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Alliance Filthy Lie 3: Kerry's Secret Plan

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
Ladies and Gentlemen, John Kerry has a "secret plan" to win in the War in Iraq. His three step plan is unfolded below. You may continue and read it as long as you promise to keep it a secret.

  • Step One: Seduce Jacques Chirac by inviting him to Camp David for a week of fine wine and bathing in ketchup (while simultaneously avoiding John Edwards so he won't get jealous). Then, once Chirac is hopelessly in love, break up with him. When Chirac starts calling the White House incessently, tell him that the relationship will only be rekindled when Chirac sends the Foreign Legion to Iraq.
  • Step Two: When Step One fails due to the French surrender to the terrorists ten minutes after arriving in Iraq, Kerry will redeploy American troops to the Middle East. Once the troops are in place to save the French and win the war, Kerry will decisively veto all attempts that congress makes at funding the troops.
  • Step Three: Finally, in a desperate act of trying to be on both sides of everything, Kerry will join the terrorists' ranks of suicide bombers. To the disallusionment of the terrorist leadership, before Kerry's departure to Israel, Kerry will underestimate the force of the bomb strapped to his chest, and in an effort to gain another purple heart, purposely detonate the bomb, killing all the terrorist leadership and himself. At precisely this moment, the UN forces (read: American troops) will enter Iraq and, amidst the confusion, "rid" the world of terrorism and later attribute all success to careful inpections and negociations by the United Nations.

Order of the Phoenix

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
Dang.


What a great book. The only problem is that now I'm angry. Angry that I have to wait for Book 6. Oy.


I bought it Friday night, and I finished it Monday night. I might read it again!

Peter Jennings

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
Peter Jennings is the worst TV newsman on air. I was watching the news the other day and he was reporting that President Bush had signed some executive orders to enact the changes suggested in the 9/11 Commission Report (which, by the way, I think are horse manure). As he said "executive orders," his head inclined and bobbled a bit, his eyebrows raised up almost to the roof, and his voice inflection went up about three hundred octaves. Well, that's an exaggeration. It was more like 250 octaves.


His contempt for President Bush's authority was so apparent it was appalling. You suck, Mr. Jennings.

Moore and McCain

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
McCain totally dissed Michael Moore in his address to the Republican National Convention yesterday. He referred to a "disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace."

Then, in the words of [Joe Strupp]:

Much of the audience erupted in prolonged booing and then, turning to Moore in the gallery, many delegates chanted "Four more years!"

Ouch. That must sting. Moore did not seem perturbed, however. But get this, then Moore goes out and writes an artle for USA Today called, "The GOP Doesn't Reflect America." Sounds like someone is a little bitter.

Back To School

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
It's that time again, my friends. Time to go back to school. Ya know, I'd forgotten how boring it can be. Don't get me wrong, I love school. It's just that sometimes, some teachers are rather, shall we say, banal. And, well, I guess it's a good thing that I'm back at school. I'm looking forward to the challenge, but I'm also already looking forward to the end of the semester.

Bad Boy Franken

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-31 00:00:00
Very funny events may occur when extreme Leftists go to the RNC. Take Al Franken, for example. [Power Line Blog] reports that he got into a little spiff over whether he "had agreed to go on [Laura Ingraham's] show and then reneged." To me this is not a big deal. However, Franken seems to let his colors truly show. (There is a pic on the Power Line Blog site.)

MTV's VMAs

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-30 00:00:00
MTV's Video Music Awards featured John Kerry's two daughters. When they went up to present, they told everyone to vote for their father -- when they did, the whole crowd booed them. [World Net Daily] reports the story. Strangely, the usually politically motivated MTV had nothing to say about the scene. Michelle Malkin commented about the what happened and quoted a woman who thinks that MTV should tell everyone to vote and then shut up. Ms. Malkin concluded the same way I will: "Word."

Linkin Park's got nothin' on you

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-29 00:00:00
You lie awake at night.

You dream aloud as your eyes pace the ceiling. You stare into the black as tears slide down your cheeks. An overwhelming feeling of time pressures your mind. Glancing at the clock doesn't make it speed up or, for that matter, standstill. It's just there to occupy your gaze as you stretch further to remember a time when a smile was easier to muster and laughter came quicker. You took advantage of the fun and for granted the simple things.

You've had it hard and you feel at times harder than others and a despairing feeling of unfairness swells. At the same time guilt reminds you that you don't know everything about everyone. You wonder who else is up at this hour stressing the break of day. After much tossing and turning you force yourself from bed and breathe. But in that same breath you remember what was cursing you awake the night before.

You feel exhausted.

You busy your day with odd jobs and chores and feel, as the gloaming sets in, that you've accomplished something. But the book you've read is finished and by now it's too quiet to do much else, so you ready yourself for bed. You anticipate the reluctance you feel to amend your thoughts in prayer, so when you kneel, it's brief.

This is how your nights go.

The longing for that peace of mind has still not comforted your heart and the longer the inadequacies continue a permanent fear of hopelessness contends for your attention. What could you have done different? Who could have offered reassurance-that simple gift of security to make even the bleakest of tremors unable to penetrate that embrace of love?

Your light is out now.

Shadows form odd shapes on the wall from the streetlight, as insects congregate against your window pane. They're buzzing and tapping their way along the sill looking for an entrance. Quite the opposite of how you feel--exiting that room, this town. You think it will be better or easier to manage somewhere else other than here.

He says, "We're like PB&J"

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-29 00:00:00
I've been fortunate in my life to have always had a "best friend". That one solitary being that can pull me outta my slums or at least get me to laugh about them. Always there to say the things I didn't wanna hear, but knew I needed to listen to. Always there at the opportune moment when I was "head over heels" embarrassed, afraid or lonely and I had misplaced my cell phone. Even miles apart, they can still read my thoughts and tune in to who I am deep down under the mascara and behind the glasses. They're able to tap into a teaming wealth of vulneralbility and insecurities treasured up inside. Always there when I've been waiting for some help in justifying who I am against what I'm expected to be. Even when once common interests and beliefs now lie dormant between the pair of us, there's a collective understanding that has grown. They respect the individual that has seperated themselves from the vague and dishonest.

They're your "rock", your "lodestar", your "pocket full o' posies". And the best part about having them is that they have found the same meaning in you for them.

John Lennon said it best:

There are places I'll remember all my life
Though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain

All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these mem'ries lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I'll love you more

Ugly Americans? Hah!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-28 00:00:00
We're always worried about our fellow Americans acting rudely towards others. We worry because, on the whole, we are a kind people and don't want people to think otherwise. But I don't really care anymore. If American reporters act rudely towards Germans, French, Spaniards, Greeks, Japanese, and South Koreans, it'll be nothing more than they deserve. We'll be giving them a tenth of the treatment they give us everyday of the year in the news.


While watching the Mens 200m races, the sportscaster reported that the Greek athlete, Kanteras, was absent because he missed two drug tests and was then involved in a freak motorcycle accident. He then reported that the Greek newspapers were attempting to blame the motorcycle accident on an American conspiracy. Oy!


So naturally, the Greeks in attendance at the Olympic Stadium decided to take their frustration out on the three Americans in the race. They began booing, and catcalling, and whistling (which is bad in Europe). The stadium was so noisy that the starter pistol couldn't be heard correctly and there were two false starts and many more delays.


The three Americans beat the rest of the runners handily, to win the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Greece.


I bet the Romans went around conquering people because they got tired of listening to all the whining and trashtalk.


I'll start being nice to the rest of the world again when they start being nice to us.

He's a Brickhouse

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-28 00:00:00
I could have…if only…”.

This weekend I came to realize a few things. Particularly about the parallels in the happenstances of life each of us will face. I will face disappointment and error, doubt and sorrow and to varying degrees regret, as will you. We’ll both mull over these bobbles in judgment, trying to relive them as if they were one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. A great idea, those books are, where you can escape the reality of the first choice and bargain for a seemingly better option. In so doing, this will bring you the desired fortune the book promises. But though we've all tried and the vote is unanimous, we can't undo what has been done.

What has been done really?

In those times when we feel we’ve jeopardized “ultimate happiness” or forsaken a “brilliant idea” due to the fallacious devices of others, what have we lost? Or might we be able to begin to say gained? I’ll be the first to say how hard bearing tribulations can be, though I’ve only lived this tale-to-tell for 26 some odd years. I don’t think I was prepped enough to know exactly what I might have weighing down my make-shift cross. As time has passed, I’ve been able to understand, by the smallest of detail, what good it was bringing.

I know this boy who lets me sit real close when he’s telling me about his week. Sometimes it’s the length of two football fields when he expounds on the frustrations he had met. The best part is the patience he now tried to exercise while rehashing it all. It's something like a itch you can't reach and the lack of control, well...it'll drive you mad!

He then tried to talk to me about “bricks”.

Rather, an analogy about them. He has found himself lately with a load of bricks while everyone else at the job site has come with blueprints in hand and a paycheck stub to validate their “Head Hancho” status. This boy claims he isn’t even a “brick layer”. He’s the guy manning the bricks, handing them off to another worker one by one while they’re strategically put in to place. When this boy was younger being the “brick boy” was enough and was one job he could easily cut some corners in. Now that he’s older he feels he’s still the lowly brick boy, finding insurmountable frustration in this.

I should be on to greener pastures by now like designing foundations and intricate crown molding in mansions I’m holding the blueprints for!”.

Patience, friend. I know that looking back we can all see what things could have led to loftier outcomes had we realized sooner what to avoid, but how fun would life be if we never spilt our orange juice? Sure, it splashed across the entire floor as the cup hummed its way along the counter before sailing in to the dog’s water bowl adding more responsibility to the roll of Bounty fresh in hand. Sure, you found the tile to be sticky later when you tried to retrace the spillage once it’s dried. Sure, there’s a ring of orange on the bottom of your foot catching the dust and carpet fuzz as you walk.

