Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ban the Ski Masks!

Ski masks, a fashion accessory to crime in D.C., may soon be illegal
D.C. law already ban individuals — ages 16 and up — from wearing masks in public under certain circumstances, such as while committing a crime or with "the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any other person."
Already banned while committing a crime? And that didn't work, huh?

I see no hope for this country. I'm trying, I'm really trying.

Quote of the Day

"The government is not your salvation. The government is not your road to prosperity. Hard work, education will take you far beyond what any government program can ever promise."

-- Mia Love

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Jim Nabors: ‘Gomer Pyle’ actor marries male partner in Seattle
The actor best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s has married his male partner of 38 years.
I didn't know but I am not really surprised, I just wanted to use that headline so badly. To be honest I never even thought one way or the other about it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I Don't Find This Comforting

Especially in light of this report. Why is the military training in America's cities?

The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

"I felt like I was in a warzone." Jerrals said. "It was nonstop. I was terrified."
"Diving Blackhawks, blank rounds of machine gun fire, strafing runs, troops rappelling from choppers, and road blockades," writes Karen De Coster. "All over the skies of Miami at night, just a few days ago. According to this local TV clown in the video, this event was for the purposes of ‘meeting requirements,’ preparing for overseas military drills, and making sure the equipment is in check."
Preparing for a war on Americans?

We Need More Dogs

Cats killing billions of animals in the US
Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.

The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.

Extolling the Virtues of the 2nd Amendment

Well said.
"The 2nd Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptional, rare circumstances when all other rights have failed. A free people can only afford to make this mistake once."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Will Not Be Silent

Army should fire author of report on conservative terrorism
Individuals enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces must swear an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." But what happens when the only crime perpetrated by the “enemy” is supporting and defending the Constitution?

Such is the dilemma facing future military officers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point — who are being taught to view freedom-loving Americans as violent, racist terrorists-in-waiting. As part of the federal government's ongoing jihad against common-sense fiscal conservatism and constitutionally limited government, West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) has issued a new report making some dangerously irrational generalizations about the "far-right."
Four years ago I was just another law-abiding American, now I'm being spoken of and treated as an enemy of America. I haven't changed. I have done nothing wrong - just go to work everyday and support my family and mind my own business. My so-called "crime" is not agreeing that we should trash the Constitution of the United States. Call me crazy. I will not shut up.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Personal Defense Weapons

Why are they called personal defense weapons when the government buys them, but assault weapons when I buy them?
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians.

Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 "select-fire" firearms because they are "suitable for personal defense use in close quarters." The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.
The civilian version is NOT select-fire, they are semi-automatic only. So the rip-roaring full auto version is a "personal defense weapon" in the hands of the government but the tamer semi-auto version, in the hands of a civilian, is an "assault rifle".

The fact of the matter is the Obama administration, the progressives in power, want to disarm the American public. That is their goal and the reason has NOTHING to do with children. They don't care about your kids, they don't care about you. They are engineering a complete transformation of the United States which includes a new constitution - they probably have a working copy if not a completed version - and are getting to the point where there will be strong resistance from the populace. They don't want anyone shooting back.

Where No Government Should Tread

Big Government Cranks Out the Regulations

The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone
But there is another matter of critical importance: Laws that can place people in jail should be passed by Congress, not by the decree of the Librarian of Congress. We have no way to hold the Librarian of Congress accountable for crazy laws. There are still plenty of crazy laws passed by elected officials, but at least we can then vote them out of office.
Actually, this is probably not the most ridiculous law of 2013, just the most ridiculous law that came to the attention of and bothered the person writing this. There are crazy laws and regulations passed all the time that you have no idea about because it is impossible for anyone to keep track of them all. And, yes, increasingly these laws or regulations come from unaccountable, unelected czars. Welcome to the world of big government.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fell? Or Was Pushed?

Secret Service Dog Guarding Biden Falls to Its Death From New Orleans Parking Garage Roof
A Secret Service dog fell to its death from the roof of a six-story parking lot while working to protect Vice President Joe Biden in New Orleans Saturday night.
There are unconfirmed reports the dog was Tea-Party friendly.

