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Town Government’s Absurdity: endangering the Gila Monster

Posted by on 17 Nov 2022 | Tagged as: blog

11/17/2022
Yesterday I drove west on Old Dixie Highway 91 from 400 West in Ivins. No waiting was needed to turn right onto the 2 lane highway.
Later in the day, I drove back from the west the same way, turning in on 400 West to go back to Center street. I didn’t have to wait to make the left hand turn.
Last week I drove from my house on Center street in Ivins to 400 West and then across Old Dixie Highwy 91 to Red Mountain Tire and Service. No waiting was required to cross the highway. I crosed the road just fine and returned the same way. A straight drive not hindered by traffic or a roundabout.

Old Highway 91 street sign in Ivins, Utah, Jan. 20, 2022 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

I’ve learned from some of the farmers and ranchers on the north side of the highway betwwen 400 West and 600 West, that the government of Ivins wants to construct a 5 lane highway there with a roundabout at each intersection.
This is a very bad idea.
Why?
I’ll tell you why:
It’s not needed now or in the future.
It is a waste of money.
This would destroy the character of the old highway that the Washington County Commission has designated as Old Dicie Highway 91.
It would cause traffic obstruction on the old highway, two lanes to the east going to 5 at 400 west and back to 2 at 600 west.
This part of southwestern Utah is the habitat of several endangered species including the Desert Tortoise and the Gila Monster both of which live just east of 400 west Ivins south of highway 91 and west of 600 west Ivins both sides of the highway. and south on Petroglyph Hill-Land Hill.
The Gila Monster is the Utah state reptile. Already endangered,

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(photo from unknow source)

This species doesn’t need to be subjected to a massive unneeded highway, the distance of which is absurdly short.
It would sure be nice if the town government would use some common sense and not waste tax payer’s monies on such an irrational project.
Sincerely,
Jay Beacham
a citizen of Ivins Utah

It’s Election Day

Posted by on 08 Nov 2022 | Tagged as: blog

November 8, 2022
Well, today is election day.

The polls are open in most places across the US of A or soon will be.
I have some thoughts about voting.
Here goes.
At age 22, I voted by absentee ballot, as I was away from my voting district at school.
This election, I voted by early mail-in ballot.
These ways of voting are allowed and for many such as those in the military or abroad for other reasons, truck drivers and others who are away from their voting district for some valid reason. The only way they can vote.
When the polls close in Maine, they are still open on the west coast and in Hawaii.
Exit poll reporting is wrong and shouldn’t be done.
Absentee ballots have not all been received by the end of open polls, as some mail in ballots, that only need to have been postmarked by the previous day, the mail not always being as fast as we would like it to be.
I believe that no candidate should ever concede the election.
When all eligible votes have been counted and verified, then and only then, should a winner be declared.
In the early days of our Republic, some national elections took two weeks to decide as it took that long to get all the results tabulated and reported.
Now with electronic means, results can be known faster than then.
But voting machine malfunctions, eligible voter identification, etc. can often go beyond the voting day and into the night and beyond.
There should be no victory celebrations on election night or ever. It is a waste of time and resources.
A friend of mine came from a foreign country. The last election he witnessed there showed how things shouldn’t be at the election polls. Men with machine guns were stationed at the doors at the polling places.
Here we shouldn’t have sham elections. We shouldn’t use the base alloy of hypocricy, as in places “where they make pretense of liberty”, but have none, such as A. Lincoln referred to Russia, or today, any of a number of dictatorships around the world. We should accurately learn the people’s will and follow it when it is in accordance with the constitutional law of the land, for we are a Republic not a true democracy; a true democracy being mob rule with no regard to law.
If you haven’t voted yet, do so today.
Then go to bed and learn of the results tomorrow, if they are available.
Then once results are known, don’t think that is the end of your responsibility.
It is our duty to watch that government that has been elected.
You must then watch those elected to make sure they follow the law and your will.
A good discourse on the duty of citizens is to be found in the 1943 film “A Stranger in Town”. Starting at 1:01:57 and going to 1:05:59
Quoting some, “… as citizens , we carry a burning responsibility. When we elect men to public office, we cannot do it as lightly as we flip a coin. It means that after we have elected them, we can’t sit back and say our job is done, what they do now doesn’t concern us. That philosophy of indifference is what the enemies of decent government want. If we allow them to have their way to become strong and vicious, then the heoric struggle that welded thousands of lovely towns like this into a great nation means nothing. Then we are not citizens, we’re traitors. The great liberties by which we live have been bought with blood. The kind of government we want is the kind of government we get. Government of the people, by the the people and for the people can mean any kind of government. It’s our duty to make it mean only one kind, uncorrupted, free, united.”
Now let’s vote.

