Monday, March 30, 2009

Why I totally Disagree With Glenn Beck

So I have been watching with somewhat bemused interest in the shift of attention lately on the political arena to a new obsession in some groups with this whole "We Surround Them" bit that Glenn Beck keeps promoting. Recently I've been in touch with some old high school and even elementary school friends and there are a few of them who really seem to be on this bandwagon (one of these guys really cracks me up with his facebook profile photo of him literally clinging to his gun).

Just as an aside - and I'll get to the Glenn Beck thing in a minute - it is very interesting to see how all these mormon kids I grew up with now run the gammut from people contemplating forming their own militias to a guy raising goats in the wild using "herbs" to commune with nature and everything in between. Just goes to show that you cannot predict how anyone is going to turn out! (and the "herbal" dude's dad was a DEA agent!)

But I digress. Glenn Beck.

Okay so he has this new thing he's promoting called the 9/12 society or some such thing. As near as I can tell the basic premise is that he has these 9 principles and if you agree with a majority of them, you should join his "group". Or something like that. I'm not entirely sure I understand the point exactly, but there's a point in there somewhere beyond Glenn Beck making money and selling books and getting you to watch his tv show. I think? Or is there? I don't know. But anyway these are his principles:

1. America is Good.

well, I mean yeah, that's hard to disagree with but...inherently good? or is it her people who are good? Is it the system of government that's good? I think it's pretty good. I don't know exactly what Beck means though. Beck complains a heck of a lot about our "government" while simultaneously expressing deeply held love for America. Well...he also spends a lot of time talking about the founding fathers (using books to promote learning about the founding fathers which, by the way, are not the most scholarly treatments of the founding fathers - all the parts where Jefferson rips out the pages of the bible that he doesn't like are conveniently ignored. Don't fool yourself Jefferson was a rebel folks. A likeable rebel, but a rebel.) But I digress again - anyway, he complains a lot about America for someone who loves it. So I love America, but I'm not sure what Glenn Beck means when he says he loves America. He sure does get irritated a lot with system of government set up by the founding fathers he says he loves while simultaneously being irritated with a lot of American's. So what is it that Glenn Beck loves exactly? What exactly does he think is good?

Who but the most blatant anti-american is going to answer "No" I don't think America is good. So I will answer this in the affirmative, but I'm suspicious of Beck's answer.

2. I believe in God and he is the Center of my life.

Yeah. But the trouble with this one is that I know lots and lots of good people who don't believe that - people who in my opinion contribute to the "good" that is America and the "good" things in my life on a regular basis. So I'm not sure exactly what the relevance is here.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

OK - I mean, I try to just do that everyday, not necessarily that I have to improve over yesterday. I try to do my best every single day. But again, who is going to answer other way? What kind of assinine statement would it be to say "I think I should always try to be more Dishonest than I was yesterday". What?

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

Well yeah. Except that pesky Article of Faith that says "We believe in being subject to Kings, Presidents, Rulers, Magistrates..." So what about that Mr. Beck? Plus I guess I missed the part where we are now living in communist Russia and the government is trying to dictate what I do in my home. Unless you're gay and you live in California. Oh...maybe that's different? I don't get it. Didn't we just decide on prop 8 that were in favor of telling the gay people in California that they CAN'T do certain things because the government (the voter) says? I'm confused.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

Well yeah. Unless you can afford a really good attorney. Then obviously all bets are off.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

Ummm...well, I try not to complicate things. I just prefer this version: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." What the heck is wrong with that version Mr. Beck? I thought you were all "Pro-Founding Fathers". But you don't like how they worded the Declaration of Independence? I guess I'm just more of a patriot than you are.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

I love this idea that if the government forces me to be charitable, that's Satan's plan. Yeah, because Satan was all about being charitable! Satan loves it when you feel coerced to share with your neighbor. You know, I could quote A LOT of scriptures on this one but let me just say that I totally disagree with this idea. WE are the government as he is so fond of telling his listeners. And I think WE all should be charitable. End of story. (I think Satan loves to feed people this idea that they aren't being selfish at all they are just defending their right to be selfish)

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

FINALLY. After 8 years of feeling this way, I'm glad Glenn Beck saying it finally lends credence to the idea. Maybe I can get away with making this statement now, because I certainly could not get away with it for the past 8 years. Someone at church told me I was not "patriotic" if I disagreed with the president. Some people really should look up the meaning of the word patriot. So on this one Beck and I whole-heartedly without reservation agree!

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Has Beck ever heard this "We the people in order to form a more perfect union..." There seems to be a basic misunderstanding of what "government" is and how it works. So on this one I recommend Beck take a civics course or something.

Score: I have no idea how to calculate this nonesense.

But rest assured, my disagreement with Mr. Beck will certainly not stop the flow of money into his pockets. Lately he seems to have ramped up the fear rhetoric to a fever pitch.

Mr. Beck is mormon, but I'm not sure he's paying attention. There is no fear in love. It will be interesting to pay attention to General Conference this weekend. I know I'll be keeping track of how many talks are on loving your fellow man, living in hope and not fear, etc. Every 6 months the messages are positive and beautiful and somehow, a certain segment of the church never really hears that.

Not only is there no fear in perfect love, but the opposite of faith is fear. Maybe I should start a facebook group "Faith Not Fear"...