Friday, January 25, 2013

You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes

The whole world we live in ... has become a giant madhouse, where everything that we know is true we're told is not true and vise versa.

We live now in a world where ideology trumps realism, ideology trumps common sense, ideology trumps facts, ideology trumps experience, ideology trumps what you see with your own lying eyes and it's going to get worse and worse and worse and worse.

--Bill Whittle

Tearing Down Idols

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

What part of evil do you not understand.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Save a Kid, Go to Jail

D.C. man who shot dogs biting boy could face charges
When the man, a neighbor, saw the boy being mauled by the dogs, he went inside his home and got a gun. The man killed one of the dogs. The gunfire attracted the attention of a police officer in the area near Eighth and Sheridan streets, where the attack occurred. The officer responded and shot the other two pit bulls as they continued to attack the boy.
Wow, that sounds horrible. But, apparently, he should have just minded his own business and let the dogs have their meal.
The man could face a host of charges depending on the specifics of the case, including whether the gun used is a registered firearm that the man was legally permitted to own, Mr. Gross said. Possession of an unregistered firearm or ammunition is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine, and determining whether the man legally possessed the gun used will likely have greater bearing on the way the case is handled, Mr. Gross said.

Also to be taken into consideration is whether the man was within his property line when he fired the weapon — a small but significant distinction. Mr. Gross said it could mean the difference in whether he could be charged with carrying a pistol without a license.
Ban the dogs!!! - for the sake of the children. We can't take the chance someone may have to save another child with a gun!!!

Common Sense Solution?

Killers Beware: Students in This School District Will Now Be Protected by 14 Recently Purchased AR-15s
The Fontana Unified School District Police Department is refusing to leave students unprotected and has purchased 14 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles in response to a number of recent shootings in the U.S., several occurring at schools.

Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks approved the purchase of the rifles, which are reportedly being stored in a locked safe intended for responding police officers during a shooting or attack,
OK. So we have 14 rifles locked up in the school for use by responding police officers. What is the point? Guns do no good locked in a safe while you wait for police. And don't police officers have their own guns?

There is no more common sense in America. It's gone. There doesn't seem to be common anything anymore. Common nonsense. Yes, there is common nonsense.

Kiss the Ring

The Godmother

Wow. That is all.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hey, Let's Ban Cats!

They're coming for your cats soon
"cat owners should keep their pets indoors and not replace them when they died."
There is no constitutional right to keep cats. Let's ban cats, dogs, snakes, fish, all pets. You don't need a pet. Think of all the money spent on pets that could be redistributed to "The Government." Obama needs your pet money!

And Another Warning

This is real. This is want they want for us.


So I'm reading about this Texas college shooting and come across this:
The Lone Star Campus System is a gun-free zone (Obviously), Carpenter said. State officials said the school had a plan to handle a shooting or other emergency situation (again, obviously - it's "Call 911! and wait for help.").

"It has been safe for 40 years," Carpenter said. "We think it's still safe."
The truth is it has never really been safe. Just because no one brought a gun on campus intending to hurt someone before doesn't mean they couldn't. No place is ever really safe, criminals can walk, drive, take buses or taxis. There is no safety in this life and being completely oblivious to possible danger doesn't change that. You think you're safe in your house? So did Melissa Ketunuti.

Now I'm not saying you need to be paranoid, just be aware.

Sometimes You Need a Gun and You Don't Have One

Doctor 'with her whole future ahead of her' found slain strangled and burned in Philadelphia home
Melissa Ketunuti, was found dead in the basement of her row home Monday afternoon, her hands and feet bound, her body set on fire.
The gun is the equalizer. Not a guarantee, but a fighting chance.
"Who would want to do this?" the neighbor said.
Evil people. And they are out there. Banning guns won't change that.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Turning the Corner

The (g)odless Inaugural Prayer: Time to ask if our country has crossed the spiritual Rubicon?
The choice of Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, departed from historical protocol. She was the first female and first non-clergy member to lead an inaugural prayer. She did so in the wake of Pastor Louie Giglio’s unceremonious removal from the dais after the discovery he had preached a sermon 20 years ago expositing the Bible’s position on homosexuality. While it’s understandable that Evers-Williams would feel the need to temper her prayers, lest the current administration banish her from future public speaking engagements, her words represent a stunning departure from historical inaugural prayers and from anything resembling a Christian, Jewish, or even a generic Judeo-Christian prayer.
America has fundamentally changed.

