Google Reader replacement RSS/Feed Reader

With the demise of Google Reader fast approaching I went on a search for a good ‘Feed Reader’. And it turns out there are plenty. In this article I’m going to concentrate on Windows and Android platforms and support for what is called ‘OPML’ supported readers/structure. You can read more if you wish here about that. The beauty of using OPML is that you can export and import you feeds/subscriptions to multiple platforms and devices.

I’ll have to fire up the Mountain Lion box and see what works best there; but that is for another article or addition to this one at a later date. Suffice it to say that whatever I end up with on my Macs must also support OPML.

In my searches and trials I found that most of the supposed ‘top rated’ readers actually relied on Google Reader feeds! What? If that is going to be shuttered it would seem moronic to recommend a feed reader based on an extension/application that is going to be shuttered. To be fair most of those using Google Reader’s API said they were going to ‘adjust’ and get around this but I thinks it’s just stupid to invest effort and time or worse even money into ‘vaporware’. Others were Browser ‘Plug-ins’ that wouldn’t allow for importing and exporting of feeds across platforms. AND I chose mine based on the fact that I’m not required to enter ANY account or password infomation such as Facebook login, E-mail Login, Twitter Login etc. I just want access to the information that I could readily get if I was searching the web.
I do NOT use ANY service that uses another service to access their service – this is just one more vector to be hacked and have my information stolen, used, sold or worse. (so sorry Spotify and all you other folks keeping tabs on me..)

I found a simple to use, and pretty powerful RSS reader to get most of my stuff in one spot. It’s a great tool. I use to get all my current news articles in one spot and at a quick glance can read article headlines and summaries and then decide on what I’ll dig into. It’s called FeedDemon.  I use the freeware version – here is the window free application. With it I can read the articles right in the application’s browser or open them up in a full Web Browser.

Install is simple; download and run then walk through the process. I didn’t subscribe to ‘News Gator’ option and skipped that step. I already have way too much info to process and I am capable of searching and finding content on my own though you may find it quite useful.

Subscribing to a new feed is very easy by hitting the Subscribe button which pulls up a window to enter in the feed URL.  You can also enter in keywords and do a search for a topic.

You can also preview the feed to make sure it is what you’re looking for.


Sometimes there are options as to additional separate ‘feeds’ within that website. You can select them for a more refined feed. Then just click finish and you’ll have a newly subscribed feed.

On thing I am asked is about the unread/read posts. How come my articles are ‘disappearing/being deleted’. Well that’s just an option in the ‘view’ settings. Go Here and read about that.

Another thing I do is to change the ‘default external Browser’ option for security reasons – I use Firefox with high security plug-ins, but you’re just as safe if use Chrome too instead of the default of IE.

Go to Tools>Options>Feedemon Options and select the second tab and click on the ‘Open external links in default browser instead of FeedDemon’


Once I had all my feeds subscribed and set up on my main workstation I exported them all to an OPML file. That can be used to import my feeds onto another system or device with ease.

I then used that to import all my feeds into my laptop and Android phone RSS Reader – On my phone I use RssDemon News & Podcast Reader.

Tip: How to get an RSS feed from a Facebook page

I also found a good trick to generate an RSS feed from any Facebook page. Facebook, being the closed arena that it is. may soon figure out how to disable this, but for now it works.

First you need to identify the numeric ID of your page or the ‘front page of the profile you want to follow.

To find the public/front page just go to Google(or Bing or whatever) and search for what you’re looking for. Here I searched “Rush band Facebook” (no quotes by the way)

Then you can use this service: to find the actual ID number. [There are other services too. You can search for those if you wish; this was just dead simple]

Once you’ve copied the number, just add it at the end of this string

Eg: this URL generates the RSS feed of one of my all time favorite bands.

Now it’s possible to subscribe the feed of interesting pages, without a Facebook login. Smile

Hope this helps. Peace.

What if GW had done this?!




If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who’s side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an I-Pod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse would you think him an idiot?


So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 24 months — so you’ll have one year and ten months to come up with an answer.

Every statement is factual and directly attributable to Barack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

My only other question is why is the main stream media and press not in hysterics over these issues?!

History Lesson on Social Security

Social Security Card

This is a little history lesson that you won’t see in the main-stream media–now or ever.

Make a copy and learn these facts–they’re relevant!!!

