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Chicago radio


We were in Chicago a few weeks ago for Stefroni‘s wedding, and everything was really wonderful. But that’s not what I’m posting about.

Chicago’s a big city, right? Well, as you would expect from a big city, there are a lot of radio stations. You can’t go more than two clicks on the dial without getting a new station. I’d say there’s about 800 FM radio stations around Chicagoland.

The part that surprised me is that only about 5 of those stations are devoted to popular music. I don’t mean popular music as in Brittany Spears and the Backstreet Boys, I mean mainstream music, including country and rap and everything. So, between these 5 radio stations they pretty much need to play all of the music that normal people would listen to. The other 795 stations in the area are split pretty evenly between Mexican ranchero music and talk radio.

Now if I had just 5 quality radio stations to choose from in an area that’d be plenty. The problem is, I don’t want to listen to just any mix of mainstream crap. I need a rock station. Kelly and I spent all weekend scanning the spectrum for any semplance of rock, and the oldies station was the only one we could find.

So, in conclusion, Chicago radio stations suck.

Not a hate-free zone


So recently the blogs of Kelly and Loyd were visited by an anonymous mormon-hater. It started with just a rude remark on Loyd’s post about trying to be nicer, and then when Kelly snapped back at him/her, he/she posted some random anti-mormon comments, first on Loyd’s blog (which the new, nicer, Loyd apparently didn’t want to argue with), and then on Kelly’s. Since I’m not new or nicer, I thought I’d provide a place for the anonymous hater to post his arguments without tearing down other blogs. (I’ve got a community to uphold, after all.)

So, the hater’s main topic was Mountain Meadows massacre. Just some background for readers that don’t know, the massacre happened in Utah in 1857, when some mormon militia members slaughtered a group of settlers along a wagon trail.

From what I understand (and I admit that I got most of my information from Wikipedia and the recent PBS special), the relationship between the Utah territory and the US government wasn’t so great at the time, and the mormons in Utah were (rightfully) afraid of further persecution and of losing their sovereignty.

So, apparently a group of militia members from southern Utah disguised as Native Americans, along with some actual Paiutes, (unrightfully) attacked a wagon train with the aim of getting them to turn back and leave Utah (possibly with Brigham Young’s consent).

That isn’t the most awful part yet. While they had the wagon train surrounded, one of the settlers got a good look at one of the mormons, presumably realizing that he was a white man, and not a Paiute. When the rest of the mormons were informed that their disguise had been found out, they decided (premeditated, in group meeting) to cover up their action by killing every member of the wagon train that was old enough to tell the tale. They met with the settlers, feined a truce, and then led them off and executed them.

The mormon participants swore to each other to keep secret what they’d done. Later an investigation uncovered the event and the militia officer that led the attack was tried and executed.

So, with that all as background, this is the string of comments from Kelly’s blog (just to provide context and separate the argument from the unrelated post):

Anonymous said…

Count your blessings, you got off easy. You could just as easy been one of the poor innocent victims at the Mountain Meadows Massacre. You lucked out and they didnt. They got shot in the head at close range by a bunch of crazed blood-thirsty Mormons. The young children got their skulls bashed in with a rifle butt weilded by the “good” Mormons of Utah. I dont ever want to see the Mormon Welcome Wagon heading my way.

Thu Jun 14, 12:08:00 PM
kel said…

So, anon, I’m wondering what your motivation is here. It’s quite apparent that you’re anti-mormon. It seems random, though, that you start spouting on this post. Your comment has virtually nothing to do with any of the discussions on this page. So it would seem that you simply want to spread some of the ugly history about the mormon church around wherever you can. Is that right? I really have always been curious about the motivation of anti-mormons. Please, if you’d like, do fill me in.

Thu Jun 14, 04:31:00 PM
Anonymous said…

Actually I love Mormons, but I do indeed hate Mormonism. The historical account of the Mountain Meadows Massacre is well documented. I know most Mormons will tell you it never happened just like Nazis will tell you that they never ever killed a Jew. Come to think of it Mormonism and Nazism have many things in common but I wont bore you with the details because you wouldnt believe me anyway. My real goal is to educated everyone in the world about Joseph Smith. Joseph was one of the most evil men to ever walk the face of the earth. He was a pathological liar, a cheat, a scoundrel, a child molester, an adulterer, a thief, a murderer, a castrater, and all around bad person. Im glad you asked. And if you want to know Brigham Young wasnt much better.
I think my post was right on the money. You lost a radio. So what, someone will buy you a new one. The innocent victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre lost their lives and to this very day the Mormon Church has not accepted one ounce of responsibilty. That is shameful. But apparently you are OK with it as are all Mormons. Shameful, just shameful.

