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Posts in July 2004

Moore vs. O'Reilly

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-28 00:00:00
I didn't watch the entire segment. It was broken in half by a commercial break and when the commercials were over I left it muted. Moore is extremely dumb. The part I did listen to contained a small showdown over the death of soldiers in Iraq. Moore asked O'Reilly if he, O'Reilly, would sacrifice his child to secure Fallujah. O'Reilly said he'd sacrifice himself, and Moore replies, we're too old to do that, and said Bush is sending the children. It goes on in this vein, and then Moore says that he wants O'Reilly to say "I Bill O'Reilly would sacrifice my child to secure Fallujah." O'Reilly refused, on the grounds that it was ridiculous statement (and he's right).

This whole thing was stupid and pointless. First of all Moore's question ("would you sacrifice your child?") is [intellectually dishonest] Because very few people would say yes, and it does not prove or disprove the validity of the Iraq War. It's also a dishonest question because no person in the U.S. has sacrificed their child in their Iraq War. Children were not fighting the war, nor are children trying to secure Fallujah. Grown, mature adults were fighting the war, and grown, mature adults are trying to secure Fallujah. These adults made a decision to join the military knowing that at some point they may be called on to fight, kill, and put their life in danger.

Moore intentionally sets up straw men, uses red herrings and is definitely guilty of the poisoning the well fallacy.

Under the Bridge

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-27 00:00:00
My friends, it is 3:47 in AM. I just finished talking to one of my best friends in the world.

Let me be straight with you all, my friend and I have not been on very good terms lately. We had a falling out. Things were done and things were said. I wish I could go back and erase all those things. Unfortunately, that cannot be done. But despite my incorrigible behavior, my friend reached out to me. There is only one possible explination for that.

A truly kindred spirit is a rare find and the most valuable of all possessions ... if such a thing can be possessed. It is the kind of thing that fills you when it is near and keeps you awake at night when it is away. I will sleep soundly with the knowledge that it is back.

Still, deep wounds don't heal overnight, and it may be a while before things go back to how they were. And so the question presents itself to me like a mountain in my path: is it worth the climb to the top? My friends, I don't know, I can't even remember ever being at the top. But I intend to get there. However difficult the climb, somehow I will manage it. I just hope it isn't too late and that I'll have good friends to help me get there in time.

Oh, and, for the record, chagrined is spelled with one 'n.' :)

True or False

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-27 00:00:00
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
--Carl Jung

Bye bye, Constitution

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-27 00:00:00
Finally, somebody is saying the right things.

"In this headlong rush to expand the government's authority over the media, no one has paused to consider whether the government should have such authority in the first place. No one has noticed that the very existence of the FCC is a flagrant violation of the right to free speech."

-- Hear, hear!

"No other media in America is subjected to such persecution. If the New York Times or Barnes & Noble publishes and distributes content some members of the public disapprove of, the government cannot threaten them with fines or penalties. But let Howard Stern offend a listener, and Clear Channel is hammered with over a million dollars in fines."

-- I agree, Clear Channel should NOT have been fined, though quite frankly I'm glad Stern finally got a little come-uppance by getting yanked from several markets. The rest of the article is [here].

Teresa Might Have Told An Un-truth

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-26 00:00:00
The press was [talking] to Teresa Heinz-Kerry recently when she said:
[We have to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics. (italics added)]
The television news networks broadcast this statement: i.e. it is on tape. So after she says it, a reporter asks her what she means when she says "un-American." Teresa started immediately denying it:
[I didn't say that, I didn't say that.]
Then, get this, she turns to the reported, points at him, and says this:
[You said something I didn't say, now shove it.]
Gasp! Teresa says something and then immediately denies saying it. It's on tape, Teresa! I think the all that ketchup has affected her mind. She considers herself a "free spirit." The rest of us feel she is more of a "wacko."

