Round yon virgin, mother and child…

November 30, 2007

Whenever the Christmas season begins and we reflect reverently on the virgin mother and her son, my mind always takes an unfortunate turn down memory lane to a personal “coming of age”, the memory of which always flushes my cheeks. Read the rest of this entry »


My Brother’s Keeper: Good Neighbor or Criminal?

November 30, 2007

Some might call him a heroic brother’s keeper, others a wild vigilante. Whatever the case may be, this neighbor in Houston, Texas may be charged with a crime for blasting away two intruders of his neighbor’s home a few weeks ago, testing the limits of a new Texas law likely to be one of the most tolerant state allowances of deadly force in protection of oneself, one’s property, and arguably the property of one’s neighbor. Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletproof Teflon Patent Infringers

November 28, 2007

Imagine an entity that receives far more patents from the U.S. PTO than any related entity in the country. An entity that has generated at least $500 million in patent royalties over the last five years. One that often uses the courts, routinely alleging patent infringement as a plaintiff and settling against such giants as Genentech for $200 million, Monsanto for over $100 million, and Microsoft for $30 million settlement, to name but a few. And yet, this entity cannot itself be sued or pursued for patent infringement. Some would say this sounds like a typical “patent troll,” which does not actually make, use, or sell anything (and thus is not likely to be sued for patent infringement) but seeks only to “monetize” its patent portfolio by forcing legitimate practitioners of the technology to pay licensing fees. Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Festivus!

November 28, 2007

OK, Festivus is not technically until December 23. But, I just couldn’t resist! So stop crying and fight your father, and celebrate Festivus with Seinfeld and all his friends!!


A Fun Article on Mitt Romney

November 15, 2007

I enjoyed an article in yesterday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram (ht: BBC’s newsfeed) about Mitt Romney. Although the article is generally positive, it also makes a number of ironic observations that provoke a few snickers but without any Mormon-bashing or questioning of his faith, so it was a fun read. Read the rest of this entry »


Terryl Givens on Mormon History, Culture, and Fitness for Political Office in the United States

November 7, 2007

Terryl Givens discusses the paradoxes inherent in Mormon culture’s relationship to American society — following on the theme of his book People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Cultureat the Oxford University Press blog today. An administrator of the OUPblog has pointed out in a comment here at ABEV that Professor Givens wrote the blog post. It seems like a fascinating introduction to the concepts addressed in the book but also addresses a current issue of debate surrounding whether being a Mormon should disqualify someone for political office in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


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