Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Open Letter to Nickelodeon

July 19th, 2011

To Whom it May Concern:

This letter is in regards to your tv programming, not your website. If this is not the place to address this, please either forward this complaint to the tv programming department, or let me know where I can send this letter so that it reaches the correct persons.
I am a father of four, who is trying to teach my children personal responsibility and also teaching them to live a moral life where they practice abstinence before marriage, and complete fidelity after. I have always assumed that I can trust Nickelodeon to provide wholesome programming for my 8, 6, and 4 year old chihldren. Over the past few months, I have noticed a steady decline in the quality of the programming on the Nickelodeon channel. My children like to watch iCarly, SpongeBob, Big Time Rush, Victorious, and a few other programs. I have been increasingly disturbed with the subject matter on iCarly, Victorious, and Big Time Rush. It is constantly about kissing, dating, love, and more later-teen material. I understand that these shows are more geared towards the tween groups and teenagers, so I have decided to not allow my children to watch those shows. On Sunday, July 17th, my children were watchin "The Fairly Odd Movie" and I walked into the room and was appauled at what I saw. A commercial from www.jamster.com came on where it encouraged children to text their name and their "partner's" name to a given number to receive their "perfect baby name". At that point I was beside myself. I would expect that commercial to play on an adult pay-per-view station, not Nickelodeon. I am disgusted by your choice of advertisement to small children who are impressionable. You are advertising promiscuity to 8 year old children. I will no longer support your station. I am blocking it from the channels that my kids are able to watch, and will be sharing this everyone that I know of this occurance via online social networking so that more parents are aware of what your station is promoting. I cannot support a station that is promoting sexual activity to young children, and I will warn all other parents that I come in contact with about what I have seen. You may be a subsidiary of MTV, but you are also a station geared towards children, not adults. I for one am completely disappointed in most of the subject matter that I see on your station with the exception of a very few shows. I hope that you will reconsider your audience and your responsibility to provide age-appropriate programming and advertisement in the future. Until that happens, you have lost a customer.


Barry R. Zundel
Father of four young children.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Spiders and Stupid Science

America's Most Feared Spider to Expand Reign Over North America "If the projections are correct, by 2080, perhaps only 5 percent of the spider's current range — which extends from Kansas across to Kentucky and from Texas across to Georgia, including the states in between — would remain suitable for it. However, climate change could make portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska and South Dakota habitable to the spiders."

Let's take a look at that statement again. This is typical of environmentalist scientists:

"IF the PROJECTIONS are correct, by 2080, PERHAPS only 5 percent of the spider's current range...would remain suitable for it. However, climate change could make portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska and South Dakota habitable to the spiders."

So let me get this straight: You are using projections that may or may not be correct made from an unproven and inaccurate climate model, to predict what conditions will be like almost a century from now, all because you want to know where a spider's habitat may or may not relocate to? And it took you 4 1/2 years to come up with this conclusion?

Who is paying for this? I'd like to have a word with them.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The dumbest idea EVER.

I still can't believe that I am reading this. How is it that some of the leaders of our country can truly believe that this is okay? Taxing us for every mile we drive? Did they ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, we have to drive far because we can't afford to live closer to the place we have to commute to? Or perhaps it is because we don't want to live close to our place of work because it's located in a bad part of town. Ugh.

This is absolute tyranny at its best. The government tracking your every move, and then taxing you for it. Why don't we hear more about this? Why don't people stand up against this?

Democrats still trying to push new mileage tax « Hot Air

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Comment On Bullying...

First of all, let me say that I think bullies are some of the weakest people on the earth. They prey on the weak, the peaceful, and the gentle because they know that they won't fight back. I think it's deplorable. Kids who do it have some serious problems, and society just tells them that it's okay. I think all violence is deplorable, but lest we forget, there comes a time when defending yourself does more good than bad, and can become a necessity. This bully obviously had done this before, and had been successful. Somehow in his mind, he had come to the conclusion that he was bigger and stronger than another boy 3 times his size. Probably from bullying him before, and getting no response. The bullied kid did the right thing in taking the first hit. I applaud him for letting the bully attempt to hit him multiple times, and attempt to block the attacks. Finally, he quickly and efficiently puts the attacker in his place and reminds him where he stands...at the bottom of the heap.

