Apple Apps Fail to Update in iOS9

Apple iPhones have a worm

A Worm in the Apple

I am a longtime Mac user, since 1985. I’ve come to the end of my love affair with Apple, esp. the iPhone.  I previously wrote about many issues I’ve had with Apple and iCloud. I have been patient.  I was hoping the 9.2.1 updates would finally fix this issue, but I have an iPad Air and 2 iPhones all stuck in recurring app limbo.  My apps will not update, or they take weeks to finally complete. After doing a search, I have proved that this issue is not isolated, but is global. At the bottom of this rant I will post links to all the various pages of attempted fixes posted by well meaning bloggers. Some may work for you. Unfortunately, even if they have worked temporarily for me, they fixes don’t last. The problem recurs and the frustration level just increases with each and every update.

I have been through all the solutions posted, even going to my daughter’s house and trying their very high speed connection, but she too is having problems with updates on her iPhone. I think this issue has to do with OS9, iCloud, and Apple’s servers. I can’t think of anything else that has caused this glaciation. I am so frustrated. The only solution I’ve found is to do all my downloads to my Mac, which never has a problem, then connect via USB and sync my devices that way in iTunes. However, this ongoing and daily problem has become so annoying and time consuming that I am actually strongly considering an Android phone and turning in my iPhone 6. Strangely, my wife’s iPhone 5c seems to have less issues than my iPad and my 6. I thought the issue might have been my slower 10/1 wireless burst technology internet service, but the fact that the issue persists when connected to TWC at 150/30 means that that is not the problem.

I am very disappointed as well.  I wish there were a way to make Google Now the default voice helper on my iPhone, but you cannot do that without jailbreaking your phone. Siri has proven herself worthless. She misunderstands me more than my wife :-)

Siri, please call Dr. Herztog…

“I’m sorry, I cannot find a Dr. Hemorrhoid in your contacts list.. ”

Siri, find a Home Depot near me…

“I’m sorry, I cannot connect to the internet right now… “

Luckily I have found that you can transfer your contacts to an Android device. There are apps that do that from your iPhone and from your Mac. iCloud has at least made my transition easier.

If you have an Android phone that you just love, leave a comment below. I’d be glad to hear it. My friend likes his Galaxy 6, but said that there were tons of problems with the Galaxy 5, which the recent issue of Consumer Reports rated as a top pick. I’d prefer not to carry a brick in my pocket, but good photos would be a major plus and good reception is a must. I live in a rural area on the edge of Sprint’s connectivity.

Here are some links to possible fixes for stalled app updates.

  1. https://www.assistiveware.com/support/faq/page/143
  2. http://alvinalexander.com/apple/iphone-waiting-apps-update-install-reinstall-delete-ipod
  3. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-stuck-on-installing-how-to-get-app-downloads-started-again/
  4. http://ipadacademy.com/how-to-solve-the-problem-of-an-ipad-app-download-stuck-on-waiting
  5. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-problem-app-store-badge-shows-updates-needed-but-it-wont-work/
  6. http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Troubleshooting/a/How-To-Fix-My-Ipad-App-Won-T-Update.htm
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adobe takes the protection racket to a new levelI can’t believe it. I am a long time user of Adobe products, all the way back to the early 90’s. I own the CS6 Master Suite. Then Adobe switched to its subscription model.  As a Suite owner, I was able to sign up for a reduced rate for the first year and then continued a subscription for the next year.  I decided that I did not use all the Suite products, so I decided I would change my subscription to only the 3 products I use.  Whoa!  You can’t reduce your subscription. You can only buy more.

You have to cancel your current plan and start another one. BUT if you cancel your current plan, you are faced with a cancellation fee!  I was warned if I cancelled my plan, I would have to pay a $160 early cancellation fee!!!  I have been had. It sounds like I’ve signed up for a cell phone contract! I’ve been paying month by month…

Has Adobe entered the world of the cell phone mafia???     I will NEVER recommend Adobe to any of my clients or friends… I’ve been paying a month by month fee for 1.5 years.

I wonder if their marketing is done by the Al Capone:  Pay up or else!  Aside from that, Adobe has structured it so that if any of your documents are in the current version of their Creative Cloud plan, they are not backward compatible to your older versions.

Anyone feel like they want to get addicted to heroin?  Then sign up for Creative Cloud. It will keep you high as long as you are willing to keep paying for a hit.

