Donald Trump could be elected because of the death of serious "News"



In the last 25 years or so, we have seen the death of “The News” as we knew it.  We now watch and listen to opinionated “infotainment,” and most people listen mostly to the people they agree with.

In today’s environment, the “News” has to be profitable.  In the old days, the three TV networks provided a news broadcast as a public service.  They believed that unbiased news bolstered the network’s reputation so the news devision did not have to be profitable.  My how times have changed. 

By the way, I’m not assuming news coverage was completely unbiased, but it definitely was not driven by profits.

I don’t know when the networks started to shift towards profits from the news divisions, but I think it happened around the O.J. Simpson trial.  At least, that is when things really ramped up.  CNN was having success as a 24 hour news network and things changed.  Enter Fox News in the late 1990’s and we started to go down hill.

I believe the hard news people at Fox News are the best in the business.  Although the network as a whole leans very far to the right, the hard news people shoot straight.  But decisions are made about which guests to book, or which stories to cover based on ratings.  For some reason, Trump gets ratings so the networks love to have him on constantly.

A wise investor once told me, “when you watch a show about investing, you have to remember their job is not to give you the best information.  Their job is to sell advertising.”  That has what our news has become.  They go for the ratings which means speculating about the most salacious things so people watch.  Sadly, it is also the job of Fox News anchors to get ratings.  Why else would they hire so many gorgeous women and pack them with makeup?  Why do they have music behind the little “video pieces” on many of the shows?  They no longer provide news, but “infotainment.”  

Remember when Dan Rather accused CBS of trying to “tart up” the news by hiring Katie Couric?  CBS needed ratings.  

Donald Trump gets ratings and that is the reason he receives so much coverage.  If you have him on your show, your ratings will go up.  Why?  Who knows, but it is an absolute fact.  That is the reason he gets so much free media coverage.  That is the reason he doesn’t have to spend money on his campaign.  And that is the reason he may very well be the next President of the United States.

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Why is Marco Rubio still In the race?

Marco Rubio has no chance to win, so why is he still in the race? The answer is simple. Because like all politicians, it's about them, not us. Their personal ambition drives them.  They want to be something, not do something.

Politicians live off the public for a few years, gain name ID, then monetize it.  Name a politician who hasn't done that.  Have you ever noticed that as soon as they leave office they become lobbyists. Many of them write books about their time in office, or otherwise make money in the industry of politics.  The most insulting part of it all is they refer to their time in office as "public service." Give me a break!

Marco Rubio went to law school then jumped into state politics.  He was a city commissioner, the a representative in the Florida House of Representatives. He ran for the US Senate seat from Florida and once he won, immediately started looking to the presidency.  He immediately started writing a book, and after a couple of years, he was in full blown campaign mode.  Is something wrong with this picture? It is exactly the same model that Barrack Obama followed.

What experience does Marco Rubio have that makes him qualified to be president? Because he voted a few times in the House and Senate? Has he ever managed an organization? Has he run a business? Has he run a government agency? No.  He has great ideas, but ideas don't equal success.  I have a lot of great ideas about the triangle offense in the NBA. That doesn't qualify me to be a coach.

I actually agree with a lot of what Marco Rubio talks about.  We are both conservatives so I'm sure we agree on most issues.  That does not mean I want him to be the president.  Frankly, I'm more interested in competence than ideology at this point. Conservatives have been focused so much on social issues they have let our country get into overwhelming debt and our economy is lagging.  We need someone to dig is out of the mess, but that someone is not Marco Rubio.

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Megyn Kelly's questions for Donald Trump were ridiculous



I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but he has been unfairly attacked as someone who is anti-women.  Megyn Kelly of Fox News seems to me to be a straight shooter, but her question for Mr. Trump in the first Republican presidential debate of this election season was fraught with problems.   Her question was as follows:

"Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals.' ...
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
This question only works in a world where political correctness runs wild.  I won't defend Mr. Trump's statements, because I don't know if he actually said those things, but I will assume he did.  Just because he calls a few women unkind things does not mean he is against women.  It doesn't mean he is sexist, or anti-women.  It means he has a problem with those specific women.

Mr. Trump has called men all kinds of things, but is he against all men?  Is anyone asking him if he is anti-men?  No, because that would be ridiculous.  Megyn's question is equally ridiculous.

