Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No Class

***UConn students riot after win. Does that make sense to anyone?

Jubilant fans celebrating UConn’s Monday night national basketball championship win smashed a window in an engineering building, broke street lights and overturned furniture inside the school’s student union.
Campus police had made 30 arrests by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, while state police had made others and more were expected, said University of Connecticut spokesman Tom Breen.
“A lot of it was alcohol-related,” Breen said. “There was breech of peace, destruction of property, and we had a fireworks charge.”

What a bunch of idiots. Certainly lowers my opinion of their school, and I'm sure a lot of people feel the same.

***Criminal charges against Lerner? Keep in mind, the Department of Justice, headed by Eric the Red Holder, would be investigating. We know how that will go. Still, the Republicans should do as much as they can.

House Speaker John Boehner confirmed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday that lawmakers plan to press the Justice Department to consider a criminal case against ex-IRS official Lois Lerner for “misleading the Congress.”
Boehner also said if Lerner does not cooperate soon by providing information on the IRS targeting scandal, the House would hold her in contempt of Congress.
“Somebody at the IRS violated the law,” Boehner said on “The Kelly File.”
“Whether it was Lois Lerner or not, we’ll find out.”

***Reid's favors to family dragging him down. They should drag him right out of office.

 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found himself slowly sinking into the political quicksand as he faces close public scrutiny over potentially enriching family members through his powerful position as a Democratic leader.

The Nevada senator has recently become embroiled in the embarrassing controversy surrounding the $31,268 that his campaign paid to his granddaughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid for the purchase of gift items from her jewelry line, according to Politico.

But his weakness for pulling strings to help family members was first exposed by the Los Angeles Times a decade ago when a Nevada land bill proposed by Reid appeared to benefit his son-in-law Steve Barringer’s consulting firm and his sons’ legal firm.

The Howard Hughes Corp. paid $300,000 to the Washington firm Barringer worked for to push a provision allowing the company to buy 1,000 acres of federal land for development in the then burgeoning Las Vegas area, according to the Times.

The bill also benefited a real estate development headed by a senior partner in the Nevada law firm that then employed all four of Reid's sons — Rory, Leif, Josh, and Key — by moving the right-of-way for a federal power transmission line off his property and onto what had been protected federal wilderness.

In its report, the Times said, "So pervasive are the ties among Reid, members of his family, and Nevada's leading industries and institutions that it's difficult to find a significant field in which such a relationship does not exist."

A lot of this was already known when Nevadans sent him back to Washington. What were they thinking??


***End of Windows XP support. Rats, that's what I use. What to do?

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on Tuesday, a move that could put consumers and businesses at risk for cyber crime.
An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system.
"What once was considered low-hanging fruit by hackers now has a big neon bull's eye on it," says Patrick Thomas, a security consultant at the San Jose, Calif.-based firm Neohapsis.

Guess I better do something.

***Charge your phone in 30 seconds? Hey, I like that idea.

Struggling to get through the day without charging up the smartphone?
StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv based start-up, says it hopes to at least make the charging process faster–unveiling Monday a prototype charger that promises to take you battery from a tiny sliver of red to 100%, all in about 30 seconds. See the company’s demo video here.

***Unusual ideas:

***Amazon unveils device to watch digital TV shows, movies. This sounds interesting.

Amazon has unveiled its $99 TV box, Fire TV, for watching digitally delivered shows and movies — a product that'll go head-to-head not only with Apple TV but with Google and Roku, which also offer Internet-connected TV gadgets, reports said Wednesday.

One of Fire TV's biggest features is a voice search that uses a remote as a microphone, Macgasm.net reported.

Consumers can also add a $39.99 controller that enables FireTV to become a game console.

“This is their attack on Roku and Apple TV,” analyst Brian Blair of Wedge Partners told Bloomberg News.


Many families today aim to simply have fun with Easter eggs, adding a bit of colorful joy to the holiday. But did you know that, by using eggs to celebrate Easter, you can do much more than just have fun? You can use Easter eggs to teach your children something profound: that they are part of a faith that connects all believers with God, whose Resurrection power can transform them. Throughout Christian history, believers have celebrated a myriad of Easter egg traditions to express their faith in Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. Early Christians adopted the egg (which was previously a pagan symbol of new life that comes from nature’s cycles of renewal) as an Easter symbol because an egg’s hard shell represents Jesus’ sealed tomb, and cracking the shell symbolizes His Resurrection. Eggs, which often remind people of new life because some creatures are born from them, reminded early Christians that Jesus is the true source of new life spiritually – so they developed Easter traditions involving eggs.

***                    "Meant to do that!!"

***The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~~ Dorothy Nevill

***Have a great day!

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