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Lorin Olsen has been shared in 40 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Lo Sauer563One of the finest Android users in this circle with great personalities  in it. I added my favorites, and  the circle includes many shared by +Tony Simons . Count me in :) #Android #mobile #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social2013-11-07 18:39:32499218
J.T. Smith40These are all people I was recommended to follow! They are currently in my Temporary circle, and I'll follow them permanently based on their engagement with me in the next day or so! #circleshare    #sharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster   #circle   #addmetoyourcircles   #addmetocircles   #addmenow   #addmepleasethanks  2013-10-19 19:57:21492207
Jonha Revesencio0A list of some of the must-follow programmers and geeks on Google+ #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #geeksongoogle  2013-09-13 15:45:18250000
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018412
Tony Simons35,934Time to blow up a few inboxesIt's Friday, so I figured I'd kick off another one of my famous Android circle shares. Here are 500 of the most engaging Android smartphone and tablet users on +Google+.If you are a new user, this is your one-stop shop for all things Android. Please feel free to add these fine folks, as they will surely make your experience here 10x better than it already was.If you were notified, you're in -- you know what to do!Keep calm and mash those +1 button and reshare buttons!Happy Friday, kiddos! Don't do anything I wouldn't do (without posting pics).2013-06-21 18:10:2950010159153
Tony Simons35,543The Mother of All Android CirclesIn an attempt to clean up my circles, I've combined all of my nearest and dearest Android "Circlees" into one mega circle.Here the are; all 500 of them!Add these fine folks, and make sure to say hello! They will certainly brighten up your stream!If you were notified, that means you're in. Would you be so kind as to +1 and reshare this thread? Let's get the ball rolling on Circle #2!2013-05-25 19:59:1250010791200
CircleCount52,441The people who have voted on our first pollCheck out the people who have voted on our first poll on CircleCount (http://www.circlecount.com/poll/1).Why are these people interesting? Because they are active! ;)We had a very good discussion with +Richard Hoefer and +Bearman Cartoons here: https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/AMbHGT3Qu1m and one idea was to feature a special group of people and not only the most followed or most engaging ones.I think this circle is not really what +Richard Hoefer meant, but it goes hopefully in the right direction ;)We like such unusual shared circles, since these people didn't act because we have offered to share them in a circle afterwards. They just did/voted/reviewed! ;)A year ago we have already shared a circle like this with the people who have written a review for our Chrome Extension:https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/6WCpwBTQxKj2013-04-19 10:25:26165772972
Cliff Wade8,116This is my Android #2 circle. Again, most of these folks should be quite active. I recommend you circle everyone in this circle and the one I shared previously. Again, this is per a request by +Jesse Wojdylo And if you wish to be added to an Android circle, please comment and let me know.2012-11-19 22:06:24277312
Bike Commuter Cabal357Hey gang, the +Bike Commuter Cabal has more than doubled in size since the Trend the Bike Commuter Cabal event, time to get to know our new kits, I have requests from +Chris Davies and a couple of others to share the circle so here you go, these are your bike commuters and fanboys.For those that do not know who we are, the Bike Commuter Cabal is a loose international confederation of utility cyclists, people who ride their bikes to work, to the store, for getting around, or even just wish you could.Circle us up and join the society.2012-11-03 01:34:44347419
Tony Simons13,680Oh you thought I was done, huh?Think again!Here's round 3 of my MUST ADD Android pages and profiles!If you were notified, that means you're included. You don't have to reshare this post, but it would be great if you did.If you're not in this circle, don't fret. I'll be sharing the rest of them throughout the day/night today. If I have you circled already, odds are you're already in one of them. (I keep 'em to 100 people max to avoid having daily add limit issues)If I don't already have you circled, and you'd like to be included, all you have to do is reshare this post publicly. The more exposure the better, right?Thanks to all for making these awesome#CircleShares possible. Without you, I'd probably still be stuck on Twittter. Thank you for that.2012-10-07 23:03:039811820
Thomas Power32,090some great people to get to know worldwide in this Circle feel free to share2012-09-12 13:56:1650110220
Tony Simons12,692And then there's part 3 of my Android circles...Don't forget to add these fine folks!2012-08-30 06:40:241008114
Cliff Wade7,170This is my Android circle #2 for #FollowFriday . Everyone needs to follow these folks because they are awesome and of course because they are Android folks! :) 2012-08-24 15:02:58246424
Randy Culler3,593This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-10 13:25:23139404
Randy Culler3,511This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount2012-08-03 19:29:01138001
Randy Culler3,055This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlecount  2012-07-26 17:02:48134414
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-GhostsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as *75 Non-Idiots*2012-07-25 01:41:037532632
Chris Cota0Thanks +Tony Simons Fellow Android fanatics! #snowballcircleIt has been a while since I've shared one of my cherry-picked, curated circles, hasn't it? I've managed to fill my third Android circle now and I figured it's time to give these fine folks the royal treatment!These are 100 of the most active people on +Google+ who are a part of the Android Community. Feel free to add them all and re-share this circle, as they are a great bunch of people, who love to engage and talk about #Android .If you were notified, that means you made the cut. It's not mandatory, but I'd definitely appreciate a re-share of this circle.Without further adieu, let's #PlusBang these fine folks' notifications and let them know why G+ is the place to be!2012-07-19 17:22:33102201
Tony Simons11,717Fellow Android fanatics!It has been a while since I've shared one of my cherry-picked, curated circles, hasn't it? I've managed to fill my third Android circle now and I figured it's time to give these fine folks the royal treatment!These are 100 of the most active people on +Google+ who are a part of the Android Community. Feel free to add them all and re-share this circle, as they are a great bunch of people, who love to engage and talk about #Android .If you were notified, that means you made the cut. It's not mandatory, but I'd definitely appreciate a re-share of this circle.Without further adieu, let's #PlusBang these fine folks' notifications and let them know why G+ is the place to be!2012-07-19 17:15:36100221326
Randy Culler2,573This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-07-12 11:02:34127011
Richard Frost6,866Babylon 5 Fans CircleIts been awhile since I shared my Babylon 5 Fans Circle.. over 240 members strong now..  enjoy.. If you want to be in it just message me If you were added and want to be removed - I apologise and I will remove you from the circle.Enjoy   #babylon5   #babylon5fans  2012-07-04 18:15:522442319
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012
Randy Culler2,204This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles2012-06-21 11:00:06126512
Randy Culler2,170This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #kindlefire #circleshare #publiccircles #circlecount #publicsharedcircles  2012-06-16 12:54:28116412
J J Esquire1,890I haven't shared this circle in a while...It's full of #babylon5 fans and includes +Patricia Tallman (verified). If you aren't a part of this circle, and you would like to be, please let me know and I will add you. 2012-06-06 22:36:26176903
Randy Culler2,107This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included#kindlefire #circleshare2012-06-01 10:35:221091035
Randy Culler1,951This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #circlecount #kindlefire2012-05-12 12:26:03102503
Richard Law2,521This circle was originally shared by +Jack C Crawford as his Great Interacters circle. He was right; it's one of my favorite circles. #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles2012-04-29 14:19:54183313
Randy Culler1,833This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-26 10:43:0399001
Randy Culler1,612This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #circleshare #kindlefire #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles2012-04-13 10:59:2696800
Randy Culler1,320This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included #kindlefire #circleshare2012-03-30 10:58:5283502
Randy Culler1,152This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-03-15 17:01:00741001
Randy Culler902This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included.+Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Google+2012-02-04 14:02:4462301
Randy Culler843This is my shared circle of Kindle Fire users. Drop me a comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-27 12:07:2552011
Richard Frost5,923Its that time again where I share my curated Babylon 5 Fans circle..to the world to find more fans.. if you are a fan and you are not in this circle please add a comment to the post to request to be added.#b5fancircle2012-01-21 21:42:491562514
Randy Culler790This is my shared circle of #kindlefire users. Comment if you'd like to be included2012-01-15 14:05:1946000
Marius Voila183+Chris Porter Yes, you're right sorry about that...I'm correcting that right nowMarius Voilă shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 12:13:24500630
Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493797563
Robert Scoble141,470This is another of my circles. This one is of programmers/developers and highly technical folks. I usually call this my "geek" circle. Unfortunately this one usually has 900+ in it, but using this new "share circles" feature I can only share 250. How it picks the 250 no one knows, but anyway this will be a fun starting place. I guess sometime soon I'll split up my circles into batches of 250 and share the whole thing.Hope you enjoy these.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 09:59:4925011289124
Robert Scoble141,470Here's 250 tech executives and entrepreneurs. Sorry, I can't share my entire circle with you. My circle has 534 members in it, so you aren't seeing half a circle. Hope you enjoy these circles.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 04:34:582509769129

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2014-09-29 00:32:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

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2014-09-23 18:45:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Shiny, indeed!

