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Times are crazy but fear not

So on my way to work this morning I heard on the radio “Washington Mutual failed last night.”  My stomach dropped because my paychecks are direct deposited in my Wamu checking account, my entire savings account for my family is with Wamu, I pay my mortgage and all other bills electronically through Wamu, and just about all the cash I own is in Wamu banks.  I turned the volume way up and listened intently for any further explanation.

When I got to work the first thing I did was do a google news search for Wamu to find out what the deal is.  After some reading I feel slightly better but this is crazy…

Apparently Wamu failing is the largest U.S. bank failure in U.S. history by far: http://seekingalpha.com/article/97536-how-does-the-wamu-failure-compare

It’s pretty scary what is going on in the world right now but I am reminded that all of these things are in preparation for the return of the Lord:

D&C 45:26, 34, 35, 44, 59

“And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.

And now, when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my disciples, they were troubled.

And I said unto them: Be not toubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled.

And then they shall look for me, and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off.

For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.”

Now more than ever we should be turning to the Lord for everything because it’s painfully obvious that the world is very troubled and needs guidance.  Politicians do not have the answers we need and nothing less than the guidance of the Lord will do.

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September 26, 2008 Posted by | Economics, Family, Religion | 3 Comments

4 Ways to spend money

Ever heard of government waste or government inefficiency?  Milton Friedman, Nobel prize winner in economics, explains in this video that here are 4 ways to spend money.  This helps to describe why government spending is always the least efficient way to spend money.

(The video is terrible quality but the message is excellent)

 

By the way I highly recommend his book Free to Choose and in case you were wondering no it’s not extreme or anything.  Conservatives and libertarians both will enjoy it.  Anyone can borrow it from me if they want.  

 

Free to Choose @ Amazon.com

Free to Choose @ Amazon.com

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Economics, Government | Leave a comment

I love being a father

 

The Boy

The Boy

Being a father is both one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and the most rewarding things I have ever done.

That’s all.

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Children, Family | 2 Comments

Government to track truant students via GPS ankle bracelets

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5961312.html

“Court authorities will be able to track students with a history of skipping school under a new program requiring them to wear ankle bracelets with Global Positioning System monitoring.
….
Penn said the electronic monitoring is part of a comprehensive program she started four years ago to reduce truancy. She cited programs in Midland and Dallas as having success with similar electronic monitoring measures.”

This takes “compulsory attendance” to a new and insane level.

Such ridiculous government intervention and intrusion of privacy would be laughable if it weren’t really happening…

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Children, Freedom, Government | 3 Comments

The Forgotten Man of William Graham Sumner

I just read this portion of an essay written by William Graham Sumner in 1883 which I wanted to share to show yet another reason I advocate less and less government:

“As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X, or in the better case, what A, B, and C shall do for X…. [W]hat I want to do is to look up C…. I call him the Forgotten Man…. He is the man who never is thought of.  He is the victim of the reformer, social speculator and philanthropist, and I hope to show you before I get through that he deserves your notice both for his character and for the many burdens which are laid upon him.”

Here is the whole essay if you’re interested:

http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/rbannis1//AIH19th/Sumner.Forgotten.html

August 22, 2008 Posted by | Freedom, Government | Leave a comment

What daddy has learned so far

Alexander is now 3 weeks old and I have learned some very interesting things so far about babies and being a parent.  I just wanted to share some of those things I’ve learned:

1. Babies are noisy sleepers.  When Alexander sleeps I hear almost constant little noises.  I read in a book that is normal as babies are in REM (when muscle activity is still active) for a much larger percentage of there sleep than adults are.

2. A baby can fart just as loud as you can.  The other day I was holding Alexander and I swear he farted louder than most farts I have ever heard.  Apparently size does not restrict the volume of a fart.

3. A babie’s head looks weird.  I remember when Alexander was first born and I saw his head for the first time: it was gross…  I did not know that the skull surrounding the brain are four seperate plates when they are first born.  Now his head looks more normal (even though it’s still huge) but when I hold him I can still feel the separation of those plates and it still feels kinda weird.

4. A baby boy’s private parts are pretty big compared to his body.  When I saw it in the sonogram and after he was first born I thought “that is a manly boy” but apparently that is just normal.

5. I read that it’s literally impossible to spoil a baby in the first two months of life.  Apparently they are not aware of there surroundings and what not so you can’t spoil them.  So there are no worries about getting him too used to sleeping in the same room as mom and dad, or getting too used to be rocked to sleep etc in the first two months.  After two months though they start to become aware of there surroundings so bad habits need to be avoided and good habits initiated after two months.

Those are just the first few that popped into my head but I’m sure I’ll think of more later.

Basically I love being a daddy.  Looking into those innocent eyes is one of my favorite things now.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

One last note: I highly recommend the book Baby 411.  It’s a book about everything about babies in there first year.  It’s great for looking up answers to questions you might feel too stupid to ask and has been an invaluable resource to myself and Amy.

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Children, Family, Parenting | 5 Comments

Bill of No Rights

I found this pretty funny document that is called the “Bill of No Rights” which points out, in a humorous way, the various things that many people believe are rights but in fact are not at all.

