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Really Spring

Really Spring

It is really spring!  That’s right.  It is sunny and warm.  It is about time.

Sunday we saw snowflakes blowing around with temperatures in the low 30s.  Today it’s in the mid 70s.  Amazing what two days can do.

We came out of the temple tonight and the air was pleasant and warm.  Yes, it is really spring.  Let’s hope it is here to stay for a while.

Why Being a Republican Doesn’t Make You a Conservative

Okay, I have to state this.  I was watching a rather childish argument between to “Republicans” and the finger pointing was at “conservatives” (where it should have been at Republicans… not conservatives.)

A conservative (politically) is one who holds fast to time-honored traditions.  They are less likely to accept change for the sake of change.  The opposite of conservative is radical.

So, based on some of the things being argued about, here are two:   Extramarital affairs are NOT conservative values, and drug legalization is not a conservative value.

Taking that to the other side, liberalism is not humanitarianism.  It is the doctrine of change.

Liberals like to change things.  Conservatives like to keep time-honored traditions.  A liberal who likes to take change to the extreme is a radical.  Either one (liberal or conservative) who wants to force behavior is an authoritarian.  An extreme authoritarian is a totalitarian.

Why is that so hard for some people to understand?

Evidence

Evidence

A troll on a conservative Christian Facebook page vented is anger calling our God “mythical” and then saying, “There is no evidence that God exist.”

I will preface this by stating I was raised to be a scientist and mathemetician.  My first chemistry set was at age 7.   At age 9 or 10, my dad pointed to a table of textbooks in Spokane, Washington, and said, “You can pick any 5 and I will buy them so long as you read them.”

I took my scientist dad up on the offer.  (My dad was a biologist specializing in entomology.  He ended up spending his career teaching biology and chemistry.)  One of the books was a high school mathematics book.  Not only did I read it, but I also learned how to solve the problems.

Later, around age 11, he taught me how to figure out a genetic determinant.  My entire childhood was surrounded by scientific discovery and mathematics.  In college, I surpassed my dad in my knowledge of chemistry and mathematics and was soon tutoring him on things he would in turn teach his students.

Science was a way of life at home.

My Response

My response to the atheist who says there is no God is this…

If you say there is no evidence that God exists, then you aren’t looking, or you are unwilling to look at what is before you.

God has told us the following…

Ask and ye shall receive (Mark 11:24)
Ask and it shall be given (Matthew 7:7)
Knock and it shall be open unto you (Matthew 7:7)
Seek and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask… and it shall be given him (James 1:5)
Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (I John 2:3)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Wait… what did that last one say?  For they shall see God?

Just referencing those scriptures, the unbelieving needs to ask… Have I asked?  Have I knocked (put forth effort)?  Am I seeking?  Do I keep God’s commandments?  Am I pure in heart?

I can hear the response, “Why would I do that when I know that God isn’t real?”

My Next Response

I know that God is real, and he does listen when we ask, and he does answer.  All of this requires effort.  Christ has said, “If any man will do his will (i.e. keep the commandments),  he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

You cannot “know” that God isn’t real, when God himself reveals himself to those who seek him.  You can only choose not to believe he is real.

I can testify that God is real, but until you find out for yourself, you will never know.

Ideologies Explained

Ideologies Explained

It is time to explain — Political Ideologies Explained.  You read it here.  It’s time to explain some political ideologies as many people have some strange ideas.  I’m going to keep it simple.

A guy is driving down the road and his car breaks down.  Here is how the guy would deal with it based on his political ideology.  (Presented in alphabetical order.)

  • Authoritarian – He contacts the nearest auto mechanic and threatens the mechanic with a lawsuit if he doesn’t repair his car.
  • Communist – He decides the government should repair his car so he can drive to his government job.
  • Conservative – He decides to take money from his savings and pay someone to repair his car.
  • Liberal – He decides his car is old and he borrows money to buy a new car.
  • Libertarian – He decides to get out his tools and repair his own car.
  • Socialist – He decides goes to the town hall and asks what sort of government funds are available to repair his car.
  • Totalitarian – He contacts the nearest auto mechanic and threatens him with economic failure, bodily harm or death if the mechanic doesn’t repair his car.

Which are you?

Today is Tuesday which means I had my missionary meeting, and later the temple.  I hate to start projects on Tuesdays because of my limited attention and time.