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2014-09-22 02:14:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

The long journey towards media consolidation is nearly done.

I've been working on converting DVD and Blu Ray discs for my daughter.  It started with a new hard disk / media server.  It is ending with both tedious disk encoding and metadata collection.  At this moment, I have collected 250+ movie titles.  And I have also encoded fourteen (14) full TV series with over 600 episodes.  

This past weekend, I've been doing a bunch of anime titles for my daughter.  The latest set of discs is from Rurouni Kenshin.  I've heard a lot about the series. But I had never seen it - until this weekend.  Now that I've ripped, encoded and collected a lot of metadata, I've decided to watch a few episodes.  And as of now, I'm pretty happy that I have done this.  The series focuses on the transition from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji Restoration (i.e., 19thcentury J... more »

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2014-09-30 14:37:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

"The light is dead.  Long live the light.*

After four years with the Cygolite MityCross, the current light is now dead.  So it may be time to switch to current generation LED lighting.  I've used an external battery system for seven or eight years.  But USB charging may meet my current needs.   More importantly, I really need a light with some water resistance.  So IP67 matters - at least for my application.

My current thoughts are to pick up a Light & Motion Urban 800FC.  But I'm not sure.  I will be using it both in the city and in the country.  So I need a good all-around light.  Do any of you have experience with the L&M Urban series?  If so, do you recommend it?  If not, what is your suggestion for a good all-around bicycle headlight? 

"The light is dead.  Long live the light.*

After four years with the Cygolite MityCross, the current light is now dead.  So it may be time to switch to current generation LED lighting.  I've used an external battery system for seven or eight years.  But USB charging may meet my current needs.   More importantly, I really need a light with some water resistance.  So IP67 matters - at least for my application.

My current thoughts are to pick up a Light & Motion Urban 800FC.  But I'm not sure.  I will be using it both in the city and in the country.  So I need a good all-around light.  Do any of you have experience with the L&M Urban series?  If so, do you recommend it?  If not, what is your suggestion for a good all-around bicycle headlight? ___

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2014-09-30 12:45:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Bike/bus combo mode enabled

Today marked the first commute by Longview Lake. Highlights: quiet (and dark) country roads, a few four-lane roads, a bike lane in Grandview, and a lot of darkness. Missouri really needs to light their streets!

Bike/bus combo mode enabled

Today marked the first commute by Longview Lake. Highlights: quiet (and dark) country roads, a few four-lane roads, a bike lane in Grandview, and a lot of darkness. Missouri really needs to light their streets!___

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2014-09-29 14:17:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I guess my Missouri commute will be around Longview lake.

The route is set.  And my first maiden ride through the Missouri countryside will be tomorrow morning.  Let's hope that I will be visible enough on these roads.  

I guess my Missouri commute will be around Longview lake.

The route is set.  And my first maiden ride through the Missouri countryside will be tomorrow morning.  Let's hope that I will be visible enough on these roads.  ___

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2014-09-29 00:32:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I am a devoted follower of Jesus the Christ.  

In Islam, Jesus is known as the Nazarene.  He is a prophet - though not as beloved as Mohammed.  And He is certainly not God.  So I disagree with Islam in its most fundamental teachings.  

However, the people of Islam have been responsible for many things.  In Medieval Islam, mathematics were developed from the basic Greek roots.  According to The History of Mathematics,

A complete history of mathematics of medieval Islam cannot yet be written, since so many of these Arabic manuscripts lie unstudied... Still, the general outline... is known. In particular, Islamic mathematicians fully developed the decimal place-value number system to include decimal fractions, systematised the study of algebra and began to consider the relationship between algebra and geometry, studied and made advances on the major Greek geometricaltreati... more »

___I am a devoted follower of Jesus the Christ.  

In Islam, Jesus is known as the Nazarene.  He is a prophet - though not as beloved as Mohammed.  And He is certainly not God.  So I disagree with Islam in its most fundamental teachings.  

However, the people of Islam have been responsible for many things.  In Medieval Islam, mathematics were developed from the basic Greek roots.  According to The History of Mathematics,

A complete history of mathematics of medieval Islam cannot yet be written, since so many of these Arabic manuscripts lie unstudied... Still, the general outline... is known. In particular, Islamic mathematicians fully developed the decimal place-value number system to include decimal fractions, systematised the study of algebra and began to consider the relationship between algebra and geometry, studied and made advances on the major Greek geometrical treatises of Euclid, Archimedes, and Apollonius, and made significant improvements in plane and spherical geometry. 

While I do not agree with Islam, I fully disagree with those who equate radical terrorists with Islam.  It is just as unfair to equate mid-twentieth century Southern racists with true adherents of Jesus.  Similarly, the Crusaders of the Middle Ages were no more followers of Christ than are many of the terrorist Islamists real followers of Mohammed.  

Please don't misunderstand what I am saying.  I despise the radical Islamist (whether Wahabbist or Shia).  They use the symbols of their faith to substitute a real desire for truth with their own personal (or collective) aggrandizement.  But radical Mohammedans do not represent the historical tradition of Islam any more than Klansmen or Crusaders represent Christianity.

Do the followers of Mohammed need the same salvation that every other human needs?  Absolutely they do - just like I do.  And is that salvation only through faith in Jesus?  Absolutely it is.  But let's not turn our hatred of failed human desires into a hatred of those who are still lost in their sin.  Let us pray for anyone who does not follow the Christ, whether they attend a mosque, a synagogue, or even a Christian church.  

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2014-09-26 18:43:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Do you really want to trust Apple Pay?

1. We learn that the Apple iPhone 6 doesn't like being in customer pockets.  

2.  We hear Uri Geller believes that the "mind power" of customers is bending these iPhones.  [Note: This is the best gag so far.]  

3.  Apple has had tremendous trouble getting their updates delivered  - let alone functional.  

4.  The new phone is now having trouble connecting to some automobile Bluetooth systems.

Let's hope that Apple can get all of this straightened out.  But at this moment, the iPhone 6 launch has all the appearances of a disaster - despite selling millions of devices over the launch weekend.  

So here is my question for you: Given all of these challenges, do you really want to trust Apple's payment system?

Is iPhone 6 Going MobileMe On Us?

If the Uri Geller Memorial Bending Case feature wasn't enough to keep Apple busy, now comes the infernal BlueTooth problem for the iPhone 6.

If you were unfortunate enough to have tried to use MobileMe, you will recognize that sinking feeling again.

The wheels are coming off as we speak....

http://goo.gl/QlzEZM

#iphone6   #bluetooth   #mobileme  ___Do you really want to trust Apple Pay?

1. We learn that the Apple iPhone 6 doesn't like being in customer pockets.  

2.  We hear Uri Geller believes that the "mind power" of customers is bending these iPhones.  [Note: This is the best gag so far.]  

3.  Apple has had tremendous trouble getting their updates delivered  - let alone functional.  

4.  The new phone is now having trouble connecting to some automobile Bluetooth systems.

Let's hope that Apple can get all of this straightened out.  But at this moment, the iPhone 6 launch has all the appearances of a disaster - despite selling millions of devices over the launch weekend.  

