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October 30, 2008

Proposition 8 … LGBT forced the hand.

I was nearly 30 when I first married, and it was not for lack of trying or lack of desire.  I had in fact been engaged previously to someone else 7 years earlier but I’m convinced now that the earlier endeavor would have resulted in a difficult marriage.   I had forced the engagement thinking that marriage would make me happy, make her happy, make us happy, and generally make everything peachy-keen.  But I would have been wrong.  Getting married that time would have been a needy response to  a long distance relationship that was generally a bad idea from the start.

Marriage never fixes anything on it’s own.  If you’re not already happy being together even when times are tough and when your differences (everyone has differences) are painfully obvious then getting married isn’t going to help at all.  In fact it may make things worse.

Marriage is, above all, a sacrament, introduced by God and ordained of God, no matter what your religion is, or regardless of who you call God … It is in so many ways the most symbolic representation of our relationship with our Creator.

So fortunately I spent another 7 years finding the right kind of person and to have done it at the right time of my life.  I now see in retrospect that it had to be that way, and I’m grateful that I met Melissa when I did … no earlier, no later.

One other thing had to happen too though … I had to know that God wanted it.  At the time I didn’t know how important that was, and neither was I seeking for “His” approval but in retrospect it was necessary in my case.

Seven years later, the second time I was engaged … this time, the right time … things were completely different.  I felt different.  I was different.  The girl was different.  The relationship was dramatically different.  Instead of a needy dependency for nurturing there was a calm assurance of deep respect and mutual appreciation.

as Americans … we believe in marriage … precisely because it is a religious institution.

In fact, it will probably surprise you that despite getting engaged on our 3rd encounter it was not love at first sight … nor was there great passion right away, neither did we even deeply love each other when we got engaged on our second date.  What’s more, I’d venture to say that both of us had preexisting relationships that were still at the time very heartfelt, but very quickly we learned something that made all that moot which I suspect few people probably learn when they make that choice:

God wanted it.

Thomas Jefferson’s “separation of Church and State” was never intended to mean a separation for God and State. Historically you’ll find that our founders believed our country had everything to do with “Divine Providence”.

Far be it from me to tell you what the spirit feels like.  I think that, like most people, throughout my life I’ve largely been guided by instincts, wisdom, and my heart (love, peace, joy, charity, hope, faith, etc).  Those things are wonderful and essential to a happy fulfilling life but for me feeling the spirit itself is an entirely different experience than all those things, and I can no more describe to you my spiritual experiences than describe the taste of salt to someone who’s never had anything salty.  Only a few times have I deeply felt it, and then only briefly for only a moment or two.  One experience stands out though.  The day after our 2nd encounter … it lasted for nearly 8 hours non-stop.  I remember going home for lunch that day wondering how much longer I could take it as it was so intense and constant.

While the experience was sweet … like honey is sweet (if you could taste the spirit it would be sweet exactly like honey), I was simultaneously overjoyed and a little upset and anxious.  I was upset and anxious because I knew what God was telling me and yet I had no idea whether Melissa was having any kind of the same experience.  What was I to say to her … “I know you don’t know me … and being nearly 30 I probably sound desperate enough to come up with something crazy like this … but God told me we’re supposed to get married.”

That would have gone over like a lead balloon, or so I’d supposed.  I was wrong, and we were engaged on our next date.

Truth be told, I did not say that … but I didn’t have to either.  We were married 3 months later and have been insanely happy with each other with a love that can only grow so quickly and immensely when two people are … well, to get real sappy … meant for each other.

the LGBT community is intent on removing all sacredness and turning it into a social tool to command respect in a way that would trample religious ideals.

Now this sounds like a really long winded way to get around to what this post was intended to discuss: Proposition 8, and why the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transexual) community forced the hand that put that proposition into motion, but everything I mentioned has everything to do with that topic.

Marriage is, above all, a sacrament, introduced by God and ordained of God, no matter what your religion is, or regardless of who you call God.  It is in so many ways the most symbolic representation of our relationship with our Creator.  There are sacraments in marriage, throughout marriage, and throughout each day in one’s marriage, that are all symbolic of our relationship with God.