Michael Moore: Traitor

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-26 00:00:00
There's a good reason why Ann Coulter calls people like Michael Moore traitors. They knowingly engage in anti-American activities (these are not the same as un-American activities). These blatantly anti-American activities and politics do actual and observable damage to the United States. Now Ms. Coulter has one more piece of evidence in her crusade: [Michael Moore is destroying the morale of our troops].
This is absolutely despicable. Mr. Moore has gone too far.

The Church Of My Youth

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-26 00:00:00
Last Sunday I attended church where I did when I was a Senior in High School. As I walked in I had flashbacks of youthful crushes, dances, activities, sunday school, scouting. I remembered when I gave a really immature farewell address before I went to Guatemala on my mission. I remembered when I gave a much more mature talk upon my homecoming. A lot of old emotions came back. It felt like home.

I went up and joined in the choir. They gave me a solo part! Well, not really. It was more like a duet, but lets just say it was a solo. If you've ever heard me sing, you know that this was a mistake on their part. But I sang my little heart out, anyway. And then I walked out of the church and didn't look back. Some things are best kept for one's memories.


by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-25 00:00:00
One of my maxims is this: the less a band is played on the radio, the better they are. This implies that all bands that are not played on the radio at all are the best. This is obviously not true, but I do believe my maxim will stand up as generally true for most genres.

I recently came across a band named Honeybrowne, from Austin, TX. These guys are great. They're music is smooth and enjoyable rock, and they prove my maxim true.

I would suggest picking up one of their CD's (I've only got Good for Nuthin' at the moment, though I plan to get all of them). You can buy a CD [here].



by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-24 00:00:00
I don't know how many of you watch Jeopardy with any regularity, but surely almost everyone has heard of Ken Jennings. He's the 38-Day Jeopardy Champion with a total winnings of about 1.32 million dollars.

Yesterday, he had 51,400 dollars going into Final Jeopardy, which is 600 dollars short of the one day record (which he's tied three times). It was a Shakespeare question. He got it right. His total for the day was 75,000 dollars. Ken is my hero! Go Ken!

Can You Say Back-Peddling?

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-24 00:00:00
John Kerry has been back-peddling like crazy these last few days.

Since the whole Sandy Berger incedent, Kerry has been removing names and information from his website like a madman. Not only that, but Kerry has been hosting a site called restorehonesty.com by a guy named Joe Wilson. Turns out ol' Joe wan't as honest as he made out to be. Now restorehonesty.com is vanished as well as all references to his name from johnkerry.com. You can read about these two stories [here] and [here].

To make matters worse for Kerry, he went to Detroit, the heart of the American car industry, and rode around in a Rolls Royce. Now, you know that Detroit is a blue coller town, and you know that the French-made Rolls Royce is the very definition of white-coller luxury. Needless to say, the people of Detroit were less than pleased. When the media questioned the Kerry camp about their egregious faux pas, they blamed Bush! Come on, Kerry. Take some responsibility. Good night! Read about that story [here].

Hotter 'n You-Know-Where

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-22 00:00:00
It's getting to the end of the summer break for you students. In celebration of the start of a new scholastic year or perhaps in a vain attempt to make the summer last forever, I am going camping next weekend. In tow will be a small group of rough 'n tough kids anxious to see a bit of nature. It should be a good time. Some people I invited opted not to come citing climatic reasons. Too bad, cuz its gonna be the best camping trip of all time! Well, I think it'll be okay.

All I need now is a couple of really good ghost stories. The peeps love a good ghost story.

He should write for Hallmark

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-22 00:00:00
"Sometimes you would just simply show up and things were okay. Sometimes you were just simply there to listen and I felt better. Sometimes I simply got a little red letter in the mail and I think about the before and after this wonderful middle I'm in. Sometimes you were just simply funny, and somedays simply crazy like me and it made the journey all the more worth it. Thank you for all the simple things you do. They mean more than words can ever tell but I'll try with a simple...I love you. :o)"

Is it true? Take away all the "Bling" and "Ice" and Escalades w/20" rims and you can STILL find love at the heart of it all? Is love truly found in the smallest simplicities of life? Can two people "make it last" just by the mere "red letters" that are sent?