Thu Jun 14, 05:47:00 PM

Now, my two cents. First, I in no way want to condone or justify the Mountain Meadows massacre. When I found out about it and just what happened, I felt sick. It was a horrible crime, and yes, it is shameful.

That said, why is it that people continually use this event as a reason for hating our religion and organization? The anonymous commenter claims, “I love Mormons, but I do indeed hate Mormonism.” I think you have that backwards. You haven’t said anything at all about Mormonism, but rather you’ve used the inhumane actions of these militia members, who were, sadly, members of our faith, to justify a belief that “all Mormons” condone, support, or “are OK with” murder.

You say that “to this very day the Mormon Church has not accepted one ounce of responsibility”. As recently as this PBS special Church leaders express deep regret and sympathy for what happened. You might point out that this is not the same as accepting responsibility for the massacre, but the fact is that the Church is not responsible: those that attacked, plotted, and murdered are responsible. If you knew anything about the doctrines of the Church, you could see that the Book of Mormon teachings against secret combinations condemn the plot and oath and murder done to cover up what these men have done. Mormonism condemns what happened more explicitly than any other philosophy of which I’m aware.

Mormonism didn’t cause the murder of those innocent people. So why persist in attacking t
he Church, and members of the Church, over this? It doesn’t make sense to continue to hate mormons, or Mormonism, because of the sins of those murderers. I guess I don’t actually expect a change from you or anyone else, but (maybe for my own benefit and for that of my friends) I wanted to point out the problem with this hateful line of thinking. I can at least hope that we’ll eventually develop a hate-free zone for discussion.

Bryant's cube


Kelly gave me a Rubik's cube as a gift. I've been playing with it a lot, and this is one of the cool designs I made with it. See, the checkerboard pattern isn't the easy one with just the colors that are opposite each other. You have to solve it into this pattern. And even that isn't as easy as you think, because it can only be solved into certain configurations because the colors need to stay in the same relative pattern even on the non-center squares.

I own Rubik's cube. Literally and figuratively.

Nazis in New York


I just found out recently about this: New York Bans Most Trans Fats in Restaurants

(I had to create an account to access this page, but it’s the best plain explanation of the ban that I could find. All of the newer articles are reactions to it instead of explanations.)

I realize that trans fat is “bad for you” and all that jazz. I’m not arguing with that. In fact, I think the addition of trans fat to the nutrition labels is a really good thing. I’m all for disclosure. I think that consumers should be told what they’re getting then be allowed to make their own decisions. I know, it’s a weird concept.

Kelly gave me the book Animal Farm for Christmas. Here’s a quick quote:

He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

Yeah, good point. We’d better ban those things lest anyone make their own decisions.

On a good note, most of the commentaries I’ve seen, like this one from the Washington Post, acknowledge how ridiculous this law is. At least there’s educated people in the media (even if not among politicians and voters.)

This post is for Ronnie


This is a jewelry store in Danbury, Connecticut. That’s where Kelly grew up, but I was the one that was excited to go there.

They make custom jewelry.

There’s pictures on the wall of some jewels that they made. They were once a buried treasure that Ronnie and I would have found if it weren’t for Jason.

There are thirteen.

If I ever give Kelly any jewelry it’ll probably have to be insect-shaped.i{content: normal !important}

New England


I’ve never been to the east coast before, so Kelly used to try and describe it to me so I’d know what it was like where she grew up. She’d tell me about all of the trees and the weird winding roads and everything, and I really had a hard time imagining a place where the houses were just built with woods surrounding them and no fences, so you could run through the forest in your backyard.

Well, now I’m here in Connecticut visiting her, so I see how everything is like she described. However, it didn’t seem as strange as I’d thought just by the description. In fact, I recognized the place as we drove in to Danbury that first night: New England is where all of the horror movies take place.

That was a comforting realization as I was about to meet my girlfriend’s family for the first time.
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Rat Food


Last night I took Kelly on a fancy date to the Food Court. We ate at Orange Julius and Hot Dog on a Stick, both places that (as far as I know) can only be found in mall food courts. I told Kelly that she should blog the experience (to make all of the other girls jealous), but she rightly pointed out that food blogs are my territory.

