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Posts in June 2004

Guilty Pleasures

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-30 00:00:00
I was a bit taken back when I read [this] article. I mean, wow. He absolutely pegged me. I have many of those same guilty pleasures. I have felt like a dork for too long! Now, if only I had the courage to talk about my dorkiness openly...

That Notebook Flick

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-29 00:00:00
I went and saw that movie, The Notebook. I tell you what, that is some chick flick. I'd say that about three-fourths of the audience was crying by the end. I won't tell you if I was among that group or not. The thing that got me aobut the film was how easily and completely the female protagonist fell in love with each of her suitors. (There were two of them.) Forced to choose between the two, she claimed that she was confused because she felt like a different person when she was around each of them. Then one of them says this great line: "I don't think I should have to convince my fiance to be with me." How true. But, is it possible to really love two people equally or, at least, simultaneously? The other thing I noticed was how many people are going to see it. I went at a time when I normally assume the theater will be empty. Additionally, it was raining. Nevertheless, that movie theatre was full. Ladies, you will enjoy this one. Guys, you should take your ladies to see it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-28 00:00:00
This is kind of a long rant. It is not for the weak willed. IF you think you can handle some serious contemplation of a serious parable, read on friend. :)

This analysis of the parable of the good Samaritan comes from a workshop given recently at a Young Single Adult conference I attended. I really enjoyed delving into the story, and I learned a valuable approach to understanding Christ's teachings, in general. The text comes from Luke 10: 29-37.

When an interpreter of the law on a certain occasion asked the Savior who his neighbor was, the Lord responded with the parable of the good Samaritan. The story is well known, and its basic lesson is obvious: everyone is your neighbor. However, being a parable, it seems as though more may be read into its meanings. The parable begins with a “certain man” that went down from Jerusalem toward Jerico. As it turns out, Jerusalem is at a higher elevation than Jerico, and the road from Jerusalem to Jerico would literally be downward. This road was a dangerous path and, in Christ's time, was known as "the bloody way." Who could be this "certain man" who went from the holy city through a dangerous road? Could not this man be every man on a journey from a spiritual existence to the physical world? Isn't this certain man you and me?

On the road to Jerico, the man fell among thieves who robbed him, beat him, and left him half-dead on the road, not surprising, considering where he was. What then, do the thieves represent? What beats us down in our lives if not sin? Our sins leave us dead spiritually even as the thieves left the man half dead on the road. Then three men passed by. The first was a priest. When the priest saw the man on the road he walked around him. The second was a levite who, seeing the man, did the same as the priest. Now, I think their behavior is understandable ... who knew if it was some sort of ploy or trick? It was, after all, a dangerous road. But the first was a priest - a man dedicated to God, supposedly, one who teaches how to live according to God. Perhaps this man represents all who pay lip service to God, but whose "hearts are far from him." The levite -or member of the tribe of Levi- was, by divine right, someone who had the levitical priesthood. The levitical or Aaronic priesthood is centered on temporal things. Perhaps, then, the levite represents all those who are so focused on the worldly as to think only of themselves - the selfish and self-serving.

Lastly, the Samaritan passed by and, seeing the man, immediately showed mercy and attended to the man, putting oil on his wounds, giving him wine and taking him to an inn to recuperate. The Samaritans and the Israelites never got along. They hated each other and were enemies. Their enmity traces back to when the Samaritans apostatized from the Israelite religion by mixing gentiles and the gentile beliefs in with their own faith. Thus, the Samaritans were half-breeds. The good Samaritan represents Jesus Christ. Christ himself was a mix: half mortal and half divine. He was different and was perfectly symbolized by the benevolent Samaritan. In those days, long before modern medicine and antiseptics, people used oil to keep the wound from getting crusty and infected. This oil seems symbolic, to me, of necessary priesthood ordinances that facilitate spiritual healing. The wine and the inn seem apparent now: the sacrament and the church, respectively.

The Samaritan, when he left the man in the inn, gave the host two pence and told him he would return and pay for all of the man's needs. The host, then, becomes a steward, like a bishop or other ecclesiastical leader. The money smacks of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The same way that Christ pays for our sins, the good Samaritan paid for the man's debts. Finally, the promise to return represents Christ's second coming.

There you have it folks, my take on the Good Samaritan. Is it fair? Is it resonable?