Taxes in America

Posted by on 20 May 2022 | Tagged as: blog

Taxes in America
Colonial times:
Due to parliament’s taxations on tea, such as the stamp act and the 25% importation tax, the British East India Company was unable to make their tea sales impervious to competition. The colonists could purchase tea from the Dutch for 2 shillings 2 pence a pound and then smuggle it into the colonies for only 3 shillings per pound of tea.
What taxes did the Tea Act impose on the colonists?
The passing of the Tea Act imposed no new taxes on the American colonies. The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act. Along with tea, the Townshend Revenue Act also taxed glass, lead, oil, paint, and paper.
Colonial legislatures gave locally produced crops (cereals, corn, tobacco, rice) official value for payment of taxes. Other lawful commodities included beaver skins, cattle, and wampum (black shells were valued at double the rate of white). Milk pails were accepted as tax payments in the town of Hingham.
The Colonial Roots of American Taxation, 1607-1700. For administrative simplicity, the tax was often combined with the country rate. Although the modern income tax dates from the adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment in 1913, an income-like tax, known as a “faculty” tax, appeared very early in the New England colonies.
The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. This was what ultimately compelled a group of Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians, board three ships moored in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea. The Tea Act was the final straw in a series of unpopular policies and taxes imposed by Britain on her American colonies. The policy ignited a “powder keg” of opposition and resentment among American colonists and was the catalyst of the Boston Tea Party. The passing of the Tea Act imposed no new taxes on the American colonies. The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act. Along with tea, the Townshend Revenue Act also taxed glass, lead, oil, paint, and paper. Due to boycotts and protests, the Townshend Revenue Act’s taxes were repealed on all commodities except tea in 1770. The tea tax was kept in order to maintain Parliament’s right to tax the colonies. The Tea Act was not intended to anger American colonists, instead it was meant to be a bailout policy to get the British East India Company out of debt. The British East India Company was suffering from massive amounts of debts incurred primarily from annual contractual payments due to the British government totaling £400,000 per year. Additionally, the British East India Company was suffering financially as a result of unstable political and economic issues in India, and European markets were weak due to debts from the French and Indian War among other things. Besides the tax on tea which had been in place since 1767, what fundamentally angered the American colonists about the Tea Act was the British East India Company’s government sanctioned monopoly on tea. (Or just passing the tax along to the consumer.)


How many taxes are there in the United States in 2022?
There are seven federal income tax rates in 2022: 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent, and 37 percent. The top marginal income tax rate of 37 percent will hit taxpayers with taxable income above $539,900 for single filers and above $647,850 for married couples filing jointly.
Property tax on real estate, motor vehicles, boats, etc. (Not payable by commodities but money.)
The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. The federal tax was last raised October 1, 1993 and is not indexed to inflation, plus in some places added state and city fuel taxes.
Sales Tax: Paid by consumer
( In Utah: The state sales tax rate in Utah is 4.850%. With local taxes, the total sales tax rate is between 6.100% and 9.050%. Utah has recent rate changes (Thu Jul 01 2021).
3 % on food.
Taxable services performed in Utah are subject to Utah sales and use tax even if the service is performed on goods later shipped to another state. business purposes, for the time period need to transport it to the borders.
On phone, gas, electric usage.
Vehicle registration tax
Road tax, weight tax for trucks
Inventory tax
Business license tax, corporate tax,
Shipping and handling taxes
Permit taxes for building, hunting, fishing, water usage by homeowners, irrigation companies, licenses for weddings, passports, etc.
County and municipal taxes on property, services, permits.
Fee taxes to visit a national or state park.
Gift tax for both parties.
Employee taxes.
FICA tax.
Special taxes to pay for special items of government: ie. garbage collection, sewer usage, future road and storm drain construction, water conservancy districts, library boards, school boards, mosquito abatement, weed control, etc.
Death tax, inheritance tax,
Licenses to own a dog or in some places a cat.
Luxury tax.
Extra tax on commodities like alcohol, tobacco, firearms,
All paid by consumers or producers.
Would those people from 1776 rebel today?