What have you learned from this?

You already know that with age comes wisdom. Wisdom comes from life lessons learned, be it from yourself or by others. You learned not to multi-task with your nephew underfoot, while holding the fridge open with your knee, as you reach for the jar o’ pickles, all the while dialing the number to the local Blockbuster, blocking out the whimpering your dog is making at the squirrel mocking her in the back yard tree.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

I think the important thing through all the venting we can do is to look at what will come with the path we’re presently treading, even if it isn’t the most predictable, water tight scheme.

I was one of those kids that checked out every "Choose Your Own Adventure" ever written, scouting out all possible scenerios and endings. What I found most times after falling in to the pit with venimous snakes and being abducted by alien spies a couple times, was that I could do things differently when my "second chance" came.

They do come, you know...but not always in the form we most commonly think they will.

RNC Bloggers

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-27 00:00:00
That's right, my friends, the Republican National Convention will be the Monday, August 30. The RNC has hand-picked the following bloggers to go to New York and blog the Convention live:

[OxBlog]

[INDC Journal]

[Wizbang]

[Real Clear Politics]

[RedState.org]

[Hugh Hewitt]

[Power Line]

[Blogs for Bush]

[Captain's Quarters]

[The Command Post]

[Campaign Web Review]

[Slant Point] | [Dean's World]

[Spot On]

[Roger L. Simon]

[Tacitus]

These links come from an [article in the Wall Street Journal Online].

Free Speech or Political Ploy

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-27 00:00:00
As you know, [Bush and McCain are banding together against all 527 groups]. Mark Davis, from [WBAP] in Dallas, brings up an interesting point. Davis is upset, saying that this move by Bush goes directly against free speech. He further states that if the market supports or wants to buy airtime against any political candidate, they should be allowed to do so.

On the other hand, this could be a brilliant political move by the President, simultaneously relieving pressure from the Kerry campaign to denounce the Swift Vets' ads and assuring that no more left-wing 527 ads will appear against him.

I haven't decided which notion I like better. Mark Davis does sound convincing. I really don't like the idea of stiffling free speech.

Will Power and Grace

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-27 00:00:00
Mark Davis talked about immoral television shows today. He mentioned Will and Grace as well as Friends. Now, I'll tell you all readily. I do not condone these shows. However, they are very, very funny.

These shows enjoy great success. The question is whether or not these shows should be on the air at all. Well, Mark Davis suggests that the market should determine the success of these shows. I'm inclined to agree. If the shows are disturbing for whatever reason, we have the freedom to not watch them. Furthermore, we have the freedom to tell others that they shouldn't watch it either.

Of course, you shouldn't watch these shows -- I know I won't. At least, I wouldn't except that they are so darn funny...

Jewish Liberals

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-26 00:00:00
The Democrats recently commissioned a [poll of American Jews]. Not surprisingly, an overwhelming number of Jews are not going to vote for Bush. Get this:

If the Democrat poll is taken at face value — and there is good reason it should — then all the progress the Republicans thought they'd made via close relations with Israel and a post-Sept. 11 emphasis on the war on terror was in vain.

Isn't there just a little bias if a Democratic poll's results are negative for the Republican President? So why should we take the poll at its face value? Just because they say "there is good reason it should?" Um. I'm gonna need a little more than that.

This article points out an interesting fact at the very end of it.

One small indicator that points to good news for Bush was widely ignored last week. That was the poll among Israelis that showed, in contrast to American Jews, a large majority preferring Bush to Kerry.

Hmm. Good news for Bush being ignored in the major media? Nah. Anyway, what gets me is that Israeli Jews love Bush while American Jews hate him. It is kind of weird. Especially considering how most liberals hate Israel.

Homeland Security: Keep 'Em Out!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-26 00:00:00
[Islamic groups] are having a hissy fit over the "barring [of] prominent European Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan from entering the country." Why, you ask? Well, it turns out that he has al Qaeda connections. Oh. Well, in that case, it is an easy decision. Keep him out.

[Michelle Malkin] gives her take on the story as well:

Coming to America is a privilege, not a right. Nobody has an entitlement to get a visa to come here and peddle Islamofascist dogma. It's about time we pulled out the welcome mat.

Quite frankly, I'm inclined to agree with Ms. Malkin.

[The National Debate] reports that the President of Notre Dame asked White House National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice to intevene in Ramadan's case. They also point out that Ramadan had been living already in the US, and that he has turned up in serveral terrorist cases. What?! That is no good. It was a good call to revoke his visa. Don't give in, Condi! We're counting on you.

Alliance Filthy Lie 2: Glenn's House

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-26 00:00:00
Evil Glenn has no secrets, my friends. At least, that is the official insta-word from the Puppy Blender himself. Knowing that he would be out all day trying to catch a glimpse of Frank J, I decided, last week, to go to the abode of Evil Glenn and take a look around. I was somewhat taken aback when I pulled up to the compound. This is really sick. Luckily, I had a camera with me. Here is his house:

I went around back and snuck in through a window left ajar. I noticed a pattern of coloring. Perhaps the most tragic thing of all is his crime against decent home decor:


I was looking through a photo album when I heard someone approaching. I grabbed a picture and made a hasty exit. You will notice that the animal abuse that Evil Glenn commits is not limited to puppies.

No secrets indeed. Ha!

INSTAPUNDO DELENDA EST!

A Tough Month for Kerry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-26 00:00:00
There is no doubt about it; from Christmas in Cambodia to the Swift Vets for Truth, it has been an extremely difficult month for Kerry. So much so, that blogger Chris Lynch has decided to chronicle it on a day by day basis. [Check out his timeline]. My favorite quib:

Instead of addressing the allegations made by the vets - Kerry decides that the threat of legal action would be better. The campaign slogan is officially ammended to "Bring it on.....and we'll sue!"

What Does It All Mean?, Part II

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-25 00:00:00
[Michelle Malkin posted a letter from a Vietnam Vet] who is not affiliated with either the Bush campaign or a 527. His name is Terry Sater and he fisks the heck out of Tour of Duty. Here's a taste of what he says:

If you served in Vietnam, you don't have to read "Unfit for Command" to question Kerry's record. His own book; "Tour of Duty" will do that.

In related news, [Drudge reports a world exclusive, "Kerry Phones Swift Boat Foes."] Apparently, John Kerry telephoned one of the swift boat veterans for truth a few hours after [Bob Dole publicly criticized Kerry]. It seems that Kerry had some questions:

KERRY: "Why are all these swift boat guys opposed to me?"

BRANT: "You should know what you said when you came back, the impact it had on the young sailors and how it was disrespectful of our guys that were killed over there."

There you go folks, Kerry is genuinely worried about this. My personal feelings on the issue of what it all means? Not much. The election does not (nor will it) hinge on the Swift Vets thing. But it is fun to see Kerry squirm, isn't it?

Home Sweet Home

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-25 00:00:00
I'm headed back to Baytown. For the next few months I shall return to my old stomping grounds. Give it up for OBT!


I don't know what it is exactly, but I love Baytown. It feels good to get back, even if just for a while. My internet access may be limited for a few days. Sorry guys!

A Letter to John Kerry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-25 00:00:00
Drudge posted a link to a [letter from 8 Vietnam Veterans] (four of whom are elected representatives) to John Kerry. My favorite excerpt:

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t build your convention and much of your campaign around your service in Vietnam, and then try to say that only those veterans who agree with you have a right to speak up. There is no double standard for our right to free speech. We all earned it.

Communism vs. The United Order

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-24 00:00:00
This post is directed to Mormons. If you aren't a Mormon and want to understand what I'm talking about, I suggest either visiting [http://www.mormon.org] or asking a Mormon you know.

To begin with, I have all my life heard of the United Order being compared to communism. In my youth, I accepted the alleged parallel as truth. However, as I learned more about what each really is, I tended to the inclination that the two systems were more disparate than anything. Having only recently been subject to the tirade of a friend on how “alike” communism and the law of consecration supposedly are, I decided to make a purposeful delve into the issue and determine definitely an answer. I postulate that the overt similarities between the United Order and Communism exist circumstantially and, upon analysis, in reality exemplify total incongruity.

Communism developed as a form of Socialism. While Communism shares its aims with Socialism, it differs in its method of attaining them. Modern Communism credits Karl Marx as its originator although Communistic philosophy has existed prior to Marx. The most famous document containing Communist philosophy, The Communist Manifesto, was written by Karl Marx with the help of his friend and fellow Communist theorist, Friedrich Engels. Since the “flavor” of Communism that most people cite originated with Marx's The Communist Manifesto, it serves as a basis for understanding Communist philosophy. It is important to also remember that Communism is a brand of Socialism.

Communism has several goals that it attempts to achieve, all of them developed as a response to what Communists consider to be faults of Capitalism. Communism strives to rid people of selfish motives, stemming from Capitalism (or the drive for profit), that lead to the growth and exploitation of the proletariat, or working class. Marx spoke of the profit motive in The Communist Manifesto:

The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.
Additionally, Communism seeks the decentralization of the government to eventually become a welfare society. It is widely understood and accepted that “the vision of Communism was very similar to anarchism: a stateless society in which central government had 'withered away'” (Study Guide 2d, 2e). Finally, Communism wants peace and prosperity on a global level, a Utopia. In The Communist Manifesto, Marx complains that
The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality.
He never disputes this as fact. Rather, he defends the international aspirations of Communism and claims that such a victory would be the end of war.

Insofar as Communism's goals go, it does not differ from Socialism. What serves to distinguish Communism is its methods in accomplishing its lofty Socialistic aims. Marx clearly stated that the first step in achieving Communism is a revolution of the proletariat over the ruling bourgeoisie:

The first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.

