Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I really never hoped it would come to this, but it is time for a break. I will be back and re-charged soon.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Now, I know that Merck is on my side in pointing out that the vaccine is almost useless. I wish they would talk to their marketing department.
Monday, October 12, 2009
October 28, 7:00 pm
Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales Ryan Montgomery
Presidential Gold Ambassadors Les and Joyce Ferguson
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Also in Pro-Life news, 40 Days for Life is going strong, helping women save their babies' lives.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Link me, link me!
This was confirmed by my recent post-birth conversation with a fellow engineering bud from Penn State. When I asked him what he thought about fatherhood, his first comment was that he couldn't believe how much time he wasted before children.
From an engineer's perspective, child-induced efficiency occurs in: reduction of TV hours (tv/7) unless you want your kid quoting C.S.I., falling asleep faster (z^4) if sleep is to be had at all, reading dozens of books (12b) in a 9-month window to decide how to be a parent, completing laundry in 1/3 the previous time (t/3) despite the fact that the load doubles (2L) with kid clothes, countless hours of free entertainment (1/E-> 0) by watching your newborn try to find his fist, and handyman skill increasing (12h) to keep the house safe.
But the best part is love growing in your home (3L). Nothing makes life better than that.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So, for gay couples that would be gay whether they can be married or not, and who don't want kids, answer this: What's the harm? Why not let them commit to each other the same way straight couples do?"
My response is that I have never brought God into any of my arguments so far, so I will gladly leave Him to defend Himself. The marriage commitment as you describe does not exist. Due to no-fault divorce, marriage means almost nothing in legal terms. It is currently easier to legally break a marriage contract than it is to break a bicycle warranty. The social approval of childless marriages only dates back to about the 1920s and the advent of feminism and mass produced contraception. The social and legal benefits of marriage were designed to create a family, not to allow two people to be DINKs.
I never claimed that "gayness" would go away. We still have thieves, even though there are laws against stealing. We still have drunkenness, even though there are an assortment of preventative laws. Laws enforce social norms and teach what is acceptable and not for a civilized society. The anti-social behavior is wrong, regardless of whether the law prohibits it.
Marriage is about love and sex. Sex is about procreation and love, even Freud agrees. The two can not be separated any more than nutrition and pleasure can be separated from eating. If they are separated, the act is perverted, much as bulimia perverts eating.
"What's the harm?" is not a sufficient argument to overthrow hundreds of years of social custom and the only stable arrangement to raise the next generation. The harm is that a counterfeit is passed as the real thing. Two men can not express love the way a man and a woman can. It is a lie that men and women are interchangeable. The love of a man and a woman is fruitful; the love of two men or two women is sterile (I also maintain that contracepted sex is a lie, even in marriage).
I counter with a question. What's the harm in allowing a brother and sister to marry if they are not going to have kids?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog on Hulu. I think I adored it.
John C. Wright wrote a thorough explanation of non-religious arguments against homosexuality. I haven't read it all but I plan to.
With great sadness, I witness the end of Chocolate for Your Brain. May SherryTex move on towards more inspiration and sell a book sometime soon.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I purchased this book after hearing the author speak about God in the workplace at a CCL Convention. As a budding entrepreneur, I've been striving for more meaning in my work than pushing papers across my desk and climbing the ladder at the expense of time with my family. I have been working, rather poorly, to incorporate God into my work life with various levels of success over the last 9 years of my career and this book is an excellent summary of many of the points that I discovered on that journey. It didn't offer any dazzling insight but it was a confidence boost that I'm on the right path. Most importantly for my development, it contains a list of actions and suggested readings which is very helpful. In the "self-improvement" and "career development" sections of my bookstore it is often difficult to separate the gold from the dross, so I tremendously appreciate a listing of books which do not insult my morals or my religion. I wish I had been handed this book at my college graduation; I might have saved much time and improved my faith by removing the bushel from my candle more often.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Chocolate for Your Brain - Sherry writes a touhcing post with a polite exchange in the comments
Inside Catholic - A very interesting read
And some others.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Small business, local food.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
To be honest, my position is largely based on my own experience. I have several friends from the GLBT community. These are all people who are gay in the same way you and I are straight. It is not a choice for them. But it ends there -- beyond the fact that they desire a partner of the same gender, they are the same as you and I. They are not bad people. They are not committing a crime by being together. And in the example of my friends, having them marry would give us all so much more to celebrate. Why would we want to restrict their rights? Why would we go out of our way to change our laws to exclude this group of people from being able to marry? If any given Church decides not to recognize gay marriage, then they do not have to.