I Smell Riddick

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-28 00:00:00
I recently went and saw the movie The Chronicles of Riddick. There is a lot of action. I think that Vin Diesel is my generation's Schwartzenegger. The best part of the movie was when Riddick is chained up and a stunning woman comes up to him seductively. Riddick takes in a deep breath as if to breathe her in and says, "its been a long time since I've smelled beautiful." I just about died laughing. I vow to use this line in the near future, if I can get up enough courage. I give this flick two thumbs up.

YSA Conference in McKinney

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-25 00:00:00
Today I embark on a young single adult conference unlike any other ever attended in the history of YSA conferences. Upon the arrival of the attendees, organizers will herd everyone into the cultural hall and start a rousing game of life-size, black-light foosball. What could be more fun? Okay, okay, I'm being a bit sarcastic, but I do think this will be a fun conference. Also, I'm looking forward to the dances ... if for no other reason than to dance.

Free Radicals and Other Molecular Hippies

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-23 00:00:00
Upon Alvin's recommendation, I have recently embarked on a journey of humble scientific proportions. I am pleased to admit that I have uncovered the mysteries of the universe. Please excuse my hyperbole; I use it only for dramatic emphasis. I learned all about FREE RADICALS (and other bargain molecular offers). I know, I know, right now you're probably saying to yourself, "Self, what in the world are free radicals?" And, you'd be asking a fair and interesting question. Furthermore, it's your lucky day because I will tell you all I know about what free radicals are and what they do.

In simple terms, free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that reside inside of your body. "But how do free radicals develop?" you politely ask. Well, free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. This oxygen is usually introduced in large amounts when you exercise. After much study, I have concluded that these "interactions" are shady deals - you know, sort of underhanded. I say this because the product of the interaction (the free radical) never has an even paring of electrons. That’s right: unlike most respectable atoms, free radicals are one electron short of a full set of pairs. Consequently, free radicals are "revolutionaries" or "rebels" – sort of the hippies of the molecular world. They go around with "chains" and deliberately cause "chain" reactions. Thus, free radicals are the source of said terrible chain reactions that break down important things such as DNA, cell membranes, and the social fabric of your molecular culture.

"Oh no," I hear you mutter, "What can I do about these crazed free radicals invading my body and indiscriminately wrecking havoc on my deoxyribonucleic acid?" Do not fret, my friend, hope is not lost. It turns out that the body already has a defense system in place that stops those chain reactions in their tracks and deals heavy-handedly with so-called free radicals: antioxidants. That’s right, antioxidants. They are simply molecules that hunt down and take out free radicals. The body gets them from the fruits and vegetables that it eats. It naturally manages this whole system of checks and balances. However, if a person exercises sporadically, the balance may be upset. Not to fear, though, a ready supply of antioxidants can be found in the form of vitamin E, vitamin C, Beta-carotene (not vitamin A, it must be beta-carotene!), and any given bottle of [Tahitian Noni Juice].

There you have it, Alvin, everything I ever wanted to know about free radicals and other molecular hippies. In case you, or anyone else, need to learn more, check out [this website].

The Case For Iraq

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-23 00:00:00
I went on the [Drudge Retort] and posted on an article having to do with Bill Clinton's book. As usual, by the time I went on, there were already 85 comments and it had gotten completly off topic. I had to add my two cents. If you want to read all the posts [here] is the link. My particular comment follows:
Point well made, Peter. Christie, you're kind of mean, but you are exactly right. Matt, you're an intelligent person, consider this: that Sadam had WMDs is beyond question from anyone on the left or right (or even the UN). The truth is we've been at war with Sadam since the Persian Gulf War -- we had a cease fire agreement for over a decade. Anyway, 16 UN resolutions later, Sadam has continually refused to cooperate. Given that Sadam was a sworn enemy of the US ... given that Sadam was known to have abided terrorists and supported terrorism (ie suicide bombers) ... given that everyone understood Sadam to have WMDs ... and given our war on terror, is it any surprise that we went after him? It's always been a question of where the WMDs are (in or out of Iraq), not if he had them. Even now we are learning that he'd exported biological weapons to other nations. And can you deny that Iraq is better off without Sadam? Wasn't his ousting a good thing? Isn't it a good thing that we're fighting Al Qaeda there now? Isn't it good that we've built up Iraq from electricity to schools to police to judges to vaccinations for children? As far as the rest of the arab world that is aiding and abetting terrorism of any form, they are next. On a last note, Bill Clinton's book will probably do well; however, judging by its reviews, I think it may backfire for him and, by extension, for Hillary as well.