Why Shouldn’t They Be Free?

Posted by on 07 Apr 2022 | Tagged as: blog

4/7/2022
Why shouldn’t they be free?
Should we in the United States of America
still be British, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian?
Should Ukraine stay Polish, Russian, Habsburg, Ottoman?
I’ve heard a lot of talk recently about how the Ukrainian people are really Russian, and that Russia is only trying to reclaim it’s territory in it’s unprovoked war.
And about the aggressor being a lily white saint compared to the corrupt Ukraine government and people.
Maybe this is because they believe in slavery, or maybe they just don’t know history well enough or maybe they believe a land and people should be killed on the whim of a wicked man.
Let’s look at a little history.

A chaotic period of warfare ensued after the Russian Revolutions of 1917. The partially-recognized Ukrainian People’s Republic emerged from its own civil war of 1917–1921. The Soviet–Ukrainian War (1917–1921) followed, in which the Bolshevik Red Army established control in late 1919. The Ukrainian Bolsheviks, who had defeated the national government in Kyiv, established the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which on 30 December 1922 became one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union.

Initial Soviet policy on Ukrainian language and Ukrainian culture made Ukrainian the official language of administration and schools
Policy in the 1930s turned to Russification. In 1932 and 1933, millions of people, mostly peasants, in Ukraine starved to death in a devastating famine, known as Holodomor. It is estimated by Encyclopædia Britannica that 6 to 8 million people died from hunger in the Soviet Union during this period, of whom 4 to 5 million were Ukrainians. Nikita Khrushchev was appointed the head of the Ukrainian Communist Party in 1938.
Major causes include the 1932–33 confiscations of grain and other food by the Soviet authorities which contributed to the famine and affected more than forty million people, especially in the south on the Don and Kuban areas and in Ukraine, whereby various estimates millions starved to death or died due to famine.
But most scholars agree that at least 2 million Ukrainians died of starvation between 1930 and 1933. However, during any famine, the number of people who die from starvation isn’t the best way to determine the total death toll. The stress of long-term hunger makes people more likely to develop deadly illnesses like typhus and cholera.


Bol·she·vik
[ˈbōlSHəˌvik]
NOUN
Bolsheviks (plural noun)
historical
a member of the majority faction of the Russian Social Democratic Party, which was renamed the Communist Party after seizing power in the October Revolution of 1917.
synonyms:
Marxist · socialist · leftist · collectivist · radical socialist · anticapitalist · Marxist–Leninist · Leninist · Soviet · Bolshevist · neo-Marxist · Trotskyist · Trotskyite · Maoist

Russification (Russian: Русификация, romanized: Rusifikatsiya), or Russianization, is a form of cultural assimilation in which non-Russians, whether involuntarily or voluntarily, give up their culture and language in favor of the Russian culture and the Russian language
In a historical sense, the term refers to both official and unofficial policies of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union with respect to their national constituents and to national minorities in Russia, aimed at Russian domination and hegemony.

he·gem·o·ny
[həˈjemənē, ˈhejəˌmōnē]
NOUN
leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others:
“Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871”
synonyms:
leadership · dominance · dominion · supremacy · ascendancy · predominance · primacy · authority · mastery · control · power · sway · rule · sovereignty · predomination · paramountcy · prepotence · prepotency · prepollency


Stalin’s extremely brutal 30-year rule as absolute ruler of the Soviet Union featured so many atrocities, including purges, expulsions, forced displacements, imprisonment in labor camps, manufactured famines, torture and good old-fashioned acts of mass murder and massacres (not to mention World War II) that the complete toll of bloodshed will likely never be known.
In February 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union, a research paper by Georgian historian Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev published in the weekly tabloid Argumenti i Fakti estimated that the death toll directly attributable to Stalin’s rule ”Those numbers include my father.”
Medevedev’s grim bookkeeping included the following tragic episodes: 1 million imprisoned or exiled between 1927 to 1929; 9 to 11 million peasants forced off their lands and another 2 to 3 million peasants arrested or exiled in the mass collectivization program; 6 to 7 million killed by an artificial famine in 1932-1934; 1 million exiled from Moscow and Leningrad in 1935; 1 million executed during the ”Great Terror” of 1937-1938; 4 to 6 million dispatched to forced labor camps; 10 to 12 million people forcibly relocated during World War II; and at least 1 million arrested for various “political crimes” from 1946 to 1953. mounted to some 20 million lives
Indeed, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the literary giant who wrote harrowingly about the Soviet gulag system, claimed the true number of Stalin’s victims might have been as high as 60 million.

