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I went to the funeral of a good friend today. She was only 4 years older than I am.  She was a good person, someone who tried her best to leave the world a better place than she found it.  She did her best to practice her beliefs and be a good example of what a Christian should be.  She was a mom, wife, grandma, sister niece and friend to many.  She will be sorely missed.

As I listened to the talks and musical numbers I began to see a pattern emerging and began to ponder the implications.  I began to ask myself what I believe.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the literal Messiah and Savior of this world.

I believe in God the Eternal Father who has a body of flesh and bones (as does the Savior Jesus Christ)

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the comforter and protector.

I believe that man will be judged for his own sins, not for anyone else’s

I believe in the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormons and Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants)

I believe that a prophet walks the earth today and his name is Thomas S Monson-President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

I believe that you will learn more from reading the scriptures and going to church than in any other educational experience you will ever have.

I believe that God has restored the church that was on the earth at the time of Jesus.

I believer that God lives, Jesus is the Christ and I am a child of God.

(if this offends you I apologize but I refuse to go another day without stating my beliefs, or testimony because you never know how many days you have left)

In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Hollywood is at it again.  That anyone is surprised at the idea that Hollywood continues to take liberties with actual historic events, is fairly ludicrous.  Ms. Dowd of the Gray Lady seems to have had her head summarily in the sand and not as they say ” in the game.”  Of course she was at the movies with ” Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis,” watching a movie about 6 hostages who escaped and were hidden by Canadian diplomats, so right there one wonders about her grasp of reality and history. After all Carter did not cover himself or his administration with glory over that debacle.  It seems that the film makers took liberty with the historical events to make the movie more dramatic as if the real life event of escaping murderous militant extremists wasn’t exciting enough.

She goes on to complain about Lincoln, which apparently filled with historical inaccuracies, a la Steven (never met a history event he couldn’t fundamentally change) Speilberg.  He like his favorite bud Barak Obama choses to rewrite history in his own image the difference between the two is Speilberg is interested in the bottom line, Obama is interested in “fundamentally changing” ie destroying the United States and he will use whatever nimrod entertainment “star” he can bamboozle.

Where were these people when Disney declared war on history in 1995?  The same year they announced plans for a History theme park in the state of Virginia, which thanks in great part to the citizens of Virginia went down in flames.  Disney gave the story of Pocahontas (or as it is referred to in my home Pocohauntus) the Speilberg treatment’ keeping only the names of the characters and the fact that the 12 year old Pocahontas saved the life of the 40ish John Smith by laying her head on his when her father was going to  have him killed.  There was NO romance between the two.  There was no jealous boyfriend.  There may have been members of the colony interested in gold, everyone was and most people today are as well but that is as far as the two are related in any way shape or form.

Here is an interesting question. Before Peter Jackson, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh and JK Rowling (who  had creative control over her films) Hollywood was notorious for taking a book that was very popular and gutting it, turning the movie into a pale imitation of the book, why?  The book was obviously good enough for people to read, buy, borrow or download. Why was it necessary to change something that was already a success into something that wasn’t even a bad imitation?   It’s one of the many reasons that authors were and are paranoid about turning their books over to screen writers.  It is one of the many reasons Clive Cussler after one horrific experience with the Hollywood food processor was reluctant to allow another of his books to be bastardized.  The movie “Sahara” while entertaining bore little resemblance to it’s hardback edition.

So the idea that someone of Ms. Dowd’s supposed reputation as a leader in her field, is surprised or disappointed in what is obviously a tenet of Hollywood film producing, strikes me as mendacious and patronizing.  I may live in the hinterland ma’am but I am not a rube.  We get the sea breezes off the gutter here too. My suggestion is stay away from “historical movies” and pick up a book instead. Of course these days one has to be careful about what one reads.

 

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Today on my drive home I heard a snippet on the news that made me want to get out of my car and start beating every liberal I could find.   What you might ask filled me so full of ire, what would throw me into such a apoplectic fit?