Kill Two Birds With One...Car?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-21 00:00:00
Yesterday on my way through La Porte, going the speedlimit and listening to a little Usher...I saw it coming. Something that couldn't be avoided and probably would have been worse if I had tried to slam on my brakes.

Bird Suicide. It happens everyday.

I'm sure we've all experienced it personally or know someone who has. In my case, two brown birds made a break for it. Maybe they just heard the answer to "Why did the chicken cross the road?" and had to try it out. I'll never know because the rest isn't pretty. Bird #1(We'll call him "Buddy") made it across the hood of my car, (but who's to say he made it across the Dogde Ram next to me!). Bird #2(We'll just call him "Bird #2 because he no longer needs a name) came out swingin'! I knew Buddy would make it, but when I saw Bird #2 I was like, "Dont' be a fool!". He hit my fender and flew back to the left. Then I darted my eyes to the rearview mirror gasping at the horror! "Where'd he go?". Just like in the cartoons, there was, literally, a puff of feathers where he once had been. It was almost comical, but then the reality of what just occurred settled in.

Making it to Gabe's I told him of my woe. In his efforts to comfort, he said, "By the droves are dragonflies killed everyday on the road! Do we value creatures by their size?".

Are all God's creatures equal in value and should we mourn all losses, then, with the same concern and heartbreak as I do for Bird #2?

Of Pants and Socks: A Berger Story

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-21 00:00:00
Have you heard about this guy, Sandy Berger? Mr. Berger was the National Security Advisor under former President Bill Clinton for four years. Mr. Berger was asked to produce memos on terrorism from his time under the Clinton Administration for the September 11th Commission. Said documents were classified and at the National Archives.

Apparently, some of these classified documents ended up at Sandy Berger's house. How, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. ["Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio."]

Alright, so now Berger is saying that it is all ["an honest mistake."] Okay, from what I understand, Sandy Berger is a pretty nice guy. But, I've got to tell you, it all sounds kinda fishy. First he stuffs classified documents down his pants, then he says, "Oops, how'd that get down there? It must've been an accident!"

To top it all off, although he returned the documents he took home, some are still missing. Republicans are asking if maybe he was hiding something. Liberals are going with the honest mistake bit. Hey, I understand an honest mistake, but the guy stuffed papers down his pants! Come on, doesn't this smell a little bit funny?

Hollywood Protestors and Crazed Musical Artists

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-20 00:00:00
Once again, the showbiz people are ramping up their attacks on Bush and conservatives.

Whoopi Goldberg grabbed her crotch and made derogatory statements and used quite a bit of foul language in her tirade against Bush. What's funny is that people saw this (it was on TV) and became really angry. These angry people then called SlimFast and demanded that SlimFast fire Whoopi (who was a spokesperson). SlimFast obliged and canned her, at which point Whoopi became angry and said "the heart and soul of America is the freedom of speech without fear of reprisal." If that's the best interpretation of the First Amendment she can come up with she's really, really, really dumb. No one is protected from suffering the consequences of opening their big, fat mouth.

Also, Linda Ronstadt, at one of her recent concerts, dedicated the song "Desperado" to Micheal Moore and called him a "real American hero." At least 25% percent of the audience at her concert walked out immediately, and on their way out they tore down some of her posters. Then the Las Vegas hotel she was working at boxed up her stuff, kicked her out, and told her never to come back. Ah, justice.

Bloggers and Blogging

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-20 00:00:00
So, let's be honest here: Not very many people visit this blog. That's okay, though. My point is, of those that do read it, however infrequently, I don't know how familiar you all are with blogs in general. I am considering starting a blogroll (a list of links to other people's blogs).

On my main page, I have some links to various quirky places although none are blogs. I thought that maybe a blogroll would also give me some leverage with other blogs that might want to link to a conservative site.

