Monday, November 24, 2008

Tongue In Cheek

There are certain topics of conversation that are considered taboo and best kept under wraps to avoid hard feelings and contention, such as politics and religion.

Currently there is one subject that elicits the most heated debate of all...

Hmmmmm....Is it

Obama vs. McCain? No.

Prop. 8, yes or no? Wrong again!

What is it? When should you just zip your lip?

When you have read Twilight and did not care for the book(diplomatically put)!

Making such a confession will bring gasps and looks of disdain! Women of all ages will protest and angry mobs will conspire against you! Make no mistake about it, the frenzy is real and there is no escaping the "Edward mania!"

I realize that I am in the minority, but there are others that feel as I do...they shall remain nameless to protect the innocent.

Take my advice.
In this instance...Mum's the word!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

TAGGED(by Summer)!

8 Things About Me

8 favorite t.v. shows( I have basic cable):
1. News(not so much lately)
2. Today show(sort of)
3. Jeopardy
4. Martha Stewart

8 things I did yesterday:
1. Went to work
2. Did errands
3. Made crafts at "Super Saturday."
4. Decorated cookies
5. Looked at blogs
6. IM'd with Jim(in Japan), and Lois:)
7. Emailed
8. Christmas shopped online

8 things to look forward to:
1. All my kids/grandkids here next month!!!
2. New grandchild in June!
3. Jim coming home and hearing his "Indiana Jones"
4. Pacific Grove anniversary weekend:)
5. Christmas Extravaganza at the melodrama:)
6. Nebraska in the spring:)
7. Baking Christmas cookies!
8. Hawaii with the family next summer!

8 favorite restaurants:
1. Cool Hand Luke
2. Olive Garden
3. Marie Callender
4. Brad's
5. Chef Rick's
6. Cheesecake Factory
7. Applebee's
8. Tommy's

8 things on my wish list:
1. Kids living nearby(closer at least)
2. Fireplace
3. Front border fixed up
4. Inside of house painted
5. New garage door
6. Cleaned out garage
7. Fix up backyard
8. More storage in kitchen

8 people to tag:
my(limited) blog connections have all been tagged, but if you want to...consider yourself tagged!

Friday, November 14, 2008

LDS Statement Regarding the Democratic Process

Once again, I am posting an official statement from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since the LDS (Mormon) church seems to be at the forefront of being maligned and attacked I find it only proper to present their statements since I have yet to see their full responses (I've only seen one partial sentence) published in any California newspaper.

Nov. 14, 2008 The First Presidency issued this statement about the democratic process

Since the people of California voted to reaffirm the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman on November 4, 2008, places of worship have been targeted by opponents of Proposition 8 with demonstrations and, in some cases, vandalism. People of faith have been intimidated for simply exercising their democratic rights. These are not actions that are worthy of the democratic ideals of our nation. The end of a free and fair election should not be the beginning of a hostile response in America.
The Church is keenly aware of the differences of opinion on this difficult and sensitive matter. The reasons for this principled stand in defense of marriage have already been articulated elsewhere. However, some of what we have seen since Californians voted to pass Proposition 8 has been deeply disappointing.
Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over controversial issues. People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal. Efforts to force citizens out of public discussion should be deplored by people of goodwill everywhere.
We call upon those who have honest disagreements on this issue to urge restraint upon the extreme actions of a few that are further polarizing our communities and urge them to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It is the Soldier

by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien USMC

It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protesters to burn the flag.

And might I add-

It is the soldier
Who has given us freedom of religion
And the right to vote

Thanks to all the veterans this Veteran's Day!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Church Issues Statement on Prop. 8 Protest

SALT LAKE CITY 7 November 2008 The Church issued the following statement today:
It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.
Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States — that of free expression and voting.
While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.
Once again, we call on those involved in the debate over same-sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Vote

SALT LAKE CITY 5 November 2008 COMMENTARY Since Proposition 8 was placed on the ballot in June of this year, the citizens of California have considered the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. After extensive debate between those of different persuasions, voters have chosen to amend the California State Constitution to state that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Voters in Arizona and Florida took the same course and amended their constitutions to establish that marriage will continue to be between a man and a woman.
Such an emotionally charged issue concerning the most personal and cherished aspects of life — family, identity, intimacy and equality — stirs fervent and deep feelings.
Most likely, the election results for these constitutional amendments will not mean an end to the debate over same-sex marriage in this country.
We hope that now and in the future all parties involved in this issue will be well informed and act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different position. No one on any side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.
It is important to understand that this issue for the Church has always been about the sacred and divine institution of marriage — a union between a man and a woman.
Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.
Some, however, have mistakenly asserted that churches should not ever be involved in politics when moral issues are involved. In fact, churches and religious organizations are well within their constitutional rights to speak out and be engaged in the many moral and ethical problems facing society. While the Church does not endorse candidates or platforms, it does reserve the right to speak out on important issues.
Before it accepted the invitation to join broad-based coalitions for the amendments, the Church knew that some of its members would choose not to support its position. Voting choices by Latter-day Saints, like all other people, are influenced by their own unique experiences and circumstances. As we move forward from the election, Church members need to be understanding and accepting of each other and work together for a better society.
Even though the democratic process can be demanding and difficult, Latter-day Saints are profoundly grateful for and respect the ideals of a true democracy.
The Church expresses deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the many Latter-day Saints and others who supported the coalitions in efforts regarding these amendments.