What did Apple do wrong with U2 album?

horse mouth photoI have read a few complaints about Apple giving away the U2 album Songs of Innocence. I don’t understand the outrage. I had ignored the ruckus until I read an article in one of my favorite blogs, Successful Workplace.

What did Apple do to incur this outrage? All the company did was give away an album that was going to be widely popular anyway. But instead people have come out against Apple for their generosity.

You may not love U2, but a lot of people do. Apple spent a reported $100 million dollars to give a gift to a lot of people.

I don’t believe in a religion denomination but I believe in Jesus

I don’t agree with all of this but I agree with enough to post this video.

Personally, I would rewrite this and say that I am a Christian and I tolerate the formalized denominations of Christianity. That said, I do think there are religious denominations that are closer to the Bible than others. For that reason, I am a practicing Lutheran.

I found the words for this poem here and they seem to match up quite well.

More lost IRS emails or more confusion?

federal treasury photoThe Associated Press is saying that they have lost emails from 5 more employees at the IRS.  Is this old news? I thought we heard that no emails were truly lost because everything was completely backed up.

Very convenient that they announced this on a Friday. The old naming is “take out the trash day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.

The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings.

The Obamacare Escalator

I originally wrote this on my Facebook page. I am embedding that post below, but also putting the text here (including fixing some grammatical mistakes from the original post).

In 2009 White House economists tried to sell ObamaCare as a health cost-control bill, and some liberals still claim the recent spending deceleration is a result of the law even though it is really due to a bad economy.

On Wednesday, the actuaries at Health and Human Services released their new annual projected measurement of national health expenditures for last year and through 2023. Spending in 2013 grew at a relatively low rate of 3.6% which still outpaced real economic growth. They expect the rate to climb to 5.6% in 2014 and continue rising by 6% a year, on average, through the decade.

Parents of killed SEAL write to Obama: Resign because ‘you sir, are the JV team’

This is tough. I feel immensely sorry for this couple for losing their son. I am sure all of us hope we never have to bear this level of burden. I pray for peace for this family.

I cannot support their request though as there are a few people that I feel would be worse as POTUS than Mr. Obama. One of those individuals happens to be Joe Biden. The resignation of Mr. Obama would only give us President Biden and that is a terrible thought.

I saw this story several places but am specifically referencing Washington Times.

Billy and Karen Vaughn — who lost their SEAL son Aaron Carson Vaugh in 2011 — said they’re sick and tired of hearing the president’s monotone press conferences, absent any emotion, and frustrated with his inability to confront the Islamic State