Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chief Justice Roberts said this, 

 "If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."LINK

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Use the Internet to Learn and Refresh Your Bank of Knowledge




Knowledge is Money?  Right?  Actually, knowledge is a lot of things. 
You never know when it's going to come in handy.  Maybe learning the
geography of the world isn't what you'd call essential knowledge, but I
really don't want to call it trivia, either.  You see, I'm very poor in
my knowledge of the geography of the world.



I'm good at word games, less adept at jigsaw puzzles, and more challenged by math and science than any other subject.  So, to release my stress, once in a while, I decide I'm going to learn something about this world we live in.  Learning where places are is interesting and gives me the smallest edge when I'm watching world news or reading online.  I'm not out to impress someone and I learn by rote, mostly.  Maybe I won't be able to recall everything, but if my mind needs sharpening, I know right where to go.  





Links:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Why the Confederate flag won't come down in South Carolina anytime soon - LA Times

Why the Confederate flag won't come down in South Carolina anytime soon - LA Times



This issue is being revived as a way to assuage the feelings of folks who are angry.  Yes?  No?  The issue being revived to remove the flag from the property has become a point of political correctness.  Yes?  No?



The fact is that the flag doesn't fly over the South Carolinian statehouse.  It flies over a Confederate Memorial.  Does the flag represent a real historical context with the Memorial?  Yes.  Should all Confederate Memorials everywhere be denuded of the Confederate Flags?



Now, no doubt there are some South Carolinian's who wish that history could be changed.  There are some of us who regret that the War Between the States was fought.  But we cannot change history, or if we do, the lessons of history will be lost and forgotten.  



Real families suffered.  Real people died.  Real blood was spilt.  Studying the history will disturb you.  As it should.  Hopefully, by studying the history, you will realize what a horrible thing war is.  Hopefully, you will discover that sometimes it is difficult to say who the good guys are.  War is a complex issue and happens when a set of circumstances and actions come into conflict and remember the phrase, "Follow the Money"--it really applies.  Money = Power in the small minds of those who are in positions of influence, sometimes.

Every GOP Candidate Who Called for the Confederate Flag to Come Down Showed They Can’t Win the Election

Every GOP Candidate Who Called for the Confederate Flag to Come Down Showed They Can’t Win the Election



Here's a ploy that the Democrats utilized to show the inability of Republican candidates to engage in politics in a positive manner.  The issue is not the South Carolinian Flag.  The issue isn't South Carolina and the issue certainly isn't how flying the flag connects to the atrocious act of a 21 one year old radical.



The issue is:

  • The history of the Democratic Party in South Carolina and how it has nurtured a climate of division.
  • The history of the Republican Party in Southern politics.
 My own personal belief is that Mitt Romney did, indeed, make a gaffe by taking the bait in the ploy.  As have others.  We (conservatives) have no cause to be defensive.  See also:

President Clinton sent 20, 000 troops to protect the white citizens of Europe's
Bosnia, but sent no troops to Africa's Rwanda to protect the black citizens
there. Consequently over 800,000 Africans were massacre

During the 2003 Democratic Primary debates, the Rev. Al Sharpton, said the
Democrat take the black vote for granted and treat African American like a mistress.
They [Democrats} will take us to the dance, but they don't want to take us home
to meet mama."

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/3554#sthash.JeDNXQxK.dpuf


President Clinton sent 20, 000 troops to protect the white citizens of Europe's
Bosnia, but sent no troops to Africa's Rwanda to protect the black citizens
there. Consequently over 800,000 Africans were massacre

During the 2003 Democratic Primary debates, the Rev. Al Sharpton, said the
Democrat take the black vote for granted and treat African American like a mistress.
They [Democrats} will take us to the dance, but they don't want to take us home
to meet mama."

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/3554#sthash.JeDNXQxK.dpuf

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sultan Knish: Whatever Happened to John Kerry

Sultan Knish: Whatever Happened to John Kerry



This column echoes some of my thoughts re Kerry.  Is he still a key player in the Democratic scenario?  Is he going to frame his service as Secretary of State as a peacemaker and man about Europe?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two Memorial Day Weekend Books for Busy Latter-day Saints | Meridian Magazine

Two Memorial Day Weekend Books for Busy Latter-day Saints | Meridian Magazine



I am blogging this so as to remember that I want to read these two books.   And here is why:

New perspectives can be self-perfecting, leading to heightened understanding of our own obstacles.
Or so writes the author of this brief, but not short,  review, Ashby Boyle. 



I am all about looking for new perspectives. 



One book is about the Apostle Paul or else a delivery of two diverse attitudes about Paul's theology.  Salvation with or without works?  I wonder if the treatise includes the amazing works of Paul and his mission?  Will have to read the book to find out.



The other recommended read is regarding the late scientist, Mormon educator, and theologian, Henry Eyring, Sr.'s book, Reflections of a Scientist.  Did Eyring come to his faith through intellect, despite intellect, or because of intellect?  A question I will consider when I have read the material. 



One thing is for sure, I will be glad for the day when our latter-day faith takes media from the foreground of its concerns as if millions were asking us to explain, defend, or justify our beliefs.  Who is the target of that media buzz?  The membership themselves?  Thoughtful, sincere individuals will seek the truth and we will not hide it from them.  The light on the hill is not the press, the Internet's light shining through the night, nor the didactic tweet of member trolls.  That Light on the Hill is Jesus Christ, our Savior, as represented by our example and our living of the basic truths of His gospel.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Microsoft Word - Why Should I Visit the Family History Center.docx - Why-Should-I-Visit-the-Family-History-Center.pdf


Microsoft Word - Why Should I Visit the Family History Center.docx - Why-Should-I-Visit-the-Family-History-Center.pdf



This is an excellent article!  I think even a family history consultant on the Family History Staff would agree with my estimation.



If you do choose to read this, expect to learn more than you expected about research, about having a dedicated place to go and do your family history, (dedicated times, as well), and about the value of having other people listen to you talk about your genealogy.  Not just your challenges and brick walls, but they will listen to your triumphs and care!  And then there's the old maxim about: "Two heads are better than one".