...

Pants On Fire

Ladies Logic
Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is out with his biography this week. ...

Hiking Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park

Incongruities
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Attack of The Feminists

Ladies Logic
Suppose a male GOP Senator or Congressman had an affair with a staffer.  What...

Silence of the Feminists Pt 2

Ladies Logic
One of the latest attacks that the left has used on the right is the so called...

The Constitution was a Means, Not an End

Connor Boyack
After several generations of preceding philosophical musings and political...

The PROPER Role

Ladies Logic
Quite often, when debating the proper role of government, the left accuses the...

Taken For Granted

Ladies Logic
It's been yet another crazy week that has taken me away from home and internet...

The MOST Transparent?

Ladies Logic
Transparently secretive maybe?  I wrote in March about the media starting to...

Little Noticed Consequences

Ladies Logic
A quick ObamaCare news round up for a busy Monday morning. First - say good bye...

Courting Disaster

Ladies Logic
Time is still rather tight (and will be for the next few days), but I wanted to...

Why Religious Liberty is the Wrong Fight to Pick

Connor Boyack
There’s been heavy debate regarding religious liberty in the past several...

Sinking Ships

Ladies Logic
Just how bad are things looking for Democrats right now?  Pretty bad if this...

Politicizing Tragedy: When No Explanation Fits

Ladies Logic
This sobering story out of Pleasant Grove is gaining international...

Isn't It Ironic Redux

Ladies Logic
The news has been full of the most delicious ironies this week.  Starting with...

Isn't It Ironic

Ladies Logic
...doncha think?  The news has been full of the most delicious ironies this...

Guns And Drugs

Ladies Logic
So we are once again, having the "gun discussion".  Both sides are weighing in...