Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Google+ Social Network

Google has worked to make this the new social network. Some are wondering how that will affect Facebook. I believe that like anything esle you will have those that like one or the other or will use both. It all remains to be seen now how this will play out.
Click the link above to check out the book. This pays me a small pay-per-click commission and helps to keep me motivated here and you coming back hopefully. Post a comment also if you like. We'll be hearing more about this new network in the coming days. Maybe I'll post my own review a bit later.

Living Rich by Spending Smart!

Could this be the best book on the market right now? From the results I've seen it appears so. Click on the link and read the reviews. You just might buy it and start reading. I've just read some of the top reviews and I have to agree with the author on one thing that I do now. I bring my lunch to work. Eating a sandwich each day probably saves me $10 a day. That's a lot of money in a week or a month. So, what other money saving tips does this author have to talk about? I'll be a lot. Now, if I can just find one more $10 a day money saver that would be terrific. Making money or saving money is what it's all about. Financial freedom sets you free. Who doesn't want to be free? Go buy this book now! Click the link above and see for yourself.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Click, click, click away

Hey, it's all about money isn't it? Money can set you free, and a lot of other stuff too, right? So, how about clicking on some of the served up Google ads while you're here for me, okay? Clicks earn money for me and helps me to keep me motivated to post comments on my blog here.
On another note, I urge you to get busy and start blogging yourself and earn some easy money. Advertisers are waiting to pay you per click 24/7. So, what are you waiting for, get clicking!
Hey, do you have an iPad yet? Tell me about it. I'm thinking of getting one too.

President Obama's address to the nation about our policy in Afghanistan

I received this in an email and thought it was worth posting.
If you missed it last night, you should take a few minutes to watch President Obama's address to the nation about our policy in Afghanistan:

The President's address marks a major turning point in a nearly decade-long conflict. He announced his plan to start withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan next month, fulfilling a promise he made a year and a half ago to begin the drawdown this summer.

To put it simply: when this president took office, there were 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the combat mission in Iraq has ended, Afghanistan will be fully responsible for its own security by 2014, and there will be fewer than 100,000 American troops in the two countries by the end of this year.

As President Obama decisively concludes two long-running wars, he is refocusing our foreign policy to more effectively address the threats we face and strengthen America's leadership in the world as we do.

I'm writing to you because this transformation has already begun to reshape the policy debate -- foreign and domestic -- in the 2012 election. As the President said last night: "It is time to focus on nation building here at home."

The outcome of this debate will have consequences for all of us, so it's important that you understand the policy and help inform the conversation.

You can read the President's remarks below, or watch the address on the White House website here:



Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


June 22, 2011
8:01 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Nearly 10 years ago, America suffered the worst attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor. This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security -- one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives.

In the days that followed, our nation was united as we struck at al Qaeda and routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, our focus shifted. A second war was launched in Iraq, and we spent enormous blood and treasure to support a new government there. By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year. But al Qaeda's leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al Qaeda and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan.

For this reason, in one of the most difficult decisions that I've made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan. When I announced this surge at West Point, we set clear objectives: to refocus on al Qaeda, to reverse the Taliban's momentum, and train Afghan security forces to defend their own country. I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to draw down our forces this July.

Tonight, I can tell you that we are fulfilling that commitment. Thanks to our extraordinary men and women in uniform, our civilian personnel, and our many coalition partners, we are meeting our goals. As a result, starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point. After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.

We're starting this drawdown from a position of strength. Al Qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of al Qaeda's leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that al Qaeda had ever known. This was a victory for all who have served since 9/11. One soldier summed it up well. "The message," he said, "is we don't forget. You will be held accountable, no matter how long it takes."

The information that we recovered from bin Laden's compound shows al Qaeda under enormous strain. Bin Laden expressed concern that al Qaeda had been unable to effectively replace senior terrorists that had been killed, and that al Qaeda has failed in its effort to portray America as a nation at war with Islam -- thereby draining more widespread support. Al Qaeda remains dangerous, and we must be vigilant against attacks. But we have put al Qaeda on a path to defeat, and we will not relent until the job is done.

