The Greatest Threat to Our Freedom (and it is not terrorism)

We live in a great nation. Many people have fought, sacrificed, worked hard through blood sweat and tears in order for us to live as we do today. Just because the Lord has blessed us with so many privileges, comforts, and freedoms we are not somehow immune to the evils and problems of the world. Many have a faults sense of security just because we live in the United States. No great nation in the history of world has been so lucky to remain #1 for long. Heavenly Father has permitted us to flourish as nation under him because of our righteousness. He will not continue to do so in we are no long a light to the world. Have we lost our way? I guess that is up for you to decide. As for me I have the opinion that it is more important than ever that we draw closer to God as a nation and as a people. We must return to the position of defending our freedom along with the freedoms and right of those around the world.

So What Is the Greatest Threat to Our Freedom?

There may be evil and conspiring men in other countries that are a real threat to our liberty and freedom. The may be numerous elected and appointed officials in our own government that are eroding our freedoms and liberties right before our eyes. However I personally believe that there is a much greater treat to freedom. No it is not terrorism or a political party or another nation.

This great treat is the choices that you and I make each day. Do we chose freedom or bondage? Do we pick freedom over bondage in our financial decisions? Do we find ignorance more appealing to knowledge? Does laziness win out over dedication and resolve? Does hate and dishonesty overcome charity and love in our lives? It is of utmost importance that we chose correctly. Incorrect decisions only eat away at our freedom. It is very easy for many today to sell your financial soul to a bank or creditor to have the items that they "need now". Yet they fail to realize the consequence is financial bondage. Because of laziness some are not free to enjoy the same type of life style of those that were dedicated and hardworking, nor are able to share and help those in need because of your own choices. Living the commandments of God allows us to be free of Satan's bonds of sin. A government, dictator, or president is not the greatest threat our nation has ever seen. We are. Our liberty and freedom are really only protected by what we do.

The following is an article written by President Ezra Taft Benson of the council of the twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was taken out of the November 1979 Ensign. If you are not familiar with what the "LDS" or "Mormons" believe, you can learn more about what we really preach by visiting

"A Witness and a Warning" by Ezra Taft Benson

The Lord has declared this “a day of warning, and not a day of many words” (D&C 63:58). My message is a witness and warning about some of the evils which threaten America—a land I love with all my heart. There are other countries with this same problem. You who have seen these dangers in the land you love will have a deep feeling for what I will say.

America is a place of many great events. Here is where Adam dwelt, where the Garden of Eden was located. America was the place of former civilizations, including Adam’s, the Jaredites’, and Nephites’. America is also the place where God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith, inaugurating the last gospel dispensation on earth before the Savior’s second coming.

This consecrated land has been placed under the everlasting decree of God. That decree is recorded in the sacred Book of Mormon, a new witness for Christ, in these words:

“For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. …

“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:10, 12).

The eventful destiny of America has also been revealed to God’s prophets. To Joseph Smith the Lord revealed that “the whole of America is Zion itself from north to south” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1938, p. 362). Further, the Lord decreed this land to be “the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, … the holy sanctuary of the Lord” (Ether 13:3). To serve God’s eternal purposes and to prepare this land for Zion, God “established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom [He] raised up … and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (D&C 101:80).

The Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789. The priesthood of God was restored in 1829. Between those two dates is an interval of forty years. It is my conviction that God, who knows the end from the beginning, provided that period of time so the new nation could grow in strength to protect the land of Zion.

In the decade prior to the restoration of the gospel, many countries of South America fought wars of independence to free themselves from European rule. Russia, Austria, and Prussia, however, urged France to aid Spain and Portugal to restore their monarchies in South America. This effort was repulsed by a proclamation from the United States government known as the Monroe Doctrine. The heart of the Monroe Doctrine consists of these words: “The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”

The Lord had promised, “I will fortify this land against all other nations” (2 Ne. 10:12). President Joseph Fielding Smith said that “the greatest and most powerful fortification in America is the ‘Monroe Doctrine.’ … It was the inspiration of the Almighty which rested upon John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other statesmen, and which finally found authoritative expression in the message of James Monroe to Congress in the year 1823” (The Progress Of Man, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., pp. 466–67).

Thus, in that four-decade period the United States had grown to sufficient strength that she was able to provide a cradle of liberty for the restored Church of Jesus Christ.

But whenever the God of heaven reveals His gospel to mankind, Satan, the archenemy to Christ, introduces a counterfeit.

