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Eating Their Own: Union Wants to Unionize Extremist, Left-Wing Media Matters, Website Owners Furious

April 17, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Inernet, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Lobbyists, Media Bias, Media Matters For America, Nanny State, Progressives, Regulation, SEIU, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Started in 2004, the left-wing propaganda website Media Matters for America has been spreading lies about Republicans and conservatives for a decade, now. Naturally the site has always claimed the center-right coalition is “anti-worker” for opposing unions, but this organization itself has never been unionized. Now the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is agitating to organize Media Matters and the propaganda outfit is fit to be tied over the union’s efforts.

Started by Clinton operative David Brock, Media Matters for America (MM) has been programming the left-wing media since its debut and one of the organization’s repeated topics has been its blanket support for unions and for all the things unions advocate. Most especially a support for the union goal of “card check.”

Card check is a union scheme of making the unionization of a business easier–easier for unions, not employers. One of its features is to have employees voting on whether or not to allow a union to enter the workplace forced to vote their preference out in the open, without a secret ballot.
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Disqus: Feminizing America One Lost Down Vote at a Time

March 15, 2014 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Inernet, Liberals, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This month the blog commenting system Disqus changed its system with neither a warning nor an explanation, eliminating the ability of page visitors to see the tallied number of down votes to any of the comments. Apparently the blog service felt that Americans were getting their feelings hurt so badly by a down vote that it had to eliminate the capability. And thus the feminization of America continues.

Previously, the Disqus commenting system featured a way for other page visitors who had opened an account with Disqus to either up vote or down vote comments by clicking on a green arrow facing upward or a red arrow facing down. As each visitor clicked on the arrows a tally of how many votes the comment received was displayed.

But now, when someone tries to click on the down vote arrow it neither displays as red for other commenters to see, nor is there any longer a tallied number. The up votes, however, still show a green number tallying upward as each up arrow is clicked.

So, now no one knows how many down votes a comment is getting.
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Free At Last: Federal Court Hands Bloggers Legal First Amendment Protections

January 18, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Blogging, California, Censorship, Computers, Constitution, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Inernet, Journalism, Judges, Law, Liberty, Media, Newspapers, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

At long last we get a proper ruling on the First Amendment status of bloggers, one affording them the same legal status as “real” journalists; this from the Ninth Circuit Court in California, no less.

The Ninth Circuit is often derided as the “Ninth Circus” because its rulings are almost invariably left-wing and anti-American. But this time the court made a sensible ruling, for sure.

Lawyer Eugene Volokh reports that the ruling in Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) holds that, “all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment.”

The relevant section in the ruling is as follows:
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I Have Won An Award as One of 2013’s Top Bloggers

December 31, 2013 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Inernet, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, I am honored to find myself included on the “2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards” list of conservative bloggers having won mention as one of this year’s “Best All Around Bloggers.” Yaaaa me!

As Doug Ross, blogawardist and a great blogger himself, explains his awards:

These awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to promote conservatism, free market capitalism, fiscal sanity, the sovereignty of the individual, and otherwise protect America from the cockroach-like Statists–some in very unique ways.

And here I thought the only way to ever win a blogging award is to be a hot white chick, or to be employed by Michelle Malkin! Ha, ha.

I thank Doug for his recognition and hope to spend 2014 living up to his trust.
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Twitter Covers for Obama, Cancels Account of People Who Lost Their Health Insurance

November 6, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Health, Inernet, Liberals, Obamacare, PCism, President, Progressives, Society/Culture, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Social media giant Twitter has come under fire for canceling the account of a group hosting photos of people holding cancellation letters they received from their insurance company for accounts that were canceled because of Obamacare.

Twitter is now obviously working for President Obama to fool America into thinking that he didn’t lie when he said we could all keep our insurance if we liked it. Apparently, Twitter has chosen sides.

Thus far, 3.5 million Americans and counting have lost their healthcare thanks to Obama’s take over of our national healthcare system. So, a website to chronicle cancellation notices was created called MyCancellation.com where folks that Obama had thrown off their insurance could share their woes.

Naturally, as everyone does these days, the folks at the website created a Twitter account to advertise their website.

But as soon as they signed on, Twitter began to shut down the group’s Twitter feed.
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Journalist’s Twitter Fight Club

June 15, 2013 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Progressives, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are a Twitter user you know without question that the social media service often becomes little else but a massive fight club with lots of name calling and foul language and a survey of the Twitter accounts of some well-known journalists and media types shows that they are just as prone to the fight club mentality as everyone else.

