Category: Current Events

A President Respects Those Who Gave Their Lives

Present Obama does not respect people who gave their lives or were tortured for their country.  Case and point:  Libya.

Present Nixon never forgot our POW’s in Vietnam.  In 1973, he held the largest dinner in the history of White House gatherings.

Our present day leadership should take notice.  Cutting deals with Iran and apologizing for America does not honor those who gave their lives in Libya.




My e-mail to the Hartford Federation of Teachers

Your comments in the article posted on the Hartford Courant website today show EXACTLY why teachers unions across this state are in it for themselves and not for the students.

This is pathetic.  I’ll bet the teachers union is also bitterly opposed to Dr. Kishimoto being named Superintendent because she would strengthen and accelerate the reforms initiated by Supt. Adamowski.  How do you expect these kids to compete at the college level?

Our students are being given a pat on the back and are told every thing is OK, when they are not making the grade and not competing on the same level as their peers in Farmington and Simsbury and certainly not the magnet schools.

Extending the school day by 6 hours a week is a great idea.   Your teachers are not getting paid by the hour.  You job is to best prepare students for the next level, whatever that may be.

I’m writing you as a college Senior and someone who may consider teaching as a full time career after I complete my Master’s.  However, attitudes like that of the Hartford Federation of Teachers are what make me want to teach in a magnet school instead of the traditional public school system.

Union politics, an inability to understand economics relative to the private sector, and blind support of the Democrats are what gives the teaching profession a black eye today.   I hope you are telling your members that they can withhold part of their dues legally.   Teachers do not have to pay the portion of their dues that is used for political activities if such activities go against their religious beliefs.  Sounds like a good topic for a union-wide memo, hey?

Thank you for your time.

A Reasonable Christian Response to the Ground Zero Mosque

Don’t consider me a saint; I’m miles away from a dictionary definition of “holiness.” I am only a student at the world’s largest Christian university. I’ve taken courses in theology and apologetics. I previously served as a ministry leader with a Salvation Army congregation. I am by no means a theologian. My major is Business, not Religion. However, I can  articulate  and personally believe this position of a historical, orthodox, Christian worldview: Islam and Christianity are theologically incompatible.

However, Christians and Muslims can be good neighbors. They can show mutual respect for each other and work to help homeless, hungry, and otherwise needy people. I believe I can say that I have more Muslims in my family than anyone among my client and reader base, and probably more Muslim friends than most of you. The person who has been the kindest to me over the past year is a Muslim woman and a close friend of our family. I asked her frankly this spring if I, holding to Christian beliefs, would “have favor with God” in the Muslim view of soteriology (salvation). She honestly told me that Allah would not accept me. Our feeling was mutual, but this did not stop us from breaking bread together. Our differences in faith did not stop us from hugging, laughing and crying together. Our theology did not cause me to refuse taking her to the airport when she was deported earlier in the year.

Therefore, I am not going to define Christianity nor attempt to represent it, by opposing the Ground Zero Mosque. Some of my clients are Jewish, some are Christians, some are Buddhists, a few are Hindus, and others are agnostics. If any religious group owns private property and wants to build a house of worship, where they will assemble in a law abiding manner, I have no problem with that.   Can the location of a proposed establishment be in poor taste?  Yes, certainly.  Opponents can legally exercise their free speech to try to persuade the organizers to consider an alternate location.  However, it is not the government’s place to deny access to an otherwise legally operating business on property that they rightly occupy.  The Ground Zero Mosque controversy has raged in the media for nearly two months now. I have put my efforts into supporting the “9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero,” as a means of presenting a spiritual alternative to the mosque. Look it up on Google if you’d like; I don’t have to sell anyone on Christianity to drive home the point I am making here. It does members of the Christian and other faiths no favors to oppose the Cordoba House / Park 51 project.

Much of the media is making opposition to the mosque an issue of Islamophobia, in part based on religious (likely Christian) beliefs. Nothing could be farther from the truth, just as Nazism and Timothy McVeigh also did not represent Christian movements. The grandstanding happening day after day is purely political and because those in opposition are unwilling to stand on their own belief system. Someone sharing their beliefs honestly and non-violently from the tenets of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or other faiths is not a bigot or intolerant. Most faith systems have some exclusivity of sincere belief to them. Cultural icon, Oprah, adheres to a pantheistic or panentheistic view of spirituality — where all systems of belief are considered similar and lead to the same ends. All of these worldviews (theistic, pluralistic or atheistic) make up the free society we live in and should be given their space for free exercise of religion, taking into account property rights and zoning ordinances.  We don’t have to agree with or even like a particular faith to grant them this right.

Opposing the “the Ground Zero Mosque” can be considered a political response, a New York response, or even a national response; it is not a Christian response.