Isaiah foresaw the time when a marvelous work and a wonder would come forth among men. Isaiah also predicted there would be those who would “seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us?” He saw the time when the work shall say of him that made it, “He made me not” (Isa. 29:15–16).

It is well to ask, what system established secret works of darkness to overthrow nations by violent revolution? Who blasphemously proclaimed the atheistic doctrine that God made us not? Satan works through human agents. We need only look to some of the ignoble characters in human history who were contemporary to the restoration of the gospel to discover fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. I refer to the infamous founders of Communism and others who follow in their tradition.

Communism introduced into the world a substitute for true religion. It is a counterfeit of the gospel plan. The false prophets of Communism predict a utopian society. This, they proclaim, will only be brought about as capitalism and free enterprise are overthrown, private property abolished, the family as a social unit eliminated, all classes abolished, all governments overthrown, and a communal ownership of property in a classless, stateless society established.

Since 1917 this godless counterfeit to the gospel has made tremendous progress toward its objective of world domination.

Today, we are in a battle for the bodies and souls of man. It is a battle between two opposing systems: freedom and slavery, Christ and anti-Christ. The struggle is more momentous than a decade ago, yet today the conventional wisdom says, “You must learn to live with Communism and to give up your ideas about national sovereignty.” Tell that to the millions—yes, the scores of millions—who have met death or imprisonment under the tyranny of Communism! Such would be the death knell of freedom and all we hold dear. God must ever have a free people to prosper His work and bring about Zion.

I am a witness to nations and people deprived of their freedom. I was there. I watched that great Iron Curtain drop around nations which formerly had prized their freedom—good people. I was aghast as these were written off by the stroke of a pen. I saw Poland abandoned by nations with a heritage of freedom—the United States and Great Britain.

I was in Warsaw in June of 1946. I shared a room with seven other men in the Polonia Hotel, the only hotel even partially intact in the great city of Warsaw. Our ambassador, Bliss Lane, had his office in part of the building. He was so saddened that he resigned and wrote the book I Saw Poland Betrayed, which detailed the failure of the United States and England to keep their promise that the Poles would have a free election after the war.

I saw firsthand our great nation stand by at the time of the Hungarian revolution—when “freedom fighters” with bare hands and stones resisted bullets, tanks, and artillery. I confess I was ashamed at the response of my country—a nation which I believe the Lord intended to be an ensign of freedom to all others. Freedom did not die that day (23 October 1956) for Hungary alone. Hope died for many in other captive nations and has only recently been somewhat revived by courageous men willing to speak against oppression.

Since that day, I have seen the Soviet Union, under its godless leaders, spread its ideology throughout the world. Every stratagem is used—trade, war, revolution, violence, hate, detente, and immorality—to accomplish its purposes. Many nations are now under its oppressive control. Over one billion people—one-fourth of the population of the world—have now lost their freedom and are under Communist domination. We seem to forget that the great objective of Communism is still world domination and control, which means the surrender of our freedom—your freedom—our sovereignty.

On 3 July 1936, the First Presidency published this warning to Church members:

“Communism is not a political party nor a political plan under the Constitution; it is a system of government that is the opposite of our Constitutional government. …

“Since Communism, established, would destroy our American Constitutional government, to support Communism is treasonable to our free institutions, and no patriotic American citizen may become either a Communist or supporter of Communism. …

“We call upon all Church members completely to eschew [shun] Communism. The safety of our divinely inspired Constitutional government and the welfare of our Church imperatively demand that Communism shall have no place in America” (signed: Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., David O. McKay, The First Presidency, in Deseret News, 3 July 1936; italics added).

More recently, President Marion G. Romney, in the First Presidency Message in the September 1979 Ensign, wrote: “Communism is Satan’s counterfeit for the gospel plan, and … it is an avowed enemy of the God of the land. Communism is the greatest anti-Christ power in the world today and therefore the greatest menace not only to our peace but to our preservation as a free people. By the extent to which we tolerate it, accommodate ourselves to it, permit ourselves to be encircled by its tentacles and drawn to it, to that extent we forfeit the protection of the God of this land” (p. 5).

The truth is, we have to a great extent accommodated ourselves to Communism—and we have permitted ourselves to become encircled by its tentacles. Though we give lip service to the Monroe Doctrine, this has not prevented Cuba from becoming a Soviet military base, ninety miles off our coastline, nor has it prevented the takeover of Nicaragua in Central America, the surrender of the Panama Canal, or the infiltration by enemy agents within our American borders.