Fake Singer, Fake Band, Fake President, Fake Country

Beyonce and the band were faking it during the Star-Spangled Banner, it was all pre-recorded.
To press seated just below the podium, in front of the "President's Own" Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn't actually playing during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments.
Nothing is as it seems anymore, we pretend we're rich, we pretend we care, we pretend to fix problems - America is an empty shell about to collapse.

40 Years of State-Sanctioned Slaughter of Innocents

Roe v. Wade Turns 40

Interesting number, biblically speaking. Seems to be a number connected with trials, testing and probation. Does it have significance in this case? I don't know. If so, I think we failed.

Poll: Majority of Americans now support legal abortion in all or most cases

Satan's Thoughts Exactly

David Attenborough - Humans are plague on Earth

No, I'm not saying David Attenborough is Satan, just that they are in agreement on that point.

But Where Are the Republicans?

NRA Ready to 'Stand and Fight'

No really, where are the Republicans? Pretty much all I hear are crickets.

If we lose the 2nd Amendment, we lose them all. There will not be freedom of speech (there is no freedom of speech in Canada or Europe), there will be no protection from search and seizure, there will be no innocent until proven guilty. Does America not realize this?

What America needs right now is politician control. Politicians are overstepping their bounds with impunity and trampling on the Constitution like it doesn't matter, and the Supreme Court mostly backs this heresy.

I must say I have often thought the way Jim O'Brien does in this essay: Giving Up On America
Now I know that God is patient. I know it from my own experience so it's a scary thing to think that eventually even God loses patience with a man. But He did. He made a decision to quit using Saul and move on to Plan B. From that point there was no need begging, pleading or even praying. The decision had been made in the 3rd heaven and the time had come to plan accordingly.

I think many Christians are making Samuel's mistake today in regard to America. They think they can change the mind of God by continual pleading. Now understand, I'm not a prophet nor do I claim a vision of divine revelation but I suspect a decision is already made about America and no amount of pleading will change it.

Nor am I sure when the decision was made. Maybe it was when America legalized abortion; maybe after the public approval of homosexuality; maybe with the rejection of God from textbooks and schools. There are abundant reasons to justify God's rejection of America as a protected and blessed nation!

But I was jarred into reality when I witnessed an entire political convention boo God. Now I'm left with a dilemma-I love my country but can I sincerely ask God to bless a country which has shown such contempt for God? I wonder what the Founding Fathers would do if they were alive today? I can't imagine John Adams or George Washington or even Ben Franklin going to war against England if the Continental Congress had expressed such disdain for God.
I don't know if there is no turning back, but I do know the road we are on leads to a tremendous amount of pain for a hell of a lot of people. It's hard knowing it is coming and not being able to do anything about it.
And He gave them into the hand of the nations; and those who hated them ruled over them. --Psalms 106:41

Monday, January 21, 2013

Comedy Central

Eric Holder calls for ‘tough penalties’ for gun traffickers; doesn't get the joke.
Too bad the attorney general wasn’t talking about getting to the bottom of Fast & Furious, his own gun trafficking scandal. No, no — he was encouraging the federal government to crack down on Americans’ gun rights, not those of the Mexican drug cartels. And he said it with a straight face.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Because Government Schools

They make completely inane decisions and there is no reasoning with them at all. Might as well bang your head against a brick wall than reason with government workers.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Governement Fraud, Waste and Abuse

New York Fires Auditor Who Found Misuse of Sandy Recovery Funds
In his report, Sadowski found that the state was buying equipment it didn't need but had wanted for other purposes, had bought equipment that cannot be tracked, and even lost some equipment bought.

