Nov 19, 2004

I was right....

Yup, she got another dozen red roses...vases of roses are popping up all over the house...

Nov 18, 2004

Joseph Smith...a martyr and example

And as for the perils which I am called to pass through, they seem but a small thing to me, as the envy and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of my life; and for what cause it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the foundation of the world for some good end, or bad, as you may choose to call it. Judge ye for yourselves. God knoweth all these things, whether it be good or bad. But nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont to swim in. It all has become a second nature to me; and I feel, like Paul, to glory in tribulation; for to this day has the God of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it. Doctrine and Covenants 127:2

I am by no means comparing myself to Joseph Smith, the great Prophet, the first of this dispensation, but I am awed and yet humbled at the same time by his example! I mean, what powerful words...."But nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont to swim in.".

Over the past 9 months I have only begun to understand what it is to "glory" in tribulation, such as Paul did and as Joseph Smith did as well. We know that they were both young men at the time, too. But the faith and courage both men expressed, despite some of the obvious human traits and flaws. I mean, what faith it must have taken Joseph Smith to declare that "I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.". We do know that Joseph Smith died as a martyr at the hands of an angry mob, but despite this fact, and knowing all too well that his life would most likely be shortened here on earth, he knew his calling and election here on earth...he knew that he had been ordained before the foundation of the world, and he knew that no matter how his life was taken, in the end, what mattered was his faith and his willingness to succeed at the commandments his God had given him.

Talk about having an eternal perspective!

more flowers????!!!!

So Laurie just got home from meeting Aaron in Chicago. He got her flowers AGAIN!!! And it was HIS birthday!!!! Man! I've never ever EVER received flowers from a suitor. NEVER! And I bet 20 million dollars he will bring some more on Friday when he comes up here to meet us. Probably like a dozen long stemmed roses or something.

Ok, I know they are totally falling head-over-heels for each other, and I'm totally happy for both of them. But jeez, she seemed to find one of the very few decent men left on this planet. I can't help but be jealous.

Flowers??? Well, perhaps someday.


Nov 17, 2004

What am I thinking??

I'm an idiot. I don't know why I even try sometimes. I mean, the
guy is surrounded by women, living in a beautiful city in the
mountains, where the climate is just perfect. Between the 2
singles wards and all the other co-eds around, he can find plenty of
Why do I even try??

I know why. Because despite how much I might want to disbelieve,
I just can't. I've already been given too much knowledge. To
deny it would be a sin.

I really do understand how difficult it is to be a missionary. I
have a truth; and knowledge that I am as sure of as the Gospel of
Jesus Christ itself. I have a burning desire to share this truth
with the man I love most in this world. Yet despite how much I love
him, I am scared. I am scared of his own humanity, I guess. I'm
scared of mine as well.

But I know it is true. Why must I live my life full of truth
and knowledge that people seem to hate me and condemn me for? Why is
it that when I try to share that truth... the knowledge that I know,
beyond a shadow of a doubt, would bring greater joy and peace to
someone's life, do they only turn around and not only not believe me,
but cast me off in their mind as crazy? I do not understand this.
When I learn a new truth or principle from someone, even when up
until that point I had firmly believed the opposite, I embrace it. I
pray about it and if it is true, it becomes a knowledge. When
something becomes knowledge, affirmed to me in such a way, I no
longer doubt it.

So why do even the seemingly most faithful of people still fight
agains what will make them happy, and what is true? Do they not
understand Doctrine and Covenants 93?? Do they not realize where
truth and happiness comes from??

It is so hard. My heart breaks because I just ache. I pray for
understanding and patience, and I also pray that those who might be
praying the same for me will have their prayers answered, too.

Nov 13, 2004

Judeo-Christian sexual morality

I pulled this from a disturbing article discounting that horrible and horrendous Kinsley (the father of the sexual revolution) and his supposed research.

