Monday, December 1, 2014

I Hate Shopping or the My Computer Died Rant

The search for a laptop on cyber Monday should be easier. I would avoid it normally but my laptop died a few weeks ago and I thought I would make a blessing out of necessity and see if I could make the new purchase a bit less painful, fiscally. Sadly, I think the frustration caused stress is negating any fiscal advantage.
I tried the Dell site, because I had seen an ad for their cyber Monday specials with coupon codes to use in the in-law's paper during family time, but it took me through multiple pages to even find the list of laptop deals and then they did not have the specs I was looking for and I discovered I had left the ad at their house.
Very frustrating to find a site - Lenovo - that seems to have all the specs and prices easily displayed only to find that the listed price is for the minimum build while the listed specs are "up to" the maximum build - which means that I have to click to another page at every single listing to determine if they have what I want for my budget - FAIL - why not have it as a pop up when I click that link? (Or, list the price that goes with the listed specs so that if I click on the listing, I can be delightfully surprised by the opportunity to save a few bucks by deciding to go for fewer GB RAM or HD? Or maybe - here's an idea list the price and specs as a range, so that at least I know that it is a range at a cursory glance.)
Then there was the Toshiba site which is having a technical issue so that 1.) the price field is blank and 2.) when I clicked on a listing - it takes me to a page that says they don't sell that one directly for every single listing! I did do the chat thing to discover that their site was misbehaving (some poor programmer is doomed), but still very frustrating.
Especially as I am on the old desktop for this  challenge, which is distressingly slow and frustrating anyway.
Apple doesn't appear to do cyber Monday at all and even their refurbished models are out of my price range so  to them (Sour grapes I know, because I need to do a lot of photo and video stuff, so I would really like an Apple [at least if one may believe the reviews]- but you can't always get what you want.)
Now I am off to the HP site. Even though I have read that their customer service is not good. Their web-site did not help me with the issues I was having and the help pages were frustrating  as well. (My old lappy was an HP so I have a bit of recent experience with this one.)
Note 1: The HP site has no option to sort the products by price or processor or memory and, in fact, does not list the hard drive storage available at all on the display page, so, again I will have to load a new page to get the specs for every single one of them.
Note 2: Annnd the HP site is another list the highest possible specs with the lowest possible price deal. Lenovo, meet your listing logic partner. I am going to copy and paste this status to all of their facebook pages, because feedback is a gift.
Except Apple, because they don't have one. Too good for the likes of us no doubt.
arghhh

Note 3: And as I pasted this to the various FB pages of these companies, I could not help but to notice that the ones who provide no opportunity for people to post on their pages have frustrated people posting in the comments of their posts to let people know what issues are currently plaguing the service recovery teams of those companies - oh wait, from the comments and some of the replies, it seems that they may not have service recovery teams - oops. Perhaps they might want to get some.

Just for the sake of sounding reasonable, I did find a deal here that I thought would suit my needs, but after reading some of the comments specifically directed to the Satellites, I decided not to make the purchase and have a bit of patience instead. So I ask those who follow my posts on FB to please bear with the dearth of them for a while longer. 

Yes, Feedback is indeed a gift. I feel better already. And I don't think I'll be purchasing a new lappy from any of these no doubt fine companies.  Ebay is looking good.

Just by the way, if any of the companies mentioned in this post happened to have given this a read through, why do you insist upon built in cameras and microphones? Especially now, when it has become painfully apparent that our government does not respect our privacy? How hard would it be, really to include at least a sliding lens cover for those cameras and a "hard" on/off switch for the microphones?

 I am probably one of the most boring people in the world, but I value my privacy. It is abhorrent that I have, in my home a camera and microphone that may be hacked and used to spy on me - whether the stated intentions of said hacker are good or evil. I want a better option than taping black paper over the lens and poking a paperclip into the microphone holes or otherwise physically damaging a piece of equipment for which I just paid hard earned money, to ensure my privacy.  

"Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to livehonestly." ~ Heb 13:8


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Political Pistachio: Perversion versus a Virtuous Society

"Benjamin Franklin accurately observed, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."


John Adams said, "The Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The United States, and the global community for that matter, have entered into a dark era of history where morality has become nothing more than a pluralistic free for all.  With the removal of the set standards of morality which have guided cultures for the betterment of society, we find ourselves doing the same thing the Greeks and the Romans did.  We are destroying ourselves from within.

