Citizens of the United States of America have rights. Such as the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
When a citizen commits a crime, they do so in trade for some of their rights. In other words, were I to kill someone, I would give up my rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness and depending on the scenario, I could lose my right to life.
This is natural cause and effect. Every action has a consequence. Certain consequences are desirable, others are not. We learn what to do and what not to do based on receiving these consequences. This is a law of the universe. It cannot be changed. Continue reading →
I am wondering what you think about allowing citizens to take weapons (such as guns) on public flights? The problem with weapon laws, in my understanding, is that those who obey the laws do not need the laws in the first place and those that break laws are going to break them anyway. In other words, if a terrorist really wants to find a way to get a gun on a plane and then tries to use it, all the law abiding citizens are at the mercy of the terrorist. If law abiding citizens are allowed to exercise their right to bear arms, ANY WHERE (including planes, hospitals, churches, etc), I would think that terrorists and other law breakers would be much more hesitant to attack, for fear of not just law enforcement officers but also average citizens.
On the topic of “what happens if someone shoots a gun on a plane, even accidentally”, Mythbusters had a great episode on that actually. They pressurized a plane and shot holes through it. Nothing catastrophic. The myth was totally busted. They had to attach a major explosive to the side of the plane to actually affect some catastrophic damage.
“1. Poor Americans do pay taxes… including federal payroll taxes. Between gas taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes and other taxes, no one lives tax free in America.”
“[D]uring seven of the eight Bush years, the IRS report on the top 400 taxpayers was labeled a state secret, a policy that the Obama administration overturned almost immediately after his inauguration.”
“Since 1980, when President Reagan won election promising prosperity through tax cuts, the average income of the vast majority—the bottom 90 percent of Americans—has increased a meager $303, or 1 percent. Put another way, for each dollar people in the vast majority made in 1980, in 2008 their income was up to $1.01.”
“The ultra-rich simply are not going to be taxed into oblivion. They will do whatever it takes to avoid high tax rates.”
“The truth is that our tax system is completely and totally broken.”
“When you crush small businesses you crush job growth in this country.
“If you wanted to truly ‘tax the rich’, you would need to completely throw out our current tax system and come up with something completely and totally different.
And actually, when you get right down to it, an income tax is not even needed to run our country. Until 1913 the United States did just fine without a federal income tax.”
“[T]he solution is to change the rules of the game so that money and financial power does not become so concentrated in the hands of just a few. Our founding fathers intended for all Americans to be able to start businesses and compete. They never intended for gigantic mega-corporations to dominate everything.”
I have recently taken the plunge into learning Git. These are my notes thus far. I know there are plenty of git write-ups out there on the web. I started this one mostly for myself as a quick cheat sheet. I figure it may be useful to someone so I am sharing it.
My typical git workflow
- git init (or clone)
- work on files on main branch
- git branch [newbranchname] (create a new branch for a new feature)
- git checkout branch (switch to that new branch)
- git merge [newbranchname] (merge new feature into main branch)
- git add . (or git add path/to/file(s))
- git commit (leave good notes)
- git pull [remote] [branch] (to sync with other devs)
- git push [remote] [branch] (send my local commits to other devs or repo server)
Some descriptions of other git commands
git init (initializes a directory as a new Git repository)
git clone [url] (copies an existing Git repository)
git remote (list local "remote" aliases)
git remote add/rm [url] (creates a new alias)
(add changes; those could be in files or directory structure)
git add -u (adds unstaged changes including deletes not done with git rm)
git add -p (add changes per chunk in a file!)
gif diff (--cached for staged changes)
git commit (records a snapshot of the staging area)
git commit -m (specify a commit message on the command line)
git commit -a (skip the add step and do it automatically -a will not add new files)
git rm (delete a file, can be used to actually delete the file or after the fact to inform git of the action)
git rm --cached (aka un-add/un-track)
git reset (unstage changes that you have staged, opposite of git add)
git checkout -- ..." to discard changes in working directory (???)
git update-index --assume-unchanged (ignore uncommitted changes in a file that is already tracked)
git pull/push (eg git push memoryties master)
How do you think about money? Read each question and pick the answer that most closely resembles the way that you think.
1) My friend lands a new job that pays a lot more than money than my job does, and it has amazing benefits, including 4 weeks of vacation.
I feel very excited for my friend and congratulate them.
I feel jealous, angry, and wonder how they get all the luck.
2) There is enough money in the world for everyone to be fabulously rich.
3) I just bought a new couch. Now the Boy Scouts are knocking at my door for $25 to help them get to summer camp.
I will give because I have plenty and I admire these Scouts for putting forth the effort to build character through fund raising.
I can barely feed my kids and that new couch was purchased on credit so I am now under a mountain of debt.
4) The news reports that the economy is in a recession, unemployment is at an all time high, and property values are down.
I thank God for the blessings I enjoy and look for opportunities to create value for others.
