Donald Trump: The War on Christmas Starts Early

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Starbucks hasn’t announced their cup design and Halloween is a couple weeks away, but Donald Trump made sure to start the fires early at his speech at the Values Voter Summit today. This group, composed primarily of Evangelicals, gathers to discuss items like traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government.

Trump has made sure to fuel the “us vs. them” mentality, by telling attendees that, “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo- Christian values.”

He went on,”We’re getting near that season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct.”

He complained that department stores will decorate, and they’ll say other things. But guess what? Donald Trump says “we’re” going to say “Merry Christmas” again! Hallelujah and pass the potatoes!

Look, I like Christmas. I will wish you a “Merry Christmas” if I know you celebrate. I will wish people I don’t know “Happy Holidays” because it’s a nice thing to do. It doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped loving Jesus. I’m not embarrassed by him. I AM embarrassed by Christians who have to throw tantrums if people don’t celebrate the way they think they should. I am embarrassed that this season that is supposed to be about love is becoming a season of “This is a Christian nation, and we are persecuted because people are being politically correct.” I AM embarrassed by the leader of the free world acting like a twit, and Christians fawning all over him.

Trump is not bringing Christmas back to America. It’s always been here. Our last president celebrated Christmas and, no, he didn’t call them holiday trees like the internet rumors say.

Maybe Trump should stop fueling wars on his home territory. I worry about the real wars we are facing.

 

Our Review of the BOBINE Flexible iPhone Dock

This KickStarter funded project was sent to us to review from [FUSE] chicken.  This company makes a variety of charging cables, travel cables, phone docks, and stands. The product we were sent to review is called BOBINE, and is touted as “the world’s most flexible iPhone dock.”

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photo courtesy of [FUSE] chicken

photos courtesy of [FUSE] chicken

Unfortunately, as we don’t have iPhones, and the BOBINE is designed specifically for iPhones, I was unable to actually use the product on my phone, but I did unbox the product, and got to experience how well it is manipulated to be used in various manners- such as this tripod. It seemed to be a very sturdy cord, and handy to use for charging your phone while

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youtube videos of the product in action in a moving vehicle show that it’s not as stable as a mount on your dash- a bit wiggly, but sufficient to use for hands- free calling or getting directions.

This YouTube video demonstrates ways to flex the stand to make it more sturdy.

 

I enjoyed the tag that was attached to the cord:

“While this product may seem self- explanatory, PLEASE READ the Start Guide first!”

The other side read:

“Stop!

Twist me, curve me, bend me, but PLEASE DON’T fold me or be overly aggressive as I have feelings too.”

Attached to the instructions is the personal e-mail for the founder of the company. It’s nice to see companies with personable service and a sense of humor.

This nice product is 24 inches long, comes with a unique registration code so you can obtain a warranty within 90 days of purchase, and it’s available for $34.95 on the company website. Free shipping on product over $50, too!

BSA Officially Announces Girls to be Welcomed Into the Program

Kyrie participated in the ATV program at BSA summer camp

Kyrie participated in the ATV program at BSA summer camp

Rumors have been swirling over the past few months that the Boy Scouts of America program was testing the waters to determine if families would like to allow girls into the program. Today, the Board of Directors announced that they have unanimously voted to welcome girls into the Cub Scout program, and that older girls will have the chance to earn the Eagle rank.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”

Starting next year, parents will be able to sign Cub Scout aged girls up to join as well as their boys. Dens will be single-gendered, though, so boys will still be learning their stuff with other boys and girls with girls. Packs already in existence can choose to integrate the girls, or keep them separate. Many Cub Scout Packs already involve the whole family, so allowing the girl dens to participate doesn’t seem much of a stretch.

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The program to allow girls to earn the coveted Eagle rank isn’t slated to be available until 2019. I don’t suppose that my own daughter who is already part of the co-ed Boy Scout program of Venturing, will be able to attain that rank, as she will be 16 when that rolls around. She hasn’t had the opportunity to earn merit badges- even though she has taught the classes at Boy Scout summer camp.

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Teaching the Canoeing Merit Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyrie went rappelling with our Boy Scout troop and Venture Crew

Kyrie went rappelling with our Boy Scout troop and Venture Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl Scouts’ president is not likely to be thrilled about this announcement, as Kathy Hopinkah already sent a letter to the BSA in August accusing the Boy Scouts of stealing recruits from their program.