Fishbowl DC put together an amusing survey of the Twitter feeds of ten journalists and warns that they are “10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter.”

Included on the list are two Breitbart scrappers, John Nolte and Matthew Boyle. But also appearing are The Washington Post’s Jenifer Rubin, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, Politico’s Glenn Thrush, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and several others.

The back and forth is hot and heavy with Commentary’s John Podhoretz calling “total horseshit” on Ben Smith from BuzzFeed, Wonkette publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf calling Red State’s Eric Erickson a “pussy,” CNN’s Jake Tapper essentially calling someone a liar, Breitbart’s Boyle slamming Ashley Judd for her bad grammar… it’s a veritable playground rumble out there.

The fur is flying on a daily basis and if you follow many of the nation’s top writers and media personalities you’ll see. As Fishbowl DC warns, “if you take some of them on, you [sic] doing so at your own risk.”

Now time to go slag Fishbowl DC for its bad grammar…. Boyle, you up for this?
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Dem. Senator Durbin Not Sure if Bloggers Deserve Constitutional Protection

May 29, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Blogging, Computers, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Dick Durbin, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Illinois, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Liberty, Media Bias, New Media, President, Progressives, Senate, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, senior Illinois Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, expressed his doubt as to whether bloggers deserved Constitutional protection for their work online.

On the May 26 broadcast of the Sunday show, Durbin told host Chris Wallace that he wasn’t sure if bloggers or “someone who is Tweeting” should be given protections under a media shield law.

Durbin noted that he was not prepared to ask for a special counsel to investigate Eric Holder and his snooping on the business and personal phone calls of nearly 100 reporters of the Associated Press, but he went further to question just who a media shield law would cover.

But here is the bottom line–the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision in our Constitution that was written over 200 years ago.

Durbin did not go on to attempt to clarify what those limits should be.

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Chinese Bloggers Get Wasteful Gov’t Official Fired

May 2, 2013 | Filed Under Blogging, Budget, China, Communism, Computers, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Inernet, Liberals, Socialism, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Citizen journalists in China have succeeded in getting a wasteful government official fired by reporting on a lavish party he threw paid for by government funds.

The Communist Party boss of Taizhou City, Zhang Aihua, had developed a habit of extravagant parties, high spending, and glad-handing industrial representatives, so much so that local residents had become angry at the excess.

At length, Jia Hongwei, a web forum administrator in Taizhou, joined other local citizens in outrage at Aihua’s latest blowout party. Hongwei brought his video camera and took images of the expensive foods and wines that cluttered the tables of Aihua’s party scene and posted them online.

The crowd of every-day Chinese harangued the official until he mounted a table to beg for forgiveness over a loudspeaker. “I was wrong tonight. Please forgive me. I’ll do anything if you let me go,” he is reported as having pleaded to the crowd.

But it was blogger Hongwei that seems to have been instrumental in urging the government to investigate the Communist Party boss.
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Proud to be the 178th Most Popular Conservative Website

February 3, 2013 | Filed Under Blogging, Inernet, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Doug Ross has once again assembled his 200 top conservative websites and this blog appears this year in slot 178.

Yaaaa me.

And, yes, I think my headline is funny.


Bait and Switch: Law Goes From Protecting Your Email to Allowing Gov’t Into Your Email

November 20, 2012 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Computers, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Email, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Google, Government, Inernet, Liberals, Liberty, Nanny State, Net Neutrality, Patriot Act, Progressives, Regulation, Security/Safety, Technology, The Law, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new law that was originally meant to strengthen the privacy of your email was recently re-written to allow government more access to your private emails and other digital files.

When H.R. 2471 went to the Senate, Democrat Senator Pat Leahy quickly rewrote the whole thing to allow federal policing agencies to have the power to search your digital files without a warrant.

As CNET reports it,

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

This is, of course, an example of the government going too far for security. And you know the old saying so often attributed to Ben Franklin, “Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.”

Also, I can’t stress more, here, that is the Democrats doing this. This is not a GOP effort.
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Study: Most Social Media Users Into Politics

October 23, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Facebook, Google, Inernet, New Media, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that two thirds of social media users are also active in politics.

The study found that 66 percent of adult social media users (which is 39 percent of all U.S. adults) had promoted political or socio-political issues and one third used their social media to post their own opinions and to share content about political matters.