I do have some concerns though. Is it too cliche? I mean, everyone else has a blogroll. Should I jump onto that bandwagon too?

Bush vs. NAALCP

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-19 00:00:00
I was listening to some talk radio recently, as I normally do. As it happens, Mark Davis was on [WBAP] in the Dallas area. I've listened to him for years. He used to go national on Sundays, but I digress. He spoke of an article he wrote as an Op-Ed piece for the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. You can read the article [here]. I highly recommend it. The article is about Bush's decision not to address the NAACP, or as Rush likes to call it, the NAALCP (National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People).

Davis makes some great points that climax with this paragraph:

When the NAACP leaders cleanse their rhetorical standards, they will once again deserve a visit from the president of the United States. Meanwhile, their invitation to Bush was insincere at best, insulting at worst. The goal was to get a president they despise to come tap dance in a shower of their revulsion.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Bush was so right not to speak to those hypocrites.

Syringe Exchange Programs

by: Justin Mills | on: 2004-07-19 00:00:00
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal concerning the AIDS epidemic brought to mind an old rant of mine. To give some backstory, the article in the Journal stated that for North America, Western Europe, Africa, East Asia, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East the main method of transmission for aids is unprotected sex. For Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Central Asia, the main method of transmission is through the use of intravenous drugs (like black tar heroine). Intravenous (IV) drug users have a tendency to share syringes, which get dirty, and this leads to the spread of AIDS. To help combat this, certain groups in these areas are starting syringe exhchange programs. These programs allow IV drug users to take their used and dirty syringes to pharmacies and exhange them for new ones. There are groups in San Francisco doing the same thing, as IV drug usage is rampant along the West Coast (especially L.A. and San Francisco). Instead of utilizing pharmacies, they just drive truckfuls of syringes to crackhouses. The underlying motive behind all this is noble, I admit. It stems from a desire to help and protect people from disease and danger. But the actions stemming from the motive are, at best, misguided. First, by providing the IV drug users with new syringes, these programs directly and/or indirectly condone and promote the use of IV drugs. What if my dad were to say, "I don't want you to kill people, but if you do it, use this gun here because it's better." I don't want you to do it, but do it with these tools. That doesn't make sense at all. More importantly, it's a waste of time, money, and manpower. I don't say this because I think the people aren't worth helping. I say this because they aren't being helped at all. The contraction of AIDS through dirty syringes is a by-product of a larger problem that the person has, namely, an addiction to drugs. AIDS is just as bad or worse than an addiction to drugs, but even if you protect people from that threat, there are numerous other problems and dangers associated with IV drug usage that could either harm them or kill them. To speak medically, instead of focusing on one, two or even all of the symptoms of the disease, focus on curing the actual disease (drug addiction) itself.


by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-18 00:00:00
Chatting with my girlfriends at a slumber party the other night, we got on to the subject of "guys". GASP! Yes, girls like to dish on the boys they're sweet on, ex-crushes, etc. Anywho-on the subject of dating, one girl chimed in with, "Yeah, and they give you the "I'm gonna kiss you" look! It's so great!!". All the girls agreed and the conversation rolled on, but that idea stuck with me. What look is that? Have I ever been staring in the face of that look? Can "the look" be given when you're playin' around at the pool or only before a priest in a white dress? How did everyone there know exactly what she was talking about with no further detail? As I flipped through my memories I found that I, too, had experienced this weak-in-the-knees look. Then I studied it in my mind as to why it's so easy to discern this look among so many others guys can give you. Well, you take the mood of the moment and mix that with his proximity to you, but the actual look I've experienced among guys is this: Their features soften to more of an inquisitive sweetness. But it's in the eyes. Their eyes get this far away dreamy look kinda swirling with anticipation. But at the same time they're patient and test the silence between you. It's like their eyes might as well change from brown to bright green because there's such a distinction! There's something in the thought about them touching your mouth that has created this universal "I'm gonna kiss you" look among girls. No membership fees or explaination required. Fascinating.