This new announcement, I believe, is another step in the right direction, as many girls want to be included in what their brothers are doing. In some areas, the Boy Scout program is more enticing than Girl Scouts because the program is geared to do more adventurous things(although, some Girl Scout troops also do exciting things-depending on leadership).

The question now is when will they allow Atheists and Agnostics into their program?

You can read the official story from the Boy Scout Newsroom here.

Mike Pence Protests the NFL on Taxpayers’ Dime

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Vice President Mike Pence attended Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and his hometown Indianapolis Colts briefly, in what appears to be a planned protest of kneeling football players.

Well, he says that he was attending the game specifically because Peyton Manning was being honored, but instead of focusing on honoring Manning, it seems that he has taken the focus off that and turned it into a political statement.

It doesn’t appear that Pence had planned on staying for the entire game, as the journalists with him were told to stay in their vans- that there might be an early departure from the game. Donald Trump tweeted that he told Pence to leave if there were any players kneeling during the national anthem.

This obviously reeks of a planned PR stunt.

Yahoo Sports columnist, Dan Wetzel was right on the button that “this is nothing more than political grandstanding.”

“Next up, Mike Pence will attend an R-rated movie and walk out in protest if there is any foul language, violence or adult situations,” he quipped.

This political grandstanding has been estimated to have cost around $242,000 for the use of Air Force 2 alone. Part of that is paid by the RNC, since he flew to a fundraiser in Los Angeles after that. The cost has not factored in personnel like Secret Service, or anything else needed to support his visit to the stadium.

Hawaiian Democratic Senator Brian Schatz tweeted his criticism that many are feeling:

Am I alone in thinking that it as disrespectful to use the national anthem to make your own anti-protest political statement, as it is to some to kneel during the anthem? Our nation is hurting after hurricanes, mass shootings, and healthcare uncertainty, and instead of listening to those they are supposed to be uniting, the leaders in our White House are throwing tantrums and pulling expensive publicity stunts? Is this real Christianity put forth by those touted to be good Christian men?
What do you think could be done to unite our country? Leave a comment below.

AOL Says Goodbye to Instant Messenger

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Many of us older people began our internet memories with the sounds of screeching and humming, and after glorious connection finally appeared, the famous “You’ve got mail!” announcement.

AOL Instant Messenger was integrated in the AOL program. Remember when you could get free hours of internet with a simple CD sent in the mail? The little yellow running man greeting us on the screen? Ah, fond memories of the late 90s.

There were competitors to the chat app, though. ICQ, and Yahoo! IM were some big rivals. When Facebook came along, there wasn’t much use for the app anymore, but there have still been users on a platform with some bare bones support.

From their blog on Tumblr, Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath announced,“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.”

Thanks for the memories, AOL!

SmartHalo Turns Regular Bicycles into Smart Ones

Technology is improving life all the time, and this product will improve your life if you like to bike. The SmartHalo will turn any ordinary bike into a smart one.

This project was funded on Kick-Starter and Indiegogo, and started shipping in late June. Customers all over the world have enjoyed great features like navigation, a fitness tracker, an alarm, and even a personal assistant- all in one little gadget that fits on any standard bike.

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Navigation

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the convenience of finding your way without looking at your phone, or trying to hear directions over the din of traffic? The lights on this device will smartly point you in the direction you want to go. Simply plug the address in to the special app for SmartHalo, and follow the smart lights that point you in the direction you want to go.

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This invisible cyclist will be turning left.

When you reach your destination, the entire circle lights up. Also, the navigation system will try to keep you on bike routes, and will inform you when you should use caution and walk your bike.

Light

If you are riding at night, you want to be seen. The SmartHalo is super smart, and turns on as it gets dark. When you’re done with your ride, it turns off automatically. Set the brightness, or adjust it to flash through the app.

Alarm

Cars have alarms to annoy people if they get set off. You now have the option of a similar annoyance with your bike. The alarm is quite loud, not as loud as a car alarm, maybe, but it could probably deter a thief if they are messing with your bike.

Fitness

Track your speed, elevation and mileage. Set some goals. You don’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket.

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Personal Assistant

Want to know if a call is coming in? A blue light will flash to notify you.

 

All in all, we’re pretty impressed with this little device. The price is right at $150 US dollars, and you can buy it on the SmartHalo website, and even in Apple stores!

disclaimer- TheGeekChurch was sent this product to review in exchange for our unbiased opinion.