Why would Ukraine want to stay a part of the Soviets?

Ukraine became independent again when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. This started a period of transition to a market economy, in which Ukraine suffered an eight-year recession. Subsequently however, the economy experienced a high increase in GDP growth. Ukraine was caught up in the worldwide economic crisis in 2008 and the economy plunged. GDP fell 20% from spring 2008 to spring 2009, then leveled off.

Again I ask:
Why shouldn’t they be free?
Should we in the United States of America
still be British, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian?

some thoughts

Posted by on 25 Feb 2022 | Tagged as: blog

I got busy recording audio versions of articles for Chatfellow, a company that has a unique language learning program that is free to individuals if they are willing to go to the website weekly and spend 3 minutes a day reading scripts in the language they want to learn.

One of those articles was about work and how to make improvements in one’s wealth, and employment position.

I have some examples about how to grow one’s wealth. The article said “Don’t buy what you don’t need”

Bad habits can use up lots of money. Example: Two brothers I know of started out the same. One was adopted by an old couple who couldn’t have children, the other one was older and wouldn’t allow his name to be changed even though they both lived with the old couple until the older one went with his birth mother and her new husband.

The adopted brother took over the family farm at age 14 and the older brother ran away from his stepfather after his mother died at age 14.

The brothers stayed in touch. Each of them started to smoke tobacco. After two weeks, the younger one thought it a terrible waste of money, so he stopped. The older one kept smoking tobacco until in his 50s when he stopped.

The younger one inherited some land from his adopted parents and was able to add to it by buying more land with cash he had saved.

The older of the two didn’t own a house until in his 50s, having moved around a lot for work.

Both married and raised families. The only difference in land ownership was that one wasted money smoking tobacco and the other didn’t.

Money spent on what one doesn’t really need made the difference.

December 2021

Posted by on 25 Dec 2021 | Tagged as: blog

I haven’t posted here for a while as malware removal and link repairs have used up time.

But after a very enjoyable month as Santa Jay,  it’s time to start again.

Lots has happened in the world, my life and yours that I could have commented on.

But after dreaming about this topic, I awoke several nights ago thinking about my experience with gold and silver investing.

Several years ago, I bought some silver coins.  When I got the coins that cost more than spot price, I became the recipient of two years of the company’s newsletter.   Well after several years when the price was up and I needed some cash, I thought to sell the coins.

The local coin shop wouldn’t pay spot price but only about a third of it, so the could make their big profit.

So I sold them back to the people I’d bought them from.    They paid spot price, less two more years of their newsletter, which I didn’t want.    But they had the cons, so what could I do?

A great investment but not so great when selling.

Then I got gold and silver options with a firm that you could “buy, sell, or trade at any time” or so they said each time I called.

I was going to sell out the silver options when the price hit $20 an ounce.

For a while as the prices rose, I received monthly earned income off of those options.  Then one day my broker wasn’t there anymore but at another firm.

I was assigned a new guy to work with.  he seemed very interested in my investment.   One day he called and said I might have to sell or lose money when the prices went down.  A while later, he called back and said it was a false alarm but that he’d watch it carefully.

If the price went down by Friday, I should sell, so call him on Friday.

Friday I called from my home in the Mountain Time zone.   The firm was in the Eastern Time zone.

I called, again hearing that I could buy, sell, or trade at any time.  My broker was at lunch and he never came back the rest of the day.  I called several times before 4 pm ET.  He wasn’t back yet i was told.  Could I sell like we’d planned?  No, I had to work with him I was told.

So much for buy, sell, or trad at any time.

The following Monday the price fell and I’d lose it all unless I bought the difference.

I foolishly did.

But the prices rose and I could make it all back, my original investment and the makeup investment.

I waited until the price was $22 per oz.

But then could not sell as the firm had been shut down by the Feds.

The owner of the firm had been caught driving home one day with $29 million in gold bullion in his car.