In Afghanistan, we've inflicted serious losses on the Taliban and taken a number of its strongholds. Along with our surge, our allies also increased their commitments, which helped stabilize more of the country. Afghan security forces have grown by over 100,000 troops, and in some provinces and municipalities we've already begun to transition responsibility for security to the Afghan people. In the face of violence and intimidation, Afghans are fighting and dying for their country, establishing local police forces, opening markets and schools, creating new opportunities for women and girls, and trying to turn the page on decades of war.

Of course, huge challenges remain. This is the beginning -- but not the end -- of our effort to wind down this war. We'll have to do the hard work of keeping the gains that we've made, while we draw down our forces and transition responsibility for security to the Afghan government. And next May, in Chicago, we will host a summit with our NATO allies and partners to shape the next phase of this transition.

We do know that peace cannot come to a land that has known so much war without a political settlement. So as we strengthen the Afghan government and security forces, America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban. Our position on these talks is clear: They must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be a part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution. But, in part because of our military effort, we have reason to believe that progress can be made.

The goal that we seek is achievable, and can be expressed simply: No safe haven from which al Qaeda or its affiliates can launch attacks against our homeland or our allies. We won't try to make Afghanistan a perfect place. We will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely. That is the responsibility of the Afghan government, which must step up its ability to protect its people, and move from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace. What we can do, and will do, is build a partnership with the Afghan people that endures -- one that ensures that we will be able to continue targeting terrorists and supporting a sovereign Afghan government.

Of course, our efforts must also address terrorist safe havens in Pakistan. No country is more endangered by the presence of violent extremists, which is why we will continue to press Pakistan to expand its participation in securing a more peaceful future for this war-torn region. We'll work with the Pakistani government to root out the cancer of violent extremism, and we will insist that it keeps its commitments. For there should be no doubt that so long as I am President, the United States will never tolerate a safe haven for those who aim to kill us. They cannot elude us, nor escape the justice they deserve.

My fellow Americans, this has been a difficult decade for our country. We've learned anew the profound cost of war -- a cost that's been paid by the nearly 4,500 Americans who have given their lives in Iraq, and the over 1,500 who have done so in Afghanistan -- men and women who will not live to enjoy the freedom that they defended. Thousands more have been wounded. Some have lost limbs on the battlefield, and others still battle the demons that have followed them home.

Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding. Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm's way. We've ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.

As they do, we must learn their lessons. Already this decade of war has caused many to question the nature of America's engagement around the world. Some would have America retreat from our responsibility as an anchor of global security, and embrace an isolation that ignores the very real threats that we face. Others would have America over-extended, confronting every evil that can be found abroad.

We must chart a more centered course. Like generations before, we must embrace America's singular role in the course of human events. But we must be as pragmatic as we are passionate; as strategic as we are resolute. When threatened, we must respond with force -- but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas. When innocents are being slaughtered and global security endangered, we don't have to choose between standing idly by or acting on our own. Instead, we must rally international action, which we're doing in Libya, where we do not have a single soldier on the ground, but are supporting allies in protecting the Libyan people and giving them the chance to determine their own destiny.

In all that we do, we must remember that what sets America apart is not solely our power -- it is the principles upon which our union was founded. We're a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination. That is why we have a stake in the democratic aspirations that are now washing across the Arab world. We will support those revolutions with fidelity to our ideals, with the power of our example, and with an unwavering belief that all human beings deserve to live with freedom and dignity.

Above all, we are a nation whose strength abroad has been anchored in opportunity for our citizens here at home. Over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America's greatest resource -- our people. We must unleash innovation that creates new jobs and industries, while living within our means. We must rebuild our infrastructure and find new and clean sources of energy. And most of all, after a decade of passionate debate, we must recapture the common purpose that we shared at the beginning of this time of war. For our nation draws strength from our differences, and when our union is strong no hill is too steep, no horizon is beyond our reach.

America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.