However, reading this below reminded me AGAIN just WHY Soddom and Gomorrah were destroyed. It tells me just WHY God has reminded us again and again that our bodies are temples. It reminds me WHY sex is so sacred and WHY it must be practiced ONLY within the confinements of marriage.

This chasm between Judeo-Christian sexual morality and, basically, the rest of the world becomes stunningly clear in Dennis Prager's award-winning essay, "Why Judaism rejected homosexuality":

When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world.

It is not overstated to say that the Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism, and later carried forward by Christianity.

The revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women.

By contrast, throughout the ancient world, and up to the recent past in many parts of the world, sexuality infused virtually all of society.

Another excerpt:

"Sex," as the brilliant 20th century writer G.K. Chesterton put it, "is an instinct that produces an institution; and it is positive and not negative, noble and not base, creative and not destructive, because it produces this institution. That institution is the family; a small state or commonwealth which has hundreds of aspects, when it is once started, that are not sexual at all. It includes worship, justice, festivity, decoration, instruction, comradeship, repose. Sex is the gate of that house; and romantic and imaginative people naturally like looking through a gateway. But the house is very much larger than the gate. There are indeed a certain number of people who like to hang about the gate and never get any further."

Sex and love. The desire to have sex does not come from love, any more than the desire to eat comes from love. Both are basically animal functions. But the "love" part of sex has to do with everything else surrounding us in marriage – the commitment, caring, unselfishness, restraint, hard work, planning, sacrifice, affection and endless patience. These provide the virtue that infuses an animal act with love.

And a final excerpt:

You see, any illicit desire – even when fulfilled – is satisfied only temporarily. Before long, the appetite returns, but with a vengeance. This is the nature of addiction – the craving never ends, but the "fix" needed is always greater. That is, when we fulfill ourselves in a wrong way, the original "high" is no longer attainable just by having the same sexual experience, the same drug, the same "hit" as before.

To put it perhaps too plainly, men are born basically addicted to women. Men compulsively look at women in terms of gratification. Women, who quickly catch on to this terrible weakness men have for them – a weakness not only for physical gratification, but for the ego support and reassurance that usually come with it – in turn discover they have a terrible power over men they never asked for. If they're not careful, they can easily become as addicted to men's need for them as their men are to sex, and then they'll compulsively promote their man's weakness for the sake of power over him.

This basic sexual dynamic can easily become a serious problem. That's why, without real virtue – not the phony kind, thank you, but real maturity on the part of married men and women – we just can't relate to sex properly. The games that develop around this syndrome give rise to tremendous resentments, intrigues and conflicts – and ultimately hatreds – which in turn are a major reason half of today's marriages, even among Christians, end in divorce.

We need to re-discover, or discover for the first time, unselfish love for each other. If we do, we will relate to sex properly. If we don't, we are destined to drive each other into terrible conflict. Men don't need to be addicts. And women don't need to be liars. But these are the roles we tend to foster in each other when our relationship is based on anything other than true, godly caring for each other.

When all is said and done, Alfred Kinsey led the nation in the ultimate devaluation of something precious – love, marriage, children and the difficult but fantastically rewarding personal growth that couples experience when they walk down that road of love and fidelity together.

In truth, sex is a great mystery – a mysterium magnum. We constantly degrade sex into far less than it really is, but then we also build it up to be far more than it really is. To get it right, we just need to remember Whom we belong to.

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Here is a link to the article. I warn you, however, that some of it is extremely disturbing. does support my belief about sexuality and exactly WHY society has become so complacent and even welcoming of sex and has pretty much sexualized EVERYTHING we see.

