Bowie MMA Tournament Highlights – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Domination Team Sergio Penha made waves at a recent tournament in Maryland where ALL competitors placed and most took gold in Gi and No-Gi.

A Blogger & University of Maryland-Trained Journalist Throws His Hat Into The Political Ring To Support Dan Bongino

Fed up with politics yet?
I sure am.
Just how fed up am I?
Enough to volunteer to serve for the first time in a political campaign.
I have 3 kids, a full-time job, multiple rental properties to manage and a physical therapy practice with my wife and the last thing I’ve got is spare time.
But after listening to the political pablum spewed by so many, I’ve found a candidate I can stand behind – Dan Bongino.
This man has what it takes and is not afraid to speak directly to the issues affecting Marylanders’ freedoms.
No, he’s not a fringe whacko.
In fact, he’s a former Secret Service agent who protected presidents, including Barack Obama.
I’m a former active duty Marine and the fact that Dan Bongino was entrusted to stand next to a President with a loaded weapon speaks volumes. He’s a trustworthy man and he’s overheard enough to know better than to believe the politicians he protected.

And listen to how he passionately addresses Obama Care on the Sean Hannity show

It’s time to get moving and I’ve got a lot to learn, but never have I been more ready. If you’d like to know more, check out

All the best,


An Open Letter To New York’s Mayor Bloomberg On His Handling Of The Post-Hurricane Sandy New York Marathon

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

You did it, buddy.
Yep, you really stepped on your dick (again).
But take heart, because I’ve got a way out for you and believe me, I’ve stepped on mine a time or two and have had to think fast.
But you’d better hurry because Facebook and Twitter are about to crown you King Wingnut.

So here is my action plan for you:

Get a few thousand backpacks and fill them with relief supplies.
Find the shameless runners who still want to compete and hand out the now-full packs.
Turn them in the direction of the hardest-hit areas and send them on their way.

Of course, you’d also need to change the name of the race to “The New York Un-Fair-Athon” to fully atone, but you can do it, Mikey!

We’re behind you…

Chris Moline
A fellow part-time mistake-maker
PS – Even the Associated Press is riding your tail now… here’s the scoop.

CAPS: Certified Aging In Place Specialist – Aker Tub & Shower Representative in Maryland, DC & Virginia

A Certified Aging in Place Specialist – CAPS -  has the perspective necessary to view a home or home improvement project from the point of view of the user who may have a wide variety of physical or mental limitations. From getting out of a vehicle and into the house, to using the bathroom, a CAPS professional can lend critical perspective to a project.

Are you a builder, remodeler, or Occupational Therapist working with a client in the Aging In Place market? Then you are aware of the need to deal with professionals who will properly specify low-threshold or barrier-free shower bases or tubs.
Chris Moline, LEED AP, CAPS is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist on the Aker team in the Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia region.  If low thresholds or barrier-free showers are required for shower bases or non-jetted tubs, the Aker line has what you need.

Moline is also married to a Physical Therapist and has been treated for injuries from auto accidents to skydiving and running, and is no stranger to the need to be able to move freely in the home.

Also, if you have a client looking for a jetted/whirlpool tub to aid with circulation, Pearl tubs offer jetted design like no other, inspired by therapeutic whirlpools. If you’ve ever been to physical therapy, you’ll instantly recognize the therapeutic design of a Pearl tub and the benefit of enhanced circulation.

NAHB CAPS website

AARP CAPS program site

If you live in Northern Virginia and are looking for a CAPS professional contractor, I’d suggest contacting Vince Butler of Butler Brothers at

For distributor locations and information, as well as specification assistance, email Chris at 

CAPS Certified Aging In Place Specialist Universal Design professional in Washington DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware

Christopher Moline, LEED AP, CAPS

Burning A Dry Christmas Tree – Towering Inferno!

Ever wonder how much time you’d have to react if your Christmas tree were to catch on fire? Well, my kids love hanging onto the trees until well after Christmas… like, Valentine’s Day.

So, to show them why we’re just not going to do that any more, I put the last one in our fire pit and lit it. By the way it went up, I wouldn’t blame you if you’d thought I’d soaked it with oil.

But I didn’t.

Identity Theft? How About Hiding Your Identity While Online By Surfing Anonymously!

Whenever you surf the web, you’re leaving a trail, and the trail is a lot more inclusive than you may think.  What’s the harm? Well, here are just some of the things that can be easily tracked:

  • Online travels/clicks
  • Your operating system
  • Browser type

It gets worse:

  • Your machine name (knowing this can be more damaging than you may think)
  • Last sites you’ve visited,
  • History list
  • Gain access to delve into your cache
  • Your IP address and use that to learn basic information about you such as your geographic location and more.

Unless you take action, your life is an open book to a growing list of bad types that may turn you and your identity into a target.

Although it’s not possible to be truly anonymous online without paying a token amount to a proxy service… but once you’re in, it’s very simple to surf anonymously and keep your identity and information secure. A service such as Proxify, which keeps your IP address concealed, helps you search without being identified.

anonymous web searching

“But I use anti-virus and privacy software! I’m safe.”

You may not like it, but your IP (Internet Protocol) address makes it very simple for anyone with a little bit of special knowledge to track your activity. Who would want to do this?

  • Law enforcement (if you’re breaking the law, stop here and don’t learn any more. You should get caught).
  • Your insurance company – oh yes, you broke your ankle skydiving but told them you fell out of a tree. But you were online at the drop zone and posted some cool stuff without using your name, right? Wrong, if they get your IP address, they’ll find out.
  • Identity thieves – if you’re like most online users, a good identity thief can put together the pieces of your life story. They do it in such a convincing way that they can then use that information to impersonate you. Then you’re toast.
  • Divorce attorney/private investigator – enough said. The less ammo you give them, the better it will be for you. Without concealing your online identity from even an average scumbag attorney or private investigator, you’ll be giving them more rope for your hanging. I’ll ask some of my friends for permission before posting what they’ve been through. But, let’s leave it at this – it scared me and I don’t scare easily!

Basically, unless you want to be exposed, using a proxy service is a must.

Exactly how does a service like Proxify work? Well, here’s a little geek speak for you

It can use an SSH tunnel, already created and listening to a localhost. It uses PuTTy to dynamically listen in to the host and redirect traffic through the “tunnel”. The application is then used to hook applications into using the tunnel without configuring the different applications itself.

I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but the ramifications are huge, especially air-tight security against “man-in-the-middle” attacks. You can tweak the service for increased speed or security, so your experience doesn’t have to be in a virtual stranglehold.

Remember, if you think you have nothing to hide… you’re probably mistaken.

All the best,