Respect authority

The story of the year will likely be about the set of events played out over this summer and also this past week in Ferguson, MO. And as I have watched it all unfold and reflect on it, this unfortunate and yet also horrible story has struck so many emotions in me.

One, sorrow for the community at large, having grown up in Ferguson in the ’60’s and ’70’s and remembering it’s glory. Next, concern and fear having a son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren who make their home there. Then there’s compassion for a family who lost a son in a most unfortunate way. But last, there was and still is the shock at the depth of depravity of citizens supposedly engaged in peaceful protests that turned into hate-filled, out-of-control mobs looting, stealing and destroying public and private property.

Has it now become acceptable to loot, steal and destroy property as part of a protest? Have we as a society finally embraced lawlessness and rejected the respect of authority and the law? Since very few of our leaders today speak out against actions like these, I suppose it now is politically correct to allow the mobs to break the law. I’ve heard some even refer to it as letting them vent their anger. Really? At whose expense do we allow this? More importantly, what’s the message that we’re sending in this? It’s the mob rules.

What a sad state of affairs our society has turned into! I close with a scripture that I pray all social, political and church leaders will begin to shout from their lecterns and pulpits. God’s word is the only thing with the power to cause change.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Romans 13:1-5 (NIV)

Interesting gift idea

Now I don’t mean to disrespect the millions of men wearing goatees, but as I was surfing the interweb for personal hair trimmers, I stumbled upon this rather menacing, err… interesting item.

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The first image that came to mind after looking at this was the villain, Bane, in the Dark Knight Rises.

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Not the most attractive or calming image mind you. Seriously though this is the 21st century. Can’t we come up with something else to help you guys with goatees out?

Windows speed up time

It’s the first day of November and a lovely Saturday off for me too. Tonight we set our clocks back and I’m getting ready to change those batteries in the smoke detectors all around the house. So while I’m thinking of maintenance tasks, I can’t think of a better day to perform a quick Windows computer maintenance chore that most of us put off. I’m talking about cleaning up your PC’S temporary files, clearing internet cache and deleting that always burgeoning recycle bin.

Now ignoring these maintenance tasks won’t necessarily shut your computer down, but if not done occasionally they can certainly impact the speed at which your computer interacts with world wide web. I’ve been using a handy utility for quite a few years that does this pretty fast, is easy to use, has a very tiny footprint and best of all is FREE. It’s called the Temporary File Cleaner or TFC.exe. Here’s a summary of what it does:

TFC. or Temp File Cleaner, is a small utility that will clean out all the folders on your computer that house temporary files.  The temp folders that TFC will clean are the Java, Windows Temp Folder, and the Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, and Safari caches. This tool will clean the folders for all accounts on the computer including the Administrator, NetworkService, and LocalService accounts.

All you do is download the application, run it and it does the job quickly and even gives you feedback of how much space that it cleaned up. Before you run it make sure that you have Administrator privileges on your machine and that you don’t have any important files in your recycle bin, cause they’ll be gone.

Here’s a shortcut to download TFC.exe thanks to the good folks at www.bleepingcompter.com. Do it today and give your cpu a little break!