Nov 11, 2004


What I still don't understand, though, is why he continues to deny personal revelation. I don't think he hates me at all...he just can't handle my presence in his life. He knows he has hurt me terribly and the guilt probably overcomes him when he even allows himself to think about me. I truly hope and/or wish that this is not the case. Yes he has hurt me, but I'm all the better because of it. I've grown, and I sure hope he has too. But just because I've grown, and just because I've been able to recognize the positive experiences that came from the most painful moment in my life, doesn't mean that the deeply personal and overwhelming revelation I received on my birthday last year was, in fact, a lie or somehow misconstrued by my confused heart. I would never knowingly and willingly hang on to hopes of something so seemingly impossible and painful. Yet, I know my track record may prove otherwise (aka J.R.P). But there was a reason for prepare me for this. I have been told this. Everything I was told since October of 1995 makes complete sense. The things I was shown on that day have indeed come to pass. The deep pain and depression I was told that I would go through have indeed overwhelmed me. Yet I told my Father with complete faith and determination, both that October day in 1995 and that December day of 2003 that I would follow Him and do as He asketh, no matter the consequences. Do I willingly want to continue to go through this? To love someone who is more determined to NOT love me than Hitler was to install a supreme race on this globe? Heck no. I too have my pride. I know I'm better than that. And I've tried straying from the path...but I was told to get right back on it.

Sweetheart, if for whatever reason you might find yourself reading this someday, I do hope you realize several things. ONE: You have been forgiven for, well, just being human -- for doubting, for fearing and for hurting me in the process -- just as I know I have been forgiven for my part in this all too. TWO: I will always love you, no matter what. Do you seriously think I care about anything other than the child of God that you are? Do you think I naively dismiss your human traits and foibles? You must know me better than this. Heck, your best friend has gotten to know me and trust me and he can attest that the last thing I care about is someone's past or someone's weaknesses. We ALL have BOTH. If I truly thought you were beneath me, or beneath anyone, for that matter, would I even allow myself to go through the torture of unrequitted love? THREE: SHE was wrong. Even your best friend agrees that she has (although I'm sure well-intentioned) caused more strife and confusion in your life than you deserve. I KNOW that you and I received the same answer in regards to us. I KNOW that beyond a shadow of a doubt. You may continue through life doubting it, questioning it, and forcing me to doubt and question it as well, simply by continuing down the road of actions and consequences that you are, but dear, even if temporarily I lose my mind and believe it was all surreal, or that it never happened, I know in my heart that it did. I know it just as I know that THE GOSPEL IS TRUE. I will never deny it -- ever. I realize what future torment may very well be in store for me because of my refusal to deny the truth...but, well, then that will be my future. I would rather return to my Father in Heaven alone, but be there to receive Celestial Glory for my faith and my commitment to personal and general commandments, than to simply allow myself to lead a slightly happier life for the moment by denying what I know is true. I think of the eternal consequences when I make decisions, not just the temporal ones. FOUR: I cannot do anything to change your mind. I would hope and pray that God is your ultimate guide in your decisions. Not your family, not your friends...but your loving Father in Heaven.

Don't you see?? Don't you understand?? Why DO you fight your hardest battles against the people who love you the most?? Why do you force yourself into solitude and confusion when everything that you could possibly want...everything that God wants to give you, is right in front of you??

Oh how I wish I could convince you. Oh how I wish I could just somehow show you the truth. Oh how I wish I could remind you of everything you felt and learned 11 months ago. Oh how I wish I could make you see the light and convince you to turn back toward the peace and the love that has been promised to you! I know the truth...but all I can do, as any missionary knows, is share my testimony of it. All I can do is love you and pray. You have to do the rest.

Come home. Please come home. Come to a place where you are wanted, needed, respected, cherished, and loved beyond all reason. Why won't you give it another chance? Take a chance on happiness. Take a chance on someone who will never hate you, will never abandon you, will never judge you, abuse you or torment you. Take a chance on a woman that God prepared specifically for you.

I guess I just don't understand it. But for now, I accept it. Life is full of bumps and hurdles. But I know that despite what the future holds for either of us, I will continue to do as God commands me. My eternal rest in God will be made sure if I only but follow that one vital decision that I made long, long ago.

