A secret of joyful family life

Where JPII was born

  "To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." Pope St. John Paul II    Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“Obama’s imperial transformation is now complete”

Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393111/obamas-imperial-transformation-now-complete-charles-c-w-cooke The story is told of a questioner who approached Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. “Well, Doctor," the man asked, "what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”  “A Republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it.”  Posted from San Diego, California  … [Read more...]

The current status of things in and around Kobani

U.S. bombs fall near Kobani

  Astoundingly, the heroic Kurdish defenders of Kobani have held out, and they're now even going on the offensive: http://news.yahoo.com/2nd-french-militant-seen-beheading-video-090956518.html For good background information on Kobani and the importance of the conflict surrounding it, see here.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Regretting a career choice

Dr. Pauli lecturing

   "Physics is very muddled again at the moment; it is much too hard for me anyway, and I wish I were a movie comedian or something like that and had never heard anything about physics!" Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) Austrian-American physicist (Nobel Prize, 1935).  From a letter to R. Kronig (25 May 1925)Posted from  San Diego, California … [Read more...]

Mosiah 14

crown and nails

  Mosiah 14, today's reading, is simply Abinadi's quotation of the "Suffering Servant" poem from what we now know as Isaiah 53. Jews have often taken the poem to refer to personified Israel, while Christians have typically interpreted it messianically, as a moving description of Christ as atoning savior.  Note the fact that both we and and the Redeemer are compared to sheep -- we because of our erring ways and our tendency to become … [Read more...]

A nice story about that LDS pitcher from the World Series

Brother Guthrie: Be loyal to the Royal within you!

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614312/Former-BYU-pitcher-Jeremy-Guthries-little-gesture-to-one-dying-Royals-fan.html  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

New plans for expanding the MTC

At the Provo MTC of the future

  Some of you -- particularly those of you who live outside of Utah -- may have missed, but may be interested in, the newly-released plans for expanding Provo's Missionary Training Center. After all, many of you have spent time in the MTC, or sent children through the MTC, or worked at the MTC, or married people who went to the MTC, or whatever. Here's an article about the expansion, with … [Read more...]

Which voters is Mr. Obama targeting tonight?

Versailles, and some of the grounds

  And, perhaps more significantly, which voters is he not targeting? It's not particularly difficult to figure out: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-big-three-networks-will-not-air-obamas-immigration-speech/ Trade unions and blue-collar workers may, on the whole, be less enthused about tonight's imperial decree than many Hispanic groups are likely to be, as Mr. Obama will be granting legal security of a kind to their competitors in the … [Read more...]