Incredible Signs

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-17 00:00:00
Dubya and I went to see Big River last night at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston. Big River is a musical adaptation of Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The kicker is that the whole thing was also in sign language. It was incredible.

These two teenage girls were sitting next to us. They had to be around 13 or 14 yrs old. One of them wanted to move closer to the front, so she gets up and moves one row in front of where we are sitting. Then she turns around and asks her friend to join her. Her friend only smiles and doesn't move.

I don't know about you, but when I'm with a friend and my friend wants a better view, I follow along. It's only good manners, right?


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-14 00:00:00
There is something really wrong with me. I wish I could explain it. Every once in a while I get obsessed about things. Slow down, not about people, just about activities. My obsessiveness has ranged from chess to calligraphy to origami. Most recently it's been web design. (Ergo, the site you are seeing now.) I don't understand why this is, but when I get into it, I tend to go whole-heartedly. Sometimes it does come in handy if I need to have good handwriting or fold paper creatively, I guess. I know what you're saying to yourself right now: “Can he get any nerdier?” Oh, my friends, if only you knew. One day I may tell you some of my idiosyncrasies. But somethings need to be built up to.

Motorcycle Rallies

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-14 00:00:00
So I come across this blog called [Second Coming Coming]. This guy is a new blogger from Dallas. His first entry is called ["Healings at cycle rallies?"] Anyway, he makes a couple of observations about an Evangelical couple who went to this Motorcycle rally to heal people.
  • "Do you think that a cycle rally is the best place to do such an act of service?"
  • "I wonder how Our Heavenly Father feels about them and their claims that they can heal people? I suspect that such claims confuse people who are truly searching for God and the truth."
I've got to take issue with both his "observations." Just about any place is a good place to serve others. Furthermore, if this couple is healing people, I'd say it's a pretty good thing. Our Heavenly Father is usually pleased with those who serve their neighbors. Of course, if it is a scam, I'm sure they'll eventually be judged like the rest of us. I just don't get this guy's condescension. Tolerence, my friends, tolerence and unity are the keys to our strength. Once we lose them, we've lost ourselves. Can I get an Amen?

A Man's Got To Do...

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-14 00:00:00
"Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong."
Ronald Reagan
Sean Hannity is right. We need to make sure that everyone is taking this Presidential election seriously. "Now more than ever."

We all need to do our part. So make sure you are registered, and get three friends to register also. Let's keep George W. Bush in the White House.

"Patience Stings Like A Four Letter Word"

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-12 00:00:00
Okay, my friends, I've done it. Upon the advice of a confidant, I have done the unexpected. I, Abinadi, have signed up on an on-line dating service.

Let that sink in a moment.

Whoa, slow down. It's not a true dating service. It is more a "meet new people and maybe you'll hit it off with someone and possibly start dating" service. You can look it up yourself at [www.LDSlinkUp.com].

So far the most interesting thing I've seen are the discussions they have online. I'm already involved in some political debates. (Of course.)

Anyway, the question remains, is this stuff for real? Is it really possible to meet someone online and have a meaningful relationship? Am I nuts? Find out all this and more in upcoming posts. Stay tuned, my friends, anything is possible.

A Sick Preoccupation

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-11 00:00:00
It is very early in the morning. I've spent the last half hour watching Entertainment Tonight. They've been airing some bits about celebrities and cosmetic surgery. A couple of things called my attention.

First, everyone has breast implants in Hollywood.

Second, when a doctor picked apart this girl's profile, he very quickly established that her nose had a bad shape, that her chin should protrude more, and that her lips were too thin. What?! This is ridiculous. He must be using some sort of "beauty" template that can serve as a measurement of beautiful perfection.

My friends, such a template does not exist. Who is he to say what is beauty? Furthermore, how is his take on beauty more valid than ANYONE else's? It's a scam people. If you feel you look good in your head, then you'll look good outwordly as well. These things are projected. Otherwise, you simply hand over control of your esteem to the television. And the TV is an inanimant object! It cares not what you look like. Lets all get a grip and take responsibility for our own emotions and feelings. Aaahhhh. Now doesn't that feel better? Hmm?


