Monday, March 29, 2010

All the Rage

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword====Jesus
Matthew 10:34 (NAS)

Yesterday the FBI arrested a Militia group calling themselves "Christian Soldiers" or something like that. These are people who have so much anger in their lives that they wanted to murder policemen, they hate Obama because of his policies and his race
they hate immigrants, they hate anyone or everything who doesn't agree with them....they are on the extreme far right end of the spectrum.......These people are religious terrorists but this time instead of being muslim they are christian. They believe with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength that they are doing the will of God. The mindset of the religious fanatic is murderous...400 years John Calvin burned a man alive because of a disagreement over doctrine. Abortion doctors are targeted and sometimes shot in cold blood or have their clinics blown up, purely for religious reasons. Jon Krakhauer wrote a brilliant book called "Under the Banner of Heaven" that details the FLDS (Fundemental Latter Day Saints) a truer version of Mormonism and more like the original book of Mormon...where a mother and her child were murdered because God told the men to murder them.

This will not stop anytime soon......

On the flip side...I've never heard of this kind of conflict or strife occurring because people were thinking freely and using logic and reasoning.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kindle for Soldiers Update #3

My favorite podcast is "The Kindle Chronicles" done each week by a guy named Len Edgerly who is a Kindle and Ebook reader fanatic. It was through his podcast some weeks ago that I had the idea for e-readers for soldiers. What has been happening through the podcast is that a website is being set up and an official non-profit is being established...up till this point Len was taking donations via a paypal link on his site to collect enough $ for a few Kindles to be sent...but now it is going to be officially set up...once it is setup I will tell everyone how to contribute.....And I will make it a permanent link on my blog, facebook, etc

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Where would we live if we didn't live in Southern Calfornia

Well first off I can tell you it will be nowhere near the south san joaquin valley (Bakersfield) :)

We are perfectly happy here in the Santa Clarita Valley and have absolutely no plans or desire to move anywhere else...but if we did......

There are 3 Finalists, 1. The Pacific Northwest....2. Phoenix......3....Denver

And the winner is...Denver!! And here are a few reasons why....

I went there for the first time last August to hang out with my brothers and go hiking and attend a Rockies Dodgers game at Coors Field, and from those couple days there I really liked what I saw...I liked the following things...

The Mountains: I love being around mountains, it gives me a sense of perspective and security...(Santa Clarita is surrounded on all sides by mountains and foothills)

The best of both worlds: Hey what if you could put a world class city in the middle of an Alpine environment...You would have everything that is great about a City..MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL (only when the Raiders come (:) and have endless hiking trails and skiing all in one place.

The Quality of Life: It seemed to me that Coloradans enjoy a great quality of life and perhaps a slower pace...of course everywhere outside of so cal is a "slower pace" unless you live in Manhattan.

The Changing of the Seasons: Yes I know it is ridiculously cold in the winter but it would be cool to live in a place where it snows and you can ski all the time whenever you want to.

And that is the answer to the poll question...thank you for playing!

Where would you live if you weren't living where you are?...(you can't pick the same state)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin

"Painkiller Addiction" is one of the most insidious and prevalent addictions that exist today in America. Doctors prescribe synthesized forms of heroin, most commonly in the forms of brand names Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin. The generics are Hydrocodone or Oxycodone.

Science has no better way of controlling pain then opium. Nearly all of my readers has been prescribed some form of these painkillers throughout the course of their lives. And you have all been no doubt very thankful for them. I know I certainly was 3 years ago when I had my lower wisdom teeth out...the oral surgeon had to slice open my gums and it was painful for about 2 weeks. Without my painkillers I would have been seriously hurting.

But there is a magical side effect to this pills, it makes you feel fantastic. I will try to describe the feeling for my readers....The first time I took one was for my vasectomy I believe. So I am in bakersfield recovering, I have my Johnny Carson Box set, my ice pack, and a bottle of Vicodin I popped the first one and here is how it went....

A peaceful feeling of relaxation gradually descended on me, almost like I was melting into my mattress, I remember feeling like I was on a cloud....Simultaneously a warm tingling sensation started coming up my spine, to my cranium, then shivering over my face, down my torso, my arms, and my hands "felt like two balloons" I was definitely comfortably numb. It was amazing folks, I can't sugar coat it. I have never done any drugs in my life other than Alcohol (which absolutely is a drug) and opiod pills prescribed to me. The pills were 30 times better than than two glasses of red wine after a perfectly cooked steak, and that's saying something!

And that is the reason why Elvis, Anna Nicole smith, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Corey Haim died, and (Rush Limbaugh lost his hearing) etc. etc.

Please scientists, make a non addictive form of painkiller for us!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Zach Receives an award for Academics

Only four people from each class get an award...Zach was very surprised and happy .

Sunday, March 7, 2010

We're getting closer!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We Got New Countertops

Tasha and I got Granite countertops installed today in our is how it all went down...

First I went to slabyard in Van Nuys to pick out our piece of Granite...

Then the guys came out to demo our existing tile

And here is the finished Product!

We think it looks great and are very happy with how it turned out!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update on Kindle for Soldiers

****************Amazon has yet to get back to me on the question of "is there a way to give a gift of a "pre-loaded" Kindle, or does Amazon coordinate with carepackages for soldiers....

The way Kindle works is that it must be tied to an account with a credit account can have 6 devices on it, but all devices have the rights to buy books, so I can do one of two things...

Give a soldier a Kindle and have he or she load up their own books while they are already in the field (bad)


Give a soldier a Kindle attached to my account (worse)

But there is a third option! Target a particular soldier who is about to do their rotation, buy he or she a Kindle and ship it to them..with a $100 amazon gift card as well in which they can load their Kindle with at least 10 books (and of course there are 1 million free books as well--everything written before 1922 is free) And a hard plastic case with it as well...

So Mom, if you want to bring this up at Saddleback, please do, or maybe Jeff Barrett wants one, I would be happy to donate it to him as well.......