Friday, June 27, 2008

Moral Freefall

ATTENTION: The following Brandt's Rant you are about to read is likely very long, nonsensical, and has nothing to do with anything. You have been warned.

So I've been thinking lately about the direction our country is going. There's a couple things that have really got me concerned:

How much power a few judges have in overturning laws approved by millions of people;

how close things are in the Middle East are to erupting into full-out war;

the fact that our country is giving a person with 2 years of national government experience (and not much else worth mentioning on his resume) a 50-50 shot at running the country;

and, like all the rest of you, how much gas is costing me now, and the prospect of paying even more in the weeks and months to come.

I don't know which of these bugs me more. The judge problem is a big one, as evidenced by California's overturning of a state-approved ban on gay marriage. If 60% of the population of a super-liberal state like Cali can vote to ban gay marriage, what right do 4 stupid judges have to overrule that? Hopefully Proposition 8 will pass and settle the matter once and for all.

The most telling 'sign of the times' though is this little nugget of wisdom from Wicca is a nature-based religion based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons. (,2933,389281,00.html)
Last I checked, Wicca was witchcraft, not some tree-hugging frolic in the meadows. But our society is so bent on tolerating everything from illegal immigration to providing rights to TERRORISTS, to promoting same-gender marriage as 'equal' and a 'right' that we can't call evil what it is - evil. And if we start tolerating more and more and finding nice fuzzy words for things we know are bad for us, pretty soon everything will be so skewed no one will know up from down. Not my kids though. I'm going to teach them there IS a right and there IS a wrong, and no warm-fuzzy PC hogwash should convince them otherwise.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free book!

I saw on Anne Bradshaw's blog that if I put a nice blurb about her contest, a link to her awesome website (, and posted on her blog, I could win a free book. So here's my blurb - I love free stuff, and this contest is for a free book, which I've been dying to find one I could really get into. Hope I win!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Veddy Interesting...

So I found this old online journal I started a few years ago. Turns out, I only ever made one entry in it, and it happened to be night I met my wife. :) How cool is that? Here it is, in all its glory:
Ok, so get this. I found out there was a dance tonight out in Tacoma, 15 miles or so south of here, starting after I get off work. So I went down, just to hang out. I was thinkin of just sitting it out the whole night, actually. I didn't really want to dance, just to be out around good, fun entertainment for a night. Then this girl Carol asks me to dance, and she's a total goofball, we had a lot of fun dancing. She intro'd me to her friends, we chatted for a sec, and then she disappeared with one of her buddies. So I walk around for a sec, and see a guy, Pat Hampton, that I knew back in high school. I went over to say hi, and he introduces me to the two girls next to him, Emily (his gf) and Lisa (friend of his gf). So Lisa and I started talking, and we just hit it off. We kept talking, and talking, the rest of the night. It was so fun, and so unexpected. I'd gone to this dance specifically wanting to avoid meeting someone, and BOOM I meet someone. We ended up hanging out the rest of the dance, and talking for an hour or so afterwards, then I drove her home (Pat and Em had to leave early). Lisa's 20, cute, and funny, a great dancer too. She goes to BYU-I, majoring in art, and even draws for Chris Heimerdinger! How cool is that? I got her number, and I'm thinkin of askin her to the Federal Way dance tomorrow night. So funny, how these things work out. You look and look and look for something, and the minute you decide NOT to look, you find it. So yeah, just had to get that down. It's late, and I'm goin to the temple with some friends from my ward tomorrow, so I better get some sleep. Till next time, g'night!