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-11 00:00:00
Our lesson today in Sunday School was about a group from a nation of warriors that gave up their warring ways. They made a promise that they would never kill again and then buried their weapons deep in the earth.

The teacher asked us what sorts of sins would we be willing to bury. I think it is really tough to parallel what they did with how we live. They were completely changing a way of life. Us giving up a sin would generally not be changing our whole outlook. I thought that, what if we decided to give up technology. From laptops to cell phones to combustion engines, what if we gave it all up. Now that would change our lives. That would be some committment.

Perhaps the changes that we need to make are equally difficult, albeit not as tangible as burying weapons in the earth. How about burying our hate or pride or selfishness. For some of us, that could be as much a change as those ancient people made.

Where Is The Love

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-09 00:00:00
I was chatting today with Hoodwink, and while we talked, a song came on my MP3 player. The song was "Where Is The Love" by Black Eyed Peas. What a nice tune it is. Among some of the more poignant lines inclue:
  • What’s wrong with the world, mama / People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
  • Take control of your mind and meditate / Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all
  • Father, Father, Father help us / Send us some guidance from above / ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ / Where is the love?
After my conversation with Hoodwink ended, I concluded that "the love" is in the dance. That's right, the dance.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-09 00:00:00

It's no wonder John chose John. It seems they are living in sin.

Breakdancing: Step by Step

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-08 00:00:00
That's right, my friends. I am bound and determined to learn to breakdance. Since I've begun my small obsession with it, I've discovered an entire [lexicon] related to breakdancing. The sheer amount of jargon is staggering. Though I have a [vade mecum] of sorts, learning to tell which is what has become a bit of a chore. For example, there are such terms as kipping, locking, bboying, popping, rocking, uprocking, toprocking, footwork, legwork, swinging, and the list goes on. Why all the vernacular? It is only dancing, after all.

Life on the Street

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-08 00:00:00
I would have put this thought under "Culture" but I was beaten to it. I'm reading "The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers & the Cult of Human Power". It's about an urbanite biker who observes Chicago from his lowly messenger-boy status. Quoting Culley: "How you see things determines how you live among them"--True?? His take on "Corporate America", which you could say is a religion in and of itself, follows:
"I'm with them every step of the way. I talk to very few of them; they are somehow another species. Their machinery, and their mythology, move in one direction only. They stand packed in to tight spaces, they look up to the brass trim of elevators, and they rise like they are spirits ascending to a gilded afterlife. Is it a floor # they are after? A title that will follow their name? A certain # of digits in their salary? Perhaps they just want safety...They are concentrating, holding up the weight of their self-made worlds..."
This thought makes me wonder how the people he's describing interpret the world or the expectations of the world around them? This cold, nonstop, "success is everything" manner must be a survival technique...survival for what?

John K. and John E.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-08 00:00:00
So Kerry has finally chosen a running mate. I guess we conservatives can't threaten the thought of Hitlery running as VP. Wait a sec. I think most of us already knew she wasn't willing to settle for the vice-presidency. I'm telling ya, you're gonna be seeing Hillary in '08 one day.

What gets me is how John Kerry can totally bash John Edwards one day (and vice versa) ... and the next day ask him to be his running pal. What does it all mean? Either John Kerry didn't mean what he said (gasp - a lie!) or he changed his mind (a flip-flop - not Kerry, never!).

I'm sure the Kerry group felt that Edwards could help them in the south, but a VP candidate never makes or breaks a presidential election. Its all about Eagle One, baby.

Some People Are So Bent

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-06 00:00:00
While perusing the internet today, I ran across a [weblog entry] regarding gay marriage on the anniverary of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. Among other things, the author asks: "why are some so bent on disallowing an institution that stands for the love that two people have for each other?"

