Sunday, December 25, 2016

Come, Lord Jesus by the BYU Men's Choir

May the peace and Blessing of this Christmas day abide with you and your families and friends. It's been a whirlwind year and I'm honored to have shared my thoughts with some of you this past year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mary Did You Know Sung by Mark Lowry

On this Christmas eve, here's my favorite version of this song, sung by the man who wrote it and Voctave, one of the great singing groups of the day. What do ya'll think?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Random Thoughts on a Monday

The Electoral College will officially elect Donald Trump President of the United States today. This despite the best efforts of Hillary's campaign, President Obama, apparently the CIA, and the mainstream media to derail the political process outlined in the Constitution.

Nothing is worse than hearing a bunch of leftist progressives lecture the people of the United States about what the Constitution says. If leftists were so concerned about the Constitution, they'd defend it all the time instead of throwing it in the trash.

I'm especially fed up with Hollywood has-beens reading from a script to try to delegitimize Donald Trump. Are we going to have to put up with that spew for four years? It was bad enough to listen to leftist whining through the Bush years. Talk about "fake news."

This past month's political backlash against "fake news" was an amazing display of anti-freedom and anti-speech politics, the likes of which hasn't been seen since Joseph Goebbels refined state-sponsored propaganda to a fine art. The first thing I thought of when I heard President Obama talk about "domestic propagandists" was the reference in George Orwell's 1984, describing the Ministry of Truth. We've lived with fake news for a long, long time. (It's called the mainstream media.)

When elitist politicians start demanding control of speech, it's time to worry about the nation's future.

My thoughts on the "revelation" that the Russians hacked into computers and helped Trump win the election? The idea doesn't even make sense. If Russians are hacking servers, which they probably are, it's the fault of those who don't protect their servers, aided by the regressive and dangerous foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Do we have Russians to thank for Hillary's downfall? Not really. They didn't force her and the DNC to use woefully inadequate protection on their servers. They also didn't copy Hillary's emails onto the computer of a sexual predator.

I've noticed more and more students who contact me at the end of the semester trying to salvage their failing grades. They must think that tactic works because they persist in using it. Sorry, but there is no death bed repentance when you are flunking my classes.

While we're at it, no, students may not read a fifth-grade-level book for a final college research project.

Lack of student interest in taking control of their own lives may be a direct result of university policies that reward poor thinking and touchy-feely curriculum with degrees in Gender Studies or Social Justice Studies.

Thank goodness the semester's about over.

We went to see Moana the other day. It was silly, formulaic, and a heck of a lot of fun. Take out the one "obligatory" joke using bathroom humor and Disney's got another winner.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Random Thoughts on a Saturday

The mainstream news media continues to promote story after story about how awful Donald Trump is. Considering the love affair we had to endure when President Obama was elected, we are now subjected to even worse propaganda - the propaganda that any and all of Mr. Trump's actions does not reflect "American" values.

Considering that Trump got himself elected President of the United States, I'd say that the news media have absolutely no clue what American values are.

Hillary lost the election. Get over it.

Why did Hillary lose the election? Perhaps not all of the people of the US are mindless zombies who agree with the shrill shrieks coming from progressive elites that the US is The Evil Empire, founded on the principles of H8 and victimization.

Did you notice how quickly the the media dropped the story about the Muslim terrorist who plowed a car into, then cut up students at Ohio State? Apparently, even devout leftists cannot convince themselves that the violence: 1) wasn't motivated by extreme Islamism; 2) can be blamed on a gun; 3) was stopped by someone with a gun; 4) was perpetrated by a US-born white male.

Not that the progressive elites and the media didn't try to blame white males for the attack. Their attempts only underscore just how bizarre and out-of-touch with reality progressives have become. (Thank you Tim Kaine for your anti-gun Tweet!)

As far as I can tell, Mr. Trump's greatest problem right now is his ego. Hopefully, when he settles on a cabinet and fills the immediate government positions with capable people (General Mattis!), he will become a capable policy maker.

Can Trump survive four years of bad press?

Can Trump survive Chinese posturing?

He's got to be better at foreign affairs than Mr. Obama.

Jack Whittaker, a man who won the Powerball lottery to the tune of $315 million dollars, went broke, lost his daughter, lost his granddaughter, and his home recently burned down. What can we learn from this? I take away the lesson that the lottery is an evil institution that gives false hope, even to those who win.

Even after the government takes half of the $315 million winnings, how do you go broke living on $157 million dollars?

Meanwhile, in Progressiville, USA, Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers who sat through the national anthem in protest of Trump (or something) and praised Fidel Castro for his values (or something), just bought a Manhattan condo for $3.21 million dollars.

Kaepernick has now, officially, become the poster child for all that is so very wrong with progressive ideology.