Sadowski uncovered examples of spending that appeared to take federal money for things that had no direct connection to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. He also found that credit card purchases weren't being properly tracked or accounted for.
Business as usual.

Once Again and Again and Again

It's not the implement, it's the person wielding it: Palm Bay man bites off girlfriend's thumb during fight
Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said Ricardo Marquis Davis, 35, confessed to biting off the thumb and spitting it onto the floorboard. He told police she had pushed his head while they were in the car.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia: Woman Thrown on Subway Tracks During Violent Attack

Dallas: Robber Beats Dallas Clerk With Several Hammers

Kentucky: Woman Recovering After Violent Attack At Fayette Mall

New Jersey: Woman Brutally Stabbed Inside Bed Bath & Beyond Store In N.J.


Christie: NRA Ad on Obama Daughters ‘Reprehensible’

I'll tell you what is reprehensible: Sending children into make-believe gun-free zones and pretending they are safe, claiming that a good guy with a gun in a school wouldn't do anything to make the kids safer. They say guns don't make people safer and then surround themselves with people with guns - and take your right to protect yourself away from you. If guns don't make you safer, then why do they surround themselves and their families with people with guns? I don't see police walking around unarmed either. Why? Wouldn't be safe?

What is also reprehensible is the "my way or the highway" approach that is being taken by this administration and New York officials, and surrounding yourself with 8-year-olds and reading the letters their teacher made them write and acting as if they had more sense than an 8-year-old. An 8-year-old doesn't understand all the intricacies that surround this issue and, apparently, neither do progressives. Or do they know all to well? Is that why they want our guns?

Another thing that is reprehensible is demonizing good, decent, law-abiding, patriotic Americans for doing nothing more than owning a gun. Absolutely reprehensible. Guns are not evil and they do not make a person evil. Period.

Gun-free zones belong in the same category as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. The only people they disarm are law-abiding citizens. No one is asking for secret service to protect our schools, just some common sense. If a teacher or principal (any school worker) is comfortable with guns, has a concealed carry permit and perhaps takes an additional safety course for school carry, then they should be allowed to carry their gun - concealed,and on their person at all times - to school. No student need ever know. And this is completely different than arming teachers. We don't need to arm teachers. Most teachers are not interested and it wouldn't work.

There are many other reasonable steps schools can take to protect the children and having a security guard or two should be considered. They don't even have to be uniformed, probably shouldn't be, just a nicely dressed person with a concealed weapon.

Also, schools spend a lot of money on fire alarms and fire suppression systems. And they have regular fire drills. When was the last time you heard of a fire at a school? Yet we don't question the need for these things. Firearms are the same. They are like a fire extinguisher: Most people pass by them everyday and never need one, wouldn't even know how to use it really. But thank God they are there and that, in an emergency someone who does know how to use it has one available.

This just in: This is absolutely reprehensible: White House Uses Children Again to Make Anti-Gun Argument: ‘The Only Thing They Do Is Harm or Kill’

Brilliant! Hey, let's let 8 and 10-year-old kids run for president and congress. They are so much smarter than adults. Who knew the solution to violence was so easy: No guns! Remember how peaceful the world was before guns?

They really believe we are idiots, don't they?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Marxism is the opiate of the elites."

--Robert Avrech


Guns don't kill people, the mentally ill do
Taking guns away from single women who live alone and other law-abiding citizens without mental illnesses will do nothing about the Chos, Loughners, Holmeses or Lanzas. Such people have to be separated from civil society, for the public’s sake as well as their own. But this is nearly impossible because the ACLU has decided that being psychotic is a civil right.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guns Are So Completely Not the Problem

Guns are a distraction from the real problems, restrictive gun laws are just a feel good measure that will do nothing except hurt honest, patriotic, good people, and make believe gun-free zones make the emotionally immature feel safe but are targeted by the sick, twisted, evil animals who don't live by the same rules you and I do.

Are Guns the Problem?
Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society. These behavioral norms -- transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings -- represent a body of wisdom distilled through ages of experience, trial and error, and looking at what works. The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. The more uncivilized we become the more laws that are needed to regulate behavior.

