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.

 

Enough Rope

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It looks like the Liberals have finally given themselves enough rope to hang themselves with it. Of course they would always be opposed to the idea of the GOP changing the Senate rules to a simple majority. But when the Liberals do it, then it’s OK because that is just making it “fair”.

I greatest prayer right now is that the Liberals continue to change the rules of the Senate from a two-thirds majority rule to a simple majority rule. Then their only obstacle in passing any legislation will be the Republican controlled House. And with enough bullying tactics, that too can be overcome.

Once all of these rules are changed in the Senate, the Liberals will be happilly pushing the rest of the evils of their agenda through the legislature and on to President Obama’s desk to become law. Thinking all along that come the mid-term elections of 2014, that they will gain control of the House and nothing can stop them.

But that is just dead wrong. So much about their forced agenda is not liked by the American public who are finally beginning to speak out. Conservatives will run in the mid-term elections, and history will repeat itself. The conservative movement will sweep both chambers of Congress. Retain control of the House and gain control of the Senate.

And then they will have the simple majority rules in place, thanks to the Liberals. And the defunding and total repeal of ObamaCare and the rest of the laws that are destroying our Christian nation and culture can be swept away up until the 2016 elections for a conservative President.

But none of this can happen if the moderates and Republican establishment candidates gain the nominations. If that happens, then there will be no change and our country will continue its decline like that of ancient Rome.

Night Watchman

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Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.”

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”

So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?”

So they created a Quality Control Department and hired two people. One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.

Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?”

So they created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer, then hired two people.

Then

Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?”

So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back.”

So they laid-off the night watchman.

NOW slowly……..let it sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter. Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?

Anybody?
Anything?
No?

Didn’t think so!

Bottom line is, we’ve spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency, the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!

Ready??

It was very simple… and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate.

The Department of Energy was

instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

Hey, pretty efficient, huh???

AND NOW IT’S 2012 — 35 YEARS LATER — AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS “NECESSARY” DEPARTMENT IS AT$24.2 BILLION A YEAR. IT HAS 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES; AND LOOK AT THE JOB IT HAS DONE!

(THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY, “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?”)

34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes —
good old Federal bureaucracy.

NOW, WE HAVE TURNED OVER THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT?

Hello!! Anybody Home?

Signed….

The Night Watchman

Happy Birthday Mommers

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Today would be my mom’s 69th birthday. She lost her battle against lung cancer in 2007. I could say a lot about my mom that could take up many pages of text. She was a woman of faith. And it was that faith that enabled her to raise 3 kids on her own. It was that faith that sustained her during her battle with cancer.

My mom was generally always happy. She had a great sense of humor too. Sometimes it was a bit warped, much like my own. Always available to talk to when you needed someone. I wish I could have had her council when I was going through my times of troubles in 2008 and 2009 especially. And even now I would like to still have her here with me.

I miss my mom. I know now she is without pain and in the precence of God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. She is in glory and paradise but I still would very much like to see her and hear her voice. Although that one I can do from time to time. I have a recording of her that I play every so often and smile when I hear it.

So I just want the world to know. Today is my mom’s 69th birthday. For all those people who knew my mom. Please take a moment of your time today and think of her. For those that didn’t know my mom. Please also take a moment of your time today and think of her children, her friends and family. Wish us all well as we struggle through this day in memory.

I love you Mommers. Happy Birthday.

The Cost of the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act is coming into play for 2014 when the law goes into full effect. Unless you are an Obama crony and have been exempted. I am not and must abide by the laws as they are written. Fortunately for 2014, I can still get health insurance though my employer.

Every year, with inflation, I accept a slight increase in the cost of this health insurance. There is dental insurance, vision insurance and medical insurance. And this year, since it is the “open enrollment” period I find myself looking at this coming costs for 2014.

Across the board of all 3 insurance sets. Deductibles have increased as have out of pocket costs for co-pays and any other expenses the consumer has to pay that the insurance will not cover.

But here are the numbers for those that want to know just how the increases break down, many thanks to the “Affordable Care Act”.

My vision insurance has an 8% increase in cost per month of coverage. My dental insurance has a 23% increase in cost per month of coverage. And my medical insurance has a 109% increase in cost per month of coverage. Plus the increase in the deductible and the increase in co-pays.

So overall, my insurance costs have gone up by 97%.

Tell me, how is this supposed to be “affordable” again? I’m confused.