HAS YOUR HOME BEEN HACKED?
If you haven't changed your default settings then your privacy is very likely not your own these days. A mysterious Russian website is live streaming bedrooms and living rooms across the globe. Are you protected?
The BBC reported that products made by Foscam have been noted thus far as the most hacked by this website. This Russian website, which remains unnamed, reportedly has streams from 250 countries. Live footage is being collected from both baby monitors and web cams not only in homes, but businesses as well.
Earwax eater and Florida Democrat congressman Joe Garcia has claimed that “Communism Works.” In a Google chat that was uploaded onto YouTube by the America Rising PAC, a Republican PAC founded in 2013, Congressman Garcia implied that for all of the Republican's talk on limited government, the United States has been pouring money into border cities and adding, “Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right? He continued making a fool of himself by adding, “And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico… And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”
For an American congressman to credit communism for safe border cities should speak volumes of the power trip Democrats are on and how they like to cherry pick success stories to back up their agenda. El Paso can indeed boast low crime. It is a city that is predominately Latino, but its low crime rates have nothing to do with communism.
Yes, she was a single mother living in the family’s mobile home, but for only a few months before she and her daughter moved in with her mother and then went on to an apartment. She was not 19 and divorced, as she's repeatedly said; the decree came when she was 21. Davis married a second time, and her husband provided the money she needed to finish college and attend Harvard Law School. He also kept their two daughters, ages 8 and 2, in Fort Worth while she went to Boston to pursue her law degree. That marriage also ended in divorce, with her husband awarded child custody.
Hollywood celebrities and politicians have a lot in common. They both love to tell others how to run their lives, but often exempt themselves from the rules they wish to impose on the rest of us.
Elitism is defined by: The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserved favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources. While most celebs won’t outwardly admit that they fall into the class-elite, their blinding hypocrisy shows otherwise.
Here are just 5 examples of recent Hollywood double standards.
1. Public Schools. The lefty-elite and believers in big government love public education…for everybody else. But when the money’s flowing, there ain’t no way a famous celeb is going to subject their kids to it if they don’t have to. Matt Damon is the latest caught in a ‘gotcha’ moment. He answered his critics by saying, “… I pay for a private education and I’m trying to get the one that most matches the public education that I had, but that kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system. It’s unfair.”
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This year my daughter, who is seven, is requesting an American Girl doll for Christmas. We recently received the latest catalog in the mail and my daughter read and re-read the catalog more times than I can count. I asked her what doll she would like for Christmas, and at first she wasn't sure. We then started looking at the dolls together, and I soon discovered that the Molly McIntire doll is being retired at the end of 2013. I was in complete shock. Molly was my favorite doll/character growing up. Although my parents were never able to afford to buy her for me, I still read her books voraciously. As a child I loved everything about Molly. I loved her 1940's style, her patriotism, her victory garden, and the willingness of her family to believe in something bigger than themselves. Reading stories about her and the time she lived in gave me pride in the country that I lived in - a country that fought with unwavering strength for the freedom we all cherish. Now, The American Girl Doll Company is hiding her away in their "archives" - for what? To be replaced by a bland, meaningless doll that could be matched to a little girl's own hair color; a doll that has no character or history? How dare they?
Every marriage needs to be reminded why it was they both said “I do”. So, whether you are newlyweds wondering what excitement awaits you tonight or partners with fifty years of marital bliss under your belt…practicing the reasons to say “I do” matters.
Simple Way #1
Lots of marriage counselors suggest you take time for each other as a couple, away from the kids, family, or friends. Setting up a date night on a regular basis is such a great idea it should be written somewhere in the marriage bylaws (if such a thing existed). For some, this can be a day out of each week or it can be bi-weekly and if you just have a busy schedule that would make the President look lame (OK, that was a poor example as he looks lame regardless these days) find one day a month to connect.
You don’t even have to spend a lot of money going to a fancy restaurant or to the movies…you can take the kids to a sitter and just stay home. (However, you are not allowed to turn on the computer, look at your smart phone, or any form of social media!!) You may elect to watch a movie on TV, have a quiet dinner with no interruptions, or turn on some romantic music and dance to a few slow tunes. (My favorite is to pull out our wedding song and a few other oldie Goldie’s that we use to dance to in the beginning)
While web surfing through my favorite news websites this morning I came across an interesting column on Libertarianism.org entitled Politics Makes Us Worse by Aaron Ross Powell. The very first sentence had me intrigued. It was simple yet poignant and I would bet money that it could speak to many Americans who are concerned with our country’s political arena. “In the United States, nothing makes us hate each other quite like politics. Not even religion, the source of so much violence throughout the rest of the world, compares.”
Mr. Powell’s opening statement burned a whole in my brain and made me rethink my own political stances. In general I would consider myself a libertarian. I have often used the word conservatarian and my personal definition of that word is “don’t make me pay for the consequences of your actions.” I am pretty partisan though, I’ll admit it. I, like so many others, watch cable news, read A LOT of political commentary, and have allowed my opinions to sway in one direction. I get angry when I hear a Democrat calling the Tea Party racist by posting pictures of burning crosses to create some type of shock value in order to hide failed policies that they may have voted for. My blood boils even more when I see Republican officials advocate more government spending to a country that is already so far in debt that all the money in the world combined couldn’t pay off what it owes. So I turn to my social networks by posting articles and commentary that reflect my views or resentments. You should see my Facebook page and Twitter feed - all politics (and pictures of my kids but that is neither here nor there).
“It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.” –Fredrick Douglass
It takes a majority of self-reliant and hard working individuals to maintain a strong and prosperous nation. In order for America to remain a beacon of freedom, the values our country was founded upon must be instilled in our children. We should be teaching our rich and tumultuous history in order to illustrate why these principles are so important.
But according to a recent article by Callista Gingrich, we’re not. She references survey results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress which unveiled many disturbing findings.
The study revealed that only one in three fourth-graders could identify the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. Less than half understood why George Washington was an important leader. And a majority of fourth-graders didn't know why the Pilgrims left England.
Mrs. Gingrich, author of 3 children’s books, goes on to say “with education surveys showing dismal results, we must find creative ways to teach our children American history.”
And I couldn't agree more.
"There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start." - Barry Goldwater
I don't know about you, but these last five years since Obama took office has left me tired and drained. I have seen laws like Obamacare shoved down our collective throats. I heard President Obama, in a 2008 speech regarding his daughters and abortion, say, “but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." I have seen this President say that he will negotiate with Iran but he refuses to negotiate with Republicans. Cheryl K. Chumley of The Washington Times reported on March 28, 2013 that “[e]nrollment in the food stamp program — officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — has soared by 70 percent in the years since President Obama first took office...” Yes, friend, I feel weary, exhausted and sometimes defeated. We need heroes, and I believe they are in our midst.