Nov 10, 2004

2nd part of Chapter 1 of my novel

Well, peeps, I finished chapter one. LOL there's no way in heck I'm going to get 50,000 words done this month, but at least it's a start. If you want to read the 2nd half (from Adam's point of view as compared to Corrine's) click on the "My novel" link at the top of this page or on the sidebar.

By the way, this is a fictional tale. Any similarities drawn to real life people is simply a coincidence ;) Ok???
As always, if you have positive comments, please leave them at the end of the chapter. Negative ones can wait until this is finished (if that ever happens ;)

Nov 9, 2004

Here's a sampling of what the liberal media thinks of Christian voters

  • Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press wonders if President Bush understands that "he was not chosen god, bishop, rabbi or high priest?"

  • The publisher of Harper's magazine, John R. MacArthur, blasts President Bush for advertising his "subservience to Jesus Christ and the Christian god, without the least concern about whether it might offend me" and others like him.

  • Ex-seminarian Garry Wills writes in the New York Times, "Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin Birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?" He ends by saying that "moral zealots" will scare moderate Republicans with their "jihads."

  • Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist who hates Bush, says the president "ran a jihad in America so he can fight one in Iraq."

  • Dowd's colleague Thomas Friedman intolerantly accuses Bush's base of wanting "to extend the boundaries of religion" and of promoting "intolerance."

  • Without providing one example, Margaret Carlson opines in the Los Angeles Times that Catholic bishops "demonized" Kerry's supporters by warning them that "they could go to hell just for voting for him."

  • Sheryl McCarthy of Newsday accuses Bush of "pandering to people's fears, petty interests and prejudices" against gays and others.

  • Sidney Blumenthal, writing in Salon, nervously claims that the new Senate majority is "more theocratic than Republican."

  • In the same spot, Sean Wilentz embarrasses his fellow Princeton faculty by saying "religious fanaticism" has "seized control of the federal government."

Look, people, let me make this clear. I am NOT cousin Jason is in Fallujah as we speak. I am not PRO intolerance...I am NOT trying to deny people their personal liberty by the way I voted. Do you think I want our soldiers being killed? Do you think I want innocent Muslims being killed? Do you think I want our contractors, or our volunteers being killed?

NO. I just realize that it isn't as black and white as people would like to make it out to be. Do I believe Saddam was a horrible tyrant who needed to be ousted? YES. Do I think that the Iraqis, just like everyone on God's green earth, deserve the opportunity to live in a nation free from opression? YES. Do I believe that the UN sanctions were not working? YES...especially after learning about the oil-for-food scandal. I think President Bush could have waited a while longer before declaring war to see if the last round of weapons inspections would work? YES. Do I see an evident link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam's regime? NO. Do I think our reasoning for going after those supposed weapons of mass destruction was a good one? NO. Do I think it was a lie? No. I think the intelligence that President Bush, Senator Kerry and everyone else on capitol hill saw was the same, and that they truly all believed there were weapons of mass destruction. I believe there still might be, or there WAS. I don't think blaming the president for something a majority on capitol hill agreed upon is RIGHT. He had the same information they did. Who screwed up? Intelligence...France...Germany...Russia...and yes, we did for going in so hastily, thinking we would win the war with the ease we won in Afghanistan.

But what is done is done, and right now, a change in commander in chief would have been disastrous for our troops. We are already over there, folks...and pulling them out would have been a terrible mistake. I want them home too....but we have to think of right here and right now, and how to clean up this situation. I ALSO believe that one of our nobler goals of entering free the Iraqi people -- is a valid one. Some of our reasons were not noble at all, and I see that. But WHAT IS DONE IS DONE. Get over it and stop blaming Bush for everything wrong and corrupt in our society. Most of that corruption was already there when he was inaugurated.

I also believe that peace is not just an absence of conflict, but that it is a willingness to stand for justice. I think we need to help out as many people on this earth that we can afford Sudan, for instance. I think it is our responsibility, because we are the world' superpower, and we are the HAVES...and they are the HAVE-NOTS, and they deserve to have the blessings and prosperity that we do.

