Winston Churchill’s Birthday: Major Accomplishments and Short Quotes

In Honor of Sir Winston's birthday, Nov. 30, 1874 “The Greatest Briton,” “The Greatest Leader of the 20th Century,” “First Honorary American Citizen,” “The only man who ever prophesied history, made history, and recorded history.” Famous Short Quotes Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those others… “I have nothing to offer, … Continue reading Winston Churchill’s Birthday: Major Accomplishments and Short Quotes

Jonah fled out of HATRED, not FEAR

"Sunday Sermon" Growing up, my Sunday School teachers explained that Jonah ran away from the Lord and the Ninevehites out of fear for his life. I recently learned that was wrong. A careful reading of the text shows another motive for Jonah's actions. The Assyrians were infamous for their brutality. They took sadistic delight in … Continue reading Jonah fled out of HATRED, not FEAR

“Do Justly,” “Love Mercy,” “Walk Humbly with Thy God,” Micah 6:8

"Sunday Sermon" The Lord rebuked His people for their faithlessness and their plethora of sins. They asked, "How can we get back in your good graces?" "How about we offer you 'thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?'" "Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?" (Micah 6:3-7 NLT) … Continue reading “Do Justly,” “Love Mercy,” “Walk Humbly with Thy God,” Micah 6:8

Brief History of Dodging Taxes: Including McVities Jaffa Cakes and Walker’s Famous Scottish Shortbread

“Fun Facts Saturday” Taxes and Tax Dodging go hand in hand  “Taxes are forever.” Benjamin Franklin declared, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Ronald Reagan observed, “The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if … Continue reading Brief History of Dodging Taxes: Including McVities Jaffa Cakes and Walker’s Famous Scottish Shortbread

Prostitution Cases and My First Jury Trial

"Court Case Friday" My Case As a new D.A. I was assigned to try a misdemeanor prostitution case. This was a "first" for me. The defendant was a female massage parlor employee who solicited money-for-sex from an undercover officer. I was "gobsmacked" on the first day of jury trial, when Roger Diamond substituted in as … Continue reading Prostitution Cases and My First Jury Trial

God made me Fat

In Honor of Thanksgiving Feasts The 5-Year-Old Who Called Me "Fat" I was waiting at the checkout stand in my grocery store when the five-year-old boy behind me shouted, “You’re fat!”  (I love children’s honesty.) Me at the Beach, looking Happy and "Prosperous" His flustered mom tried to shush him by saying, “No, he’s not … Continue reading God made me Fat

Dealing with Suffering and Adversity

"Sunday Sermon" Maintain Loyalty to and Trust in the Lord Alma 36: 3 “Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day” (Note, God will support is “in” our trials, not remove us “from” our trials.  … Continue reading Dealing with Suffering and Adversity

“The Church Campout From Hell” – Delinquents and Me

"Personal History Saturday" I got married on a beautiful Southern California day in January 1976.  My wife and I soon moved into a poor inner-city ward in Long Beach.  After a few weeks, I was called as the Explorer Scout Leader, and Priest Advisor. The upcoming Friday was a 3-day holiday and the Explorers had … Continue reading “The Church Campout From Hell” – Delinquents and Me

He took his neighbor’s dog for a walk and killed it

"Court Case Friday" Child and Animal Victims My most difficult court cases emotionally are ones in which the victims are children or animals. I avoid these cases like a plague. My feelings vacillate between extreme rage toward the defendant and devastating sorrow for the helpless victims. I also inform attorneys, semi-jokingly, that there is a … Continue reading He took his neighbor’s dog for a walk and killed it

My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”

"Sunday Sermon" When I am "arraigned" at the Final Judgment, I will enter a plea of “guilty.” I willingly, and publicly, confess that I am a sinner.  However, I will immediately beg for a full pardon. I will say: “Pardon me." Or, "I beg your pardon.” I will not seek commutation.  To "commute” merely reduces … Continue reading My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”