The feminist movement fought for years for equality with men.  Women did not have equal rights in the society and they fought hard to get them.  The women's movement won the battle, and they now have equal rights.  That means they are equally susceptible to be attacked verbally by a man or a woman.  It means they cannot have special treatment.  Being attacked by a man does not mean the man is sexist.  It doesn't mean he is anti-women.  It means he has a problem with her.  Characterizing Mr. Trumps statements as an attack on women is wrong, ridiculous, and an intellectually fraudulent.



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Donald Trump will let conservatives down



At a time where politicians will say anything to get elected, Donald trump has caught the attention of many conservatives who are hungry for a straight talking, nonpolitical, business man.  Every other politician seems to be out for themselves and only themselves.  Politicians use the public office to get name recognition, then monetize that recognition in the extreme.  It's a dirty business that most people are tired of and Donald Trump is unlike any other politician out there.  Unfortunately, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted by conservatives because he will let them down in the end.

Mr. Trump's refusal to be politically correct is very appealing.  His toughness with the media and refusal to be bullied is awesome!.  He sounds like a straight shooter that fearlessly calls out the right people.  But the biggest question for conservatives is whether or not Mr. Trump would nominate conservative judges.  

The next president will likely nominate at least 2 judges, and it is vital to conservatives that the right judges get nominated.  Mr. Trump could surely seal the border, and probably campaign for lower taxes.  He also believes in single payer healthcare, and would likely be more liberal than most on judges.  Would it be worth it to conservatives to get lower taxes and a sealed border in exchange for more liberal judges? I doubt it.  

Donald Trump has always been able to get press coverage when he needed it.  He knows how to say the most bombastic things that people will cover, and he doesn't care who criticizes him for it.  I believe it is only a matter of time before he says something truly beyond the tolerance of most Americans.  I actually like that about him, but I don't believe the vast majority of people would put up with it.  I also don't believe he would be a good president.  He would be better than President Obama though.

I've enjoyed watching Mr. Trump campaign.  I love the fearless way he speaks with no apologies.  Unfortunately, I just don't believe he would be a conservative president.  I believe once elected, he would do what he wants and would be more worried about being liked, than being conservative.  

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LastPass has failed me at least 50% of the time



Let me explain.  I have used LastPass for several years and always liked having a secure place for my passwords and secure notes.  I loved that it worked on all my devices including my phones and tablets.  I recommended LastPass to everyone I knew because I believed it was the most secure way to save passwords.  The truth is however, I wasn't using LastPass correctly.  I had LastPass save passwords I made up, but I never relied on LastPass to generate the passwords for me.  I decided to give LastPass a shot at creating and saving my passwords.  My experience was brutal!

There are so many different situations where LastPass can screw up that it's simply not worth trusting it.  First of all, there are many websites where LastPass cannot fill the form.  It presents you with the icon, but clicking on it does nothing.  You can click on the LastPass icon to grab your username and password and manually pasted it into the form, but that's a bit of a hassle. 

The bigger issue is in generating passwords.  Over the last couple of days I changed about 40 passwords and tried to let LastPass do the work.  It worked on about 15 of those sites, and screwed up the other 25.  Usually LastPass ended up screwing up and saving the wrong password.  How does this happen?  There are several ways.

One way is when a site presents you with a "change password" form with 2 fields.  One is your new password and one is the confirmation of your new password.  I clicked on the LastPass password generator in the form which presented me with a password.  After telling LastPass to save the new password, what I didn't know because a LastPass dialog box was blocking the form, is that the new password was not entered into both password fields.  This means I couldn't save the new password, but LastPass had already erased my original password in favor of the new password.  I found that out the hard way!  The fix was manually resetting the password with the website.

Another similar situation is when a site asks you for your new password, you generate it, then it asks you for your old password on the NEXT page.  LastPass has already overwritten your old password so you're screwed again.

Another situation is when LastPass simply saves the wrong password for a reason I cannot explain.  This happened to me at least 8 times and I had to manually reset those passwords as well.

Trying to get LastPass to play well with Wordpress is an absolute nightmare.  There are several Wordpress URL's and LastPass can't figure them all out.  You might go to https://wordpress.com, or username.wordpress.com, or en.wordpress.com.  If you don't have 3 separate entries for Wordpress in LastPass you're screwed!  Try changing your password for Wordpress then ending up at a different URL where LastPass can't supply the right password.  It will drive you mad, especially after you try resetting the password but LastPass overwrites the wrong one.  You will go in circles like I did.  

I am a developer and if I can't figure this software out something is definitely wrong.  I was such a fan of LastPass but over the past couple of days I've come to realize it cannot be relied on completely.  If you are okay with manually copying and pasting your passwords, and being very careful when you change a password, it is a useful tool.  Otherwise, I would recommend using Dashlane or some other product.  