So here is my question for you: Given all of these challenges, do you really want to trust Apple's payment system?

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2014-09-26 15:57:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 



The Lockheed Martin F-22 has finally seen its first combat mission.

In 1981, the Pentagon took its very first steps towards a new Advanced Tactical Fighter (to replace the then venerable F-15).  Thirty-three (33) years later, the plane has seen its first combat.  

That would be a great service record if the plane has been used for thirty-three years.  Instead, it has been on an off the boards for that time.  You might chalk that up to the fact that we have had the plane but have not been in a "shooting war" during that time.  But such an assertion would be patently false.  Instead, we have a necessary concept being dragged through Pentagon bureaucracy and electoral politics.  And don't blame this on Obama as the Bush and Clinton administrations also diddled with this program for far too long.   

While this is a great plane, it isalso one... more »



The Lockheed Martin F-22 has finally seen its first combat mission.

In 1981, the Pentagon took its very first steps towards a new Advanced Tactical Fighter (to replace the then venerable F-15).  Thirty-three (33) years later, the plane has seen its first combat.  

That would be a great service record if the plane has been used for thirty-three years.  Instead, it has been on an off the boards for that time.  You might chalk that up to the fact that we have had the plane but have not been in a "shooting war" during that time.  But such an assertion would be patently false.  Instead, we have a necessary concept being dragged through Pentagon bureaucracy and electoral politics.  And don't blame this on Obama as the Bush and Clinton administrations also diddled with this program for far too long.   

While this is a great plane, it is also one of the last of the cold-war era platforms.  We have moved on.  We don't need a "one size fits all" platform.  What we need are fast, cheap and disposable aircraft.  We need an AK-47 rather than an M-15 

https://news.yahoo.com/f-22-raptor-makes-debut-combat-flight-212159486.html___

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2014-09-25 16:42:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

It started when a few bloggers began using the #bendgate hashtag.  Now the entire industry is trying to get in on the gag.

No, I don't feel sorry for our favorite Cupertino company.  But the gags just aren't stopping.  And the competitors are joining in.  The best one I've seen thus far is the HTC Twitter post concerning their M8 product: Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets.  

It started when a few bloggers began using the #bendgate hashtag.  Now the entire industry is trying to get in on the gag.

No, I don't feel sorry for our favorite Cupertino company.  But the gags just aren't stopping.  And the competitors are joining in.  The best one I've seen thus far is the HTC Twitter post concerning their M8 product: Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets.  ___

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2014-09-24 15:41:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

*Oh my.  There is no #BendGate * 

Don't try to bend the iPhone.That's #impossible instead.Only try to realize the #truth.There is no #iPhone6 #BendGate http://buff.ly/1vbGsI0___*Oh my.  There is no #BendGate * 

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2014-09-24 15:40:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Apple has already update their genius staff concerning the sale of iJeans and the distribution of the new iPhone 6 FoneFlatteningFeature device.

Apple support just confirmed that to avoid #iPhone6 bending, you must use the pockets of certified Apple jeans ;) Or use iphone 6+ repair kit Credit https://twitter.com/johvdk/status/514741501033996288/photo/1

#iPhone6bend  #BendGate #Funny #Humor #Apple   #defectiveproducts  ___Apple has already update their genius staff concerning the sale of iJeans and the distribution of the new iPhone 6 FoneFlatteningFeature device.

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2014-09-24 15:16:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Shall we call it Apple Origami or the iBend?

Shall we call it Apple Origami or the iBend?___

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2014-09-24 15:07:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Today, we celebrate the creation of all things.  And we celebrate the coronation of Hashem.  So let us blow the shofar in triumphant joy because G-d is our king.  

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, Sh’hecheyanu, V’Kiyemanu, V’Higianu LaZman HaZeh.

Shalom Alechiem b’Shem Yeshua HaMashiach.

h/t +Cheryl lynn 

Rosh Hashanah begins today at Sunset I believe.  What exactly is Rosh Hashanah?  It is much more than simply the first day of a new year.

"The festival of Rosh Hashanah—the name means “Head of the Year”—is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in G‑d’s world."  For more see the article this quote is from.___Today, we celebrate the creation of all things.  And we celebrate the coronation of Hashem.  So let us blow the shofar in triumphant joy because G-d is our king.  

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, Sh’hecheyanu, V’Kiyemanu, V’Higianu LaZman HaZeh.

Shalom Alechiem b’Shem Yeshua HaMashiach.

h/t +Cheryl lynn 

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2014-09-24 14:57:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Question conventional thinking.

I am so glad that there still are people who willingly challenge the status quo (as promoted by academia).  It is amazing how much "science" is built upon assumptions that are never challenged.  Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton is willing to challenge conventional thinking.  For that, she should be commended.  

If you want to see this professor in action, here is a fascinating Youtube clip: http://youtu.be/OAL1-vzMvmA

Comprehensive, precise solution to the equations of relativity, along with Hawking radiation, means that Black Holes cannot form

In 1974, Stephen Hawking used quantum mechanics to show that black holes emit radiation. Since then, scientists have detected fingerprints in the cosmos that are consistent with this radiation, identifying an ever-increasing list of the universe's black holes.

But now Mersini-Houghton describes an entirely new scenario. She and Hawking both agree that as a star collapses under its own gravity, it produces Hawking radiation. However, in her new work, Mersini-Houghton shows that by giving off this radiation, the star also sheds mass. So much so that as it shrinks it no longer has the density to become a black hole.

Before a black hole can form, the dying star swells one last time and then explodes. A singularity never forms and neither does an event horizon. The take home message of her work is clear: there is no such thing as a black hole.

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Experimental evidence may one day provide physical proof as to whether or not black holes exist in the universe. But for now, Mersini-Houghton says the mathematics are conclusive.

Many physicists and astronomers believe that our universe originated from a singularity that began expanding with the Big Bang. However, if singularities do not exist, then physicists have to rethink their ideas of the Big Bang and whether it ever happened.

"Physicists have been trying to merge these two theories – Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics – for decades, but this scenario brings these two theories together, into harmony," said Mersini-Houghton. "And that's a big deal."___Question conventional thinking.

I am so glad that there still are people who willingly challenge the status quo (as promoted by academia).  It is amazing how much "science" is built upon assumptions that are never challenged.  Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton is willing to challenge conventional thinking.  For that, she should be commended.  

If you want to see this professor in action, here is a fascinating Youtube clip: http://youtu.be/OAL1-vzMvmA

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2014-09-23 18:45:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Shiny, indeed!

Shiny, indeed!___

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2014-09-23 18:39:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

You really don't have to have a Microsoft Live account to use Windows 8.1!

You really don't have to have a Microsoft Live account to use Windows 8.1!___

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2014-09-23 17:57:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

The New York Times took two weeks to figure out
that George W Bush had a coalition in Iraq. Issues an apology
(that unless you have a paid subscription, you'd never see).

#NYT #YellowJournalism 

The New York Times took two weeks to figure out
that George W Bush had a coalition in Iraq. Issues an apology
(that unless you have a paid subscription, you'd never see).

#NYT #YellowJournalism ___

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2014-09-23 17:19:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Um, duh!

Um, duh!___

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2014-09-23 16:45:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

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2014-09-23 13:22:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. - Psalm 86:11

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. - Psalm 86:11___

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2014-09-22 21:39:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Moovit is an exceptional mass transit app.

This app can be used to plan your trips or to manage them while you're in transit. It uses your location, Google maps and up-to-the-minute transit data to keep you ahead of the game. If you use public transit, then this app is a "must have" in arrow in your traveling quiver.

Moovit is an exceptional mass transit app.

This app can be used to plan your trips or to manage them while you're in transit. It uses your location, Google maps and up-to-the-minute transit data to keep you ahead of the game. If you use public transit, then this app is a "must have" in arrow in your traveling quiver.___

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2014-09-22 15:56:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I guess I had too much faith (and confidence) in the American consumer.  10M units?  Seriously?  Congratulations to these icons of capitalism.  So why can't we sell domestic cars anymore?