Your Social Security

Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are facts.

Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed. The cards are not supposed to be laminated.


An old Social Security card with the "NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION" message.

Our Social Security card

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social

Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary,

No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual

Incomes into the Program,

Now 7.65% on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from

their income for tax purposes each year,

No longer tax deductible

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the

general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security

Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,

Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month —

and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put

away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the

general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —–

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the  US

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— –


Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: That’s right!  Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The

Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

———— — ———— ——— —– ———— ——— ———

Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

The worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!

If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will

evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn’t so.

But it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?

Electronic Pickpockets

This is some pretty scary stuff.

Many new credit cards carry an RFID chip for ‘fast pay/swipe pay’.

RFID stands for Radio-frequency identification. RFID is a technology that uses communication via electromagnetic waves to exchange data between a terminal and an electronic tag attached to an object, for the purpose of identification and tracking.

Here is a video showing a technique of stealing your information with out you even knowing it. Sadly this has been known for quite a while and not publicized much. I have seen many security related articles on this but I guess the public is just now being made more aware of it. And I think that is good. Be careful out there folks.

The destruction of the middle class is almost at hand

Folks. I have commented on this before and will again. I believe our current administration and politicians have been setting out to destroy our middle class and turn our country into a communist regime – one where there are only two classes; the elite party members and ultra powerful rich and the rest; the peons.

If you want to know where you stand ask yourself, “am I a member of congress?, am I a billionaire, am I one who runs a massive media outlet?” if the answer is NO then you are one of the soon to be ‘former’ middle class Americans. We have people who have been working their way to power positions of power in our great country with the sole goal of creating themselves a place of inscrutable power over every aspect of our lives.

I know I am often called an alarmist right-wing guy. Well I am. I believe in the founding Judeo-Christian concepts our country was founded on. Concepts that provided for an advancement of human kind the world has never known! As mentioned in the opening statement that founded this country;

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;…." Rights by our Creator NOT men!!

We have three waves of massive taxes coming soon. They will not affect the super wealthy – they will always be able to keep their money. They will be just lest incentivized to use it to create jobs and innovations through investments. The new taxes wont affect the super poor either, they will just get even more benefits of our system with out contributing.

The coming taxes and regulations are set to destroy our middle class. Here is the lowdown:

In  just six months, on January 1, 2011, the largest tax hikes in the  history of America will take effect.

They  will hit families and small businesses in three great  waves.

On January  1, 2011, here’s what happens… (read it to the end, so you see  all three waves)…

First Wave:

Expiration  of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In  2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts  for investors,  small business owners, and families.   These  will all expire on January 1, 2011.

Personal  income tax rates will rise.

The  top income  tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the  rate at  which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed).  

The lowest  rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  

All  the rates in between  will also rise. 

Itemized  deductions and personal exemptions will  again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as  higher marginal  tax rates. 

The  full list of marginal rate hikes is  below:

  • The  10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
  • The  25% bracket rises to 28%
  • The  28% bracket rises to 31%
  • The  33% bracket rises to 36%
  • The  35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher  taxes on marriage and family.

The "marriage  penalty" (narrower tax brackets for married couples)  will return from the first dollar of income.   

The  child tax credit  will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.   

The standard  deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples  relative to  the single level.  

The  dependent care and adoption tax credits will  be cut.

The return of the Death  Tax.

This  year only,  there is no death tax.  (Its a  quirk!) For  those dying on or after January 1,  2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on  estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes,  a business, a  retirement account,  could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.   Think of the farmers who dont make much money, but their  land, which they purchased years ago with after-tax dollars, is  now worth a lot of money.  Their children will have to sell  the farm, which may be their livelihood, just to pay the estate  tax if they dont have the cash sitting around to pay the tax.   Think about your own familys assets.  Maybe your  family owns real estate, or a business that doesnt make much  money, but the building and equipment are worth $1 million.   Upon their death, you can inherit the $1 million business  tax free, but if they own a home, stock, cash worth $500K on top  of the $1 million business, then you will owe the government  $275,000 cash!  Thats 55% of the value of the assets over $1  million!  Do you have that kind of cash sitting around  waiting to pay the estate tax?

Higher  tax rates on savers and investors.

The  capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20  percent in 2011.  

The  dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to  39.6 percent  in 2011. 

These  rates will rise another 3.8 percent in  2013.