Admittedly, I don’t think everyone should expect to have the courtship Melissa and I did, nor do I think it makes us or our marriage any “better”, but I do think there’s a synergy that exists when marriage is intertwined with the divine and I’m grateful ours started out that way.  Similarly marriage has demanded a greater reliance on God from me, and it seems obvious to me that my spiritual growth is and will continue to be accelerated through close association with my wife (even if I sometimes fail to take advantage of doing so).

[Government sanctioned traditional marriage] IS proof that we do not have a Godless state

Overwhelmingly we, the Americans, are a God-fearing people.  Unusually so, and surprisingly so since we are just a melting pot, an amalgamation of the refugees from all the other countries.  But with good reason are we so God-fearing.  Our country was largely founded by those who were deeply religious, and even today many of the refugees who come here do so so they can practice their beliefs in a free country.

In short, believing in God is part of our identity as Americans.  We believe in marriage, not because it’s a social institution, but precisely because it is a religious institution.

Similarly, nowhere in the constitution or any of the amending articles, is God excluded, and certainly not with respect to marriage either.  While respecting no particular religion, our leaders have always been God fearing people.

Cry foul if you want, Bill Maher, but those are the historical facts, and they are as true today as they were then.  You don’t like it, then move to Russia or China where the mention of God is still taboo.

Each member of [the LGBT] community needs to be loved and appreciated the same way [as are] straight people

Nowhere is the respect and reverence for God more evident in our federal documents and laws where the right to marry not only exists but is encouraged.  The reverence for God has nothing to do with “Church” lest others complain I’m promoting a theocracy or the favoring of one religion over another.  Thomas Jefferson’s “separation of Church and State” was never intended to mean a separation for God and State.  Historically you’ll find that our founders believed our country had everything to do with “Divine Providence”.  Our constitution was founded upon the idea that our inalienable rights exist only because God gave them to us.

We are only created equal because God is no respecter of persons (not because we can marry whomever we find cute or sexually stimulating).

Now the LGBT community wants to take that sacrament: marriage, and turn it into a self-serving political tool to forward their agenda.  Marriage is NOT a tool.  It IS a sacrament.  It IS proof that we do not have a Godless state like Russia, or China, or the Scandinavian countries who’ve seemed happy to rid themselves of the “outdated” institution of marriage.

[Proposition 8] does NOT mean people in the LGBT are any less equal, nor does it mean we think any less of them

Marriage will never be a purely social or political tool, although it’s often used for social and/or political reasons.  I’ve read many treatments on this topic and they’re all wrong, incorrectly stating that historically it was designed to be a tool to be used for social reasons so we should use it now to include the LGBT community.  It was not created for that purpose.  Rather marriage has historically been a religious institution first, often manipulated for social or political purposes.

That said, I want to be clear in my opinion that people in the LGBT community are no different than straight people with regards to their value to society – you may disagree with me, and that’s okay.  I think gays and lesbians have been poorly treated although it seems that they do tend to play the martyr (even now they’d claim I’m being condescending when I’m really sincere).  Each member of that community needs to be loved and appreciated the same way that straight people are, but unfortunately no amount of love will prevent their community from operating with a selfish mob-mentality insistent on destroying the sacred nature of marriage.

marriage must be government sanctioned, and must be the only sacrament sanctioned by a government

That is why Proposition 8 is necessary.  It does NOT mean people in the LGBT are any less equal, nor does it mean we think any less of them.  It’s only because marriage is the most universally sacred institution throughout all the world … it is the great common sacrament among all civilizations and religions … and the LGBT community is intent on removing all sacredness and turning it into a social tool to command respect and trample religious ideals.  Marriage is intrinsically a sacrament in nearly every sense of the word, and it is and always must be the only sacrament sanctioned by a government that was originally founded on Godly principles entirely by God-fearing men who never wanted our government to become an atheist entity.