Americans will buy something (anything).  Even when it is inferior.  Even when it costs more than competitive alternatives.  P.T. Barnum was right.  

I guess I had too much faith (and confidence) in the American consumer.  10M units?  Seriously?  Congratulations to these icons of capitalism.  So why can't we sell domestic cars anymore?

Americans will buy something (anything).  Even when it is inferior.  Even when it costs more than competitive alternatives.  P.T. Barnum was right.  ___

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2014-09-22 02:14:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

The long journey towards media consolidation is nearly done.

I've been working on converting DVD and Blu Ray discs for my daughter.  It started with a new hard disk / media server.  It is ending with both tedious disk encoding and metadata collection.  At this moment, I have collected 250+ movie titles.  And I have also encoded fourteen (14) full TV series with over 600 episodes.  

This past weekend, I've been doing a bunch of anime titles for my daughter.  The latest set of discs is from Rurouni Kenshin.  I've heard a lot about the series. But I had never seen it - until this weekend.  Now that I've ripped, encoded and collected a lot of metadata, I've decided to watch a few episodes.  And as of now, I'm pretty happy that I have done this.  The series focuses on the transition from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji Restoration (i.e., 19thcentury J... more »

The long journey towards media consolidation is nearly done.

I've been working on converting DVD and Blu Ray discs for my daughter.  It started with a new hard disk / media server.  It is ending with both tedious disk encoding and metadata collection.  At this moment, I have collected 250+ movie titles.  And I have also encoded fourteen (14) full TV series with over 600 episodes.  

This past weekend, I've been doing a bunch of anime titles for my daughter.  The latest set of discs is from Rurouni Kenshin.  I've heard a lot about the series. But I had never seen it - until this weekend.  Now that I've ripped, encoded and collected a lot of metadata, I've decided to watch a few episodes.  And as of now, I'm pretty happy that I have done this.  The series focuses on the transition from the Tokugawa shogunate to the Meiji Restoration (i.e., 19th century Japanese history).  But the real message is a weird melange of romantic samurai honor and post WWII Japanese pacifism.  

I'm not sure it's historically accurate.  But it is anime, culture and philosophy fused into a compelling stew of late twentieth century politics.  I must say that I like it - but I am nonetheless mystified by the disjointed historical reality and modern cultural references.  

After five episodes, I think I may keep watching - if only to see where the story arc leads.___

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2014-09-19 14:27:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

From a symbolic perspective, I am glad that the United Kingdom will continue.

This flag has been around for centuries.  The Union Flag (created when James I ascended to the thrones of Scotland and England) represented the united monarchy that would form the United Kingdom.  At the heart of this flag is something special: the cross.  The red cross at the center of the flag is known as St. George's Cross.  This cross has been at the heart of England since the Third Crusade.  And since Henry VIII, the cross has inexorably linked the state and the religious life of the English people.

I am an American.  So why do I care about what the United Kingdom does with its national borders?  

Truly, I do not.  

But I do care about how any people express their faith in Jesus Christ.  And from a strictly symbolic point of view, I would hate to see the cross abandoned.  Now Ihope and ... more »

Designers everywhere thank Scotland. Long live the Union Jack, a true design masterpiece http://wrd.cm/1sBv5oZ___From a symbolic perspective, I am glad that the United Kingdom will continue.

This flag has been around for centuries.  The Union Flag (created when James I ascended to the thrones of Scotland and England) represented the united monarchy that would form the United Kingdom.  At the heart of this flag is something special: the cross.  The red cross at the center of the flag is known as St. George's Cross.  This cross has been at the heart of England since the Third Crusade.  And since Henry VIII, the cross has inexorably linked the state and the religious life of the English people.

I am an American.  So why do I care about what the United Kingdom does with its national borders?  

Truly, I do not.  

But I do care about how any people express their faith in Jesus Christ.  And from a strictly symbolic point of view, I would hate to see the cross abandoned.  Now I hope and pray that the United Kingdom will see the real revival that so many of its citizens have been boldly praying to unleash.  May God send men like George Whitefield and John Wesley to spark the transformation that the people of the UK are yearning to experience.  

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2014-09-18 20:56:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Religious liberty is something to behold.  Marine brothers expressing their faith is even more spectacular to behold.

There truly is no God like Jehovah.  Oo-rah!

via +The Right Minded Christian 

Religious liberty is something to behold.  Marine brothers expressing their faith is even more spectacular to behold.

There truly is no God like Jehovah.  Oo-rah!

via +The Right Minded Christian ___

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2014-09-18 20:10:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Spectacular!

 
Victory for us "old guys" in our 40's. Jens Voight just broke the World Record for the One Hour cycling... 51.115 K/M which is about 31.7613885 miles per hour.. Now that's how you retire! Congrats! ‪#‎Shutuplegs‬! ‪#‎Shutuphour‬___Spectacular!

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2014-09-18 15:37:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

It's always humorous when Apple's cheerleaders admit that Apple "deceives" its customers in order to retain its customers.  After all, who needed the larger screen form factors - until Apple anointed them.  And how about things like NFC. According to our Cupertino masters, electronic payments were unnecessary - until Apple called them necessary.  And does anyone else remember that there were MP3 players before the iPod?  And there were cell phones before the iPhone.  

What Apple has always done well is marketing the mundane as phenomenal.  Apple has always taken what has been innovative in other products and then transformed them into chic status symbols.  

It's always humorous when Apple's cheerleaders admit that Apple "deceives" its customers in order to retain its customers.  After all, who needed the larger screen form factors - until Apple anointed them.  And how about things like NFC. According to our Cupertino masters, electronic payments were unnecessary - until Apple called them necessary.  And does anyone else remember that there were MP3 players before the iPod?  And there were cell phones before the iPhone.  

What Apple has always done well is marketing the mundane as phenomenal.  Apple has always taken what has been innovative in other products and then transformed them into chic status symbols.  ___

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2014-09-17 20:40:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Wow!  But will it matter?

If you said that it would matter, then you didn't know that Ron Paul proposed the same thing in 2012.  And that bill passed the House on a 327-98 vote.  So where is the report from the Comptroller General?  Oh, the Senate never took that bill up.  Quelle surprise!  

Wow!  But will it matter?

If you said that it would matter, then you didn't know that Ron Paul proposed the same thing in 2012.  And that bill passed the House on a 327-98 vote.  So where is the report from the Comptroller General?  Oh, the Senate never took that bill up.  Quelle surprise!  ___

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2014-09-17 15:28:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

It seems that everyone is interested in the vote tomorrow.

Around the world, people are watching Scotland to see if they choose union or separation.  And if they choose separation, many other nations may see small cultural groups yearning for separation - and their chance to excel on their own.

Will often minor cultural differences be enough to bring down nations?  Are we seeing the beginnings of the Balkanization of the West?  

People, we are called to embrace our neighbors and community - not hide from them.  Yes, we must proudly proclaim our own heritage.  But we seem to dwell on the past only when a compelling vision for the future is lacking.  In fact, one of the key reasons that Barack Obama was elected to the US Presidency was because he seemed to have a compelling vision for the future: equality and justice for all, regardless of heritage and upbringing. 
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Ist Schottland erst der Anfang? Die Reaktionen aus Brüssel offenbaren eine große Angst vor dem Domino-Effekt.
>>> http://www.welt.de/132350747___It seems that everyone is interested in the vote tomorrow.

Around the world, people are watching Scotland to see if they choose union or separation.  And if they choose separation, many other nations may see small cultural groups yearning for separation - and their chance to excel on their own.

Will often minor cultural differences be enough to bring down nations?  Are we seeing the beginnings of the Balkanization of the West?  

