What I'm Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  As we all sit down and celebrate our blessings this year, I wanted to take a second and express some of the things that I am grateful for.

I am grateful for my family.  I don’t know what I’d do without them.  Amanda is the rock that keeps our family running smoothly.  She is (usually) so happy and sweet and forgiving of her 3 boys when we do something wrong.  She is the pretty girl I know and I’m happy that we have the opportunity to be together forever.  I’m so happy that she is willing to put up with me forever and I hope that I am worthy of her forever.

Mikey is my little namesake.  I am continually amazed at how smart he is.  I have no idea where he gets all of his knowledge from.  He’s almost 3 and fills each day of ours with happiness and love.  He tries really hard to be a good boy and a big helper.  And he normally is.

Josh is my little buddy.  At 8-months old, it is fun to watch him look around the room with wonder.  Everything is so new and exciting.  He also gives Daddy wonderful smiles.

My parents are so willing to help us with whatever we may need.  They love their grandchildren so much.

My siblings love my boys so much.  They go out of their way to let their kids play with my kids and to see us.

My in-laws are wonderful.  You hear all these Mother-in-Law jokes from people, but those people have never meet my mother-in-law.

Who would believe that 9-years after high school graduation my high school circle of friends still meets together about once a month for dinner and games?  They sometimes drive me crazy but I can’t imagine not seeing them or talking to them.

I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior.  Without His atoning sacrifice, nothing else would matter.  I strive each day to become more and more like Him so that one day when “he shall appear, [I] shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).  I’m grateful that in these last days, He has a prophet on the Earth, even Thomas S. Monson.  I strive to always follow the Lord and His servants for, as He taught, “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38).

I’m grateful to live in America.  She has her problems (most of which are Government induced) but she is still a wonderful land.  What other country has a Constitution inspired by God?  I didn’t support President-Elect Obama, but I wish him the best.  I hope he follows our Constitution and is a great president.  If he does, I’ll support him.  If (when) he doesn’t, I’ll oppose him.  I’m grateful that I have the freedom to do those things.

I’m thankful for so many other things that there just isn’t time for in this blog entry.

What are you guys thankful for?

Anarchy Has Come

Anarchy Has Come

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
November 20, 2008

President Bush reportedly said that the Constitution was “just a G—D—n piece of paper.” It is hard to believe that the report is true, but you would have to admit that recent happenings in this once-great Constitutional Republic reflect the opinions of many in power in the nation’s capital

Despite what you might hear on the news, or out of the mouth of our elected officials, America is not a Democracy. In fact, according to our Founders, a democracy was the worst form of all governments. Listen to what some wise men have said.
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Growing Potatoes in a Trash Can?

Want a fun, low on space way to grow potatoes?  Grow them in a garbage can!


With either a new a garbage can (or a used one that is super-clean), drill several 1/2 drainage holes in the bottom and on the sides close to the bottom. In the bottom of your garbage can, place a layer of shredded newspaper or old junk mail. This helps to keep the soil that you add on top of this moist and also helps to keep the soil from finding its way out of the drain holes to make a mess.  You then fill the can with about 6 inches of good potting soil, and if you like, some fertilizer. I personally would use the “square foot gardening” mix of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 compost and 1/3 asbestos-free vermiculite.

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Pigs and Washington

TO: Honorable Secretary of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir;
My friend, Ed Peterson, over at Wells township in Iowa, claims he received a check for $1,000 from the government for not raising hogs. So, I want to go into the “not raising hogs” business next year.
What I want to know is, in your opinion what is the best kind of farm not to raise hogs on, and what is the best breed of hogs not to raise? I want to be sure that I approach this endeavor in keeping with all governmental policies. I would prefer not to raise razorbacks, but if that is not a good breed not to raise, then I will just as gladly not raise Yorkshires or Durocs. By the way, your county agent agreed to help, but I decided to appeal directly to you when he showed me the forms and other paperwork he needed to pay me for not raising hogs.

As I see it, the hardest part of this program will be in keeping an accurate inventory of how many hogs I haven’t raised. My friend Peterson is very joyful about the future of the business.

He has been raising hogs for twenty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was $422 in 1968, until this year when he got your check for $1000 for not raising hogs.

If I get $1000 for not raising 50 hogs, will I get $2000 for not raising 100 hogs? I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4000 hogs not raised, which will mean about $80,000 the first year. Then I can afford an airplane.

