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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The Unreasonableness of Atheism

Mar 24, 2015 by

Once the sun quarreled with the moon. The sun said, “The leaves on trees are green,” whereas the moon said that they are the color of silver. The moon asserted that men on earth generally sleep, whereas the sun said that usually all men are moving.

The moon asked, “Then why is there such a silence on earth?” Who told you this?” the sun answered. “On earth there is much noise.” The strife lasted for a long time.

And the the wind came; he listened to the debate and smiled. “Your quarrel is in vain. I blow when there is sun and when the moon shines. During the day, when the sun shines on the earth, everything happens just as the sun said. There is noise on earth and men work and the leaves are green. By night, when the moon rises, everything is changed. Men sleep, silence reigns, and the color of the leaves changes to silver. Sometimes, when a cloud cover the moon, they even look black. Neither you, sun, nor you, moon, know the whole truth.”

Atheists look at the material side of things and believe they encompass all reality. Buddhists believe that mind is the only reality and that the material world belongs to Maya, the sphere of illusion. But the Bible uses, in Hebrew as well as in Greek, the same word for “spirit” as for “wind.” It blows at all times, from many quarters. Those who have the Spirit of God see the whole of reality. They cannot limit themselves to either the materialist philosophy or the idealist one.

Most philosophers have individual points of view from which they look at reality. But every point of view is a point of blindness: it incapacitates us from every other point of view. By avoiding particular points of view we are able to have an intuition of the whole.

Feuerbach said, “It is clear as the sun and evident as the day that there is no God; and still more, that there can be no God.” It is not religion which asserts absolute clearness, but atheism. If the non-existence of God is as “clear as the sun,” how is it that all mankind (without exception) acknowledges the existence of the sun, but not all mankind subscribes to the assertion of Feuerbach that there is no God?

Not even Darwin, the great favorite of atheists, could adhere to it. He wrote, “The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe with our conscious selves arose through chance, seem to me the chief argument for the existence of God.”

For atheists, atheism is self-evident. Then why the need to propagate the obvious? Christians do not consider Christianity as self-evident as the fact that two and two are four. If it were so, there would be no atheists. We find some of the attitudes of atheists sensible. There is a place in our understanding for them. Atheism has only atheism and denies to religion every right to exist. Therefore, it is not sensible.

 

-Excerpted from “The Answer to the Atheists Handbook” by Richard Wurmbrand

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Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+

Feb 25, 2015 by

When the original Raspberry Pi came out I thought it was interesting but very under powered. I already had an Arduino as well as a Hardkernel Odroid-U2 to play with so I passed up the Raspberry Pi. As most people now know, the Raspberry Pi was a fantastic success with millions sold. So when I heard there was a new Raspberry Pi available with twice the memory, and a quad-core processor all for the price of the original Raspberry Pi, I couldn’t resist any longer and ordered one.

Due to a huge demand for the new Pi I will not actually receive my new one until tomorrow. Actually I will probably not receive it tomorrow as a major snow storm is on the way. I hate it when that happens. Anyway, I ordered a case, sd card, and power supply for the new Pi and I have already received those. So I am now anxiously awaiting the mailman. When I finally get my hands on it and get it up and operational I will do a review with my thoughts on it. But I am expecting to be more than happy with it. Stay tuned.

Update: A comment on my page pointed out an alternative to the Pi. It is the Hardkernel Odroid-C1. I recommend giving it a look as well.

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

 

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New Smartphone on the way back

Feb 10, 2015 by

I received my new Meizu MX4 excitedly a few days ago. It is a beautiful phone. I took it to Cricket Wireless and got it activated on their monthly prepaid plan. Everything was working great until I found out that mobile data was not working. I checked and no APN was setup. No problem, I went to the Cricket Wireless website and found the information I needed to create an APN. Now the mobile data is working.

I really love the phone. It is very thin and stylish, the camera is fantastic, and the battery life is even more fantastic. I am not exactly thrilled with the FlyMe 4 software but I can live with that and I heard a lollipop upgrade was coming soon. I took the phone to an ODU basketball game and took some photos and short videos. They both looked amazing.

Then the unthinkable happened. Last night the phone started doing stuff all by itself. Opening apps, typing, vibrating and turning off and on. Then it became unresponsive to touches. This morning I confirmed that it is truly broke. Sent an email to Geekbuying.com asking for an RMA to return the phone for another one. No response from them yet. I really do like this phone and would just like to get one that actually works for more than a couple of days.

So I am back to my old Nexus 4 and I can say that after having the Meziu MX4 for only two days it spoiled me. My Nexus 4 now feels like a dinosaur. I just hope I won’t have to jump through too many loops to get a replacement. It did come all the way from Hong Kong. Patience will be a virtue for the next week or so. Oh well.

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New Smartphone on the Way

Feb 1, 2015 by

Meizu MX4

Meizu MX4

As a birthday present to myself, I have been wanting to get a new tech. toy. At first I wanted a mini-pc running Android or Windows 8.1. The one I wanted was the HP Stream Mini, which was just announced at the 2015 CES. Fortunately (as it turned out) the Mini sold out almost immediately and has been unavailable since. As I was looking for alternatives I came across a smartphone that really appealed to me.

I currently have a Nexus 4 smartphone and have been very pleased with it. I use it all the time but it is not ideal for a number of things due to its limited screen size. For tasks where my smartphone isn’t an ideal solution I use my Amazon 8.9 HD tablet. The Amazon is OK but it has only 1 gig of memory and is a bit slow sometimes. I also dropped it and it now has a crack across the entire screen.

When I saw the Meizu MX4 I realized I had found the ideal solution to my problem. With a bigger screen than my current smartphone, more RAM and storage space, an octa-core processor, 20.7 mega-pixel camera, and a 3100 mAh battery it would be a perfect replacement for both my old Nexus and my Amazon tablet.

This phone has amazing specifications and it is also unlocked. With a retail price of only $329 from Geekbuying.com it is a great deal. I am hoping it will arrive by DHL next week. I plan on giving my Nexus to Teresa as she has always wanted a smartphone. I am also going to switch from my current carrier Straight Talk to Cricket. Cricket has announced a new service plan which matches my current plan and is $13 cheaper. I hope the phone is everything I expect it to be.

Besides my Nexus having a smaller screen, it also has a much smaller battery and only an 8 mega-pixel camera. The battery life and picture quality, along with the screen size, are the main reasons I am anxiously awaiting the new Meizu. The only thing I am unsure of is the operating system for the Meizu is a Chinese version of Android 4.4.4 called Flyme 4. I don’t think it will be that much different from the stock version of Android that is on my current Nexus.

Once I receive my new smartphone and have a chance to use it I will post a review. Until then I am waiting for delivery!

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