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The Worrisome Frivolity Of Facebook

by John Myers on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Worrisome Frivolity Of Facebook

“I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time.”

–Betty White, “Saturday Night Live”

“Knowledge is power,” wrote Sir Francis Bacon. There’s little doubt Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg grasped this when he created his vision for social networking eight years ago this month. Whether you consider Facebook a miracle or a monster, there is no doubt it has changed the way people relate to each other. It also made Zuckerberg one of the youngest billionaires in history.

This year, Facebook is expected to garner its billionth user. It already has more than 845 million users, or roughly one-seventh of the world’s population.

With billions of dollars in earnings, Facebook has in the works a much-anticipated initial public stock offering. The success of that IPO will do much to determine if social networking and the accumulation of what was once deemed personal information translate into raw wealth.

Regardless of how well Facebook’s IPO does, there is one truth about it and other social networks: The members who sign up are giving away their privacy and anonymity.

I find it irritating to watch people obsessing over Facebook. I am in my mid-50s, and I have no desire to share my life with so-called friends who can pass any of my information on to anyone. My wife and I have three children in their 20s who, like many of their generation, are avid Facebook users.

It has been my observation while shopping, walking in the park or driving that multitudes are either reading Facebook posts or updating their statuses. The numbers back me up. Facebook reports that it has 415 million mobile users.

Whether on the laptop at home or on the street with a smartphone, it appears that the principal reason so many people spend so much time on Facebook is to learn and spread gossip.

Evidence that many of my generation are upset over social networking was demonstrated this month when a North Carolina father, Tommy Jordan, responded to his daughter’s disrespectful Facebook rant by shooting her laptop and putting the video on YouTube. Jordan’s video went viral, receiving more than 2 million views in the first couple of days.

Jordan’s daughter had written a long Facebook post in which she complained about her chores. She didn’t suspect her dad would find her online tirade, but he did. He was especially upset by his daughter’s use of profanity in her post.

“This is for my daughter, Hannah, and more importantly, all of her friends on Facebook who thought her little rebellious post was cute,” Jordan said before riddling her computer with bullets.

I don’t endorse shooting computers. It is too much like Elvis Presley shooting TVs. I do understand that many older people are angry that our kids seem to give their lives over to their “friends” who number in the hundreds or sometimes thousands on Facebook.

I also realize that Facebook isn’t just for young people. Social Media Today reported in April 2010 an estimated 41.6 percent of the U.S. population had a Facebook account.

A friend told me at a Christmas party that he has more than 2,000 “friends” on Facebook. I still can’t comprehend that number.

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New Team Obama re-election gimmick: is America a post-racial society?

by Lloyd Marcus on Saturday, January 21st, 2012

This is article 53 of 166 in the topic Racism

Suddenly, there is a lot of discussion about whether or not we live in a “post-racial society.” With the 2012 presidential election right around the corner, I can only conclude that, despicably, “race-baiting” will be a major component of the left’s and the White House’s Obama re-election campaign.

Recently, a black publication interviewed me for an article, the topic being “Is America a post-racial society?” Then, flipping through the TV channels, I caught a bit of two blacks on CNN discussing whether or not America is a post-racial society. It’s coming up everywhere lately.

I am just giving you a heads-up, folks. All this talk about a post-racial society, which sounds like it came out of a marketing strategy meeting, is designed simply to accuse all who are against Obama’s re-election of being non-post-racial. In other words, racist.

The post-racial discussion is absurd, divisive, and a waste of time — a distraction from real issues. The fact that America elected a black man to be leader of the free world confirms that Americans think post-racially. Blacks are only 12% of the U.S. population. Even if every black in America voted for Obama, without millions of white votes, Obama would not have been elected. Are we a post-racial society? Of course we are.

What I find so repulsive is that the left and the Obama administration are well aware of this truth. And yet, they will, without hesitation or conscience, double down on their efforts to inspire black hatred against white Tea Partiers and fuel white guilt to achieve their goals.