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October 23, 2008

Religulous, the movie: Shifting the blame onto religion. Part 1

Bill Maher, is an HBO talk-show host (professes to be libertarian, although lately he’s just seemed anti-conservative above all else).  His new movie “Religulous”, aimed at making fun of all religion and all religious people and blaming all of society’s ills on religion, has been in the theaters for a couple weeks now.  It’s already made more money than Ben Stein’s “Expelled” has over the last 6 months.

blaming religion for societies ills obfuscates the real causes … As a result greed and selfishness goes unchecked and continues to flourish

This is becoming quite popular to blame religion for societies ills, and it’s been a favorite topic of Bill Maher, but it is at best a cheap shot, and at worst it obfuscates the real cause of societies ills: mankind’s greed and selfishness.  As a result of obfuscating efforts like this greed and selfishness goes unchecked and continues to flourish as the #1 cause of the atrocities of mankind.

Maher used to have a fairly interesting show called Politically Incorrect, an ironic title since he acted as a shill for republican-hating liberals, bashing anyone who’s views don’t agree with what the mainstream media considers “correct”.  Ironically, more and more it seems politically incorrect to go against his gay-rights, pro-marijuana, anti-religion, PETA-loving agenda.  Ironically, with respect to his hot button issues he’s about as politically correct as they come.

But ultimately he proved himself the pinnacle of politically incorrectness in 2002 when he said suicide terrorists who’d go down with a plane weren’t cowards, but that our soldiers were indeed cowards for shooting missiles from long distances.

It seems he’s gone from “Politically Incorrect” to just plain old “Incorrect” … the guests on his show lapped up his comments like they were accurate.

So he calls our soldiers cowards for valuing life, complements plane-crashing terrorists as being brave, and then claims all other religious people “have a neurological disorder.”  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s politically incorrect or just really stupid.  Financial supporters pulled their ads and he lost his show.

HBO came to his rescue with “Real Time, with Bill Maher”, same basic format, different name, and just all around less funny and more angry and biased.  He’s called a comedian, but when I watch he seems to have simply degenerated into an angry old man as Carlin did in his late years with a humorless and bitter sarcasm about anything championed by the conservative agenda.

[Maher] calls our soldiers cowards for valuing life, complements plane-crashing terrorists as being brave, and then claims all other religious people “have a neurological disorder.”

What’s more his ‘facts’ can’t be trusted.  He seriously distorts the facts to justify statements that just aren’t true.  It seems he’s gone from “Politically Incorrect” to just plain old “Incorrect”.  For proof you need go no further than where he claimed the Mormon church taught Blacks can only go to heaven as slaves.  Most ardent anti-Mormons wouldn’t even say that simply because it’s nowhere to be found in LDS theology.  This is just one small example of many misrepresentations he’s made from calling the Pope a Nazi to calling all Christians insane, but this one sticks out for me because I’m LDS.  Not surprisingly the guests on his show lapped up his comments like they were accurate, which everyone seems to foolishly do and undoubtedly will do in Religulosity.

Why does he get the gimmes and mulligans for the gaffes and misrepresentations he makes?  Where does he get his platform of legitimacy?  Doesn’t anyone remember when he said “But I’ve often said that if I had — I have two dogs — if I had two retarded children, I’d be a hero. And yet the dogs, which are pretty much the same thing. What? They’re sweet. They’re loving. They’re kind, but they don’t mentally advance at all…. Dogs are like retarded children.”  When a guest said her nephew was retarded and she didn’t think of him as a dog he said, “Maybe you should.”

“Dogs are like retarded children.” When a guest said her nephew was retarded and she didn’t think of him as a dog Maher said, “Maybe you should.”

Yet reputable guests continue arrive on his show thereby giving him some form of continued legitimacy.  At least it helps me identify which politicians and pundits are filled with blind ambition and seem more interested in getting public face-time than in doing what is right and responsible.

You’d think his guests and potential guests would clue in.  Craig Ferguson had Bill Maher on his show when Bill Maher said Michael Jackson wasn’t as bad as the media was making him out to be because he wasn’t beating his victims senseless, but that the kids were simply being “gently masturbated by a pop star”.  You’d think Craig would get a clue, but as you see in the above link … Craig was there on Bill’s show a couple years later when Bill was misrepresenting LDS beliefs while Michael Steel nodded his head like it was all true.

Bill Maher said Michael Jackson wasn’t as bad … that the kids were simply being “gently masturbated by a pop star”.