That wasn’t all, for months he’d been going to their bank and in two withdrawals daily, taking out several thousand dollars at a time, which when combined equaled more that $10 grand a day.  The feds had established that when $10 grand or more a day was withdrawn form someone’s account, the federal government was to be informed so as to check on preventing some illegal action.  Be cause he took less that that out with each withdrawal, even though the daily total was more than $10 grand, the bank didn’t think anything of it.

Over time the owner had embezzled  all the funds of the company and all invested funds as they came in.   That’s why the broker who paid me dividends was let go and why I couldn’t sell that Friday, and why the broker working with me was told to go home and not come back that day.  There were no funds to pay out with.  The owner had them all.

Well, he was caught and given 12 years in prison with furloughs for certain reasons, health, family needs etc. And ordered by the courts to pay back $19 million to investors.

There was no money, so the feds sold all the assets of the company even down to the office furniture.

A law firm  came to represent the victimized investors.   They got judgments against all senior officers of the company.

A judgement is of no value unless  a property or something is sold to satisfy the judgement.  But the court can’t sell ones’s house to get this judgement paid, so these were practically worthless to the investors.

Even firm consultants had judgments brought against them amounting to their full consulting fees.  One such consultant was in legal trouble for some shady investment dealings he done and in order to stay out of prison before the trial, his family posted a bail bond of $200,000. I don’t know the result of his trial, but that amount was more than the consulting fee he’d received form the gold and silver firm I was involved with. How could he pay the Judgement when the court has 200 grand of his family’s money?

The bank involved was bought out by a larger banking group so the lawyers went after them and an agreement was made that the bank owed 1.3 million dollars to satisfy their error as the new bank owner  they’d assumed all parts of the smaller bank with it’s purchase, even their debts and mistakes.

That would be a nice amount, however the judge awarded the lawyers for the victims hourly wages and the lawyers for the bank hourly wages. Who ever heard of the losing lawyers getting paid?  That left very littler for the investors.

One man from Atlanta, Ga., who I spoke to on the phone, had invested $140 grand, one man $538 grand, I only lost 21,400 (after what I did receive earlier form them).

After pocketing nearly 3/4 of a million from the deal, the lawyers for the victims made the handsome sum of one cent on the dollar pay out to the victims.  I got $214.  The man who invested $538 grand got 1 cent on the dollar too.  Between the time of the collapse of the company and the settlement, he had died, thus his heirs pay out wouldn’t even have paid for his funeral.

Who got all the money?

The company owner, who never paid a cent back, the Attorneys for the victims, other attorneys and the courts.

You know if people believed the Biblical command “Thou Shalt Not Steal” no investor would have lost money.

 

Comment about a video clip

Posted by on 26 Jun 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Comment about a video clip
6/26/2021
Today I watched a video clip of an actress on a late night talk show.
It was from several years ago.
The actress said that genetic testing showed she was more Irish that she had been told by her family who said the family was mostly Scottish and Welsh, She said they were thus proven wrong.
She obviously doesn’t know much about the connections between Scotland and Ireland.
At one time the kingdom of Ireland was the west coast of Scotland and the northern tip of the island of Ireland. And the Welch don’t live millions of miles away either.
And genetic testing? How many gene pools was she tested against?
I’ve found from genealogical records that she is a 10th cousin of mine. I Didn’t need genetic testing to show that.
I did some online searching:
SIL Ethnologue lists six living Celtic languages, of which four have retained a substantial number of native speakers. These are the Goidelic languages (i.e. Irish and Scottish Gaelic, which are both descended from Middle Irish) and the Brittonic languages (i.e. Welsh and Breton, which are both descended from Common Brittonic); these are Insular Celtic languages-Wikipedia
There is a shared root between the native languages of Ireland (Irish) and the Scottish Highlands (Scots Gaelic). Both are part of the Goidelic family of languages, which come from the Celts who settled in both Ireland and Scotland.
Modern residents of Scotland and Ireland won’t share much DNA with these ancient ancestors. Instead, they can trace most of their genetic makeup to the Celtic tribes that expanded from Central Europe at least 2,500 years ago.Apr 20, 2021
https://whoareyoumadeof.com/blog/what-is-the-ireland-and-scotland-dna-ethnicity-on-ancestry/
What is the Ireland and Scotland DNA Ethnicity on Ancestry?
The Ireland and Scotland DNA region on Ancestry is located in the British Isles and covers all of Ireland, including Northern Ireland, and all of Scotland. DNA from this region is also commonly found in Wales and parts of England and France. (Celtic)
Scot, any member of an ancient Gaelic-speaking people of Ireland or Scotland in the early Middle Ages. … Originally (until the 10th century) “Scotia” denoted Ireland, and the inhabitants of Scotia were Scotti.
Scot | ancient people | Britannica https://www.britannica.com › topic › Scot
So the actress”s family wasn’t wrong at all. The actress just didn’t know enough.

