I join Twitter. I didn't know a thing about it other than it follows you around the Internet logging your posts and comments, etc. MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog will do that if one has registered with them that way (to specifically do that). Twitter though, as with Facebook, puts a premium on linking your cell phone with their system. I don't have one — surprise, surprise. I'm not really big on gadgets. Gadgets for gadgets' sake is far from my style (or spirit). I do have a few gadgets. I work from a computer nearly all day.
I'll tell you, I did just get a new phone. I did that, because the old phone was broken. Why have a phone? Well, there are two answers to that and one is the same as why I have the computer I work on: Blood relatives and to bring forth the Christian Commons Project™. How can I ask people to help with the Commons and communicate with them without a phone in this day and age? The ends do not justify the means, but technology is as good as the good to which it is applied. The spirit is capable of communicating one person to another, but we live in dark times and hearts are too hardened for that to happen (lack of belief). Jesus was amazed by their lack of belief. He couldn't force things to happen. God worked what were considered miracles based upon the degree of belief. There's nothing wrong with that. We get what we deserve.
Anyway, this is the phone I got:
$60 Uniden (CXAI5698) 5.8Ghz Corded/Cordless Single-line Phone
Because my headphones were also broken (I use them for work), I also ordered a cheap headset:
Koss UR 10 - Headphones (ear-cup)
I received free shipping, because I bought them together and they were eligible for that service.
So far, the phone(s) works fine. I just finished programming it today up to a point.
The headset is okay too especially for the money. I like the cups, because I live near the airport and freeway. The street racers are LOUD! The cups allow me to have the windows open while listening without having to turn up the volume, which is bad for the ears. I don't need any more damage than I already have from loud rock music in the 1960s.
Kid Tech Guru
Getting back to Twitter though, one person (Xavier Lur) decided to just start following me. Not knowing how the system really will work out for what I'm doing, I simply "followed" him back. He sent me a message saying thanks and explaining that he's 14 years old and asking me to check out his website. I was surprised. He calls himself (website name) "Kid Tech Guru." So, I checked it out. If he is only 14 (and I have no reason to disbelieve him at this point) and he's doing this on his own, he's impressive. He's a resourceful and capable young person. May he walk with God.
Ordinarily, I wouldn't write anything about it; however, his top post at the time was particularly helpful. I've written before that I test in different browsers. Well, his post was about a service I'd forgotten about called Browsershots. I followed his advice, and if the results are still there (it expires), here's the page they created for me to see how this site rendered in 75 different browsers and versions.
The following should appear at the end of every post:
According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)