Saturday, January 26, 2008

Constitution Of The United States

It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
—George Washington, remarks at the first Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1787.—Max Farrand, The Framing of the Constitution of the United States, p. 66 (1934).Washington was the presiding officer.

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
—Thomas Jefferson, from the fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
—Thomas Jefferson

I hope and pray that we can all learn all we can about the Constitution. I have been trying my best as of late to read all that I can and gain a real understanding of what our founding fathers wanted us to know. I have been slowly working my way through The Federalist Papers. They are hard to understand, but very inspiring when you do begin to understand them. Last Saturday Doran and I went to an Eagle Forum convention up in the Salt Lake area. There were a lot of topics that were discussed and I have to admit that most of it was over my head. I did enjoy learning though and I realized how distracted we are in life from learning about the things that should mean the most. It reminded me of a scripture:
  1. 21 And others will he apacify, and lull them away into carnal bsecurity, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the cdevil dcheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
I know that I have really been lulled into thinking all is well way too often. If you believe what the main stream media tells you then you get the picture that things are not all that bad. The truth of course is a little more serious than that. I am grateful that we live in an age when we can go to other sources for information and not have to rely solely on television for our news. As Doran and I were driving home from the convention we were listening to KSL and they were reporting on who won what in Nevada. Doran was a little surprised that they mentioned who took first, second, and third on the democratic side, but only mentioned first place for the republican side of things. I can't help but wonder if Ron Paul had taken first would they have skipped reporting the republican side of things altogether. I have to admit that I gave up on main stream media reporting awhile ago. It was when I was working at Wal-mart distribution center and I remember for about a week straight the only thing I heard about was how O.J. Simpson had stolen cable television. It was then and there that I realized that they only report on what they want to report on and the most important things that are happening in the world are whatever they want to be the most important things. I could care less that O.J. Simpson stole cable. That was not news to me and it did nothing to enlighten my mind or help me to understand anything of real importance, So I am not surprised by the media blackout against Ron Paul. If he has done nothing else, he got me interested in government, which is something I never dreamed I would care about at all, and I am grateful for that. I do not ever want to have the same look on my face as McCain had on his during the Florida debate When asked a question by Ron Paul he had that "I have no Idea what this man is talking about" look. It was just about the funniest thing I had ever seen. I want to be able to answer tough questions like that. I know that eventually I will get all this information in my head and then maybe I will understand the debates a little more :-) I sure wish I had paid attention in school now. Anyways I hope that all of you can study up on the issues and understand everything that is going on so we can all make an informed choice in the election coming up.

[Alexander Hamilton]
AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.


Friday, December 28, 2007


I now have a new nickname at work due to an incident yesterday. In our grocery office at work we have a microwave and I usually eat lunch there because it is less crowded than the break-room. Well I had accidentally over cooked one of my rolls and it was very hard and nasty. Well me and some of the guys(Mostly Me) wondered what would happen to a roll if you left it in for three minutes. So I decided to try an experiment. So I threw in a roll and shut the door.

Then I set the timer and we all got busy talking too much and forgot about it.

All of the sudden we smelled something burning and I whipped around in my chair and threw open the microwave oven.

My poor little roll looked something like this.

And the office smells awful. I am sure it will take a few days to air out. I have also been banned from the microwave. The funniest part though was when another manager came walking by and seen all three of us gathered around in a circle, hands held high, praying to the sprinkler system in the ceiling. I think it really confused him for a minute.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

12 things about christmas

Sorry I am just getting to this. It has been a hectic few days at the grocery store, as you could imagine. Wow this is gonna be tuff.

1. My mom and dad always struggled with waiting for Christmas day to come. Many, many times we would open all of our presents before Christmas and have nothing to open on Christmas day. I know that sounds crazy to some people.

2. Many, many times we would open everything, everything on Christmas eve and then stay up half the night playing with all of our toys and stuff. Then we would be so tired on Christmas day.