Idiocy, thy name is Michael Moore

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-22 00:00:00
It's too good to pass up. When I read this, I had to pass it on. This comes from a review of Michael Moore's new documentary, Farenheit 9/11. You can read the full article [here].
To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery.
he he he.

Normally, I'd put this in the politics section, but it also has its place in our pop-culture, and it makes me laugh. You really should read the whole article, it's wonderful.

Accepting the Responsibilities of Marriage

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-22 00:00:00
Elder Tingey recently gave a talk that he directed toward the young single adults. He gave emphasis to "accepting the responsibilities of marriage." Personally, I have many issues with getting married, although it seems everyone around me wants me to tie the knot. Anyway, Elder Tingey addressed one of my reservations in particular:
The lack of sufficient financial resources to sustain and support a family may tempt some to delay marriage. For some, the frustration of living in a small, inexpensive apartment and not driving a new car every three years is troubling. On that basis, some dislike married life. People with this viewpoint are trying to escape reality.
Whoa. He certainly has a way with words. You can read the full article [here].

I'm Going To The Airport

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-21 00:00:00
A friend of mine just got an awesome job that is taking her all over the world. She just started and has already been to New York. Today she is flying to Brazil. What a life! I'm going to see her off at the air port today. Did I mention she is beautiful? Well, she is. Only twenty-seven and already so accomplished. I think I'll tell her to bring me back a cool souvenir from Sao Paolo. Yes sir-ee.

Tire Damage

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-18 00:00:00
I was driving into Dallas today, and for a while I was traveling behind an ambulence. Out of nowhere, the ambulence ran over a large piece of tire and threw it up into the air. As it happens, given its speed and trajectory, I was directly in line to be hit by the flying tire. I wish I could tell you that at this precise moment my lightning-quick, ninja-like reflexes kicked in, and through an incredible display of cool, calm, professional driving manuvers, I was able to avoid the hurtling rubber object. All that said, I was neither graceful nor quick. I cringed, and the tire hit my windshield and rolled off the top of my Hyndai Excel. As soon as I ended my cringe I noticed that Rush Limbaugh's voice sounded a bit fuzzy. I glanced over to the right side of my windshield and noticed that my antennae was gone. That tire took it right off. I'm lucky to be alive. Let us all hold hands now and sing Kumbaya. Thank you.

Left Wing Media Interprets 9/11 Commission Deceptively

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-18 00:00:00
So here's what the mainstream press has to say about the 9/11 Commission's findings:
The staff also said in a companion report that it had found "no credible evidence" that Iraq and Al Qaeda terrorists cooperated in the attacks, a conclusion likely to fuel the debate over President Bush's decision to go to war to topple Saddam Hussein. Indeed, the commission staff said, Iraq apparently rejected Osama bin Laden's requests to provide space for training camps and help Al Qaeda acquire weapons.*
So what's the big deal? I'll tell you what the big deal is. George Bush never said that Iraq and Al Qaeda terrorists cooperated in the 9/11 attacks. Yet, the press has stated what we already knew in a context that implies that the President and his administration led us to believe that Iraq was working hand in hand with Osama bin Laden on 9/11. This also implies that the war is unfounded, being based off of a false pretense. Well, the president has reminded the press of what his administration said, or rather, did not say. But the press is at it again. Here is how they report President Bush's statements:
Saddam Hussein had "numerous contacts" with al-Qaida, President Bush said Thursday in disputing the Sept. 11 commission's finding that the former Iraqi leader had no strong ties to the terrorist network responsible for the attacks.

"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al-Qaida is because there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida," Bush said after meeting with his Cabinet at the White House.**
They are comparing apples to oranges! They take what President Bush says about the relationship between Al Qaeda and Iraq (a real and verifiable relationship) and relate it to the 9/11 commission's "finding" that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush talks about Iraq and Al Qaeda. They talk about Iraq and 9/11, and they put it in the same paragraph. It is deceptive. It is depraved. The President was not even "disputing" the commission. He was clarifying a point that the media obviously did not get. In fact, the commission members were beside themselves after the President's address to fall in line and agree with what he said. Are there still questions about the left-wing bias of the media? Anything to make Mr. Bush look bad. Am I right, or am I right?

*From America's [paper of record]
**From good 'ol [Assosiated Press]

Alfonso And Harry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-18 00:00:00
I went and saw the latest Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban. I've got to say that it is my favorite of the three movies thus far. Chris Columbus did not direct this one, of course. They brought in a new director, Alfonso Cuaron. A lot of people were worried in the switch because of Mr. Cuaron's gritty film Y Tu Mama Tambien. (Its got a surprise climax, I don't recommend it for the easily or even not-so-easily offended.) Nevertheless, I think that Alfonso Cuaron did a great job with this movie. It is a bit darker, but somehow it felt more real -- its hard to explain. Two thumbs up.

