Will The ‘Coffee Party USA’ Make A Difference? You Decide

I don;t know about you, but I am personally dissatisfied with our representatives in Congress. Whether your political belief is as a Democrat or a Republican, we citizens have the perception that our country has lost the ability the represent its citizens. It seems that between the corporations, specials interest groups and paid lobbyists, we are out of the loop. No longer do our representatives represent the will of the people.

First there was the Tea Party and now there is a Coffee Party. On their web site they state that:

MISSION: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

But as with most grass root political organizations, I am not sure what defines the Coffee Party.

Statements like this make me suspect as to the motives of the Coffee Party:

we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.

Who decides what are positive solutions? Who defines who the obstructionists are?

Let’s take health care reform. Is a positive solution hinged on what the Democrat’s  propose? Are the obstructionists [Republican’s]  those who oppose health care reform?  Who defines what is or is not a ‘positive solution’?

These are just a few of the questions I personally have for any group that wants to represent me.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Coffee Party USA site is here.

Acer Overtakes Dell In U.S. Sales – Takes Number 2 Spot

The CEO of Acer has recently stated that they will over take Dell and become the #2 computer seller in the world. He must know what he is talking about since recent sales in the U.S. now show that Acer is in the number 2 spot. According to a recent article it also states the following information:

The Taiwan-based computer manufacturer says it does not expect to see a decline in revenue this year over last, meaning that it should clear somewhere in the realm of $17 billion — its 2008 revenue figure. Much of the good news (and sales) hails from Asia, where retail markets have not been as hard hit by the economic insanity of the last year. Moreover, Lanci also said that with these figures, Acer “can finally pass Dell” sometime between this quarter and the next. He also added that the company expects to “breach the gap with HP” when it comes to notebooks, netbooks, and smartphones. So… that means we can expect a ton of Acers this year, right? Right.

Here are the sales figure

I don’t think that anyone would of guessed five years ago that Dell would take such a huge plunge. But if I was HP I would keep my eye on Acer,

Comments welcome.


Who Should Pay – Apple, You Or The Music Industry?

There appears to be a stalmate in which Apple may threaten to shutdown iTunes due to an increase in royalty fees. What is also unsure is exactly who may end up paying for the increase. Someone will need to absorb the cost either by the music industry itself, Apple or you the consumer. So will Apple close down iTunes? That is highly unlikely. According to the article it states that:

The National Music Publishers’ Association wants rates increased from 66 percent, from 9 cents to 15 cents per track. Digital music stores, represented by the Digital Media Association, wants the rate lowered to 4.8 cents per track. Apple pays an estimated 70 percent of digital music revenue to record companies, who pass on a percentage to artists. That percentage is what’s being adjusted Thursday.

If the royalty rate is increased, someone — either Apple, the record companies or the consumer — will have to pay for it. Apple believes that an increase in price because of a rise in royalty fees “would lower total music purchases at the store.” So, Apple doesn’t want to increase the price and the record companies are highly unlikely to pick up the cost on their end. “If the [iTunes store] was forced to absorb any increase in the … royalty rate, the result would be to significantly increase the likelihood of the store operating at a financial loss — which is no alternative at all,” said Cue. “Apple has repeatedly made it clear that it is in this business to make money, and most likely would not continue to operate [the store] if it were no longer possible to do so profitably.

This is just another example of greed in America. Does anyone really doubt that we the consumer will end up paying for the increase?  Part of the problem, which has been exhibited during the past few weeks, is that greed by individuals and our political leaders is now having a devastating affect on the average American.

I don’t know about you but I am disgusted with the way greed has over taken our entire society. What do you think? Are you a happy camper?

Comments welcome.


Respect: How Does One Engender It?

According to the Webster Dictionary respect equates to an esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability. It can also be described as a deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or to someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges. This could be interpreted as the showing of respect for the flag or to the elderly. 

In today’s society it seems that the word respect has become a buzz word often heard in the circles of the young and something that they seem to feel entitled to whether that respect has been earned or not. It also seems to be held to the interpretation of the person demanding this respect resulting in this same person or persons disrespecting others to the point of violence and mayhem. 

I wish that everyone engendered a feeling of respect by others but unfortunately those who most demand it often seem to be the ones who deserve it the least. They are the ones who trample the feelings of others and disregard the rights of those around them. They are also the ones who refuse to acknowledge the special qualities of those around them whether that be hard-working parents, teachers, or shop owners. 

In the past respect was always considered something that had to be earned through hard work, a person’s personal values, or their service to those around them. I believe that it is the same today. No one can just demand respect, it must be earned. 

A couple of examples of people whom I feel have earned my respect are first most, my husband through his love, generosity, and hard work. He is a man’s man but he is capable of seeing the needs of those around him and ministering to them. Secondly, I must acknowledge our church’s pastors. Both of these men are wonderful examples of what faith in Jesus is all about. They actually visit the sick and concentrate on the needs of the people of the congregation rather than focusing on how much money they can bring in or how fancy of a cathedral that they can build for themselves.  

To some of you it may surprise you that my children have also earned my respect. Each of them has worked hard to achieve certain goals or just to survive but they have done it honestly and have always offered the respect to their father and me that in turn elevated them in our eyes. It is a truism that you must give respect in order to earn it. 

For you, people who may have engendered your respect could be outstanding teachers, bosses, or law enforcement personnel. These individuals often give tirelessly of themselves to meet the needs of others and while some may not fit this criteria most individuals entering these fields begin with the desire to be of service to others. 

If you find yourself confronted by someone demanding respect that hasn’t earned it there is little you can do but to show yourself to be a person of value and irreproachable character. Once you do this the other person can only, even if begrudgingly, see that you also deserve respect. 

Unfortunately, in today’s society some of our leaders fall into this category. They do nothing to engender our respect but because of the position they hold they seem to expect it. I am firmly of the opinion that when these same leaders take heed to Jesus’s direction to care for the “Least of These” that they will then be true leaders who deserve the respect of the entire world.