Moscow, Idaho Joins the Movement to Change the Name of Columbus Day

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The first city in the state of Idaho to do so, Moscow City Council members voted on Monday to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vote was in favor of changing it 5 to 1.  This just in time- as Columbus Day happens on October 9th.

The Moscow Human Rights Commission Chair, Ken Faunce, was in attendance at the city council meeting to explain why the name change needed to happen.

“Columbus is a symbol to Native American groups of slavery, massacres, genocides, violence,” Faunce stated. “All of these kinds of things, so we want to change it for that symbolic reason, that it honors Native Americans.”

Moscow sits on Nez Perce land, and other tribes lived in the area as well.

“We wanted to show that this was Native land first, and we came here second, so we wanted to honor them for that.”

 

“The other reason we’re pushing it is Columbus himself,” explained Faunce. “He shouldn’t have a holiday. He shouldn’t be a hero because he was a mass murderer, he was an abuser, he was a slaver, a sexual slaver, selling people as young as age 10 into the sex trade.”

Not all area residents are thrilled with this decision. Comments on the article on the local radio news page has comments such as ” Very poor move it changes nothing just a bunch of liberal left wing Democrats wanting to revise history,” and “That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of, what’s wrong with You people! 

The Oatmeal has a great cartoon lesson on Columbus Day for those who want a challenge to the lessons they learned about in elementary school.

I wish I had clips from the ABC show Blackish. Tonight’s episode fit right in with the subject matter at hand, as the characters were upset about the way the kids’ Columbus Day was inaccurately portrayed. They came up with a new holiday “Juneteenth” to fill in the void in the lack of “black holidays.”

So what do you think? Join in the discussion with your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Massacre in Las Vegas Kills at Least 58, More Than 500 Wounded

Flags are at half-mast today in the wake of this tragedy

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People are mourning, speculating this morning, as late night news broke over a mass shooting at a Country music concert last night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The current count is 58 dead, 515 injured. This latest terrorist attack adds to the heartbreak our nation faces as more and more people die every day.

The facts are that the shooter was a sixty-four year old, Caucasian male. Although ISIS has made claims that this shooting was attributed to them, there has not been any indication that is the truth. The gunman shot at the concert-goers with an automatic rifle from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. He was found dead in his hotel room with 10 other guns. The brother of the shooter said that he wasn’t aware of any mental illness.

So now we come to the questioning of what can we do. Has our nation become numb to this kind of event anymore? Wringing our hands and offering our prayers and condolences. Prayer seems to work only as much as giving us something to do when we don’t know what else to do, but it hasn’t stopped the other 272 mass shootings in 2017. 

Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, said in a statement, “The investigation into the horrific shooting last night in Las Vegas is ongoing.” He added,“To the many families whose lives have been changed forever by this heinous act, we offer you our prayers and our promise that we will do everything in our power to get justice for your loved ones.”

I can’t begin to fathom what kind of justice their families are going to get. The man who committed the act has killed himself. Will Congress step up and put limits on guns? I can’t imagine that is likely. Note, I do not believe all guns should be banned.  I believe we need to see limits.  I allow my kids to shoot rifles and shot guns at Scout camp. Guns are not inherently evil, but I believe that our culture has lifted them as idols, and I would hope to see something done. Other countries have seen their gun violence go down as a result of their gun bans. For sure, there are always people who say that criminals will find a way. Maybe so, but perhaps we can decrease the rates. No one needs a gun that can mow down 50 plus people in 10 minutes or less.

How can we resolve this problem we face in America? Leave your comments below.

 

#NationalCoffeeDay

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#NationalCoffeeDay- My drink of choice tonight was Mocha Frappe from McDonalds

Today is a day that people who are connoisseurs of a certain kind of bean can get in on. It is National Coffee Day! Now, I know, every day is a celebration of coffee, right? Well, maybe not to the members of the faith that I was raised in, but I can drink the beverage guilt-free now! So how did you celebrate the day?

Stores across the nation had special deals on some coffee drinks. Ironically, the store one would think would offer their customers some kind of bargain on their specialty item did not really have a sale, but Starbucks celebrated today, and will continue to celebrate through Sunday by having no menu boards. Instead, Starbucks is sharing information with customers about how their coffee purchases have made a difference, and will educate on the company’s commitment to coffee from ethical and sustainable sources.

