(x-posted to Blogspot)

A few days ago, I realized this week I would be celebrating one year since I've been home from my mission.  A year ago today I was in Orange Park, Florida having my exit interview with my mission president with a handful of other missionaries also heading home.  It's so weird that it's only been a year - I feel like I've done so much since then.

Also - yesterday I went with my mom and my sisters to get some stuff for youth conference and I met up with my last mission companion, who is now working and going to school in Provo (I forgive her for that - she's the biggest sweetheart in the whole world and I was very blessed to have her as my last companion).  It was so fun to reminisce about mission stuff and to hear how things went after I came home.

I'm also happy to report that the new mission president is going to keep the mission blog going - my mission president and his wife went home at the beginning of the month and I was afraid that the mission blog was going to go the way of the dodo (different mission presidents do different things).  I just like being able to see what's going on with all those wonderful people I got to serve around.  I recognize the missionaries less and less, but I know the places.  It's like when you've been out of high school or college for years and years, but you still get happy and squee-ful when you hear that their teams are having success (I can apply sports to pretty much anything).

Shifting gears for a moment - I bought my one textbook for fall semester and it was $30 and I am happy.  The syllabus for my other class doesn't list a textbook, so I'm thinking I'll only have one book to buy.  That makes me happy because I'm going to have some excess money coming from my student loan and I can use that for a new laptop and for travel expenses (now I'm waiting to hear back from the high school if I have that aide job - which, it looked good as of a week or so ago.  And I wouldn't have to move).

Beyond that - I have one more project to turn in that's due in two weeks.  It's an annotated bibliography, which feels more like busywork.  I'm trying to find one more article to annotate, but it's getting harder to find what I need for my topic.  Something will turn up, though.  I'm having too good a day to have that go down the tubes.

Oh - for something completely unrelated (but cool nonetheless), here's a video!  I found this when I was lurking about on HillBuzz.org's comment threads and I thought it was pretty good.  I've gotten to where I like to share fun videos on my blog because - well, because I can.  I feel like I have a backlog of stuff to share - I might do some kind of 30-day meme where I post a video each day that I find entertaining.  Hmm... I'll have to think about that. 

What's this? Two non-Doctor Who related posts in a row?  In one day?

I posted both of these on Facebook, but tradition dictates that LiveJournal must get them as well (and it calls for some happy music to dance to!)

1 - Sean Hannity is moving over to KNRS.  It's no secret that I love me some conservative talk radio, Sean Hannity being one of my favorites.  The problem is, in Utah Sean is on the KSL radio station, which used to be pretty conservative, but in recent years, they've become your typical Utah-RINO liberal-wannabe station.  Some of the minority liberal rhetoric in the state has gotten so bad that KSL has caved and become the "Let's All Get Along At the Expense of Our Principles."  When you look up "spineless RINOs," the KSL execs must be listed alongside all the other right-wingers who've sold out over the years.  It drives me absolutely insane.  I can't even listen to the commercials on KSL because they all just sound like a bunch of Utah County butt-kissers that still hold out hope that maybe someday, Nancy Pelosi will invite them to dinner (don't hold your breath).

Now, KNRS isn't perfect, but I much prefer them over KSL and I've been waiting for them to move Sean Hannity to KNRS for a long time now (they have Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Dave Ramsey and a few others that are pretty good).  I can finally get the liberal KSL weenies off my radio preset - this is the best news I've had in a long time.

2 - Firehouse Subs Announces 23 New Restaurants in Salt Lake City.  When I was on my mission in Jacksonville, my absolute favorite place to eat out was Firehouse Subs.  These guys make Quiznos look like McDonald's - their sandwiches are amazing!  That was one of the things I knew I'd miss about Florida (everyone else was hot to Whataburger, but it reminded me too much of A&W and I haven't been able to eat there since I worked there in high school).  I made a point to buy a bottle of the Captain Sorenson's Datil Pepper Sauce before I left.  I've been putting it on hot dogs and hamburgers, but it just isn't quite the same outside of Firehouse.  I never in my life thought we'd ever get Firehouse in Utah because it's mostly in Florida plus a few locations in Texas, but that's about it.  But now (and just as my supply of Captain Sorenson's is running out), I've received news that they are opening Firehouse in Utah!  It must be my birthday or something because this is simply fantastic!