Free will is an incredible gift we have been given by God, but when our activities as a people move away from godliness, the consequences begin to build up.  When we replace the truth with lies, and then try to condone our actions by placing one of our feet into the cesspool of the world, our children jump into the steaming pot of debauchery with both feet."

 Read the remainder of this excellent post here: Political Pistachio: Perversion versus a Virtuous Society

Thursday, November 6, 2014

And the GOP Hypocrisy Begins

I had much to say on Mr. mcconnell's comments shortly after the elections. (If you are so inclined, you may listen to the Nov 5th show on the sidebar.) I was hard pressed to say it without the use of profanity. My main thoughts, I have already posted on this blog under the title:  "Or Else What?".

 From Mr. mcconnell's remarks in his post election interview with Time - especially this one ""Notably, a full repeal of Obamacare was not on his mind, but rather a partial repeal through the appropriations process. Finally, he named his new top priority: keeping the Senate in 2016" "(emphasis mine) , it is clear that reversing the effects of this lawless current administration is not his top priority. In fact I wonder if reversing any of the horrifically egregious legislation passed by the 111th congress is on his - or the GOP's plate. Because it is clearly the GOP's plate and not America's. Otherwise the listed top priority would be considerably different. 


To be absolutely crystal clear, I think that top priority should be for the House and the Senate to bury the Oval Office under full repeals for deathcare. Not weaselly funding and appropriations bills-although do those too, by all means - but full repeal bills. There should be nothing else - with the exception of the protection of this nation's borders - on their plate until deathcare is gone. If  Mr. obama vetoes it, send him another one. Make his office so full of them that he signs one by mistake. Let there be stacks of them piled so high that the man cannot enter the office for the stacks of them. If he vetoes one, send it back for an overriding vote until the communist/democrat holdouts give in and do the right thing because of the sheer persistence of their colleagues and because their constituents are demanding it of them. Yes, people, it is time to get on the phones and flood their offices with demands -not requests- demands for full repeal. 

Because I am so very incensed by those remarks, and because I choose not to use the unladylike language which is currently the majority of what I am thinking in response to that reading, I am going to share the thoughts on this election and Mr. mcconnell's remarks from a twenty something young man of my acquaintance.
With his kind permission, the thoughts of young Mr. P. 

"Obviously one might expect me to be happy about yesterday's election results given how conservative I claim to be....I'm not sure though. As far as I can tell the Republican party has sold out and it's only a matter of time before they collapse. I no longer view Republicans as a conservative party, I view them as cheerleaders. Their greatest ambition in life seems to be gaining popularity more than doing what's right. I found Mitch McConnell's statement this morning rather unsettling. I hope that Republicans either miraculously start doing the right thing instead of trying to be popular or that this republican congress ticks people off so much that they lose everyone's support and the party collapses so we can finally get candidates who stand for something. It actually pains me a little bit to see the Republican landslide because I know it'll take at least one more pendulum swing before we start seeing candidates with integrity, and I don't know if America can take it. Impeach Obama. That is all." 

And after a few comments back and forth, he shared this in reaction to the quote above:

"Lol, and they're not going to keep the senate forever. Haven't they learned how a pendulum works? Mitch McConnell said a lot of stuff about how he wanted republicans and democrats to pass bills they both agreed on and find ways to work together. 
I'm sorry, but I don't elect my representatives/senators to go and avoid conflict. I elect them to represent my interests, and what I believe are the best interests of the nation. I elect them to do the right thing, not the convenient thing and not the thing we can all agree on. I don't elect them to wring their hands and do nothing when the acting president betrays our country, our citizens are in danger from within and without and the country has been sold out from under us. I don't elect them to pander to me and tell me everything is fine. And I don't elect them because of their party affiliation. I don't want them to get along with all the yahoos that are spending us into oblivion and supporting our moral degradation and destroying the constitution and taking away our liberty. I want them to fight and fight and fight and fight and keep fighting from day one until they are removed from office or die. If they don't, they are wusses, and the Republicans are the biggest wusses of all, and I'm sick of it. 
Rant over.
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"He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit." ~ Proverbs 12:17


Sunday, November 2, 2014

If Momma Ain't Happy ...

