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While Sec. Sebilius was in the process of testifying before congress the infamous gateway into the world of healthcare panacea was down.

How embarrassing!!!   This was put in front of her while she was testifying at 11:56 EDT Oct 30th in Congress!!

This is the same message you will receive at some point while trying to find the most basic information:

THREE YEARS TO MAKE A WEBSITE and we get a trainwreck !   THIS DOES NOT INSTILL CONFIDENCE in Washington controlled programs that are to now affect how we receive healthcare.  All in the name of redistribution of wealth on the not so subtle Democratic Socialist Agenda.

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TO MY LIBERTARIAN FRIENDS !!!!     Is there any more blatent example of why BIG GOVERNMENT is not a solution to our domestic needs!  She was questioned this morning as to whether or not she had a back up plan IF IN FACT not enough healthy young people sign up for a plan that they don’t feel they need.   She had no answer… except to say they would be “encouraged ” to sign up.    ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP…? What does that mean?  How will that encouragement be implemented?  Higher penalties?   Criminal action?  Will we now need a new Depart of of Health Care Enforcement to be created by Big Brother?  Moderate Democrats that drank the cool aid still have time to come to their senses and vote out these leftist ideologues from the Senate and House.

Finally — Any pretense that the individual will have choice is bogus.  This situation comes from the party that expounds to be PRO CHOICE.  What hypocrisy.  Not only is this program a TAX but its a tax of the most insidious kind.  It sets the stage for the rationalization of MASSIVE government regulation over individual liberty.  Everything we eat, drink and even do will look to be controlled!!!    All in the name of reducing health care costs…..  Read 1984 and Brave New World…. its unfolding before your eyes Democrats and YOU are enabling it!   INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE SOUGHT TO BE CONTROLLED MORE AND MORE BY THE NANNY STATE!    The Affordable Care Act has in fact set this ugly future in motion as it suits the Socialist agenda perfectly!   Moderate Democrats have a chance to wake up and align with Moderate Republicans under a LIBERTARIAN banner.  Our personal freedoms are at stake…

In the latest polling regarding the use of military retaliation by the U.S. unilaterally against Syria for chemical weapons use:  The vast majority of Americas see the conflict there as a NO WIN situation, and while terrible to witness, like all civil wars, we should stay out of it and stop being the world’s self appointed policeman on this mostly US internal political issue thanks to the President’sability to paint himself into a political corner at home. The vast majority of Americans feel that while the use of chemical weapons, or any WMD, is horrific and immoral in any form, U.S. intervention alone without the full international support and the support of Russia especially is only more likely to make the instability in the Middle East.  Russia is Syria’s ally.  Russia needs to be held accountable for controlling the regime in Damascus NOT the U.S.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an old saying on the battle field going back to the Art of War by Sun Zhu. There are many others examples in the Middle East where we should supporting the lesser of two evils while working diplomatically to turn the lesser evil into a better world citizen.  The world deplores internal civil wars and the killing of innocent people REGARDLESS of the type of weapons used to do the killing.  If the Syrian Air Force had carpet bombed that town killing even more, wiping it out, would the world applaud?  Is it ok to slaughter 10,000 or by conventional weapons?   Should we intervene in every civil war that breaks out in the world?  In fact the U.S. should find common ground with Russia and China to give THEM cover to intervene!  The U.S. needs to keep out of this unless U.S. security or harm to its people is directly threatened –  for example if WMD were about to fall in the hands of radical Islamic extremists sworn to use it against the U.S. and its allies.  Its hard to see how this is accomplished by a politically motivated cruise missile strike against targets that are now already hardened or contain hundreds of “human shields” just of the “principle of it”  weeks and weeks after the event occurred.  This detached “punitive action” which should come from the parent (Russia / China) and not an stranger can only end badly.  Think about it…   Who should be responsible for punishing the actions of Syria against its own people?  Russia or the U.S.?  Its not our child.

Once again the ideology of this President that the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government knows what’s good for everyone, both internally and externally of its borders, has to come to a stop.  Libertarians in the U.S. need to raise their voices more loudly and the Republican Party needs to embrace more strongly LIBERTARIAN PRINCIPLES.



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Gas weapons in the hands of radical Islamic extremists is a far greater threat to the security of the U.S. and other nations, Russia included,  than those same weapons in the hands of the Syrian military.  Iraq is a case in point.  At least the former dictator did not tolerate Islamic extremism and fought tooth and nail against our greatest threat to world peace and instability. Iran.  We have that specter now in Egypt and Libya and even possibly Iraq not to mention Afghanistan.  The internal factional conflicts within Islam historically between Sunni and Shia and other historical divisions between the peoples in the Middle East is not our responsibility to solve through our prism of the world. As I recall, even in WWII we did not go it alone!  This is also NOT a police action where American lives or assets were being threatened.