I believe in civil unions for homosexuals, by the way. But if they are going to allow that, they have to allow roommates, polygamous marriages, etc to enjoy the same benefits. I do NOT believe in redefining the word MARRIAGE...because, after all, marriage began as a religious institution, not as a civil one. Why should I be forced to say that a term that means so much to me wouuld allow marriage to same-sex partners? Or to polygamous unions? Or to who knows what else?

Do I vote on my moral values? YES. Do I think abortion is evil, even worse than war? Yes, because it is outright murder by a MOTHER. Do I vote for the guy who I can better trust to allow me to continue enjoying my religious liberties? Who will allow, if he can at all help it, our children to pray in school if they wish? To sing about Jesus at Christmastime in their holiday concerts? YES. I believe in religion, because when followed correctly, it only encourages goodness and peace. Yes, even Islam. Our CONSTITUTION was founded upon religious values...and our laws came right from the 10 commandments. If we abandon those, because they are simply not "progressive"....our nation will be doomed, just as the Nephite nation of old fell. The United States of America is a chosen land; of liberty and prosperity, and it is so because God decreed it as such. If we allow those who demand us to "accept" their immoral ways of life to rule...if we allow them to dictate our laws...if we allow them to decide what is best for our nation, then God will no longer protect us, just as he allowed the Nephite nation to die. Don't you people see?? Our society has enough evil and corruption as it is. I really think it's already worse than Babylon of old was...and look what happened to Babylon! Fortunately, there are good people still among us...people who know the difference between right and wrong (and, by the way, every able-minded person over 8 has the ability to discern this), and BECAUSE people like us exist, our country is still going strong.

But how much longer will it last? They are fighting us terribly. They call us ignorant, stupid, and naive. They make up lies and sling insults. Yes, there are some right-winged zealots who are just as bad...and those kind of people who cry for the blood of Muslims and spread anonmosity towards the left-winged liberals are just as guilty if not more so (because they know better!). But please, people....think with your hearts as well as your minds. Read the Bible! It foretold everything that is happening right now...but it also preaches peace and love to all mankind.

Why is this all happening? I don't know. But I know the outcome before the 2nd coming, and it's not pretty. The only thing we can do is try to make what good there is in this world last as long as we can. We can teach the gospel of PEACE...and we can be lights before the world. The world needs it more than ever, folks. The world needs us more than ever.

Nov 5, 2004

An opinion from "El Mundo"

I was reading from the Spanish newspaper "El Mundo". They have an opinion section on OUR elections. Anyway, as I knew I would, I found a lot of anti-USA and hate. I read a lot of false propaganda and strange ideas that are not true about our country. They called us stupid and naive, religious zealots, and third world, among others.

But, I came across this opinion, and I must say my heart swelled with gratitude. Hey, they don't ALL hate us.


De verdad, me parece mentira, no me puedo creer algunas de las opiniones que estoy leyendo. Yo conozco América, yo he vivido el patriotismo de los AMERICANOS, y lo pongo con mayúsculas, SI PATRIOTISMO, ellos no olvidan tan facilmente como nosotros a sus muertos, a las víctimas del terrorismo, de la barbarie. Ellos no han castigado a su Presidente como hemos hecho nosotros aún a sabiendas de que nos estábamos castigando a nosotros mismos. Yo me alegro, de verdad, de la reelección de Bush, me alegro de que alguien en este planeta luche por su país, por su bienestar y me entristezco mucho pensando que no somos nosotros, los que nos llamamos Españoles, verguenza nos tendría que dar consentir que nos pase lo que nos está pasando, claro que tenemos lo que nos merecemos, nosotros solitos nos lo hemos buscado. Quisimos castigar y castigamos al único gobierno que realmente estaba dando bienestar a este país y ahora pagaremos las consecuencias. Seamos realistas, más nos valdría aprender de los Americanos, en vez de tanto criticarles, ahí están, a la cabeza del mundo.

