Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Walk In The Park

No Really. I got out with the family and took a walk. I grabbed the camera and took some great shots.
The kids had a good time. Nothing beats the beauty of nature.


Friday, May 22, 2009

You Need This Stuff

I finally found something useful that I really enjoy using.

This will be a popular item for a while.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Getting Serious About Your Business

When you are looking to transact business, you want to deal with a professional. From the moment you initiate contact until you close the deal you want to deal with a serious business professional. It doesn't matter what the product or service is.
The phone is one of the best places to establish customer relationships. It doesn't matter who initiates the call, it is how the call is handled. Have you ever called someone and got "Yeah", instead of a real introduction. This would immediately throw up a red flag in my mind. I would wonder how serious they are about their business and about my needs as a customer. I don't need a full introduction, sometimes a limited but professional intro is all that is needed, "Hello, this is ____________(your first name)." This is often appropriate for a cell call or one that comes through a switchboard. If this is a first point of contact number, perhaps mentioning the company name would be good, "ABC Company, this is ________(your first name)."

Background can also play a key roll in customer satisfaction. You don't want to answer the phone with a bunch of screaming going on in the background unless you are operating an amusement park or a bungee jumping service. Setting the right tone can be a challenge, but awareness of your surroundings and the appropriate dismissal to the person you are talking to can make all the difference. The last thing you should do is simply ignore the background because the person on the other end of the phone wont.

Having a small business or a home business can often be challenging but no compromises can be made when transacting business. You want the customer to be satisfied from start to finish, resulting in referrals and increased business. The last thing you want to do is cheapen your company. The person on the other end of the phone is looking for real value from a serious business professional. If your expecting to be paid professional rates then act the part. You might be small but you don't have to act small time. Put your business on the road to success everyday with every contact.

Recently my wife was calling businesses off a referal network. She was having to confirm if she had actually reached a business. I was busy doing other things but I could hear her asking one call three times if they were truly the business she was attempting to reach. I learned that this person didn't speak English and had their young son translating. It is hard enough to translate business without a common language, but through a six year old is crazy.

Create a web presence. You don't need a dozen pages or expensive services to make your company website. Often your internet provider will offer you a free page or use a blog service to highlight your product or service with pictures and commentary. Remember your best customers are going to be looking for you. They need a way to find you that will be welcoming and informative. You need a method that brings them in without wiping out the bank. If you can afford a professional page or your line of work dictates it, by all means.

The key is professionalism. If you want people to take both you and your business seriously, don't short change your tools of communication. Be prepared to answer your phone when it rings. Know what is in the background and how to assure your customers if it is unusual. If you take your business seriously every time you interact with a customer, they will take you seriously.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Solving Imigration Permenantly

'Killer Chip' tracks humans, releases poison
Saudi inventor applies for rights to GPS-linked lethal security device
Posted: May 16, 2009
11:00 pm Eastern

By Jay Baggett
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

You can run, but you cannot hide ... and if you try, one push of a button will cause a lethal poison to immediately begin flowing through your body.

That's the Orwellian future a Saudi inventor was seeking to bring to Germany until that nation's patent office announced last week it was rejecting his request to patent what has been dubbed the "Killer Chip."

The tiny semiconductor device is intended to be surgically implanted or injected into the body, according to the patent application, for the purpose of tracking visitors from other nations by global-positioning satellites and preventing them from overstaying their visas.

Read the Rest

We might consider this a little extreme, but it would work. If you need any kind of government or medical aide while here in the US without papers, you get one of these for free. You would also get a note that explains that you have 30 days to vacate or else. This would solve the constant montra of "how do you remove 20 million people?". The answer is on their own and in a hurry given this little devise.

Cruel? Perhaps, but we have got to get a handle on this situation. We are either a nation of laws or of chaos. I prefer the former. How about you?

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Founding of Our Nation to Today

I have often talked about our founding fathers and their love of God and Country. Once again they are under attack and real Americans are rising up.

Let us embrace H.R. 397 and encourage our representatives to vote for it.

I warned you early on that we would have to write, call and email to drag our government in the direction we want it to go. Our leaders, if left to their own devices will drag this country down the road to socialism and destroy everything we hold dear on the trip. We must press them daily to hold and even correct the course of this nation despite every attempt to ruin her. Don't set aside time to count the number of contacts you have made, just continue on the course of truth and we can keep this nation. Don't let up for a day!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

What He Should Have Said

I don't know how many of you have seen this but I enjoyed it enough to share it here.

Catch the video here.

This is a little video put together by An Arizona broadcaster, KFYI Newstalk 500 radio, has posted a video poking fun at President Obama's commencement address at Arizona State University.

UPDATE: Video feed moved to link.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Honoring America and Americans

This is the flag pole that Bill Sutherland created and had made with the support of his community in Cloverdale, Indiana. Why you might ask?

"It is a memorial to all veterans who gave their all; it's a symbol of appreciation to those who have served or are currently serving to protect American's freedom. It stands for a love of God, the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the right to bear arms," stated Sutherland.

If you have any reason to be in Indiana and can stop by to support this man his store and his community, please do.

The whle article Found here


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

HR 1913 Needs To Be Stopped

The proposal, formally called the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act after a Wyoming homosexual who was killed in a horrific robbery and beating in 1998, creates a special class for homosexuals and others with alternative sexual lifestyles and provides them protections against so-called "hate."

