Should I Oppose HBO’s ‘Big Love’ Show???

Many people on my mailing list have already expressed an interest in opposing this HBO show, ‘Big Love’. After quite a bit of deliberation and discussion I have still not decided whether or not to add my voice. The fact that the AFA has just today also joined in and provided an excellent means for making our voices heard, has given me more to think about. A week ago I was contemplating asking the AFA to provide this service, and now that they have, I am still torn.

Why? I have asked quite a few friends and family members for their opinions on this subject and have gotten just as many different opinions.

My first impression was not to fight it because it might give too much bad publicity to the LDS Church. On top of that, I choose not to watch HBO because of the filth, smut, and other garbage that they sponsor (oh, and because it does not come with my cable package =). Thus, my thought process was, “if I can make the choice to not watch this show, then so can everyone else and thus the actions of the people will decide the fate of this show”.

HOWEVER!!! In many instances, INACTION is the incorrect action. Is this one of those instances? Our inaction at the borders of our nation is an example of the wrong time and place to use inaction. If the colonists of the early American colonies had to decided to just sit back and not keep the British army’s out, we would be in a different world today.

To quote a good friend of mine, “The fact that it’s on HBO has nothing to do with anything… do you realize how many people watch HBO? Sex in the City.. the Sopranos? They are house hold names. Also, this show was written by a gay couple and is very likely another ploy to normalize deviant behavior and to help further the case for legalizing gay and multiple marriages.” The Sex in the City (another despicable show) has also made it’s way onto public television. Do we want to wait until this show has as many seasons and is such a hit that it moves to public television?

I ask again. Is this one of those instances where inaction is the correct action?

On the other side of the coin, if we were to fight this television show, then I think we could be obligated to fight ALL inappropriate media. Are we willing to do that? The PTC is a group that has been established to monitor and fight against filthiness on our televions. Are we willing to join such groups and start an inquisition to erradicate all inappropriate television media? Is that even an option? Those who create the shows will most certainly proclaim that they have a right to show their arts.

Several friends of my wife brought up another point. This show and many like it could be a teaching opportunity. Those who watch it may have questions about the deviant behaviours and incorrect principles. Answering those questions could lead to good teaching moments. However, at what cost?

The LDS church had some really good points to consider about this topic: LDS Church Responds to Questions on TV Series

I am as of yet, undecided. Anyone care to persuade me further?

Snowboarding at 3

I love to snowboard. Such a rush and so much fun. My son, Ethan, knows that I snowboard and said that he wanted to try it. That is just what I wanted to hear. However, I wondered just what age would be good to start him at. As it turns out, I was at Brighton the other day and I saw little kids on snowboards. So I inquired as to their ages and what the youngest ages were of children that came to snowboard. I learned that these kids were 5 and 6 but that some as young as 4 have come to try it out and did very well. That was it. I decided that Ethan was going to try it next season since he will be 4 and a half. Jamie found a cheap snowboard at the store ($15!! wow). So yesterday Ethan and I put our gear in the truck and headed up to the mountains. We found a nice snowy area where the slopes were gradual and up we went. At three years old, Ethan is a natural! He took to it like a fish to water. Sure, he fell down a lot, but the important thing was that he kept getting up and doing it again. By the end he was going down the hill without even falling!! He was happy and I was extremely proud! Winter Olympics 2018, here we come!!!

Snowboarding at 3 years old

Here is to the human spirit

I am not personally a huge basketball fan. As those who know me will tell you, I am a soccer freak. However, I have played basketball before, I have made a couple baskets, and cheered on a team or two as they headed for the championships. But this post is not really about basketball. This post is about the power and strength of the human spirit. Watch this video:

Jason McElwing – Basketball Hero

What touches me about this video are two things. First, that Jason, despite his disability, has the courage to help other people take a role that other people may not want to take. Second, the amazing love and support showed to Jason by his family, friends, and entire school. The human spirit is alive and kicking and this video shows it.

(Thanks to Doug Green for sending me the video.)

Party Caucuses

Voting for political leaders may not happen every month, but that does not mean that there are not things that we can be doing to prepare for the next election. The most important thing to do is to research who the candidates are and what they stand for so that you can vote intelligently at the next election. The Internet is full of web sites that have information about all the candidates that are running for any office.

Tomorrow we have the wonderful opportunity of attending Party Caucuses– “Utah will hold neighborhood party caucuses this coming Tuesday (March 21). If you care about the political process, you have to be there.”

What is a caucus? A caucus is “a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause” (webster.com)

Not sure what precint you are in? Check here.
State of Utah voter registration search

For those of you in other states, you can start by finding you state web site. That should provide you with plenty of good information. You can find it really easily on Google: ” <name of your state> web site”. You can also start at the FirstGov web site.

If you need help getting more involved in your local government as an active and concerned citizen, feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy to help you become a better citizen.

New Car and New Batteries

I love technology. I really love new and emerging technologies. I get excited when I hear about a new technology or a technology that is finally or soon to be released for mainstream consumption. Two of my favorite technologies to watch over the past couple years are: Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Nanotechnology.

The new Honda FCX — Be sure to click on the “Next” links on the right side of the page to get to the next two pages also. This is really amazing stuff and I already want one of these cars. The pictures are really fascinating to look at.

MIT Researchers Fired Up About Battery Alternative — These new batteries are based on the Super/UltraCapacitor technology that has been around for years.