This year I was forced to observe the Independence Day (4th of July) on the 3rd. The reason for this has yet to be discovered. The rumor, or word on the street, is that the Mormons would not allow the City of Saint George, Utah to celebrate the event on a Sunday. I was even told that the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the specific commandment to all members of the faith.
What a ridiculous comment to make. I have actually researched the news archives at the Church of Jesus Christ website www.lds.org, and have not found any legitimate proof to conclude that the Church required its members to observe Independence Day on the 3rd this year.
It is my personal belief, however that the city officials wanted to see a real firework display in Las Vegas on the 4th, so they scheduled local activities a day early. I think it is as good a guess as any, and it makes more sense than the ones involving the “Mormons”.
It is my understanding, based on my experiences since moving to Saint George, Utah, that the general public here will blame the “Mormons” (LDS) for everything they don’t understand. The jibes against the LDS, however, will continue to insult the intelligence, or lack of, considering that with a little effort the people would disprove such nonsense.
The Church of Jesus Christ, for instance, teaches the concept of “free agency”. Free agency means that the individual person is free to choose for themselves how to manage their own lives and decisions according to their own conscience.
So why do the people of Saint George, Utah, insist on restricting the agency of the people by closing public services for the LDS holiday “Pioneer Day”?
And how weird is this holiday? To idolize a people, who according to the Church doctrines and history, were too evil to follow the commandments of their God that He commanded that they should go west to what is now Salt Lake and Utah.
I just got this in my email. Hope you enjoy it. I don’t know who wrote it, but the instruction at the end of the email was to pass it on to frustrate your friends.
Below are four (4) questions. Answer them instantly. Don’t take your time, answer all of them immediately. OK? Let’s find out just how clever you really are. Ready? GO!!!
You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?
If you answered that you are first, your wrong. If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!
Try not to mess up in the next question. To answer the second question, don’t take as much time as you took for the first question.
If you overtake the last person, then you are…?
Answer:If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!
Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.
Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?
Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. Don’t believe it? Check with your calculator!
Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?
Answer:Nunu? NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again.
Amendment 9 – Constitution of the United States of America:
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
Amendment 14 Section 1 – Constitution of the United States of America:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
An associate of mine attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes the other day at a local convenience store only to be refused service because of his out-of-state, state issued picture ID. When shown, the clerk flat-out refused to accept his legal Florida ID card. The clerk informed him that he could only accept a Utah driver’s license.
What does a driver’s license have to do with smoking? Where did Utah get the power to make or enforce law that abridges the rights of citizens of the other States of America?
Later that evening, the same guy entered the only local bar and ordered a pitcher of beer. The waitress refused to give him a full pitcher of beer. She maintained that the State of Utah laws limited the amount of beer she could give him to half a pitcher at a time.
Since when is it the obligation of the State to regulate what citizens can have?
Another associate of mine desired to camp out in a tent for the term of one month. When he asked the owner of the local campground how much he had to pay, he was told Utah law forbade him to let the guy stay any longer than two nights. The owner assured the guy that if it were up to him, he would let the guy stay for as long as he wanted.
Why wasn’t it up him? Did this owner not own the property?
Where did the State get the authority to manage private owned businesses or property? Since when are convenience store clerks, bar waitresses, and property owners agents of that State?
And, the ever important question; Why?
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
1. Abolition of property in land and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
Loiter- http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entries/39/l0233900.html “1. To stand idly about; linger aimlessly. 2. To proceed slowly or with many stops: loitered all the way home. 3. To delay or dawdle: loiter over a task. ”
Loiter- http://dictionary.law.com/ “v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. ”
Yesterday, a new sign popped up at a gazebo I frequent here in St. George, Utah. The sign reads “No loitering 9 PM to 5 PM”. To any intellectual beings, it is a reminder of a.) the ignorance of this community, and b.) the hypocrisy that runs abundant in this society.
The gazebo, located at Tabernacle and 100 West, is part of the Washington County School District complex and blocks 100 West. It serves no purpose that I can discern, and I have often wondered how it has legal bearing to even exist. Who gave the county permission to close down a public street?
There are even benches located within the gazebo. I often use them to rest in the shade and read a book. In fact, I have been enjoying the gazebo now for at least four months now and have seen all sorts of people take a break on the benches.
I have never seen anyone loiter there- and I have often spent all day sitting on those public benches on that public property.
Now to understand the hypocrisy of the situation, one must understand a little about the heritage of St. George. It was settled by LDS pilgrims as a cotton plantation. The Christian theme is still strong. Or at least at first glance.
See, most of the people who make use of the gazebo are in a word, homeless. Now, being a Christian myself, I am under the impression form various different scripture that Christians are to treat others as they would have others treat them. Here in St. George, it is common practice to shun those who have less. This, coming from a people (Utahans) who lead the nation’s record for numbers of bankruptcy.
Anyway, the point is that it is obvious the sign was meant to read “No Homeless! Only Respectable Society Members Allowed”.
And what problems are we causing? None of us are the stereotypical ‘bum’ as seen on TV. We are not drunken obnoxious slobs. We do not beg. Most of us work daily and we are clean dressed. In fact, many of us are highly educated individuals who have chosen liberty over the bondage of society. There is a reason, after all, why the word society is the root of socialism and community/communism.
While reading through the August 2004 issue of Writer’s Digest, I happened across an article about Blogs. The article itself never explained the Blog, it only referenced it as a means of modern publication. The article sparked my curiosity enough to interest me on the spot and I logged onto the World Wide Web for more information. The magazine article mentioned Blogger.com so off I went. Unable to find any information on what a Blog is, I reverted to the old standby of computer learning, experience. So here it is, my own Blog, whatever that means.