Friday, June 24, 2016

The Big Reaction

In the wake of the Orlando night club shooting, people starting calling for stiffer gun laws.  There were two lines of thinking:  either regulate which guns are available to the public or regulate who can purchase a weapon.

The stories in the press - and online - were all over the place as far as where people landed on the spectrum of the two arguments being brought forward. One argument to tie gun purchases to the No Fly List is causing uproar with people because it's flawed.  Yet I don't see any rallies or demonstrations from We The People to get the No Fly List fixed.

The interesting thing out of all of this impassioned arguing was that people have had no problems in getting vocal about their views regarding gun rights and the 2nd Ammendment of the U.S. Constitution, but when other issues come up, all you get is the sound of crickets in the distance.

At last word, the latest measure in Congress to allow the FBI & NSA to have permanent powers to use National Security Letters in order to monitor your online activity has stalled.  These National Security Letters also place a gag order on your email provider so they can't tell you that the FBI and NSA is looking at you.  Who knows, they might even see the types of weapons you are looking to purchase next.  And by whom.

This would be the same "Lone Wolf" provision in the Patriot Act that gives the FBI & NSA carte blanche without any warrants that was exposed by Edward Snowden.

So, this begs the question, why are we not raising the roof in protests about this?  Do you enjoy having your private emails shared to the amusement and entertainment of government computer nerds?

Where is your activism  now?

Then there is the matter of Civil Asset Forfeiture, which allows the police, during a routine traffic stop,  to take your money, and now even credit cards and gift cards in some parts of the U.S., with no proof of any improper use of these funding sources, and you have to sue to get it back.  Don't ask what happens if they find a weapon in your vehicle.

So, if the government doesn't get your weapons by stealthy surveillance or via Civil Asset Forfeiture, they could always take your home instead.

Let's say you are living in a house, you've paid your mortgage on time every month, you pay your property taxes and everything else that goes into home ownership.  But your home is now sitting on property that a developer wants to use for, let's say, a baseball stadium.

It's call Eminent Domain, and it allows the government to take your property away from you, all for the sake of profit.

Where is your activism now?

The time is almost too late for America to wake up.  Are you threatened that someone will take your guns?  The government has already found other ways to take those guns - and a lot more from you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Busy Busy Busy

Some welcome changes have been happening here at La Casa De Bushman.  I'll cover the kitchen area on another post, as I'm still decluttering the area, but even right now, it's looking so much better and functioning so much better for me.

This one is covering my bedroom, which is in a state of complete disarray right now, but that's okay.

Due to some issues with the drapes, I'm having to change them.  There is just one glaring problem, let's see if you can see what it is.

Yep, that's right, there is a bookshelf against the window.  Decker put it there in an effort to block out the light.  The problem is, I need to replace the drapes (HOA is behind this one), so the bookshelf is going to have to move.  I was planning on moving this anyway, this is just expediting the process, so it's all good.  The change is wonderful.

Pictures before:

And pictures of what it looks like right now.  I'm going to have to make the bookshelf positioned better in that corner before I can put the books in.  

The other 2 good things about this:  I needed a new phone system in my home, and I needed to go through the books to see which ones I wanted to keep, and which ones to sell or donate.  This also facilitated both!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

IOS 9.3: Finally!

I have found less crashing since upgrading to the latest iOS from Apple on my iPad 2.

The one biggest improvement:  If you have purchased audiobooks through iBooks, you used to have to purchase them on your Mac and back them up or you wouldn't be able to access them later.  If you didn't, you had to call Apple's help desk to have the audiobooks reset.

Now, Apple has changed the Purchased section of iBooks.

Now, not only can you find your purchases, you can find updates to purchased books, but you can now also access (and re-access) your purchased audiobooks.

They do also have a feature that allows your other books to be stored on iCloud for later downloads, however I have a lot of PDF's that I manage via iTunes on my Mac and can remotely synch what I want to my iPad.  Because of this, and the storage issue, I've declined that for now.

But the Audiobooks?  Yes, Apple can finally say they have scored on this one.

Friday, March 18, 2016

More Progress!

The car title arrived in the mail today!  

So thankful!  So excited!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


This is a quick, late night note.

I'm thankful.

You see, March 11th I paid off the car loan with my tax refund.

March 18th will make my first paycheck that didn't already have the auto loan partially written on it.

Granted, there are other bills it is getting used for, but I can honestly feel progress being made in this long struggle to get out of debt.

I'm not fully there yet, but I'm one step closer, and I'm so thankful to God for seeing me through this.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Emergency Preparedness

I left for Church yesterday and found this taped to my security door.

Sometimes, emergencies occur, but if you are prepared, it's not that much of an issue.  Those of you who know me, know that Decker and I had some systems in place when he passed away.  One of those was an emergency water supply.

We use the round 5 gallon jugs of water and one of those plug-in water dispensers.  I don't have all of them filled up at this point in time, however I have enough to get me through something like this easily.

If it wasn't for the fact that I'm on Spring Break, it wouldn't have mattered, because I would have been away at work.  It's just funny how the timing on this worked out.