You made a point in one of our earlier discussions that incest and polygamy are illegal, so gay marriage should also be illegal. To me, that illustrates our difference in opinion. If you group gay marriage in with incest and polygamy, then unfortunately I do not know of a way to explain why it's different other than to just say "it's different.""
I find it very interesting to assume that homosexual marriage is legal. The fact that a debate is occurring disproves that point. I would appreciate a definition of the "right" being restricted. I shall assume it is the right to marry the person I love, something which is already severely restricted in law. I can marry the person I love provided that person is: over the age of consent, not related to me closer than second cousin, and unmarried. Of course, I must be over the age of consent and unmarried as well.
Friend, your assertion, that I may join groups which choose to participate or not, is not one that is shared by the majority of the "same-sex marriage" movement. When the governor of New Hampshire said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation unless it included explicit protection for churches, he was ridiculed by the bill's proponent. When the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was a right, the Catholic Charities adoption program was forced to close unless it placed children with same-sex couples in direct violation of Catholic teaching. I believe that you and I would both be indignant at the idea of a group discriminating against couples based on their inter-racial status, and the "same-sex marriage" movement is using all the same civil rights legal precedent to frame the issue. It follows, therefore, that organizations will be forced to accept same-sex marriage or be closed.
I have not called anyone a "bad person." No person is a bad person, however, their actions may be bad. I decry anorexia, not anorexics; drunkenness, not alcoholics. I was friendly with a priest while I was in high school, he was a nice guy. In my experience, he was a normal guy except that he was a attracted to adolescent boys. Why should their love be illegal? Wouldn't we have more to celebrate if they weren't forced into a closet? Clearly, I am not arguing to legalize pedophilia but my experience could have led me astray if I didn't know the truth.
"Why would we go out of our way to change our laws to exclude this group of people from being able to marry?" The fact that no reason is given, as to how same-sex marriage is different than polygamy or incest, exactly captures my concern. Why do we exclude anybody from marriage? Because marriage means something, something which began to be eroded by no-fault divorce and is further eroded by ignoring the difference in the sexes.
I have tried to present my response as best as I can, Friend. Thank you for the thoughtful exchange. I hope that we can continue in all civility.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I'm TEA'd, too!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
"Marriage is for children. Children have the right to be raised with a mother and a father who spend their whole life together raising their children in a loving environment. Biology clearly indicates that only a man and woman can create new life and that children are not fully, mentally developed until well into their 20s. Society provides benefits to marriage so that there is incentive to sacrifice for the next generation who need much guidance to reach maturity. Hopefully, they will have a chance to make it there."
Facebook failed to post it the first time I clicked. Interesting.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I loved casual dating a lot. Hanging out with a girl with no commitment to future dates, just a chance to get to know a fellow human being, was a great experience to develop important marriage skills like friendship, communication, and listening. The girls I dated seemed to react to this in odd ways. One treated it like an interview and started firing questions. Another was almost mute as if she was waiting for the other shoe to drop. I can only guess that they assumed I would try to get myself invited to their rooms or something. Dates ending at the door to the dorm are the best for personal growth. Friendships can develop and last beyond these dates.
