Where does one even begin with this. It is horrific. People dying while trying to enjoy an event that was meant for pleasure. It’s a very sad event in Boston’s history. But, it is no reason to disregard the rule of law. It is no reason to push the Bill of Rights to the side. It is no reason to do what we as a nation have become so good at doing-acting out of emotion and fear.
Unfortunately the disregard to the Constitution extends even into my own extended family. One member is calling for the quick and speedy public execution of the man they recently caught, suspected of being involved in the bombing. To which I have responded:
Let us not forget our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, and their intent. America, especially in the last decade or so, has been very quick to act out of emotion. With that, we’ve scrapped a good bit of the Bill of Rights in the process. Pretty soon, we all will not be guaranteed those rights that our founders fought and risked it all for. You may never need the opportunity to exercise those rights, but if you ever do, and they are gone, God help you.
My Dad has watched, or half-watched, wrestling my entire life. If there’s nothing coming on that we like to watch, the TV almost instantaneously gets turned to wrestling, which surprisingly comes on nearly every day of the week now. It’s entertainment, that’s all really. But the establishment has wasted no time putting their claws into it to take advantage of the millions of people that watch it world-wide to demonize and make fun of a movement that is more serious and real than WWE will ever be. The liberty movement isn’t just a fad, it’s a movement that is determined and isn’t going away. So shame on you WWE! Stick to what you know, and that’s how to make billions off of a fake sport. Stay out of politics, and leave that to those that know the Constitution and want to fight to restore our liberties that have been eroded over the years.
We have people at work that get disgruntled because it’s been a few years since we’ve had a cost of living pay increase, or a Christmas bonus for that matter. Yet when an opportunity comes to try to conserve some money, they kick those opportunities to the sidelines and still want to complain about the lack of pay increase. I’m sorry, but when you pass on an opportunity to get nearly the same performance upgrade for $60 bucks, but would rather have a nice shiny new PC for $600, you just spent your pay increase. Mine too for that matter. When you whine about the color of an old yet perfectly usable file cabinet, and order yourself a new one, there went some more opportunity for a pay increase as well. Mine too for that matter. It’s either/or! That kind of waste irks me. Why not try to conserve? Why not spend someone else’s money as consciously (inside joke, but in some cases for some people not even this!!!) as you would your own?
Today in 1933 Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire as justification for suspending civil liberties.
My friend Jim sends me historical events periodically through txt. I like to read them, and it’s always a bit scary at some of the things that we’ve done in the past, and continue to do today.
In this instance and throughout history, those in power always use some tragedy as a reason to suspend civil liberties—whether temporary or permanently. No good can ever come from this. We’ve seen this time and time again throughout history, and even today here in the US. Like 9/11 for instance, that ushered in the Patriot Act.
Liberty is always at battle for survival, and unfortunately far too many don’t realize that there should never be any compromise with it’s existence. It should always win, unless you are okay with others telling you how to live your life and what you can and cannot do. This goes for terror attacks, school shootings, you name it. Sure they are horrific, but if you lose your liberty on account of them, you lose. If you think you become safer, you don’t. No tragedy, whether foreign or domestic, minor or major, in the past or that may one day happen in the future, should ever be tolerated as an excuse to limit the liberties that we’ve been guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
Admittedly, I’m not the best at checking my credit card statement for unauthorized charges. But I’m going to get in the habit of doing so now. I noticed a charge by WEBROOT ANTI VIRUS – BROOMFIELD. Supposedly it’s an automatic renewal of a subscription, but I don’t recall ever paying for the software in the first place. I tend to have a pretty good memory of things like that, but Webroot doesn’t come to mind, and a visit to the website doesn’t ring any bells either. I’ve searched my email archives, and no purchase history.
Requesting a refund was almost too easy via their website, but I’ve yet to see it actually be processed. So we’ll see. Last resort will be a credit card dispute, because I’m not paying $59.99 for some software that I never even purchased and will never even use or trust to install.
I’ve had a Droid Razr Max for over 4 months now. Obviously it’s worlds different that your average cell that has just a minimal camera, texting, and of course phone capabilities.
What I Love
First off is the much nicer 10 megapixel camera. That again is worlds different from my previous 2 megapixel camera. I like the ability to capture those on the go pictures with minimal loss of quality, without the hassel of the dSLR.
Text messaging is so much nicer since conversations are threaded rather than each message being an individual entry.
The convenience and availability of having internet access is very nice, and with that there is no need to carry along a GPS on road trips any longer.
Apps. I’ll post about my favorite apps at a later date.
What I Hate
The size of the phone is a little annoying because I’ve always carried my phone in my jeans pocket, and I’ve already noticed wearing on my pocket rims from having to get it out of my pocket throughout the day.
My family and I have enjoyed your service for quite a number of years now. A loyal customer I would say we are. But, you have a horrible business model when you blare on TV that you are offering a special of phone, internet, and cable for just $90/mo, for new customers. Keyword new. What ever happened to rewarding your loyal customers? Aren’t we the ones that keep you in business? Apparently you don’t appreciate the business at all, because when I called about the promotion, your sales associate made it clear that the special only applies to new customers and you can’t do any better for your existing customers. Perhaps it’s time to switch companies? Almost like you should shop around on your auto insurance, perhaps it’s time that everyone starts shopping around on a regular basis for their phone/cable/internet service and become a “new” customer somewhere else and get a sweet promo rate there.
The harmonic balancer on my car has been quite the headache. I’ve done some reading online, and they say that you have to put weights in the drill-holes just like the old one so that it is balanced. Easy, right? Sure, until no one can tell you where you get the weights, or how you get it exactly like the old one when the new one doesn’t even have the same drill-holes.
So on my way to a Chevy dealer near Rome, while out on my lunch, to see if someone there could maybe help us out, I decided I would give it a long-shot and call up West Coast Corvette to see if maybe someone there could help me out with a little Q & A. I was blown away. The guys that I talked to were more than willing to tell me about it, and to explain that the harmonic balancer on these cars are actually just a dampener and serve as just a crank pully. They don’t balance the engine, because it’s balanced by the flywheel.
Yesterday I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize, and an area code that I had to look up to see where it was from. The guy talked to me like we were best friends and that we have known each other for years. I didn’t know the guy…at all. He knew business information, addresses, and even believable information about products that we may or may not have been in need of. The company, Midway Industries, selling lighting supplies. The guy on the phone was very insistent on sending me a small order of bulbs that I never asked for. When I asked about the price, “oh you get corporate set pricing.” The price? He never would tell me. In an effort to build trust, he says that he’s sending me a couple of knives and some Wal-Mart gift cards. We aren’t in need of any bulbs at the moment I told him.
I watched about half of the debate last night. Needless to say, I’m not sure that I would even call it a debate. I would propose that we rename it to Presidential Agreement, because after all, they did agree on an awful lot. We’ve been given a choice to pick between a guy that stands for more wars, a wrecked economy, currency debasement and endless deficits, and a guy that stands for more wars, a wrecked economy, currency debasement and endless deficits.
Presidential Debates are one of the biggest scams we’re given every 4 years. We’re given a “debate” between 2 parties because the media makes us believe they are the only two that can win. Why not include the other contenders? Because, giving the people an opportunity to topple the two-party system would give serious consequences to the powers that be. They have too much to lose.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. —