I'll be honest, the whole topic kind of chaps my hide a bit. You know, it gets my dander up. I don't think this guy understands what gay marriage is all about. It has nothing to do with love. Think about it. Is he saying that without marriage, two men cannot really love each other. Sorry, that doesn't make sense. Is he saying that the only way their love can be expressed is through marriage? Don't buy that one either. No, it is definitely not a question of love. Some are screaming equality and civil rights. I'm not convinced of this either. We are all equally allowed to marry someone of the opposite gender. In this we are equal. Is marriage a right? Heck, not even happiness is a right -- only the pursuit thereof. Perhaps gay couples are after the economic benefits of marriage. To be honest, this sounds silly to me. Who gets married to save money on taxes? No one I know. Of course, there are those who offer up civil unions as an alternative to marriage. You know, not even all gay people are pro gay marriage. It smacks of a political ploy. It feels as though a small group of individuals who feel themselves socially marginalized and those few who sympathize with them are simply using the judiciary as a means to feel accepted by main stream America. That's right. I said it. Main-Stream-America. Most Americans are against gay-marriage, as poll after poll illustrates. Confronted with such an obsticle, gay-activists are forced to turn to judges to legalize it for them. Of course, this is a loop-hole. After all, it is not a judge's position to make laws ... that responsiblity belongs to elected representatives - those who better represent the will of the majority. Marriage is what it is. Extending or remaking it only cheapens its meaning. And, while many things are in a constant flux, some things should never change.

Even This Shall Pass Away

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-07-06 00:00:00
Things change too quickly sometimes and othertimes not quickly enough. I gave some relationship advice to a young person recently. I told her that her boyfriend was too old for her. I hope I wasn't out of line. I really felt like it needed to be said. She is fifteen. He is twenty. Something about that strikes me as very wrong. So I ask myself if what I said passed the three tests of appropriate speech: 1. Is it true. 2. Is it necessary. 3. Is it kind. I hope so, my friends. I hope so.

Krakozhia or Bust

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-01 00:00:00
I went to see The Terminal last weekend. There was a moment in the movie when Catherine Zeta-Jones could have gotten in to the taxi with Tom Hanks....She was standing a ways off just getting out of taxi herself as he was about to leave. It was that slight pause taken and the locking of eyes... and all the unspoken reality of their situation was manifested. What if she had pulled her stewardess badge off and kicked off her shoes, jumping in to his arms?? What if he decided to forget his home land and make roots in NYC?? Their futures would be changed forever! My point is that things don't have to be so complicated and dramatic as many of us make them. Just "get in the car"! Either do it or don't, either say or don't, but be clear about it and move on. Just like kissing or cooking. It just takes a simple move to touch a person's lips or graze the burner to see if it's really hot enough to burn. What was keeping you before from taking action wasn't something physically blocking your way--something inside you WANTED to move NOW--to get in the car. I wonder how the movie would have ended if they had taken the "chick flick" way out...or if Stanley Tucci had had a love interest...the possibilities here are endless.

Do you have it in you?

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2004-07-01 00:00:00
"We think that we are physical beings having a spiritual experience, when actually we are spiritual beings having a physical experience."--Pres. Pomeroy who was quoting someone else

"Obstacles aren't as great as the power that is behind us"--Pres. Pomeroy again

Last night in Institute we learned more about the Holy Ghost-his function, his nature, how he operates i.e. He whispers. Why does he whisper and not shout? Sis. Smith made the comment that He whispers as to not take away our agency. If, like our parents at times, He commands us in a loud, booming voice we might be more inclined to follow blindly rather than really wanting to follow the given instruction. Whispering is also a way to teach humility and curve our ears more to what the Spirit sounds like so we can better recognize it each time He speaks.

***Side note: For a Visual Anthrop class we viewed the documentary The Holy Ghost People by Peter Adair circa 1967. The Holy Ghost doesn't whisper the way these people think He does...keywords for finding documentary online: "possession", "snake-bite". Not recommended for the weak in heart..or stomach!