If you’re like me, you don’t like it when good machinery isn’t working properly. Your computer monitor, however, is like any other piece of electronic equipment in your house. It needs to be kept clean and located on your desk free from papers and books in order to maintain an adequate flow of air for cooling. It also needs to be set at the right resolution, one compatible with both your monitor as well as the graphics card in your computer system. Once these things have been accomplished, there’s a very good software tool I’ll mention towards the end which can help you manage your single monitor, or even many monitors, with aplomb.
1. Physically clean your monitor. Whatever you do, do not blow air into the cooling vents! All this does is shove dust into all the little nooks and crannies which need to be clean in order for the monitor to be kept cool. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner and brush attachment, being sure you’re properly grounded, and thoroughly clean the outside of your monitor.
If you’re handy with a screwdriver, remove the screws holding the back of your monitor, exposing it’s electronic innards. After securing your wrist to a metal part of the frame with a grounding strap, vacuum as much of the circuit boards, nooks, and crannies as you can without further disassembly (which gets pretty complicated). Make sure you vacuum out the inside of the back cover at this time, taking care that you don’t suck up any of the attachment screws. Then, and only then, using a can of air for cleaning electronics, blow out all the nooks and crannies you can reach.
Reinstall the back cover to your monitor.
This is a good time to further clean the exterior surface of your monitor with a barely damp sponge or washcloth. You want to make absolutely certain that no drops of water become trapped near the edge of your screen and the housing. I spray a small amount of Windex onto a clean, dry, terry-cloth towel, and use that to clean all exterior surfaces, beginning with the view screen itself.
2. Check the cable that runs between your computer and your monitor. If it’s an RGB cable (shaped somewhat like a flattened D, with 15 pins), then undo any screws at the plug, remove it, and reattach it. You may want to blow it out with an air duster while it’s detached. Do the same for the other end.
If you’re using an RGB cable yet you have an HDMI port one both your computer and your monitor, it’s time to upgrade! RGB is an analog signal, while HDMI is a digital signal. You’ll always get better results with HDMI. If you don’t have an HDMI cable, order one from Amazon, making sure that it says it’s an HDMI ver 1.4, 1.4a, 1.4b (or later) cable. If you have a 4k monitor, you’ll want a 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0b, or 2.1 cable. You can buy a basic ver 1.4 HDMI cable at Amazon for less than $10. If you’re paying more than that, you’re getting fleeced, so don’t do that! One of the best cables out there for the price are the BlueRigger series. Search Amazon using the following and it should show at the top, at a cost of about $8.99:
10′ HDMI BlueRigger High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet
If that solves the problem, you’re done. If not, or if you’re already using HDMI or cannot use HDMI, then continue:
3. Make sure you’re using the proper resolution for both your monitor and your graphics card. Since 1994, DDC (Display Data Channel, and later, EDID, then DisplayID) has enabled computers and monitors to communicate. This is fully supported in Windows, so make use of it!
If you’re using Windows (8, 8.1, or 10):
a. Right-click on an empty part of your desktop and select, “Display Settings.”
b. Click on “Advanced Display Settings”
c. Choose the resolution that says, “Recommended” next to it.
d. Click “Apply,” and follow the directions.
4. Write down the make (manufacturer) of your monitor. You’ll usually find that somewhere on the front of the monitor. Common makes include LG, Viewsonic, HP, Samsung, Dell, Apple, Asus, Phillips, BenQ, Lenovo, and ViewSonic.
5. Check the back of your monitor for the Model Number and write it down.
6. Search Google for a manual using your Make and Model.
online manuals make model
For example, the make of my monitor is LG, and the model number is L246WH-BN, so I typed the following into Google’s search bar:
online manuals LG L246WH-BN
But don’t use my manual. Use your own. 🙂
7. Find and download a pdf copy of the proper manual for your monitor.
8. Review your manual to find the section which talks about the monitor’s on-screen menu. What you’re looking for in particular is the section on adjusting the screen’s position (horizontal and vertical). Follow the instructions to reposition the screen so that it’s properly centered on your monitor, filling the screen completely.
Alternatively, you might find specific instructions in the Troubleshooting section of your manual.
9. If none of the above work, you can always reset your monitor to factory settings. The easiest way to find that in your manual is to use the Find function (Edit–>Find) in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or whatever program you’re using to read your pdf manual).
10. DisplayFusion is by far the best monitor control software I’ve discovered and used. Although it’s designed to help you manage a multiple monitor setup, it’s precise resolution, positioning, multiple presets, and excellent wallpaper management capabilities will significantly enhance your single monitor experience, as well.
Al Franken stated, “It’s not a job for amateurs who don’t know the first thing about education.”
Franken also stated, “This is a subject that has been debated in the education community for years,” Franken said. “It surprises me that you don’t know this issue.”
What I know of the issue is that the U.S. spends an average of $11,000+ annually for every child in school — far above the global average — yet still ranks below the following countries in Math, Reading, and Science:
So, is our education system broken? Given the massive spending and less than stellar performance, YES, IT IS BROKEN, and clearly, the Demoncrappic paradigm of throwing more money at the problem will NOT solve it.
Lauren Camera, an education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, also a 2013 Spencer Education Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, noted that “increasing access to early childhood education” and “improving training and professional development for teachers and boosting the rigor of academic standards” are proven approaches for countries trying to curb their numbers of low performers.
Betsy DeVos’ approach to education includes fostering charter schools and alternatives such as the Montessori approach for young learners, while improving public school education along the lines mentioned above.
Let’s see how much DeVos knows about education while simultaneously learning whether Franken knows anything about Betsy DeVos or whether he’s merely talking out his backside:
DeVos is well-educated:
– DeVos was educated at the Holland Christian High School, a private school located in her home town of Holland, Michigan.
– She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science, and was “involved with campus politics,” according to Philanthropy magazine
DeVos has good moral principles:
– DeVos grew up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She has been a member and elder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids.
DeVos has long been active in politics:
– Since 1982, DeVos has participated in the Michigan Republican Party.
– Bill Ballenger, editor of the newsletter Inside Michigan Politics and a former Republican state senator, called DeVos “a good behind-the-scenes organizer and a good fund raiser” as well as “a true believer in core Republican issues that leave nobody in doubt on where she stands.”
DeVos is a successful businesswoman in her own right:
– DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. DeVos and her husband founded it in 1989.
DeVos is a philanthropist:
– The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was launched in 1989. The foundation’s giving, according to its website, is motivated by faith, and “is centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas”, namely education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. The foundation’s donations have been focused largely on funding Christian organizations and Christian private schools.
DeVos fully supports the performing arts:
– DeVos was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, and served until 2010. While she was on the board, she and her husband funded a center to teach arts managers and boards of directors how to fundraise and manage their cultural institutions.
– In 2009, DeVos and her family founded ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
DeVos has long been involved in education activism (reforming our broken education system):
– DeVos believes education in the United States should be opened up to for-profit charter schools, and she has stated that education is “a closed system, a closed industry, a closed market. It’s a monopoly, a dead end.” DeVos believes that opening up the education market will offer parents increased choice, a view that critics call a drive to privatize the American public education system.
– DeVos is known as a “a fierce proponent of school vouchers” that would allow students to attend private schools with public funding.
Her approach to “opening up” education exactly mirrors what we know of business economics, that competition is GOOD for the consumer, as it forces the producer to get it right. Monopolies and oligopolies suffer from little to no competition, which results in a serious disincentive to innovate, be competitive, or improve. Right now, despite the fact that our education system is the most highly funded of all, we’re not among the top performers. That is BROKEN. Opening up our education system to new schools with challenging and inspiring curricula is GOOD for America. Far from being left in the dust, public schools here in Colorado have greatly benefitted from Colorado’s full support of charter schools and school vouchers.
DeVos fully supports school choice, as do most parents:
– DeVos served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice. Her other activities on behalf of public-school reform have included membership on the boards of directors of the Advocates for School Choice, the American Education Reform Council, and the Education Freedom Fund.
– During the 1990s, she served on the boards of Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which sought to expand school choice through vouchers and tax credits. She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in 1993.
All of the above doesn’t cover a third of Betsy DeVos’ efforts towards helping improve America’s system of education.
BOTTOM LINE, Al Franken… Betsy DeVos has CORRECTLY identified what’s WRONG with America’s education system and has, for nearly thirty years, worked TIRELESSLY to correct it. She is by far the BEST choice for the
“Franken’s daughter, Thomasin, is director of extended learning at DC Prep, ‘A Charter School Where Learning Has No Limits.’ “
Gee… I wonder what she thinks of her blow-hard father?
Franken was elected as a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is a social liberal political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
It looks to me, however, that he’s spent a great deal of time in comedy and acting. Perhaps he should stick to those endeavors, instead.
To the Honorable (insert your Congressman’s name, here):
I am writing you in specific protest of the actions of at least two federal judges, possibly more, who appear to me to be flagrantly violating the United States Constitution, federal law, and their oaths of office to each.
The authority of the President to determine the circumstances under which foreign nationals may enter the United States has been repeatedly upheld by the Supreme Court. In an 1892 case, Ekiu v. United States, the Court held that, “It is an accepted maxim of international law that every sovereign nation has the power, as inherent in sovereignty, and essential to self-preservation, to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its dominions, or to admit them only in such cases and upon such conditions as it may see fit to prescribe.” Subsequent Supreme Court decisions have reaffirmed this accepted maxim.
President Trump did not create a law. His executive order carried out an existing law.
The text of President Trump’s executive order on immigration does not list any particular countries. That formula was in the existing law.
The law in question is the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, which former President Obama signed into law.
Furthermore, I respectfully request you initiate impeachment proceedings against the offending judges in direct response to their actions violating the law and the trust of the American people, as well as to send a clear message to all judges that We the People elect both our lawmakers — members of the House and the Senate — as well as the one who signs or vetoes bills — the President — and we expect all members of our judicial system at all levels to follow the law, from the supreme Law of the Land on down, without deviation or bent given to various political influence.
Background and Substantiating References:
“After a federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the immigration order temporarily banning refugees and nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the Department of Justice filed an appeal of the order on Saturday night.
“The Dept. of Justice asked that an emergency stay be issued pending the appeal to resume Trump’s ban efforts.
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked for the Trump administration to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon and denied the emergency stay.”
I hereby find both the original federal judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be in violation of their oaths of office, as follows:
In the United States, federal judges are required to take two oaths. The first oath is this:
I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (office) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. [So help me God.]
The second is the same oath that members of Congress take:
I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]
Both the original federal judge as well as the judge(s) sitting on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are required by federal law to adhere to both the Constitution as well as the laws of the United States.
President Trump’s executive order begins with full and inarguable legal justification:
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) (INA), the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109 367) (Secure Fence Act), and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (Public Law 104 208 Div. C) (IIRIRA), and in order to ensure the safety and territorial integrity of the United States as well as to ensure that the Nation’s immigration laws are faithfully executed, I hereby order as follows…”
I have examined the legal references above. I know the Constitution very well, and immigration laws reasonably well.
Therefore, it is my informed opinion that there is zero lawful basis for either the original federal judge to block President Trump’s immigration order or for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the order as requested by the U.S. Department of Justice.
In my informed opinion, these judges are bad judges. This is not “good behavior” as required by our United States Constitution, and they need to be immediately removed from office for refusing to adhere to their oaths of office as members of the federal judiciary commensurate with our Constitution and federal law.
Out of all the programming languages, which ones do you think are the most valuable for a coder to know?
While I await responses to my daily job search efforts, I decided to brush up on my rusty programming skills by learning a new language or three. I’ve studied Fortran, Basic, and several scripting languages, but I haven’t had the pleasure of learning a good, object-oriented programming language, particularly one with strong ties to the Internet.
The answer is, “It depends.” It depends on who conducted which study, with which parameters, what city you live in, even where your interest lies.
I examined many different factors used eight different studies, weighting each factor, and came up with the following weighted results:
Language Weighted Score
Arduino – 13
Assembly – 34
C – 73
C# – 87
C++ – 116
Delphi – 13
Go – 26
Groovy – 5
Haskell – 3
HTML – 26
iOS – 4
Java – 111
Lua – 6
Matlab – 22
Objective-C – 36
Perl – 23
PHP – 74
PL/SQL – 1
Python – 101
R – 27
Ruby – 80
Ruby/Rail – 2
Rust – 3
Scala – 31
Shell – 19
SQL – 25
Swift – 62
VB.NET – 12
VBA – 8
Visual Basic – 14
Now, if you’re read this far, here are my final choices:
– C++ (latest version)
– Java (I’ve already begun learning his i.e. I have the book and I’m a couple of chapters deep)
– Python (questionable utility, at least to me)
– Ruby (seems similar to Python, so if I had to learn one of them, which one should I learn, and most importantly, why?)
– PHP (I’m already familiar with it, having coded or modified several scripts in it)
– Swift (Just kidding, as that’s AppleCrap, and I don’t do Apple, as it’s various OSes only occupy 10% of the computing devices on the planet)
– Assembly (Just because my son is into robotics, and I actually programmed in Assembly language before, on a Z-100, trying to get it to do crazy stuff. 🙂
– R (I’m big into statistics)
– HTML (I’ve built several websites from scratch using HTML 3.x and 4.x)
– SQL (because I cut my eye teeth in the field of industrial-strength corporate programming by coding dBase III+’s scripting language to run statistical analyses on large data sets)
– Shell (ostensibly, something like Microsoft PowerShell, what various DOS command-line scripting programs became when Microsoft finally realized the utility of building a command-line “programming language” power users could use to automate repetitive tasks.
– Delphi (because I used to trouble-shoot programs written in Turbo Pascal, its predecessor)
My problem, as you can see, is that I have too many coding interests!
As President Trump began to speak, it began to rain. In the Bible, torrential rains are a curse. Light, even rains are a blessing.
I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. – Ezekiel 34:26
The rain that fell on President Trump and the others in attendance today was light. It was sweet. It was cool, but not cold. It was refreshing, almost as refreshing as the words uttered by our new President.
The rain was a blessing, as were the words spoken by Donald J Trump, 45th President of the United States of America:
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.
They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.
It belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day.
This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.
These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.
An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.
And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.
Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.
We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.
Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs.
We will bring back our borders.
We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.
We will shine for everyone to follow.
We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.
So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.
And, yes, together we will make America great again.
God bless you.
And God bless America
~ ~ ~
Franklin Graham was one of three individuals who gave the closing prayer. He shared an appropriate and relevant verse for our nation’s new leader:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Tim 2:1-4
A blithering idiot recently said, “Last I checked, Obama did not bankrupt our country… We are not in a recession… We have strong job growth… and we have lower oil prices…. but yeah we have to constantly hear racist remarks, hes muslim, hes a terrorist… We are a LOT BETTER than we were in January 20 2009.”
Doubling the national debt from $9 trillion to more than $19 trillion constitutes bankruptcy. That happened THROUGHOUT Obama’s administration. That IS Obama’s legacy, along with countless other political and social gaffs that have resurrected racial tensions throughout America from their 1970s ashes, hobbled economic growth, and greatly harmed our nation as a whole. Those of you who believe otherwise are living in a dream world, one measured not by facts, rational thought, sound reasoning and good judgement, but by how sweet-sounding you can make your idiotic rhetoric sound to one another. You are, in every Biblical sense of the definition, fools. You cannot save Obama’s sinking legacy with the same rhetoric that doomed you from the start.
We are NOT better than we were back in January 20,2009. In fact, we were poised to exit a relatively minor recession very quickly. Obama’s blitheringly idiotic and rather Keynesian economic policies GREATLY prolonged our recovery by filtering the people’s money via taxes through the highly inefficient and grossly sub-par rate of return (about 70% below the break-even point of 1.0) instead of allowing the people to keep those funds and use them as they saw fit, rebuilding their businesses, paying rent – whatever was needed. Those funds, injected directly into the economy by millions of consumers making good, economic choices right for them has always had a FAR greater and more positive effect on the nation’s economy as a whole than ANY government funded program, much less a government-funded “recovery.”
In fact, your comment underscores the primary problem of Demoncraps and Libtards: You always claim every positive thing as a victory for your cause without having the SLIGHTEST freaking clue as to its source, much less the nature of cause an effect. I’ll bet if you found a penny in the street, you’d say, “Thanks, Obama!” but if you stepped in poo you’d blame it on Bush and Trump.” It’s idiots like you that got us into our current and horrific brink of disaster mess by voting for other idiots like Obama and the Demoncrap half of Congress who haven’t the slightest clue about economics, much less how to turn a nation a strong world competitor-partner.
I don’t know of a nicer way to put it than to say, “You Demoncraps and libtards suck. You don’t have slightest clue as to what you’re talking about or what you’re doing. You’ve made a horrible mess of things, and anything positive that’s happened over the last eight years has occurred IN SPITE OF your idiotic gyrations, not because of them. It’s time for you to SHUT UP and use the next eight years to study REALITY for a change. You tried idealism, and look where it got us? Yeah. So shut up, already.”