Look To Your Political Roots --Please!

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-16 00:00:00
Have you heard about the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance bill, now known as [BCRA] (the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act)? In case you haven't:
BCRA abolished “soft money” contributions to national party committees, placed numerous restrictions on fund raising by federal officeholders and candidates, and restricted broadcast advertisements mentioning a federal candidate and run with corporate or labor-union funds within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.*
Thus, those sponsoring BCRA were trying to target special-interest groups and their influence on politicians seeking office. Well, a couple of things result:
  • Soft money has changed its name to federal political committees, and the same money makes its way to campaign funds. The Democrats have especially made use of these. Republicans are apparently slow on the uptake, especially considering Senator McConnell and other Republican opponents of BCRA warned that this would happen.
  • Restricting broadcast advertisements amounts to an affront to first amendment free speech rights. In short, “political speech is now less constitutionally protected than “virtual” child pornography, cross burning, flag burning, tobacco advertising, sexually explicit cable-TV programs, nude dancing, and defamation.”*
But it's all good because the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act went before the Supreme Court (McConnell v. FEC) a few months ago over a question of its constitutionality, right? Not right, surprising many scholars, the Supreme Court upheld the Act!

My friends, the world is turned upside down, please make your way to the nearest exit. It is high time the Republicans remembered their own platform of small government and started working against unnecessary and unfair over-regulation spawning from the greedy hearts and minds of twisted liberals. What say ye? If you're with me, say “aye.”

*Note: Quotes are from Smith, Bradley A. and Allison R. Hayward. "Boomerang!" National Review. issue 3 May 2004.

Fun At Church

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-16 00:00:00
The other day while I was in church I took out my cell phone and started up a conversation with a friend via the text messaging capability inherant in many of today's cellular telephones.
me: how YOU doin'?

her: Im alright

me: cool

her: yeah, I know

Well, you get the idea. My question is, how bad is this? What does it mean? But let it be understood, by and large, I love church and usually stay quite attentive. So there.

Sometimes Physical Exercise Is Okay

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-15 00:00:00
My dad and I cleared some fallen branches that were on our roof. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I, Abinadi Ayerdis, worked with my hands for long hours in the sun. I'm sure there are many skeptics out there so I made sure to take some pictures as evidence of my labor. They will be posted as they are developed. You know, sometimes working with your hands is very satisfying. There ya go.

Una Leccion

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-14 00:00:00
Asistí a la iglesia aquí en McKinney. Por coincedencia tuvimos la lección que Adán nos dió la semana pasada en Baytown. Al comparar las dos, me di cuenta que tan bueno es tener un maestro que prepara bien su lección. Así que, gracias todos ustedes que toman el tiempo para listar sus lecciones, y gracias Adán por lo que nos enseñaste en tu clase.

Prayer

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-11 00:00:00
At institute last night, we had a discussion about prayer. It was stated that a prayer should be like a telephone call to God, and that we should talk to him as we would a friend or buddy. I then asked a question: Since we are taught to address God in respectful terms, i.e. thee, thou, tine, how do we find that balance between reverence for God and God as a friend? I, for one, never go up to a friend and ask him, "how art thou?" It would be very strange. Everyone seemed anxious to respond to my question. I don't know why it struck a chord as it did, but some people did give some very insightful answers.

Can't Live With 'Em

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-10 00:00:00
I met this beautiful girl yesterday. I mean, she seemed to be perfect -- just what I'm looking for. We started talking in a small group. Then I notice she has a ring on "that" finger. My hopes began a downward spiral. But then I noticed that the ring was a large onyx stone. Who has an engagement ring with an onyx stone? No one, that's who! But you never know. My gaze kept returning to the ring and considering it. I think she noticed my noticing because after a while she, very subtlely, changed the ring to her middle finger. Why would she do that? But wait, it gets better. I asked her if she was going to the dance this weekend. She says, yes. A little later she admits to having a boyfriend. What is that about? I'll never understand women. Well, I'm not out of the game yet. We'll see what happens at the dance.

Did You Hear...

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-08 00:00:00
Jennifer Lopez just got married to Mark Anthony. I think this is marriage number three out of four engagements. Not bad, Jennifer. I'll make the bet now. I say Jennifer Lopez gets married no less than two more times before her career is over. Any takers?