That was about the most random post I've done, but when there's so much happy to pass around, you have to share with all you meet!
With all due respect, "Victory" almost doesn't do it justice ^_^

Okay, so I mentioned in my last post that I had a big surprise in store.  Well, last night Sean Hannity was in Salt Lake City on the "Conservative Victory" book tour.  And yours truly got to go and meet the #1 Great American.

(Pardon the SQUEE-fest - I'm still in giddy fangirl-glee mode! ^_^)

I have pictures and even a video to share and plenty of details, so this will be long.  But it's soooo worth it.

A little background... )

I'm on national TV! )

Proof that I cannot fangirl in complete sentences )

"Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda" - Book Review )

And a video! )
or - I have a girl-crush ^_^  Or a long-lost twin sister ('cept I wouldn't be drinking bourbon).

I've seen S.E. Cupp on Hannity from time to time and I like what she says.  And I see that she's also a writer.  So, I finally got around to finding her blog and... I like this chick!  Her first post is pretty much what I would say if I had the forum (oh wait, I do!).  So, I'm going to post this link so you all can read it and maybe gain some insight into my crazed mind.

(And if there are any guys that read my blog on a regular basis... just because she's cuter than me doesn't mean you have to totally abandon The Wildcat's Den.  We can still be friends - right???)
I need to quit watching "The O'Reilly Factor" or my blood pressure is going to go through the roof (I might want to live to see 40).

Holy crap - so, the moral and mental midgets that brought us the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad controversy (I thought I had posted about this on my LJ, but evidently I locked it on [livejournal.com profile] therightfangirl , so if you want the nitty-gritty, let me know and I'll post a usable link) is at it again.  This time, Focus on the Family had another happy-feel good ad that featured a dad with his son and how the dad wants his son to grow up knowing how to make good choices.  And this ad was featured on the NCAA website.  Well, the feminists are up in arms because "ZOMG - YOU CAN'T SHOW A GOOD EXAMPLE OF FATHERHOOD TO IMPRESSIONABLE COLLEGE KIDS WHO WILL MOST LIKELY VOTE FOR OBAMA AND ABORT THEIR FIRST BABY - RAWR!!!!!!"  I'm sure there was some foaming at the mouth involved.  So, the NCAA took the "courageous" stance and pulled the ad immediately because it takes guts to cave to the liberal psychos in this country - especially on a college campus.  Oh yes, we should award them Medals of Honor for this.

Enter Jehmu Greene, the head of the Women's Media Center and frequent guest on The O'Reilly Factor.  Now, I like Bill O'Reilly.  I don't agree with everything he says, but he's reasonable and keeps a level head and will torch anybody that makes any kind of pinheaded comment.  So, this ... lady... (I never said I was as fair and balanced as O'Reilly) goes off on how (and this is a quote) "The NCAA had more balls than the NFL did."

Oooookaaaaayyyy... little lesson: Number one: it was CBS that ran the Super Bowl ad, not the NFL.  Number two: well, I just made my point.  It did NOT take any kind of (ahem) "balls" for the NCAA to do what they did.  All they did was cave to the College Democrats' Feminist Harpies Division.  You know, the ones that shrill about Title IX and how the football teams get insane amounts of money but the women's underwater basket weaving team gets zilch (yes, I was a female athlete in high school and would have jumped at the opportunity to play in college.  But I do NOT believe that we should be cutting the guys' chances to play just to keep everything "fair."  And, truly, no one really cares to watch women's sports.  Unless you're in Tennessee - then it's all Lady Vols basketball all the time).  So, no, don't give me that crap about the NCAA standing up to the mean, mean, meanies at Focus on the Family.  If anybody had a spine, it was CBS (never thought I'd say that).

Oh - THEN she says something that really gets the blood shooting out of my eyes - she says that because FOTF is anti-abortion, that also means that they are anti-woman, anti-family, homophobic, intolerant, and, of course, RAAAAACIST (a new liberal favorite - and we've decided that it's spelled with five A's now).