People, we are called to embrace our neighbors and community - not hide from them.  Yes, we must proudly proclaim our own heritage.  But we seem to dwell on the past only when a compelling vision for the future is lacking.  In fact, one of the key reasons that Barack Obama was elected to the US Presidency was because he seemed to have a compelling vision for the future: equality and justice for all, regardless of heritage and upbringing.  

So here is my big question: how can we inspire the West to reclaim it noblest heritage?  

In my opinion, the West grew due to its unifying drive to proclaim and promote the ministry of a humble carpenter from Nazareth.  Let's try and reclaim that heritage as it is the only heritage that can transform every person on the face of this little blue planet.  

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2014-09-17 14:50:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Do we spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror?

Tomorrow is the big day.  The citizens of the United Kingdom who live north of an imaginary border will choose whether everyone north of that border should separate themselves from their mother country.  [BTW, please don't take offense at the use of that term.  I'm just trying to make a point.] 

First, I have no dog in this hunt.  While I can claim both English and Scottish ancestry, my parents and I have spent our entire lives in the United States of America.  

Second, I wonder why anyone would seek to dissolve economies-of-scale as well as social efficiencies that have developed over centuries.  Yes, I understand that in time of turmoil, people want to lean upon the past as their anchor.  And the Scottish peoples have some amazing heritage - and not just the stuff that Braveheart envisioned. 
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Do we spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror?

Tomorrow is the big day.  The citizens of the United Kingdom who live north of an imaginary border will choose whether everyone north of that border should separate themselves from their mother country.  [BTW, please don't take offense at the use of that term.  I'm just trying to make a point.] 

First, I have no dog in this hunt.  While I can claim both English and Scottish ancestry, my parents and I have spent our entire lives in the United States of America.  

Second, I wonder why anyone would seek to dissolve economies-of-scale as well as social efficiencies that have developed over centuries.  Yes, I understand that in time of turmoil, people want to lean upon the past as their anchor.  And the Scottish peoples have some amazing heritage - and not just the stuff that Braveheart envisioned.  

So what should the Scottish do?  I won't begin to exhort or cajole.  If I were a Scotsman, I would probably spend today on the hills and in the glens contemplating what it means to be a consequentlial person.  There are amazingly good reasons to lean on your cultural heritage.  And there are amazingly good reasons to lean upon the history of the Union.  

And you can have both.  

But isn't G-d calling on every citizen of the United Kingdom to ask a more fundamental question: what would Jesus do?  Does Jesus care more for one human government or another?  I suspect that He does not.  Indeed, while you walk the hills and dales, ask what God wants you to do in the future .  Don't ask what your grandparents did in the past.  Yes, consider your ancestors - but only as a lesson to direct your path towards tomorrow.  

The United Kingdom has brought many amazing things to this world.  But the really amazing things came from the individuals who made up the United Kingdom.  The people are the cherished heritage that should be retained.  

Know that G-d stopped dealing with nations as His vehicles of redemption and salvation.  instead, he chose to speak to individuals through His Holy Spirit.  May His Spirit lead every citizen that votes in tomorrow's referendum.  May G-d's will be reflected and expressed through the will of the people.

May G-d save the people of that island - and may G-d save the queen.  ___

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2014-09-16 21:44:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I want to sing this over every one of my daughters. God's creation was and is incomplete without you.

I want to sing this over every one of my daughters. God's creation was and is incomplete without you.___

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2014-09-16 21:39:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Our purpose and our mission is to transparently demonstrate the brilliant and unmistakable glory of God.

Our purpose and our mission is to transparently demonstrate the brilliant and unmistakable glory of God.___

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2014-09-11 15:46:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

"It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred." - Pastor Greg Laurie

As we stand on the precipice again, are we ready to admit that evil exists?  We saw the horrors of the collapsing WTC.  Now we've seen the horror of public beheading.  Are we - Americans - ready to admit that evil exists in this world?  

And once we make that admission, what are we willing to do about it?  Are we willing to take up arms against evil?  And if so, what is the best way to fight against evil?  Yes, we can drop bombs and send advisers.  But will we sink to our knees and pray for God to guide us?

If we do not humble ourselves, then don't be surprised if God doesn't bless us.  It's time to let bent knees and humblecountena... more »

Did 9/11 Change Our Beliefs?
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"The day we remember the horrific attack against the United States resulting in a tragic loss of life. The day we remember those who died, and those who laid their lives down in rescue efforts. It is also the day we remember our brave soldiers who have fought and laid down their lives for the freedom we far too often take for granted." -Greg Laurie

In the days following 9/11, I was interviewed by a number of newspapers and magazines. The journalists wanted to know how something so horrible, so unthinkable, could take place not only in the United States of America, but in New York City? They just couldn’t comprehend the wickedness, the capacity of someone who could kill thousands of people and lose their own lives in the process.

I reminded them that not only was there a God, but there was a devil, and that mankind was not basically good as we often hear, but that mankind is basically bad. In fact, the Bible teaches that mankind is sinful to the very core. People were shocked by this.

Our churches were packed like never before in the aftermath of this horrific attack. I remember well Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at the church where I pastor. It was the largest single attendance we have ever had in the history of the church. It was my hope and prayer that it would be a spark that would ultimately lead to a revival that would sweep our nation. But that has not happened. In fact, something quite surprising has taken place since 9/11.

A survey conducted by the Barna Research Group in Ventura, Calif., revealed that instead of a return to God after the attacks, there has been a resurgence of moral relativism.

This survey found that in the wake of 9/11, a mere 22 percent of a sample group of Americans told Barna’s researchers they still believed in absolute moral truth. That is compared with 38 percent in January 2000. That is saying more people believed there was such a thing as evil before 9/11 than now.

It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred.

Moral relativism, which is basically the lack of moral absolutes, is more widespread than we may think. According to moral relativism, your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth. And just because something is true to you doesn’t necessarily mean that it is true to me. In other words, there is no right or wrong.

This view would say that it is not right for us as the West, as the United States, to say that the actions of another nation are wrong. Who are we to say what is right and wrong? Moral relativism teaches that we are all products of the evolutionary process, and there is no God, there is no devil, and there is no evil. Instead, we make our own luck, we create our own faith, and we are all basically good inside.

If we do something bad, then it is not our fault because we are victims of our upbringing or environment. Moral relativism teaches there are no absolutes; it is the freedom from all restraint.

What I find interesting is that if you disagree with this viewpoint, then you are insensitive. If you have the audacity to say that you believe there is right and wrong or there is good and evil, then you are classified as insensitive, intolerant, bigoted and narrow-minded. If you dare to quote the Bible and say it is the source of truth, then you will be accused of pushing your puritanical belief system and values on someone else.

Although moral relativism has actually gained ground, the percentage of people who say they pray regularly since 9/11 has gone from 84 to 85 percent. On one hand, more people are saying there is no such thing as right and wrong, good and evil, and there is no God or devil. But on the other hand, we pray more than we did before.

Barna’s survey also found that Americans’ “personal commitment to Christ” remained stable at 68 percent and even increased among the youngest group from 58 to 61 percent. That may seem good, but actually I think it is relatively bad. These same people, when polled, did not believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, nor did they believe that the devil is real. Rather, they classified him as a mere metaphor.

This essentially tells me that people are creating a whole new god, a god who doesn’t believe in right or wrong and doesn’t give us standards to live by. In essence, they have created a god in their own image.

Let me say something that might be controversial, but it is basic, biblical Christianity: Jesus Christ is the only way to God. All roads don’t lead to a relationship with God, and all religions don’t teach the same thing.

Someone who says she believes in God, believes she should pray, but doesn’t think Jesus is the only way cannot be a Christian. If you are a true Christian, then you have to believe the Bible. The very idea of being a Christian and knowing God comes from the Bible. We don’t make up the rules as we go.

I can’t go out on the streets today and say, “I have made up a new rule. I think that it is OK for me to drive 120 miles per hour. I believe it is OK for me to walk into a store and take whatever I want. It is mine for the taking.” I can believe these things, but soon I will have a new prison ministry. There are rules. There are absolutes. And whether I believe in them or not, those rules are still true.