I witnessed a moving example of our post-racial society while watching a pro football playoff game on TV. Upon winning the game, black football player Vernon Davis, with tears running down his face, ran over to his white coach, Jim Harbaugh. Davis cried as he and Harbaugh hugged for a long time. They were just two men: a respected coach and a respected player. Race did not matter. America is a post-racial society.

Only agenda-driven knuckleheads design new tactics to keep Americans apart, suspicious of one another, and at each other’s throats along racial lines.

Now, do not get me wrong. I am not saying racism, on both sides, does not exist in America. Of course, it does, along with every other sin. Such will be the case until the Lord takes us home. But as a nation, the American people have proven themselves honorable, fair-minded, compassionate, and extremely generous.

The ’60s TV series Star Trek was an excellent example of a “post-racial society.” The crew was of various races and yet they related to each other as individuals. Race was irrelevant.

I love the way the left always accuses us, the American people, of the evils of which they are guilty. We do not sit around thinking of phony intellectual-sounding phrases such as “post-racial society.” We simply live, work, and play together as Americans. The left and black Liberal Plantation overlords are the ones guilty of thinking “non”-post-racially for political purposes. Their exploitation of race continues to devastate blacks in terms of their attitudes and expectations. Black race profiteers are betraying their own people by convincing them that they are victims, despite being blessed to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.

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Rubio Sends Letter to Obama About America Becoming ‘Deadbeat Nation’

by Doug Powers on Friday, January 6th, 2012

This is article 331 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

Three words I’d like to see attached to this guy later this year: Vice presidential nominee:

In a scathing letter sent to Barack Obama this morning, Senator Marco Rubio said that under the President’s first term in office, “more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.”

Rubio went on to pledge that he would challenge any further increase in the debt ceiling, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming request to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark.

“I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly.”
The letter concludes: “America deserves leaders who will stand front and center, level with the American people about our challenges and offer real solutions to solve them. Instead of simply asking for another debt ceiling increase, I urge you to come forward with a real plan to tackle our debt in 2012.”

Obama has come through with a plan to tackle our debt, and that’s “spend lots more money.” But Rubio was obviously speaking rhetorically in that last part. A “deadbeat nation” might sound like an undesirable outcome to you and me, but it’s an outcome that nonetheless has obviously been designed into Obama’s plan for America.

Here’s one of my favorite Rubio floor speeches from back in July, and one in which Thurston Kerry III took him on and I think ended up wishing he’d stayed back on the yacht with Lovey that day.

“Compromise that isn’t a solution is a waste of time” — not to mention money:

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The Republican Mole

by Burt Prelutsky on Monday, October 31st, 2011

In the Tea Party, there are wackos. No doubt about it. But they are the exception to the rule. On the other hand, in the case of the Democratic Party, they are the Democratic Party.

Black and Latino politicians like to focus on the large financial gap between their constituencies and white Americans. What they choose to ignore is the humongous gap in education. Although I regard the first four years of liberal arts instruction as an unholy waste of time and money, the way the system is set up, one has to slog through them before going on to become a physician, mathematician, architect, surgeon, lawyer, engineer or CPA. But when most members of the two largest minority groups in America don’t even make it through high school, how on earth can they possibly wind up wealthy unless they are adept at hitting, shooting, running or passing, some type of ball?

It’s not bigotry, as the race hustlers and assorted liberals would have it; it’s reality.

Instead of comparing themselves to rich white people, they should compare themselves to the only minority group that editorial writers and various leftwing sob sisters elect to ignore; namely, Asians. In spite of coming to this country generally speaking a foreign language, they and their children apply themselves and, more often than not, wind up out-earning white Americans by out-learning them.

Roughly 50 years ago, Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. Several trillions of dollars and countless state and federal feel-good programs later, the poverty level is basically unchanged.