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France to Shut Down up to 160 Mosques

News: World News
France to Shut Down up to 160 Mosques
by Christine Niles • ChurchMilitant.com • December 9, 2015
Raids reveal large stashes of weapons and ammunition

PARIS (ChurchMilitant.com) – In the wake of the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks that claimed more than 130 lives, the French government is ordering up to 160 mosques to be shut down in the coming months. Raids have revealed large stashes of weapons and ammunition.
France closes Mosques
The government’s emergency powers grant it the right to take this extraordinary measure, and mosques that are unlicensed or have a history of “preaching hatred” are being singled out.

One of France’s chief imams, Hassan El Alaoui, said last Wednesday, “According to official figures and our discussions with the interior ministry, between 100 and 160 more mosques will be closed because they are run illegally without proper licenses, they preach hatred, or use takfiri speech.” Takfiri speech involves sectarian slurs leveled by one Muslim against fellow Muslims.

“This kind of speech shouldn’t even be allowed in Islamic countries, let alone secure countries like France,” El Alaoui said.

Weapons and ammunition seized from a mosque
Weapons and ammunition seized from a mosque

Meanwhile, several of these mosques have been raided, revealing a “staggering” number of weapons and ammunition. Sunday, authorities conducted a raid on a mosque in Lagny-sur-Marne, 18 miles east of Paris, and uncovered 334 weapons and a large quantity of 7.62mm Kalashnikov ammunition, along with ISIS propaganda videos.

Police also turned up recordings of chants “glorifying the martyrs of jihad linked to the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra,” the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. The chants were found among teaching materials for youth in a madrassa, or private religious school for boys, connected to the mosque. According to the prefecture of police, “No request was made to open a private school.”

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, “In 15 days we have seized one third of the quantity of war-grade weapons that are normally seized in a year.”

As a result, 232 Muslims have been taken into custody and nine placed on house arrest. It’s the third mosque since the November 13 attacks to be shut down, with many more expected in the future. Muslim-owned businesses and homes are also being searched, with 2,235 raided so far.

France currently has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, with about 2,600 mosques total in the country. The Schengen Agreement, which abolished border checks among the 26 member states, allows residents of the European Union — more than 400 million — to travel freely throughout Europe without showing identification or being screened. The border policy may be reconsidered, as it gives easy access to undocumented migrants — including radical Muslims — to infiltrate the country and stage future terrorist attacks.

Christine Niles is a staff writer, producer and anchor for ChurchMilitant.com
Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1

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OMGosh … Black Friday/Cyber Monday OVERLOAD

Black Friday MobsIt finally happened. I’ve reached bargain shopping overload! I can’t take it anymore. This Thanksgiving I had a blowout. I received so many Black Friday/Cyber Monday emails that I checked out mentally. I could no longer cope. Even for things I am eventually interested in getting, I could not face the onslaught of options and advertising. Everyone wanted me to look at their specials: Amazon, Staples, BestBuy, Ace Hardware, 10 different software and computer hardware companies, print companies, music companies, Apple and iTunes… It was an avalanche of images and offerings. I couldn’t cope! It all started with Black Friday previews on BestBuy a week before Thanksgiving Day. The ads came in non-stop all weekend. I shopped for nothing. I bought nothing. I got sick even of the idea of shopping or looking at ads.

Now you must realize, these are all ads from stores with which I normally do business either for my business or home purchases. I had actually looked for a piece of equipment, a projector, leading up to the “big day,” but when I clicked on the ads, there were so many offerings, I couldn’t find what I wanted. I had to wade through TV’s and phones and all sorts of clutter and I couldn’t get there from here. I felt so hammered by TMI (TOO MUCH INFORMATION!), that I just withdrew into my fortress of solitude and spent time with my family instead. I didn’t want to watch TV. I didn’t want to do email. I was on mental overload.