Now, a personal experience with bullying. I was in junior high, and I rode the bus every day. I was relatively tall (5"10" in 9th grade), but I weighed about 90 lbs. I was all skin and bone. One of my best friends and I would sit in the back together every day on the way home from school, which in the mind of another kid on the bus somehow meant we were gay. He was a year younger than me, shorter, but a little heavier. He and another kid would sit in the seats in front of us and taunt us the entire way to and from school every day. Now, I have two older sisters that absolutely loved to bug their younger brother (I'm sure I did the same thing to them), so I was used to the constant taunting. I feel like I'm pretty thick skinned. So for months, we just took it in stride, and tried to ignore them. The bus driver, Janie, saw all of it and would try to get them to stop, but they just wouldn't. One day, I was getting off the bus in front of my house, after a ride of taunting, ridiculing, and as I passed this kid, he shoved me from behind, making me stumble. I quickly got up, turned around, and stared at him. He sat up a little straighter, as I looked at him, and he snarled, "What!?" Every part of me wanted to take him down right then and there. But I was always taught to turn the other cheek. So I did. As I turned away and took a step down the aisle, he jumped up and yelled at me, "Faggot!" That's when I snapped, if you could call it that. I quickly wheeled around, pulled my fist back, and gave him a swift and hard punch right between the eyes, bending his glasses and bloodying his nose. He immediately reeled back screaming in pain, and I slowly turned around, walked down the aisle, and got off the bus. The bus driver said to me as I left, "You shouldn't have done that. But I don't think he'll bother you anymore." He didn't. He didn't have his parents call the Principal. There was no suspension, and there was no legal problems. It was two kids working things out, and being allowed to do so. In fact, from that day on, he was a little nicer to me, and eventually, we were in some of the same classes in high school, and became decent friends. I respect him for who he became.

I've never held any animosity towards him, and I don't think he has towards me. We solved the problem right then and there, quickly and effectively, and we moved on. Yes, violence is wrong. Bullying is wrong and deplorable, and is a real issue. Not every situation is like mine. But this example and the example in the video point to one problem that we have created for ourselves - the removal of consequences from our actions. This bully truly believed that he could punch this kid at will. He knew that he would not be held accountable for his actions. So he acted with that knowledge. If he knew that if he tried to punch this bigger kid, he'd get pummeled, he probably wouldn't do it.

Just like that we have created a society where we prevent people from having to deal with the consequences of their actions. We reward bad behaviors by shielding people from the bad consequences. I believe that we will find that our society will begin to heal itself of so many maladies that it is plagued by today if we allow the idea of "reap what you sow", or "you get what you deserve" to actually be practiced.

After this incident, I don't think the bully will be bullying anymore, and I don't think that the bullied kid will get bullied anymore. On the one hand, the bully learned that maybe, just maybe, he should be nicer to others, and the bullied kid learned that he can be in control of his own destiny, and gained a bit of confidence in himself.

But that's just my opinion.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Health Care is like getting a car fixed...

Have you ever wondered why car insurance is so much less than health insurance? Yes, we are talking the difference between an expensive car and a human life, but let's look at it just as costs for now.

What does car insurance pay for? Oil changes? New tires? New shocks/struts? New brakes? Gasoline? New radiator? Timing belt adjustment? See where I'm going? It pays for catastrophic problems - accidents/injury/body repair/etc. That's why is it relatively cheap. What do you do when you have to get new tires? You shop around for the best deal. New brakes? Shop around. You have to pay for those things, so you are more careful about the cost. If car insurance allowed you to go get 22" chrome rims with sport tires that were $350+ a piece, with just a $20 copay, you would do it for sure. What's cheap for you is that way because someone else is paying for it. Shifting your responsibility to others may be convenient, but it's not right.

The answer to controlling health care costs is to make people more responsible for their own decisions and allow insurance companies to do what they originally were created to do - provide catastrophic coverage, not routine maintenance.

We complain that health care costs are skyrocketing, but WE are the ones requesting and requiring insurance companies to may more and more, which they then pass back to us. If we really want the costs to come down, we have to stop expecting insurance to pay for everything, and take that responsibility ourselves. It will be somewhat painful for many, my family and I for sure, but hopefully it would save us some money. Plus, it's the right thing to do, and that's what matters.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Do I see somthing similar?

Check out these two maps, and tell me if it looks like there is a correlation of some sort...

State Debt

2008 Presidential Election


Monday, July 19, 2010

Freedom and Free Enterprise

Wise words, prophetic even, given over 40 years ago by former Secretary of Agriculture under Eisenhower, and a president of the LDS church, Ezra Taft Benson:

"Before a welfare state can flourish, a welfare state mentality must have taken root. Are we not today harvesting the seeds sown from the days of the Great Depression to the present? The ethic of the day seems calculated to indoctrinate our citizens toward a dependency on the state. Our Founding Fathers recognized that certain right are inalienable - that is, God-given. Today the state is looked to as the guarantor of human rights: life, liberty, and property. Our forbearers practiced the biblical ethic that man should earn his bread by the sweat of his own brow. Today's ethic seems to be that it is right to be supported by the sweat of another's brow."

After reading that, ask yourself: Do we live in a welfare state? I recommend listening to the full speech here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Immigration is Like a Football Game...