Now another thing, these hogs I will not raise will not eat 100,000 bushels of corn (my estimate). I understand that you also pay farmers for not raising corn and wheat. Will I qualify for payments for not raising the corn to not feed the 4000 hogs I am not going to raise?

Also, I am considering the “not milking cows” business, so send me any information you have on that too. Although I have no experience in not milking cows, I feel that by the time I have learned how to make out the proper forms for not raising hogs I can qualify to make out forms for not milking cows.

In view of these circumstances, you understand that I will be totally unemployed and plan to file for unemployment and food stamps. Be assured you will have my vote in the coming election.

Patriotically Yours,

John Q. Public

The Dart Test


In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking…………..

A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.

One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.

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Monkey Business and the Wall Street Bailout

How the “bailout” will work!!

Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers
and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let
alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the

“Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected.  I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.”

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars.

They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!

Now you have a better understanding of how the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN WILL WORK !!!!

Is Obama Greek?

Attributed to LDS President George Albert Smith.  Don’t know if it is true or not, but interesting, none the less:

Then President George Albert Smith said, “I have had a troublesome vision of another great and terrible war that made the war just ended look like a training exercise, and people died like flies. It began at a time when the Soviet Union’s military might dwarfed that of the United States, and we, that are the United States, would have missiles that carried an atomic bomb in Europe. I saw the United States, withdraw its missiles to appease the Soviet Union, and then the war began.”

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CERT Notes: Week 2

Tonight was my second of six weekly training classes for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  This week, we studied fire safety.  As part of the class, we all went outside and practiced putting out a fire.

Highlights from the lecture:

  • Most of us know what room most fires start in the home start in; the kitchen.  What room is number two?  The laundry room.
  • A “large fire” is anything larger in size than a bathroom/bedroom trash can.
  • Once a smoke detector goes off, you have about 30-seconds to get out of the building safely.  Yes, you read that right, 30-seconds to get out of the building.
  • In California and other places, a Natural Gas Auto Shutoff Valve is required for new construction.  The instructor recommended them for everywhere.  What these shutoff valves do is during an earthquake shakes the natural gas meter, this device will automatically turn off the gas, thus helping to prevent a fire.
    • On hazard materials, you may have seen the multicolored diamond like the one on the right.   This is called National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 Diamond.Each of the quadrants describes a partion of the risk of this item.
      Red describes the material’s flammability.
      Blue indicates the health hazard.
      Yellow indicates reactivity.
      The higher the number, the higher the risk.  As a member of CERT, if you see one of these in a fire or other emergency situation, stay away.  CERT members are not trained nor have the equipment to handle these kind of situations.
  • The instructor likes to give homework each week.  This weeks home work:
    Turn off all the lights in your house.  Go to your room.  Close your eyes really tight.  Spin yourself around until you are disoriented and dizzy.  Then, with the lights still off, try to get out of the house in 30-seconds.  During a fire, as I said earlier, you have about 30-seconds to safely get out of the building once the smoke detectors go off.  If you are awaken by them in the middle of the night, you will be disoriented.  The smoke will cause you to be more disoriented and dizzy.  This will stimulate to a some degree what it would be like if there was a fire.  Can you make it out in 30-seconds?

Check out more Emergency Preparedness tips at the recently updated Emergency Preparedness and Family Home Storage page at FoodStorage.MikesWorld.org.  Also check out my other CERT posts as I go through CERT training.

2009 CERT Schedule

The January – June 20009 CERT schedule has been posted on LVAlert.com.  Unless they are planning on expanding it some more and this is just a preliminary training schedule, there are only 2 sessions planned for the first 6-months of 2009.

The first session will be held on Thursdays from January 15 – February 19 from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Las Vegas Fire Training Center on the corner of Bonanza and Mojave at 633 N. Mojave.  The second session will be held on Wednesdays from February 4 – March 11, also from 6 pm – 9 pm, at the Silver Mesa Community Center on Allen, just north of Alexander, at 4025 Allen Lane, In North Las Vegas.

I highly encourage all the readers of Mike’s World News to take these free, informative trainings.  We all remember the bang up job that FEMA did after Katrina.  Don’t rely on others to save you and your family in a disaster.  Empower yourself through knowledge.  The knowledge you gain could very easily save your life or the life of someone you love.

For more information about CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, visit www.CitizenCorps.gov/CERT.