Espe. / Madrid

A lie
(English translation)

Truthfully, it seems a lie, and I cannot believe some of the opinions that I am reading. I know America, I have lived the AMERICAN patriotism, and I put that in capitals -- yes PATRIOTISM, they do not easily forget their dead like we do, they do not forget their victims of terrorism, of barbarism. They have not chastized their president like we have done even knowing that we were chastizing ourselves. I am happy, in all truth, about the reelection of Bush, and I'm happy that someone on this planet fights for their country, for its well-being and it very much saddens me to think we who call ourselves Spaniards aren't ashamed to have allowed what has happened to happen to us; of course we have what we deserve, we are isolated, which is what we were looking for. We wanted to chastize and we chastize the only government that really is doing what is in the best interests of its country, and now we are paying the consequences. Let's be realistic -- it would do us good to learn from the Americans instead of constantly criticizing them, because here they are, at the head of the world.

Why men love women

1. They will always smell good even if its just shampoo

2. The way their heads always find the right spot on our shoulder

3. How cute they look when they sleep

4. The ease in which they fit into our arms

5. The way they kiss you and all of a sudden everything is right in the world

6. How cute they are when they eat

7. The way they take hours to get dressed but in the end it makes it all worth while

8. Because they are always warm even when its minus 30 outside

9. The way they look good no matter what they wear

10. The way they fish for compliments even though you both know that you think she's the most beautiful thing on this earth

11. How cute they are when they argue

12.The way her hand always finds yours

13. The way they smile

14. The way you feel when you see their name on the caller ID after you just had a big fight

15. The way she says "lets not fight anymore" even though you know that an hour later....

16. The way they kiss when you do something nice for them

17. The way they kiss you when you say "I love you"

18. Actually ... just the way they kiss you...

19. The way they fall into your arms when they cry

20. Then the way they apologize for crying over something that silly

21. The way they hit you and expect it to hurt

22. Then the way they apologize when it does hurt. (even though we don't admit it)!

23. The way they say "I miss you"

24. The way you miss them

25. The way her tears make you want to change the world
so that it doesn't hurt her anymore.....
Yet regardless if you love her,
hate her,
wish she would die
know that you would die without her ...
it matters not.
Because once in your life,
whatever she was to the world
she became everything to you.
When you look her in the eyes,
traveling to the depths of her soul
and you say a million things
without a trace of sound,
you know that your own life
is inevitably consumed
within the rhythmic beatings
of her very heart.
We love women for a million reasons,
No paper would do it justice.
It is a thing not of the mind
but of the heart.
A feeling.
Only felt.

Nov 4, 2004

Classic Definitions

I just thought these were amusing :)

1. Cigarette : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & a fool at the other.

2. Love affairs : Something like cricket where one-day internationals are more popular than a five day test.

3. Marriage : It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her master

4. Divorce : Future tense of marriage

5. Lecture : An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of either".

6. Conference : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

7. Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

8. Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water-power.

9. Dictionary : A place where divorce comes before marriage.

10. Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens & everybody disagrees later on.

11. Ecstasy : A feeling when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you have never felt before.

12. Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.

13. Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

14. Office : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

15. Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

16. Etc. : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

17. Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sitto decide that nothing can be done together.

18. Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.

19. Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.

20. Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.

21. Diplomat : A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

22. Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.

23. Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel Tower says in midway "See I am not injured yet."

24. Pessimist :- A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.

25. Miser : A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

26. Father : A banker provided by nature.

27. Criminal : A guy no different from the rest, except that he got caught.

28. Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

29. Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

30. Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.

31. Computer Engineer : One who gets paid for reading such posts

John Gibson - Four More Years

John Gibson reflected my thoughts exactly. No, we aren't Spain -- and as much as I do love Spain and its people, they made the wrong choice in succombing to the terrorists. They will forever be remembered in history for that unfortunate reaction to the horrible terrorist plot that succeeded in Madrid.

It's a shame.