I wonder if this whole cyber/Black Friday thing has reached the saturation point and will lose its effectiveness. I gave up going to Black Friday, “door buster” sales 10 years ago when I waited outside a Circuit City in the wee hours of the morning to get our first flat screen TV; a TV which lasted only about a year and couldn’t be repaired because of non-standardized parts (Polaroid had several different Asian manufacturers for its components). I am not a fan of crowds anyway, so I’m done with that. Now the whole “gotta buy now” pressure, or “you’ll lose out,” is creating resentment and resistance in me. I want nothing to do with it. All of You! GO AWAY and leave me ALONE! And I am most disgusted with this Black Friday thing bleeding into Thanksgiving Day, and now all the stores feel compelled to do it because every other store is doing it. So none of the poor retail workers get the day to relax and spend with their families! This isn’t just commercialism, it is consumer addiction… and Mammon is his name.

So in my small, blogish way, I’m pushing back. I’m tuning out. If I ever need something, and I need a deal, may the Lord provide. This mess just ain’t worth the stress and pressure. Merry Christmas, ya’ll…


Obama, Racism, and The Presidency

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. – Hosea 8:7

Let me first say that I have been a pastor in an all Black congregation (we didn’t call ourselves African-American back then… we called ourselves “Black” and were not ashamed of it!). Although I did not vote for him, I had high hopes that the election of Barak Obama in 2008 would bring to an end the ugly stain of racism in our country. Not that it would eliminate all racists by magic, but that we could move forward as a nation, united without regards to color, and racists would be shown to be the small minority that they were. It is with great disappointment that I now see Obama as one of the most racist presidents since Andrew Jackson, and as a man who has set back the course of race relations by fanning the flames of racial tensions for his own political advantage. Can you imagine if George Bush had jumped into any incident of a black man shooting a white man, condemning the black man before trial and implying that the black man did it because of his race? First of all, the media would have excoriated him. Before Obama, what president got involved in individual criminal acts and took sides based upon race? Not only that, it is not the role of the president to attempt to influence the judicial process in individual cases. It is prejudicial. Yet by using high profile cases and fanning the media flames, implying racial motivations, it works to the advantage of the President during times leading up to elections. It solidifies his base, but it has built into such a crescendo of distrust and hostility towards all police that some cities are becoming far less safe than they were before.

I am not trying to justify all police actions. I have been on the receiving end of unjust police actions, so I know a little bit about it. But painting all police with the broad brush of racism is not only unjust, it also creates a climate of open warfare on police officers leading to potential social chaos.

Black Panthers intimidate white voters in Philly in 2008The Voter Intimidation Case
Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute intimidation of white voters by Black Panthers in Philadelphia in 2008 created the feeling of racial bias by this administration and was the first indication that we were not really in a post-racial society.

Two members of the New Black Panther party, Minister King Samir Shabazz, and Jerry Jackson, stood in front of the entrance to the polling station in uniforms that have been described as military or paramilitary.[2][3][4] Minister King Shabazz carried a billy club, and is reported to have pointed it at voters while both men shouted racial slurs,[5] including phrases such as “white devil” and “you’re about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”[6]
In April 2009 Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer who was serving as a poll watcher at the polling station where the incident occurred, submitted an affidavit at the Department of Justice’s request supporting the lawsuit, stating that he considered it to have been the most severe instance of voter intimidation he had ever encountered.[2][5] When none of the defendants who were charged appeared in court to answer the charges, the career attorneys pursuing the lawsuit assumed that they would win it by default. However the move to pursue a default judgment was overruled by two of their line superiors, Loretta King, who was acting Assistant Attorney General, and Steve Rosenbaum, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.[3]
Hans A. von Spakovsky stated that internal e-mails from the Department of Justice released under a Freedom of Information Act request show that political appointees were “intimately involved” in the decision to drop the case, including former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli and Attorney General Eric Holder, and that Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez may have committed perjury by denying this in his testimony before the Civil Rights Commission.[11]
In December 2010, the Civil Rights Commission released a report concluding that their investigations had uncovered “numerous specific examples of open hostility and opposition” within the Department of Justice to pursuing cases in which whites were the victims. The report accused the Department of Justice of failing to cooperate with investigations into its reason for dropping the case, stating “While the department has issued general statements that it enforces the laws without regard to race, these assurances do not confirm, deny or explain the specific allegations of misconduct […] Unfortunately, the department has thus far refused to address many of these specific claims or to provide the type of information that would allow the commission to properly review the decision making relating to the NBPP lawsuit.”[30][31]

The Trayvon Martin Case

President Obama, speaking to reporters on March 23 after federal investigators were deployed to Sanford, said, “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this… If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”[248]