The situation in Africa, in spite of the well-publicized efforts of Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bono and the U.N., is even worse. Considering the cast of characters, a cynic might even say, predictably worse. According to a recent study, in the 1970s, 10% of Africans lived in poverty. Today, the number stands at 70%. God knows Angelina Jolie has done all she can, but she’s only one person and she can’t adopt an entire continent.

The fact is, the War on Poverty, whether in Kenya or Detroit, and just about every other war that the U.S. has waged since 1945 has been an unmitigated disaster.

Am I the only one who finds it odd that although liberals were constantly attacking George W. Bush because he didn’t announce an exit strategy for Iraq, nobody ever demands an exit strategy when it comes to the unending wars on drugs and poverty?

On the other hand, there are a couple of wars that deserve to be waged. Both involve federal expenditures. Although they pale in comparison to the millions of dollars squandered on LightSquared, Solyndra and all those various “green energy” scams pulled off by Al Gore and Obama’s major donors, they are morally reprehensible. For instance, when Eric Holder’s Justice Department holds a conference, money is no object, so long as it’s yours and not theirs. Cookies typically go for $10 each, a cup of coffee runs $8, lunch costs $65 and if anyone feels like a snack, it’s another $32.

I haven’t seen over-runs like these since the last time the Pentagon submitted a budget. It makes you wonder if Michelle Obama is running a catering service out of the White House.

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The More Obama Speaks…

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is article 28 of 1015 in the topic Obama

The most interesting thing happening in the world of politics and finance today is the way Barack Hussein Obama continues to lose traction every time he gives a speech.

After the “jobs” speech, Wall Street dropped three hundred points when the market opened the following morning.

When longtime, staunch supporters of Obama such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews look and sound betrayed, it is clear that even Obama’s liberal base is in disarray. Matthews, presumably a seasoned political observer, had poured all his faith into Obama, believed in hope and change, and Obama only delivered a huge national debt, the first downgrade of the nation’s triple-A credit rating, massive unemployment, and the sad repetition of failed solutions.

Conservative commentators were openly disdainful of Obama’s use of a joint session of Congress as a stage for a purely political speech, but it was the public as always that had the last word.

Obama’s first speech to a joint session of Congress in February 2009 garnered 52.4 million viewers. By January 2010, the State of the Union speech drew 48 million and the 2011 SOTU attracted only 42.8 million.

His “jobs” speech was watched by 31.5 million. On the East Coast it was 7 PM, but in California it was 4 PM. Maybe it was just the time difference? Or maybe people have decided that listening to Barack Hussein Obama is just a great waste of time, no matter what the hour may be.

I know that the conventional political wisdom is that Obama has 14 months to go and that he’s a great campaigner, but to my eye his audiences following the “jobs” speech were composed mostly of union members or the very young.

Among the military, whenever he addresses them, the silence is palpable. Recall the sullen response he got at West Point when he announced his Afghanistan strategy, if one can even call it that.

There is a hard core of perhaps 20% who love Obama to the exclusion of his record of failure to focus on the economy. Others, though, from the black and Hispanic base are beginning to look for the exit. The Black Caucus is unhappy. Hispanics are unimpressed.

The race card is being played. Class warfare is being encouraged. These are the tools of a demagogue.

Obama, though, is convinced that if he just talks enough he can change opinion; thinks he is the master salesman, the ultimate campaigner. What he does not see, nor sense, is the derision with which his message is being received.

The public has had two and a half years to take his measure and while he cannot be fired until November 2012 and will not leave until January 2013, he is pure poison to any hope of economic recovery. He has the reverse Midis touch; whatever he touches turns to poop.

It was almost comical that the solar panel company he touted as the green jobs wave the future, Solyndra, received millions from the government, filed bankruptcy, and got a visit from the FBI that seized its records and computers. When it comes to picking winners and losers, Obama always manages pick a loser and stick the public with the bill.