Strikes like the one contemplated to somehow “punish” Asad because of an imaginary “Red Line” will only make the region more insecure with potentially the loss of many more lives. we are playing right into the hands of Iran who is just waiting for an excuse to kill Jews.  This action could well be the match that lights that explosive tinder box.  Why?  Because of the ego of one man in the White House?  Again… it should be Russia and China’s responsibility to reign in the Assad regime and sanction them for using WMD via the U.N. or themselves unilaterally.   Not the U.S.   We have no history and understanding of what is really going on there.  It will only cause an escalation of conflict as the Isrealis fully understand and they themselves intend to capitalize on for self preservation.

With the U.S. administration once again demonstrating how it remains impeccable at mis-reading the politics in the Middle East, it finds itself now in a sever dilemma.  Which side to support  in the current crisis it helped create?

Mubarick’s release signals a shift back to strong central secular government principles that hopefully will keep a lid on all culturally destabilizing forces like the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic extremist groups within the Egyptian borders.  It should be of no surprise to anyone that while it is unlikey that Mubarik himself will not regain the Presidency, it is very likely his supporters will prevail.  This leaves the U.S. once again in the position of aligning itself with the wrong players with respect to improving stabilization efforts in the Middle East.  How can we be trusted by our long standing partners??  Are we either intentionally or unintentionally facilitating the destabilization of the cultures within countries that we claim to have been supporters of a tolerant Middle East? American voters are beginning to ask themselves that question.  What world cultural future state are we really aligned with ?  The enemy of my enemies is my friend is not such a bad philosophy in a savage world of terrorism hell bent on oppressive domination of  a theorcratic intolerant ideology.

The Obama Administration, clearly must be regretting the part it played in creating the mess the world is witnessing. The White House has been played like a fiddle in the “Arab Spring” movement across the globe.  Is it really possible that this administration did not learn from the “elections” held in Gaza where Hamas was elected “democratically” in the vacuum created there when Abbas left.  The White House and State Department I feel certain were warned by countries like Jordan and Saudi Arabia that the vacuum being created in Cairo  mwould be filled by Islamist radicals and clearly that is what has happened.

We need to once and for all learn to stay out of Middle Eastern politics and allow the more secular Middle Eastern nations intervene and step up to protect global stability.  The best thing that John Kerry can do now is to denounce the Egyptian violence while at the same time assisting the military behind the scenes to regain control.  How much damage has been done abroad by this administration related to real religious  and personal freedoms remains to be seen. Witness the persecution of Coptic Christians by the “Movement” we backed!  1960s and 70s Democtrate hippies now in power in Washington need to understand not every movement by the “people” represents social “progress”.

Its time for a LIBERTARIAN viewpoint to emerge in American politics.  We need to learn how to better protect ourselves and stop picking sides in political struggles  overseas we don’t understand.  — Editor


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Improved Mobile Computing between Apple iPad iPhone and Microsoft Software

drop-google-cloudSo you received a new iPad or iPhone as a gift.  You’ve spent a good portion of your time playing with it, loading up all sorts of wonderful aps from the Apple App Store, and guess what, you really love it!. You might even have taught yourself how to sync all your devices using iCloud! Life is good… right?  Well so you thought, at least until you tried to figure out how to use some of your most important Microsoft Office applications while traveling.

You painfully discover that if you need to use Microsoft MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint or any of the MS Office suite back at the office, you’re are going to have a big problem using your new iPad mini, iPad Retina or iPhone5 to produce work using Windows based applications. In fact now you might also be thinking I sure wish this gift was a Microsoft Surface tablet instead!  Well now, that’s water under bridge. After all, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth do you?  So then just what IS the best approach and strategy to use your new iPad and iPhone on the road and still get the work done you need on the Microsoft Office Suite?

Solving this cross application platform problem is not as simple as downloading a free app or even a single paid for app for that matter.  More that likely you probably already discovered that sad fact!  Trust us, we have tried almost every editor and application out there.  None provide a one stop solution. At most you may be able to READ a file but not edit it. However we did some research and in doing so discovered and tested a clever way of using a few strategic apps together, most of them free, alongside a powerful PC utility coupled with free cloud based resources (no, not iCloud). If you set these up correctly the combination of these small applications provided below will allow you to work “on the go” across both your Apple Devices AND your PC based desktop / laptop seamlessly and without spending a whole lot of extra money!

This review will help answer these questions:

1. How can I use a free PC based cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive to share files across devices? (Between Apple and Windows PC computers)

2. How do I edit and save a file in MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel on-the-go with my Apple Device and still be able to edit that same file on my PC when I get to the home or office?

3. How to edit work in Microsoft Word .docx .ppt or .xls file using and iPad so that it can still be edited on a PC?

4. How to backup files on your Apple Devices and synchronize them with your PC Desktop so that the files are always CURRENT across all of your iPhone, iPad and also PC Windows based computers?


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Updated for 2015: How To Completely Uninstall and Remove All Traces of iTunes – (So it can be properly reinstalled or deleted!)

