Monday, December 11, 2017

Alabama senate race

For the first time in my adult life, I'd probably sit out an election and not vote. I don't agree with anything that the democrat says (surprise!) and Roy Moore is five steps away from sharing a jail cell with Jared Fogle. Look, I get it that in politics people lie. I'm sure that some of the controversy surrounding him is political, but I can count on one hand how many times I've been accused of something that I didn't do. Most of the bad things in my life that I've been accused of are things that I did do. I also understand that if I poked around in your past I could find things that you did that you are ashamed of and don't want known. However with Roy Moore, there is just so much smoke that there has to be fire. It took down Herman Cain (remember him?) and now it's going to take down Roy Moore.

Many republicans have called for Roy Moore to step down from the race, and that's a good thing. The democrats correctly kick out their perverts (Franken, Anthony Weiner, John Conyers) and the republicans are trying their best to do the same. I admire the party leadership-something I've never said in my life.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scripture Sunday 3 Nephi 18:21-24

I'm sure that other religions have their versions of family prayer, but LDS seem to really embrace it. Praying is an important aspect in the church, and it's heavily emphasized in the culture. This scripture might be where the family prayers come from. That old saying, "the family that prays together, stays together" can be ridiculed in our increasingly secular society but there seems to be some truth to it. Lots of times families that pray together can be better prepared for stressful events that happen in life.

The passage goes on to say other interesting things. "Behold, you shall meet together often, and you shall not forbid any man from coming onto you when you meet". LDS meetinghouses are open to the public and just anyone can walk into a church meeting on Sunday morning-so the church is doing the right thing and supporting what this passage says. It is true however that LDS temples are not open to the public and you have to be a bit more "serious" of an LDS member to be allowed entrance. I've been to the temple several times but I haven't been in a few years.

Finally, this passage talks about "holding up your light so it may shine to the world." Often times LDS are thought of having a light that shines to the outside world. It's a sweet thing, and it's often very true. LDS people do tend to have a special glow to them-and we love to share that with the outside world.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Smoking in restaurants

I find it highly amusing that people who think that a business should be able to pick and choose who to serve are in favor of smoking bans in restaurants. If you can pick and choose not to serve a homosexual wedding, why can't a restaurant pick and choose if they want to allow it's customers to smoke in it?

Like I've mentioned before I no longer smoke cigarettes but I used to. Do I enjoy the occasional (less than once a year, seriously) cigarette? No comment, but in fairness it's been several years since I had even one and a decade since I've smoked on a regular basis. Unlike many other non smokers and former smokers, I have no problem being around them and don't look down on people who smoke anything from cigars to cigarettes to weed.

It is your choice as a consumer to frequent places that you enjoy. If you don't want to sit in the smoking section (are there such things anymore?) at a business, than you need to use your freedom of choice and not do so. It's up to the business to decide if they want to ban smoking or not. Some bars in the my county still allow smoking, and it's not up to you tell them to ban it anymore than it is your right to force them to serve a homosexual person.

The cool part about freedom is the freedom for others to do things that you personally disagree with.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Album of the weekend

Iron Butterfly-In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Fun fact: this band has had a huge, huge amount of turnover. At one point every single citizen in California was in this band. Literally. Every single one.

High turnover or not, this album is famous for one song. The stupidly long In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. The backstory to this song is that the writer was so drunk he tried to say "In the Garden of Eden" but it came out like the title. Regardless of the how, and even though it's way too long this song was one of the first heavy metal songs. Listen to it again in it's entirety and tell me you couldn't see it done by early Black Sabbath.

No one has ever heard the other songs on the album. Obviously you'll download just this one song and forget about Iron Butterfly-but their place in heavy metal history should be recognized by more people.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bitcoin

The price of Bitcoin is skyrocketing right now and while I'm hardly an expert in the stock market or Bitcoin, it concerns me. Something this volatile is not likely to end well. That's a shame too, because as paper cash quietly fades to black, Bitcoin I think will be the future of money.

Bitcoin is many things, but to me it seems like an electronic version of paper cash. Like dollar bills, Bitcoin is hard to trace. It can be earned and hoarded without the government really knowing about it and that's a good thing, a very good thing. What the government can't know about it can't tax, regulate or take. I'm not naive though-I think Bitcoin will eventually be regulated/taxed/banned or in some way restricted. The government can't function without your money and if more people use Bitcoin than debit cards/etc, than the government will absolutely strike back.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Plastic surgery

It is a free country and you can do whatever you'd like. If you want to get breast implants or liposuction just due to vanity-go for it. There are also many blessings to plastic surgery as well. Burn victims can lead better lives and hopefully get a boost to their self confidence. A man going bald can also try various cures that might make him feel better as well. Plastic surgery of virtually all types should be legal and as long as you find a doctor willing to do perform the surgery you should be free to do whatever you please.

In most cases though I think plastic surgery can be a sign of a deeply depressed person and someone with some severe mental issues. This blog post was inspired by the internet rumor of the girl in Iran who got plastic surgery to look like Angelina Jolie. The Heaven sent Snopes says that the rumor is "unproven" but we've all heard of plastic surgery horror stories before. The Snopes story is right here.

I hope it's not true. The woman needs mental health counseling and not more plastic surgery if this really is the case. I find the story incredibly disturbing.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bill Clinton

If you grew up in the 90's you'll remember that Bill Clinton had a string of sexual scandals, and I'm not just talking about Monica. He, like Trump,was a walking sexual harassment case. Democrats defending him wildly back in the 90's and republicans (shockingly) tried to take him down. Are you surprised about this? I'm not. It's the exact same as it was now, with the political parties reversed. In 2017, some democrats are now saying that Clinton should have resigned back then.

It's easy to see that now, isn't it? I have a bit of disdain (is that possible to have a bit of it? You either have it or you don't, I guess. It's like being "sort of" pregnant) for people who now suddenly say that Clinton should have resigned. It's easy to say that now after the time has passed and it won't cost you much politically, huh?

Bill Clinton is an afterthought in democratic politics. Oh sure, he still holds some power-all ex presidents do after all-but it's easy to throw him under the bus because sexual harassment suits are in the news right now. Them saying that he should have resigned is completely meaningless and it's as political as people saying Trump should never have been elected president. Well, like it or not he is president. Like it or not, Clinton didn't resign and many people on the left didn't think he should have back then. You can change your mind on issues and that's fine. God knows I have. But this is nothing but politics.