Thus, after the violent overthrowal of the government, the Communists would proceed to force economic equality by making the state the owner of the essential production and the manager of its distribution:
In the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.
Communism also calls for the abolition of money and private property. There is a saying among Communists: “from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.” Finally, Communism would also abolish marriage, the family, and any distinguishing culture as well as religion.
One of the policies of the Communist system is to discourage and get rid of all cultural and religious differences.

[Communism] abolishes all religion, and all morality.

It is self-evident that the abolition of the present system of [marriage] must bring with it the abolition of free love springing from that system, i.e., of prostitution both public and private.

Thus did Marx claim that when Marriage was abolished with it would go prostitution. Lastly,
[Marx] did feel that people should be free to form their own unions without any role being played by the state.


The United Order, revealed by the Lord to Joseph Smith in 1831 (see D&C 42), operates on two principles: consecration and stewardship. I think that many people have confused the ideas of the United Order and the law of consecration. To consecrate is not to live the United Order.

The goals of the United Order are simple and straight forward. First, the United Order is a way for the Lord to provide for the Saints: “I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine. But it must needs be done in mine own away; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.” (D&C 104:14-16) Second, the United Order is a way for the Lord to ensure the equality of men: “Wherefore, let my servant Edward Partridge, and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their portions, every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs.” (D&C 51:3)

In order to accomplish the goals of the United Order, the participants must first be righteous. Once that prerequisite is met, the Saints voluntarily consecrate every possession to the Church via a covenant: “And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.” (D&C 42:30) After the consecration, the Saints take on a stewardship that reflects their wants and needs. An important point to note is that the institution of private property would continue. Thus, one's stewardship or property is theirs for keeps to do what they will with it: “We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.” (D&C 134:2) This includes inheritance ... an important distinction from Communism. Hence, everyone lives according to their needs and consecrates their excesses as they see them to the church for others' stewardship as well as for the needy.


Conclusions:

  • First and foremost, comparing the United Order to Communism is like comparing apples to oranges. Communism is political both in theory and in practice. The United Order is not.
  • Communism seeks to distribute economic (and therefore political) power. The United Order operates completely through voluntary means and has no political implications. To quote Marion G. Romney, “That is the spirit of socialism: We're going to take. The spirit of the United Order is: We're going to give.”
  • The United Order is founded on belief in God. Communism is founded on belief in man and eschews, rejects, and finally denies God.
  • Communism abolishes private property, the United Order embraces private ownership of property.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, I conclude that Communism and the United Order are so dissimilar as to be antipodes. In fact, Elder Marion G. Romney had this to say about Socialism, and, by extension, Communism:
I have yet to see or hear of [Socialism] freeing the hearts of men of selfishness and greed or of its bringing peace, plenty, or freedom. These things it will never bring, nor will it do away with idleness and promote 'industry, thrift and self-respect,' for it is founded, in theory and in practice, on force, the principle of the evil one.


Epilogue:
I wanted to distinguish between the theories of Communism and the United Order and their application throughout history. I think, however, that it is an interesting exercise that I'll include now, not as a part of my rant.

Communism has been tried in many countries over the years. Marx felt that “it was impossible to leap directly into communism.” He felt that a period of Socialism must exist before in order to change the perspective of the people. A sort of paradigm shift, if you will, in order to facilitate the transition. What results is that inevitably, one man becomes the leader of the new Socialistic state and gains great amounts of power. As the old saying goes, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Unfortunately, history has shown that those men who use the proletariat to revolt and then become the national leader have always already been very corrupt, evil men. What results is a twisted, repressive form of Communism. The kicker is that Communism is already pretty twisted to begin with. Thus, the new Communist countries become dictatorships where totalitarian despots murder millions, pillage, and ravish their countries. Eventually, the countries fail and the shameful story is broadcast globally. Examples of this process or parts of this process are the U. S. S. R., Laos, Cambodia, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Yemen, Libya, Syria, Aden, Congo, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Nicaragua, and Grenada. A few countries are still Communistic, i.e. China, Vietnam, Cuba, and North Korea. These countries are very poor; the people are repressed; literally dozens of millions have been murdered and executed. Some, like China, have resulted to using Capitalistic practices in order to stay alive and come close to competing internationally. Eventually, I predict that these countries will implode as well.

As far as I know, the United Order has been tried three times. The first time was with the City of Enoch. After a few hundred years, they were so successful that “The Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” Eventually the entire city was taken up into heaven. The second time was in the Americas after the coming of Christ. The people lived in righteousness for four generations. The third, and latest was attempted in the early history of the church with Joseph Smith as organizer. This third time the trial failed. I chalk it up to the people not being prepared for it. I understand that this is how we will live during the millennium.


Sources:
http://members.tripod.com/~runwin/socialism.html
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/hum_303/manifesto.html
http://www.geocities.com/~johngray/
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/marx.html
http://scriptures.lds.org/

Why Vote for Kerry?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-24 00:00:00
Rand Fishkin from ETalkingHeads posted an [article yesterday titled "Why Vote for Kerry?"] He begins by letting everyone know what he thinks of the Demacratic Presidential hopeful:
John Kerry is by no means a great politician. He has been very lucky and is gifted in certain technical details - biography, funding, etc - that have helped him to reach this point in his career. In order to vote for him this year, I have decided to learn as little as I can about his policies for fear of finding too many things I disagree with.
Thus, he understands that Kerry is an extremely weak candidate -- so weak, in fact, that he is going out of his way to not learn more about Kerry so that he will still be able to stomach voting for Hanoi John!

Oh you poor, misguided liberal. That may be the worst thing I've heard all day. Mr. Fishkin says that Kerry is the lesser of two evils. It seems the Fishkin can't win for losing. But how can he be certain that Kerry is the "lesser of two evils" if he doesn't even know what Kerry is all about? It boggles the mind...

I wouldn't recomment reading that post if you are conservative. Mr. Fishkin doesn't go on to explain why Kerry is the lesser of two evils; he just explains why Bush is "evil." Of course, if you think you can handle it, [here is the link again.]

Alliance Filthy Lie 1: The Times

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-24 00:00:00
The other day I was minding my own business while reading the New York Times at a local coffee shop. Out of no-where, a man walks up to me and asks, “why are you snickering.”

“Because I’m reading the NY Times,” I glibly respond, assuming that he will join in my chuckle as most of my fellow Texans would.

“That’s not funny,” he says to me with a stern-yet-hurt look.

My defenses naturally were piqued. “Just who are you, Sir?” (I always say “Sir” when I don’t like a person’s tone of voice. That bad habit has gotten me into a lot of trouble when I’m talking to girls.)

“I happen to be an Editor at the New York Times!”

“What the heck are you doing in Texas?”

“I’m researching an article about a Bush-Cheney conspiracy against the NY Times as we’ve found that people around here don’t read it as much as we would like them to.”

I decided to capitalize on my situation, seeing as how the Alliance wanted me to post something about the media and Swift Boats or something like that, so I said, “Say, can I ask you a question, Mr.?”

“Of course. I am an expert seeing as how I am an editor and all.”

“Why don’t you ever print anything bad about John Kerry?”

“What are you talking about?” He replays, clearly stalling for time.

“You know, like all the changing Cambodia stories or why he doesn’t respond openly to the Swift Boat Vets?”

“Uh. Cambodia? Uh. Swift Boat Vets? I know nothing! I see nothing!”

Suddenly the New York Times editor pushes me. As I stumble backward, he runs off screaming “Viva la France, Viva la France!”

So there you have it, my friends, proof positive of why the major media hasn’t been reporting everything: they don’t know anything.

INSTAPUNDO DELENDA EST!

Our Immigration System? A Problem?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-23 00:00:00
[Michelle Malkin] noted today an [article] from the Associated Press describing a new report released from the 9/11 commission:

A new report from the now-defunct Sept. 11 commission details the lax controls on immigration and customs that the hijackers exploited to carry out their plot.

So the 9/11 commission thinks we are lax on immigration. Some conservatives have been crying foul for years. We make all these tough laws on immigration and then ensure that the INS does not enforce them. Maybe the left will take a bit more notice now about the seriousness of the situation.

Tell Me Kerry's Finished. Please.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-23 00:00:00
I'm glad that someone is focusing on what Kerry has done outside of Vietnam. [QandO posted today] about an article by [Adam Sparks at SFGate] where Sparks predicts a victory for Bush in November. I think it is a bold statement. QandO wants to believe but takes issue with some of Sparks' premises.

Sparks:

Kerry knew [in 1997] about the global threat al Qaeda poses. Is this how he and Clinton prepared us for the war on terror?

QandO's take:

The debatable point here is did he indeed know about the global threat al Qaeda posed? That's really hard to establish. I would be assumed that someone serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee would be up on that terrorist threat, but then this guy missed 38 of the 49 Senate Intelligence public meetings during his tenure.

Both Sparks' article and QandO's post are lengthy but worth the read. I'll add my hopes to theirs that Bush will win.

North Korea Insults Bush

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-23 00:00:00
Oh Brother! The Drudge Report posted an [article from the BBC] which reports that a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said of Bush:

Bush is ridiculed and censured as an idiot, an ignorant, a tyrant and a man-killer.

The spokesman goes on to say:

Bush is a tyrant that puts Hitler into the shade and his group of such tyrants is a typical gang of political gangsters.

It is comical that North Korea thinks that Bush is the tyrant, man-killer. This came as a response to Bush calling Kim Jong-il a tyrant.

Here's a tidbit you might not have known. Clinton (along side with Jimmy Carter) had "successful negociations" with North Korea back in 1994. They agreed to "be nice" if we would give them tons of aid as well as help in them getting two nuclear power plants for "electrical power." They have since admitted that they ignored the agreements and immediately began a nuclear weapons program. The despot didn't keep his word. Go figure. The kicker was that Clinton got tons of credit for that. Then the world was "shocked" in 2002 when we discovered they had nuclear capability.