But I don't think I'd get nearly as many people to join.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Remember a while back I was trying to decide what to do with that couch in the front room? After much deliberation I decided to go the route of that patchwork look - I spent some time picking the fabric and then got Dale Cheshier to do the actual work. I LOVE the way they turned out!

Now we're on the backyard project. This is how my backyard looked a couple of weeks ago:

And this is what it looks like right now:

YIKES! I hope this is all worth it in the end. It's costing a lot of money and as of this moment I am feeling a little sick about it!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Best Movie Scenes

So Kirk and I were having a discussion this week about movies that you would bother owning. There aren't that many movies I care to see more than once or twice. When I start analyzing it I find that my favorites are all from the 80s. This could be because I really think 80s teen movies are the gold standard in teen movies, but it could also be because these movies make me feel like I'm still a teenager myself.

Here are a sampling of some of the best:

1. Some Kind of Wonderful - one of the best kiss scenes ever

2. Pretty and Pink - I SOOOOO badly wanted to be Andie in this movie - I dressed like this for several years.

3. Say Anything - best movie EVER, hands down (the trailer does not do it justice).

4. Breakfast Club - best TEEN movie EVER, hands down

5. The Sure Thing - more John Cusack, always a good thing...

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Insert Frowny Face Here

Not to make light of the current economic climate, because I realize a lot of people are facing serious loss and trouble - my heartfelt sympathies go out to them. But I have a frowny face on right now because I just found out that my FAVORITE magazine in the whole wide world is going out of business because of financial troubles with it's parent company.

What a Drag Dude!

I love Domino Magazine with all my heart! I get Elle Decor and California Homes, and Metropolitan Home and they are Okay but Domino is my absolute love! I will miss it so! And they didn't even bother to tell us it was going to be the last copy until it was said and done - so last months copy was the last one. Now maybe someone will scoop in and save it - someone saved JPG magazine a few months ago, and I was glad, because I've actually been published in that magazine (SEE HERE) - but I digress.

What will happen to my recently renewed subscription? I have a feeling that is just $12 I just donated to their under-funded pension plans. I'm pretty sure I'm not getting a refund.

So here's a montage of awesome images from recent issues that I drew inspiration from. I loved you with all my heart Domino and you will be sorely missed!

Monday, March 02, 2009

So Many Thoughts, So Little Time...

After a period of relative quiet here I suddenly have many thoughts and things I would like to do blog posts about. Alas, I do not have time for most of them.

One little explanatory note, some people have noted the absence of my old blog, bandanamom-120days. I had to take the blog down due to legal reasons that are silly and I don't want to go into. Suffice to say there was a bit of a dispute as to what I was allowed to say or not say regarding my diet.

The new chart on the sidebar is my new weight loss chart which excludes all the weight I lost last year. I actually feel like I did pretty well while I was totally off of it for the past 3 months. In the first month I gained nearly 17 pounds and since then my weight has stayed roughly the same. I consider that a success because it shows that the diet does have some rebound weight loss gain immediately after stopping it, but the trend does not continue after the first two or three weeks.

Anyway, I can start officially back on the diet again because I am finally at 6 weeks post-surgery!

At any rate, I am not at goal but I still weight A LOT less than I did at this time last year.

Maybe later I'll have time to blog about decorating, renovations, politics, children, aging, or art.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


I was going to write a whole long thing on Slumdog and how much I liked it when I saw it in December and that I am tempted to allow my underage children to see it even though it's rated R, and my reasoning on that point. But I'm not actually going to write that whole long thing or explain much of any of that. Just instead I would like to say that I enjoyed Slumdog quite a lot and recommend it inspite of it's 'R' rating. (though there is one disturbing scene I would probably fast forward a bit if I were watching it from home to spare my children).

Holden's whole apartment up at BYUI is in a fight over 'R' rated movie watching. Holden being the only neutral person in the entire household. 2 roommates are rabidly against and convinced that everyone else is going to hell. 2 roommates insist on ONLY watching 'R' rated movies just to irritate the 2 who are rabidly against. Holden's Bishop has asked him to mediate the dispute as much as possible since he is basically neutral and think both sides have decent and valid points. Holden told his Bishop that he does watch 'R' movies sometimes and the Bishop asked how he decides if it's an 'R' movie that is appropriate. Holden said "If it's something I would watch with my parents or with you there". It think that's a good rule of thumb. Apparently the Bishop agreed. He started out saying that maybe the rule should just be 'no R' but then backtracked when he had to admit his favorite movie (the Bishop's favorite) was "Saving Private Ryan".

I have to say that I see a whole lot of PG-13 movies that I am disgusted by and would not allow my kids to watch but often see an R that I don't have a problem with them watching (especially that 18 year old mentioned above). Wisdom in all things I suppose.

But anyway - there's a new post on the Shando blog, wherein, Shando wants you to know that she totally called the Oscar picks, and wants you to know she feels vindicated by her dislike of Mama Mia.

Alvin Ailey

We went to the Alvin Ailey dance performance at the Mesa Arts Center last night (by the way, how great is the Mesa Arts that place) - I took a somewhat reluctant husband and a somewhat skeptical 11 and 13 year old. It was awesome. Dance has such a magical power sometimes, and this production was gorgeous magical perfection. If you get a chance to go sometime, do not pass it up.


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