It specifically denies such protections to other targeted classes of citizens such as pastors, Christians, missionaries, veterans and the elderly.

H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (so-called "hate crimes" bill), which just passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 249-175, is a bill that would not only criminalize speech, but also give heightened protection to pedophiles. No kidding. And it's about to be railroaded through in the U.S. Senate (with a possible vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow!) unless it's stopped.

The bill was introduced on April 28 in the U.S. Senate as S. 909. Violating equal justice under the law, the bill adds "sexual orientation" to a list of extra-protected groups under federal law.

It would elevate pedophiles as a special protected class – since the term "sexual orientation," which has been added to the "hate crimes" legislation, includes them in the American Psychiatric Association's definition of various "sexual orientations" (30 of these APA "sexual orientations" are listed in a fact sheet provided by the Traditional Values Coalition).

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, offered this very simple amendment to H.R. 1913 in the House Judiciary Committee:

The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia.

It was rejected.

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert's response in committee clarified what that means:

There are only 242 crimes where there is actually some – truly – an assault, and we just rejected an amendment to including pedophilia from being a part of this protected class.

Do you realize what that means?

If a mother hears that their child has been raped and she slaps the assailant with her purse, she is now gone after as a hate criminal because this is a protected class. There are other protected classes in here. I mean simple exhibitionism. I have female friends who have told me over the years that some guy flashed them, and their immediate reaction was to hit them with their purse. Well now, he's committed a misdemeanor, [and] she has committed a federal hate crime because the exhibitionism is protected under sexual orientation.

I know my friend said that we have a definition in the law, but there is nothing in this bill that references the definitions in the Hate Crimes Statistical Act … it's not there. We asked that it be added so we could get a specific definition. It is not there.

And having reviewed cases as an appellate judge, I know that when the legislature has the chance to include a definition and refuses, then what we look at is the plain meaning of those words. The plain meaning of sexual orientation is anything to which someone is orientated. That could include exhibitionism, it could include necrophilia (sexual arousal/activity with a corpse). … It could include urophilia (sexual arousal associated with urine), voyeurism. You see someone spying on you changing clothes and you hit them – they've committed a misdemeanor; you've committed a federal felony under this bill. It is so wrong.

Let me summarize. Pushing away an unwelcome advance of a homosexual, transgendered, cross-dresser or exhibitionist could make you a felon under this law. Speaking out against the homosexual agenda could also make you a felon if you are said to influence someone who pushes away that unwelcome advance. And pedophiles and other sexual deviant would enjoy an elevated level of protection, while children, seniors, veterans and churches would not.

My letter to Patty Murry:

The current hate crimes bill H.R. 1913 is not the answer. This bill is designed to protect those who would seek to harm my children. This bill would protect those who would seek to harm my wife. Sexual predictors would be given new freedoms and be emboldened by this bill
Currently, we can discuss and watch sexual offenders in order to keep our neighborhoods safe. After this act is put in play, monitoring sexual offenders would be a hate crime. After this act is put in play, pointing them out to other concerned neighbors would be a hate crime. Running over and removing your child from their lawn when you fear for their life, could be considered a hate crime.

We already have laws that protect all citizens equally for every known act of violence or intimidation. We don't need special rights for the sexually aggressive. We need to protect the children and those who are most vulnerable to these highly aggressive people.

Vote NO on S. 909. Stand up and tell them our children are counting on them for protection. Please use the power of your office to keep my family safe.

Safety of my family is my #1 issue. How I vote will ultimately be based on my families safety. You are up for re-election soon and this issue will be a rallying point. Choose the right side.

If I was writing a Republican or an Independent my message would have been much stronger. Since I am writing a Democrat who claims to champion family issues, I will put there claim to the challenge. Feel free to copy it and send it to yours.

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The UK Can Do It

The left constantly points to Europe for its ques on how to function and act. Well Today, Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, made some statements and exposed some laws that we need to have here.
What she said:

"I think it's important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it's a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won't be welcome in this country," Smith told Britain's GMTV.

"Coming to this country is a privilege," she said. "If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded."

I don't fully agree with her exclusions but her reasoning is sound. Instead of making special rules for everyone and their culture, she has clearly declared that if you come to Britain you should follow their rules or else. I would like the same standard to be leveled here.

We have been so busy bowing to the whims of those who come here. How many times have you heard that that is there culture and we need to be more understanding when we are talking about things on American soil?

Coming to this country is a privilege. If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country.

Here is a standard of Europe that I welcome to America.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Computer Problems

I was hit by a virus recently. I know many of my friends have had computer issues too. This one attacked all the key windows booting components. I was able to rebuild it by using DOS commands and backup files I could get at. I don't know about you, but I haven't worked in DOS in 20 or so years. Thankfully, I was able to return the system to full function without any data loss.

Let me make a suggestion. The struggle I had took me over a week to resolve because I didn't want to lose some recent data. The suggestion, back your system up often. The follow up would be have it on a bootable media so you can access it easily. I would recommend a large jump drive or a network drive as a good storage solution. I have both and all my computers are backed up.

I am still thinking about wiping the whole thing and starting over fresh. I got my data! It amazes me how much junk gets built up on a computer. I'm no computer genius, but after looking through my whole computer, I found traces of files and programs I haven't used in a long time.

Now go backup your computer. Hopefully, you won't have to thank me later.