Saturday, March 31, 2007

Elder Holland to Jerusalem - 20 years later

Twenty years after the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies opened on Mount Scopus near Hebrew University overlooking the Old City,

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has returned to Israel to dedicate a branch meetinghouse in Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

Photo by Lynn Thompson, LDS Church News

Leaving Galilee Branch meetinghouse are Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, center, and branch President Ritchie G. Whitehead. Photo by Lynn Thompson, LDS Church News.

BYU invites Cheney, Reid to campus

Equal time? BYU has invited Vice President Dick Cheney (Republican) to speak at its spring commencement, and has invited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat) to speak on campus in November.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Industrial Light and Magic?


"Blinding Light Productions'" lightsaber duel and sequel. CAUTION: contains some graphic lightsaber violence (HINT: impaling, amputation -- but clean laser cuts and not a lot of blood or gore). A fight to the death, a couple of times...

Neat special effects. Bravo.

Political wind and a pork veto

"Disgusting is too nice a word for people who voted to send troops to Iraq in 2002, and less than 5 years later play political chicken with funding for those very troops." Read the rest of Don Surber's pork-cataloging post.

Looking on the bright side, "perhaps President Bush will finally veto a pork-laden spending package." (Hat tip Instapundit for link to this Bob Krumm quote.)

Under the radar?

"We have wall-to-wall Anna Nicole Smith on the news. The war must be going well." Hmm. (Hat tip to Instapundit.)

UPDATE: Hmm again.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Impeach Rocky!

As a lame duck second-term mayor, "Rocky" Anderson has spent more time outside Salt Lake City (and the state of Utah) calling for the impeachment of President Bush, the end of the war in Iraq, and the end of global warming, than he has spent doing his job as mayor.

Praising his divisiveness, the NYT quotes him as saying:
“There’s a real resistance to change and an almost pathological devotion to leaders simply because they’re leaders,” he said, in describing fellow Utahans who do not share his views and who in large numbers support the president (and gave him 72 percent of their vote in 2004). “There’s a dangerous culture of obedience throughout much of this country that’s worse in Utah than anywhere.”
OK, Rocky. I'm ready for a change, and I have no slavish devotion to you as a leader. In fact, I have zero respect for you as an elected leader. I'm ready for some civil disobedience. Resign to restore honor to your office, do your city and state a favor: go away (and stay away) -- or face impeachment!

Dems' designs

"I think it has become clear to pretty much everyone that the Democrats want defeat in Iraq in order to advance their political agenda." Read more at Powerline.

Stop the war! ...

... By cutting funding that supports our troops and their families. Unprecedented?

Dem majority double whammy: pork and defeat in one package

Austin Bay comments on the House Dems pork-laden pro-defeat bill.

UPDATE: The Senate follows suit. The "Kung Pao" Congress...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Group braves snow to raise awareness about global warming

Photo by The Associated Press

Participants in the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, a group advocating environmental issues who are walking between Northampton, Mass., and Boston, trudge through a spring snowstorm on the first day of the walk in Northampton on Friday.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Video from the Secular Islam Summit

Finally, Muslims decrying other Muslims' extremism. Watch.

4 (40) years on: Gathering of Eagles

Michelle Malkin has the story and photos of the anti-antiwar protest. An estimated 30,000 vets converge on D.C. in support of the troops and against cutting and running. See this on the MSM? Nah. Probably not.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Hubbell Standard

WSJ reflects on firing U.S. Attorneys.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Media bias: alive and well

Zogby poll has 83% of likely voters detecting media bias, and 64% saying it tilts left. Surprise!

Fox News: a voice in the wilderness... :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I've mentioned before that Timpanogos (the majestic mountain landmark to the north of Utah Valley, with Mount Nebo to the south and West Mountain to the -- well, yes, you guessed it, the west) is an anchor from my childhood. I saw it ahead of me most of the way home from Rock Canyon Elementary School along what is now called, appropriately, Timpview Drive. Sunrise, sunset, snow covered, green.

In the same way, the red brick chapel our family helped build, now just off Timpview Drive, where my children attended the Edgemont Stake's singles ward (and where my oldest son met his fiance') is, in my memory, the place I learned Primary songs, the pulpit place for Bishop Charles Metten, and where we had our farewell sacrament meeting and left for my father to serve as president of the Church's New England Mission.

