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Quote the Bible to Justify Immoral Acts?

Today, Jeff Sessions stated in his press conference the following for a justification of splitting families up for those who are illegally in our country:
"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," Sessions said. "Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent, fair application of law is in itself a good and moral thing and that protects the weak, it protects the lawful. Our policies that can result in short-term separation of families are not unusual or unjustified."  This 'justification' has been used many times over, but with Sessions now citing it, the coverage has gone through the roof.

I am here to say - do not use the Bible to sanction your lack of morality or ethics towards those who are seeking a better life or existence.  Not only is the context of Romans 13 taking incorrectly by those who would use …

Caution: objects on the Internet are closer (and more wrong) than they appear

I love being a father.  At the ripe age of 43, I find myself married and father to three of the greatest kids in the world; most of the time.  My oldest is just under 16 and rules the roost as he is learning to drive and stretching his wings before he starts to take flight.  My middle is as complex and full of joy and love that any new teenager can be and she brightens my day.  My youngest, however, is adorable and every inch that his father is.  Unfortunately that last bit is both good and bad.  I am have an obnoxious streak in me and tend to live with a bit of a selfish side.  I love to tinker and think through problems while asserting my mental dominance. 

So, what is the meaning of this post?  Well, it serves two purposes.  It shows that our youth today are very keyed into the Internet and unfortunately believe what they have read as gospel truth.  My youngest loves YouTube and enjoys watching videos on how people build things or make things.  Paper airplanes are his thing now.   A…

Find My Mac - needs to be better than it is

So, I work in I.T. and we constantly are dealing with stolen systems.  I started thinking to myself, why is FIND MY MAC (part of iCloud - Find My iPhone) not a good solution?

It turns out that the security built into the FIND MY IPHONE feature of iCloud that extends to hardware systems isn't as good because it can be circumvented.  Why can't the Macintosh platform contain the same security that our iPhones have.

According to a report by the New York City Police Department on the Thefts and Grand Larcenies involving Apple Devices (since the Activation Lock came into production), thefts have dropped by 19% and GL by 29%.  That is great.  It is working as reported and that report was from October 2014 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/09/18/iphone-6-default-kill-switc/).

In fact, CNET (http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/smartphone-thefts-drop-thanks-to-kill-feature/) more recently reported the following:

"The volume of stolen iPhones dropped by 25 percent in New York, by 40 p…

Old Poems I dredged up from the internet

STARTUP (2001)

A flick of the switch,
and it pulses to life.

Fans whirling, drives spinning
Electricity Imbimbing.

This is the START & I await the happy computers greeting
will it start, will it stop, will it stall
...stall
...stall

Action, icons appear, bringing form
to microscopic 0's and 1's

So begins the magical dance as
my clicks and drags manipulate

and transform the 0's to 1's and
the 1's to 0's.

Form and function travel in
the ether contained from diode to diode.

Much to small to see,
but it's there. I smell it... I can taste it.

Have you tasted it lately?
You may have and not known it.

I cannot describe it; it changes so fast
... technology
... changes
... every…

Remember Your Past - Honor your ancestors

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I have a lot of Aunts and Uncles and unfortunately, I only have a few left.  On December 26, 2013, I took a small trip to the Madronia Cemetary in Saratoga, CA and visited my father and the rest of his family.

My father passed away 9 years ago from Leukemia.  It was a very fast passing and we only had 2 months of time with him before he left us.  To this day, there are many things I wish I could have done differently to be more present to him.  I wasn't a good son.  The internal struggle between being selfish and not wanting to see someone waste away and the side of me that wanted to be a good son and remain present in the moment to witness his passing - a terrible thing for me to fester with these past 9 years.  He was a good man.  He deserved better than me.

So each year, I bring him his cigarettes and a coca-cola - his favorite.  I stay and I talk with him a bit and fill him in on what is new.  I believe my father can hear me no matter where I talk with him, but I think this ma…

10.9.1 Mavericks Beta and WoW

So I have been running for a week or so on Mavericks 10.9.1 but have run into a nasty little bug that I haven't been able to track down to anything except for my World of Warcraft playing.

It seems that spontaneously, the OS will halt and reboot due to a Kernel Panic but it won't give me any other details.  It ALWAYS occurs during my game playing and nothing else - ripping my cd's, streaming music, etc. etc. etc - 10.9.1 does indeed fix a lot of usability issues in 10.9... but it can't at the expense of my WoW addiction.

The only thing I can think of is that my system doesn't want me to play WoW anymore!  LOL.

I am now re-installing 10.9.0 to verify this issue is truly part of the 10.9.1 beta that I was seeded.

 I hope it is, otherwise, I may have to move my dual xeon system in from the garage to keep my WoW habit satisfied.

Very Thankful, Happy Thanksgiving

It has been quite a while since I posted something on my blog.  I shied away for a while after dealing with some negativity over a social posting was picked up by my peers in my workplace.  Needless to say, I have curbed my enthusiasm for letting people really know what is on my mind when it comes to negative energy.  I don't allow the negativity of my workplace interfere with who I am or what I believe in.  I think I am in a better place because of the experience, but wish I never went through the experience to begin with.

That being said, I had the urge to sit and write for a bit this morning and let you know what I am thankful for.  The day is young and before it gets away from me with the Macy's Parade, cooking and some cleaning before the in-laws come over, I wanted to document what my thoughts where.

I am very thankful this year for a lot of things.  It truly has been a blessed year full of ups and downs, stress and fun and mostly... love.

FAMILY
So - what am I most tha…