First, Orange Julius. Did that place used to be good? It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything from that place, but I swear I remember liking it. I was wrong. The Orange Julius was mostly crushed ice, with only a squirt of over-ripe orange as a poor excuse for flavor. If you used to like them, I suggest leaving it in the realm of memory.

As for Hot Dog on a Stick, I’d never been there, but I respect the establishment for its ability to generate mockery from every TV show ever set in a mall. I loved it for the same reason that Kelly didn’t: Everything is fried. I’m sure for years the only thing they served was corn dogs, but they have expanded into battered and fried cheese. Disgustingly awesome.

An Inconvenient Truth


A few weeks ago, Loyd posted a blog about a movie called “An Inconvenient Truth.” I don’t think I even read the entire thing, because I have certain biases about environmental issues. Let me just explain:

Al Gore
I didn’t vote in the 2000 election, either, because I was on my mission. I didn’t know anything about the issues, and the only thing I knew about Gore was that he was the robot that invented the Internet.

The Environment
I’m down with the environment.

I think they’re wackos that are so fanatic about the environment that they fail to see the solution to their own issues. (Just for the record, that’s also what I think of most libertarians.)

Global Warming
I haven’t been convinced if it is a real thing or not. I realize that they’ve been doing research on the issue for a lot of years, but even if they’d been doing it for one hundred years (which they haven’t been), I don’t think that’s anywhere near the data that they’d need to make a claim that the Earth’s temperature were rising (anymore than it would normally, as part of the Earth’s natural cycles), let alone that we as humans have anything to do the rising.

So I went to see this movie on Friday, grudgingly giving in to Kelly’s desire to see it. I went into the movie with a lot of skepticism, and I have to say that I was very impressed with how thorough the movie was. I don’t really care about how well made it was or about the feel-good elements or anything; I don’t care about Gore-propaganda (and I mean that I really don’t care, I have no feelings about him, neither positive nor negative); For me the most important part of the movie was the data. It showed a lot of graphs and addressed every counter-argument that I’d ever thought of or heard about.

For me the most impressive piece of evidence was the core samples. At first, Gore just showed the graph of the data that they’d been collecting since the late 50′s. I’d seen that before, and I wasn’t impressed. It definitely shows that the carbon levels and the temperature are increasing, but so what? That’s not sufficient to show that it’s not a natural cycle. Then I learned that they have been taking samples of the ice in glaciers and in Antarctica, and that they can see what the temperature and carbon levels were up to 650,000 years ago. Over that time you can see the past seven ice ages, and you can see the Earth’s natural temperature (and related carbon) cycle. Then you can see that within the last 100 years we’ve doubled the carbon levels over what they’ve been any time in the Earth’s history. You can see that the increase is exponential, and doesn’t fit into the cycle at all.

I can’t detail everything that the movie talked about, but just what impressed me about it. One of the things that I felt after the movie was just that I was sad that I hadn’t known about any of this sooner. I don’t think this is new evidence, but just that it hasn’t been made publicly available. Or at least it hasn’t been in front of my face before. I guess if I’d cared about the issue I could have looked into it on my own and probably found some of this out, but realistically, what incentive could I have had to look into it on my own? Why would I research it personally if I hadn’t ever been convinced that it was an issue that I should be concerned about it? And how many people are like me, in that they would care about the environment if they were convinced that it were in danger, but simply haven’t seen any evidence? And how many of those will continue that way despite this movie? Would I have continued in my ignorance if I hadn’t been dating Kelly? Do we choose to stay ignorant because we don’t know any better, based on the limited evidence we’ve seen, or do we do it knowingly? Are we close-minded because of political prejudices, or just because it’s scary to think that we’ve done this and that it’ll be hard to fix?

The other thing that I realized, besides simply that global warming is actually occurring, is that it is occurring now. This isn’t a problem that our children’s children will have to face, it’s a problem that is already killing people. I’m sure not everyone thinks about things the same way as I do, but I’ve certainly noticed the increase in natural disaster that’s happened in my lifetime. I’ve considered it as part of the signs of the times, and fulfillment of revelation. It never occurred to me at all that we were causing these things because we have been altering the climate of our planet. I wonder how many religious people are like me, and recognize the signs without recognizing the causes.

Easy going


This is what Kelly looks like when she finds out that I just got a mullet last night.



This is what Kelly looks like when I’m half an hour late for a date. I know, her eyes look black, but I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s still smiling.

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