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Jackboot Watch – Idaho Man Charged With Killing Grizzly to Protect Family

by Christopher Morris on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Jeremey Hill killed a grizzly that wandered onto his property in Idaho. His kids were outside playing. Now the government is going after him for violating the Endangered Species Act.

Apparently the fact that his kids were endangered has no bearing on the common sense of the U.S. Attorney in Idaho who is filing federal charges.

There is not a parent on this planet that would not have put as many holes in the hide of that grizzly to stop it from coming close to their kids. The enviro-wackjobs forget that the grizzly would gladly rip your head off and eat your liver if it thought you were within 20 miles of its cubbies. Apparently human life means so little to the leftist regime that it would be preferable for the grizzly to maul the kids than kill it. Seriously?

After Hill shot and killed the grizzly he called the Idaho Department of Fish and Game which was probably the right thing to do. But I guarantee that the next time something like this happens they won’t be getting a cursory call.

Hill has the support of his two U.S. Senators, Representative and Governor. The Governor even wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for all the good that will do.

Unfortunately the man will have to endure the cost of a trial which will be a complete waste of time and money. Do you really think a jury of his peers will find the man guilty?

I think the feds are more of a terrorist threat to the citizens of this country than the radical cavemen in the middle east.

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Marco Rubio’s Terrific Senate Floor Speech, Including John Kerry Debate Goodness

by Doug Powers on Sunday, July 31st, 2011

This is article 256 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

I’m hooked on this Marco Rubio dude… I wrote about his appearance a couple of weeks ago on Face the Nation, and now he’s outdone himself with today’s Senate floor speech.

Pay attention especially at the 7:40 mark for John Kerry to ask for Rubio to yield some time to ask him some questions, and Rubio does yield (which you don’t see every day, but you could tell Marco was welcoming the opportunity for a one-on-one with Kerry, and Kerry might now regret asking the questions). Rubio hit Kerry’s questions out of the park. Rubio has more discipline than I do, because his responses contained nary a “have you paid your friggin’ luxury taxes yet, Thurston?”

I’m going to go out on a short limb and predict I’ll be voting for this guy for president some day:

“I would love nothing more than compromise — but compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.”

Not to mention money… lots of money.

We’ve talked about it here many times. What good is “compromise” if it simply means going to hell in a slightly slower handbasket? Even worse, often it results in a faster handbasket. Rubio nailed it.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – The insanity must be stopped

by Lawrence Sellin on Friday, July 29th, 2011

My message to the American people: you are not insane, but the politicians and the mainstream media are.

Most of the time, they are lying to you, trying to manipulate you or ridiculing you, if you question their “wisdom”, no matter how wrong they might be.

It is a waste of time writing to your elected officials. They only care about their political careers. They are parasites. Ayn Rand described them accurately:

“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.”

During the recent recession, Congressional members’ net worth went up by 3,669 percent, while Main Street America is going broke.

With our current crop of career, elitist politicians, the US is indeed doomed.

It is a waste of time listening to the mainstream media. At least 90% of them are left-wing Democrats and they represent nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Obama Administration.

With the complicity of members of Congress, the media and rich financiers, Barack Hussein Obama is occupying the Presidency illegally and he continues to be protected by them, deliberately hiding the truth from the American people.

The fact is that we still do not know when and where Obama was born.

The digital document he presented as his Certificate of Live Birth on April 27, 2011 is a forgery.

He is using a Social Security Number illegally and he forged his Selective Service registration.

All veterans who have served their country are asked to join in a grievance demanding action and hearings based on well-founded documents exposing massive fraud.

Our Constitution is now under assault by the creeping imposition of Sharia law orchestrated by government officials. There is no gray area. The Constitution and Sharia law are incompatible.

Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, is a fool, a useful idiot for a radical Islamic fifth column. He approved conscientious objector status for Muslim Private First Class Nasser Abdo.