Several other offers were available. A local coffee shop in our area used 20% of the proceeds made today on purchases to go toward Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster relief.

Fun facts about coffee:

 80% of adults consume caffeine every day in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration says the average intake is 200 milligrams,which is about two five-ounce cups of coffee.

The original definition of coffee means “wine.”

Coffee was originally named qahwah, came from the Yemen term for wine. The Turks called it kahveh, then the Dutch referred to it as koffie. Donald Trump prefers covfefe. Just kidding, I had to get the joke in somehow.

Decaf is not really caffeine-free.

An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has two-to-12 milligrams of caffeine, while a regular cup of coffee has anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams. Not a whole lot of caffeine, but you are not escaping it altogether by pouring the decaf in your cup.

 Brazil produces most of the world’s coffee.

40% of the world’s coffee comes out of Brazil- twice as much as Colombia and Vietnam(who come in 2nd and 3rd in production).

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on our planet.

The Global Exchange tells us that there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. It comes in 2nd to oil.

Mormons aren’t the only ones who have banned coffee.

The first ban seems to originate in Mecca in 1511. Why?  Leaders believed it stimulated radical thinking.  Italian clergymen in the 16th century tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” That ban was lifted by Pope Clement VII, a coffee lover in 1600. Ottoman leader Murad IV created punishments for coffee drinkers in 1623  which included beatings and being thrown into the sea. In 1746, Swedes weren’t even allowed to have cups or plates for coffee. In 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia declared that beer was superior to coffee, so he proclaimed a manifesto to prevent coffee from being chosen over beer.

There may be some health benefits to drinking coffee

According to WebMD, research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetesParkinson’s disease, and dementia. They also have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes.

 

Now I leave you with Ralph’s World “The Coffee Song.” Let me know what your favorite drink is by leaving a comment below!

NFL and Patriotism Myths and Rumors Debunked

As posted not long ago, an immense pet peeve of mine is when people spread rumors on the internet. Once they begin to go around, they spread like wildfire, and many begin to use it as cold, hard fact. The #TakeaKnee and #IStand debacle is tearing a deeper hole in our country, and the rumors being spread do not help. I’ve even been guilty of not researching something I posted on Facebook about this, so I’m going to clear up some of these rumors today.

A letter from NFL Owners Saying Their Players Must Stand

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This letter has been attributed both to Clark Hunt, and also to Jerry Jones- owner of the Dallas Cowboys. This meme has been going around about Jerry Jones for nearly a year, and the Cowboys tried to show how wrong people were about it by kneeling before the National Anthem with Mr. Jones, and then standing- arms linked during.

Jerry Jones with his players before the National Anthem Photo credit:AP

Jerry Jones with his players before the National Anthem Photo credit:AP

According to Yahoo Sports, Jerry Jones has never forbidden his players to protest by taking a knee, but he HAS shared that the anthem is close to his heart.

Members of Congress Refuse to Stand for the Pledge

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This picture was posted on one of my Facebook posts by a friend. It was stated that it was Congress, with some members protesting. This is actually the New York senate in a leadership crisis during 2009. More details can be found on TruthorFiction.com. Yes, it is true that these are Democrats who are refusing to stand while the room is being led in the Pledge of Allegiance. It is false that this is currently going on, or that this is happening in Congress.

There have been House lawmakers “taking a knee” on the floor.

NFL Players Required to Stand According to League Rules?

A copy/paste statement has spread through Facebook land saying,“The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states: ‘The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. ‘During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition… …It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.’”

News sources such as this one from KREM news have verified that there is no such rule in the NFL books.

 

NFL Players Have Not Been on the Field for the National Anthem Before 2009

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This is one that I failed to check before posting. According to Snopes, this is a mixture of truth and fiction. The truth is that players were not required to be on the field until 2009 during primetime games. This was due to network timing issues. The anthem wasn’t televised during that time. On other games like Sunday, players lined the field during the anthem.

The NFL was given monies by the Department of Defense, but the time period doesn’t quite align with the years given, so it can’t be said that it had a direct relation to what was happening with the players lining up on the field, so I will retract using this meme as evidence of bad patriotism, although I do have an issue with taxpayer dollars going toward recruitment advertising at NFL football games.

I assume there are more memes floating around that contain falsehoods, so if you see more floating around, let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.