Like a phoenix from the ashes, I rise again to blog…
…Renewed in spirit, and with fresh new opinions to opine…
…Unashamed of even the most poorly-researched commentary…
…and unafraid of being lampooned, harassed, technologically abused, and left for dead.
Here’s a quick smattering of topics to get us up to speed:
Congress now has a “jobs agenda” instead of a “jobs bill.” Switching from an actual bill to an agenda seems to mean it will be even less likely that anything actually gets done in congress. Is there a negative approval rating? That’s seems to be what they are heading for. People were harassing Obama that he got very little of his ambitious agenda done in his first year, but I would definitely say Congress gets the prize for completely wasting its time working on mondo-legislation that will be forever gridlocked. My solution? Congress needs to focus on incremental, consensus change. Get what you can get, because it will be better than getting nothing at all.
Lately I’ve been reading a biography of Brigham Young. So far, I’m at 1848, right after he’s entered the Salt Lake Valley for the 2nd time. Here are few things I didn’t know I never wanted to didn’t realize:
- Brigham came from a very poor family
- He was one of the most ardent protectors of Joseph Smith, oftentimes threatening and exposing apostate church members who were seeking to harm him.
- He served only one mission to England, which was less than 18 months, and still baptized and gathered over 8000 converts. The message was not well received in London, but was best received in the British countryside among the working class.
- Brigham left Winter Quarters shooting directly for the Great Basin, in spite of others who made strong cases for California or Oregon. It wasn’t quite the ‘wandering children of Israel with miraculous discovery of the Salt Lake Valley’ portrait that has oft been painted.
- After Brigham got to the Valley, he basically turned back around and went directly back to Winter Quarters. I wasn’t sure I knew that. He left most of the men of the initial 1847 company there to start planting winter crops, and his thoughts then turned exclusively on initiating the massive migration the following spring.
- I’m surprised how poor of a writer he was. All of the direct quotes from his diary are extremely poor in grammar and spelling, while things like “Journal of Discourses” are just replete with flowery language. He must have been a much better orator than he was writer, and he certainly had some help committing it to paper later.
I’m not going to be able to watch the Top 12 Boys and Girls until Thursday… so stay tuned for a massive blog on Thursday.