For example number 9 says:

“You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities in education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.”

Anyway here is the link to the entire thing if you want to see it: http://keelynet.com/humor/norights.htm

I think it’s pretty funny but actually true.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Freedom, Government | 1 Comment

Hello World! Alexander Thomas Brown

Alexander Thomas Brown

Alexander Thomas Brown

Alexander Thomas Brown was born on July 29th at 3:49 PM weighing 5 lbs 14 oz at a length of 19 inches.

“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” – E. T Sullivan

August 4, 2008 Posted by | Children, Family, Parenting | 2 Comments

Some commonly unknown principles in the Constitution

In the past year or so I have been studying the Constitution in depth and it has been a very interesting journey so far.  It’s interesting how many principles from the Constitution I frankly had no clue about and did not learn about in school.  I want to share a few of them with you guys in the hopes that if you don’t already know them maybe you’ll learn something.  In the event I’m wrong about something correct me and I’ll learn as well.

1.  The Preamble says “provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare”.  Notice how the framers choose to use the word “provide” when talking about defense but only “promote” when talking about the general welfare.  To promote something is a passive approach while providing something is an active approach.  This obviously points out the idea that government should provide defense but NOT welfare.  Also note the use of the word “general” before welfare.  This means that government should not have programs that target specific individuals or groups but instead only benefit the general population.  For example Social Security benefits a specific group: the elderly.

2.  Freedom of speech, as referenced in the 1st amendment only restricts the Congress and no one else.  The 1st amendment to the Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech”.  Note that Congress is the only one that is restricted from abridging speech and literally Congress is the only one that can even violate the 1st amendment.  So when a reporter is fired for “speaking out” or whatever and you hear people say “what about free speech?” remember that as long as Congress didn’t pass a law restricting said speech no violation of free speech has occured.

3.  The Federal government is restricted from doing anything the Constitution does not explicitly authorize them to do.  The 10th amendment to the Constitution says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  So, for example, since the Constitution does not give the Federal government the power to control what an individual can and can’t put in his/her own body they can’t do it.  This means that all Federal drug laws are unconstitutional.

4.  Congress is the only one authorized to decide on going to war through a declaration of war.  Now it is true the Constitution does not specifically say “Congress must declare war before we go to war” but an honest study of the framers intentions combined with some logic will only lead to that conclusion.  “The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the Legislature.” – James Madison (“The Father of The Constitution”)  Some may argue that a declaration is simply not required by the Constitution but to this I say then why in the world would the framers specifically give the Congress a power that is not needed at all?  Logic tells us that they would only give them a power if that power needs to be used thus if the Congress is given the power to declare war they must do so.

5.  The Constitution doesn’t give us our rights, we already have them, the Constitution instead restricts the Federal government from violating them.  Many believe that the Bill of Rights lists all the rights we have been given by the Constitution but that is incorrect.  The Declaration of Independence confirms that our rights are given to us by our Creator: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.  Government exists to protect our rights, NOT give us our rights.  The 9th amendment further explains: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”  This means that we have more rights than is what is simply listed in the Constitution.

Let us not forget that the Savior declared, “I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose” (D&C 101:80)  President Ezra Taft Benson said, “I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval on the Constitution of this land. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has sent other choice spirits—even you who read my words—to preserve it.”

I would encourage all of us to study the Constitution and respect it and the rule of law by advocating and voting for leaders and policies that are in harmony with this sacred document.

July 17, 2008 Posted by | Government | 2 Comments

Does Gun Control Help or Actually Hurt?

The debate of gun control has been going on for hundreds of years.  Some say that more guns = more violence.  Others say that we have a right to have guns no matter the consequences.  So where do I stand?  Suprise suprise I am opposed to gun control and gun regulation.  I oppose gun control for many reasons:

1. It’s unconstitutional.  The Second amendment to the Constitution clearly says “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Yes the Constitution generally only restricts the federal government, not the states, unless expressly stated but the passage of the fourteenth amendment extended the right to keep and bear Arms to the states as well: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

Gun control laws simply violate the Constitution and mocks the rule of law.

2. No one, not even government, has a right to prevent a law-abiding, peacefull, citizen from having a gun.  If you want to have a gun, for whatever reason, why should anyone else, whether it be a friend, a neighbor, an enemy, or a group of politicians, command you “you cannot have a gun”?  Where does anyone derive the moral authority to prevent anyone else from having a gun?  You may not like the idea of someone else having a gun but you have no just authority to prevent someone from doing so.

3. Everyone has a right to there life and self protection including using a gun if necessary to protect your life. The right to keep and bear arms is directly tied to the right to life.  You don’t have a right to your life if you don’t have a right to defend your life.

4. Gun control not only doesn’t work or prevent crime it actually increases violent crime and murder.  You may think that that sounds backwards but it’s actually true and the reason for this is quite simple: A criminal by definition does not follow the law so a law telling a criminal “you can’t have a gun” has no effect on them.  Gun control laws only take guns away from law-abiding citizens, not criminals.

Here is also an excellent video with more information of the harm caused by gun control.

July 11, 2008 Posted by | Freedom, Government | 5 Comments