Get a clue, people!  There’s a pattern here of not just political incorrectness, but just plain old incorrectness on Maher’s part.  Pick up on it.

I really don’t like airing someone’s dirty laundry without a fair representation of the good that they do, but that is precisely what Maher has done with regard to religion in general, as well as with regard to religious figures.  In my next post I’ll address his actual attack on religion.

October 15, 2008

Too much rescue too soon can be bad in some places

Filed under: economics,economy,Politics — lullabyman @ 2:02 pm

I read this this morning:

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/search/distributed+energy/SIG=124a73k46/*http%3A//news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081015/pl_nm/us_autos_loans_obama_3

In short, it details one example how politicians are fast tracking debt relief for some companies in order to prevent job loss.  This, of course, comes at a time when politicians need Michigan which is concerned far more about job loss than in producing a competitive car for our times.  Some job loss however is a necessary and extremely difficult and unpleasant necessity for a healthy and promising future, and I think this is one of those scenarios.

“… make the brutal and painful adjustments now in all their unprofitable product lines, and the gov’t should be focused on relocating those employees to industries that need growth: like the energy industry which needs $300 billion of investment in the next 8 years just to stay afloat.”

There are emerging markets, take wind and solar manufacturing plants for example, and those industries need people. Our auto industry has long been over-run and controlled by Unions, making them less efficient and less competitive, with auto quality and efficiency taking a backseat to job count, employee wages, and employee benefits. Sometimes the only way to clean the clock is to clean the clock. As Neiche said, “What doesn’t kill me will make me stronger”.

Well, we need to get stronger.  For too long we’ve been making gas guzzlers simply because radically shifting our production line would result in job loss regardless of the state of the economy.

Somehow theres this belief that it’s not okay to rescue the banks that have practiced predatory lending, and people think the banks should be left to suffer the consequences, but doesn’t anyone realize that the US auto manufacture deserve all the blame for not already have converted all their cars to fuel efficient cars?  It’s not like they didn’t see this coming.  Peak oil has been an established fact for nearly a decade now, and all the models have pointed to today as being the point where oil starts going through the roof.

“… the auto-industry saw this coming a long time ago and did nothing about it. Why are we rewarding that foolishness with free grants when a loan should suffice?”

GM has said they have enough reserves in this market to make it until 2010.  Doing so will require some massive layoffs, and a complete retooling of all their lines but they can do it.  It’s likely however that by then once their lines are retooled to create a more competitive car for our times they’ll be bankrupt at that point.  That’s when this $25 billion will be put to best use – after the patient has been purged of the oil addiction he’s been suffering for so long.  If they give this money to the auto industry today it will be used to keep gas guzzling production lines and associated jobs afloat instead of being invested in the production of lighter cars, LiFePO4 batteries, and electric drive trains.

In the late 1980’s the US DRAM (computer memory) market was strangled by unfair trade practices by Japan.  In 6 short months nearly all stateside manufacturers went belly up or got out of the market entirely.  Only 1 survived: Micron.  They survived by swiftly laying off 80% of it’s workforce when their analysis foresaw that any other action, or failure to act, would result in bankruptcy.  The remaining 20% spent all it’s time in development for 2 years to design a manufacturing process that was so superior that Japanese companies couldn’t compete with even with their illegal and unfair subsidized trade practices.  Within 4 years Micron their superior process and product made them the price point leader, exploding with exponential growth.  It’s stock went up 20X over the next 8 years.  A lot of Micron stock-owning potato farmers in Micron’s Idaho became very rich.

That’s what the US automakers need to do … and be quick and decisive and make the brutal and painful adjustments now in all their unprofitable product lines, and the gov’t should be focused on relocating those employees to industries that need growth: like the energy industry which needs $300 billion of investment in the next 8 years just to stay afloat.

“It’s time to step back, think about the consequences and then act prudently and decisively.”

In the meantime a few billion should probably be given to be disbursed toward R & D only, and toward the tooling of product lines better suited for today’s economic and environmental climate.  If certain R & D metrics are not met that funding should be put away.

