This photo provided by the Romney family to Parade Magazine is wonderful. The horizontal arms, the beaming face of a happy boy having as much fun as a boy can. Grandpa can’t help looking good in a photo like this. To take a picture like this three elements of preparation are required. Continue reading
When I was a youth, I learned two things about BYU that set it apart from what I would be able to experience at other colleges. One of these things was that apostles frequently addressed the student body at devotionals and firesides. During my time there, a typical year would include a half dozen apostles speaking in the Marriott Center usually on Fast Sunday evenings and about as many Seventies at Tuesday morning devotionals. Continue reading
The Killers’ sixth annual Christmas song, “The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball,” is out. The video for last year’s had Brandon Flowers singing atop a tall downtown Las Vegas building with a stunning twilight skyline behind him. The lyrics for this one celebrate the rest of the Silver State. “Way out in old Nevada // where the Truckee’s waters flow,” the tune begins in an echo of the state song. Unlike last year’s Flamingo-ish number, this time it’s a full four-for-four Killers production that’s come out of their Battle Born Studio. It’s a cheerful piece that should add a smile to everyone’s Christmas. Enjoy.
Canada’s federal election Monday produced an unusual return. (Allow me to disclaim at the outset that my knowledge and experience of Canada and the politics of her people are very limited.) Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party increased its number of seats in the 308-member House of Commons from 143 to 167, so it can now form a majority government. The separatist Bloc Quebecois was reduced from 47 seats to only 4, its leader Giles Duceppe among those unseated, and the left New Democrat Party nearly tripled its seats from 37 to 102. The Green Party won its first seat ever.
More noteworthy than all the above put together, the center-left Liberal Party of Canada finished third for the first time in a history going back to 1867. This is the party of Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretian, and Paul Martin, which governed Canada for 69 years of the 20th Century and the first five years of the 21 Century. Among those losing seats as the Liberal share fell from 77 to 34 was party leader Michael Ignatieff.