Downtown Suffolk

Feb 13, 2016 by

It was a bitterly cold day today. Despite the temperatures I took a ride out to Suffolk to do a quick photo walk. Suffolk is one of those towns whose heydays are behind it. There is a lot of decay, closed businesses, etc. The main business of Suffolk has always been peanuts and there are still two peanut operations. The main one is Planters, but Birdsong is another one that is almost as big. The downtown has been revitalized, with new stores, boutiques, and restaurants. The Convention Center on the river has been revitalized as well.

Here are a few photos I took today while out risking getting frostbitten. All of the photos that I took are on my Flickr page as well as my page. I hope you enjoy them.

God Bless.


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A New Direction

Feb 12, 2016 by

A great many things have changed in my life in the last few years, and especially in the last six months or so. In what I can only assume is the result of the Holy Spirit working within me, my focus in life has moved from earthly things to spiritual things. Most of the posts in this blog have been either of a political nature or a personal nature. My old interests and activities included playing computer games, electronics hobbyist, model rocketry, reading science fiction, guns, photography and a host of other worldly things.

Now I find that my interests and time are invested more in Bible study, Theology, church service, and volunteer work. I still have an avid interest in guns and photography, along with tech., but the other worldly interests have dried up.

In short, from now on most of the posts in The Mind of Tefft will be focused on my new interests. As the narrator for the Outer Limits says: “Please stand by.”

God Bless



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Progressives are ruining our country

Aug 17, 2015 by

I hate talking Politics as it makes me frustrated. Let me just say that I will be more than glad when President Obama is no longer our “lead from behind” leader. I am literally praying that the next Presidential election will bring us a President who can at least make a dent in undoing the tremendous damage Obama has done to our country and not do any additional damage. I love the breadth and diversity of the Republican Party’s candidates. Any one of them would make a good President, while a few of them would make a great President.

On the other side of the table we have the Democratic Party with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or possibly Joe Biden or God help us Al Gore. Three old white males and an old white lady. What happened to the diversity of the Democratic Party? Hillary is a pathological liar who thinks she is above the law and can do anything she wants. Bernie Sanders is an outright Socialist. Joe Biden is a pervert and just plain a creepy person. And as for Al Gore, he belongs in a mental institute.

Do I sound partisan? You bet. I have always been a right leaning conservative. But I have been almost as disappointed in the Republican Party as I am disgusted by the Democratic Party. The voters gave the Republicans decisive victories in two elections, giving them a majority in both the Senate and the House. Have things changed any for the better since then? Nope.

With Republicans like John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner having a stranglehold on Congress, there might as well not be a Republican Party. I almost wish Donald Trump would run as an independent but I am afraid it would punish the country much more than it would teach the Republican party a lesson if a Democrat won the Presidency again.

Am I hopeful for the future of our country? I have to be or I would become permanently despondent. I think Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee would make a good President. But my real hope for the future lies in my faith and the promise from God that evil will be defeated in the end. The Bible promises us that in the end, good will win out over evil, and evil will be defeated — finally and completely. It tells us that “in keeping with (God’s) promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).

So I pray for our country and our leaders every day and I hope you will too.

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Pet Peeve/Rant

Jul 4, 2015 by

American-flag-Independence-dayToday is Independence Day in the United States. It is the day we celebrate our independence from the tyrannical British government on July 4th 1776. It is the day that marks the beginning of the greatest nation that every was and still is.

So why do we in fact celebrate the 4th of July instead of Independence Day? Do a Google search for Independence Day and the majority of returns are for the Independence Day of India, not the United States. We are not celebrating a particular day on the Gregorian calendar, we are celebrating one of the most monumental events in world history.

So when did the celebration of Independence Day turn into a celebration of a particular date on a calendar? This may seem trivial to some of you, but to me it is anything but trivial. We don’t celebrate December 25th, we celebrate Christmas. Look at this list of holidays and events celebrated in the U.S. and tell me which ones go by the name of the date on which they are celebrated.

Holidays in the U.S. in 2015

I am afraid too many people are associating Independence Day with fireworks, cookouts, and parties, and marginalize the fact that it is the day our Independence was established. I know there are a lot of staged events commemorating our independence, but I am curious as to why this is the only holiday (other than Cinco de Mayo ) that is labeled as it is. Anyone out there have an idea as to why it has become labeled this way? I’m interested in hearing from you.

Happy Independence Day everyone. In between fireworks and cookouts, take some time to read the Declaration of Independence. I hear the Constitution makes good summer reading too.


God Bess America.

Google’s salute to Independence Day


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HP Stream 13 Laptop

Apr 20, 2015 by

I was in Best Buy a few weeks ago, just looking around, when this laptop immediately caught me eye. It must have been the color that drew me, as it was bright blue. On further examination I saw it was the new HP Stream 13 laptop. I had a laptop that I bought on auction through Cowboom and it was an pretty good laptop, but there was something about this one that really intrigued me.

Besides the blue color and nice design, the fact that it was running Windows 8.1, had a touchscreen, and was only $279 really got my attention. You can see the full specs. here. Basically it has a 2.16 GHz Celeron processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of eMMC storage, 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo, and  a 3-cell, 36 Wh Li-ion battery. Wireless connectivity is 802.11b/g/n (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo. There is also a microSD media card reader.

So basically it has every I need in a laptop at a great price. I am not usually an impulse buyer but to me this was an irresistible combination of features and price. It also appears to be very well constructed with a very nice keyboard and touchpad. I almost forgot that it has Dolby DTS sound which sounds quite good. Additional software includes 1TB of OneDrive Cloud storage and a one year subscription to Office 365.

After using it for a few weeks I can say that it really was as good a deal as I originally thought it would be. I have had no issues with it and can do everything I did with my old laptop. Having eMMC storage it boots very quickly. The only detraction from the whole deal is that the screen brightness is not as bright as some other laptops I have seen but given the price point and other features, in my book it is a real winner. HP, you did a great job with this laptop.

HP Stream 13

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