 

Hillsdale College comes to St. George

Posted by on 14 May 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Hillsdale College comes to St. George
May 13, 2021, Hillsdale college of Michigan sent emissaries to St. George,Utah.
People from St. George, Ivins, Hurricane, Santa Clara, Cedar City attended a Hillsdale College Symposium at the beautiful Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.
They learned about Hillsdale College and it’s mission to teach the principles and heritage of this great country, the United States of America, to give “an education designed to equip human beings for self government”.
Howard Kaloogian the national planned giving associate at Hillsdale college, (lawyer, former California State assemblyman, and adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law) taught how to bypass capital gains taxes, turn real estate into a lifetime income, and tax saving ways to distribute IRA and other assets into one’s estate by giving to the college.
Then after a luncheon provided under a canopy on the lawn, Dr. Khalil Habib, associate professor of politics, addressed those attending with what one man called, “The best speech I’ve heard in 50 years.”
As a naturalized citizen who came here from Lebanon, Habib understands what it is like to lose everything to oppressive government and war and why the American way is the best way for peace and happiness in the world.
John Cervini, Jr., Vice President for Institutional Advancement was also in attendance and spoke briefly. Along with a staff who were very kind and accommodating to the attendees.
Hillsdale College has an outreach program in online courses, K to 12 charter schools nationwide, and their free publication “IMPRIMIS” that reaches over 5,600,000 readers monthly and is ever growing in circulation. That little magazine talks about truth and current affairs and the proper role of government in the American tradition.

Hillsdale College is striving to teach everyone the truths about our constitutional government.

Contact Hillsdale College at: https://www.hillsdale.edu/about/contact-us/

 

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What I’ve learned in the building and repair business, I learned from my father and mother