Many customs, traditions and moral values have been discarded without an appreciation for the role they played in creating a civilized society, and now we're paying the price. What's worse is that instead of a return to what worked, people want to replace what worked with what sounds good, such as zero-tolerance policies in which bringing a water pistol, drawing a picture of a pistol, or pointing a finger and shouting "bang-bang" produces a school suspension or arrest.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Officials R Kollage Edjumacated

Orlando wait time for concealed weapons license longer than rest of state
The earliest appointment to apply with the Department of Agriculture is at least four months out.

Sending the application in the mail also takes just as long, sometimes a full 90 days, officials said.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Imagine That...

Criminals prey on the weak.

Three thugs break into the home of a 63-year-old cancer female patient and attack her, pistol whip and rob her.
"It looks like she was specifically targeted because of her vulnerabilities,"
I guess we have to make everyone weak, just to be fair. Well, everyone who is not important anyway.

Headed for Trouble

Over the years I have done many radio programs about ancient Israel and Judah. It's always amazed me how patient God was with them. Maybe they believed they could get away with their sins, but they didn't. Maybe that's where we are as a people. This week Planned Parenthood boasted that they performed one abortion every 94 seconds and that this was their best year yet financially.

Israel and Judah's most intolerable sin was the sexual abuse of children and child sacrifice. What about us, do we think we can get a way with it? How much longer will a just God allow us to keep slaughtering helpless innocent babies in abortion clinics. Two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson said, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever." May God have mercy on us. "

--Ronald L Dart

Planned Parenthood reports record year for abortions
In its latest annual report for fiscal year 2011 to 2012, Planned Parenthood reveals that it performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 – a record year for the organization.

According to annual reports, the organization performed 332,278 abortions in 2009, 329,445 in 2010, making the total number of abortions in three years to 995,687.

Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding, according to a Susan B. Anthony List analysis of the report, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements. The amount is 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue.

Roe v. Wade, 40 years later
The number 40 has great significance in the Bible.

Perhaps best known is the 40 years that the Israelites were condemned to wander in the desert before being permitted entry into the Promised Land.

Maybe this mystical quantity will bear significance as we note, this month, the 40th year since the Roe v Wade decision legalized abortion in America.

Forty years we have lived with the silent, and sometimes not so silent, holocaust in our midst as the lives of 55 million innocent and unborn children have been snuffed out, plucked from their journey to enter this world.

Who were they? Who would they have become?

A List of Preambles to the Constitutions of 50 States
I live in the USA – a nation rapidly moving away from God just as ancient Israel did. There were grave consequences for ancient Israel for that trend, and there will be grave consequences for the USA.

Some people might suggest that’s not true because America was never a "Christian nation."

If you're one of those people, I would like to offer up as exhibits one through 50 the following partial preambles to the constitutions of the several states:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Oh, So True

A Political Fraud

Even if you don't own a gun and never want to and, yes, even if you live in New Jersey, if we lose the right to keep and bear arms your life will be effected negatively. Crime will increase, you will lose ever more freedoms. They are already running roughshod over the Constitution and they are forever testing the limits of what they can get a way with. They have shown no interest in actually getting a handle on crime and if you ask me it is because they are criminals - just on a whole other scale. Lawbreakers can't bring themselves to punish other lawbreakers.

Guns in the hands of good people protect us all. Just knowing they are there offers a level of protection. Politicians are very aware and that is why they want to take them.

She Did It Right

Mother defends herself and 2 children from a home invader
The mother, later identified as Melinda Herman, shot the man five times with a .38 caliber revolver after he cornered them in an attic crawlspace, successfully protecting herself and her two children,
She even went further than she had to, they hid themselves in the attic but the guy just couldn't be satisfied with that and went after them.

By the way, the man is not dead and if he had been on drugs or alcohol or just been very determined, those 5 shots may not have stopped him. There are no guarantees in self defense and you don't know how many bullets it will take to stop the attacker until after he stops.

Stop Trying to Control the World!