Being a parent is the best and I am thankful that my husband and I chose to have me be a stay-at-home Mom. It was hard, but well worth it. We sacrificed many things to do it, we are not rich people. But what good is more stuff if you lose the time you have with your child? I even homeschooled for 5 years and I wish I had done more. (But hey, when the child is arguing for 3 hours about why he shouldn't do 30 minutes worth of math it's time to admit that you'll be raising a lawyer if this keeps up and try something else.) For those who are interested, he graduated from a private college, debt free, this spring.

I would not trade even the worst of the seconds spent homeschooling for all the money in the world. It was a privilege and a gift to have the raising of this precious child. There is no career that would be worth having missed it and it's about time that we stay-at-home Moms start speaking up and reminding the feminists and progressives that those who choose career over children are missing out on the very best of life.

Oh yes, they say they want what's best for "the children" as though children are an abstract concept that they really don't "get." And that's kind of sad for them. There is also some sort of assumption that stay-at-home Moms are stupid or incompetent or abused. As though no one in their right minds would choose such a thing. What a crock. You wish you were us.

And maybe that's the crux of it. Perhaps they realize that they are missing something that we have. Contentment, fulfillment, purpose. Although, I will grant you that such terms are not what comes to mind when the colicky baby is crying all night or when the toddler asks embarrassing questions in public, or when our child is desperately ill - but as I told his Troop(before the Scouts lost their integrity) the worst campouts make the best stories.

When they are grown into people we are proud of, we know the truth, that we have engaged in a years long challenge - and we have won. When our children grow into civilized, functioning adults who are contributing to a stable society, we recognize that this is the point of life. This is what provides us with the ability to affect the future. This is worth doing and more, it is worth doing well.

I am not saying that you cannot grow into a decent person raised by a single parent - I did, after all. (At least I endeavor to be a civilized and functioning adult.), but it is more difficult. And I am not saying that single parents cannot raise children who grow up to make valuable contributions to a stable and civilized society, but again, it's more difficult.

Then there is the other thing. The political thing. The progressive*cough* communist*cough*  thing. In order to truly reshape the fundamental vision of America - the vision of a self reliant, independent people who do not bow and scrape to government control because we ARE the authority behind this republic of ours, the enemies of freedom - and they are legion - MUST have control of the children. It is much more difficult to fulfill their Utopian (and false) vision if family loyalties, expectations and obligations are standing in the way. So, of course, stay-at-home Moms(and Dads) need to be eliminated. And while there would be resistance if the government simply attempted to take our children by force, getting Mom to think she is worthless if she doesn't go out and get herself a career is so much easier. Just look at how advertising works for make-up: Make her question whether or not she is beautiful and she will buy your cosmetics. Make her question her place as honored wife and mother and she will destroy the family for you.

We have been quiet for far too long. We are the natural guardians of our children and we need to remind the "useful innocents" out there that if Momma ain't happy then nobody's happy. Because as I look out at what this nation is becoming, I am not happy. And now, that traitorous usurper sitting in the office of the POTUS seems to think it is okay to portray me, and millions like me, not as a strong, independent woman who has chosen a career as a wife and mother, but as a helpless, victim of circumstance who can't handle life's best and greatest challenge - that of raising MY child.

From the article linked to below: "“Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make,” Obama said."

The Twitterverse answered this one for me with the succinct and accurate phrase: "WHO IS "WE""
And I would follow it up with "It's MY choice to make, so you just butt out."
And this: "“Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” Obama added."

Excuse me? Dropping my child off so that someone else is raising him and shaping his character everyday is NOT a good thing. It's something done out of necessity by those who can't afford to have one stay at home parent. (Or those who aren't up to the hardest and most rewarding challenge of this lifetime. )

What America needs is a POTUS who is working to get the economy back to the point where we can have the majority of our children raised in a two parent household where one parent can stay home with the children. It's what our children deserve and more, it's what they need from us.

 
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. "
~ Prov 22:6

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Why We Must Vote Republican (American Voter Guide Video 2)

I will vote my conscience, but Joe Dan is correct to say talk to your neighbors, and if they are not informed of the shenanigans of this admin, inform them. I have seen two "news segments" this very day on PBS that were nothing less than blatant advertisements for the democrat challengers. If that's journalism, I'm a turnip.