35 percent used their social media to urge others to vote and 28 percent have used tools to to post links to stories or articles on politics. Pew found that the conservative and liberal social media users were most apt to do the latter.
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Another Democrat Slams Bloggers

October 14, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Liberals, North Carolina, Progressives, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ron Hewitt ran for the Lee County School Board back in 2002. He ran as a progressive liberal but claimed fiscally conservative ideas. He won but quit not long after to pursue his own business interests outside the state of North Carolina. The assessment of his tenure was that he offered promise and delivered on nothing.

Now he’s back claiming to be an “independent” and running for a spot on the Lee County Board of Commissioners. He also appears to fear bloggers.

In the Sunday Herald on October 14, Hewett published the following ad…

Now the blogger that Mr. Hewett is so afraid of is Sheila Barber of Fresh Brewed Conservatism.

Sheila points out that Mr. Hewett isn’t even in office yet and he’s attempting to intimidate, discount, and ridicule a private citizen.

Can you trust someone who basically is trying to shut up the voice of a citizen before he’s even elected? What exactly will he do IF HE IS ELECTED? Don’t we get enough of trampling on our free speech from the Obama Administration?

She goes on to note that, “The last thing Lee County needs is someone who thinks the citizen’s voice is a blight to society! We are tired of being treated like 2nd class citizens. Mr. Hewett just did this.”

Not a good way to make a political comeback, is it, Mr. Hewett?
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Morely Safer is ‘Appalled’ By New Media

October 10, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, CBS, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last month, broadcast TV lifer Morely Safer of CBS’s 60 Minutes fame appeared on CSPAN and pronounced himself “appalled” by the denizens of the new media.

Citizen journalists aren’t trained well enough to be trusted as a source of news, Safer declared to CSPAN’s Brian Lamb on Sept. 13.

In fact, he’s downright “appalled” by the whole idea of Internet journalism and seems to wish it would all just go away. We need to leave the “reporting” to him and his professional class of “real” journalists, Safer sonorously declared.

The question about citizen journalism was put to Safer after host Lamb showed the aged newsman a clip of former Daily Caller correspondent Michelle Fields. On the clip, Fields was seen celebrating the advent of the new media.

Safer, a Canadian, admitted that he “sounds like a Neanderthal” with his hatred of citizen journalism — which, he said, he’d trust as much as he’d trust “a citizen surgeon” — nonetheless he rejects the idea that mere citizens can be a legitimate source of news reporting.
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Facebook Breaks One Billion Users

October 6, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Economy/Finances, Facebook, Inernet, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On October 4, Facebook announced the milestone of reaching one billion users worldwide, a major example of how social media has changed the way humanity interacts in an increasingly tech heavy world.

In an interview on NBC’s Today show, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed his amazement on the achievement. It’s “just unbelievable,” said Zuckerberg.

Facebook and other social media outlets have changed the way we interact, indeed.
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Paul Ryan: Most Talked About Pol on Facebook

August 16, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, CNN, Computers, Conservatives, Elections, Facebook, GOP, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Media, Mitt Romney, New Media, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN reported this week that Rep. Paul Ryan has become the king of Facebook by knocking President Obama off “the most talked about” list of US politicians.

CNN recently entered into a partnership with Facebook to track things political on the social sharing network and according to the new “Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter,” in the 54 hours after presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for the vice presidency, Paul Ryan became the star of social media.

Facebook-CNN talk meter scores

  1. Rep. Paul Ryan 5.21
  2. President Barack Obama 4.84
  3. Vice President Joe Biden 4.01
  4. Gov. Mitt Romney 3.74

In fact, Ryan became such a hot topic on social media that he almost matched Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps on the Talk Meter and that is pretty impressive considering how badly politics typically shows up on Internet “top” lists compared to pop culture and sports. As CNN measured it, in the days after he won all his most recent Olympic medals Phelps rated a 6.51 to Ryan’s 5.21 on the 1-10 scale.
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Internet Portends Major Changes to Colleges, Universities

July 31, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Education, Home Schooling, Inernet, Society/Culture, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over at Poynter.org, Howard Finberg has quite an interesting piece about the changing world of education — he focusing specifically on educating future journalists.

Finberg and others have been ruminating on how e-learning will change the profession of education and of course they are ultimately right. But, I think some important factors were missed in the discussion, factors that will tend to put a dampener on these new ways to educate.

