Microsoft: Digging out of the XP hole.

Recently, Microsoft has been faced with several major problems:  We’ll take a look at each of those problems, how Microsoft appears to be overcoming them, and how that’s going to affect the very nature of your relationship with Microsoft. Along the way we’ll look at how this all shapes up from a business perspective from …

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2014 Conservative Policy Summit: An Agenda to Unite America

  2014 is a crucial year for our country.  This fall the American people will go to the polls and choose between two vastly different visions for the future.  The Left offers more of the same: managed decline and the further Europeanization of our nation.  Conservatives, on the other hand, have a positive agenda that …

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What “defines” you?

Someone asked me today “What defines you?” I thought about that for a minute… Here’s my answer:

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Common Core: A Principal’s response

As a follow up to my previous article, I asked the Principal at an Idaho school some rather pointed questions about Common Core and how it relates to my instruction for my child in particular. I have placed some of those questions and answers here for your review.

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Common Core: What does it mean for parents?

So far, the teachers I’ve talked to express more resignation regarding the common core standards than anything else.  In the case of my oldest daughter’s school, the teachers of AP courses are expected to work completely without a syllabus of any kind and are mostly winging it and creating their own as they go. When …

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Our Historic President

You know, when people across the country touted Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency as “Historic” I bet they never dreamed that this President would actually slap one third of the entire population right across the face and kill their medical coverage in one fell swoop…

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Speaker Boehner: Deja vu all over again

I mean, how many times have we, the people been suckered by this very same bait-and-switch routine? Are we so willing to believe in the integrity of our public servants that we so blithely ignore the fact that this bill is nothing more than a con-man’s shell game? …Cave-man Boehner has once again lead the charge to certain defeat and our collective ruin by taking this budget compromise and attempting to shove it down our collective throats through intimidation and issuing threats against any republican politicians who stand up to him. Interestingly enough; in the process he has presented us with a very familiar and distasteful choice to make.

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The day after Thanksgiving

We have given thanks appropriately for all that God’s gracious bounty has afforded us the opportunity to enjoy. The meals are over; friends & family have gone home and the turkey, ribeye, fruit salad & other leftovers reappear as sandwiches, lunches and snacks while that leftover pie beckons for one last shot at becoming that …

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Why critiques are so critical

What motivates me to write most often is what stirs me to shout out… It also becomes the outlet for expressing opinions about events and people who I believe to be doing harm to the world we live in.

My writings do not reflect the course of my life, they merely reflect the course of my writing.

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Craigslist Pet resellers: How to stop them cold

There has been a lot of drama about serial pet re-selling (selling a pet you just got for free or cheep on Craigslist) on Craigslist recently, I’ll explain how that happens and give you a few basic tips on how to stop from being a victim:

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China Palace: Masters of disaster

The food itself is average Americanized Chinese fare with the usual staple offerings, nothing outstanding, but not too bad either; kind of a study in middle-of-the-road adequacy if you will. But what we found next will curl your hair…

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Garden City’s Egg Factory: A study in mediocrity

My wife’s been bugging me to try out the egg factory, so this morning we gathered up the kids and went to see how it was. …All in all, the experience was somewhat less than satisfying, but Julie, Bubba & Skittles, (our three dogs) were very grateful for the leftovers we brought home.

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Obamacare: Faceplant on entry

You were warned of the impending failures inherent in the deployment of Obamacare:  Warnings came from all directions, detailing missed deadlines and the lack of transparency preventing anyone from finding out just what progress was being made in all of the myriad of working pieces that make up the enormous undertaking of creating this (2x …

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Cave-Man: The demise of principled leadership in the House

Initially, conservative thought that we would finally see some real action on our behalf, some truly principled leadership such as we hadn’t seen since Speaker Newt Gingrich. Alas, that was not to be; we traded the daily vitriol of Speaker Pelosi for the boot-licking antics of John Boehner, and we still have Nancy Pelosi singing background to John Boehner’s never-ending surrender ballad.

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My first 10 minutes with iOS 7

Texts are definitely easier to read, so I can see some benefit to the new color scheme in some places, but in others it’s just plain annoying. Themes anyone?

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Remembrance day: 9-11

This day is yet another reminder for us to give thanks to those around us who serve or have served, and to remember their families who serve and sacrifice in support of them as well. A day that should drive us to continue to remember them beyond this day and carry it throughout our daily lives.

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Obamacare circling the drain

A while back (Mid 2012) I made several observations about the impending Obamacare and how it would negatively affect businesses as a whole and people individually.  Let’s take a look today at where things are and how much of those predictions have come true:   Businesses are declaring they will cut healthcare completely from their …

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When Telephone services become telephony

Technology gripe of the day:   Something I found out about my phone service provider recently that I found very surprising:   They may not actually BE your telephone service provider…   OK, for some, not so surprising I suppose, but when you get a DSL or other provider and you buy into an “Unlimited” …

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Obituary: The demise of a once glorious California

I grew up believing in the California of achievable dreams, of justice, honor, freedom, fairness and respect.

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Internships: A replacement for a College degree?

In the short term, the lack of college education especially in technically challenging fields such as Information Technology, is more of a hindrance than a benefit, and an internship indeed provides a far more valuable real-world experience relevant to the actual workplace, but what happens when you reach the point where you wish to advance beyond that?

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When good men do nothing: Speaker Boehner asleep at the wheel.

There is a time when good men should stand up and say enough is enough.  Today, with new  Government scandals coming to light every day,  I thought that time had come to see this take place and like so many like me, I turned to the good people we elected to see if they would …

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Shelter-Skelter: A true story of death, deceit and betrayal at the Boise Humane Society animal shelter

I wrote this article a few year back when my wife & I used to volunteer for the Boise shelter… Fostering animals for the Boise Humane Society is at best, a dodgy enterprise; take a litter of kittens home with you and they promise total care and support, but bring them in for minor care, …

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Foreign outsourcing: Why companies go “off shore,” and the sacrifices involved.

Someone asked me recently why Accountants do not outsource their bookkeeping to companies outside the USA.  As someone with an interest in the bookkeeping industry, (I help my wife run Duker Books, a bookkeeping company in Eagle Idaho) I have a few thoughts on the matter, but this topic is equally true of other industries, …

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Hunger Games: “festival of human depravity”

Today I finally broke down and watched Hunger Games… It was a challenge, as a father, to sit through this piece of filth all through to the end, but lets take a look at the premise this movie is based on, and no, I don’t really care if there are spoilers here because anyone who …

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