Exclusive dating was awesome once it followed the previous step. It indicated an increasing commitment to one woman. In the past when I jumped right to this step, it was forced and fake, as if I were acting a part. Once it followed casual dating, the work of breaking off ties to casual dates further emphasized the commitment to one woman.
Engagement was the most confusing since there were certain traditions to follow for the proposal but nothing besides Pre-Cana and wedding planning beyond that day. Fortunately, I was bright enough to realize that I better make this future marriage work and devoured relationship books by Gary Smiley and John Grey. I wish I'd known about Dr. Popcak back then.
Marriage at the end of this chain was spectacular because I spent years committing myself to it. It was a culmination of practice, study, and ultimately sacrament, since the grace of the Lord flowed into me to further perfect my love so that I can make a better gift of myself to my bride.
Thanks for the support Dr. Popcak.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
When I got to the polls, I was number 98 for the day at 1pm. That is a sad turn-out. I'm betting I could get myself elected next year. Watch out Jury Commissioner!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Nah, I must be a right-wing conspiracy theorist. If I exist at all! Wuuuaahhhhaaaahhaaaa!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I'm starting to grasp the snarky responses that big families have built up over the years. Perhaps I am not ready to be a good witness to the Gospel of Life, but so far I have refrained from saying, "No. Now where did I leave those other kids?" so maybe there is hope for me yet.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Conveniently, here is the Curt Jester with some actual research on sudsidiarity. It is my sincere prayer that this idea be embraced by all members of society and we get back to doing the work that needs to be done, instead of buying the Homer Simpson campaign promise, "Can't someone else do it?"
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Impulse buying at the C.H.A.P.L.E.T. homeschooling conference led me to buy this novel which is clearly a Catholic response to the work of the infamous Dan Brown. The murder victim even wrote the name "DAN" in his own blood, instead of writing an intricate serious of impossible clues like in The DaVinci code. The two victims characterize the difference between the books. Numbers Up is straightforward, plausible, and concise whereas The DaVinci Code is obtuse, incredulous and verbose. Following the detective work of Paul Ondracek, into the murder of a famous mathematician, was a thrilling yet all to brief adventure involving many of the intellectual challenges of the modern era. At the end, I only wished for another hundred pages.
Monday, May 4, 2009
The guy looks worse than Strom Thurman ever did; he looks like the undead or a ghost.
....or maybe a spectre! (rimshot)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
As a wise woman once sang, "Children are our future." The first world has a rapidly declining population of children with a consequential lack of labor. In short, there are too many savers competing for too few investments so the returns are dropping like stones. Read the whole thing.
I offer a shower of thanks to Robert Kiyosaki for teaching me that my house is not an investment. I am also grateful to have chosen a home-based business which will help the elderly, instead of choosing real estate as my primary investment.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The lesson this time around was, "Easy Lent, hard Easter". The Octave of Easter was exceedingly difficult because joy would not come. My job was torturous, life was hectic, my civil leaders were ignorant if not downright malicious and I was a regular Mr. Grumpypants. My understanding of joy has deepened to the realization that joy should be present at all times. No matter if the situation is a happy one or a sad one, whether it is a beautiful Vigil Mass at my parish or watching the government destroy the future of my children and grandchildren, joy should be lived because the Lord of All has conquered death and He welcomes us into His eternal abode.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The TEA parties are actual grassroots protesters who detest the wasteful government spending in recent memory. Like me, they are frustrated with the massive bailout that was hurriedly passed by this Democratic House and President. Like me, they are also frustrated with the gigantic bailout passed by the previous presidential administration which opened the floodgates to the socialization of the banking system. In short, we know that we can spend our money better than the government. For example, I am trying to start my own business and potentially invest in real estate, while keeping my 401k growing. Any money the government gives me, goes to these ends. Instead, the government doesn't even trust me with an $800 stimulus all in one shot so they disburse it throughout the year.