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain objected to what he called “swirling rhetoric” and “a war of words”,[255] and former Garland, Texas NAACP president C.L. Bryant singled out Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for being “race hustlers” who were exploiting Martin’s death “to inflame racial passions”. Bryant also criticized President Barack Obama for his “nebulous” comment, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”[256][257] Former education secretary William Bennett criticized what he called a “mob mentality”, saying that “…the tendency in the first days by some, including Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and an angry chorus of followers, was to rush to judgment with little regard for fairness, due process, or respect for the terrible death of a young man.”[258]

The Henry Louis Gates Case

On July 22, President Barack Obama said about the incident, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.” Law enforcement organizations and members objected to Obama’s comments and criticized his handling of the issue. In the aftermath, Obama stated that he regretted his comments and hoped that the situation could become a “teachable moment”.[3]

Ferguson and the Michael Brown Case
This case is a little more complicated. Michael Brown was shown to be a thug and the initial report by his companion that he had his hands up was recanted and later show to be false by the Department of Justice. However, the initial media reports as “fact” caused a boiling over of the underlying racial tension in the community. The Justice Department did find evidence of racial bias in the police department. Yet, as the protests became violent, agitators came in from outside, property was destroyed and looters burned and stole, the President was mostly inclined to justify the lack of civil order by his silence, and only belatedly called for people not to throw bricks…

In the days following the shooting, state and federal officials weighed in on the matter. On August 12, President Barack Obama offered his condolences to Brown’s family and community. …
U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the First Amendment violations, saying, “There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests, or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights. And here, in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground.”

On November 24, minutes after a prosecuting attorney announced that a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, President Obama urged calm and restraint in Ferguson, saying racial discrimination and distrust of police cannot be resolved by “throwing bottles.” Immediately after the shooting and in the weeks leading up to the grand jury announcement, President Obama has made several such calls for calm and restraint in Ferguson.

While the foregoing are just some examples of the inappropriate insertion of racial politics by the President into individual incidents, the overall tenor has resulted in the execution style slaying of police officers and even calls for the killing of police by the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

Several conservative pundits have labeled the movement a “hate group”.[97] Candidate Chris Christie, the New Jersey Governor, criticized President Obama for supporting BLM, saying that the movement calls for the murder of police officers,[98] which was condemned by New Jersey chapters of the NAACP and ACLU.[99]
Marchers using a BLM banner were recorded in a video chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” at the Minnesota State Fair.
United States President Barack Obama spoke to the debate between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter.[120] Obama said, “I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities.” He went on to say “that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”[13]

Yes, by all means, systemic racism must be addressed. But we must also be cautious about a mob mentality which justifies a rush to judgment and creates a climate of hostility which cannot be placated by any means. When all police officers in any shooting are immediately condemned and found guilty because of a difference in race, then we have a fire that cannot be extinguished. By sowing hate, suspicion, and vengeance, we reap social disorder.

#BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter

Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman said about the “Black Lives Matter” movement, “I dealt with a best friend getting killed, and it was [by] two 35-year-old black men. There was no police officer involved, there wasn’t anybody else involved, and I didn’t hear anybody shouting ‘black lives matter’ then.”[124]
Some commentators and law enforcement have claimed that BLM has made it hard for police to do their job, leading to a rise in crime rates.[123] Commentators have referred to this as the Ferguson effect.[123] FBI Director James Comey, for example, suggested that the movement is partly leading to a national rise in crime rates because police officers have pulled back from doing their jobs.[132]

While the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore certain seems to show gross misconduct by some police officers, it is telling that President Obama will jump into any issue involving the death of a black man, but has never said a word about the murder of a white man by a black man. That is just an irony of the President who was supposed to be post-racial and unite us all. He is biased, and it shows.

And the worst part about this whole stirring of the racial pot is that it feeds into the racism of white supremacists and has led to murders by white racists in Missouri and now apparently in Minnesota. Dividing us by race for political ends is destroying the very hope for change his election in 2008 should have fulfilled. A lost opportunity for bringing out the best in us is leading to the devolution of our culture. Having sown the seeds of racism to the wind, he is reaping for us all a whirlwind.