Second Wave:


There  are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will  first go into effect on January  1, 2011.  They include:

The  "Medicine Cabinet Tax"

Thanks  to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use  health savings  account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or  health reimbursement  (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase  non-prescription, over-the-counter  medicines (except insulin).

The  "Special Needs Kids Tax"

This  provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts  (FSAs) of  $2500 (currently, there is no federal government limit).  There is  one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be  particularly cruel  and onerous: parents of special needs children.  
There  a
re thousands  of families with special needs children in the United States  , and  many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs  education.

Tuition  rates at one leading school that teaches special needs  children in  Washington , D.C. ( National Child Research Center) can easily  exceed $14,000 per year.

Under  tax rules, FSA dollars can not be used to pay for this type of  special  needs  education.

The  HSA (Health Savings Account) Withdrawal Tax  Hike.

This  provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical  early withdrawals from  an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to  IRAs and  other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10  percent.

Third Wave:

The  Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)  and Employer Tax Hikes

When  Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of  2011, they’ll  be in for a nasty surprise-the AMT won’t be held  harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have  expired.

The  major items include:

The  AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last  year.

According  to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index  the AMT will lead to an  explosion of AMT taxpaying families-rising from 4 million  last year  to 28.5 million.  These families will have to calculate  their tax  burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level.  The AMT  was created  in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

Small  business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will  disappear.

Small  businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct,  or "depreciate")  equipment purchases up to $250,000. 
will  be cut all the way down to $25,000.  Larger businesses  can currently expense  half of their purchases of equipment.  
In January of  2011,
all  of it will have to be "depreciated."

Taxes  will be raised on all types of businesses.

There  are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will  take place.   The biggest is the loss of the "research  and experimentation  tax credit," but there are  many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates  with the  loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.

Tax  Benefits for Education and Teaching  Reduced.

The  deduction for tuition and fees will not be available. 
Tax  credits
for  education will be limited. 
Teachers will no longer  be able to
deduct  classroom expenses.
Coverdell Education  Savings Accounts
will  be cut.
Employer-provided  educational assistance is
The student loan  interest deduction will be  disallowed
for  hundreds of thousands of families.

Charitable  Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed.

Under  current law, a retired person with an IRA can contribute up  to $100,000  per year directly to a charity from their IRA.  
contribution  also counts toward an annual "required  minimum distribution."   This ability will no longer be  there.

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And worse  yet?

Now,  your insurance  will be INCOME on your W2’s!

One  of the surprises we’ll  find come next year, is what follows – – a  little "surprise"  that 99% of us had no idea was included in  the "new  and improved" healthcare legislation . . .  the dupes,  er, dopes, who backed this administration will  be astonished!

Starting  in 2011, (next year folks), your W-2 tax form sent  by your  employer will be increased to show the value of  whatever health  insurance you are given by the company. It does  not matter  if that’s a private concern or governmental body  of some  sort. 
If you’re retired?   So what… your gross
will  go up by the amount of insurance you get.

You  will be required to pay taxes on a large sum of money that  you have  never seen.  Take your tax form you just  finished and  see what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to  your tax  debt.  That’s what you’ll pay next year.  
many,  it also puts you into a new higher bracket so it’s  even worse.

This  is how the government is going to buy insurance for the15% that  don’t have  insurance and it’s only part of the tax  increases.

Not  believing this???  Here is a research of  the summaries…..

On  page 25 of 29: TITLE IX REVENUE PROVISIONS-  SUBTITLE A: REVENUE OFFSET PROVISIONS-(sec. 9001,  as modified by sec.  10901) Sec.9002  "requires  employers to  include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost  of applicable  employer sponsored group health coverage that  is excludable  from the employees gross income."

Read more:
– Joan  Pryde is the senior tax editor for the Kiplinger  letters. Here is a good article she has written on even more coming taxes and fees.

People  have the right to know the truth because an election  is coming  in  November!

We need a guy like this

This country needs a person like this [Czech President Vaclav Klaus] at the helm of the United States. And not some leftist academics who have never run anything besides theories – and debunked ones at that.

I have been following his career for a while.
He grew up under communist rule – he KNOWS it and knows it does NOT work.