Posted by on 07 May 2021 | Tagged as: blog

What I’ve learned in the building and repair business, I learned from my father and mother.)
I grew up in a small town during the 1950s and 1960s.
My father wore many hats. He was a fruit farmer and ran other farming operations to provide for his family. But it didn’t stop there. Like all farmers, he had to be a jack of all trades.
He was the town employee doing plumbing, pruning, spraying, animal control and all the other things involved in running the town.
Of course we children helped out with all of it. We did farm work, picking fruit, drying and bottling fruit, pruning, milking the cows(that was my job), butchering, chopping firewood, mowing hay, hauling hay, irrigating, plowing, cultivating, rebuilding wood boxes and crates for use and sale, tending to the rabbit, the chickens, helping with the laundry. (My mother ran a commercial laundry service for the two large trucking companies what started in our town and did work rags for the garages. We helped with that too.) I started driving a tractor at a very young age. I didn’t go to kindergarten schooling but helped my Dad which made me feel awfully important.
We also helped with the town work. Helped make cement meter boxes, rebuild water meters, read water meters, cleaned the water springs, walked the pipelines looking for leaks, repairing broken lines, lighting the smug pots along the main road(Highway 91 was the major roadway between Utah and California) when a new main water line was installed, pruning and spraying roadside shrubs, sold dog tags, even helped with the distasteful task of putting some dogs down.
We helped Dad and Mom, do electrical work, plumbing, carpentry at home too.
Of course, we attended school from the first of September to the end of May each year.
Dad also worked other jobs. For the highway department and trucking companies. He had a janitorial service servicing two trucking companies and one garage. He had a landscaped business mowing lawns, re-seeding lawns, watering and the like. We did that for two family doctors, our dentist and the dry cleaners for trade labor for services and many separate places for pay. We boys got to do those jobs too.
One was for a man. Eric Snow, who owned a few buildings near his house. Two rental houses and the dry cleaners that one of his sons owned and operated, and a big corner building that housed Eric’s furniture store, a barbershop. and apartments up three stories from the basement to the top. Part of the store had a metal roof. I helped my Dad repair it and my older brother and I painted apartments for Eric. One day he told the both of us that we should go into maintenance for our future work as he was in that field and thought we should be too.
One place was the state Fish and Game checking station. We’d push the gas lawn mower down to the gas staion next to the checking station, buy a tank of gas, mow the lawn, get more gas, push the mower home and mow at the house.
Dad encouraged us to get our own jobs. One year he got a job for us with a farming company that raised and sold onions nationwide.
I acquired two mowing jobs in my town. Both of those people had their own mower, so I didn’t need to use my dad’s mower. One was across the street from our house and the other 2 blocks to the west, it was on a hillside. Weekly I’d mow those lawns in the summers. With the money from those jobs and the onion job, I’d buy my school clothes each fall. The work with dad was for the family.
Most of the family jobs were in the big town to the east of us. That’s where we went to school from 7th grade on.
Later while still doing this kind of work, my father was doing yard work for a couple who owned the local radio station in the big town east of us.
I was helping. At around 13-14 years of age, my voice had changed from an angelic boy soprano to a bass. The lady thought my voice good and hired me then and there for an announcer at the radio station. Of course I had to train with her for two years after school and take a test for a radio telephone operator’s license when 16. I did and worked there for three years after school and summers, when not busy at other work. My Dad had gotten me the job.
In school I was in wood and metal shop and Agricultural sciences (even butchering was studied). When in my twenties, the state of Utah sent a survey to former students to see if any of the industrial-vocational courses in school had helped me acquire employment as an adult.
I responded that all the jobs I had had (fork lift operator, Janitor, electrician, working for a power company (as meter reader, line worker, power plant operator, inspector), warehouse man, concrete worker, carpenter, roofer, construction maintenance, radio announcer, acting, singing, office work, sales and more, had been because of the teachings received from my father and my mother. Not from the schooling.
But both of my parents insisted that we go to school, even college. They’d not had much formal schooling and felt we needed all we could get in order to have a successful working life to provide well for our families.
So I, my two brothers and my sister all went to college.
One of my father’s orchard’s was specifically planted as our “college fund orchard.”
I did study German in school which I use today.
One brother studied art and is a professional artist.
Our father remembered his adopted mother speaking German in the home but he never learned to. He was an artist though not professional like his older brother.
Our mother loved to read, so we learned to love reading too.
My parents taught me to work and I still do.
What my parents taught me has gotten me employment throughout my life.

 