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Dante’s Inferno, Pedophilia, and the Catholic Church

Dante’s Inferno is a picture of hell with 9 levels, each with greater punishments for sins committed on the earth. Dante was not afraid to place in hell Cardinals, Bishops, and Popes. Dante’s point was that corruption in the Roman Catholic Church by its leaders was just as worthy of punishment, if not more so, as sinful deeds done by pagans and government leaders. His political activity was not admired by all, but his writing exposed the abuse of power by Popes and church leaders. We hear today that Pope Francis is engaged in a similar battle, facing much entrenched opposition to his attempts to cleanse the church of its sins.

This week I met an artist, Butch Casanova, who invited me to his home. There I saw a work of art that reminded me of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He was disgusted by the corruption exposed in the pedophilia scandals that rocked the Roman Church. And putting brush to canvas, he created a great allegory of the cover up by  Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston. He tried to have this work displayed through the Boston media, but at that time, no one would touch it because Bernard Law was feared and so powerful. He has since escaped to the Vatican to avoid prosecution for his knowledgeable suppression of the scandal and for allowing it to continue. Law, in his own mind at least, was perhaps on his way to becoming the first American Pope…
Because the painting is so good as an allegory I wanted to share it. I will let Butch’s explanations of the allegory complete this article. I felt this work of art deserves wider recognition, even if there are those in the hierarchy who would rather the whole scandal be swept under the rug…

The Cardinal

Pedophilia, Bernard Law, and the Catholic Cover Up


The document forming the backdrop is a page from the Missale Romanum, the standard source for the prescribed prayers for Masses honoring certain dates or personages.

In this instance, it is modeled on the Mass for a Pontiff, personalized for a speculative Pope Bernard the Great, the first of that name. The date is that of the birthday of Bernard Cardinal Law.

The millstone has a worn, but evident “quarter dress” harp pattern found on many of these implements;

The Latin sentiment rounding the face of the millstone is variously found in each of the Synoptic Gospels: St. Luke 17:2, St. Mark 9:42, and St. Matthew 18:6. The version quoted is Luke’s, from the Latin Vulgate;

Those parallel cites converge upon this main sentiment: “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” New American Standard Bible (©1995);

The bishop’s mitre the Cardinal figure wears has had its center torn out, where typically a cross or the OC (Chi Rho) figure might be in a medallion;

The handheld mirror shows through its back, the image of a Papal Triple Tiara, traditionally worn by popes in coronation. The last pope to wear one at his accession to the papacy was Paul VI at his coronation in 1963;

His successors, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI have later set aside this crown in favor of a bishop’s mitre, none of them styling his accession to the Papacy as a coronation;

The tiara depicted in this image was that donated by Emperor Napoleon I, for the coronation of Pius VII in March of 1800;

The serpent has the coat of arms of Bernard Cardinal Law in its jaws. On it is inscribed his motto, epitomizing a life of Christian dedication: To Live is Christ.

The priest menacing the doll is a twisted image of Fr. John Goeghan, convicted in Massachusetts for child molestation, sentenced to prison, and killed while there by a murderer sentenced to life, Joseph L. Druce;

The Male Child Doll is inspired by Raggedy Andy.

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France, Gun Control, And Terrorism

A Well-Armed Citizenry is the best defense against lawlessness and Terrorism

Military weaponry is completely illegal in France for private citizens, nevertheless 
“Bloomberg reports that weapons designed for military use, such as the Kalashnikov AK series, have been illegally flooding France over the past few years…
The number of illegal guns is thought to be at least twice the number of legal guns in the country. Weapons such as AK-47s can be bought for the equivalent of a few thousand dollars.
France does not have a “right to bear arms” — the right to privately own a gun is not protected by law. In order to purchase a firearm, one must first obtain a hunting or shooting sporting license that requires a psychological evaluation and regular renewal. Semi-automatic rifles that can hold more than three rounds, as well as rifles and handguns with military-grade calibers, require permits. Fully automatic weapons are completely illegal for civilians. If one purchases or possesses a gun illegally, the punishment is a maximum of seven years in prison, plus a fine.”
Our government, which can’t control illegal immigration or illegal drug trafficking…. wants gun control and to disarm its citizens? Who will have the guns then? If all the law-abiding citizens surrender their arms, who will be left with them? Criminals and Terrorists loose within a defenseless populace…. like in France. 
Paris is currently experiencing one of the worst terrorist attacks in modern history. Multiple shootings and explosions have left at least 60 people dead, according to…

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