I feel scared, worry that I might lose my job and my house, and I stop spending money however possible.
5) I am poor. I barely have enough to make ends meet.
6) I am very richly blessed and wealthy.
7) I have thousands of dollars of debt.
Some of those debts were good investments and know there is a way for me to take responsibility of my bad choices and get out of debt.
I have nothing to show for all of my spending and I have no hope of ever getting out of debt. Bankruptcy looks very appealing.
8 ) I am eating a bag of my favorite snacks. My child comes into the room, sees what I am eating and asks for some.
Sure you can have some. I love to share my snacks with you.
No! These are mine snacks.
9) I am driving on the highway. Someone turns on their blinker indicating a desire to move in front of me.
I wave them in, thinking, “there is plenty of road for everyone”.
I speed up and give them a dirty look. My road! Mine!
In case you did not already figure it out, all the “A” answers indicate a mentality of “abundance” and all of the “B” answers indicate a mentality of “scarcity”.
We are what we think.
Scarcity is the mentality of a child. Many of us do not grow out of it, for many number of reasons. Most often we learn to stay in the scarcity mindset by example.
How do I fix a mentality of scarcity?
Scarcity is an addiction. We handle this addiction in much the same way that we handle any other addiction. The first steps are:
1 – Recognize that you have a scarcity mentality.
2 – Admit to yourself that you have a scarcity mentality.
3 – Admit to you spouse or someone significant in your life who can help to hold you accountable.
Initially, I was wary about the idea of pulling our troops out. But I am sure that is because I have not understood everything. The problem with forming an opinion on anything that our government is doing is there is such a great lack of understanding by so many average citizens like myself. Now that I have learned a bit more about what is going on, my opinion is that we should indeed bring our troops home.
Some may say, “What about all those poor helpless people over there that we were doing actual good for?” The American people should continue to help around the world, but privately. We do not and should not be using our Armed Forces as our philanthropic arm. We the people should be organizing ourselves and helping through private organizations. And many are doing exactly that.
The roles of our government should be small and focused on our nation. The roles of the people of the United States of America, as private citizens, should be focused on being good neighbors and lending helping hands where ever we can throughout the world.
It seems to be a “simple” matter of mistaken identity. Our government thinks it is the people. It is wrong. WE are the people and we run the nation, or at least we should. We have become complacent and self-centered. We have allowed our elected officials to take away our responsibilities as humans and citizens of Earth as well as our freedoms. It is past time for us to take back what is ours and relieve our bloated bureaucracy of our misplaced roles.
I was just imagining what it would be like to happen upon an American Easter celebration with no prior knowledge of the holiday or accompanying traditions.
It would probably seem that Easter is about a magical bunny… that lays eggs. Eggs that mostly contain sugary treats, though occasionally there are other things in the eggs, including baby chickens (what?!). The colors associated with the holiday are usually bright and pastel. Adults hide the eggs and then tell their children that the magical Easter Bunny has visited them and hidden special eggs for them to find. The children then look for the eggs and put them in some sort of basket. After the hunt, the children glut themselves on the contents of the eggs and other treats provided for the occasion. It also appears quite popular to create huge chocolate effigies of this magical bunny and proceed to smash it to pieces and consume it.
Therefore, Easter is about paying homage to a magical bunny. That seems to be the extent of this tradition. Nothing is discussed about the origin of this bunny. No morals or lessons are actively taught. The whole reason for the holiday appears to be an excuse for lavishing sugar upon children.
Back to reality. I know what Easter is. At least, I know what it is supposed to be. Easter is an extension of Christmas, which celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Easter is supposed to be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Modern Easter celebrations have gone the way of modern Christmas celebrations. They are both currently bastardizations of the truth.
OH BUT WAIT, the symbolism of the new life in the “Easter Eggs” and the everlasting green of the “Christmas Trees” is beautiful and helps the children better understand the meanings since they cannot possibly grasp what Easter and Christmas are really about.
That is nonsense. Complete nonsense.
Current Easter and Christmas traditions do nothing at all to help anyone remember Jesus Christ. The holidays have become meaningless and hollow. They have become commercialized, selfish, and self indulgent. They mock the truth of Christ. They mock the reality of Christ.
I can see Satan laughing now, as we “celebrate” these supposedly sacred holidays. Not passing on an example of love for our Savior or an example of true discipleship to our children. Instead, passing on unhealthy eating habits, gluttonous desires for presents, and the ritualistic worship of false idols, named Bunny and Santa.
I hereby apologize to my children for contributing to the mockery of Christ by perpetuating these false traditions in my own home. For some reason, today I finally realized what I have been doing. In celebrating these two holidays, I have been remiss. By not actively doing something to fix the problem, I have been inactively allowing the default to take place.
I vow to do better.
Please leave a comment and let me know how you celebrate Easter and Christmas in ways that help teach your children about the true reasons for those holidays?