What France Hates the Most

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-23 00:00:00
The three things that France hates most in the world:

1. The United States of America
2. Hitler and/or Fascism
3. Jews

Well, you probably alreadly knew about the USA, but check out [this article from the New York Times]. Apparently, it has turned into the Middle East over there, the hostility is so bad among Jews and Arabs.

According to France's interior ministry statistics, there have been 135 acts of physical violence against Jews so far this year and 95 against Arabs and other ethnic groups, though there are nearly 10 times as many Arabs as Jews in France.

On Aug. 14, vandals drew a swastika and wrote "death to the Jews" on a low wall in front of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral.

Please notice how our "paper of record" tries to put more blame on the Jews than the Arabs. I guess the Jews don't get much of a break from the New York Times either (unless they happen to be liberal, of course).

But what get's me is how upset Chirac gets when Ariel Sharon lets the French Jews know that their are alternatives to living with terror.

That is all I have to say about that.

Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Rev. 18:10

A YSA Learning Experience

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-22 00:00:00
I was presented with an interesting choice recently. I was at a proverbial crossroads. Let me set up the situation for you. At the end of a YSA activity yesterday, there were two groups that wanted to get together to hang out. Group A consisted of some young ladies that appeared to be used to more fun than I am accustomed to. Group B was "the guys." If you know me, you know that I like hanging out with the ladies. Normally, I would probably throw caution to the wind and opt for the party girls. For some unknown reason, I did not do that. Perhaps I'm "out of touch" with myself. It is not like me to not go for the girl. Will I ever go back to the way I was? One can only guess.

Swift Vets, What It All Means

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-22 00:00:00
The contoversy over the Swift Boat Verterans for Truth against John Kerry has really been heating up these last weeks. I was reading about it all today in some links [from the] [Drudge] [Report]. But let me ask you, my friends, what does it all mean? John Kerry obviously does not appreciate the attacts from the Swift Boat Verterans. As a matter of fact, Kerry has called on Bush to ask the SBVFT to quit airing their commercials. Kerry even went so far as to as to accuse the [SBVFT of collaborating illegally with the Bush campaign]. It would indeed be an illegal act, were it true, because the SBVFT is a 527 group which is supposed to remain completely independant from any Presidential campaign. Incedently, that is the very reason why Bush cannot ask them to quit airing their commercials ... it would be coordinating with a 527 group. Ultimately, I do not think that the SBVFT will be the deciding factor in this election. I think we should let the Swift Vets do their worst to Kerry while the Bush campaign focuses on exposing Kerry's record and promoting the good economy as well as our success in the war on terrorism.

A Rut to Remember

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-20 00:00:00
When I first created this category (the dating category, I mean), I naively assumed that I would have a great forum in which I might share many tirades and diatribes with respect to male-female relationships. What I did not understand in my naivete was that I might be in a rut. That's right, ladies and gents, I am in a rut. This rut has discouraged me enough that it has affected my desire to date. Don't get me wrong, it is not due to the lack of willing participants. Rather, it has to do with my own lack of energy perhaps or let's say enthusiasm for the dating game. Currently, I seem to share all the conviction of MacBeth when he said:
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. Act 5. Scene V.
I know you must be saying to yourself, "how macabre." But do not fret, my friends, for I am the soi-disant Big Daddy, and I will be back. I will escape this rut!

Greedy Germans

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-20 00:00:00
[QandO] recently wrote about some [German's reaction] to President Bush's decision to pull troops out of Germany. Apparantly, some German's felt that they would lose their jobs because they depend on the US Troops for their income. QandO's quote was in German by Christian Zahn, but he offered a translation:
Translation: These employees would have made an important contribution to Germany's national security for many decades, and they have a right to get a part of this dividend back.
It sounds kind of greedy to me. The Germans have no claim whatsoever on money they "might have made" off of us. It's ridiculous. Lesson learned: don't stay in a country for sixty years to protect them from being over run from communist dictators and being enslaved and impoverished. Oh well, it's high time we left them, anyway.

Assault Weapons Ban Petition

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-20 00:00:00
[The Federalist] has sponsored a petition from [PatriotPetitions.US] in an effort to keep the Assault Weapons Ban from being reinstated after it sunsets.


[...]


PatriotPetitions.US has launched a national campaign entreating our President, House of Representatives and Senate to reject legislation renewing the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act schedule to sunset on 13 September 2004. Please read this brief description of the campaign and let your voice be heard on this matter.


Though House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says "The votes in the House are not there" to renew the measure, Feinstein and Schumer will press for a roll call vote in order to politicize this legislation prior to the upcoming presidential election.


For thirty years, the Left has used the "safety" claim as the foundation for its strategy of "incremental encroachment" on the Second Amendment to achieve its ultimate goal of gun confiscation, and the Feinstein-Schumer legislation preventing law-abiding citizens from owning semi-automatic rifles (so-called and decidedly misnamed "assault weapons") for lawful purposes, is no exception. Such laws claim, ostensibly, to protect law-abiding citizens. Of course, only law-abiding citizens comply with these restrictions -- and at their own peril. Criminals don't care if the weapon they are using comport with the 23,000 federal, state and local gun restrictions already on the books.


Ms. Feinstein made clear her real objective after passage of Feinstein-Schumer in 1994: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate...for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it."


Reject renewal of the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act!


Please join fellow Patriots on the frontlines in defense of our Constitutional liberties.


[....]


Founder's Quote: "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." --Justice Joseph Story appointed to the Supreme Court by James Madison, author of our Constitution.


You can sign the petition [here].

Eminent Domain Debate

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-19 00:00:00
The Commons has posted an entry compiling a debate over the use of [eminent domain] for "general economic development."


Enjoy the debate. Professor Somin rocks.

HPD's Manpower Problem

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-19 00:00:00
The Houston Chronicle has a story concerning HPD's [manpower problem].


"The department has about 5,100 classified officers, Hurtt said. At least 740 officers total are expected to retire this year and next, far exceeding the usual 2 percent of the force lost each year to retirement."


Apparently, many of these 740 were eligible to retire earlier than this year. Most of them have been waiting for the pay raise to go into effect to retire, so that their pension will be worth more.


"The only mitigating factor in sight right now is one cadet class to start in January, which will bring about 70 new officers into the department by next summer."


"HPD's academy is capable of conducting three 70-cadet classes at a time and, by doing so, could catch up with the current rate of attrition in three to four years. But Hurtt noted that each full class costs a little more than $2 million, and there is no money in the budget for that."


Perhaps it would be easier and cheaper to provide incentives to the 740 retirees to stay on a few more years, phasing them out by having only a certain number retire each year? For instance, if an officer stays on one more year, he could get Incentive Package A. If he stayed on two more years, he'd get Incentive Package B, and so on.


I don't know what to do, but it is potentially a big problem for Houston.

2001 Toyota Corolla

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-19 00:00:00
On my way down sunny Highway 146 this morning while listening to Ol' Blue Eyes, I thought to myself. And as I thought to myself I came to notice those passing by in their like cars and SUV's, etc. On their cell phones, eating breakfast, applying mascara...It's like we take "home" and we bring it in to our vehicles.

I think I become a different person when I'm in my car. I know when I have certain tunes a playin' my mentality changes. For instance, Fridays are usually always Hip Hop or 80's to get me pumped for the weekend. Some times I'll sing at the top of my lungs and dance. I'll get lost in daydreams and replay a song 10 times. Other times I'll drive in silence. I wonder if lady in Chevy #1 drinking her latte does the same? Not that I don't daydream or dance other times of the day, but your car is like your own mobile personal space. The radio stations, elevation of the seat, the airfreshener are all personal preferences made by YOU.

Even if someone moons you on the Hartman Bridge(another story) or watches you sing to Ice Ice Baby, the likelyhood you'll ever see them again is slim to none, so the embarrassment of either party is no big deal.

What is it about our cars that brings out the speed demon, gets us to spend money on rims, or sing ridiculous 90's songs while talking on our cell and drinking caffeinated beverages??

Iran Threatens Preemptive Strikes

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-19 00:00:00
In this [article ] from Yahoo News, Iran's military leaders threaten preemptive strikes against U.S. forces in the Middle East. They said that the U.S. should steer clear of messing with their facilities, or they will strike.


Folks, these are the sounds of a desperate regime. There has been unrest in Iran for a long time, and it's just gotten worse for the dictatorship since the U.S. liberated Iraq. While my first inclination is to say "bring it on, nancy-boys," I don't think that's necessary. If the U.S. stays on course, then Iran will collapse on its own, and the Marines won't have to fire a shot.


Hat tip to [The Corner].

Iraq: Land of Opportunity

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-18 00:00:00
For months I have wished that I was in a position to make a business foray into Iraq. I would view the reports of the progress made and think to myself "I wish I was a little older and had more capital."


Then came this story, in the Wall Street Journal, titled "Amid Chaos in Iraq, Tiny Security Firm Found Opportunity". The title alone was enough to send my entrepenuerial and capitalistic urgings into a frenzy.


To make a long story short, two former Army Rangers, Scott Custer and Michael Battles, formed a company named Custer Battles, LLC. They started the company, funded the payroll with credit cards and borrowed $10,000 from a friend to get to Iraq. There they received a $16 million contract to provide security at an airport. In nine months they went from major debt to a $16 million dollar contract! Sheesh.


The company is so successful that they are planning to branch out into services other than security. Their projections place their revenue at $200 million dollars!


A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!


Guess I'll just have to wait for another country to be liberated.

Kids Favor Kerry

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-18 00:00:00
Kids Favor Kerry


So, this poll by Fox News says 44% of kids aged 8-17 would vote for Kerry and 38% would vote for Bush.