Illegals Rape 14 Year Old at July 4th Party

Some may say, "You can't say that they raped her because they are illegals!" True. But you CAN say that this rape would not have occurred if the border was secure and these illegals weren't in this country. I'm all for immigration - LEGAL immigration. My ancestors came here for a better life, more freedom, and they did it legally. For their integrity I am grateful. I am in favor of immigrants from all nations coming to the US to find a better life, more opportunity, and greater freedom, as long as they do it legally. Border security is not about race, it's about ordered and civil society that lives by laws and therefore enjoys the freedoms those laws guarantee. If Immigration is done in an ordered and civilized manner, the whole country benefits. I must apologize for the length of this post, but I feel it shares what I truly feel to be the truth.

Now, close your eyes (or at least imagine you are while reading this next section), and let's listen to a little story:

Imagine a college football game. The game of the season. You bought tickets a year in advance. You have saved your money to watch this exciting game. So you get in the car and go to the stadium. When you go into the stadium, you go through a secure checkpoint where they check your tickets and when your tickets are validated, they allow you inside. So you walk into the stadium, go to the concession stand, and buy some nachos and a large drink...pregame snacks! Happily, you go find your seat and eagerly await the start of the game. Both teams enter to massive cheering, and the game begins. It's one of the best games you've ever seen. As you scan the crowd, you see tons of people like you, who spent their hard-earned cash to get in, and are enjoying the fruits of their labors. But as you scan one section of the stadium, you see people not going through the ticket check, but climbing over a fence to get it. There's a guard on duty that is walking by, but he just ignores them. You look around to see if anyone else sees them. IT seems that everyone does, including the group of guards, but over the loudspeaker, you hear "Ladies and gentlemen, please disregard the individuals jumping over the fences. They are very enthusiastic fans that didn't have tickets, but they really wanted to see the game. Please help them feel at home and comfortable." What? In dismay you look around only to find that one of them is standing next to you and motions to you to scoot over. You look at him, and refuse, and say "I paid for this seat, it's mine." But again, he just stands there, and looks at you, and then begins to push you to the side and slide into your seat. Over the loudspeakers, you again hear a booming voice, "Ladies and gentlemen, due to the increasing number of individuals who would like to see the game, we need to to scoot to the middle of your rows, so that we can give them a seat too." As you fight your intruder for your seat back, a security guard comes over and says to you, "Please make room or I'll have to escort you out."

"I paid for this seat! He has no right to it!" you scream at him.

"Do you hate this person?" he asks you.

"Of course not. It's just that I paid for this seat at this game and want the seat I paid for, it's not his right to take it from me."

"You must not want him sitting by you because you don't like his nationality." he insists.

"What? That has nothing to do with it! I paid for that seat and he has no right to it."

"Well, he is one of this team's biggest fans. Shouldn't he have a right to watch the game?"

"Only if he pays for a ticket to watch it!" you reply.

"No. He has the right to enjoy this game just like everyone else. He's a fan too." he snaps back. "Either you let him sit here, or I'll have to remove you from your seat."

As you look at him in disbelief, he reaches over to your nachos, takes them from the tray, and hands them to the intruder smashed next to you on the seat.

"He's would also like some nachos. I'm sure you wouldn't mind. Oh, and by the way, here's a translation dictionary. You'll need it so that you can translate the play-by play for him. You'll need to keep him up to date with every play and every call that is made. Thanks for your cooperation."

As he walks away, you yell to him, "Those are my nachos, I will NOT translate for him, and that is my seat!"

"He turns and looks back with contempt in his eyes, glaring at you, and angrily says, "You cold, racist hater." Stares you down for a moment, then walks away.

You are not the only one this has happened to. Other families have been pushed out of their seats. Season ticket holders are being smashed together to allow for the imposters to be seated. People's memorabilia and food are being confiscated and given to the imposters, And the loud speakers glare, "Thank you for respecting these individuals' right to watch this game and enjoy themselves. As you see others that come over the fence and need a seat, please scoot together further to accommodate them. In 15 minutes we will be collecting an extra $5 from each ticket holder to allow these newcomers to purchase some refreshment at the concessions. Please have your ticket out. If you do not have your ticket out or refuse to give $5, you will be removed from the game. Thank you for your cooperation."

Think it's just a story? This is reality. Immigration should be happening, but there should be in points and out points. Anyone who comes in illegally should be removed. It is only fair to those that have earned their citizenship and obey the laws.

Wanting to "seal" the border is not "hateful" or "racist". And sealing the border does not mean to completely seall it, but to make sure that those coming in and going out are allowed to by the law. It is because of adherence to a laws that we are truly free. If we want others to enjoy those freedoms, we must insist that they too, obey the law that allows them to enjoy that freedom.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Society Out of Focus

First of all, let it be known that I'm not an Alex Jones follower. I think there is a lot of truth to what he says, but I also think he's over the top in many situations. That being said, I think he hits the nail on the head with this one - our priorities are backwards as a society.