Not Conservative

Not Conservative

Libertarianism is not conservative.  I get so tired of libertarian ideas being branded as “right wing conservatism”.  Quite frankly, it is down right scary.

Think of an x-y graph.  On the left you have liberalism, and on the right you have conservatism.  On the top you have libertarianism and on the bottom you have authoritarianism.  Thus, it is possible to be a conservative libertarian or a liberal libertarian, but not an authoritarian libertarian.  Likewise, it is possible to be an authoritarian liberal or a libertarian liberal, but not a conservative liberal.

With me?

Here’s an example…

Gun control…

The libertarian says the government should keep out of our affairs and that people should be responsible enough to own guns.  This is a concept that is neither liberal or conservative, yet, as soon as someone says this, they are labeled a “right winger”.

The authoritarian says the government is the only entity that should have guns.  Again, a concept that is neither left or right.

The conservative says the government has already spoken on the subject in the 2nd Amendment.  That’s all we need.

The liberal says the 2nd Amendment is misunderstood and requires change to keep up with modern times.

Of all the ideologies, I find authoritarian the scariest.  And, I find that many so-called liberals are more authoritarian than they are liberal.  In fact, many of them may be middle of the road between liberal and conservative, but way far out there on the authoritarian scale.

An authoritarian wants to tell you what you can and can’t eat, what you can and cannot drive, who you can hire and who you cannot, and so forth.  (Sound familiar?)

From a religious point of view, Latter-day Saints teach that people should be taught correct principles and then govern themselves.  (Wow, the exact opposite of authoritarianism.)   Satan’s plan was to come to earth and force people to keep the commandments (authoritarianism) and he’d take all the credit.

Interesting, eh?

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I spent the day working on print competition images.  I’m not sure why I put myself through this.  Nobody is telling me I need to earn my Masters.  But, I do it anyway.

Taking a break from print comp stuff, I decided to do a few tests with flash.

copyright 2014 db walton

Wondering If it is Going to Fire

I was wondering if the flash was going to fire or not.  It did.  Not the greatest expression, but what the heck… I was testing some ideas.  (Nice even fill flash without being “flat”.)

Mac (liberal) vs PC (conservative)

I got thinking. Mac users are like liberals, and PC users are like conservatives. So, allow me to have some fun with this hypothesis.

On architecture:  Mac users like the “closed architecture” as liberals like a secretive government.   Whereas PC users like “open architecture” and transparency in government.

On operating system:  Mac users like an OS where Apple dictates what programs can be authorized to run on it as liberals like government controls telling people what they can and cannot do and forms of socialism and communism.  On the other hand, PC users like an OS where all the hooks are well documented allowing developers complete freedom just as conservatives like free-enterprise and capitalism.

 On crashing:  Mac users are in complete denial when they say Macs don’t crash just as liberals are in complete denial saying spending tax dollars fixes the economy.  A Mac user will continue to dump money in to upgrading from one Mac to the next even though they really DO CRASH.  A PC user is willing to accept the fact that computers will crash.  They know that there will be better releases of Windows and service packs to fix problems, but are willing to live with it because they paid a fraction of the cost.  Likewise, a conservative knows the economy will take its dives, and that economic history shows that when government keeps its hands off things, the economy will get better.

 On graphics:  Mac users think Macs are superior for graphics just as liberal politicians think they know what is best for their constituents.   PC user on the other hand have discovered you can get a LaCie monitor for a PC that looks just like a LaCie monitor for a Mac.  I compare this to the conservative politician who listens to his constituents and discovers they do have good ideas.

On leadership:  Mac users worry that Steve Jobs will succumb to cancer and that would leave Apple leaderless and without vision.  Liberals likewise worry they will lose their hold in the legislature.  How would they then vote to give themselves raises?  PC users realize that Bill Gates has already turned the reins over to Steve Balmer, and because of the openness of Windows, it is business as usual.  Conservatives know that people quickly tire of liberal social programs and want prosperity back and so they will get elected on the next go-around.

On sharing the wealth:  Mac users support a single-supplier system that only benefits Apple and their shareholders.  Just like liberals support on single-provider health care system that will only benefit its shareholders.  PC users support a multi-vendor supply of hardware.  This has driven prices down and made computers affordable for most people.  Just as conservatives support an open health care system that, through competition, will result in lower costs.