The gov’t should also underwrite and insure loans to the auto-industry.  Like I said, the auto-industry saw this coming a long time ago and did nothing about it.  Why are we rewarding that foolishness with free grants when a loan should suffice?  It’s time to step back, think about the consequences and then act prudently and decisively.

October 8, 2008

Tagged by Robin

Filed under: Uncategorized — lullabyman @ 9:55 pm

My beautiful sister Robin tagged me.  She’s amazing.  She and I used to take turns getting into the food closet to eat all the canned peaches at night, and then blaming Kristen when the empty jar was discovered the next day.   Mom knew it was either Robin or me anyway and would just give us a guilt trip until one of us would confess.

We pretty much did everything together until I became gross – which happened when I was about 7 years old.  As I understand it all boys become gross around 7 years old, especially to older sisters when they get around 9 years old.  As a teenager she was the big sister with all the beautiful girl friends who would have been way out of my league if I was their age, and was nice to me anyway.  In front of other people too!

Anyway I’ve been tagged so…

Ten years ago I:
1) Told Melissa I was finally ready for kids (she was ready from day one).
2) Started my 4th engineering job within 7 years.
3) Went on a grueling 18 mi moutain bike trip in the Rockies
4) Found a new renter for our house in Utah which was STILL on the market after 3 years and would remain so for another 3 years.
5) Called as EQ president, after which I went through 5 counselors in the 1st year.

Things on my ToDo list:
1) Make a ToDo list of things I actually want to do
2) Get rid of that junker in the driveway
3) Finally put the wallboard molding I bought 6 years ago and found last week.
4) Fix Melissa’s 9 month old B-day present (an ipod car stereo) that worked right only once
5) Buy a new motor for the lawnmower … again.

Snacks I enjoy:
1) Chex mix.
2) Mixed nuts.
3) Deep Fried dough. “Fry me some dough, man!”
4) Green olives
5) pretty much anything with lots of sodium and nitrates.  My goal is to pickle myself before I die of old age.

Things I would do if I were a Millionaire:

1) Buy everything in Home Depot.
2) Buy everything at Circuit City.
3) Pay someone to assemble and install all the above things
4) Buy a Tesla Roadster.
5) Buy a big Yacht with a short bald skipper who’d let me pat him on the head, who’d sail me and my family around the world as we’d create our own GPS based interactive tour guide of the best places in the world which we’d then turn around and sell the keep that money coming and coming.

Places I have lived:
1) Almost everywhere I ever wanted to live.
2) Dozens of places in Idaho – some of the most beautiful in fact.
3) Western States: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado
4) non-western states: Maryland, Michigan, Delaware
5) overseas: Berlin Germany, Seoul Korea

Jobs I have had:
1) As a kid: Paper route, selling candles door to door, assembling hot-tub eye-ball jets one summer for Grandpa S, assembling titrator instruments one summer for Grandpa A
2) Interns: Statistical analysis at a Molybdenum Mine in the middle of the Idaho Sawtooths, Heat transfer analysis at an Engineering firm in Spokane WA
3) Semiconductor Engineer: Micron, Nat. Semi., Hyundai, Atmel
4) Solar PV manufacturing: Astropower, Newark DE
5) Self Employment: Kionetics Interactive Solutions, SolarNow Consulting

Which brings me to who I want to tag.  Someone who’s patiently borne the brunt of my insatiable need for career evolution: my wife, Melissa.


Line art of the most beautiful, patient, kind, thoughtful, generous and smart woman in the world.

October 5, 2008

Biden’s 7 debate gaffes within 60 seconds -overtime

Filed under: media bias,Politics — lullabyman @ 4:42 pm
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Just added this to YouTube. Fox News All Star Panel points out Biden’s “incredible number of gaffes” … “7 gaffes within 60 seconds” …

More stuff you’ll never hear from the MSM.

October 4, 2008

Thompson: Biden lied all through the debate

Filed under: media bias,Politics — lullabyman @ 5:31 am
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Just added this to YouTube:

… yet another thing you’ll never hear the mainstream media talk about.  If Palin had made such gross misrepresentations they’d be spewing it with all the force they could muster.

Here’s another one – details 14 lies:

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