Conspiracy Theories

Posted by on 26 Apr 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Conspiracy Theories
When I was 23 years old and newly married, my wife and I managed the American Opinion Bookstore in Provo, Utah. One of the books we carried was  “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen
cover none dare call it conspiracy
“This book is a primer for anyone who wishes to understand the basic workings of the global network of Insiders that is determined to wield power over all of mankind in the coming New World Order. The Special Edition is updated with illustrations and charts for 2013. Introduction by U.S. Congressman John G. Schmitz: The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the guilty. This book may have the effect of changing your life. After reading this book, you will never look at national and world events in the same way again.”
“By sheer volume, the “experts” will try to ridicule you out of investigating for yourself as to whether or not the information in this book is true. They will ignore the facts, saying that the author is about to conjecture. They will find a typographical error or argue some point that is open to debate. If necessary they will lie in order to protect themselves by smearing this book. I believe those who pooh-pooh the information herein because psychologically many people would prefer to believe we are fine, because we all like to ignore bad news. We do so at our own peril.”
You can buy a copy from Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/None-Dare-Call-Conspiracy-Allen/dp/1939438004
Why did he say that?
Are there conspiracies that intend to do evil for power and gain in the world ?
What does the word conspiracy mean?
Recently a woman emailed me that she didn’t read “conspiracy theories”.
Implying that something that she refers to as a “conspiracy theory” isn’t true.
Let’s examine the word and what it means.
Conspiracy: : the act of conspiring together
What does conspiring mean: as a transitive verb it means to PLOT, to CONTRIVE;
as an intransitive verb it means 1a: to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or 2: an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement,
examples: being accused of conspiring to overthrow the government or to conspired to monopolize and restrict trade
b: SCHEME
2: to act in harmony toward a common end
Examples: Circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts.
… the sun and the wind conspired to make splinters out of solid wood.
— B. J. Oliphant
To scheme to obtain wealth at all costs.
This woman believes that there are no secret agreements, evil or other wise, that exist in the world today.
Let us look at what the Book of Mormon has to say about secret agreements.
Wikipedia states that secret combinations as outlined in the Book of Mormon:
A term that describes a malignant secret society of “people bound together by oaths to carry out the evil purposes of the group.” Secret combinations were first discussed in the Book of Mormon, which was published in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The most notable example of a secret combination is the Gadianton robbers, a conspiracy throughout much of the narrative of the Book of Mormon. According to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, Cain also entered a secret combination with Satan and became Master Mahan.
The Book of Mormon denounces secret combinations as “most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God.” They are also considered to be one of the signs that a people is ripe for the Lord’s vengeance, and according to the Book of Mormon, in the last days, they will be prevalent on the earth.
Moroni also warns that the Gentiles of the latter day should repent of their sins and not allow that “murderous combinations get above you, which are built up to get power and gain.” Moroni goes on to warn that anyone who builds up a secret combination “seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies.”
What are secret societies?
Definition of secret society: any of various oath-bound societies often devoted to brotherhood, moral discipline, and mutual assistance
Wikipedia continues:
Moroni tells an example of a secret combination in the story of a son, Jared, who rebels against his father Omer, the Jaredite king of the land. After trying once and not succeeding in the overthrow of his father, Jared’s daughter tells him of the power of conspiracy and refers to ancient writings of “secret plans to obtain kingdoms and great glory.” She devises a plan to establish her father as ruler of the land, telling him that she can dance for Akish, a man of authority, and entice him. If Akish is pleased with her and desires to wed her, as a condition he must agree to deliver the head of Jared’s father, King Omer. To fulfill Jared’s wish, Akish forms a circle of men who swear upon their lives that they will never divulge the secret, their plot, or the identities of their brethren. To join the secret group, one has to perform a series of oaths administered by Akish. Moroni explains that the promises or covenants are “kept up by the power of the devil” through the ages.
After finishing the account, Moroni tells of the effect the secret combination had upon the nation: “They have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.”
Another group said to be practicing secret combinations in the Book of Mormon are the Gadianton robbers.
What about today? Were these just stories of the past?
Modern LDS prophets, President and councilors, the 12 Apostles and the Patriarch are sustained generally twice yearly, and locally throughout the world in stake and ward conferences as “Prophets, Seers, and Revelators”.
President David O. McKay spoke of a Socialist-Communist Conspiracy.
“… the fight against the Godless socialist-communist conspiracy …”
Why did he use that awful word conspiracy?
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V37N02_49.pdf
Read more from this: https://www.latterdayconservative.com/david-o-mckay/lds-church-statement-on-communism/
Have other Prophets, Seers, and Revelators said anything about it?
Wikipedia continues:
During the Cold War, Ezra Taft Benson, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), repeatedly described communism as a secret combination. As church president, Benson stated that “a secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.”
Another LDS Church leader, Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Seventy, claimed, “Reliable modern reports describe their existence among gangsters, as part of the governments of communist countries, in some labor organizations, and even in some religious groups.”
LDS Church apostle M. Russell Ballard described secret combinations as including “gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime families… They have secret signs and code words. They participate in secret rites and initiation ceremonies. Among their purposes are to ‘murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God.'”
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley compared modern terrorists to the “Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction.”
Okay then, what has the current President said:
“In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.
In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.
Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”

So someone speaks of a conspiracy and you want to know whether it is true or fake.
Just follow President Nelson’s advise. Seek personal revelation on the matter.
“…by the power of the Holy ghost, ye may know the truth of all things.”-Moroni 10:5
And speaking to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints,
Do you believe the Book of Mormon to be true?
Do you believe that those men are Prophets, Seers, and Revelators of God?
Do you accept the book of the Doctrine and Covenants as scripture from God?

Doctrine and Covenants 89:
4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation.
Doctrine and Covenants 123:
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
Secret combinations, conspiracies, exist and their doings exist.
We should not dismiss them as fake by the term “conspiracy theories”.
Read the book and articles and then pray when someone presents something you think to be a “conspiracy theory”. Then you’ll know whether it’s fake or not.

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