Therefore I can’t come to the Bible and say, “I like this, and I like that, but I am not so sure I agree with this part of the Bible.” It is a package deal. We take it the way God gives it. False belief systems and false religions will keep us from God and not bring us to Him.

What concerns me is there are more people today who say they believe, but they don’t believe what the Bible says. I think that is why this country is in the state that it is in today and why there is no regard for human life.

The basis of morality is belief, and the basis of belief is the Bible. That gives us the absolute truth on which we can base our faith. And when we don’t have this belief, then we have chaos.

(Article from the WorldNetDaily website by Pastor Greg Laurie)

#heartstone   #quote #NineEleven   #911anniversary   #NeverForget ___"It would seem that more people would believe there is evil and more people would believe mankind is basically bad when they saw it demonstrated in such a dramatic way. But the opposite has occurred." - Pastor Greg Laurie

As we stand on the precipice again, are we ready to admit that evil exists?  We saw the horrors of the collapsing WTC.  Now we've seen the horror of public beheading.  Are we - Americans - ready to admit that evil exists in this world?  

And once we make that admission, what are we willing to do about it?  Are we willing to take up arms against evil?  And if so, what is the best way to fight against evil?  Yes, we can drop bombs and send advisers.  But will we sink to our knees and pray for God to guide us?

If we do not humble ourselves, then don't be surprised if God doesn't bless us.  It's time to let bent knees and humble countenances become the key weapon in our arsenal.

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2014-09-10 01:21:44 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

'Nuff said!

Looool! ___'Nuff said!

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2014-09-09 01:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Have you seen the video that broke YouTube?

OK, this video didn't break YouTube. But uploading the 28GB file did have an impact. The video was taken in 4k format. And the beauty and clarity are startling. 

Have you seen the video that broke YouTube?

OK, this video didn't break YouTube. But uploading the 28GB file did have an impact. The video was taken in 4k format. And the beauty and clarity are startling. ___

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2014-09-07 21:44:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

When your spouse breaks her phone, you can get lucky.

Cindy broke her phone a couple of weeks ago. Like many people, she dropped it and the screen shattered. So we had to buy a new phone. But we really wanted more than a phone - we wanted out of our relationship with Verrizon.

So we walked into the T-Mobile store. We needed two replacements: one for Cindy and one for Adam. [Adam had dropped his phone into a wood chipper.] And since my old GNex had to be relinquished, I ended up getting a new phone as well. When we walked out of the store, we had two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones and one Samsung Avant.

Here are the stats on my new mobile platform. And I was able to wait almost twelve hours before rooting it!

When your spouse breaks her phone, you can get lucky.

Cindy broke her phone a couple of weeks ago. Like many people, she dropped it and the screen shattered. So we had to buy a new phone. But we really wanted more than a phone - we wanted out of our relationship with Verrizon.

So we walked into the T-Mobile store. We needed two replacements: one for Cindy and one for Adam. [Adam had dropped his phone into a wood chipper.] And since my old GNex had to be relinquished, I ended up getting a new phone as well. When we walked out of the store, we had two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones and one Samsung Avant.

Here are the stats on my new mobile platform. And I was able to wait almost twelve hours before rooting it!___

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2014-09-03 14:28:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

“You either have to convert them — which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them” - Phil Robertson

I am going to speak heresy now.  I like Phil Robertson.  Don't get me wrong.  I flinch when confronted with the gun-toting, backwoods image.  But that is as much artifice as reality.  I never got into hunting.  My son hunts.  And he is quite good at it.  But I have no desire to hunt and kill for sport.  

Nor do I have any desire to kill people for "glory".  And I would probably even be hard-pressed to kill for the sake of safety.  I actually believe that the Ten Commandments still hold true today.  In particular, "You shall not kill".  

Yes, I understand the need for protection - both of family and of country.  But I would question every step ofsuch a path.  Therefore... more »

“You either have to convert them — which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them” - Phil Robertson

I am going to speak heresy now.  I like Phil Robertson.  Don't get me wrong.  I flinch when confronted with the gun-toting, backwoods image.  But that is as much artifice as reality.  I never got into hunting.  My son hunts.  And he is quite good at it.  But I have no desire to hunt and kill for sport.  

Nor do I have any desire to kill people for "glory".  And I would probably even be hard-pressed to kill for the sake of safety.  I actually believe that the Ten Commandments still hold true today.  In particular, "You shall not kill".  

Yes, I understand the need for protection - both of family and of country.  But I would question every step of such a path.  Therefore, I could not be an effective instrument in such an endeavor.  And for that, I am eternally grateful.  I will leave the details of life and death in the hands of the Almighty.

But I do agree with Phil Robertson on one thing: our first priority is to proclaim the gospel - even to these godless thugs.  Because as these people are now, we once were.  Except for the grace of God, we could travel down the very same path.  

Ignore the second half of Phil's rejoinder.  Focus on the first half.  There is a large group of people so full of hatred that hey would rather kill than consider the moral consequences of their actions.  And we must proclaim the good news of God's forgiveness to any such person.  Do we have to overcome the image of the Crusading Christians that fought Saladin?  Yes, we do.  Rather than brandish the sword against these infidels, we may have to turn the other cheek.  We may even have to perish so that they see the implacability of the Risen Savior.  

Mr. Robertson, I commend you zeal for our Savior.  And I commend a heart that wants to see God's grace extended to those we could (and should) hate.  But our God wants us to be more than righteous warriors.  He wants us to follow the example of Jesus and become willing sacrifices.___

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2014-09-03 11:48:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

The #IS (and their suspended Twitter account) is sorry...for publishing the beheading too early?!?

The spirit of anti-christ is flourishing.  When an organization is sorry for when they publish their sin - and not sorry for the sin itself - then you know things are truly beyond comprehension.  

Pray for the revelation of the spirit of Christ.  May Jesus' followers demonstrate true resolve by demonstrating true love and forgiveness to all.  

Forgive us our transgressions in the same way that we forgive others of their transgressions against us. Jesus did not command us to just forgive the little stuff.  He commanded us to forgive lavishly.  

But how do we forgive such bestiality?  This one will be very hard for me to do.  I want to see these animals butchered.  But I need to adopt the spirit that Christ demonstratedfrom the... more »

The #IS (and their suspended Twitter account) is sorry...for publishing the beheading too early?!?

The spirit of anti-christ is flourishing.  When an organization is sorry for when they publish their sin - and not sorry for the sin itself - then you know things are truly beyond comprehension.  

Pray for the revelation of the spirit of Christ.  May Jesus' followers demonstrate true resolve by demonstrating true love and forgiveness to all.  

Forgive us our transgressions in the same way that we forgive others of their transgressions against us. Jesus did not command us to just forgive the little stuff.  He commanded us to forgive lavishly.  

But how do we forgive such bestiality?  This one will be very hard for me to do.  I want to see these animals butchered.  But I need to adopt the spirit that Christ demonstrated from the cross.  

Forgive them, for they truly don't know what they're doing.___

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2014-09-02 16:13:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Privacy advice from the lol-o-sphere.

___Privacy advice from the lol-o-sphere.

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2014-09-01 22:33:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

This is why the FCC needs to be replaced.

The FCC won't allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile due to competitive interests.  But the FCC cannot do anything about a foreign government taking over a US property (or the US piece of a foreign government).  That falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.  And there are a whole different set of politics in that organization.  And with this Administration's adoration of European market success, I suspect that they wouldn't interfere.  

So what will be the result of their dalliances?  Sprint is now owned by a Japanese vulture capitalist.  And T-Mobile will be owned by a consortium of the French and the German banks (i.e., their governments).  I guess this is what goes for ensuring global competitiveness in the Obama/Clinton administrations.  

This is why the FCC needs to be replaced.