I have one thing to say: WHO CARES? They're children! Nobody needs to know what they think. Ay ay ay, gimme a break! This is officially the most meaningless poll in HISTORY.

Windows RG

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-18 00:00:00
http://www.deanliou.com/WinRG/ Run this trial of Windows RG from Explorer.

Cosmopolitanism and the Olympics

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-18 00:00:00
Instapundit linked this article on [Ugly Americans] in the press corps covering the Olympics.


If this story is true, then it is sad because rude behavior has no place anywhere, let alone an event like the Olympics. But then Justus for All posted [this blog entry]. I was annoyed by his post and the posts of his commenters. For two reasons: 1) they support cosomopolitanism; and 2) they demonize the competitive spirit.


Both Dave Justus's story and the commenters contain demonization of a competitive spirt and drive.


Here's a qoute:

"An American was favored to win a race and didn't, he came in second. A huge disappointment. The press ran up, immediately asking how he felt and how disappointed he was. In the same race was a Canadian athlete who finished last. The Canadian press rushed up to him as asked 'You just achieved a personnel[sic] best at the Olympic games? How great does that feel?"


"What a difference."


Yes, there is a major difference. The American was favored to win, so to lose would be a... anybody? anybody? Disappointment. The Canadian was not favored to win, so to place well and beat your personal best would be... anybody? anybody? An immense pleasure, right. Good job class! Thus, this explains the difference in the reporters questions. But then David Justus says this:


"Sure, sometimes the athletes in question are favored to win and losing can be devastating. But we all know that. We don't need the quote from the moment of disappointment."


What's up with this? Getting the immediate reaction of the Olympian is the entire point of having a press corps there at all. Just because they lose doesn't change that. If you don't like hearing the bad news then don't watch it. Besides, by saying that he negated the entire point of the anecdote. The anecdote and this paragraph don't go together.


He also says this:


"I would like to see more coverage of athletes that score a personnel best at the Olympics, whether they win or not. Athletes who overcome amazing odds to get there. Sure we should celebrate the winners. But lets make it about the struggle to be the best, rather than purely the struggle to win."


What? This has to be some of the most inane, touchy-feely, liberal hoo-ha ever written. If the Olympics are not about winning then I'm in favor of abolishing them all together. The point of any athletic competition is to win, thereby establishing yourself as the best. What is it about this concept that Justus and so many others fail to grasp?


So to move on, he then makes this stupid cosmopolite remark:


"Oh, and it would be ok to focus a little bit of camera time on non-Americans too."


And a commenter said this:


"I'm Australian and we actually have a similar syndrome where our media focus is totally on Australian atheletes and winning medals."


Then move to stinking Liberal Utopian La-La Land! This is America we're living in, and guess what, most of us Americans favor an American-centric press coverage! And people who live in Australia -- they're the ones called Australians, you know -- favor an Australia-centric coverage. Why is this? Because the athletes from their own native country are near and dear to their hearts. They are residents of the communities they live in, therefore, they are more interested in that athletes progress than, say, some hairy guy from Romania whose name they can't even pronounce.


I also resent the thinly veiled implication that patriotism and being proud and interested in your fellow citizens is a "syndrome" or disease.


I don't completely love the coverage either, as I've stated before. But I understand that more people want to see gymnastics than wrestling or boxing, and thus, more gymnastics are aired on TV. I don't enjoy it, but I accept that it is so. This guy is saying something else entirely though. He's saying every Olympian deserves equal airtime in any given country. I don't buy that, I think it's horse manure.


People who decry competition and push cosmopolitan hogwash on us should be deported. To Cuba.

What She's Learned Up Til Now

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-18 00:00:00
It's funny how you can have these slight impressions cross your mind about someone and you're not sure if you're making them up or if you're being told something. Well, I've been praying about a concern with a friend of mine. It's like I knew what direction I should go, but wasn't fully sure I would stick with it. Well, I have yet to find out if it will stick, but prayer has helped me to feel "light as a feather" about them.

Some times certain situations help to stretch your brain to look around at the possibilities. But in the end you're asked to wield your agency in choosing your own adventure, being wary of the stop signs and green lights along the way. Being absolved of feelings is what I'm talking about--all kinds. Anger, sadness, loneliness, jealousy, even affection and love.

The clearest time I've had to really grab hold of that was with a boy named Sue...nah, his name was John. (Great song though!)I was able to earnestly pray for the feelings to wash themselves away if I, but, exercised faith that they would leave me. It truly is miraculous how the Lord sees a hurt and bends down to lift your chin and tells the pain,"That's enough". And it's gone. There's no trace, no looking back.

You know how you're inspired to write or say something and you know it couldn't come from any other source, but from above? It's the same thing here. You get to feel the relief and also find out where the recognition lies once it's over.

In the Lord.

It's not usually the first thing that comes to my mind to pray and then lie and wait for troubled times to pass. I usually fuss and tug at the person or anyone who will listen long enough before I grow tired of my own voice and then get on my knees. Pride and what I want keeps me from being humble enough to listen the first time around.

To have feelings other than love and charity for someone is so burdensome. It feels like an actual, physical weight. And there's always a sense of doom or worry hanging about.

Now, presently with my friend it wasn't hate or envy, but it needed to have a name and get filed away under "E for Effort".

The thing I'm seeing the most growth in this year is being able to deal with feelings of all kinds--for friends, family and whoever without having to involve that other person. I can inventory how I feel, how I let them make me feel, how I treat them and how they should be treated, etc and make rational, honest decisions that move us both to a better place. And the best part is is that they might never know that I struggled there with them and that we're better for it. I'm not perfect and I still say and write lame things, but there's hope for me yet... :o)

I'm also learning it takes alot of patience and a change in attitude to make it work. If you don't constantly work at something it won't change or grow. You'll lose it and forgetfullness will cloud your memory of what you once were so sure of.

Prayer works.

End of journal entry 08-18-04

I can take or leave it if I please

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-17 00:00:00
Less than a week ago, a friend of mine went to the overpass on the Interstate Highway 10 were it crosses John Martin Road in Baytown, TX.

Whenever I think of her, the word effervescence comes to mind ... a bubbly and friendly girl.

She went to the overpass alone, just after eight in the morning.

I am reminded that she always attended church with us despite not being a member.

I don't know what she was thinking or what went through her head at that early hour last week. I don't know what had been going on in her life up to that point or the frustrations she must have felt as an adolescent about to enter her senior year of High School. For her own reasons, she jumped off of the overpass at around 8:10 AM. One person saw her jump.

She was on life support for a few days. She could not breathe on her own. Her face was so beat up that her mother did not allow visitors to see it because she felt that her daughter wouldn't want to be seen that way.

It is always sad when someone loses their life, and it is especially so when a teenager takes their own life.

It is strange how these difficult times make us introspective. (Sometimes almost guiltiy so.) Thus, my thoughts reflect on my own difficulties and problems, my own choices that have directly or indirectly affected my happiness, and my relationships with others.

Who knows what that particular idiosyncratic wonder means? All I know is that suicide is never the answer and that I will miss my friend.

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...


That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

Olympic Thoughts

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-17 00:00:00
My friends, let me tell you that I love the idea of the [Olympics]. In 1896, Athens, Greece hosted the first modern [Olympics]. Here we are, over one hundred years later and Athens is doing a bang up job of it again.

The thing I like most about the [Olympics] is the idea that, in one dramatic moment, a person proves himself the very best in the world at what he does. Forever he can claim that, among everyone that lives, no one could do it better than he. I would love that. If only I could find out what I'm good at... then I could practice it until I was better than anyone. That's the trick, I guess. Most of the athletes have been at it since childhood. Amazing.

I always cheer for the United States. If we lose, I accept it. I think that the best team should win and deserves it. I just hope always that the United States will be the best. I never get over hearing our National Anthem in the international forum. It gives me chills even though I'm not there. It fills me with pride.

I love the Olympics.

I'm a transitive verb

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-17 00:00:00
According to Encarta...

Hoodwink:

1. trick somebody: to deceive or dupe somebody, especially by trickery

2. blindfold somebody: to put a blindfold on somebody ( archaic )

3. conceal something: to conceal or hide something ( archaic )

hood·wink·er noun

I apply to dating, huh?

Truth be told, I couldn't think of anything to rant about for this category. I was just tired of looking at "the hot gun girl". Tell me how to post some eye candy for us ladies...wink. wink.

Arguments From Morons

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-17 00:00:00
Some people are so moronic it's outrageous. I was listening to Chris Baker's radio show today, and he was discussing the recent flap about the Bible on a pedestal at a Harris County courthouse (one group wants it removed, another says no way). Baker asked the question "If the monument is moved, would it bother you and why?" and asked people to call in and answer that question.


Somehow a man slipped through the screeners and asked Chris this question, "Yeah, I just wanna know, about all these people defending the Bible monument, where are these people on Sunday? They don't all go to church. Why are the churches empty on Sunday if they care so much?"


Intellectually, that is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Oh, where to begin? To start off, it's not even on topic, and Chris should not have entertained it.


The question is actually an argument. He's attempting to discredit the people protesting the removal of the monument. The problem, though, is that it rests on at least three assumptions, all of which are faulty, at best.


The first assumption should be obvious to everyone. The caller assumes that the majority of people defending the monument at the courthouse do not go to church. There's no way to know that unless we hire Gallup to poll the people who protest the monument's removal. I don't know what he bases this assumption on, but it's a lot like me asking "Why don't more redheads use their left turn signals?" Even anecdotal evidence cannot support assumptions so broad.