He makes the point that we are so wrapped up in LeBron James and Lindsay Lohan, that we forget, or choose not to see, that our country is being torn apart right in front of our eyes. It is very telling of our current society when we focus so heavily on things that mean nothing in the long run: which team LeBron will go to, what drunken stupor Lindsay Lohan is in now, what new plastic surgery what's-her-bucket just had, what's happening on "The Hills",

We don't need to worry about the war, it's thousands of miles away and someone else is fighting it.
We don't need to worry about starvation and disease, someone else will take care of it.
We don't need to think about our financial future, the government will take care of it.
We don't need to teach our children, that's what teachers are for.
We don't need to worry about politics, someone else will vote.

Please people, pay attention and get involved. We can't turn a blind eye to the reality of the situation even though sometimes it's hard to look at. Focus on things that matter most, and spend less time wasting time on things that don't.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God bless America

It's the 4th of July - my second favorite holiday of the year next to Christmas. It is a wonderful time where we celebrate our independence from an oppressive government that did not value liberty and freedom. It was the inspired thinking of great men who sacrificed their riches, their honor, and their very lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

As I have thought about the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, I can't help but be thankful for the freedoms that I enjoy every day because of that amazing document, that declared that freedoms are God-given, not man derived. It declares that the purpose of government is not to provide freedoms, but to protect them. It reminds us that we are all individually responsible for our own actions, good or bad, and that we alone are responsible for our success and our failure. How grateful I am that I can work hard to succeed, and learn from my failures, and follow my own path in life...that is, for the foreseeable future.

I have begun to fear for this country I love. I fear for it because of it's people. We have turned from a hard-working majority, to a dependent welfare state, where everyone wants something they have not worked for, and even that for absolutely nothing. Even worse, we have elected officials that will provide everything for us, or at least say they will, and then in attempting to, remove our freedoms. We have lost our morals, prizing wealth over integrity, and prizing ease over accomplishment.

Since when did our founders believe that the path to happiness and freedom was found in never-ending government programs and subsidies? They believed no such thing, and would be appalled at what they are seeing today. They knew then that even today, the path to real happiness was personal integrity, hard work, responsibility, and accountability. They knew that government intrusion into our lives would stifle the spirit of freedom, and would enslave men and women. They knew that man must be moral in order to be successful, and contrary to popular thinking, they believed that God was the author of all liberty. I sit in awe of their wisdom, their integrity, and their dedication to the cause of liberty.

It is with sadness and dismay that I look at our society today. While there are still many (dare I say the quiet majority, who is quickly becoming the vocal majority) who are willing to take personal responsibility and put success on their own shoulders, there is a much more vocal and controlling minority, who are moving us away from the time-tested and honored traditions that have made us the most successful society in the history of the world. Our general population has been so misinformed and deadened to the truth of freedom, that the flame of liberty is but a spark today.

I pray that we as a society will wake up to the awful situation that we are in, and the peril that lies ahead if we do not correct our course. I am so thankful for the liberty that God has given us, and for this great nation that has guaranteed those freedoms, at least for now.

If this video doesn't alarm you, it should. What is very interesting is how two generations are completely clueless to our history. It takes "Grandpa" to answer the simple historical questions about US history. Truly saddening.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Double Standard? You Decide.

Death Threats Against Bush at Protests Ignored for Years

I can't begin to understand the double standard shown in this article. My favorite is the Obama-Joker shirt vs. the "Execute Bush" shirt. Absolutely shameful and hypocritical.

This post will probably end up on the White House's "watch list".

Friday, August 7, 2009

So you want universal health care....

Look around. Everyone who has it is frantically trying to run away from it, while we skip down the primrose path to our doom. Have a look how incredible AWESOME Canadian health care is -

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

the Socialism Experiment...a test case

This came around in emails, and whether it is true or not, the truth in it is right on, and it threatens us today:


An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class.

That class consensus was that socialism worked – no one is poor and no one is rich, a great equalizer.

The professor proposed an experiment on socialism for this class: All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade.

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little for the first test studied even less, and the ones who studied hard on the first test decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

The average on the 3rd test was an F. Ouch. To the students great surprise, all failed.

Test scores plummeted as bickering, blame, name calling caused hard feelings. Finally, no one wanted to study for the benefit of anyone else.

The lesson: socialism ultimately fails because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but, when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.

Not very complicated, at all …"

Remove the profit motive, and innovation and expansion cease. There is no reward. Trying to equalize everyone does not mean that you are trying to lift the lower income to the higher, it means that you destroy the higher income, and bring them down to the lower.

The Soldier Vs. The Congresswoman...

It seems that we are waking up. This soldier tells it like it is. The "welfare clause" of the Constitution was NEVER intended to include health care for all.

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