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ... in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Wait for it...
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals
So, the people who need the painkillers - now, in the emergency room - have to suffer because Michael Bloomberg wants to look like he's doing something to save the world.

Personally, I think they should do away with most prescription medication, it should be available over the counter just like aspirin or cold medicine, with the exception of drugs that require - really require - monitoring by a doctor or pose a threat of loss of life in small quantities.

What about people who abuse drugs? Well, what about people who abuse alcohol? They will do it anyway. Most people won't. Most people will be smart about it. Why do we want to live in a society that operates at the lowest common denominator. We are all treated like we have no self control. Most of us do. Or will if we have to. Living in a nanny state causes loss of self control. Do something with the criminals and leave the rest of us alone.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it"

St. Augustine (354-430)
Majority rule, Presidential fiat, law or regulation cannot change that.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

It's Not a Gun Problem

It just isn't.

New York Man Kills His Grandmother in Fight Over What to Watch on TV
"By the time the police got there, it was obvious she was DOA," Det. Sgt. John Best told Newsday. "They were arguing over the television and what they were going to watch on TV."

Friday, January 04, 2013

Wait. What?

France: Is Anybody There? France’s Socialists Generate a New Class of Tax Exiles
The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying entrepreneurship and responsibility. Taxes are raining down on French citizens, and the promised “benefits” often seem to disappear before they have even been introduced. The French government’s 2013 finance bill has announced confiscatory tax rates on incomes and capital gains, and payroll taxes will be increased as well. But the socialists are shooting themselves in the foot, as such tax rates will destroy wealth and drive out entrepreneurs, capital, businesses, and young people. Thus, tax revenues will ultimately not rise but fall.

The message could not be clearer: The number of requests by French citizens to leave France are suddenly up by 400 to 500 percent.
You have to REQUEST to leave France?

Windows 8 Is Great

I was not really interested in getting Windows 8 as I was very happy with Windows 7 and I kept reading about how difficult it was to work with Windows 8. Someone said all programs open full screen and you can only use one at a time, many said it was not intuitive and if you don't have a touchscreen it's not worth using - too difficult. They were wrong.

My son was having problems with his computer and I ended up replacing the power supply to fix it, but it kept freezing on him and was slow. He doesn't have a really great computer and it came with Windows Vista. After I replaced the power supply I decided to upgrade him to Windows 8 (only $39.95) because his brother got a Windows 8 computer and he liked it. It downloaded and installed with no problems whatsoever and did wonders for the computer. It is actually a joy to use and much faster. He loves it. He did have to reinstall his programs because the install doesn't keep them if you upgrade from Vista - it does keep them if you upgrade from Windows 7 - but he didn't have many and it did keep all his personal files intact.

After seeing it and using it on his computer I decided I would upgrade my laptop. I was a little apprehensive about it but it turned out fine. When I went to the desktop for the first time it looked and worked exactly like it did before - except the start button. The start screen can be accessed by moving the mouse to the lower left hand corner of the screen and clicking on the little square that pops up or, much easier, just press the Windows key to toggle between start screen and desktop. Super easy.

All standard programs work as they did before but there are also apps, just like on your smart phone. The apps, accessed from the Start Screen, open full screen only. Using the apps, closing them, and switching between them is very easy with the mouse. I have no problems at all. Move the mouse all the way to the left top corner to find the last used app or desktop, swipe downward to open a list of all open apps. You can choose them or close them from there. You can also close an app by moving the mouse to the top of the screen, hold the left mouse button and drag to the bottom. Easy, easy, easy. It works fine.

The only problems I had: I had to reinstall the mouse/pointer device driver because I lost the ability to scroll by moving my finger up or down along the right side of the mouse pad. It works fine now. I also had a problem with Comodo Firewall, it didn't work right and kept freezing when I tried to uninstall. I reinstalled the new program from Comodo and it crashed the computer. I uninstalled Comodo - I didn't like the new version anyway - and all is good once again. It uninstalled fine after I installed the new version. I am using the Windows firewall. One more thing was I had to reinstall the driver/program for Bluetooth. I've never once used it but installed it anyway, works fine now. Sony is not supporting Windows 8 on my laptop (too old, I guess) but it works like a charm anyway. I installed the Windows 7 drivers, they work. I use VLC Player for playing DVDs. Windows 8 does not play DVDs, you have to download a separate program. VLC is a great, free program and plays everything except encrypted BluRay. I was using it in Windows 7 as I especially like that the sound can be increased to 200% which helps with the laptop.