The FCC won't allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile due to competitive interests.  But the FCC cannot do anything about a foreign government taking over a US property (or the US piece of a foreign government).  That falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.  And there are a whole different set of politics in that organization.  And with this Administration's adoration of European market success, I suspect that they wouldn't interfere.  

So what will be the result of their dalliances?  Sprint is now owned by a Japanese vulture capitalist.  And T-Mobile will be owned by a consortium of the French and the German banks (i.e., their governments).  I guess this is what goes for ensuring global competitiveness in the Obama/Clinton administrations.  ___

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2014-09-01 16:03:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Always tinkering...

With Meredith and Joshua away, I've had a chance to do a little work on wireless signal coverage.  Having the ISP drop in the basement is utterly sub-optimal.  When I first put in the new AP, I left the AP close to the DSL modem.  But now I had the chance to do a little wireless survey.  Now, the AP is on the second floor of their split level (connected to the router via 500Mbps Powerline).  The wireless infrastructure now has reach both up and down.  More importantly, it is in the center of the house rather than against a concrete wall.  

What was the result?  A strong signal is available throughout the house - and into the backyard.  

Always tinkering...

With Meredith and Joshua away, I've had a chance to do a little work on wireless signal coverage.  Having the ISP drop in the basement is utterly sub-optimal.  When I first put in the new AP, I left the AP close to the DSL modem.  But now I had the chance to do a little wireless survey.  Now, the AP is on the second floor of their split level (connected to the router via 500Mbps Powerline).  The wireless infrastructure now has reach both up and down.  More importantly, it is in the center of the house rather than against a concrete wall.  

What was the result?  A strong signal is available throughout the house - and into the backyard.  ___

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2014-09-01 11:00:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

With a wink - and with tears of gratitude for the God of my youth and my adulthood - I thank my sister +lara stang for sharing this verse.

Lord, thank you for this precious promise.  Some days, I wonder whether you are near.  Then I hear your precious voice through verses like this.  Lord, thank you for you unfailing love for me.  You are my everything.

I believe God loves, adores, and hungers for fellowship with His most beautiful creation~man.  He wants to be our everything.

Jesus is our faithful Shepherd~for when we have strayed and gotten lost He carries us back and lovingly tends to our deepest wounds and brokenness. He is our closest friend when there is no one else who will listen. He is a Father to the fatherless who need direction, advice, and chastening. He is our Commander in Chief when we fight those brutal spiritual battles. He is our masterful Teacher who gives us wisdom the world knows nothing about. God is everything we need and when we know Him on these intimate levels how can we ever doubt Him?

The struggles and hardships we fall into only give a deeper knowledge of God's character and love for us. There is not a religion or degree in the world that can teach that.___With a wink - and with tears of gratitude for the God of my youth and my adulthood - I thank my sister +lara stang for sharing this verse.

Lord, thank you for this precious promise.  Some days, I wonder whether you are near.  Then I hear your precious voice through verses like this.  Lord, thank you for you unfailing love for me.  You are my everything.

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2014-09-01 10:38:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy."

And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is right to be upset and offended.  But is it a violation of law?  Is there - and should there be - an expectation of privacy when you store things on the Internet?  Please don't misunderstand me.  I am appalled by the vermin that would release this stuff.  But I am also appalled at the apparent lack of forethought by the entertainment class.  Are they really this stupid?  Why do you take such photos?  Is it utter vanity?  And why would you ever store them in a place that could be hacked?  Have you never heard of hacking before?  Yes, you deserve to have privacy.  But if you don't lock the doors of your house, then don't be surprised when people break in.

But at the same time, we can't just dismiss the notion of privacy.  The Internet is everywhere.  Our houses are onthe Internet.... more »

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy."

And yes, Jennifer Lawrence is right to be upset and offended.  But is it a violation of law?  Is there - and should there be - an expectation of privacy when you store things on the Internet?  Please don't misunderstand me.  I am appalled by the vermin that would release this stuff.  But I am also appalled at the apparent lack of forethought by the entertainment class.  Are they really this stupid?  Why do you take such photos?  Is it utter vanity?  And why would you ever store them in a place that could be hacked?  Have you never heard of hacking before?  Yes, you deserve to have privacy.  But if you don't lock the doors of your house, then don't be surprised when people break in.

But at the same time, we can't just dismiss the notion of privacy.  The Internet is everywhere.  Our houses are on the Internet.  Our TV's are on the Internet.  So where does the Internet begin and where does our privacy end?  

What do you think?___

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2014-08-31 13:32:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I've seen it before - but I saw it this time.

After a long week of preparation for an executive presentation, I'm enjoying a weekend by myself.  It is full of technology - and a little frivolity.  While I am still on my quest to digitize all of Meredith's movies, I've gotten the chance to watch a couple while I've been ripping and encoding still others.  

The movie I chose to watch during the current encoding session is the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  I actually saw this one when it was in the theaters.  And I enjoyed it a great deal.  But for me, the theater experience is always more about the experience and less about the movie.  My dreadful eyesight makes seeing the movie almost impossible.  

This time, I'm watching it on a PC screen.  I am finally seeing everything - and it is a sight to behold.

Iwon'... more »

I've seen it before - but I saw it this time.

After a long week of preparation for an executive presentation, I'm enjoying a weekend by myself.  It is full of technology - and a little frivolity.  While I am still on my quest to digitize all of Meredith's movies, I've gotten the chance to watch a couple while I've been ripping and encoding still others.  

The movie I chose to watch during the current encoding session is the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  I actually saw this one when it was in the theaters.  And I enjoyed it a great deal.  But for me, the theater experience is always more about the experience and less about the movie.  My dreadful eyesight makes seeing the movie almost impossible.  

This time, I'm watching it on a PC screen.  I am finally seeing everything - and it is a sight to behold.

I won't bore all of you with my thoughts about a movie that is four years old.  But I will say this: my respect for all of the actors as well as my respect for the directors has only grown by watching this again.  At it's core, this is the story of finding real grit within yourself.  It is an odd buddy cop movie coupled with an even odder coming of age movie.  At the same time, the themes of justice and vengeance are at work in every dialog.  In short, this is a very good movie wearing the garments of an exceptional western.  

If you haven't seen this one, it's time that you do so.  And if you have seen it, then it's time to see it again - and gain even more appreciation for this film.___

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2014-08-28 16:37:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

And you thought that the only thing being decriminalized in America was marijuana consumption...

And you thought that the only thing being decriminalized in America was marijuana consumption...___

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2014-08-26 14:40:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Democrats promote confiscatory taxes...and then wonder why folks want to move business beyond the reach of the IRS.

If someone offered you a 401K with fewer fees and the same return on your investment, then you would be foolish not to consider that offer. But the Democratic Senate would punish you for such a decision.  Folks, the real solution is simple: don't have a confiscatory and capricious tax system.  It is time.  No deductions.  No exemptions.  No kidding!.     

Democrats promote confiscatory taxes...and then wonder why folks want to move business beyond the reach of the IRS.

If someone offered you a 401K with fewer fees and the same return on your investment, then you would be foolish not to consider that offer. But the Democratic Senate would punish you for such a decision.  Folks, the real solution is simple: don't have a confiscatory and capricious tax system.  It is time.  No deductions.  No exemptions.  No kidding!.     ___

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2014-08-25 14:07:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

And the children shall lead...

While these children are pleading with the Iranian leaders, we have a responsibility to plead with our President.  Sir, please use your office and influence to secure Pastor Abedini's freedom.  Please stand with a Christian brother of yours.  Please stand for religious freedom.  And please stand for an American citizen wrongfully imprisoned abroad.  Finally, please stand for your daughters and their friends and families.  The next generation will be reaping the seeds that you are planting.  For the sake of your own children, stand for justice.  

The two year anniversary of American Pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith is fast approaching. Two years is two years too long.

Watch & Share the video of his children pleading with Iranian leaders for his freedom, and join us on September 26th at a prayer vigil near you http://bit.ly/1sm8g9K.___And the children shall lead...