In this effort, we draw inspiration from our fellow Americans who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. To our troops, our veterans and their families, I speak for all Americans when I say that we will keep our sacred trust with you, and provide you with the care and benefits and opportunity that you deserve.

I met some of these patriotic Americans at Fort Campbell. A while back, I spoke to the 101st Airborne that has fought to turn the tide in Afghanistan, and to the team that took out Osama bin Laden. Standing in front of a model of bin Laden's compound, the Navy SEAL who led that effort paid tribute to those who had been lost -- brothers and sisters in arms whose names are now written on bases where our troops stand guard overseas, and on headstones in quiet corners of our country where their memory will never be forgotten. This officer -- like so many others I've met on bases, in Baghdad and Bagram, and at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital -- spoke with humility about how his unit worked together as one, depending on each other, and trusting one another, as a family might do in a time of peril.

That's a lesson worth remembering -- that we are all a part of one American family. Though we have known disagreement and division, we are bound together by the creed that is written into our founding documents, and a conviction that the United States of America is a country that can achieve whatever it sets out to accomplish. Now, let us finish the work at hand. Let us responsibly end these wars, and reclaim the American Dream that is at the center of our story. With confidence in our cause, with faith in our fellow citizens, and with hope in our hearts, let us go about the work of extending the promise of America -- for this generation, and the next.

May God bless our troops. And may God bless the United States of America.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

News, News, News. Every day new news to read.

Do you keep up with the news these days? I'm not talking about just news you used to sit and watch on the tube either. These days we have smartphones that have apps which can gather news from all around the world. I've been enjoying my HTC Droid Incredible for a year now. It's the first thing I grab when I wake up to see what's new.
I have this earthquake app that signals me when there's an earthquake anywhere in the world. I have it set at anything above a 5.0 magnitude. I saw the Fukishima quake in Japan coming weeks before it happened. There was numerous little quakes several times a day, some one after the other and at various magnitudes. I knew something was going to happen rather large but just didn't know when. Then a few weeks later, whamo, it hit. That was exciting to say the least.

I have an app with my local t.v. news which I can pull up at any time and see late breaking news, or, should I say read about it.
Then there's Twitter. I had a Twitter account for a year and really didn't know what to make of it. I couldn't figure out what it was for much less how to use it. Then, I got this Android phone and there was an app for Twitter. I downloaded the free app and opened it and all of a sudden things started making sense. Don't ask me how but I follow a lot of different and interesting people now. I also follow a lot of news companies which give me late breaking news. I can say now that I never bother to watch t.v. news anymore and I don't miss it.

I've been working on my Amazon affiliate store also. I've figured out that if I can talk some people into opening their own store we could make some money between ourselves. This is how it works. I buy from Amazon off and on. If you had an affiliate store I would buy through it. You would get a commission of my purchases. Works the other way around also. Think about it. Amazon has been working on this affiliate store thing lately and it's now so easy to do. I think I should be offering classes on it just to get people going. We could form a large group and make money off each other. Just remember this one thing. You cannot buy through your own store. Get it now? Okay, what are you waiting for? Just go to Google and search for 'Amazon Affiliate'. Sign up and start adding categories to your store. Then get a blog here on Blogger and give people your store address. You can buy a domain name anywhere, ie. GoDaddy, and set it up to forward to your Amazon store when people type in the URL.
I'm doing it another way for now until I do the above though. I have links created here within my posts that will direct you to my store if you click on them to want to look at buying something. Then, there's a link back here also from my Amazon affiliate store.
All it takes is a little work each day or take several days. We all got time to spare once in awhile. When I think about it and am sitting around I go work on my blog or my store. What really got me excited was when I posted here about an AOL update that came out, a lot of people somehow found my blog and clicked on a lot of links. I made about $5.00 in that one day. It's not a lot but if you could get that every day that would add up quick. I'm still excited and I'm going to keep working on this until I can get to that point and beyond. The sky's the limit they say. So, get moving already. Let me know when you get started. I'll be here to help you if you need motivation or anything. We're all in this together now.