Never before has the land of Zion appeared so vulnerable to so powerful an enemy as the Americas do at present. And our vulnerability is directly attributable to our loss of active faith in the God of this land, who has decreed that we must worship Him or be swept off. Too many Americans have lost sight of the truth that God is our source of freedom—the Lawgiver—and that personal righteousness is the most important essential to preserving our freedom. So, I say with all the energy of my soul that unless we as citizens of this nation forsake our sins, political and otherwise, and return to the fundamental principles of Christianity and of constitutional government, we will lose our political liberties, our free institutions, and will stand in jeopardy before God.

No nation which has kept the commandments of God has ever perished, but I say to you that once freedom is lost, only blood—human blood—will win it back.

There are some things we can and must do at once if we are to stave off a holocaust of destruction.

First: We must return to worship the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ. He has promised that the righteous will be preserved by His power (see 1 Ne. 22:17). But we must keep the commandments of God. We must pay our tithes and offerings, keep the Sabbath day a holy day, stay morally clean, be honest in all our dealings, and have our family and personal prayers. We must live the gospel.

Second: We must awaken to “a sense of [our] awful situation, because of this secret combination which [is] among [us]” (Ether 8:24). We must not tolerate accommodation with or appeasement toward the false system of Communism. We must demand of our elected officials that we not only resist Communism, but that we will take every measure to prevent its intrusion into this hemisphere. It is vital that we invoke the Monroe Doctrine.

Then we must put our trust in Him who has promised us His protection—and pray that He will intervene to preserve our freedom just as He intervened in our obtaining it in the first place.

Third: We must do as the Lord commanded us by revelation in 1833: “Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil” (D&C 98:10).

Men who are wise, good, and honest, who will uphold the Constitution of the United States in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, must be sought for diligently. This is our hope to restore government to its rightful role.

Last: We must study the inspired Constitution and become involved in the political process ourselves. I quote the First Presidency statement that was read in sacrament meetings on Sunday, 1 July 1979: “We encourage all members, as citizens of the nation, to be actively involved in the political process, and to support those measures which will strengthen the community, state, and nation—morally, economically, and culturally” (Letter from the First Presidency, 29 June 1979).

I fully believe that we can turn things around in America if we have the determination, the morality, the patriotism, and the spirituality to do so.

My single-minded concern is for the freedom and welfare of my countrymen and my posterity, the freedom of all men.

I testify to you that God’s hand has been in our destiny. I testify that freedom as we know it today is being threatened as never before in our history. I further witness that this land—the Americas—must be protected, its Constitution upheld, for this is a land foreordained to be the Zion of our God. He expects us as members of the Church and bearers of His priesthood to do all we can to preserve our liberty.

May God bless us that, with His help, we will not fail to bring to pass His purposes on earth. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Gerald Celente

More on this Celente guy. If you actually listen to some of these make sure you listen to the last few. They got some good stuff on what we can do in tough times. Try to look past some of the conspiracy theory type stuff. Celente doesn't really get into much of that just the host and some callers.


This video is a little scary but interesting. I guess if you are prepared you need not fear. This guy apparently has quite the reputation for predicting future events. He is a self pro calmed "political atheist" or rather is not associated with any political party. It is a promotional video for some website, but I like the end about the ant and the grasshopper. Check it out.

The Inconvenient Debt

My First Comment From Someone other than My Wife!!!

Hey Loyd, thanks for commenting. Its sad but you are probably one of only people that actually reads my blog. Its kind of funny because we have such distinct views on a lot of issues. Its OK I still think you are cool.

In response to your post...

He begins by referring to some sort of mythical "stupid environmentalists who don't understand that forest fires are natural and are actually good for the soil."

Who are these environmentalists? Perhaps I only hang around 'smart environmentalist' crowds, cuz I have yet to have heard of any 'environmentalists' who think as he thinks they do.

Who are the people that don't believe the holocaust happened or who are the people that think we didn't land on the moon? I can assure you that there are people our there that think all forest fires are bad. Besides Beck didn't say all those environmentalists or most of those environmentalists. He says those stupid ones. They are the one that don't understand the environment. Obviously you understand the environment better than most (which includes myself).

Also in response to Beck "overly simplifying his forest fire scenario to make his point"....

If I were to complicate the forest fire scenario to better represent the current state the economy is in, it would go something like this....