Four More Years
Thursday, November 04, 2004
By John Gibson

Well, it's over, as you already know.

Already — and I'm not kidding — Usama bin Laden's (search) Al Qaeda Web sites are threatening retaliation against three quarters of America for voting for George W. Bush. I guess they still don't get it: America isn't Spain. We're not the kind of nation that seeks to make a truce with people who want to blow us up.

America is also not George Soros (search) and Michael Moore (search): rich demagogues whose only motivation in opposing Bush was hating Bush — despising him and what he has done, refusing to see the good lurking like a pearl in the bad, just fomenting and frothing at the mouth and throwing their millions of dollars at demonizing a single man.

Soros promised to go to a monastery if Bush won, to reflect on what's wrong with us. He ought to reflect on what is wrong with himself and his other billionaire friends, who tried to buy a defeat for Bush because they don't like him, don't like the way he walks, or talks, or the way he acts in America's defense when they would prefer he sit back, think, ponder, ruminate and do nothing.

The Euros are in a state of shock. Only last week the Brit papers who are in the hate Bush business had pretty much convinced themselves that they had managed to spread their superior wisdom and insight across the Atlantic and Americans were going to do the right thing: fire Bush.

Oops. That didn't work out.

There is no doubt they will recover from Wednesday's shocked silence and resume telling us we're stupid and we're wrong and we're warmongers. They really can't help themselves.

With nearly 100 percent of the rest of the world shouting at us that we should not, not, not re-elect Bush, it now appears Americans have shouted back: shut up.

Good. Somebody needed to say it. And better 59 million Americans than just me all by myself.

That's My Word.

Taken from Fox News

National Novel Writing Month

Well, I'm going to attempt to write a novel this month. Yes, you read that ONE MONTH. It's National Novel Writing Month, and Blogger is sponsoring it. I have set up a separate blog where I will post the chapters of my blog. I have to still configure it so it displays correctly, but I don't have much time right now.

I was supposed to start on the 1st, but the elections had my pretty occupied:) But now that that is over, I plan to start.

To track my progress and read my novel, and to leave constructive comments, please visit:

My Novel

I have always wanted to write a novel. I have no idea what I'm going to write about, but since my strength is in character development (although I'm somewhat weak in plot development) I have some thoughts running through my mind.

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Nov 3, 2004

We WON!!!

Hi everyone, sorry this is so late in coming; but I've had problems with accessing my blog.

Anyway, Kerry has conceded to George W. Bush, and George W. Bush has been declared the winner:)


Isn't this such a cute picture? What love he has for his beautiful wife! (This photo is from the Republican National Convention in early September).

I'm listening to Kerry's concession speech, and I will say that I do feel sorry for him. I feel his heartbreak. He looked like he was going to cry right before he started talking. I do have respect for him and the way he has proven to be a good loser (unlike Al Gore in 2000). I agree with him that every vote should be counted, and I agree that President Bush and he should work to unite our country once again.

I also have deep respect for President Bush waiting to declare victory; out of respect for Senator Kerry. Both of these candidates have shown honor at the close of this election, and I am glad to see such grace and respect.

Now I hope the American people will show the same respect for both candidates.

Nov 2, 2004

Quote from Democrat Senator Zell Miller

"Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.

Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside." - Zell Miller, during the Republican National Convention.

Another quote by Zell Miller:

"I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man.

I am moved by the respect he shows the First Lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.

I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.

He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words.

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.

The man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.

This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history.

The only question is how. The answer lies with each of us. And, like many generations before us, we've got some hard choosing to do.

Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.

In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him." - Zell Miller, during the Republican National Convention.

To read the entire speech, which I highly recommend, go to: Zell Miller's remarks during the RNC. Or better yet, download it free from the iTunes store (if you don't have iTunes, get it for your PC or Mac, for free, at By listening to it, you really get the feeling and emotion behind it.

Nov 1, 2004

Hollywood's Foreign Policy: What a difference an administration makes

My sister found this at The Spoon's Experience.