While these children are pleading with the Iranian leaders, we have a responsibility to plead with our President.  Sir, please use your office and influence to secure Pastor Abedini's freedom.  Please stand with a Christian brother of yours.  Please stand for religious freedom.  And please stand for an American citizen wrongfully imprisoned abroad.  Finally, please stand for your daughters and their friends and families.  The next generation will be reaping the seeds that you are planting.  For the sake of your own children, stand for justice.  

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2014-08-24 19:04:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Sometimes, you run into something that seems...a little complicated.

Over the past couple of days, I've been working on J&M's infrastructure.  Basically, I've been wanting to stream HD video for quite some time.  So I've addressed the pieces one at a time.

1.  I had to start converting video into HD files that I could stream.  So the last time I went to Chicago, I took along an external BD reader.  I also bought a piece of BD ripping software (i.e., MakeMKV).  Cindy will attest that I was ripping titles for days.  

2.  Unfortunately, I also needed a new device to store the content.  So when I went to Chicago, I bought a large external HDD that I could connect to the network.  

3.  Once I returned to KC, I had to update the wired infrastructure (at J&M's) so that the TV's would be able to receive the content.  Lastmonth, I mo... more »

Sometimes, you run into something that seems...a little complicated.

Over the past couple of days, I've been working on J&M's infrastructure.  Basically, I've been wanting to stream HD video for quite some time.  So I've addressed the pieces one at a time.

1.  I had to start converting video into HD files that I could stream.  So the last time I went to Chicago, I took along an external BD reader.  I also bought a piece of BD ripping software (i.e., MakeMKV).  Cindy will attest that I was ripping titles for days.  

2.  Unfortunately, I also needed a new device to store the content.  So when I went to Chicago, I bought a large external HDD that I could connect to the network.  

3.  Once I returned to KC, I had to update the wired infrastructure (at J&M's) so that the TV's would be able to receive the content.  Last month, I moved my Roku 3 to their master suite.  Now Meredith can stream some content to that TV.  The main TV (downstairs) had an existing Ethernet connection.  Unfortunately, that connection was having real trouble.  In fact, the switch actually died on me.  So I needed to get a new switch.  Fortunately, I had a spare that I picked up when I returned from Chicago.  So no incremental expenditure was required.

4.  Once the wired devices were taken care of, I needed to solve some serious wireless troubles.  J&M only had an 802.11b/g device.  But to stream media, you really need 802.11b/g/n or 802.11ac.  I went ahead and got an AP to solve that problem.  I finally got that configured on Friday.  BTW, the Amped Wireless APA20 is a great little device.  I highly recommend it.

So now the infrastructure is complete.  And I've ripped/encoded over nine dozen DVD and Blu Ray titles.  And I can stream then almost anyplace.  Now I need to wait for the really good content to come out.  Specifically, I can't wait for the latest Captain America to be released on Blu Ray.  And I really can't wait for the latest Doctor Who episodes to air.  ___

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2014-08-22 15:14:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Overcoming short-sighted design by brute force: Using QT-faststart

Over the past few weeks, I've been encoding a whole lot of movies.  As of this writing, I have 108 Blu Ray and DVD titles converted to MP4 format.  When I started this venture, I went through the trouble of choosing whether to encode at 720p or 1080p.  Since I want a format that will work on large-screen TV's, I leaned towards 1080p encoding (via Handbrake).  

The first trouble I ran into was with bandwidth limitations.  The main televisions were on a wired network (via HPNA networking).  And things worked reasonably well.  But there was still a noticeable start lag. But a bigger problem was addressing those peripherals that were using wireless.  I could do 720p well enough on most wireless devices.  But performance for the 1080p files was abysmal.   

Part of the problem was with myson-in-law... more »

Overcoming short-sighted design by brute force: Using QT-faststart

Over the past few weeks, I've been encoding a whole lot of movies.  As of this writing, I have 108 Blu Ray and DVD titles converted to MP4 format.  When I started this venture, I went through the trouble of choosing whether to encode at 720p or 1080p.  Since I want a format that will work on large-screen TV's, I leaned towards 1080p encoding (via Handbrake).  

The first trouble I ran into was with bandwidth limitations.  The main televisions were on a wired network (via HPNA networking).  And things worked reasonably well.  But there was still a noticeable start lag. But a bigger problem was addressing those peripherals that were using wireless.  I could do 720p well enough on most wireless devices.  But performance for the 1080p files was abysmal.   

Part of the problem was with my son-in-law's ISP and router.  The device supplied by the ISP only supported 802.11b/g.  Consequently, I needed to get a wireless access point with more bandwidth.  Specifically, I new that I needed something to support 802.11n (and possibly 802.11ac).  So the next step was to get an access point to boost wireless throughput.  

That device arrived - and got configured - yesterday.  This solved 80% of the streaming issues.  But the pesky lag in start time was now obvious.  So I began my typical research efforts.  Guess what I found out?  Apparently, the QT file formats (including mp4) can store metadata at the end of the file.  In most cases, this poses few problems.  But when the metadata is object linking info, this means that the video won't start playing until the entire file is downloaded to the wireless device.  This accounts for the lag that I was experiencing.  

So what is a technician supposed to do in order to resolve the trouble?  That's simple.  If you can move all the metadata to the front of the file, then you can start playing the file before the entire file is downloaded.  This is especially important if you are streaming content.  

Tonight's task is now clear.  I will be testing methods to move the metadata from the end of these 108 files to the beginning of these files.  If successful, then my optimization effort will finally be complete - until the next issue arises.___

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2014-08-22 13:24:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

"[General] Allen argues that because the U.S. has already struck ISIS and because the U.S. has unique military capabilities, it is incumbent upon America to do the dirty work."

Former General Allen pulls no punches.  And he is recommending that we act sooner rather than later.  The gauntlet is now down, Mr. President.  Will you please act to save both Israel and the Western world?

"[General] Allen argues that because the U.S. has already struck ISIS and because the U.S. has unique military capabilities, it is incumbent upon America to do the dirty work."

Former General Allen pulls no punches.  And he is recommending that we act sooner rather than later.  The gauntlet is now down, Mr. President.  Will you please act to save both Israel and the Western world?___

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2014-08-19 13:48:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Please pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

As a Christian minister held hostage in an Iraqi prison, this man is in serious jeopardy.  Worse still, the ISIS insurgents who are threatening Christians throughout Iraq are now targeting Saeed.

As an American, I am appalled by this.  We have spent billions of dollars of our future earnings and we have spent thousands of lives to stabilize Iraq.  But our president is allowing all of these hard-fought gains to be demolished at the hands of radical Islamists.  

It is long past time for action.  This is not a time for a demonstration of executive dillydallying.  President Barack Obama, please honor our fallen heroes.  Mr. President, please honor the investments that American taxpayers have made in the future of Iraq (and America).  Mr. President, please protect and defend US citizens - whether at home or captured abroad.  Sir, Irespectfu... more »

Pastor Saeed's situation has gone from bad to worse: http://bit.ly/1pGjJm6___Please pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

As a Christian minister held hostage in an Iraqi prison, this man is in serious jeopardy.  Worse still, the ISIS insurgents who are threatening Christians throughout Iraq are now targeting Saeed.

As an American, I am appalled by this.  We have spent billions of dollars of our future earnings and we have spent thousands of lives to stabilize Iraq.  But our president is allowing all of these hard-fought gains to be demolished at the hands of radical Islamists.  

It is long past time for action.  This is not a time for a demonstration of executive dillydallying.  President Barack Obama, please honor our fallen heroes.  Mr. President, please honor the investments that American taxpayers have made in the future of Iraq (and America).  Mr. President, please protect and defend US citizens - whether at home or captured abroad.  Sir, I respectfully submit that the time is now.   

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2014-08-15 16:24:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Wow.  Hillary was paid over $62/book.  She must be a great author.

Wow.  Hillary was paid over $62/book.  She must be a great author.___

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