Election Cycle

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It’s 2015 and we are approaching the next big election cycle. Maybe I will get back into the grove of posting my thoughts as time gets closer and the candidates come to Iowa to be vetted. Every election is always given the title of the “most important election.” And the same will be for the 2016 Presidential Election.

Why is every election the “most important election” of your life time? Simply because in every election you, as the voter, reaffirms your belief in our Republic. You shape the future of our Republic.

Use your vote carefully so that future generations will still have our Republic the way it was intended to be. Even our Founding Fathers knew that the Republic they created would not be destroyed by outside forces. As no outside force would be able to take it down. It could be destroyed from the inside.

It’s Election Day

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Today is Election Day in the US. So please if you are a citizen and eligable to vote, please do so. This election, like all elections are important. The idea that your vote doesn’t matter is a falacy, it only doesn’t matter because, by not voting, you let a handful of people decide the outcome of the election.

Maybe we should enact a statute that requires voting. If you don’t vote, you get fined. That should stir up the importance of elections and get people out to vote.

I don’t care if your are part of the conservative tea party movement, a liberal democrat, a RINO republican, or telling the truth at being a marxist. Go vote today.

In this election there is no legitimate reason not to get out and vote. Even my 80 year old father, who can’t drive has voted in this election. So get out there and do your civic duty.

I am voting today, right after I get off work.

UnFair – A movie review

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It’s been a few days since the movie “UnFair: Exposing the IRS” hit theaters in a one-day special nationwide release. I haven’t seen any numbers on the attendence of the move. I do know that my local theater had a couple hundred in attendence though.

Overall the movie was well done. And I hope it gets an Oscar nomination for best Documentary of 2014. No actors. No re-enactments. Just plain facts about how wide spread the corruption is within the Internal Revenue Service. And for how long its been happening. The sorted past of Lois Lerner and her depth of corruption.

We got to see real people who have fought against this leviathan of an organization of our government and how it reaches into ever sector and everyone’s life. It is an abomination that out rightly defies the Constitution of these United States. And that is nothing less than treason in my book.

The movie is well worth the watch. I preordered the book that is based on the movie and it goes into more depth than what was available to do in the course of the 1 1/2 hours of the moive. The book is out now and available on Amazon. Get it. The DVD is on preorder right now, I am getting 5 copies. And they will be shipping in January.

If this movie makes a 2nd round in the theaters. I urge everyone to see it. Even if you already did see it. Bring someone who hasn’t.

Tax policy is moral policy. Replace the Income Tax with the Fair Tax.

Riots in Missouri

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The race riots happening in Ferguson this past week and more since the shooting death of a black teen have been handled poorly by the state officials. This should have been handled by the county sheriff.

Most of those being arrested and causing the unrest and aggitation in Ferguson are from out of state. These people should simply be arrested once. Charged with inciting to riot and fined accordingly. And also be ordered out of the county. If these outside aggitators do not leave the area and are again arrested for rioting charges. Then they should be held without bond with a multitude of charges against them awaiting their trial in the county court.

Quit slapping their hands like wayward toddlers. These people are criminals and have come to the area to incite a riot, to make the situation worse than the locals believe it to be, and to bring attention to themselves. Remove them.

Hamas vs Israel

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We read and see alot about the conflict in the Gaza Strip between the Islamic group called Hamas and the State of Israel. What we see is the death of children and the destruction of property within the Strip. And it is saddening to the heart. However the bad guy in this story is not Israel or the Israel Defense Force (IDF). No, the bad guy is the Hamas.

Even the term “bad guy” is too weak of term for this organization. Hamas gladdly uses their own people and children as human shields. Putting them in direct harms way. While Hamas fires rockets into Israel to cause terror, death and destructions of the Jewish people. Israel pre warns people of the Gaza Strip that a bomber is on the way. Even giving them the exact time and place of the bombing. This is unheard of in the history of warfare.

Yet through it all, Hamas does not allow the innocents to move out of harms way. And in fact, deliberatly causes innocents to be in the exact place at the exact time of the bombing. To maximize the “villiany” of Israel for bombing innocents. No it is Hamas who is evil, not the Jewish people or Israel.

The Gaza Strip is very densely populated and the use of public places and private homes as militant terrorism is wide spread. Hamas continue to launch rockets into Israel by the 1000’s every day, knowing that homes and public places will be targetted by Israel troops and bombs. Each of these rockets costs well over $800 per rocket. If Hamas really wanted to help their own people. They would use the money to benefit those in the Gaza Strip instead of firing rockets into Israel.