To some it may seem ridiculous to get so upset about this.  To others they may wonder at my dedication to knowledge.  I am however sick to death of seeing bandaids on every social ill when what is truly needed is major surgery.  I am tired of society ignoring the elephant in the living room.

It seems the president (and yes I know that’s supposed to be Capitalized but until someone in the office can act like an adult deserving of respect, I will be using the small p, same goes for democrat, republican, liberal, conservative …….) is going on the road with his new meme, auditioned at the State of the Union (which is not strong, but does suck strongly).  Apparently, the king of incompetence, thinks that children spend too much time in their homes.  It is now strongly recommended (by someone who doesn’t even bother to spend vacation time with his own children) that pre-school be universal.  Really?  And that’s going to help how exactly.

Well children that go to preschool do better in school, of course.  They do math better, read better, and are more independent.  What a pile of nonsense. I raised 6 strong independent producers. They all work, even if they stay home and do day care so they can be with their own children.  I have been in and around schools for the last 27 years.  It is my observation that the children who do well are the ones that come from traditional backgrounds.  They have a mother and father in the home.  Someone stays home with these children, sacrificing career goals, educational goal and monetary rewards.  They drive car’s into the ground, they live in modest homes in small towns, they don’t go out to dinner often, they pack lunches for themselves and their children. These folks grow gardens, volunteer at schools take part time jobs so that one of them is home when the kids are home.

Think about it for a minute, this man (and I use the term loosely) wants to take 4 year olds away from their parents, shove them into school with 300-400 kids who are all bigger then they are.  Some of these kids still nap in the afternoon and even if they don’t they are cranky, irritable and down right unhappy most of the afternoon.  They are ripe for abuse by older children because they really don’t know how to take care of themselves.  Children this age are sometimes incredibly shy which will not be cured by shoving them into a classroom with 10-15 other children who feel the same why.  What then are they supposed to do when they need a hug, when the world is not aligned and all they want is their mommy.  I guess those feelings can wait until they get home.  So you have children going home and spending the entire evening trying to wind down from their frustrating, irritating, very bad day.

Here’s my problem with all of that.  Children spend 9 hrs. a day in school, going to school, coming home from school. They’re in school in our area from the second week of August to the last week in May and have 6 weeks of summer vacation.  If you figure 20 days a month for 9 1/2 months (not counting the vacations and days off) that means children are in school for 190+ days a year.  There are only 365 days in a year this means they are away from their parents for about 1/4th of the year. Nine hours a day means they are spending 1/3 of their  actual day, more than 3/4 of their awake time in the company of someone the parent can’t even choose.  At least in daycare parents have the opportunity to choose the provider, at school you just get whoever is assigned to you.  They could be the best teacher in the world or they could be the worst, it’s just the luck of the draw.

My point.  It’s bad enough our 5 year olds are having to grow up too fast.  They are exposed to people and ideologies that they are not prepared for not because parents aren’t doing their jobs but because they aren’t emotionally, physically or intellectually ready to deal with what they’re exposed to.

If the president wants to take children out of bad homes, out of abusive homes, out of chaotic homes then he needs to make that case.  As for my grandchildren and their parents before them, they don’t need to be protected from their parents.  They need to be home with their mother or father more than they need to start school early.  They have 13 years to be indoctrinated by the state.  They need that extra year for their parents to be able to teach them right from wrong and good from bad.

It is apparent that in many districts mendacity, misinformation, political correctness and treason have taken the place of the Golden Rule.  Can’t we wait a year before teaching our children to “Do unto others before they do it unto you” or “ask not what you can do for somebody else, ask what the government is going to do for you?”

Or maybe we need more people who are totally disconnected from everyone.  That is what happens when you institutionalize people.  It’s doesn’t make them more accepting, it just drives them more introverted, especially when their emotional needs are not met.

So yeah, we don’t have enough perspective mass murderers and agents of destruction.  I’m surprise no one has brought up this question.  If schools are so very important to the social landscape why is it that mass shooting have increased along the same line as the length of time students spend away from home ?

Yeah, that elephant’s getting bigger and smellier  everyday.

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