PFC Nasser Abdo did not want to kill fellow Muslims in Afghanistan, but he appears quite willing to kill GIs at Fort Hood.

Both PFC Nasser Abdo and Secretary of the Army McHugh vindicate Fort Hood killer Major Nidal Hasan. He made identical claims and threatened that “adverse events” would occur if military officials did not accept Sharia law.

You cannot accommodate Sharia without undermining the Constitution. It is that simple. Choose your side.

The insane politicians are also doing nothing to secure our borders and stem the flow of illegal aliens.

Obama is actually facilitating illegal immigration and promoting quasi-amnesty by ordering “prosecutorial discretion”, whereby the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency need not enforce immigration laws

No more amnesty. Period.

And no more political correctness. Profile terrorists. Stop harassing law-abiding citizens.

The reason that terrible things are happening to our country is that the political elitists in Washington, D.C. have totally lost touch with their constituents and reality. They consider themselves insiders and the American people outsiders, whose views can be ignored.

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The Disgraceful Senate Democrats

by Jason Whitman on Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Senator Harry Reid

On July 19, 2011, the United States House of Representatives, led by Republicans, passed H.R.2560. This bill is also known as the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. This is the second proposal by House Republicans to create a fiscally responsible plan to deal with America’s spending crisis. What have the U.S. Senate Democrats done? The answer is, of course, they have done absolutely nothing.

Senate Democrats have not produced a budget in 814 days. They have produced not one single credible plan that deals with the spending crisis we face. Indeed, Democrats have done nothing but demagogue, produce sound bites, and give useless speeches. It seems they are whistling past the graveyard while they point the finger at Republicans.

Adding insult to injury, today Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, killed H.R.2560 before it even came up for a vote. Clearly Democrats do not want to be on the record for voting against a bill that requires spending cuts, spending control , and a balanced budget. To avoid their record of failure, they voted straight down party lines to kill the bill. According to The Hill, the arrogant Sen. Reid summed up his view:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the legislation “very, very bad” and said it was a waste of the upper chamber’s time.

My question is, if discussing and passing this bill is a waste of time, then what the hell are you doing with your time? You have done NOTHING! The only ones wasting time are Democrats with their call for job-killing tax-hikes and no spending reform, particularly on entitlements. Senate Democrats and the President need to quit blaming Bush and the Republicans. They need to own the problems they have created and come up with credible plans. Produce something other than rhetoric and hot air.

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Hear O Israel.

by Skip MacLure on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

This is article 410 of 1260 in the topic International

Well, if you won’t listen to me, maybe you’ll listen to him. No disrespect intended, but it seems that Israel is in for another border invasion, and this one reportedly has between 300 and 500 busloads of Lebanese and Palestinians being moved to the borders… to say nothing of large numbers of others heading in the direction of the borders, as well. Not being one to say ‘I told you so’… I did note at the time of the article I wrote on Friday May 20, that it had all the hallmarks of a rehearsal.

“We are preparing on all possible fronts and we will position both command and troops at forward positions,” IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said ahead of upcoming Naksa Day border protests.

Now the Iranians, in the guise of the Muslim Brotherhood, are going to test the IDF to the max. The so-called ‘Nakba Day’ protests were something only an Arab could dream up. Commemorating a battle in which the collective armies of the Arab nations got the horse pucky kicked out of them by a tiny, almost insignificant, country would seem to the western mind to be a waste of time.

To the Arab mind, steeped in seventh century barbarity and fostered in a cult-like religion where fanaticism, sadism and brutality are everyday occurrences, the constant reminder serves to foster their rage, which is never far from the surface at the best of times.

They are going to attempt to cross in overwhelming numbers on four fronts. Sounds very much like an invasion, doesn’t it? The IDF had better hope there’s not a couple of regiments of tanks behind them.

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, and some of my Israeli friends will probably scoff at me, but I know at least one who doesn’t think it’s so crazy.
Wars have been launched with less pretext.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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