But this will never happen. Hamas, like many of it’s Islamic neighbors have a deep hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. They seek only to destroy the nation of Israel and commit genocide of the Jewish people, wiping them out forever. Allah the demon Ba’al be praised.

Graduation and Empty Nest

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Well the teenager has graduated from high school and even has a good bit of college under his belt already. Got to really love the programs high school kids are offered these days, sure wish they had them 30 years ago.

Soon my wife and I will transition to being empty nesters. No more kids at home and the youngest will go off to college and live on campus the first year at least. I know he will be missed. The first month or so will be getting used to him not being there and then it will settle in to a new routine.

I haven’t been kidless in a long time, since Dawson moved in with Donna and myself to finish his high school career and then only having a slight break between the end of my first marriage to Donna and the beginning of my life with Kristen. There has been a kid in the house.

Looking forward to being just 2 of us again (not including the cats.)

End of Life

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Today marks the end of the Life for Windows XP. This venerable OS from Microsoft has been around for a long time. It’s end of life has even been postponed a couple of times in the past. But now the time has come for millions of users who previously resisted the attempts to update their systems must update.

Personally, of all the Windows OS family members. I do like Windows XP myself, it was a workhorse and I would be using it still if I didn’t make the switch to Linux myself a few years back.

Here and now though, millions of computer users will have to change everything, if they upgrade to Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Their old computers and even a number of their old printers and other devices will need to be physically upgraded as well with the switch to any current version of Windows.

Additionally there is the learning curve between Windows XP and the current Windows 8. A huge difference from the familier to the completely different and unfamilier landscape. And the cost will be high with new computers and equipment.

However, there is an alternative. You can keep your hardware. No upgrade required at all, use the same computer and other attached equipment. And go with Linux.

Taking this route, your software becomes free of charge for the majority of it. There is some commercial software for Linux that some may be interested in, but for the most part. It’s all free.

The learning curve isn’t as near as high or difficult to switch from Windows XP to Linux like it is for switching from Windows XP to Windows 8.

Now if you are a diehard Windows Gamer … well then you probably don’t have to worry about this anyway. Because most diehard Windows Gamers have already made the switch to Windows 7 or Windows 8. In order to “keep up” with the latest graphics and other aspects of their games.

So try out Linux today. Free yourself and your computer.

An Irrelevant CEO

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What kind of an idiot CEO knows days in advance that payroll isn’t going to be made. But doesn’t tell the employee’s until pay day. After the automatic deposits should have already been made. Just one more thing in a long line of bad decisions and other poor choices made over the course of the last 4 years.

Perhaps the article in the City View the other week is correct. Just for different reasons. Irrelevant is the future of the CEO and his organization.

One year on

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It’s been a year now since God decided He needed a red-headed step child more than me. I can remember it just as clearly as I can remember yesterday. Chatting with Dawson at work about his future at Mediacom. What department to move into next. He had just moved from Customer Service up to Tier1 and was looking forward to his next advancement from there. Looking out for his wife Meaghan to make their lives better. I reflect on how he was raised right by all his parents. A little of each of us in him, the best of the best.

I’m sure by this time he would have moved on to join the fledgling HFC NOC department and would be working with me there. It would be really cool.

I watch his Facebook page and see a continuing stream and outpouring of love towards him from his friends and family. His sudden passing is still felt by us all.

During the summer at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire a red maple was planted as a lasting memorial to Dawson with a dedication service as well. It was a beautiful gathering of his “fairemly”.

His sudden passing on February 3rd of 2013 has impacted me deeply. I really havent blogged much since his death, it came as such a shock to me that I am at a loss of words.

We can all learn from Dawson. He was always happy. He was alway forgiving. He always smiled. So here we all stand a year since he left us for other things. What have you learned from Dawson? Who have you forgiven? Are you happy and smiling just because you can?

I have. I have had trouble forgiving one person for many years, in fact for most of my years. So I have finally forgiven him and reached out to him in love. Much the same way Dawson did. It is with my birth father. I learned that from the example of my son.

Happy Birthday Susie

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I would love to be able to say those words to you. But for now, I must wait in this life until I can say them to you again. I’ve tried to write this a couple of times now, getting my thoughts and emotions in order. But I really can’t on this one. I love you Susie. I wish you were physically here, what a different life we would all have right now if that was the case. Thank you again for being my friend and much more even though it was cut short with your passing. I still love you and always will. You are never far from my thoughts and always in my heart. And when I need to hear your voice, I just play that voicemail message you left for me. It makes me smile to hear it. Happy 47th Birthday and I blow a kiss towards Heaven for you.