He's also assuming that if a person does not go to church, that person is not a Christian, or is not a true believer in the Bible, or a true believer in God, or a "good" Christian. While I would say that church is a vital part in a Christian's life, a Christian's attendance record at church is not an indicator of the quality of that Christian's spiritual walk with Christ. There are many hard-core believers who are simply unable to attend church; it doesn't mean they are "bad" Christians.


Furthermore, he assumes serious believers would avoid defending the monument. In an attempt to discredit the legitimacy of their defense of the monument, he questions the seriousness of their faith. For that to work, he has to assume that people of serious faith won't protest the removal of the monument, or are at least staying home on this issue. This ties in with his first assumption that the protestors are not church-goers.


His argument essentially looks like this:

1. If the protestor is not a churchgoer, then the protestor is not legitimate.

2. They don't go to church

3. Therefore, they are not legitimate.


-- OR --


1. ~C → ~L

2. ~C

3. ~L , via 1,2 Modus Ponens


The argument is faulty from the get-go. Line 1 is faulty because it is couched in the assumption that the only way to be a good Christian is to go church, which is oversimplistic at best. Line 2 is faulty because he simply assumes that it is so. He simply makes a broad accusation that the protestors don't attend church and uses it to get Line 3. Thus, Line 3 is an invalid deduction because Line 1 and Line 2 are faulty.


Don't bring a knife to a gun fight, bubba.

NFL Predictions

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-17 00:00:00
NFL predictions. Teams are listed in order of their rank within their division, so the first team listed in each division is the Division Champ. Numbers in parantheses are the number of wins and losses (W-L) I predict for them. Playoff predictions are below.


NFC NORTH:

  1. Packers, (8-8)
  2. Vikings, (7-9)
  3. Lions, (6-10)
  4. Bears, (6-10)


NFC EAST:

  1. Eagles, (12-4)
  2. Cowboys, (10-6)
  3. Giants, (9-7)
  4. Redskins, (6-10)


NFC SOUTH:

  1. Panthers, (12-4)
  2. Falcons, (8-8)
  3. Saints, (6-10)
  4. Buccaneers, (4-12)


NFC WEST:

  1. Seahawks, (10-6)
  2. Rams, (8-8)
  3. Cardinals, (6-10)
  4. 49ers, (6-10)


NFC WILD CARDS: Cowboys, Rams

NFC Champions: Eagles


AFC NORTH:

  1. Ravens, (12-4)
  2. Browns, (9-7)
  3. Bengals, (7-9)
  4. Steelers, (6-10)


AFC EAST:

  1. Patriots, (14-2)
  2. Jets, (9-7)
  3. Bills, (7-9)
  4. Dolphins, (5-11)


AFC SOUTH:

  1. Colts, (13-3)
  2. Titans, (10-6)
  3. Texans, (8-8)
  4. Jaguars, (6-10)


AFC WEST:

  1. Chiefs, (14-2)
  2. Raiders, (12-4))
  3. Broncos, (8-8)
  4. Chargers, (5-11)


AFC WILD CARDS: Raiders, Titans

AFC Champions: Patriots


SuperBowl: Patriots 31, Eagles 27



There ya have it, folks.

NRA vs. Moore/Soros

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-16 00:00:00
In the latest issue of American Hunter, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre warns NRA members that this election is important to the safety of our Second Amendment Rights.


Besides citing Senator Kerry's waffles on gun rights, and pointing out that Mr. Kerry has received an "F" from the NRA due to his poor voting record on gun rights every year he's been in office, Mr. LaPierre mainly points to a tag-team effort of Micheal Moore and George Soros to get President Bush out of office. Mr. Moore is the director/writer of the flagrantly anti-gun "Bowling for Columbine" and Mr. Soros is the antichrist an international businessman. Mr. Soros has been pushing for a UN-backed and UN-implented global ban on civilian firearms (among other things).


Mr. LaPierre points out that Mr. Soros "has dumped tens of millions from his personal fortune and leveraged $100 million from other radical billionaires into a shadowy political machine of enormous proportion." Mr. LaPierre says this political machine consists of groups like MoveOn.org, and Americans Coming Together (ACT).


The purpose of this machine is to oust President Bush and install Senator Kerry. If Mr. Soros and Mr. Moore are successful, their machine will have registered Mr. Moore's "angry, undiscerning fan club" for a one-time voting bloc."


Mr. Moore and Mr. Soros, frankly, are evil people. I don't apply the term evil to all liberals, but I will to these two because they are actively involved in the attempted destruction of the United States. That they may be able to harness a large voting bloc, even if it is just for one time, is terrifying. If they are successful in their moves to oust President Bush, they will not stop at installing Kerry. They'll continue to push their anti-gun rights agenda, and unless the House and Senate stay in Republican control, they'll have four easy years to do it.


Mr. LaPierre is right. This election is crucial to the future of gun rights and to the future of America (in my opinion, the two are indelibly linked). We cannot let this election be won by Anti-Americans.

Unilateral Action

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-16 00:00:00
"In Kerry's insistence that the commitment of our allies -- British, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Australian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Japanese, Thai, Danish and others -- adds up to a big fat zero in a 'unilateral' American adventure, he has shown himself bereft of all diplomatic smarts. Talk about Ugly American. Only this one speaks perfect French." --Diana West

Why aren't more conservatives pressing this point? We should be hammering the liberals about their snubbing of the Coalition of the Willing.

British Journalist Captured and Released

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-13 00:00:00
[Little Green Footballs] posted about the British journalist who was recently captured by Moqtada Sadr and then immediately released when they discovered who he was.
Mr Brandon was kidnapped by 30 masked gunmen from his hotel room in the southern Iraqi city on Thursday night.

In a hastily arranged press conference after his release, Mr Brandon, from London, thanked his kidnappers.

He said: "Initially I was treated roughly, but once they knew I was a journalist I was treated well and I want to say thank you to the people who kidnapped me."
I guess the terrorists know who their friends are.

Friday, the 13th

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-13 00:00:00
That's right, my friends, today is that most infamous of days, Friday, the 13th.

This day has a long history here in the United States. Even today, in the twenty-first century, there are those who fear it as they do nothing else. While it may portend sinister possibilities, I have decided that, despite my [paraskevidekatriaphobia], I will go with Hoodwink to see M. Night Shyamalan's The Villiage.

A perfect day for such a film, no?

Nike Is Makin' A Killin'

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-13 00:00:00
I typed this and forgot to put a title on it, so it erased it. It's now lost in blogging abyss. The second time is never better than the first, my friends.

I was watching MTV Cribs the other day as they were talking to Lil' Joe. In his closet he had a slew of perfectly white tennis shoes. Then he proceeded to pick one up and from heel to toe he licked the bottom of the shoe...you wanna how he could do that and not be completely grossed out...drum roll please..."you never rock the same pair twice!". I'm all about boys in their perfectly white shoes and khakis, but just once with the shoes?

Then I was in my car today and Air Force Ones came on. Fine song. I have a weakness for Hip Hop and Nelly. So the song also mentions "maybe one, twice, but never three times"...on sportin' a pair of shoes. This is common among the entire rap scene. Nelly goes on to say how if you scuff your shoe, well then, man, forget it! Your night is toast! Roll out and say, "Nitey Nite" to the ladies.

My question is: Who decided, "Hey, we can have the "ice" and the "bling" and be "derrty", so why not go shoe shopping EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR (or at least buy in bulk) because thuggin' it really leaves us with a lot of down time". What about new socks, replacement laces, shoe polish and foot deoderizer...this could get pricey, Nell!? I think it's a conspiracy with Nike.

I love Nelly. You can check out his new flava at Nelly.com--How do you do the link thingy, Honey?

Good Giuliani

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-12 00:00:00
Former Mayor of New York, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has been going around campaigning for President Bush. He's really playing up the September 11th angle. He's untouchable on the issue because he was the Mayor when the terrorists hit. Well, at least someone can say what he's been saying. I'd say it was about time. President Bush needs that angle and, frankly, deserves it.

[The New York Times] is speculating that Giuliani is simply gearing up for his own dreams of the United States Presidency. I don't know how I feel about Giuliani being the President. I give him full props for his work during our Nation's time of crisis; however, he's got a questionable past. He's supported abortion as well as backed a Democrat politically. Hmm. I've got an idea. How about Bush for President in '08. That's right, Jeb Bush. What a great family!

That Hathaway Girl

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-12 00:00:00
I just saw the Princess Diaries II. At the end of the movie, the audience clapped. Their enthusiasm, however, is not a good indicator of the quality of the film. It would be a complete disaster except that the Hathaway girl has quite a bit of savoire faire that serves her well. It redeems her only slighty, however. I think it's time she considered a more serious role. Then we'll see what she's made of.

Dang Gee-naa!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-11 00:00:00
Dubya recently introduced me to [IMAO]. The thing that got me about this site is that in the upper right-hand corner they have a picture of a girl modeling a t-shirt: (click on the image for the full picture)
Apparently there was some sort of competition to see who would be the t-shirt model and this girl [SarahK] won. What got me was that they had a link to the [winning picture]. Wow. Have mercy. In the words of Martin Lawrence, "Dang Gee-naa!" I think its the gun, but I'm not sure.

Upon further investigation of our top model, I learn that this SarahK girl is pretty cool. Apparently she and the author of www.IMAO.us are pretty tight. While her blog does not appear overly political, she seems to be conservative. [Here] is a sampling of her writing.

McEnroe Scores A Zero

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-11 00:00:00
I like McEnroe. He was always throwing his tennis tantrums back when he played. To me, it was entertaining, like watching professional wrestling. Now, however, he's got a liberal show on CNBC. Today, [Drudge] mentioned a progress report on McEnroe's show:
FLASH: McEnroe hit all time low since CNBC launch last night, scratching at NIELSEN with just 30,000 viewers nationwide . . . McEnroe has now scratched [scored a 0.0 rating] 19 out of 25 times since he's been on the air...
That's got to sting. I hope he throws another tantrum. I could use some entertainment.