I don't miss the start button. My concern was accessing things like Device Manager, Control Panel and things like that. Move the mouse pointer to the lower left corner and right click. There is your menu for all that. No problem. The start screen can be modified to show what you want, programs, apps, whatever. I don't need the start button. I installed one of the Start Menu programs on my sons computer and he didn't like it. I tried it, it was fine but unnecessary. Uninstalled.

Windows 8 is great.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Government Fiasco

Chris Christie came on the scene slamming, but has been going downhill ever since, he probably hasn't hit bottom yet but he's way too low for me. He's just another New Jersey, push your weight around, mob-style boss.

The Sandy Sham
Between NY Rep. Peter King and now New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republicans in Congress, and particularly House Speaker John Boehner, have endured a bludgeoning. Over what? Over their failure to consider this Sandy-sham bill. Christie said that there is only one group to blame: The House Majority and John Boehner. He says, “It was disappointing and disgusting to watch. Shame on you, shame on Congress.” Christie’s never one to mince words, and just because he’s a Republican doesn’t mean he isn’t going to give it to members of his own party when he feels he deserves it. However, did they deserve it?

Well let’s see … if the Sandy relief bill had actually been for hurricane relief efforts, then a frustrated drubbing from Christie and others would be understandable. But the Sandy bill wasn’t just for hurricane relief efforts. It was just another pathetic, pork-laden bill disguised as legislation for a worthy cause. If someone can definitively prove how the following expenditures in the bill are related to Superstorm Sandy relief, then maybe the Republicans should reconsider their opposition:

* $150 million for Alaskan fisheries.

* $8 million for cars for the Homeland Security and Justice departments.

* $2 million for the Smithsonian to repair roofs damaged before Sandy.

* $336 million in Amtrak expenses

Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s clear that these people in Washington are never going to learn when it comes to these pet projects, and it is also clear that we Americans are never really willing or capable of holding their feet to the fire on the issue. But back to Chris Christie, perhaps his frustration should have been directed at those who chose to use this bill as a vehicle for pork projects and thus render it unpassable (is that a word?). It sucked. Is that better?

My question is this: Why do we need congress to pass some special hurricane Sandy bill when we have FEMA, for one. This is not our first rodeo. We have had plenty of natural disasters, plenty of whole towns wiped out, but we are not prepared to help our neighbors? What does FEMA actually do anyway? What is the point of having a huge government agency to help when disasters strike and then not be able to do anything without an act of congress? Does anyone else see the problem here?

A second point: We can clearly see that the government is incapable of helping in a time of crisis, they just can't be there when the need is greatest. WHY DO WE WANT TO LET THEM DISARM US SO THAT WE CAN'T EVEN PROTECT OURSELVES IN A CRISIS?
And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.
--Pink Floyd, Brain Damage
The American people have gone completely mad letting our "leaders" go on as they do. Why do we have to be exceptional? Why can't we be just like all the other countries? History has already played that record and we know how it ends - at least those of us who are paying attention do.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The "Assault Weapon," Then and Now

"In 1789, the flintlock musket was the "assault weapon" of its day. It was every bit as dangerous and menacing then as the AR-15 is now. Anyone who doubts this need only reflect upon the fact that civilians took their weapons into battle against the greatest military power in the world, and prevailed." --Two--Four

I only want to add that the civilian AR-15 is not the military grade assault rifle the media leads you to believe, it is a step down being only a semi-automatic and not fully automatic as military weapons are. So the above point is actually stronger as modern civilian weaponry is not as equal to modern military weaponry as it was in 1789.

How to Reduce Violent Crime?

I think you know in your heart how, but it's not what they want to do.