Archive for March 11, 2009

Keeping with the spirit of the bill

Posted: March 11, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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As you know I don’t think much of the stimulus bill, I think a lot of it is pretty much a scam on the American taxpayer done by the current government.

Much to nobody’s surprise entrepreneurs are now using it for their own private scams:

Now, consumer advocates are warning that scam artists hoping to fill their own pockets are using e-mail messages and Internet ads that say they can help people access a share of the stimulus money for as little as $1.99 upfront.

The cheap offers – which require hopeful buyers to provide credit card information and other identifying details – could turn into cases of identity theft or monthly fees sometimes defined in the ads’ fine print. Some e-mail offers say recipients have already earned a grant, but bank account information is needed to deposit the award.

These scams follow the pattern of most online scams, offering money etc for either a small fee or for bank information. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t give up your information to scams like this. If it sounds too good to be true it likely is.

Lord help me resist earmarks…

Posted: March 11, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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but not yet.

One of the advantages of having a cult like following like this is that the people following you simply accept what you say as the new reality. And God help you if you don’t.

Know Nothings in Connecticut

Posted: March 11, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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I didn’t cover the goings on in Connecticut concerning the Church. Just about every other Catholic blogger did.

Was the bill outrageous, of course it was? Was it Anti-Catholic? Without a question. Was it an attempt to undermine the church? Why Soitenly.

Well then Mr. Loud mouth Catholic why didn’t you bother to deal with it?

Because this is part of the job description of the Church. Of course it is going to be attacked. Of course people are going to try to marginalize it of course people want a weak, faithless church.

The Church is the longest and strongest bastion standing between us and the gates of hell. As long as that is the case it will always be a target. The day it stops being a target is the day that I will start worrying if it is being true to itself.

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

We already know the end of this story overall, we just have to make sure our personal story doesn’t end on the wrong note.

Unclear on the concept

Posted: March 11, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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I give the guy full marks for honesty.

OÖN: Why did you become a priest and not a professional magician?
Smetanig: Because I would like to change the church.

It will take a better magician than him to make the faith disappear. How many of our liberal catholic friends would give this answer to they why am I a Catholic instead of the correct one?

Hey while there is life and confession there is hope.