Edgar Allen Shakespeare

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-10 00:00:00
I haven't slept in a while. Did you know that channel 27 in McKinney, TX airs reruns of Family Ties every day at 5 AM? I bet you didn't know that...

My point:
I like poetry. On the whole, I like poetry to rhyme. It turns out that Alex P. Keaton feels the same. One exception for me is Shakespeare. Of course, it should be done correctly, i.e. none of that new-age hippie stuff like setting MacBeth in Ancient China or something equally ridiculous. Given my penchant for a well constructed couplet, my appreciation for Poe should be obvious. The man had a gift for words. There you go. If William and Edgar ever had it out, my money would be on Edgar Allen, if only because he would represent all rhyming poets, and I can't see anyone ever topping Theodor Geisel. Ever. Just call me Alex P. Keaton, baby.

A Few Words About Trudy

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-08-10 00:00:00
I can't say this will be the best rant ever. Maybe if I sat down and pondered on some key points and had an objective. It was assigned by the Webmaster. So hopefully, what I have to say about Trudy will help lift and inspire.

Trudy. She was initially a girl, but then had surgery that made her otherwise...She has mad abs and hindquarters of steel! She's an animal lover. She enjoys frolicking with smaller breeds, namely squirells and kittens. What she does with them in the end is her business and hers alone. Trudy first came to live with me and my family a few years ago. I guess about the time we moved to Baytown. She was smaller then, but still exhibits the same spit-fire personality small children cross the street for! My mom adores her and vice versa. There's a bond there I won't ever understand till I have a child of my own. At first I couldn't even hug my mother without Trudy working her way inbetwixt us! Jealousy reared its ugly head. But these days Trudy knows she is the favorite among the "kids" and doesn't fuss too much about P.D.A.--public displays of affection.

I wish Trudy was the kind you could wrap your arms around. I wish we could go for walks and she wouldn't take off to pee on something or start walking with someone else. I wish that she would speak her mind about her diet. Does she really like that muck or is she just being polite?

My brother Mark...now there's someone to rant about..He'll clip her legs and she falls down and that's when he says, "This is what she learned 9 months in 'the bush'..". Hilarious.

Good things about Trudy is that she's always excited to see ya. Heck, she's excited to see anyone!! She loves having company over! She won't maul you. She'll just get close enough to smell ya. She fascinates people. She's such a conversation piece. It's wild. I don't get it. It's Trudy. What gives? Let me know what to expound on.

Is that 100 words???

Hanoi John vs. The Swift Vets

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-10 00:00:00
A group of about 250 veterans have publically come out against John Kerry because of his Vietnam record claims and past actions. Their [website] has their stories and arguments. Recently John Kerry has fought back against the Swift Vets group by threatening them with a lawsuit. [Captain Ed] has the complete story ... and it's worth the lengthy read. Essentially, Kerry loves the first ammendment when he's talking trash about Bush, but he hates the first ammendment when others talk trash about him. That's karma, my friends.

Be a Superhero; Kill Babies!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-08 00:00:00
[Choice Chick] vs. the JudgeBots.


A tip of the hat to [The Corner] for providing this link. This is an ingenious flash cartoon that wouldn't be so sickening if it wasn't about the murder of unborn babies. This just proves how lightly the majority of the anti-life crowd takes abortion.


The anti-lifers have been producing drivel like this for years. They're attempting to marginalize the importance of an abortion and at the same time, make abortion seem mainstream. If they talk about it loudly and often enough, people will just get tired of fighting back. When people finally give up, the anti-lifers win by default.


Why does Choice Chick look like Janeane Garofolo? Did she model for this cartoon? Doesn't matter, both Garofolo and the person who made this cartoon are inhuman monsters. But you knew that already, right?

Kerry/Edwards Co-Opts Republican Platform

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-07 00:00:00
I received an e-mail from the Kerry/Edwards campaign ("Know thine enemies as thyself" - [Sun Tzu]) a couple of days ago, and I just now read it. Here's an excerpt:


  1. Cut middle class taxes: Let me be very clear: I will not raise taxes on middle-class Americans by one dime -- I will cut them, including tax cuts to make health care and education more affordable. 98 percent of Americans will pay less taxes under my plan, period.
  2. Repeal Bush's tax cuts for the elite to pay for health and education: I will make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans and invest in education by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for individuals making over $200,000 per year.
  3. Get government spending under control: I will restore the spending caps of the 1990s to ensure that spending -- outside of education and security -- does not grow faster than inflation.
  4. End corporate welfare to reduce the deficit: I will push the McCain-Kerry Corporate Welfare Commission to eliminate wasteful and unnecessary corporate subsidies, and I will use the savings to reduce the deficit.
  5. Reduce the corporate tax rate by 5 percent by ending tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.
  6. Provide significant relief to employers who offer their employees quality health coverage. Our plan will cover certain high-cost health cases and save families up to $1,000 per year.


Emphasis theirs.


Two things: I don't think that a) this is a good plan, and b) that they'll actually go through with anything close to this plan. The the issue I want to deal with, however, isn't the specifics of their mostly horrible plan, but the larger platform their plan is based on. Most of the platform is the old, tired pandering to perceived class envy, economic protectionism, and anti-big business schtick. One thing stands out in particular though; the Democrats are running on fiscal conservatism (note items #3 and 4). My friends, Lucifer is being snowed upon as we speak.


This is one of the areas I disagree with President Bush on. I'm not going to sing the praises of fiscal conservatism, it's been done before by better and more intelligent writers than I. I will say that I think Pres. Bush shot himself in the foot with this. I understand we're funding a war, but that means we should tighten the belt here at home rather than start writing hot checks. We should provide our troops with all the best equipment ([Kim du Toit] had to start a fund raiser to buy new rifle scopes for snipers in Iraq), but instead we're wasting money on [Piss Christ]*.


The result of all this big spending has resulted in the liberals discovering that the budget deficit is a major concern to most Americans. Well, after discovering this little tidbit, they've started doing what they do best: pandering to the convictions of Americans without actually intending to do anything at all. They've done it with black people, gay people, the unions, and now they're doing it to the fiscal conservatives. The danger is that it's one more issue that Kerry can use to entice swing voters to waste their vote on him.


The good news is, is that President Bush is addressing this problem while stumping across America. Looking through President Bush's reelection website, I came across this:


  • Our budget reflects the country’s most important priorities: fighting the war on terror and ensuring economic growth and recovery. We’ll continue to provide whatever it takes to defend our country, protect our homeland and promote economic security.
  • The President’s budget calls for cutting the deficit in half over the next five years. His plan is to continue with pro-growth policies that will increase revenues into the Treasury while holding the line on Federal spending.
  • Economic growth and good stewardship of taxpayers’ dollars will help us meet the President’s goal of cutting the budget deficit in half in five years.

Here's the entire [brief].


and this quote from President Bush's [speech in Milwaukee]:


"I have submitted a budget to the Congress which will cut the deficit in half for five years."

and this quote from his [speech in Albuquerque]:


"We have got a deficit because this economy went into a recession, which means less revenues were coming into our Treasury. The country slowed down, and as a result, there was less taxes coming into Washington, D.C.


We have got a recession because we went to war. And I told the American people, if we're going to commit our troops into harm's way, we're going to spend whatever money is necessary to make sure we win. (Applause.) Yes, we've got a deficit, but we can deal with that ... make sure Congress does not overspend. (Applause.)"


If you skipped all those quotes, he essentially said "Yeah, spending got out of control, but hey, we had a War on Terror (Afghanistand and Iraq) to fight and a recession to get out of. Now it's time to start cutting the fat." At least, that's what I get out of it, and I hope his plan works.


I think that it's impossible for President's campaign to press this issue too much.


*

"Piss Christ" was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. I Googled "Piss Christ" and I got a lot of articles concerning the big flap this drivel caused in Australia. Go figure.

Jenna Catches a Fish

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-07 00:00:00
Jenna Bush [caught a fish]. She's a better fisher than I am! Hubba hubba!


I'll be disappointed if the unidentified man to the left turns out to be her boyfriend. :-(

Baseball (Braves @ Astros / August 5, 2004)

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-06 00:00:00
First things first. Yes, baseball posts do belong in the culture section. Arguments to the contrary will not be entertained.


Now we shall get to the heart of the matter. I am providing a warning to every person in America. If you find yourself in a ballpark, do not interfere with a ball in play. A man in Chicago named Steve Bartman did this, thereby preventing the Cubs from attaining a much needed out. Last night I was in attendance at the Braves/Astros game, and a man sitting in the same sections as I was prevented Lance Berkman from catching a foul ball. The man did this by actually leaning over the rail and catching the ball. Just a second before Berkman got his glove out.


I didn't say anything about the incident to interloper last night. However, in the future, all interlopers will be subject to my wrath. Be ye warned.

Kerry Slams Bush for Reading to Kids

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-05 00:00:00
A story on MSNBC covers [Kerry slamming Bush] for continuing to read to kids on 9/11. According to the story, Bush continued to read to children in a Florida school for seven minutes after he was told of the attacks on the WTC.


Bush's behavior aside, for the moment at least, I think it's interesting how the Democrats insist on making Kerry's Vietnam record, his Congressional voting record, and even what he's said in interviews before off limits but at the same time they consistently criticize anything and everything Bush has ever done. They're trying to establish a rule that the past doesn't matter in this election, and breaking that rule at the same time.


Let me make one thing clear: I think their "don't bring up the past" rule is horse manure. So if the Democrats want to criticize Bush for reading to little kids for an extra seven minutes, more power to them.


On this issue though, I think they are making a mountain out of a molehill. Kerry said he would have reacted more quickly than Bush on 9/11. There's a few problems with this criticism.