So much for middle class support that was repeatedly promised in the campaign.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
My weather forecast for tomorrow....Sonrise! (rimshot)
I know, its a terrible joke but who can resist?
Friday, April 10, 2009
A book review of "Holy Sex - A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing Infallible Loving"
by Dr. Gregory Popcak
I was intensely curious about this book, not only because of the edgy title, but because of a sincere desire to help devoted Catholics have excellent marital relations. Dr. Popcak covers the subject well, answering most reasonable questions and concerns about moral, marital intimacy along with some outliers. He gives a few examples of conflicts and how they can influence a couple's attitudes and feelings in regard to the most intimate aspect of their relationship. That is when the book is at its best, sharing real stories of practicing Catholics. The "Catechism" side, if you will. Unfortunately, the "Joy of Sex" side is a bit too explicit for my taste, though I imagine it is vastly more modest than anything in the Relationship section of my local Barnes & Noble. For a difficult subject, Dr. Popcak did a good job but this still isn't quite the book I was hoping to find. However, I gained enough valuable insight to have no doubt that his next book will make it to my shelf.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
"You're not a hero, you're just a politician."
In an era when people seem to be getting more and more prone to idolatry of the government or certain leaders, it's great for a prime time show to rip the mask off this lunacy.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I suppose that watching some more television can be OK. Although I'm still torn that our new digitally-ready TV allows us to get 2 dozen crystal clear channels for free. I sorta miss the old days of 5 fuzzy networks with the rabbit ears.
Now I really want to watch Albino Alligator.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Generation Life provided some great speakers, including a good friend. The King's Men had Mark Houck give a talk on male chastity which was spectacular. Of course, Dawn Eden stole the show. It is amazing that she can speak so engagingly when I have read her book and lurked on her blog for years. The woman sitting next to me actually leaned over at the end of Dawn's first talk and asked if I knew Dawn personally. That was quite a compliment. Dawn was charming and autographed my copy of "Thrill of the Chaste." She now joins my autograph collection: Dr. Greg Popcak, Ellen Hrkach, Donald Trump, Josephine Taylor, Weird Al, Trout Fishing in America, and Blackthorn.
It was a great day of networking too. It is always invigorating to have some pleasant conversation with people who get it. I even received compliments which confused me: "You're so young to be involved in this." If I'm not doing it, then who will?
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Facebook captures some of this second benefit, since status updates are somewhat equivalent to bumping into someone at the store and chatting about life. But Facebook cannot capture that bumping into enemies effect, since I choose who I want to bump into. In short, Facebook "friends" are not people who force me to grow in the most challenging Christian path of loving my enemies. At least I can keep up with my friends.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I pray that I may reverse this disjoining trend and return to the homestead to work my business and be with my family.
P.S.- The article was in the November/December 2008 issue, I believe, but you will need to join CCL to read the whole thing.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Your 80s Song is "Sweet Child O' Mine"
If you were transported back to the 80s, your life would be all about rock and roll.
You love the free wheeling, wild atmosphere of the 80s - even if there were consequences later on.
You think of the 80s as a time of partying hard and letting loose.
Even if you find a lot of the 80s nostalgia to be a bit lame, you truly believe there was no better decade.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
HT: My Truck Buddy
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In related news, a North Dakotan is a person, no matter how small.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I have switched from Allied Waste Services to G&C Waste Services for a savings of approximately $10 per month. We will see if my quality of service stays the same but I have been eager to ditch AWS since the "Fuel Recovery Fee" was instituted. If AWS was a good steward they would manage their own costs instead of forcing the burden on to me.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
If only people were more tolerant or something.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Home-based network marketer lists God, Family, business as priorities. He gets home after doing his paid job in 40 -45 hours per week and reduces his commute to 1 hour per week with smart house buying and works his business from home for 1-2 hours per week, for maybe 75 waking hours with the kids. If he works his business, he earns the privilege of working from home all the time.
