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March, 2008

  1. Rites of Spring

    March 30, 2008 by Nate and Michelle

    You haven’t experienced a true spring until you have lived in the sticks.  The inner 4 year old child is awakened by the surplus of baby animals to be seen everywhere.  As we drive down the road, the passenger seat is filled with exclamations at every field and pond passed.  Baby cows running through the meadow.  Baby ducks swimming in a row.  Peacocks pestering cows.  Baby sheep bathing in the sun. 

     You truly haven’t experienced spring in all its glory until you have listened to selections from Peer Gynt live.  As it so happens, you can do this for free on either April 18th or April 20th at 7:30 at the Garland and Ogden tabernacles (respectively).  If Peer Gynt doesn’t do it for you, the choir selections certainly will.  And what isn’t more springy than live music by the Lake Bonneville Community Symphony?  That was a rhetorical question.  We hope to see you there, and we hope you will see many baby animals along your way.

     

     


  2. A P.C. Tale (eat an Apple and enjoy)

    March 27, 2008 by Ryan

    I own both a pencil and a pen. Both of them can be used to write on paper. In some situations, I have used a pencil. When need arises, the pencil does the job for me. But more often, I find the pen suits my needs better. It feels more comfortable to me, and produces darker lines on the paper. And quite simply, I prefer it.

    There are many people who so passionately advocate using one or the other. There are some very good, solid reasons on both sides of the argument. Some people tell me I should switch to a pencil because the ink from a pen can smear on the page if it gets wet (though if I upgrade to a smear-resistant model, I can eliminate that problem). And sometimes, without warning, a pen could just explode in my pocket (though I can buy a pocket-protecting accessory for that, if I like). If the ink dries up a little, it might not want to write – at least until I scribble for a moment on a scratch paper to get the ink started. But I understand my pen’s quirks and risks, and I work through its limitations, and it serves me well. Besides, most everyone else I work with also use a pen, and so I feel like I am in good company with the rest of my associates.

    So I will happily keep using my pen, despite the mocking I receive from the pencil-loving advocates out there. I am impressed with their devotion. I am amused at their humorous advertisements asking me to switch. I even cringe a little bit on the inside, when they make a point that is undeniably correct about their pencils and against my pen. But ultimately, when it comes down to it, they are both just tools, and I can use them to complete very similar tasks, with similar results.


  3. Totally Awesome Government?!

    March 15, 2008 by Ryan

    If you have any idea who “Super Dell” is, then there is absolutely no comment needed. Just read the story.

    ‘Super Dell’ files to run against Corroon

    And on the – way – outside chance that he should win, RUN!!!


  4. Who’s Ready for “Plan B?”

    March 12, 2008 by Ryan

    I see that “Plan A” is well underway. As you recall, “Plan A” was the one that determined to subsidize farmers to grow more corn. And I understand that they get a pretty sweet deal for growing it.

    Now, one of the established rules of nature is that corn makes for great fuel. So all of that corn is needed to transform into Ethanol (Hey, wasn’t she on “I Love Lucy?”).

    You know what they say: What is good to get my engine started at breakfast must also be good to get my automobile engine started too, right?

    And doesn’t the Word of Wisdom say something like, “…wheat for man, and corn for the combustible engine, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine….”

    Especially when 70 percent more energy is required to produce ethanol than the energy that actually is in it. Gee whiz, this is something I want to support! The current rate is a flat 51 cents per gallon, paid to the oil company that is willing to mix the gasoline and the ethanol together! Where do I sign the check, Slick?

    So how has “Plan A” been working out? Well, I notice that the price of wheat is going up. Why? Because the wheat farmers aren’t dumb. They saw that they can get a guaranteed price for a corn subsidy, so they stopped growing wheat and switched over to corn. So breads and pasta prices are up, because supply is down.

    By the way, did you know that 11 acres of farmland could supply of food for seven people? Or it can run the average family car for a year’s worth of ethanol. Take your pick, but you can’t do both.

    Oh, and it turns out that – who knew? – corn is used in a lot of animal feed. Well, the supply is going to the gas pumps, not to the farms, so the price to fill the stomach of a cow has just risen too. Which means that milk and beef prices will follow. As well as for any other animals, such as hog, cattle, chicken, turkey and fish, that we might want to order up between two slices of bread (wheat bread?).

    To quote the T-Rex in ‘Meet the Robinsons,’ “I have a big head and little arms, and I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”
    Picture of Disney's T-Rex
    Oh, but Ryan! You are so pessimistic! Look at the bright side! Even though you are paying a whole lot more money for the price for wheat, look at the amazing cost savings you are receiving at the gas pump!

    Yeah, just watch those prices fall! Whew-hew!

    Alright-y then. “Plan A” has gone swimmingly. Who is ready now for “Plan B”?

    “Plan B” goes like this:

    We undo the insanity that has been put in place. I realize that we’ve made promises to the farmers (and probably also to the gasoline makers), and the farmers have put the seeds in the ground already. It would be unfair to renege on the promises already made. But as soon the growing seasons make it feasible to end the agreements to subsidize corn, we do it.

    Once those subsidy monies are available again, we reallocate them toward developing, as quickly as possible, a different technology. One that is independent of oil. I don’t know if that is Solar – Electric, or Hydrogen, or whatever; but there must be some honest research out there that is willing to break free of the establishment, and is clean burning, and doesn’t continue to put us at the mercy of buying oil from terrorist nations. (is that where the saying about “holding us over a barrel” comes from?)

    I realize that we have a lot of cars and trucks already out there that run on oil (in fact, I own one). And so we can’t just discontinue oil usage overnight. So the other phase of “Plan B” goes like this. We loosen all the insane restrictions on oil drilling in Anwar (that is a part of Alaska, and I’m told that they have a lot of oil there). Now, we be sensible and responsible about it. I know there are some sensitive Porcupine Caribou out there. So we can build a little fence around the area where we want to drill, and we can shoo the Caribou out, so that we don’t disturb them. We can be gentle and humane about it (Unless, of course, we learn that they want to eat our corn too – then things might have to get ugly). But we go in and we take the oil that we have, and we use it to support our own needs.

    For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare….” We just need to manage what we got.

    And one more thing I want to see happen. We’ve had no petroleum refineries in this country between 1976 til 2005. One was approved then in 2005. And what since? Nada. For my perspective, I was not yet born 1976. That’s crazy. Let’s loosen a few of the nonsensical restrictions, and build us a couple of new refineries. If we have the oil supply, and we can refine it faster, that will put it out to market sooner, which will also help lower the price at the pump. I could guarantee that there is at least one “big oil” company out there that would jump at the chance to open a new refinery if they were given the go ahead.

    And one more thing. Vote Wayne Allyn Root for president in 2008.