3. One of my favorite Christmas presents I got when I was little was a Skeletor Castle from the He-Man Series. The funny thing is that I actually loved using it for a boat and putting all my men in it and pretending that my floor was a huge ocean and they were trapped on this boat in the middle of the ocean with sea monsters all around. :-)

4. The present I remember most since Bonnie and I have been married is when I got Final Fantasy 7 for the Playstation. I still think it is quite possibly the most perfect RPG game ever made for a console.

5. These days Bonnie and I like to let the kids open 1 present on Christmas eve. It has been pajamas or slippers or blankets. Stuff like that. The kids love the pajama thing and they have come to expect it.

6. Then we always go out on Christmas Eve night and drive around to look at lights. This originally started out as a way to get the little ones tired enough to go to bed and now it is just tradition.

7. I will admit too, that I don't think the kids have ever woke us up on Christmas day. I always wake them up between 4-5 AM.

8. We always like to read or tell the Christmas story and have a prayer before we go in and open presents. Last year we did hot cocoa while we read the Christmas story before we went in. That went over really well so we are going to do that again this year.

9. Santa always leaves his present for the kids right next to there stockings unwrapped. This has been interesting in the past when girls get different things and think that something is theirs when it is for one of the other girls. We have to guide them to there right stockings sometimes :-)

10. We always put on Roger Whittaker while we decorate the tree. The kids always want to hear Darcy the Dragon as soon as we break out the Christmas lights. It would not be the same without him at this point.

11. After we open the presents and play for awhile we like to have a good breakfast, since this is the only meal of the day pretty much. The rest of the day is snacking > Mostly Chocolate :-)

12. We also like to hand out the presents one at a time so we get to see what each kid is getting and have fun with the opening.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things

Movies :

  1. The Bourne Series
  2. Lord of the ring Series
  3. The Matrix (first one only)
Music :

  1. Christian Rock
  2. Many LDS Artists
  3. Big Band (1940's)
Favorite Artists :

  1. Mindy Gledhill
  2. Kutless
  3. Martha Tilton
Favorite Food :

  1. Anything my dear sweet, adorable, beautiful, fun-loving, amazing Bonnie makes me :-)
  2. Italian
  3. Amazingly enough, Mexican food
Favorite animals :

  1. Dogs of course
  2. cats
  3. My kids :-)
Favorite hobbies :

  1. Reading
  2. Hiking
  3. eating chocolate
Favorite books :

  1. The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
  2. Star Mans Son by Andre Norton
  3. Unfortunately anything by Dean R. Koontz
Favorite Things to do on a Saturday afternoon

  1. Go on a date with Bonnie
  2. Pal around with the kids
  3. play some games outside (when it is warm)
I thought it would be fun to do some favorite things and see what everyone else thought of too.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Military Might make Right?

I find it interesting that when we declared our independence in 1776, the British had military personnel all over the globe. ( They were in fact policing the world. Now take a look at the map of U.S. military bases below and you can also look at a list in this link, After listening to Ron Paul speak about this subject, I wanted to check into it for myself, and I am finally understanding what he is talking about. I believe that there is a great parallel between what is happening now and what was happening back then.

I also found some British maps showing occupation in the North America's in 1776. There are some other interesting maps on this site as well. I could not figure out how to shrink them to put it in my blog. It looked a lot like the map below though. when I found both maps I just thought it was very interesting and I wanted to blog about it.

I don't want to get too deep into politics and risk losing the interest of anyone or making anyone angry. I know we all have our own opinions and beliefs, so I will leave this little post as it is.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Go George

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.

George Washington

I have been reading the Prelude To Glory series lately and learning about the constitution and I like everything I have been reading about George Washington. He was an amazing man. He was exactly my height (6'4) too. He was a truly great military leader as well as having strong devotion to family and country and God. He reminds me a lot of

Captain Moroni

I hope that when we get to heaven I get to meet some of these great men.