Air Force One was a pretty decent big-budget Hollywood Action flick. So much so, in fact, that most people probably don't remember the speech President Harrison Ford gave during the movie's opening moments. The setup isn't that important; there's enough context in the speech itself:

The dead remember our indifference. The dead remember our silence.

I came here tonight to be congratulated. But today when I visited the Red Cross camps overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing from the horror of kazakhstan, I realized I don't deserve to be congratulated. None of us do. Let's be clear. The truth is, we acted too late. Only when our own national security was threatened did we act. Radek's regime murdered over 200,000 men, women, and children. And we watched it on TV. We let it happen. People were being slaughtered for over a year, and we issued economic sanctions and hid behind the rhetoric of diplomacy.

How dare we?

The dead remember. Real peace is not just the absence of conflict; it's the presence of justice.

Tonight I come to you with a pledge to change America's policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate, and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid.

This was greeted by a rousing standing-O from the assembled multitudes, with the exception of the President's stodgy staff. In the limo ride away from the speech, the President's National Security Advisor was beside himself. "The allies are going to be very upset they weren't consulted about this." The Chief of Staff wasn't thrilled either: "It might come back and bite us in the ass in November."

The President shut them both down: "It's the right thing to do. And you know it."

I realize this is just a movie. However, it was a mainstream liberal Hollywood movie, starring a mainstream liberal actor as a mainstream liberal heroic President. It was made in 1997, when Golden Boy Bill Clinton was in office (they even have a Dee Dee Meyers lookalike as Press Secretary). And in this mainstream liberal fantasy, we see a heroic President who pledges to overthrow tyrants who brutalize their people, wherever they may be, regardless of whether our allies like it, and regardless of whether those tyrants pose an imminent threat to our national security.

And this was a good thing.

Again, I realize that this was just a movie. But I found it impossible to watch it without finding the movie eerily prescient. Hollywood got their liberal dream President. And his name is George W. Bush.

If Bush can be faulted (and he can), it's because he's not aggressive enough in pursuing the sort of truly liberal foreign policy advocated in the film. But that's not the criticism we hear from Hollywood these days.

So what changed?

Oh yeah. The party in the White House.

50 Reasons to Vote for President Bush

50 Reasons to Vote for President Bush This includes pictures.

Note: Some images are graphic in nature.


Ok, that was an amazing experience. This whole weekend has been amazing; having my brother in town; celebrating Halloween with him, my sister, and my friend Jess - and we won the road rally (a church activity we had on Halloween) :)

Then today, wow. I was pretty much convinced already that my ballot was for President George W. Bush, but when I heard him speak today; even though he didn't really say much that I haven't heard already, I could just tell. The Spirit overwhelmed me; and I'm not talking about the spirit of the rally. But let me tell you; the difference I felt between the chaos on State Street on Saturday night (read: Madison is nationally known for it's drunken revelries during the Halloween season) and the way I felt while at this rally was amazing in and of itself. The first left me feeling ill and disgusted (although I did enjoy seeing some of the different costumes; it was too bad however I had to see the horrible behavior of those wearing those costumes) but I felt uplifted and alive today. Everyone was so dang nice, and that spirit of comraderie that most Americans have already forgotten about, you know, that spirit that existed for months just after 9/11 --- well there it was. Of course, we all had something in common: we were supporting George W. Bush. But besides all of this; this spirit of comraderie and of rallying, was the the Holy Spirit. I felt it, and tears rushed to my eyes while I was there cheering. I don't remember what President Bush was saying when that strong feeling overwhelmed me; but it was something that touched me, and I knew that this was the best man for the job.

By no means does that mean he is perfect; or that he hasn't made mistakes, or that he won't make mistakes. He has and he will. But he is a man who is trying to do good and live a morally right life, and lead our country in the same fashion. I know this, because I felt it.

I'm so grateful for that amazing opportunity!