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Date : November 2013

Solution: Deny Everything To Everyone

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.11.29

Mary Fallin, 2005 (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) Oh, the liberals took umbrage (and the conservatives cheered) when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin — whom I’ve met in person, and she seemed like a nice enough lady — made it clear that her state wouldn’t process marriage benefits for same-sex couples in the Oklahoma[…]

Thankful

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal
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Published on: 2013.11.28

Tempted to rant that the 2013 “Sequester” is still ongoing without much fanfare, or that the Sequester isn’t as badly named as the nuclear option, or any number of other things rolling around in my head, I instead decided to do the whole “what I’m thankful for” bit. “It goes without saying” doesn’t apply here.[…]

Disappointed in iTunes

Categories: Internet, TechReview
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Published on: 2013.11.26

Perhaps if I’d joined iTunes when everyone else did, by now I’d be used to the software’s irritations. The things that every other user apparently takes for granted really bugged me. So, as the last person in the world to download the iTunes software, please forgive this very late review.

[X] Years Ago Today: From My Journals

Categories: Nostalgia
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Published on: 2013.11.22

All month long I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the media feeding frenzy over the “Lest We Forget” type stories about the death of President John F. Kennedy — 50 years ago today. Certainly it was a striking moment in our nation’s history, and to anyone who remembers the day, I can’t imagine… But I wasn’t[…]

Minimum Wage Should Be Regionally Graduated

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Published on: 2013.11.22

As workers and Democrats continue to ask for a minimum wage increase (recently fueled by a Walmart food drive — for its own employees — and a McDonald’s suggestion that employees sell their possessions), I still haven’t seen anyone point out how nonsensical a national minimum wage is.

John Adams On Our Two-Party System

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Published on: 2013.11.21

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”   — John Adams, 1780.10.02

A Foray Into Javascript, Just Enough To Solve A Problem

Categories: How To, Internet
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Published on: 2013.11.20

The last couple of days, I finally stumbled on a solution for a particular problem I’d been having with my website: adding identical content to every page without editing the code for every page. The solution was javascript, as hardcore coders likely already know.

Choices: Kindness

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Published on: 2013.11.13

I’ve noticed I’m making choices differently now that I’m a father, as it should be. It began when I was married — I could no longer make decisions based solely on my own wants and needs, but had to consider hers as well. With children, it’s even more complicated — because I have to think[…]

Book Review: The Audacity Of Hope (Barack Obama, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, Politics
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Published on: 2013.11.13

Title: The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream Author: Barack Obama Year: 2006 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-23769-9 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article Before this, I think I’ve only read two other books by Presidents of the United States, one by John F. Kennedy (Profiles in[…]

Getting The Camera Itch Again

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2013.11.08

Since I posted two-and-a-half weeks ago that my Canon PowerShot SX150 IS died, I’ve been thinking again about having a second camera. Sure, it’s not a necessity, but it’s fun and often helpful. I listed in my head the various options — ranging from free to very expensive — and talked them over with my[…]

You Can Still Keep Your Plan, Says Obama

Categories: Healthcare, Politics
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Published on: 2013.11.07

screenshot of whitehouse.gov from Nov. 6, 2013 As of Nov. 7, 2013, the White House website still says that the Affordable Care Act won’t mean the end of the plan you like, regardless of much evidence to the contrary.

Website Failure Isn’t The Worst Thing About Obamacare

Categories: Healthcare, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.11.06

News reports from the left, right, and middle have all shamed the failures of healthcare.gov, the main web portal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The site had glitches and outright failures from Day 1, and still isn’t working properly. But the repeated and continuing failure of the website isn’t the worst thing about the[…]

Churches As Polling Places

Did you know there are groups pushing for churches not to be used as polling places? The reason is similar to FOX News’ reason for complaining about Obama murals in public schools that are used as voting locations (complaint, aftermath). Most (all?) states prohibit “election materials” and “electioneering” in or near the polling place, including[…]

For The Record: Website Statistics

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2013.11.05

I don’t check my website statistics terribly often — not like when I first began blogging and was curious about the magic of such tools. But I looked in this morning and found these tidbits, which you may or may not find interesting:

Have We Been “Fundamentally Transformed”?

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Published on: 2013.11.02

Just over five years ago (October 2008), almost-President Barack Obama said at a a campaign rally in Missouri: “After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush … we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (source, emphasis mine) His critics keep[…]

Quote: It’s No Use

Categories: Quotations
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Published on: 2013.11.02

“It’s no use arguing with policemen.” — Sir Topham Hatt, Toby the Tram Engine, 1952, by The Reverend W. Awdry — Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas In Trouble, 1984, Thomas and Friends TV Series

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