Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Top 10 Wives

Many of you know that Gina likes top ten lists, so in her honor I decided to organize my many wives in order.
Here is my top 10 list of my favorite wives:
  1. Gina
  2. Short
  3. Beauty-Boo
  4. Best friend
  5. Wife
  6. Boo Boo Head
  7. Beautiful Queen of the Short
  8. My better 25%
  9. Midgina
  10. Boo

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Symphony of Destruction

These alternate lyrics to "Symphony of Destruction" are dedicated to my beautiful and destructive daughter Sarah.

You take a mortal girl,
And put her in a house
Watch her start to destroy,
Watch her break it all
it all...

She is a destroyer
Sarah rules the house
Scruffles runs in fear,
Swaying to the symphony...
Of destruction

Acting like a robot,
her little brain computes.
You try to redirect her,
Before the house explodes.


The floor starts to rumble
when she climbs a chair
up onto the table,
A little girl stands tall

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Stealing from Our Children

Who among us would steal from our children? Would you take money from your child's savings account? Would you take out a loan that you would not repay and instead require your children to pay it back? Most people would say that no, they would never do that.

But Barack Obama thinks it is a great idea.

If his requested $3.6 Trillion budget is passed, we will add $1.75 Trillion to the budget in a single year (the 2009 Fiscal Year). Who will pay for that? Future generations of Americans. Our children will be forced to pay back the massive debt that is being incurred by the Obama administration.

So that you don't think I am being unfairly critical of Obama, lets look at our most recent president. George Bush. George Bush also increased the deficit, much to the dismay of the conservatives who elected him. Bush strayed far from the principles of limited government on which the Republican party must stand. But even his excessive spending is dwarfed by that of Barack Obama's administration.

Here is a table showing budget deficits under the Bush administration.
Scroll down, I am not sure why it puts so much spacing in here.

Fiscal yearValue
2001$144.5 billion
2002$409.5 billion
2003$589.0 billion
2004$605.0 billion
2005$523.0 billion
2006$536.5 billion
2007$459.5 billion
2008$455.0 billion
Total during Bush Presidency$3722.0 billion

Obama's first year budget of $1.75 Trillion is more than the total deficit generated by Bush's first 4 years of office. Our new president is taking spending to a whole new level. Just wait for the next few years to see how much this guy can spend once he really gets going. And it is not just the economic stimulous that is bringing up the deficit (the stimulous package accounts for less than half of Obama's projected deficit) - Obama's budget includes huge new programs that don't stimulate the economy and that we can't afford.

Coupling Obama's love of spending other people's money with the democratically-controlled congress is a recipe for disaster (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are hardly known for fiscal restraint). It will take many many years to pay off the debt that will be generated during Obama's first term. We need a government that will learn to live within its means.

This debt will be paid by our children in the form of crippling taxes.

These are my thoughts. What do you think about Obama's spending?

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Kids love toys, and most kids especially love shiny new toys that they don't yet have. With the approach of Christmas, many kids are gearing up for a season of pressuring their parents to buy as many shiny, new, and generally expensive toys as possible. Many times kids get ideas about what new toys to buy (or ask their parents to buy) based on advertising. This is all normal for 21st century America. The part that is different this year is that some parents are speaking out against toy advertisements in an effort to lower the expectations that their children have for new toys.,2933,459185,00.html

In a down economy, many parents don't have enough money to spend extravagantly on toys for Christmas, and some parents are forced to shop extremely frugally. This is all understandable - parents who are having financial troubles need to prioritize the mortgage over toys.

The part that I find to be absurd is the attempt by parents to rely on others to teach their children important life lessons. Many of our current economic problems are caused by our impatient entitlement culture - people spend more than they can afford in order to live the lifestyle that they believe they are entitled to. Instead on relying on fewer advertisements to make life easier on parents, lets use this downturn as an opportunity to teach children the true meaning of Christmas. Here's a hint: the true meaning of Christmas is not about accumulating as many toys as we can, it is about a gift given to us by God over 2000 years ago.

