Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quote for the Week

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shades of Nixon

It seems like our president is not above using his office to intimidate those who have the audacity to support another candidate.  That's great.

Support my rival and I'll publicly shame you, even if you are a private citizen.

The President Has a List

Bringing a Gun to a Knife fight.

Kiet Thahn Ly, 34, for reasons yet unknown, walked into a Smith's Marketplace in Salt Lake City Utah on Thursday, at a bout 5:20pm, with a purpose.

Apparently unarmed when he arrived, he purchased a knife, walked to the foyer of the store, and started randomly stabbing people.  He attacked two men, stabbing a 30 year old several times in the abdomen and cutting a 45 year old in the arms and head.

Thank God (literally), that at the same time, there was a 47 year-old in the foyer, who was carrying a gun.  He stopped the attacker and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.

Some (not so random) thoughts:

1.  Ly was no boy scout.  LinkLink.

2.  Stricter gun control laws would not have stopped this crime, but they would have stopped the armed 47-year old.  Which in turn would have meant that the crime would not have been stopped.

3.  By the time the police arrived, it was all over.  They arrived in time to take notes and arrange for transportation for those involved.  Wonder what would have happened if everyone just waited for the police to arrive.

4.  For those who ask me, "Why the heck would you need a gun at a grocery store?  Are you afraid the eggs are going to attack?"  No, I'm not worried about the eggs.  I'm concerned with the fruitcakes and nuts.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Be Careful

Lately, I've been seeing more stories about parents strapping recording equipment onto their children and recording what is going on in their classrooms.

Stuart Chaifetz


Joe and Melisha Salinas

Now, I understand why some parents might want to do this.  You never know what is going on with your children when they leave your house.  And sometimes, children, for whatever reason, may not be open to discussing what happens at school.  Parents, perhaps sensing something wrong, will do whatever it takes to be heard and to have their concerns addressed.

I know that the vast majority of teachers are good.  They care for their students, work long hours, and even devote personal resources to teach my children.  These few teachers, all of them bad apples (no pun intended), should not be teaching.  Somewhere along the way, they've lost the passion or succumbed to the pressure.  Either way, they should have stopped a long time ago.

I'm grateful for the good teachers that my daughters have, and I pray they never have to go through this.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Warning!!

Interesting look at California's downward spiral.  This is a microcosm of what can happen in our country on a grander scale.

The Great California Exodus

Excerpt:


According to Mr. Kotkin, these upwardly mobile families are fleeing in droves. As a result, California is turning into a two-and-a-half-class society. On top are the "entrenched incumbents" who inherited their wealth or came to California early and made their money. Then there's a shrunken middle class of public employees and, miles below, a permanent welfare class. As it stands today, about 40% of Californians don't pay any income tax and a quarter are on Medicaid.
It's "a very scary political dynamic," he says. "One day somebody's going to put on the ballot, let's take every penny over $100,000 a year, and you'll get it through because there's no real restraint. What you've done by exempting people from paying taxes is that they feel no responsibility. That's certainly a big part of it.
And the welfare recipients, he emphasizes, "aren't leaving. Why would they? They get much better benefits in California or New York than if they go to Texas. In Texas the expectation is that people work."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quote for the Week

When nobody around you seems to measure up, it's time to check your yardstick.

-Bill Lemley

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Rich Candidate

Recently, the press has been in a twist over the personal wealth of presidential candidates (although, oddly, it's only a problem for candidates of one particular party.  Candidates of the other party can be as rich as they want to be because it's, well, different.

Entertainers can be rich because of their talents.  Athletes can be rich because of their talents.  But heaven forbid someone become rich by starting a company, inventing something, being a successful doctor or attorney, or having the skills to manage a multi-billion dollar company.

I don't understand the envy and hatred of those who are successful.  Why do we attack someone simply because they have money?  Why does that automatically disqualify someone just because they have been more successful than I have?

Think about it.  Do I really want to put this country in the hands of someone who has never risen above the average?  There's a lot of talk about rich candidates not being able to relate to what the "common" person is going through.  Interesting.  Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney are "common."  Both are in the top 1% of earners in this country.  Neither of them live paycheck to paycheck.  They both enjoy vacations and privileges the likes of which the rest of the 99% may never see.  And yet, one is portrayed as out of touch, and the other as the people's candidate.  Oh, sure, one is richer than the other, but when they are both in the 1%, isn't it just a matter of degree?  Why is it acceptable for one but not the other?  And when do they become ineligible?  Is being richer than 99.4% of the country permissible, but being richer than 99.5% disqualifying?

And then, there's the issue of the "silver spoon."  Specifically, this is aimed at Governor Romney because he inherited money from his parents.  Of course, we are being asked to completely ignore the fact that he donated his inheritance away.  But let's obey the press and ignore that for a minute.  Is inheriting money a bad thing?  I thought that's what the Bible required of parents?  The first half of Proverbs 13:22 says that "a good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children."  Think about that.  Your work should be such that it should sustain two future generations.  And yet, we demonize and tax those whose wealth has been through inheritance.  To me, it's personal.  I hope (and work so that) I can leave an inheritance that my grandchildren will still enjoy in their adulthood.

And so, when choosing leaders for our country, I'd rather choose someone who has tasted success and knows how to get there.  I have no intention of voting for someone who believes financial success is a curse or crutch to be limited, criticized, regulated, and stripped away, just because someone else is not as successful.

I work way too hard for that.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ouch

Here's a recent opinion where a judge takes an attorney to task for being unprepared and for lackluster legal work.

Summary Quote:  This was the lowest moment in attorney representation the court has ever
witnessed.

Here's some more.

You know, no one is comfortable during these types of hearings.  Even just sitting in the gallery, you feel like ducking just in case there is some shrapnel.  Now, of course, I wasn't anywhere near Nevada to be part of this case, but it is still painful to read.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quote for the Week

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quote for the Week

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

Friday, April 6, 2012

On The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin

The tragic story of Trayvon Martin has divided my friends into two camps, each supporting one side of this tragedy.  I am, and remain, in the undecided middle, a product of my skeptic nature.  I don't trust the mainstream reporting of this case, since everyone (even me) has an agenda.  And sometimes, that agenda will trump the ethics of a reporter, who will feel compelled to spin the story however he or she sees fit.

I was taught that, prior to passing judgment on somebody, I need to ensure that all the facts are in.  Otherwise, I would only be prejudging somebody.  Prejudging--that's where we get the word prejudice.  But here, I have watched twisted facts (also known as lies) be offered up by either side as justification for whatever the point might be.  I have watched with disappointment as church leaders, who should be leading the charge to pray for both Trayvon Martin AND George Zimmerman and his family, instead continue to use their pulpit to uplift one and excoriate the other.

I don't know for sure what happened.  Of the ones who do, one is dead and the other is not speaking.  No one else--no one--knows what happened.  And yet, we are surrounded by leaders spreading division based solely on third-party claims and hearsay.  People who would otherwise be level-headed, well-reasoned people, have been quick to take on the banner of one side over the other, doing nothing more than reading a report written by someone who wasn't there, or listening to people who weren't there either.  We lose sight of the fact that, by doing so, we become pawns of politicians and self-annointed community leaders.  We gladly offer up our heart strings and emotional buttons, willingly becoming nothing more than marionettes in the hands of people who care more about their name than our cause.

Please read:  The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hiding

The newsreader just said this is supposed to be the worst season for pollen in a long time.  He said allergy sufferers will really feel it.

Great.  I'm going into hiding.  Come get me in August.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quote for the Week

Political correctness is tyranny with manners.

-Charlton Heston