I have been in touch with the support crew at LastPass and they have been very diligent about tracking down my issues.  The problem is these issues are real.  They have confirmed that several of the sites I've mentioned have had issues with LastPass.

I just don't understand how people actually rely on this tool.  I REALLY want to like LastPass.  I heard Steve Gibson rave about it and I wanted him to be right.  The truth is, although I believe LastPass to be completely secure, it is also completely unreliable unless you are willing to do EVERYTHING manually. I could never recommend this for a novice or anyone who didn't want to have to think about it.  


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Yosemite not displaying PDF's properly in Preview - SOLVED


After upgrading to OS X Yosemite, Preview stopped displaying some PDF's properly.  When launching a PDF I would get a gray screen followed by a black screen.  The only option was to hold the power button down to shut the machine down. 

After searching the Apple Discussion forums and submitting a bug report to Apple, I finally stumbled upon the fix.  

1.  Go into Preview Preferences.
2.  Select the PDF tab.
3.  Uncheck "Smooth text and line art."

That's it!  Problem solved.

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My Kindle Won't Charge - FIXED!


My Kindle 3 wouldn't charge and no matter what I tried I couldn't get it to work.  Then I tried using my iPad charger, and it worked!

I had not used my Kindle in awhile and it would not charge.  I plugged it in for 30 minutes and I still got the "Empty Battery" screen.  I called the help desk and they told me it could be my charger.  They offered me a new charger but since I was in a hotel I whipped out my iPad block.

I plugged my microUSB into the iPad charger and plugged it in.  The yellow light would come on for a few seconds, then start blinking, then go off.  The support rep I talked to said that might mean it won't charge.  I tried holding the power button for 20 seconds but nothing happened.  Then I noticed that every time I held the power button down for 20 seconds the yellow light would turn on again, then go off.  I kept repeating the process over and over thinking every time the yellow light came on for a few seconds the battery was getting some charge.  After may 7 times, the yellow light stayed on.  I left the charger in for 50 minutes and wuala!  My Kindle came back to life.

Make sure you keep it plugged in for at least an hour.  Keep holding the power button down for 20 seconds until the yellow light comes back on and stays on.

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My new favorite app is AirServer


AirServer is an app for that you run on your computer that turns it into an AirPlay server. When you run the app on your computer it enables you to stream music and video from your iPhone to your computer.

I have two Apple TVs, as well as an Airport Express. When I choose AirPlay on my iPhone or iPad they all show up as options for streaming. I wanted to stream music from my iPhone to my Mac but Apple does not build that ability into the OS. AirServer solves the problem by turning your Mac into a server for AirPlay just like your Apple TV. After installing AirServer on my Mac, it now shows up along side my Apple TVs and Airport Express as an option for AirPlay.

Not only can I stream music and video, AirServer also supports AirPlay mirroring so you can show your iPhone's screen on your computer.
Check out this review of AirServer from iBlastPhone.

AirServer works best with a Mac, but there is a Windows version too.

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Raising the minimum wage would be counter productive



If you watched the State of the Union Address tonight, you heard President Obama suggest that we should raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour. His argument is that anyone who work a full time job should not live in poverty. I'm sure he feels that it is a "right" for anyone who works 40 hours per week to be able to afford whatever he needs. The problem is not all jobs are equal, not all pay is equal, and everyone's reality is not equal. Mr. Obama should focus on encouraging people to get an education so they don't have to work in minimum wage jobs instead of artificially raising the minimum wage.

What Mr. Obama fails to realize is that increasing the minimum wage increases the cost of doing business. Increasing the cost of doing business when the economy is weak is counter productive. It will slow business growth and cause businesses to pass the increased cost to the consumer, resulting in increased costs of goods. Who do you think that will hurt the most? People on the lower end of the income scale.

The best thing President Obama can do for the economy is stay out of the way. Lower corporate taxes, get rid of Obamacare, and let business invest again. They will be able to hire more people, who will pay more taxes, and we'll get out of the fiscal mess we're in.

President Obama needs to stop acting like he's running a charity, put ideology aside, stop pandering to lower income people by demonizing higher earners, and start being pragmatic about the economy. Just get the heck out of the way and we'll be fine.

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What is wrong with John Kerry's face?


Did you see John Kerry's speech on his first day as Secretary of State?  What happened to his mouth?  Is it botox?  Plastic surgery?  Collagen injections? I have no idea, but he looks funny.

Watch the video above and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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