Acronym Update – June 26 2010

Going back to print for this week’s update…..
1. Back by customer demand — GoToAssist remote troubleshooting sessions.
Several customers did take advantage of the GoToAssist service that I began offering last fall as a way to troubleshoot mild to moderate software issues. However, the volume of virtual appointments I was getting did not justify a monthly / unlimited subscription.
However, the service provider is allowing independent computer consultants to subscribe on a pay per use basis.
The good news is, I will resume offering virtual appointments IMMEDIATELY. My direct cost for GoToAssist on a per use basis is $7. Therefore, I will simply add $7 to my minimum 1 hour charge. You, the client, still makes out better than if you were charged a travel charge. As I have shared before, most of these virtual appointments likely will not last more than 1 hour.
2. Attention iPhone 4 shoppers:
I was in the spirit of iPhone season this week as I was helping someone purchase their first iPhone. Thursday the 24th was supposed to be a special day, but it far from it for us. My one conclusion from this day is that the retail operations at AT&T Mobility are “Mickey Mouse”. They just didn’t have their act together. The person that I brought to the AT&T – Westfarms Mall store had pre-ordered her iPhone on June 15 and was promised to be able to pick it up at the store on the 24th. First, we got the excuse that it had not arrived yet. Secondly, we were told that the order was never completed successfully. AT&T had major iPhone ordering problems on the designated pre-order day, June 15. Thousands upon thousands of customers (nationwide) were not able to place their orders for the iPhone 4. Finally, my customer received a call from AT&T saying that she could pick up her iPhone on Tuesday, the 29th. There was no apology and no admission that the Westfarms Mall AT&T store had really goofed things up. Let’s just hope my client gets her iPhone on Tuesday. It’s almost not worth it.
To wrap up this adventure, I will say that AT&T is the weak link in the iPhone chain. Apple is a great company. They design cutting-edge products. Their choice of AT&T to be the sole carrier of the iPhone back in 2007 was a logical choice, but clearly one that does not match up to Apple’s high standards. If you want an iPhone now, order yours from or your local Apple Store. You will still be a customer of AT&T Mobility, but you won’t have to deal with AT&T personnel directly. If you are willing to hold out for about 6 months, there may be a Verizon iPhone on the horizon. However, this is pure speculation even if the rumors were published by legitimate news sources. AT&T’s monopoly on the iPhone in this country may continue indefinitely.

Remembering 9/11

I can’t let this day pass without making a remembrance of this day.  9/11 is always a very hard one for me….often the most difficult day of my year.  I cried several times today contemplating the events of 9/11/01 — a day that changed my perspective on the world.   Rather than writing an article for you on why I know Islam is not a religion of peace and raise your level of alarm even further, I am going to leave you with the words of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.    We are still in a time of war.  The long term picture is not a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a war of of ideology and global domination.   Those who carried out the attack and their supporters would love to do it again and are not relaxing their vigilance because there is a new sheriff in town or a new party in power.   Some forces cannot be reasoned with and seek no common ground.   9/11 was not an accident or an anomaly — it was an attack.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

ABC Nightline – Face Off Debate

Tonight on ABC’s Nightline program (1130 PM – 12:00 AM, Eastern time),
there will be a debate on the existence of Satan.

This debate is part of their Face-Off series that has aired over the past two years.

Arguing for the traditional Biblical position will be
Mark Driscoll, a Pastor of the Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA
Annie Lobert, an ex-prostitute turned evangelist who runs the ministry Hookers For Jesus

Arguing against the existence of the devil / satan will be
Deepak Chopra, a philosopher and published author
Bishop Carlton Pearson, Pastor of the New Dimensions Worship Center in Tulsa, OK

Whatever side of the argument you are on, I think you will find it to be a very interesting dialogue.    It’s important to remember that this is a made for TV event, so there may be a very high entertainment value but little of substance discussed.

If you miss Nightline you can watch the entire debate here on ABC’s website.  It’s already posted.  (Note:  The discussion is split into several clips on the website.  You will have to click on each one.)

3rd Party Candidates Presidential Debate – Tonight 9 PM – CSPAN

If you’re sick of what the two major political parties are offering for Presidential Candidates this year……
There are other choices on the menu……..

Third Party Presidential Debate to be Aired Live by C-SPAN

Watch tonight (Thursday, October 23) at 9pm ET

Check your local listings for the channel.

The Third Party Presidential Candidates Debate will be held at 9 p.m. (EST) at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C.

A total of six presidential candidates who are on enough state ballots to be eligible to win the election have been invited to participate.

Invited candidates are Chuck Baldwin – nominee of the Constitution Party, Republican Party nominee John McCain, Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama, Independent Ralph Nader, the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney, and the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr.