Testing out Open Live Writer

This is just a test using the new Open Live Writer that just came out. My stars, I remember back when Microsoft had Windows Live Writer. Loved using that app. It was easy to use, clean and just got the job done. I know some folks who blog using WordPress will lean towards the main site for posting, but to me I just found that site cumbersome. It honestly kept me from blogging and instead just posting on Facebook. Yeah, perhaps it makes me a lousy blogger, but WordPress’s post page just never appealed to me.

I was sad to see Microsoft basically let its version of Live Writer die on the vine. It was loved and popular. But maybe one would chalk that whole depressing episode as part of the “Steve Balmer era.”  From what I can tell, Open Live Writer doesn’t seem to be owned by Microsoft, basically a re-engineered open source version. To the folks that made this, I say thank you. Please please keep up the good work and keep this alive.  

Happy BirthdayPops!

Happy Birthday to my father, who turned the big 91 today!! Pops, I love you, and hope you’re with us for a very long time. You are the best dad in the world. You have been a great provider, educator, engineer, and friend. You served your country and your family. Even at your advanced age, you are still sharper than men a fraction of your age. Thank you for everything, Pops!

How to handle anger & rudeness

Many years ago, I came across this graphic online about handling anger or rude behavior from someone. Allegedly, this is a teaching from the Buddha. Whether this is true or not, only history knows. But I thought it was an interesting lesson to share with others. I hope you find this as enlightening as I did.

Buddha and anger

RIP Muhammad Ali, Dead at age 74.

By the time you read this, you probably may know that Muhammad Ali just died from complications from Parkinson’s Disease in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of our greatest sports legends has left this mortal world of ours. Besides being a champion in his sport, he was a champion in his own right as a principled human being. He was the real deal, whom very few could be compared to.

Muhammad Ali

While some would say that some of his political actions, like refusing to serve in Vietnam, should overshadow his many accomplishments. I’m not one of those. Over the decades, Ali has proven to be a champ for human rights and peace just as much as he was in the ring.  Many of his former “political” enemies have long since changed their hearts and minds. He has gone on to be an ambassador for Peace. He has been generous with both his fortune and time. Even as he was struggling with Parkinson’s, he managed to give his best. We were all amazed when he showed up at the Olympics in 1996, and also for all the other deeds.

Muhammad Ali was a true sportsman. He had many opportunities early in his career to sell out, but didn’t.  At the height of his career he walked away out of principle. And principle was the thing that best defined him the most. But he was also the ultimate showman, the man knew how to play the crowd, in a way he was a champion marketer that way as he was in the ring.

But after all the fights, when the last bell had rung, Ali was still there for his fans. He was there to try and build bridges. He wanted a more peaceful better world for his children and the children of his fans and even those that weren’t his fans. One has to wonder if we will ever see a man like him again.

Rest in Peace and Assalamu alaikum (Peace be upon you) Muhammad Ali.

Did the Whopper whop me?

Yesterday something happened to me that I never expected. For the first time in my life, I couldn’t finish a cheeseburger, or more specifically a Burger King Whopper. Only half of it could be consumed. The remainder half, well lets just say three little dogs were very happy half an hour later. I felt bad, my mom decided to surprise us with a free lunch (we had taken pops to the doctor for his physical– pop update coming soon). For some reason my appetite isn’t what it used to be. Time to hang up my foodie hat?

Shades of Nuremburg?

“What’s wrong with slavery?”
“If you are here without our permission, and we have given you two months to leave, and you’re still here, and we find that you’re still here after we we’ve given you the deadline to leave, then you become property of the State of Iowa, and we have a job for you. And we start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.”

~ Jan Mickelson, a conservative Iowa radio host


You know, between this and stripping Americans of their citizenship, people like this have me wondering just how they are to be taken seriously. But indeed, they need to be because nonsense like this was actually implemented decades ago across the Atlantic in Central Europe. Forgive the touch to Godwin’s Law, but what this “conservative” is proposing is along the lines of the Nuremberg Laws by the Third Reich. This would involve expanding the power of the State, don’t kid yourself, that’s exactly what would happen. You would need a police state to effectively implement their mad plans.

Yes, I get it, their parents broke the law, they are technically “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” or “undocumented immigrants” or whatever fucking term you want to use. They had “anchor babies,” but the US Constitution still holds supreme, these babies are Americans. Many of them have grown up and identified as Americans, as is their birthright! Are you going to tell me that an American, who just happened to be one of these babies decades ago, but has now served in our Armed Forces is now not an American? Bollocks on that.

Does our republic have a right to protect its borders? Sure, but please don’t act like none of you have your hands clean either. Get off your high horse if you think you are equally innocent. How many of you have continued patronized a restaurant that has employed these type of immigrants? How many of you have continued to shop at the stores that have had the lowest price in green goods? We’ve all taken advantage of the below-market priced labor. How many of you have purchased a newly-built home in the past 20 years? Now, they have children, who are Americans. Get over it. Birthright citizenship is very American (not to mention common in most of the Americas).

These individuals like this Mikelson character, proposing American versions of the Reich laws, are not who you think they are. They are incubators of a police state. When you think “illegal immigrants” you think Mexican, but news flash, they aren’t the majority of such types any longer. Here in Chicago, a good chunk are Polish or Eastern European. But here is the real dangerous part, once you remove birthright citizenship, then who is to say who is a “real American”? You think you are safe because you are say you are “white”? Don’t kid yourself, look at history. These so-called patriots are really hyper-statist wolves in masks. Strip a man of his citizenship, then his assets, once again look at history.