Less than a block away from that chapel, and across Canyon Road, stands Ripples drive in, built in 1957, the year after I was born, and still serving its signature cheeseburgers, fried mushrooms, and shakes. It's become a family pilgrimage most Saturdays after chores are done to return to Ripples for lunch. The owner still takes orders on a scrap of paper or cardboard, still uses the printed tax table, only takes checks and cash, and has no cash register. And his wife works the grill while he makes the drinks or shakes and serves up orders at the window.

Then there's the home around the corner, 503 E. 2825 N., the home of my first memories where we had a small sloping backyard we used to roll down to the swing set, where we tried to dig to China in the sandbox (and finally hit bottom -- my older sister had been filling in after every dig, but one day our youthful attention persisted until the wooden bottom of the box appeared -- a huge disappointment).

South of the swing set was the tiny garden plot where we used to sit and shuck pea pods and eat the sweet new peas. There was the apple tree in the front yard, the plum orchard across the street (where we sinned by climbing up and eating the owner's plums), the vacant lot with the old parade float, the narrow and shallow irrigation canal with water that used to rub up against our little rubber boots.

And the view from Indian Hills of the granite rock face on one side of Little Rock Canyon, with two caves forming eyes, and my childhood wonderment about whether bears lived there. I was always going to climb up and find out.

Now our house is just below that canyon. I haven't yet made the ascent to the caves.

All these are coordinates in my life, places within a small area of earth that I call, that feels like (because of deep memories and experience), that after 13 years of married life away from we came back to five years ago -- home.

MWC player of the year takes the long route to BYU

Cincinnati enquirer has the story.


The New York Times has a nice piece about BYU's NCAA-tournament bound men's basketball team.

The Peter Principle? Keeping Pace with Political Correctness

Wow. A general officer, a public figure (in this case General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), can't say he thinks homosexual acts are immoral any more - without apologizing after.

Homosexual acts, and adulterous acts, are immoral. You just can't say it any more without apologizing. Pity.

Interesting to note that under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, adultery is an offense, but a prosecutor has to prove that it is service-discrediting or prejudicial to good order and discipline.

UPDATE: The General did not apologize. Good. I salute him for telling the truth even if it ruffles feathers.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Parallel Universe

Nested platforms within platforms at NorthTemple: nested windows show Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 web browser running on Windows XP, running on a VirtualMachineware server, accessed via Apple's Remote Desktop, running inside Parallels, on a MacBook Pro. ("And all in the house that Jack built..."). Phew.

Five Principles to Design By

One of the five:

Great Design is Invisible.

"An interesting property of great design is that it is taken for granted. It works so well that we forget that creative effort was involved to bring it about." -- Joshua Porter

(Once more with feeling: hat tip NorthTemple).

Apple stores get the last laugh

Widespread predictions of failure were dead wrong. Apple retail is a resounding success. Read about it at Signal v. Noise. (Hat tip NorthTemple).

UPDATE: Read the whole original story from Fortune magazine.

And go here for photos of Apple's flagship Manhattan store.

The Libby Verdict: Plame Out

The WaPo editorializes that Fitzgerald's overblown investigation never resulted in a charge against the leaker of Valerie Plame's CIA connection, never provided persuasive evidence of a conspiracy to punish her husband Joseph Wilson, and never established that Plame was covert. Other than that, it uncovered a lot of liars, not the least of whom was Joseph Wilson. Typical beltway stew. Read the whole thing here.

Faux-to detector?

Wired has the news.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Good year to be a Cougar!

BYU won the MWC championship in football with an 11-2 record, an undefeated 8-0 in league, and blew out Oregon 38-8 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Head coach Bronco Mendhall was named MWC Coach of the Year, and quarterback John Beck was MWC Offensive Player of the Year.

BYU won the regular season MWC championship in basketball with a 23-7 record, 13-3 in league, and blew out archrival Utah 85-62 in their final home game to extend the Cougars' home winning streak to a nation-leading 31 games. Second-year head coach Dave Rose was named MWC Coach of the Year (for the second year in a row), senior forward Keena Young was name MWC Offensive Player of the Year, and true freshman Jonathan Tavernari was named Freshman of the Year. Heading into the MWC Tournament, BYU is the #1 seed and is ranked 23rd nationally.