Ramblings

Anti-Gun Supporters Consistently Use the Wrong Terms

If you’re going to debate someone on a particular topic, you better have the terminology right. In recent months, there has been a raging discussion on how best to curtail gun violence in America and both sides are pleading their case with passion and emotion. The problem is, most of the anti-gun supporters have their terminology wrong, and it makes them look uneducated and lack credibility. I’ll point out some of the more glaring mistakes so the people reading and listening to the progressive anti-gun agenda can be better informed….
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How Much Money do I Need to Retire?

Every time I search the internet looking for an answer to the ubiquitous question of “How much money do I need to retire?“, the answers are always just about the same; “It depends“. Yes, it does depend on many things, but very few articles give the details needed to even give a person a starting point. So, I’ll attempt to do just that. Step #1: Burn Rate Get you credit card, checkbook and debit card statements and add up how much money you spend each month for the last 12…
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Coyotes Spotted in Falcon, CO

It was around 10 O’clock at night when we first heard what sounded like kids screaming in the wetlands behind our house. Intrigued, I managed to capture the sound on my phone and compared it to animal sounds on Youtube. As I suspected, the screams were not from kids, but rather a small pack of coyotes, probably four or five in size. Having lived in Falcon, Colorado since 2002, this was the first time we had heard coyotes. We did have a fox living in the area that would scream…
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Affordable Healthcare Act is Destroying People’s Lives

The goodies (I say that sarcastically) in the Affordable Healthcare Act should come as no surprise to those who can read and don’t follow lock-and-step with what their government tells them. Especially this one. Many had been warning the public about this disaster for years and still very few listened. Or, they just ignored the issue thinking it can’t be as bad as the naysayers are making it out to be. We’re only a month into this nightmare and Freddy Kruger is gaining strength. Sadly, it’s about to get a…
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It’s Time to Encrypt EMail, IM, and Voice

Two things lead to the creation of this entry 1) various companies and the Federal Government are both collecting and storing my personal data, 2) I recently purchased a new Galaxy S4 and was alarmed at how much information the phone was spewing into the digital aether. Google+ was extremely concerning as it was syncing my contacts, locations visited, email, photos, IMs, and a ton of other stuff back to Google. The damn thing figured out where I lived on its own by simply calculating where my phone spent most…
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Android: International Travel with Wifi Only

I’m about to head off for some international travel to the “land down under” (Australia) and I want to make sure I don’t get pummeled with a huge phone bill upon my return. Why would I have a huge bill? Well, the Galaxy S4 (and any smartphone for that matter) all use quite a bit of data. Even when you aren’t actively using the phone, there is a lot of chatter taking place in the background such as software updates, “phoning home”, cloud-syncs, weather applications, stock widgets, pushes, pulls, email,…
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Do We Now Live In a Police State?

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Holy crap! I don’t live in Boston, but when I woke up the next day and watched the Boston Bomber manhunt on re-released video footage, I would have guessed I was watching a video feed from the streets of Iraq. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The firepower and the military grade equipment deployed in civilized Bostonian neighborhoods was reminiscent of a war zone. There where perhaps 20 armor-plated Humvee’s, armor plated command posts, armor plated sniper turrets, hundreds of police officers, ATF agents, FBI agents, local police, SWAT, grenades ……
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