He has been and outspoken critic of the bogus idea of anthropogenic ‘global warming’. I use that term because it has now been soundly refuted and exposed as a the fraud it is by real science – the science that was silenced in the name of political and economic expediency of the left. And he is a champion of freedom and capitalism.

He has continually spoken out against ‘cap and trade’. This speech is a must read. It should be, in fact, read by all young students who are still being hammered with bogus leftist ideologies daily in our grade and middles schools!

Excerpt: "We should not deceive ourselves. Cap-and-trade scheme is a government intervention par excellence, not a “market solution.”

Here he is being interviewed by Glen Beck.

Speaking on “Killing democracy via global warming sham”

And Czech President Klaus: “Global Warming Not Science, but a ‘New Religion’

Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war

I know some people just can’t handle facts – they are corrosive to the leftist ideology and so they are ‘shouted down’ as racist, lies, bigoted or worse. But facts are that – facts.

So here are some more handy facts to recall during coming weeks as Obama and his congressional Democratic buddies get more desperate to put the blame for their spending policies on Bush and the war in Iraq.

Please read this article and get informed so that when someone utters the idiot mantra the left publishes daily that ‘Bush’s war’ is the reason we are in such terrible economic times you can be armed with facts.

Indonesian Muslim in the White House

A little reality check. Here are some facts you won’t see on the nightly news or read in the Los Angeles or New York Times.

Lolo Soetoro,  Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, baby Maya Soetoro, and 9 year old Barry  Soetoro.


This registration  document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school  in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama  under the name Barry  Soetoro made by his step-father, Lolo  Soetoro.

Barack was raised from the ages of 6-10 in Indonesia, his name was Barry Soetoro, and he was in fact a muslim.
Name: Barry Soetoro
Religion:  Islam
Nationality: Indonesian

First, here is the certificate of enrollment at the Indonesian school:


For those of you not up to speed with Malaysian here is the English translation:


How did this  little INDONESIAN Muslim child – Barry Soetoro, (A.K.A. Barack Obama) get  around the issue of nationality to become President of the United States of  America ?

Barack Obama’s step father, Lolo Soetoro, adopted him and listed his name as “Barry” not Barack. Since Lolo was a muslim I don’t think he would have had a problem with a step-son named “Barack.” But Mr. Lolo Soetoro did identify Barry’s religion as Islam. This is not a matter of opinion. It is a hard core fact. This does not mean that the guy we now know as Obama was a terrorist in training. 99% of the muslims in Indonesia are law abiding folks who reject terrorism. What I don’t understand is why Obama continues to hide this part of his life and pretend that he was raised a poor white child in Kansas?


In a move  certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency,  the group "Americans for Freedom of Information" has released copies of  President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College  ..

The transcript indicates that Obama, under the name  Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia   while an  undergraduate at the school. The transcript was released by   Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by  the group in the Superior Court of California . The transcript shows  that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a  fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship  program. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.

This document provides the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking – that he is NOT a  natural-born citizen of the United States – necessary to be President of  these United States . Along with the evidence that he was first  born in Kenya , here we see that there is no record of him ever applying for US  citizenship..

Gary Kreep of the United States  Justice Foundation has released the results of their  investigation of Obama’s campaign spending.  This study  estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in  the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources  to block disclosure of any of his personal records.

Mr.  Kreep indicated that the investigation is still on-going but that the  final report will be provided to the U.S. attorney general, Eric  Holder.

Mr. Holder has refused comment on this  matter.


Transparent as mud

Remember the campaign and the inauguration speeches – "most open and transparent administration ever…"?

Well we all know that it has NOT been the case. In fact this administration has made more backroom deals than any group of wiseguys ever have and certainly more than any other administration in our history.

Sadly the mainstream media are completely complicit in this too. And to further end any appearance or attempt to hide that fact that the administration is NOT transparent they are doing this:

His words on video:

7 Broken Promises:
1. Make Government Open and Transparent
2. Make it "Impossible" for Congressmen to slip in Pork Barrel Projects
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public (republicans shut out)
4. No more secrecy
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a Bill
6. You’ll know what’s in it (Republican Senators didn’t know)
7. We will put every pork barrel project online

Will anyone in the mainstream media ever call him to task on any of this? I doubt it.

I hope this fall and in two years we will be able to prune the tree of liberty by replacing him and his cohorts. Then maybe we can start to undue the massive damage to our Republic that has already been done.

Do you really trust the mainstream media?