Random Musings

How far they have come….

Albert S. Herlong, Jr was a US Representative for the 4th district in Florida from 1967-1969.   On Jan 10, 1963 he read to the house by the request of a Mrs. Nordman a list of “Current Communist Goals,”  this list was taken from a book called, “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen.  If you would like to see a complete list, you can find it at: http://rense.com/general32/americ.htm.  I am only going to list of few of them here to open discussion. (Congressional Record, Vol. 109 88th Congress, 1st Session Appendix Pages A1-A2842 Jan. 9-May 7, 1963 Reel

Preppers

One of the titles that the current media has villainized is that of Prepper.  I think it is funny that current media is trying to make anyone who is preparing for hard times is considered a zealot or a nut job.  But heck, the LDS church has been telling us to be a prepper for a LONG time now (food storage).  There is absolutely nothing WRONG with being prepared for hard times, and having your family in order.  The thing that I think they don’t get is that as the LDS Church also teaches is that everything should be done …

My Political Philosphy

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Back in February of 2009, I wrote an Open Letter to Politicians.  In this letter I stated what qualities I think that politicians should have.  I am going to step it up a notch and do a post on my political stance.  Basically this is a post that explains where I stand politically, and some of the reasoning behind it.  Basically if I were to run for any political office, this would be my platform, as well as the platform that I judge all the politicians I vote for.

First, some ground work.  There are a couple core thoughts that …

Do houses have a soul?

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Do houses have souls?  Most people would tell you that the answer to that question is No.  I would have to agree with them, to a point.  I don’t think that houses have souls, but I would say that they have a spirit.

Houses are basically containers.  They contain the people that live in them, the items those people own, and the at times the family and friends they invite over.  Like any container it eventually is changed and either improved or ruined by what it holds.

For example, would you want to put your milk in a gas can …

Zombies move into Christmas

There is an author out there that is gaining some popularity.  His name is Seth Grahame-Smith.  He has given us great novels like,”Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, “How to survive a Horror Movie”, and several other classics.

He has now come out with a work that is getting RAVE reviews.   The title of this one is, “Unholy Night”, and when I saw it in the book store the other day, my stomach turned.

Here is what the book is about:

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, comes UNHOLY

The Love!

If you follow my blog, you know that I plan on voting for Mia Love come this November [Previous Post].  There is a lot of incorrect information floating around out there about her, and the City of Saratoga Springs.  The purpose of this post is to shed some light on the facts, and to let others know the truth, and why I am going to vote for Mia in November.

First, I want to share an experience that I had once when interacting with Mia.  I have had a lot of opportunities to talk to Mia about issues in …

“Concerned Citizens of Saratoga Springs”

NOTICE: This post is not a very nice post on my side.  I am tired of this type of crap when it comes to politics, and I do not hold back any punches on this post.  If you don’t want to hear me rant, then DONT read it.

Yikes….   I received the following email yesterday that was addressed to me, the Bishops, Clerks, Stake Leaders, and Executive Secretaries from several local Latter Day Saint wards.  (Let me first say, that it is against Church policy to send any political or commercial email to people you get from Church rolls, directories …

Utah #1 – Top 20 see red.

Utah sees RED.  There are a lot of reasons why Utah is considered RED, it hosts the Running Utes (school color is Red), the Bountiful Braves (school color is also Red).  But it also is the most RED state in the union because of its high concentration of Republican votes.

But Forbes has given it a #1 rating as the BEST state in the USA for Business.  YEAH for Utah.  That made me start to think.  Lets see what other RED (republican leaning) states are on the top 20 of the list. (You can view the full list here: http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2011/best-states-11_land.html …

Jump the LINE!

Have you ever noticed how a lot of things that would be socially unacceptable become common place or acceptable when you are in a car?

Let me give you an example.  Lets say you are in line to get into a movie theater, ride at an amusement park, or the grocery store.   Now lets say that the line is backed up and you know that you will be queued in line for several minutes at least.

Then some guy or family comes from the back of the line, walks up the side of every one that is in line, and …

Vanishing Voter

There is a talk by David B. Magleby (Dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences) on October 24, 2000 during a BYU event that is titled “The Vanishing Voter and Other Challenges to Representative Democracy.  You can download the MP3 from speeches.byu.edu or watch it on BYUTV.

In this BYU address, Magleby addresses 4 main areas.

The Declining Rates of Participation and Turnout
The Role of Political Parties
The Growing Importance of Money in Elections
Direct Democracy.

I think that it is a good idea for anyone who wants to be active in politices to watch this …