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Posts in March 2008

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-03-31 11:10:47

The government has a brilliant [read: terrible] idea.  In order to stem the ramifications of the problems in the housing market, they want to increase the powers of the Fed (along with a few other things). This plan is outlined in a mere 218 pages and was announced by the Treasury Secretary in a recent speech.

Nevermind that the Fed already has no congressional oversight. Nevermind that it was the antics of the Fed that got us into the housing crisis in the first place. Nevermind that the US dollar is steadily losing its value as inflations continues to increase. Democrats in congress are already criticizing that the plan does not go far enough in regualting the market and giving more authority to the Fed.

Frailty, thy name is Congress! How is it that the Fed has no congressional oversight? How is it that we need more regulation, since it was over regulation that caused our problems in the first place? How come we have let the US dollar slip so far?

Mo' money, mo' problems. Keep printing more money and each dollar will keep decreasing in value.  We should all [read: congress should] take a step back and let the free market work its magic while we [read: they] collectively read the works of Milton Friedman.  

Ay, there's the rub. 

Cell Phones

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-03-30 14:19:54

I've been seeing more and more articles on the dangers of using a mobile phone.  The latest claims that "using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer."  It seems like there have been only a few studies but they all come to the same conclusion.

Cell phones = brain cancer.  




Infighting and Outfighting

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-03-29 19:10:35

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barak Hussein Obama are fighting. One would suppose that I, as a conservative, would love the disavantage that the Democrats are placing upon themselves. Yet the back and forth vitriol is unsettling on some levels. This is a Democrat year. As of right now, I have little doubt that they will win. Consider the animosity toward the current president and the war in Iraq. The Democrats should be winning in a land slide. Somehow, they have divided themselves and are suffering because of it.


All that I need

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-03-25 11:43:56

I like to share the gospel with people now and again, but like many others, I proceed with caution.  Many times, the mere act of divulging my Mormon status makes others very uncomfortable . . . to the point of unnecessary declarations of their security in their own spirituality.  When I am around such people, I keep my faith to myself while still maintaining my standards, and let them know that there's no judgement.  Sadly, about half of them happen to be former members.

Here's the strange part about it.  A large majority of these friends and acquantences tend to turn right around and try to push a load of self-help nonsense.  They insist that I should read The Secret, The Power of Now, Eat Pray Love, A New Earth, A Purpose Driven Life, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, or go to DailyStrength.com.  I learned long ago that I don't even need to buy the books I want but can't afford at Deseret books to feel better about my relationship with Heavenly Father, I have all I need in the gospel and the teachings of modern-day prophets.  If I've already come to terms with this, I'm sure as heck not going to bother with the self-help section of my local bookstore.  Especially when these books regularly leave me unfulfilled and filling the gaps in my mind.

I guess I just find it interesting that those who so adamantly shun the gospel look for the exact same principles elsewhere.   It's all about the label I suppose . . . it's just too bad.

Pheromones and more

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-03-20 16:41:25

Men, you may not realize this, but every one of you has a secret weapon.  The tragedy is, very few of you use it, and of those that do, even fewer know how to use it right.  It’s called cologne.


Women, why is it that practically any man (make that, any hygiene efficient man) can instantly turn into the guy of your dreams the second he employs a perfect balance of that subtle yet sophisticated scent? 


Hidden Talents

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-03-19 12:05:42

I have this memory of Giullieta. I am not entirely sure if it is real as it takes place in my adolescence, and that was a very long time ago.  It was a talent show for our youth group. I recall sitting in the audience when Giullieta comes on stage before our young, critical eyes. She tells us all that she has the interesting talent of being able to play the trumpet without hands. Yes, you read that correctly, my friends: without hands. Two of her friends come forward then with a trumpet and, gingerly, hold it to her lips. Then we are all treated to the sweet sounds of a trumpet playing Taps. Generally that song is reserved for Boy Scouts going to bed or Soldiers' funerals. Either way, it was not what I expected.  Still, she played it expertly, and the crowd loved it.

Last week, in a moment of caprice, I sat down at the piano after church. Several of my close friends looked over at me with surprise to see that I had some skill with the instrument.  I confess that, like Giullieta's handless trumpeting, I had kept my talent on the Q-T until that moment, and then all knew. It was not planned, but it was niced to be praised.  That sort of thing makes me wonder what hidden talents the readers of Rant Fever might have.  'Fess up! What can you do that most people don't know about?


by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-03-11 19:11:55

I'm really scared about this...



by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-03-11 12:04:37

I was eating my Cheerios the other day and as I drank the milk out of the bottom, I avoided the sugar slime, as always.  Then I got to thinking-I bet that I put the same amount of sugar on my cereal as a 22 year old as I did the first time I was allowed to pour my own sugar. 



3 things that will destroy any life.

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-03-09 21:52:03

I've recently had some experiences that reiterate some principles to me.  The desire to seek after fame, wealth or power will destroy a person's life.  If you happen upon these things, or they are the side effect of seeking worthy goals, more power to you.  But to seek them out for the sake of having fame, wealth or power is, in my opinion, evil.

That is all.