Meanwhile, the economy — including both the stock market as well as a huge influx of new jobs — surged away from Obama’s sinking legacy immediately AFTER Trump won. Obama’s fudged low unemployment FAILS to count any of the unprecedented number (>50%) of non-employed workers throughout the United States. Read up on the BLS website for U1-U6. None of them count workers who have given up working for jobs, often moving in with friends or family, because there are no jobs or other options. NOW we have jobs. NOW they have options. AFTER Obama, in the TRUMP era.
No, Trump is no God. He’s certainly not perfect, either. But as a highly successful multi-corporate Chief Executive Officer, Trump has repeatedly demonstrated he has what it takes — including the smarts — to lead the Chief Executive Office of these United States by hiring the right collection of experts who are not cronies and who stand the greatest probability of actually fixing many of America’s many problems.
You had your chance with Obama. He blew it.
It’s our turn, and if you would please, children, get and keep your God-damned fingers out of the pie.
In the meantime, here’s a little history lesson for the blithering idiots:
“Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Milton Friedman challenged the Keynesians over how monetary policy works. (John Maynard Keynes was dead, so did not directly argue the point.) Keynesians viewed stimulative monetary policy as helping the economy through lower interest rates, which increased spending by consumers and businesses.
“Friedman’s masterpiece study A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 convinced him that they driver was money supply growth rather than interest rates.
“Friedman won the battle, and monetary policy was accepted by most economists as a money supply matter. During the recent recession, however some younger members of the profession [including Obama and his advisors] rediscovered old-fashioned Keynesianism.”
Source: Conerly, B. (2012). Keynes vs. Friedman at the Fed. Forbes. Retrieved from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/billconerly/2012/03/08/keynes-vs-friedman-at-the-fed/#47d57e6016e4
There’s a tremendous difference between peace and quiet.
Peace comes from God. It’s a condition much like joy, in that it’s more of a spiritual condition than an emotion, and can manifest itself even in the most turbulent times.
Quiet, on the other hand, is what happens when you escape the turbulence. You may find a dim reflection of peace, and wrongly believe it to be peace, but it’s not peace. It’s merely quiet. Meanwhile, those you left behind remain in the turbulence. Because you pulled away, neither you nor they will share in life’s journey.
“I want to talk with you today about a subject that touches every one of us. Loss. Sometimes we’re faced with things we think we just can’t handle. The death of a loved one. A father. A child. And we strive to find a reason behind it. When those reasons don’t make sense, we question God. We look up and we say, “God! How could you do this to us? How can you put so much on our plate?”
“But we’re not operating on God’s timetable, are we? We don’t understand God’s plan. How can we? Let me tell you: This is where faith comes in. Faith can help us see his message in our own lives. Perhaps this loss is there to teach us not to take the ones we love for granted, to cherish simple, mundane moments, to love others as fiercely, and as bravely, and as compassionately as we can. And in that love, human love, forgiving, relentless, unconditional love, you’ll find peace.”
Source: Chicago Fire, Season 3, Episode 18: “Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional.” Chaplain’s speech at the end of the episode.
The kind of “peace” some religious factions are selling these days isn’t peace at all. It’s a lie. True, Godly peace transcends turmoil, trials, and tribulations. It’s right there with you in the thick of it. If you’ve found what you think as “peace” only after you’ve removed yourself from these normal attributes of life, you’re either fooling yourself or allowing yourself to be fooled, as that’s not peace. That’s merely quiet, and it’s a lonely one at that.
False peace is the easy way out. It’s the low road. There’s often an immediate release of tension, often accompanied by the false prophets peddling it saying, “There! You see?” as they lead you into blindness.
Doing right often requires us to take the hard road, or the “high road” as mentioned in English lore. It’s called the high road because it’s a lot harder to walk than the low road. Not only does it take more effort to reach — quite a climb, in fact — but the air is thinner once you get there, it’s usually more rocky and uneven, and you may not have as much company along the way. But it’s the right road, God’s “narrow path,” indeed the only path for those of us who call ourselves Christians.
True peace is from God. It empowers you to stay in the fight, “loving others as fiercely, and as bravely, and as compassionately as we can.” It builds. It restores. It never gives up hope, for true peace comes from God, and God is love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Cor 13:4-8
Take the high road. Restore a relationship. No matter what’s behind, remember Paul: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Cor 13:13-14