My response was knee-jerk and really, really pissed off.  And I get to share it with my lovely LiveJournal readership.  All five of you.

It's really rich that the pro-choice nut calls FOTF "anti-family."  For the real fact that abortion is about as anti-family as you can get.  Really, all abortion proponents care about is having free sex and then "getting rid of the problem."  That's not very conducive to having a family.  Might be good so you promote your crazed baby-killing agenda.  There is no good reason for having an abortion.  None.  Even if (and that's a big IF, to hear it told) the life of the mother or baby is in danger, those occurrences are increasingly rare.  It's not like we're pioneer women giving birth out on the plains in a rain storm in the middle of February (thank you modern medicine).  Abortion is all about selfishness - nothing more.  Having a baby is rarely convenient and it's uncomfortable and quite messy (so I've heard - I've never gone through the ordeal).  But that doesn't mean that you have the right to take the "easy" way out (and I also hear that an abortion is not the greatest thing in the world either.  Shoot, my 16-year-old sister proclaimed that she'd rather go through childbirth) and kill the baby.  And I have little patience with those that argue for it (does that make me an intolerant, hateful RAAAAACIST?)

And I'm so tired of feminists vilifying fathers and fatherhood.  True, there are crappy dads -  and there are crappy moms and crappy teachers and crappy lawyers and crappy doctors and crappy actors.  But do we have to paint all dads as terrible just because of a few bastards that make it onto the KSL Flying Circus Evening News?  I mean, I know the internet eats babies and there are dads that use the internet, but that's stretching it.

Now it's like, if a dad or any man shows kindness to a child, you automatically assume the worst (there was a billboard a few years ago showing a dad holding his young daughter's hand and a quote from - I presume the girl's mother - that says "I'm scared when they're alone" or something melodramatic like that.  Yeah - it was really stupid).  Kids need their dads.  Dads need to be there for their kids - and moms need to let them be there.  It's scientifically proven that kids need both parents around to succeed in life.  Obviously things happen that make this impossible for some families, but every effort should be made to keep families together.  And that's what Focus on the Family was promoting.  And what the Women's Media Center is evidently trying to destroy.

(oh - wonderful - Dennis Miller just called this harpy "The Selectively Righteous Sista."  Peace out, Brother Miller.  Peace out.)

(ETA - I just made a few small corrections and some further observations.  I need to remember to copy edit this stuff before I post).
(I wrote about this in [livejournal.com profile] therightfangirl  earlier - but I wanted to share it here too.  They know details that I haven't shared here yet, so this post will be different than the one there.)

For my job, I work for the university's Disability Resource Center.  I take notes for a deaf student who has to watch a sign-language interpreter during class.  Basically, I go to class, take notes and give the notes to the student after class.  It's like taking the class, except I don't have to take tests or turn in homework and I don't get credit (but I'm getting paid for it.  Good enough).

One of the classes I take notes for is political science class.  During my first round of college, I was lucky enough to not have to take a political science class.  Too much liberal drivel to wade through and I already know what they're going to say and I don't agree with it.

But today - oh - it was a happy day!

This professor was going on about how there were no WMDs in Iraq and we had no business in Iraq (the talking points on CBS - you know, the usual).  Then two students raised their hands and told him that WMDs were found in Iraq.  The professor challenged them to show him the news reports that talked about WMDs because he didn't know of any.

The answer: These students had both served in Iraq and their groups (squadrons? fellow army guys?) personally found caches of biological weapons in Iraq.


Say what you will about Iraq (honestly, the topic could have been anything) - but it was great for me to see this guy get called out by someone who had been there (a couple of someones, actually).  I'm tired of liberal bias in the media and on college campuses (even in Utah - I spent 4 years in English departments at Snow College and USU and I felt like I was at UC-Berkeley - even thought I never attended Berkeley and I don't intend to).  And it was a happy moment for me to hear these guys stand up and correct the man in charge.  I wish this class wasn't so huge because I wanted to go shake their hands - once for serving our country, twice for having the guts to correct the professor in class.