The Statement

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-08 00:00:00
You can cut the tension in the air with a knife. It rests heavily on both people who are carefully avoiding eye contact across the dinner table.

“Just tell me what it is,” he finally demands.

A painfully delicate hesitation before a short answer.

“I don't love you anymore.”
Maybe some of the most painful words to hear. I say its bull crap. There is no giant cupid holding a humongous tennis racket-o-amour that causes instant love with his fore-swing and desecrates the attraction with his back-swing. People don't just fall in and out of love capriciously. It doesn't work that way. If you are in love or not, its because that's how you want to be. Period.

First Ladies

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-07 00:00:00
Ronald Reagan died recently. Everyone's talking about it. I heard this quote from him on the radio:
"First Ladies aren't elected, and they don't receive a salary. They have mostly been private persons forced to live public lives, and in my book they've all been heroes. Abigail Adams helped invent America. Dolley Madison helped protect it. Eleanor Roosevelt was FDR's eyes and ears. Nancy Reagan is my everything."
Lately I haven't been too keen on the idea of marriage, but it seems to me that Reagan's approach to it is right on target: one's spouse should be one's everything.

Ronaldus Maximus (1911-2004)

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-07 00:00:00
Everywhere you drive today flags are at half staff in reverence of the passing away of former President, Ronald Reagan. His was the fortieth presidency that spanned the 1980s. The more I learn about Reagan, the more my respect grows for his politics and character. He has been and remains one of my political heroes. We credit him for some incredible and vastly influencial governing: Reaganomics, peace through strength, the fall of the Berlin wall, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the end of the cold war. In my mind, Ronald Reagan will live in history as one of the greatest presidents of all time along with Washington, Lincoln, and the Roosevelts. Rest in peace, Ronald.

Religious Freedom

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-05 00:00:00
Elder Russell M. Nelson speaks on religious freedom:
Major religions proclaim the existence of a Creator—God—whose power and will are superior to any human construct, including the laws of man. Adherents of faith groups can feel secure in their right to follow divine direction only if a nation’s laws allow freedom of religious expression. Those same laws also protect the rights of others to believe, or not to believe, as they choose.
I met Elder Nelson recently. He's an impressive man. He gave up a successful career as a heart surgeon to serve his church. Two words come to mind: commitment and compassion. Recently, he served on a 19 member panal for the President about religious freedom in the free world. You can read the article [here]

Ant Wars: Part, the Last

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-03 00:00:00
It's been a few days since I retaliated against those vicious ants. I am pleased to say that, as they did for my cousin Erin, the ant traps worked splendidly.

I figure one of two things happened. Either 1) the ants have been completely destroyed, or B) what I like to think happened, the ants were decimated and are even now cowering in fear underneath the floor and are vowing never to come out again and mess with Big Daddy Abinadi! What is the actual truth? We may never know. Meanwhile, I am ant free and sleeping soundly at night.

The Worst Road in Texas

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-03 00:00:00
Yesterday, I drove through all of Texas. The actual time spent in the car totaled around sixteen hours. When I finally arrived at my destination, my legs hurt something fierce. Especially painful, was my right calf muscle. It hurt so much because I don't have cruise control in my car and so was forced to constantly maintain pressure on the accelerator. The prognosis for my complete recovery looks promising. For the record, I could have chosen to go through Houston. I did not. I have been to Houston many times, and I now know for a fact that the loop 610 going around Houston is the worst paved road in Texas. This road really is a travesty among streets. We should all pray to the gravel gods and plead for a blessing on the city of Houston in the form of street funds. This is ridiculous.

George Bush Is 5'11"

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-03 00:00:00
That's right, baby. George W. Bush is five feet, eleven inches. For the record, Al Gore is six feet, one inch. I am five feet, six inches. Can anyone say Napoleon complex? Ha ha ha. Just kidding. Or am I? What do you think?

Love vs. Lust

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-06-03 00:00:00
The following's something I read online recently:
When asked what drove people, love or lust, most people responded love, this intense warm feeling, instead of lust. Saying that lust is more animal like, and superficial. But Love, that is something else; it is more tangible, yet elusive.
What in the world does that mean? Love is more tangible and elusive. Is there no hope? Recently it seems to me, a lot of people have told me I need to get married. How will I ever find this tangible yet elusive thing? Why even get married at all? Okay, I'm not against marriage. I'll do it eventually, I guess. But isn't this discouraging?