Why Some Conservatives Hate Trump

I wrote this after thinking about Rush’s second hour on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He discussed a survey question by Axios/SurveyMonkey, “Do you want another Republican to challenge President Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020?” reported in the Axios article Younger Republicans want an alternative to Trump and asked: Why Do Millennial Republicans Despise Trump?

The Conservative “never-Trumpers” are easy to understand when we consider leaders like John Sculley of Apple and Roger Smith of General Motors.

Sometimes, they are all “team-shmeam”: Go-along to get-along, be “diplomatic” until/so-that the cows come home, compromise on your values until the other guy “understands” you, and never take a stand for what you believe because that would alienate the people you want to convert.

Other times, they are well-read, engaging in deep discussion, hyper-analytical, love public-funding (even as Republicans or ‘Conservative’ Democrats), and often achieve some very remarkable things we respect them for.  · · · →

Copyright, Content & YouTube

In a recent video I uploaded to YouTube, some background music was playing at the place where I shot the video. That music’s copyright holder made a claim that I was including their copyrighted work. I had the option to let that copyright holder post ads in the video or else to cut out the audio—including myself talking. I chose to cut out the audio because I might monetize the video myself one day.

I advise everyone: Do not make YouTube videos if copyrighted music is playing, even in the background. Ask whoever is playing the music to stop, wait for the song to end, or make the video somewhere else. And, if you own a store or art gallery, do not play copyrighted music in the background. Play music published by more friendly people instead.

I mean, background music, seriously? The audio quality is terrible. Try putting music that bad in a TV series and see if a network airs it.  · · · →

Convergence and the Linuxist

To the meat: for now, I’m back to Xfce on desktop.

If you’re gonna’ be beautiful and stuff, then get on tablets or go home. When doing desktop, do desktop. I’m going with the “eXtremely fast computing experience”!

I always feel ahead of the curve. I wrote an article a few years ago on Seven Reasons I Chose Xubuntu Over All Else. Then, I switched to GNOME one year before Unity made the big back-to-GNOME announcement. In that time, I wrote my own “break-it-in” script, Vrk at verb.ink. The original goal was to “make Unity less unbearable”. In the end, with stability and options I set through gsettings and dconf, I had Unity 7.5 running as the slickest, most user-friendly thing I’ve seen. Unity was stable. Since using GNOME as of 16.04, every install was buggy and glitchy out of the box. Budgie also just arrived on the scene and UBports is taking off.  · · · →

Open Letter to Shepard Smith

Shep,

I write this as a friendly critique, honest, and hoping to fuel progress. This isn’t run-o-the-mill disrespect from a dissident. Your hunger for the story is as enticing as your delivery of it. Even when I disagree with your conclusions, I’d rather watch you than a yawn-time anchor.

To the sword, I think you could have done better at times. Among the many more you probably list for yourself, two particular examples stand out for me.

1. Kimberly Davis, County Clerk, Rowan County, Kentucky

The real story was not about Kimberly or about homosexuality, but what happens shortly after someone has a “come to Jesus moment”. The word on the street is that she recently had such a moment. It is very difficult to confirm without either a regular blog form Kimberly herself or without a sit-down with both Kimberly and her close Christian associates. But, let’s run with this version for the sake of analysis.  · · · →