The forest that is currently burning is highly populated with extremely large trees. These trees have experienced very fast growth for the last 50 years. The growth was not natural. There were many red and blue men and even all different colored men from all around the world that would go to this forest and fertilize it daily. These tall trees seemed perfectly fine from the outside. But unbeknown to the majority of these men the tree's root system was not capable of supporting the massive amount of weight as they grew abnormally fast. Even the trunks of these trees had large voids at their bases due to rapid unnatural growth. But even when some men discovered the problems with the root system and the voids in the trunks, they didn't care. They were all reaping the benefits of such a massive forest. They just kept on throwing barrels of fertilizer on them.
With the poor root system the trees would not able to stand if there were any major natural disaster. However before something natural could happen there was a fire that broke out and all the different color men went rushing to save there huge trees. They had to get all the people in the world to help them fight the fire, so they wouldn't lose all the benefits of having such large trees. They would say things like "these trees are too big to let just burn and be destroyed", "If we just let them burn and fall all the other small natural trees will be destroyed" "We must save all of the big trees!"

The sad part of it all, is that they did save all of the big trees only to have a small amount of time pass and they all came falling down because of a slight little breeze.

So why didn't all the blue and red men do a controlled burn of the massively weak over grown crappy trees? Well they were ALL in denial that they had a poor root system.

This is just my take from what I have learned. I am no expert and I am sure that many could punch holes in my argument and in my hypothetical story of some lame forest with different color men.

However I do know this...It is always best to act on correct and true principles no matter the situation. The problem that we as men face is knowing what God says those principles are. We cannot be guided by what we think they are. Divine guidance is always necessary to learn these true principles that should determine our path us in all our dealing with men.

I personally believe that nothing I do or say will affect the course of our nation's finances nor will I be able to stop the world economic melt down. I know that I must prepare myself and my family for the things to come. I pray that anyone else that reads this will do the same.

Let It Burn and Move On

I came across an article on Fox News' website which I think describes the best way to ride out this financial crises. Glenn Beck compared the current economic melt down to a forest fire. Here are a couple of quotes from his article. He can be a little harsh but sometimes the truth hurts.

"The government is acting just like those stupid environmentalists who don't understand that forest fires are natural and are actually good for the soil."

"Letting the greedy, the corrupt and the downright stupid fail will replenish the soil of capitalism and give us the chance to rebuild the right way."

I just can't understand how our government can act the way they do. Will they just let it burn? No they won't, they can't. I don't think that the majority of Americans even understand our economy or our financial system well enough to know what to do. Nor would they have the slightest idea on what caused this mess. They are too busy blaming political parties and other nonsense that really has little to do with the issues at hand. Fundamentally or system is flawed. But what are the politicians going to do. They can't let all of those innocent and and not so innocent people burn along with the forest? No they couldn't the people wouldn't stand for it. And elite of the world (who are behind the majority of the mess) won't let it burn either.

To me these bailouts seem nothing more than welfare for the rich. The even sadder part about it all is that those in power say that is all to protect "main street". I guess when you have the stupid corrupt greedy people with all the money running the show (or at least pulling the string for those running the show) what else could you expect.

Well you can complain all you want, point fingers at the government, and write angry hateful posts on your blog all day long, but will it really won't help much. It won't "change" anything. So what do we do personally on a micro level? Well for starters you steer clear of the philosophies and methodologies that got us in this mess. A debt based financial system truly is like a house of cards, a big bubble ready to burst, a house build on a really sandy beach on the edge of a cliff. Here is a list of things I believe we can do to help our personally situations. Because I don't think that we can make much change on the macro level...well not true if everyone did the stuff on this list then you might see some change.

  • Avoid debt like the plague- The "need it now mentality" and "play now, pay later" way of living just won't cut it anymore.
  • Eliminate the wasteful activities- So much of what we do and so much of what we buy is pointless. We don't need those thing.
  • Be a steward over your own finances and belongings- It is important to take care of what you have been given along with what you have earned.
  • Budget- Don't let spending get out of control. Just by evaluating what you spent you will see an improvement in your bottom line.
  • Be a producer not a consumer- Create a personal surplus of trade. Export more value that you consume.
  • Educate you self continually- Make yourself more valuable. Make yourself more capable.
  • Be Prepared-Ya I am an Eagle Scout. Look ahead and try to see what is coming and adapt.
  • Be positive-I am tire of all the doom and gloom. Yes it is bad, but it does no good to be negative.

In the comments below give me some more ideas that we all can do to improve our personal financial situation. Tell me what you think about mine list of ideas.

Here is a link to the full article by Glenn Beck
Controlled Burn: Treat Financial Crisis Like Forest Fire

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time!?

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You

Well I saw this book on a couple of other blogs that I read which sparked my interest that it might have some substance. Looking down the list I recognize several books and I have even read a few of them. I am hoping that this book won't be a let down. At the very least it will turn me on to some different books to read that I otherwise would have never thought of reading.