How To Uninstall iTunes

Are you going crazy trying to completely uninstall or reinstall iTunes on your PC?

Scenario: Your latest download of iTunes got corrupted on your computer somehow, or was interrupted during installation. Doesn’t matter how. It happened to me. I realized I had to uninstall itunes and then reinstall iTunes. So I thought I would just download the latest version first and try reloading it. No dice. So I thought ok, I would first remove it using the ADD/REMOVE feature in the control panel and try again. Not so simple.  I found I could not remove the iTunes program off the Programs list! Reloading itunessetup.exe gave errors and would not start. Errors like: ” iTunes could not connect because an unknown error occurred 0xE8000003 ” are common errors among others. In my ensuing hours of Google research I found many posts of folks with just these very same issues and even worse! So let me share with you some of the answers, tips and software that I found from all the forums and sources I researched that will help you solve this problem once and for all and keep you from going completely nuts!!

First here is your overall objective:
1. Before you can reinstall iTunes you must first remove all remnants of the following applications listed including all “left over” files from your registry. Yep… that scary place on your PC !! :

First try removing each of these with their own “uninstallers” directly or by using the ADD/REMOVE application located in your Control Panel. Start –> Control Panel –> Add/Remove Programs. You must remove them in the order you see them below. If you are lucky you will be able to remove all of them just using your ADD/REMOVE program and everything will be fine after a registry cleanup and re-boot.

  1. iTunes Software
  2. Quicktime
  3. Apple Software Update
  4. Apple Mobile Support
  5. Bonjour (especially Bonjour, the most problematic and most difficult component to remove properly! )
  6. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)
  7. iPhone (if you have it loaded)
  8. and anything else related to iTunes — that’s the tough part where you need to be careful, for instance ver.10 they started adding the Safari browser which should also be removed during an uninstall just to be safe due to the tangled registry network apple is using! **

After these steps run a Registry Cleaner like RegCure to clean up left behind registry keys. This is especially important if you plan on reinstalling iTunes after you remove it, otherwise iTunes may think you still have the original copy installed and the new install will not install properly. This is also important to run if you try using any of the faster more fool proof automated removal downloads below. You may need to run RegCure and then try the process again. You can download a free copy here.

If you are lucky the above process will work first time around!

If all else fails there is an excellent detailed manual written and designed specifically to REMOVE ALL TRACES of iTunes from your PC. It also includes special removal software in the download. You can obtain it from the links below.  It’s less than ten bucks but it kept me from spending hours going nuts trying to fix this problem. They include detailed step by step instructions and software that does the registry changes for you automatically. You must follow the instructions STEP by STEP and in the order given and be sure to read all the instructions carefully first and it will work fine in the majority of cases (it works for > 95% of users unless you have other serious problems in your PC registry)RegCure might help in this case. They offer no guarantees but it did work perfectly for me and judging from the rest of the feedback here on our site, it worked perfectly for the vast majority of our readers who have used it.  Here are a few different sources if you want to find it and try it:

Check for the latest version and to find best deal at the download sites below:

E-Junkie: http://www.e-junkie.com/rockbridge/product/371521.php

PayLoadZ: http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=514696

Amazon: There is also an iPad / Kindle version over at Amazon as well: ( B003VD1IRM )

Rockbridge: http://rockbridgedownloads.com/ebooks/



**Note: The downloads at E-Junkie, PayLoadZ and Rockbridge both include special uninstaller software in the download that does a full and complete registry entry cleanup automatically  They include it within the downloadable zip file / package. It works great if you decide you would prefer to use automatic removal software to remove iTunes instead of making all the registry edits yourself manually which can be dangerous and crash your pc if you make a mistake! Obviously there is no download software in the Amazon Kindle version but there are references to the links above or you can get only the software if you are a registered reader here – but without the instruction manual – be careful if you don’t know what you are doing if you use it.  Compare the cost alternatives first and choose the one that makes the most  sense and works for you !!

P.S. Some of you have also asked us to update this post and recommend some really good software other than iTunes to manage and organize your music.  We did some research on a number of iTunes alternatives and found that an excellent top rated alternative is one called MediaMonkey.  This software actually has a free trial version so you can check it out yourself, which we always recommend, and the program also syncs music files directly with your iPhone, iPod, iPad and even the Android and other new smart phones.  Certainly its worth checking out if you are looking for a better alternative to iTunes!

If you found this post useful please consider registering with us to gain access to our software download area. Registration is free. Once registered you will be able to download free PC software utilities such as RegCure, RevoUninstaller and CCleaner along with special discounts and vendor coupons on the latest brand name software.  We provide this access as an added benefit and value added service to our registered readership…  Learn more…
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Welcoming in the  2013 Fiscal Overhang

With less than a few hours remaining in 2012, our so called “leaders” in Washington should still have plenty of time to find the most promising spot to kick on our fiscal garbage can in order to send it way down Pennsylvania Ave and well away from the White House for the next Congress to deal with.  Oh happy days!

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