You go, fellas.  Stick it to 'da MAN!
(x-posted to Blogspot)

Steven Crowder.  Oh my gosh - this kid is HILARIOUS!!  And he's stinking good looking too (and right around my age - cha-ching!)

Yes, he is a conservative commentator and I realize not everybody agrees with him. Mmmm... don'care - more Steven love for the rest of us ("rest of us" meaning me ^_^)!

(I need a Steven Crowder icon... better get on that...)

(Steve - if you're reading this - I need your phone number)

EDIT: Here is one of the articles that endeared him to me (wouldn't have anything to do with a guy talking about the virtues of being committed to a marriage relationship, would it?)  It's a gem - even if you don't agree with Steven's politics, you have to admit, he makes a good point.

(x-posted to my Blogspot blog)

Being the conservative-radio-talk-show-Fox-News junkie that I am, I've been following all the health care town hall news through all my favorite programs. I was listening to Glenn Beck today and he gave some advice to people who go to these town halls to speak their minds.

Now, I think it's wonderful that intelligent, informed people are getting out and getting their voices heard. It makes me feel all warm and squishy inside when conservative-type people can get their message out (even though the Drive-By media is laughing at them and calling them crazy mobsters - all I can say is read between the lines, people).

Now, as I said, I was listening to Glenn Beck, whom I've started following since I got home from my mission. It's neat to have a member of the Church (that isn't Harry Reid) be in the public eye like this - you know, being a semi-normal, plays-nice-with-others (except when they don't deserve it), so-not-a-brainwashed-cultist-that-most-people seem-to-think-Mormons-are. (If you understood that sentence, you get a cookie). This is part of why I like Stephenie Meyer as well.

So, I was looking through Glenn Beck's website and looking up some archives, just because I was bored and I noticed this article: Glenn Beck Story Pulled Because of his Mormon Faith.

At first, I got really, really, REALLY pissed off (these sorts of things tend to do that - see also Mike Huckabee's remarks in the 2008 Republican Primary about Mitt Romney - ultimately, if you think about it, that event is pretty much the reason Obama is president). What really gets me is that the conservative base is happy to have the support of LDS people on moral issues and such, but when you get into the nitty-gritty of religion and what-have-you - the evangelicals get on this "Oh-Noes! You-re-Mormon-You're-Not-Christian-You're-EVIL!!! rawr!!!" high horse and don't want anything to do with us. Frankly, it's stupid and unwarranted, but don't try telling them that.

I could speculate why this truly is (trust me, I have looked into why so many "Christian" pastors and preachers demonize and vilify the LDS Church - and it has nothing to do with doctrine), but that's another post for another day.

But as I listened to Glenn's radio show today, he was talking about people who go to these town halls on health care and he gave some advice that applies to how I was feeling after reading that quite outdated article. Basically, he told these town hall goers to go to whatever lengths to NOT act the way that the media has characterized them. Don't act crazy, keep your cool, be passionate, have your facts straight, and for heaven's sake, BE INTELLIGENT.

And that's great advice for anyone that has been wrongly characterized by another group. Now, you can't control what others in your group do (as much as we wish we could), but you yourself can be civil, be smart, be classy and still stick to your deeply-held values in spite of what lies and crap others spread about you.

And here I go referring to an experience on my mission: I taught and baptized a family in my last area whom I dearly adore. When we first met them, the mom, K, was not interested in learning. She'd met missionaries before, but it wasn't a good experience, besides, she'd heard Mormons were "X, Y and Z" and not at all what she believed. However, her oldest daughter, J, felt the Spirit when we taught her and she was baptized. J told K to read the Book of Mormon and just give it a chance. K reluctantly did because it was her daughter that asked her to.

And when K read the Book of Mormon (applause for her - most... people can't even get that far), she realized that the negative things she had heard about the Church were wrong - and actually, the Book of Mormon tallied with her already-deeply-held beliefs. She learned more, came to church, gained a testimony for herself and got baptized.

The moral of the story: As angry as you get and as much as you want to get even, take a breath, be reasonable, keep your head, BE CLASSY - and let your example speak for itself. And when people see your actions and realize that they don't tally with whatever BS the rest of the world puts out there - they'll get it.

To quote "Newsies": The world will know.



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