Dunno why, but I like this song:
Have at it, friends!
So, after a virtual hiatus, one of my favorite bloggers has returned to blogging, thanks to Obama’s win. So at least one good thing came from Obama’s victory.
Don’t miss out SobekPundit‘s sensibility and wit (yea, verily, his wit doth cut to the very center).
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all who served this Great Country and who are still doing so and will do so.
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So, I have two difficult classes this term. For one class, our group needs to find an industry (and a specific company therein) to study from a microeconomics perspective. We have only five weeks for the microeconomics part of the course; the next five weeks comprise the macroeconomics part. So five weeks to study an industry and company — while I’m still learning the basics of microeconomics (sarc) oh I’m going to be so much help (/sarc).
Then I have to prepare my Sunday School lesson for this coming Sunday. I had two weeks to do it (this past weekend was Stake Conference, so I didn’t teach class), but characteristically I left it to this week.
And I was originally assigned the last Sunday in November to give a talk during the main meeting at church. The branch presidency moved me up to this week. And my topic isn’t all that easy: not much written on it, else I’d just quote Scriptures and talks and lessons from manuals, and so on. So I have to do actual thinking and study. And for some reason, the branch presidency has high expectations. (Last time I had to give a talk, they put me in the most-time slot, but I didn’t have enough time (someone before me ran way over) so I had to abbreviate my talk, and even then I ran over. Which wasn’t a problem because I had to teach right after, so my class was shorter. 😉 )
So in one week I have to:
Prepare the lesson (which I haven’t even started)
Prepare the talk (ditto)
Get the group to agree on an industry
Get the group to agree on a company
Do my microeconomics readings
Do my financial management readings
Complete the online course component of financial management
Fortunately – my silver lining – is that my bosses are leaving the country for most of the week. So I’ll have the opportunity to do schoolwork (and churchwork) during working hours; and I might even sneak in a few trips to the Temple, after chauffeuring Mom around maybe for a day or two.
Yeah, wah wah wah. Poor me. At least I’m busy. I’d rather be busy — and have the opportunity to contribute at Church — than be useless.
On the other hand, there are a number of personal issues that have occupied my mind. The world has always been…interesting. It’s getting interestinger. Fortunately, I think I found someone to help me, in a way, with one of my biggest challenges.
There is a right way to protest, and a wrong way.
One thing I have noticed is that liberals are very sore losers. When they lose, they make so much noise and they whine so much.
Proposition 8 – which amends the constitution of California to define marriage as between one man and woman woman – passed. The Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were two of the largest entities that pushed for the passing of the Proposition. The two joined Evangelical churches, Muslims, and certain Jews, along with others, to campaign for the Proposition.
The Proposition passed by about 52%. All it needed was a majority to pass.
Advocates for same-sex marriage are placing the blame, strangely enough, on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What makes its passage interesting is that while so many Christian, Muslim, and Jewish organizations expended time and money to promote the Proposition, it was Obama who indirectly killed gay marriage in California. The overwhelming number of black and Latinos who came out to vote, to vote for Obama, also voted for the Proposition. Were Obama not in the running, perhaps not so many people would have come out to vote, and the Proposition may not have passed.
Nevertheless, they are targetting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This had been a hard time for Latter-day Saints, what with violence, vandalism, and theft being daily occurrences. And now the opponents of Proposition 8 are organizing their piece de resistance: a massive protest at the Los Angeles California Temple.
I called the Temple. Protests have already started. The massive protest is expected at 2 pm, Pacific time. The Temple is closed for the day. My elders quorum president sent me a text message of a Good he did: “la mormon protest 2 pm”. It’s huge! Of course, the Kossacks are right on top of it.
I have no problem with people who oppose the Church for what it has encouraged its members to do, but this is ridiculous. Proponents for same-sex marriage will get no goodwill for such antics, and will only harden the resolve of those who oppose same-sex marriage. If they do a peaceful, respectful protest, that’s fine. But what they’re planning – including plans to crash/disrupt our services while drinking coffee and smoking – is only going to backfire. Being belligerent – “teaching us a lesson” – is no way to win friends or support.
But it all demonstrates the childishness of the liberals when they lose.
“Black, Latino voters helped Prop. 8 pass” by Tony Castro on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, on LA Daily News
“Black and Latino voters critical to same-sex marriage ban’s success” by Mike Swift and Sean Webby on Wednesday, November 11, 2008, on MercuryNews.com
So, we experienced a major defeat. Yet let us not become too despondent. We cannot always win, and perhaps it is better we lost than having won.
With the loss of our candidate, we are not in the position of having to endure someone whom we might not have liked or supported anyway. If we cannot stand behind either candidate, let the fall of the Republican be the nourishing water at the roots of the tree of conservatism and good governance, to reinvigorate the Republican Party and bring its people to abide more closely to its nourishing principles and values.
This offers up a great opportunity. Let us use this opportunity to sweep into power honorable representatives who will not betray us, who will honor the principles of good governance. Let us support and move forward those who will help America and her people, not those who will exploit their power for greed or expediency.
After having a Congress with one of the lowest approval ratings in history, the Democrats have control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. Their failure can only be blamed on them now. When the novelty of this historic election wears off, and as those in power realize that their magic incantations don’t work in the real world, the people will see these people for who and what they really are. Reality will be inescapable.
And behind this, all the while, we should be advocating the principles and values and standards of good governance. Give the American people solace and guidance as they face the reality of their choices. Let us show them the way to a better nation.
Let us gird up our loins and fresh courage take, and continue our trek to bring America to a better place.
Brothers, sisters, friends – onward!
A song from right-thinking people to/about Obama (language warning)
One of the bloggers I admire the most is SobekPundit. He is not only sensible, articulate, and profound, but has helped me greatly with issues that have confounded me. In just a short while, while meeting him, he helped me gain a greater understanding on an issue that has confused me for some time.
I got to meet him last night. I feel really sorry for him, though. He was quite hungry, but I took him on an impromptu (read: unintentional) tour of Chicago’s expressways, streets, roads, backroads, and parking lots. (Em, I got lost. A lot. Despite getting a Garmin Nüvi.) Because I was star-struck and had been fasting all day, my mind wasn’t as sharp as it could have been. (I hope to make a better impression next time we meet, whenever that may be.)
WickedPinto was going to come, but he got real ill. We both missed him.
We talked mainly about political stuff, languages, and some religion. We commented on blogs and whom we’ve met/seen. He recounted some of his experiences upon arriving, unexpectedly, at the IBSBP.
We enjoyed a good Chicago-style pizza. One thing I have noticed is that Sobek is very sensible. I complained that he should blog more. I hope he will.
Well, I’m fasting again, so I should stop before I start not making sense. I’ll add more stuff later.
No post until Monday, maybe Tuesday.
Yes, it’s 2:30 am.
Class begins at 8 am.
I have still 2 finals assignments to complete.
Please to shoot me.