Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Hungry Games

With school out, I have been feeling a lot like the mom in this funny video... "You can feed me, but I'll still be hungry! We're always hungry!"

Monday, June 25, 2012

Live and Let Live

Years ago, I bought a shirt that had a tag attached to it with the brand's "philosophy" written on it: 

"Being relaxed and comfortable with everyone and everything. Each day is a special event to be received in a unifying way. Treat the world with the respect and love you want for yourself..."

At the time, I was preparing for an event that was causing me some anxiety. My mom joked that I keep that tag and make it my mantra when I start feeling stressed. I did. I just found it again (yes, I actually kept it), and found the advice once again relevant.

Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's All About Editing

We are all familiar with reality shows, and their uncanny ability to edit story lines, reactions, conversation, etc. (i.e. The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, The Bachelor, you name it...). Many a contestant has blamed an unflattering portrayal of themselves on a show to strategic editing by producers to create a good story. And truly, with editing you can take tape and make any story you want. The splicing can be as choppy or as smooth as you care to make it. But in the case of reality shows, who cares? Right?

What if that same approach is used in news reporting? I found this article to be quite enlightening. It highlights an example of NBC's Andrea Mitchell attempting to portray Mitt Romney as "out of touch" with the American people, by craftily splicing a campaign trail speech. If you watch the video, you observe that the segments NBC used completely misrepresent Romney's point, and were used as a means to an end. The article also mentions other incidents in which the news chose to, in my opinion, "dig a pit for their neighbor" (2 Nephi 28:8).

It's highly disturbing to me, that news agencies are becoming less trustworthy. It seems to take a lot more research than should be necessary to gather information in order to make educated decisions about things.

Speaking of attempting to portray Romney as "out of touch", here is another article that suggests late night show hosts' jabs at Romney's wealth might be a bit hypocritical (Jay Leno's net worth $150 million; Jon Stewart's net worth about $80 million; Colbert's net worth $45 million; Letterman's net worth $400 million; Jimmy Fallon's net worth $16 million, Bill Maher's monetary value $23 million).

Of course, the most ironic point of all is that Obama is a millionaire, but somehow that is overlooked.

As Dan Gainor (VP of Business and Culture for Media Research Center) put it, "Journalists and Hollywood all want to pretend they were one with the common man. They aren’t. Sure some of them might have paid their dues long ago, but those dues have been paid back with a mighty interest.They are part of the elite in both wealth and access, they don’t care about Romney’s wealth. They care that he is not on their team.”

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

"It is not inappropriate for a man to feel things deeply or to reveal his inner passions and thoughts. Nor must he present a frozen exterior to the world around him. But at the same time, there is a definite place in manhood for strength and confidence in the midst of a storm, and that role falls more naturally to men. As a huge oak tree provides shelter and protection for all the living things that nest in its branches, a strong man provides security and comfort for every member of his family. He knows who he is as a child of God and what is best for his wife and children. His sons need such a man to look up to and to emulate. Men were designed to take care of the people they love, even if it involves personal sacrifice. When they fulfill that responsibility, their wives, son, and daughters usually live in greater peace and harmony."

-Dr. James Dobson

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

True Economy

It's interesting to think that of all the books that exist on money management these days, the concept of spending less than you earn is not a new idea. A simple yet crucial rule for financial success even 200 years ago. 

"You find good businessmen who save all the old envelopes and scraps, and would not tear a new sheet of paper, if they could avoid it, for the world. This is all very well; they may in this way save five or ten dollars a year, but being so economical (only in note paper), they think they can afford to waste time; to have expensive parties, and to drive their carriages. This is an illustration of Dr. Franklin's 'saving at the spigot and wasting at the bung-hole;' 'penny wise and pound foolish.'...
"True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income. A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending."

-P.T. Barnum 1810-1891

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Normandy Beach

It's amazing to think that this was once the of view soldiers defending an evil regime, and waiting to stop the work of freedom.

It's amazing to think that this serene beach was once hell on earth, with the sounds of gunfire, bombs, and wails of dieing men filling the air.

It's amazing to think that this was once the view of what seemed an impossible victory, and that this sand once held the 
footprints and bodies of soldiers... not tourists.

It's amazing to consider the young men willing to sacrifice their lives in defense of Freedom.

"We've been so fortunate by the accident of birth to be Americans. And having had that great fortune, our primary duty is to make sure that this country survives [and its freedoms]. That ought to be the primary objective of every American every day of the rest of their life."
- 'Medal of Honor' recipient
(I wish I could tell you his name. He was in a documentary playing at the Hazy Air and Space Museum last year, that had the stories of multiple Medal of Honor recipients)