Red-I have read it.
Green- I have heard of it.
  1. Flow by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi
  2. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  3. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  4. How to Be a Star at Work by Robert E. Kelley
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  6. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  7. Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey B. Mackay
  8. The Power of Intuition by Gary Klein
  9. What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson
  10. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss/Theodore Geisel
  11. Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kell
  12. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  13. The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem
  14. The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  15. Leadership Is an Art by Max De Pree
  16. The Radical Leap by Steve Farber
  17. Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will by Tichy and Sherman
  18. Leading Change by John P. Kotter
  19. Questions of Character by Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.
  20. The Story Factor by Annette Simmons
  21. Never Give In! Speeches by Winston Churchill
  22. In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.
  23. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  24. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
  25. Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove
  26. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
  27. Discovering the Soul of Service by Leonard Berry
  28. Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  29. Competing for the Future by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad
  30. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD
  31. Positioning by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  32. A New Brand World by Scott Bedbury with Stephen Fenichell
  33. Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith
  34. Zag by Marty Neumeier
  35. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  36. Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
  37. How to Become a Rainmaker by Jeffrey J. Fox
  38. Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
  39. The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore
  40. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  41. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  42. Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
  43. Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman and Joe Knight
  44. The Balanced Scorecard by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton
  45. The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker
  46. Out of the Crisis by W. Edwards Deming
  47. Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno
  48. Reengineering the Corporation by Michael Hammer and James Champy
  49. The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
  50. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack with Bo Burlingham
  51. First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  52. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald CliftonThe
  53. Knowing-Doing Gap by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
  54. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  55. Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono
  56. Titan by Ron Chernow
  57. My Years with General Motors by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.
  58. The HP Way by David Packard
  59. Personal History by Katharine Graham
  60. Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon
  61. Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton with John Huey
  62. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
  63. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  64. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  65. The Republic of Tea by Mel Ziegler, Patricia Ziegler, and Bill Rosenzweig
  66. The Partnership Charter by David Gage
  67. Growing a Business by Paul Hawken
  68. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
  69. The Monk and the Riddle Randy Komisar with Kent Lineback
  70. McDonald’s: Behind the Arches by John F. Love
  71. American Steel by Richard Preston
  72. The Force by David Dorsey
  73. The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  74. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
  75. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  76. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie
  77. The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman
  78. Jump Start Your Business Brain by Doug Hall
  79. A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger Von Oech
  80. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  81. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  82. The Age of Unreason by Charles Handy
  83. Out of Control by Kevin Kelly
  84. The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida
  85. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  86. Driven by Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria
  87. To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski
  88. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  89. Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  90. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
  91. Up the Organization by Robert Townsend
  92. Beyond the Core by Chris Zook
  93. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
  94. What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan
  95. The Team Handbook by Peter Scholtes, Brian Joiner, and Barbara Streibel
  96. A Business and Its Belief by Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
  97. Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody
  98. The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
  99. Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko
  100. More Than You Know by Michael J. Mauboussin

In a comment below list any of these books you have read and tell what you think about them.

Honda is a Failure?

I thought this was a cool clip about Honda motor sports. They are not only able to overcome adversity, but look at failure under a completely different light. This video spoke to me personally because of the racing/cars/engineering theme. Hope you like it.

Wisdom From My old Man

"Life is a test not a reward."

I just got of the phone with my dad and during the conversation he said that. I don't know if those are his word or not, but its true. If you ever start to think why me? or why isn't this easier? just remember what we are here for. It all part of the big plan of happiness.

Find out more about the Plan of happiness here.

Cool Websites: Pandora Radio

If you love music and haven't checked out Pandora Radio you are missing out. You can create your own personalized radio stations. All you do is add a song or band that you like and Pandora will keep the tunes coming from that genre. You can thumbs up on down each song. Each time you do the station changes little by little to play only the songs that you do like. If your are on the go they have Pandora for the iphone and other mobile devises.

What's cool:
  • You can discover new songs and bands that are similar to the ones you already like.
  • Its free...well if you want to get rid of the advertisements then you have to pay but they don't bother me much.
  • Great for mood music with out the effort of creating a playlist in itunes.
  • Explicit content filter...its great, my ears don't burn from all the cuss words like other internet radio stations.

What's a little lame:

  • The visual ads don't bother me but recently they just started to do some short audio ads......lame.
  • If you don't preform some type of action on the browser after an hour or so the music stops. Most of the time this is not a big deal.

ACTION ITEM: In the comments below let me know what sweet websites or super cool web tools you are using.