A common reason that parents place so much importance on buying expensive toys for their children is that they want their children to fit in with other kids at school. Some parents place an extremely high value on ensuring that their kids have the same toys as their peers - one mother even said that she would resort to prostitution in order to be able to afford toys for her kids. Basically, parents are teaching their children that happiness in life involves having all of the latest gadgets that other people have. This act of teaching children to (from the very youngest ages) keep up with the Joneses leads to adults that expect to live the same way, which has contributed to our current economic crisis. There is nothing wrong with parents buying nice gifts for their children (or for themselves). But when we start planning our purchases based not on how much we (or our children) will enjoy using an object but instead on how we believe other people will perceive us (or our children) if we own the shiny new toy, we are chasing after temporary relationships that will never last.

A few weeks ago, my small group had the opportunity to serve dinner at Faith Mission. This is a shelter for homeless men who have nowhere else to turn. It is the second time that I have been able to serve there, and each time is rewarding. I am reminded of the many blessings God has given me. I may not have designer clothes or a luxury car (the old Taurus with a big scratch in it does not quite count) but I have a beautiful wife, two wonderful (when they are not screaming) children, and a great home. I have much to be thankful for.

If you have children of the appropriate age (we definitely plan to include ours when they get older), give them the opportunity to serve someone less fortunate. Seeing a homeless man who is truly thankful for something as simple as a meal (which most of us take for granted) is an eye opening experience. If our children learn to appreciate what they have instead of complaining about what they don't have, they will have gained a gift that will serve them longer than anything you can buy at a store.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Sad Day for America

The day we have elected the most liberal member of the Senate to the presidency is a sad day for America indeed. It is my fervent prayer that we can get through the next 4 years without suffering irreparable damage to our country. Only time will tell.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Future of America

Today, we were listening to more of Barack Obama's comments from the Saddleback Forum. One thing that he said struck me. The quote is "a critical juncture economically...(skipped a few parts)... we have to make some big decisions not just for us but for the next generation". That is one of the wisest things that I have heard Obama ever say, although I doubt he meant it in the same way that I take it. We are definitely at a critical juncture economically, and we need to make some changes so that the next generation can have the same benefits that we have. The size of our federal government is growing out of control, and we are promising things that we will never be able to pay for. Social Security will be bankrupt, our Medicare program has been greatly expanded, and the government takes a greater and greater portion of our country's resources for ever-expanding entitlements.
Obama is right that we are at a critical juncture, but his plans to increase the size of our government are the wrong direction. As a Republican, I am dissapointed in President Bush for adding billions of dollars of entitlements to our future spending, but Obama will take a bad situation and make it much worse. Hopefully John McCain will be elected and will have the courage to tackle the size of our government in the ways he talks about. It is completely irresponsible for us to leave our children with these unpayably huge debts. Lets work toward electing leaders who will make the tough decisions to shrink government programs.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vice President

As you probably know, Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. I see this as a strategy blunder on Obama's part. I say that primarily because selecting someone with Biden's long experience in congress does not fit well with Obama's strategy. Obama's campaign is built around the themee of change, which is basically a way to try to make Obama's lack of political experience look like a benefit (because he is not a political insider). Choosing a running mate who is very much a political insider seems counter to his strategy. In fact, it might lead some voters to wonder if things would be better off if Biden was running for president with Obama as his vice president.

Beyong the campaign strategy, does Biden bring any embarassment to Obama's campaign? Lets look at what Biden said about Barack Obama:
"I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
That does not sound like he has a lot of faith in Obama's ability to lead.

On the other hand, what does Biden think about Obama's opponent (John McCain)
"I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."

So the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate does not think that Obama has enough experience to be president, but he thinks that the Republican candidate would be good for the country? Great choice Obama!

What do you think about the selection of Biden?

Now to the other side of the aisle. Who do you think John McCain will and should pick? I would like to see someone different, young and charismatic, or otherwise interesting. Obama has the John Kennedy type appeal of youth and being a powerful speaker. McCain needs someone to counter that. Someone like Bobby Jindal might be a good choice, so that the Republican ticket does not look like two old white guys. Another interesting one (for different reasons of course) is Joe Lieberman. Yes, he is a democrat, and no I don't agree with Lieberman on several issues, but he would really help McCain pull in the middle voters in a way that most Republican candidates would not. He is one of the few Democrats that understands the importance of the war on terror. While it pains me that Lieberman is pro-choice, I think that a McCain-Lieberman ticket would win the election by a large margin, as many conservative Democrats would end up voting for McCain. Please John make a good choice, don't screw up this important decision like Obama did!