First, it's based entirely on "coulda shoulda woulda." The easiest thing in the world is to armchair quarterback the Super Bowl. Even a person who has never seen football at all can watch the Super Bowl and say: "I wouldn't have thrown the pass that way, I'd have thrown it another way." If Kerry gets too far into armchair quarterbacking Bush's last four years in office, it'll be a mistake politically. He won't lose the hard-core Democrat voters, but the swing-voters will only see a nagging old woman at the podium and will start to lean towards Bush.


Second, I think the criticism is groundless. The implication in the criticism is that the country suffered because Bush took seven minutes to finish reading a book to children. Certainly the nation suffered while Bush read, but that's not his fault. Nothing he could have done in that seven minute period would have alleviated anybody's fears, worries, or immense sadness. Being the president does not give a person super-powers. What Bush did was what he thought was best. He made a decision to try to keep the kids calm.


Essentially, Kerry is just nagging Bush on decisions that have had no effect on the nation at all. Kerry's campaign is just starting to get silly.

The Tonight Show Laughs

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-04 00:00:00
I was watching a rerun of [The Tonight Show with Jay Leno]. Jay had just finished talking with Dennis Miller who stayed on the couch while Jay interviewed Nicole Richie from [The Simple Life.] Nicole mentioned the sleeping situation of the first season of her show: apparently she liked it warm at night while Paris Hilton liked it cold. Thus, Nicole slept with a heater on her side of the bed and Paris slept with a fan on her side of the bed. Dennis Miller could not resist the joke; he leans over and asks Nicole what the name of the fan was. A look of incomprehension came instantly over Nicole's face as well as a few curtesy laughs. But let's face the facts, she didn't get the joke. Dennis Miller couldn't control his chuckles although he tried.

Okay Nicole, allow me to explain the joke. When you said "fan," you meant an electrical device to keep Paris cool at night. When Dennis Miller said "fan," he meant a person who really likes a celebrity ... as in, short for fanatic. Ergo, Miller was suggesting that Paris slept with a person at night instead of a machine. Funny, huh?

Boy, it's a good thing I'm here to explain these things to poor Nicole Richie. Uh, I mean, rich Nicole Richie.

John Kerry Sucks

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-04 00:00:00
That's right, I said it. It really blows my mind to think that so many people want to vote for this guy. I think he's doomed from the beginning. Some things to consider:
  • For the first time in 32 years, the Democratic Presidential nominee has fallen in the polls after the Democratic National Convention. What?! Kerry is a sad, sad, little man.
  • It seems that those who support Kerry don't actually like him, they just hate Bush. This is a really scary idea to me. They don't care who the president is, as long as it isn't Bush. Also, it is kind of dumb. Everyone should take a look at this guy and understand who he is before we turn over the country to him. It is the responsible thing to do.
  • One of the best attacts that the Republicans have made is simply calling John Kerry a liberal. Lately, he's running from that title like a scared puppy. The kicker is that he IS a liberal! That is the ticket he's running under and he doesn't want to be associated with it. I think the best thing for conservatives to do is expose his record. He has consistently voted left-wing. He has the most liberal voting record of anyone in the Senate. The truth is on our side.
  • Lastly, take a look at some of his supporters internationally. Normally, I don't care what the international community thinks of us, but some of these characters are questionable. The dictators and despots of the world are in Kerry's corner. Who do you think that Al Qaeda wants to win the election, Bush or Kerry? That's right, they're gunning for Kerry. Oh, and the Communist Party of America is also on Kerry's side. "By their fruits shall ye know them."

FairTax Questions

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-04 00:00:00
[FairTax]


This is a website that proposes a national 23% sales tax to replace the income tax. They propose that nobody pay sales tax on money earned at or below the poverty line (even if you're a millionaire, you don't pay taxes on about 15,000 dollars of your income). They have a lot of great ideas, and the plan sounds nice overall, but they left a few things open to question.


For instance, they claim they'd no IRS, but they do not say who would verify family size. This is important because the poverty line is based on how many family members there are, and also whether or not a person is married. I'm single with no kids, so the poverty line for me is about ten thousand dollars. Under their plan, I'd not pay sales taxes on that much money; a feat achieved by actually paying people the amount of taxes they'd accrue by spending that much money. Under their plan, I'd be paid about 2,000 dollars annually, but in 12 monthly payments. In essence, they government would provide an allowance to cover the taxes. But what's to stop me from saying I'm married with 8 children? This would increase my poverty line to about 30,000 dollars, and I'd get a tax allowance for about 7,000 dollars. Remember that, in this plan, actual income does not determine the tax allowance received each month. It's determined by what the government says is the absolute minimum amount of money a family needs to sustain itself, and nobody pays taxes on the absolute minimum a family needs.


Also, what if there's a rise in black market dealing?


Here's a copy of an e-mail I sent requesting clarification:


I've been studying the FAQ and papers on your website, and I have a question.


In your FAQ, you mention that there would be no need to document citizen's incomes and so forth and there would be no need for an invasive agency to monitor these things. However, I don't see on your website where you explain how you determine who gets what rebate. How do you determine the size of a family to make sure they're getting the right rebate? What if a single mother of two kids claims to be a married woman of eight children simply to get a larger rebate?


Also, have you considered any other types of fraud, such as "off-the-book" sales? What if a person tries to buy an 85,000 dollar BMW, and the dealer and buyer make a deal so that the transaction never actually took place? If these problems do arise, how do you plan to enforce the tax laws?


Thanks for your time, and I appreciate your answers.


=====

J. W. Mills

http://www.ayerdis.com/rants.php


If I get a reply, I'll post it here.

September 4, 2004

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-03 00:00:00
My little brother is coming home from his mission in one month from tomorrow.

We have this saying in the Mormon church, that you leave for your mission a boy and you come back a man.

Was Ariel a boy when he left? I don't know what he'd say to that, but I'd say yes.

Will Ariel come home a man? Has he learned what that means? I don't know. I'm excited to find out.

Everyone changes on their mission. Almost everyone for the better. Some change greatly for the better. In some ways, you can't even recognize the person when they come home. It is a good change. It'll be something we have both experienced -- something we can share.

"Kerry's 'Me-Too' Policies"

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-02 00:00:00
List of the 31 Kerry Proposals that the President is Already Implementing

  1. Train the National Guard to serve as personnel in the event of an attack, performing quarantines, evacuations, etc.
  2. Make homeland security a central mission of the National Guard.
  3. Substantially increase the size of Americorp. (Kerry originally said he would double Americorp, but has backed away from that promise)
  4. Expand Americorps mission to include homeland security.
  5. Create a civil defense program.
  6. Harness the resources of the scientific community to aid in the War on Terror.
  7. Fund the backlog of requests for protective gear for first responders.
  8. Ensure that federal resources get to first responders quickly instead of trickling through bureaucracy.
  9. Give COPS enough funds to realize its initial mission of 100,000 new police officers.
  10. Develop common security standards for metropolitan areas.
  11. Provide resources for the implementation of metropolitan security plans.
  12. Provide funds to develop communication technologies for first responders.
  13. Work with the FCC to ensure that first responders have access to the best wavelengths.
  14. Give state and local governments access to the terrorist watch lists.
  15. Simplify and coordinate the terrorist watch lists.
  16. Foster the establishment of state emergency operation centers.
  17. Encourage states to modernize their ID systems, including driver’s licenses.
  18. Strengthen anti-counterfeiting safeguards for identification.
  19. Improve information-sharing between states related to ID fraud.
  20. Investigate phony ID traffickers.
  21. Use modern technology to monitor health trends and provide real-time reporting of disease outbreaks.
  22. Pool patient and pharmacy usage data from across the country to alert public health officials of potential disease outbreaks.
  23. Prepare health providers and hospitals for patient surges in case of terrorist attacks.
  24. Develop antidotes and vaccines to protect the population from bioterrorism.
  25. Develop standards for ports and for container loading facilities.
  26. Develop technologically transparent containers.
  27. Employ technology to improve accuracy and timing for transmitting container shipment data.
  28. Accelerate the timetable for the “smart border” accords.
  29. Implement security measures at cross-border bridges and the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.
  30. Develop safety standards for critical infrastructure, including chemical plants.
  31. Help owners of vulnerable industrial facilities find economical ways to improve security.

Taken from NRO's [Kerry Spot]

Cold Shoulders

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-08-02 00:00:00
I went down to Lee College the other day on some business, and while I was there I saw a girl that I had been interested in about a year and a half ago. I took her out a couple of times, talked to her quite a bit and so forth, but it just never went anywhere. Anyway, having not seen each other in several months she said "Hey Justin!" and genuinely seemed pleased to see me. I gave a terse "Hi," and went on about my business, then left the office we were in without saying goodbye.


For a moment the "vengeance" of applying the cold shoulder felt great. Now, in retrospect, I feel pretty bad about it. First of all, she didn't do anything to deserve that kind of treatment, and secondly, it might of been enjoyable for both of us to catch up and chat a little bit.


Even though I'll probably never see her again, I still feel pretty scummy. At this point, I declare that I shall do my best to never apply the cold shoulder to anybody. For their sake, and mine.

Don't Be Hatin'

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-02 00:00:00
Sometimes the weekends kill me. Five hours is too much to drive in one day. Can I get an "Amen?"

Also, there is too much hate in the world. I say, let it go. I live by two rules. 1.) Don't sweat the small stuff. 2.) Everything is small stuff.

Good Night, That's Expensive!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-08-02 00:00:00
When did going camping get so expensive? I recently went to Huntsville State Park with some friends and was shocked to learn how expensive staying there was, and all I wanted to do was stay in a tent! These state parks are highway robbery.

We had to cut the trip short because racoons ate all our food.

Oh, and Hoodwink was right: it was very very hot.