Right now the laptop that you dear readers purchased for me has decided that its time may have come.
And Murphy being Murphy it has made this decision to do so at 6 p.m. on a Saturday Evening, I’m currently across the street typing at my neighbor Daves house while I re-backup my harddrive to an external drive through a portable enclosure to my 2nd backup drive so I can use my home pc to function for a day or two.
The question becomes this: Do I get the laptop repaired or do I purchase a new one?
As you might recall the last time I was in this position you kindly came through and I was able to purchase the Acer that I know have for $350. At the time it was a bottom of the line machine but much better than what I had. For that amount of money I could likely do the same, a bottom of the line machine would not likely cost any more than $350-400 and as long as it had a card reader compatible with my Camera’s card I would be golden.
Not knowing for sure what the issue is with the machine, it’s likely that a repair will cost maybe $200 but maybe more.
Of course I could go for a bigger machine, but Blogcon is next month and it is unclear where the money for that is coming from either.
So if you are in a position to give a hand it would be most welcome, if not, times are tough I understand.
Oh and to the folks at the cozy corner looking for my review, the review is all written but the photos are on the hard drive that I’m trying to access and windows is being rather particular about letting me access them so it might be a little time before I can get it done.
(as you might guess blogging will be a bit sporadic until I resolve this issue.)
As Andrew Breitbart pointed out the real battleground for America is in the culture as it was demonstrated in the last few days.
The left has gone all out to portray any opposition to the new Government mandate on Catholic Institutions as an “attack on women”. American’s United for life call this “con” for what it is:
While AUL was pointing out this con, the left was perpetuating a second literal one on GOP members.
The aptly named Sandra Fluke aptly since none of her actions were a 30-year-old activist was portrayed as a 23-year-old co-ed by the left and her supporters held a Mock hearing on Capital Hill to bemoan the idea that Georgetown, a Catholic College would not pay for her birth control at $1000 a year. As Jammie Wearing Fool discovered:
In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.
And play her they did, when Rush Limbaugh crunched the numbers and used the adjective “Slut” to describe her, not a gentlemanly word, the left pounced, but Rush stood firm. As Stacy McCain pointed out.
If we remove “slut” from our discourse, we thereby discard half the reward of chastity, namely the superiority of prestige that the virtuous woman should rightly enjoy in comparison to those who are less virtuous. And, I must hasten to add, we also degrade our discourse if we misuse “slut” as an ugly synonym for “woman I don’t like,” as the Left uses the word against conservative women who have never done anything to deserve a reputation for promiscuity.
The degradation of language is one of the weapons of totalitarianism.
Now I’m a big proponent of acting like a gentleman so I wouldn’t have said what Rush did, but I decided to ask some specific questions:
I think these are very good question and I’d love to hear the answers as would Amy Farah Fowler::
Sheldon: Based on the number of awkward encounters I’ve had with strange men leaving her apartment in the morning plus the number of times she’s returned home wearing the same clothes she wore the night before…
Penny: OK Sheldon I think you’ve made your point…
Sheldon: ..So we multiply 193 – 21 men before the lost of virginity so 172 times .18 gives us 30.96 sexual partners. Let’s round that up to 31.
Penny: OK Sheldon you are SO wrong, that is not close to the real number..(to the waitress)…I’m gonna need a drink over here…
Amy: This is very interesting cultural perceptions are subjective: In your mind Penny: Are you a slut?
Obviously we need to organize a boycott of the Big Bang Theory, STAT!
I’ve not heard a single Republican politician stand up to the media narrative on this. Instead of projecting surrogate modesty towards Fluke, they project it towards Limbaugh, who is calling the truth for what it is. Fluke, a 30 year-old (presented as a 23 year-old college coed by the media) women’s activist/professional student, is likely not having monogamous sex with the same man approximately 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years (in order to satisfy the calculations about which she felt confident enough to present during a congressional testimony). If she is, kudos! But promiscuity is not the hallmark of a virtuous woman. Is it Limbaugh’s fault for pointing it out or Fluke’s fault for the behavior? It’s a rhetorical question and the answer proved Limbaugh’s entire point.
The real war on women is being perpetuated upon us by our own sex; women who seek to place us under the control of a pimp-daddy government by demanding it cover all our needs, in exchange for control, or force private entities to do so in its stead.
I think all of this is a sign of what I was talking about yesterday. The Democrats and the media know that President Obama and the Democrats only win if they are not talking about their record.
This is yet another manifestation of this, and if we fall for it, the more fool us.
the President’s budget, again, is a turd, while Harry Reid’s constipation rages and he won’t even leave one. The deficit is about to wrap around the moon. &c, &c, &c.
This entire contraception debate is a twofer: it both destroys and distracts. When you understand that the Administration is purely about destroying this country, all of this idiocy comes into diabolical focus.
What will Sandra Fluke’s Czar title be in the next Obama Administration? I like Postmodern Absurd Distraction Czar. Your suggestions in the comments.
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
I predict that Rush’s apology will be produce the same calming effect as Molly Norris’ and Barack Obama’s apologizes to radical Islamists.
Update 3: On further reaction I think Rush is about to Breitbart the MSM, and the left. They will not accept his apology and he will open his show noting the similarities in the reaction to his apology by the left and the reaction of Afghans to Obama’s apology.
My husband and I had to attend a late mass today, and we managed to make it to the last available mass at parish in the next town. We haven’t gone to this parish in a while, and as we drove the main thoroughfare we were shocked to see how many businesses were gone — restaurants that had been around for 20 years — closed. Small businesses my kids used to patronize — shuttered and disappeared. Even realtor offices were closed — not surprising given the market, but still.
Medical office “parks” had signs advertising available space. The gas prices were the highest we have seen in our lifetimes. My husband remarked that those businesses having managed to stay open with gas at $3.50 a gallon might yet see their doors close as already-struggling customers have to re-budget and re=-prioritize their spending, and everyone needs $4.50 a gallon gas to get to work or — as is often the case, to just go look for work.
Very depressing. And I don’t think we’re anywhere near out of the woods yet.
For the left there HAS to be a different crisis, because they certainly don’t talk about this one.
Secondly let me direct you to the following lines from my latest Under the Fedora Column that the Conservatory decided to run a day early.
I think the left has overplayed this. Rush’s phrasing was ungentlemanly, but women aren’t dopes. They might not like what Rush said, but they know what $83 a month for birth control means, and voters in general are even less likely to be in favor of paying that $83 a month per woman.
It is time to take a stand against the left-wing tactic of going after advertisers. Carbonite is the company on which to make that stand.
First, Carbonite is so associated with Rush that it must have a high number of Rush listeners as subscribers. Far more, I suspect, than those who love to hear Ed Schultz call the Tea Party names. So a reaction can be effective.
With or without Carbonite Rush still has 20 million loyal listeners I suspect that companies like Carbonite that didn’t like the pressure from the left will like the mass cancellations and the non-existent renewals of those 20 million a whole lot more.
Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio at 10 AM we are going to start by remembering Andrew Breitbart.
At 10:45 we will begin the first of our series of Voices of the Candidates with Brian K. Hill who is running for US senate in Connecticut
And in our second hour we will talk to the makers of Cherry Tree for children marketing a series of aps and products for kids emphasizing Patriotic and American values and stories for Children.
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