As I frequently pray, may God bless my business and all home-based businesses.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Incidentally, the comments on the first article are great, and the comments on the second article verge on the incomprehensible.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I pray that one day this illusion of "caring for the poor" by preventing their births will be publicly mocked and ridiculed so that we can get back to the scriptural command of feeding the poor (personally, instead of through a giant bureaucracy).
Thursday, February 5, 2009
At least there are organizations that help people for free. You could almost say that they actually care about women.
I am surprised by how well the fairy tales of this book stand on their own, not just as small bits in the massive Harry Potter universe. I was expecting a lot of inside jokes and lore pertaining to the world of the boy with the lightning scar but each story made a satisfactory fable all by itself. Since no one other than Dumbledore himself writes the analysis of each fable, all the Potter trivia is still in the book, just not in the stories. This construct works amazingly well with the only hiccup being the forward, where the author has the annoying habit of writing as if she and her charity live in the world of Harry Potter and converse with the characters. Fortunately this small error, like the typo of an unmatched parenthesis on p. 85, are easy to overlook and I only found myself hoping that the book could continue beyond the far too brief hundred pages.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Basically, the faith spreads like network marketing. Even though there have been some recent, excellent advertising campaigns about the Church and the faith. They are basically a rearguard effort where people who have fallen away return to the Church, which is glorious, but they don't seem to win new converts. The converts that I know either sell themselves into the Church by reading or they meet exceedingly kind and knowledgeable Catholics who listen and answer questions.
It is my sincere hope that network marketing will teach me how to listen to people and answer their questions so that I can transfer that skill to my faith life. Of course, I hope that it can do this without becoming a false idol or I will have to jettison it faster than a lifeboat on the Titanic. I have read accounts of people and even met some who acted as though their business was their God. I firmly believe that this is such a turn-off that these businesses will fail and businesses which know their proper place behind God and family will quietly grow and outlast the misguided ones. That is how good triumphs, a firm foundation and steady growth.
May the Church and my business be so blessed.
Friday, January 30, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Continuing my tradition from last year, I gathered photos of the various faiths who joined us in the March for Life. In honor of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King:
will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
And I will keep marching until justice is served and equality is extended to all members of the human family. I will be a voice for the voiceless.
No doubt, our educated and erudite government will take these voices into account before issuing destructive carbon emission rules for vehicles.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
But who is the Fuller Brush Salesman?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Actually, I did forget one competent engineer though he has no lines and dies in the first ten minutes of the movie, Tarzan's dad is an engineer to admire. He builds a treehouse with pieces of a shipwrecked boat and keep his family alive for weeks in a hostile land, ultimately giving his life to save his son. We need more engineers like that.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Natural - I'm not a trained philosopher, but I believe I use this term in the correct philosophical sense of the nature of an object. This is amazingly similar to the Object Oriented software use of the term object. That is to say, an object has certain attributes and should behave in a certain way.
Family - By this term, I refer to the usual nuclear family of husband, wife, and children who came from their union. As John Paul II has stated, the family is the building block of society so I believe that all learning and decisions should revolve around this nucleus.
Life - By this word, I am trying to indicate an integration of everything. My intellect, my will, my emotions, my conscience, my enjoyment of video game, my love of books should all result in a more rounded person. If something is out of proportion, the whole edifice can collapse. In short, an integration of myself with the universe and, ultimately, God. You could call it small "c" catholicism.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
God bless the U.S.A.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
And I'll watch it soon. I swear.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Most interestingly, it backs the conclusion that a strict Darwinist is forced to admit that Religion and Faith are proven to be evolutionarily selected. Darwinism states that traits which are better adapted for survival will lead to more offspring from those members of the species who contain those traits. Therefore, since more offspring come from people of faith, faith is better adapted to survival than secular humanism or atheism or any other worldview.
I think I read something like that in a book. Something like, "The meek shall inherit the earth."