The question of change in our process of educating students has really ramped up with the ubiquity of technological innovation. Many education watchers imagine that, just as with brick-and-mortar businesses that have been affected so heavily by the Internet, so will in-person classrooms dwindle or go the way of the dodo bird as people turn to the Internet to find education while sitting in the comforts of their own home.

And who is to blame these futurists for imagining this brave new world of e-learning? After all, it would certainly be cheaper for the students to sign onto a website, listen to a lecture, or otherwise participate electronically, than have to re-locate to some new city and incur the major expenses associated with that effort. It would also be far cheaper for the school, no doubt.
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Right Online 2012: Hoft’s Great Rant, Old Media vs New

June 16, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Journalism, Las Vegas, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nevada, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Duane Lester of All American Blogger caught some video of a great rant by Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit delivered at one of the breakout panels at Right Online 2012.

Go get ‘em Jim…

He’s exactly right, too. before the New Media finally came about there was practically no way to get the truth.

Remember, we are all Breitbart, now.
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Politico Gives Team Obama Pass on Its Twitter-tastrophies

June 12, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Politico, President, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

[Note: A shorter version of this article appears on BigJournalism.com]

One cannot help but feel that Politico is once again giving cover to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign with its latest love letter of an article. This time Politico is sure that Obama is king of the Internet. But it seems that at least one Internet-based area has been a disaster for Obama of late: Twitter. Not that Politico mentions any of that, of course.

Politico’s piece lauds Obama’s data advantage, sure that the President’s highly paid “techies” housed on the sixth floor of his Chicago HQ are sweeping away all before them on the Internet. In fact, Politico is so impressed with Obama’s “techie” effort that they proclaimed that this year’s organization makes the 2008 campaign’s “look like cavemen with stone tablets.”

That’s pretty definitive, isn’t it?
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Brett Kimberlin: Liberals Embrace Convicted Criminal as Their Own

May 24, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Technology, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | 9 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like a left-wing, wannabe murderer and convicted domestic terrorist has decided to start threatening several conservative bloggers over their posts about his violent past. The scumbag in question, one Brett Kimberlin, even found the home phone number of one of these bloggers and left a veiled threat to the man’s wife and family.

Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain has vacated his house for a while just in case this convicted bomber decides to come calling. I’d say Robert observed a good precaution since this monster called his house and threatened his wife and family and since this leftists is a convicted bomber, and all.

For a quick overview of who this creep is, Lee Stranahan made a short introduction video on Brett Kimberlin:

Lee also has a lot of other info on Kimberlin on his blog. Another extensive series of posts was made by Arron Worthing. Also Michelle Malkin wrote about this typical liberal Democrat.
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‘Leaf’ Vision & Broadband Usage Caps

May 10, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Jobs, Net Neutrality, New Media, Scott Cleland, Technology | Comments Off

-By Scott Cleland

Near hysterical opponents of broadband data usage caps need to breathe slowly, drop their magnifying glass, look up and take in the big world all around them. They are not just missing the forest for the trees, they are missing the leaves, stems, branches, trees, forest and sky, because they can’t take their magnifying glass off of the leaf with which they are myopically obsessed.

Broadband data usage caps are a very small, normal, and essential part of a healthy and economically-sustainable Internet ecosystem. Pricing is the central mechanism for any marketplace to balance supply and demand and to create economic incentives and disincentives for behavior that can drive costs. There is nothing wrong with pricing caps, tiers, and other pricing mechanisms that are used to manage networks, avoid network congestion, achieve a return on investment, manage a business model, differentiate a business, and/or earn a profit.

Does an average consumer get indignant when an all-you-can-eat buffet limits them from: piling food on a tray and not a plate; sharing their food with someone who hasn’t paid; or putting it in a bag to take home? No. Does an average consumer expect to be able to run their AC at max 24-7 during a heat wave when the system is at peak usage? No. Does an average consumer imagine that they can pay a flat rate for water, electricity, or gasoline, and then consume it without any usage limit or extra payment for high-usage? No. Most all American consumers understand the most basic economic principle, that if one uses more of a good or a service, one can expect to pay more for it. Only the small but very vocal group of Internet commons radicals that are currently indignant over broadband data usage caps imagine that broadband communications should somehow be a public unlimited free good.
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Consumer Groups’ Advocacy Hypocrisy

May 8, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Google, Inernet, Net Neutrality, Scott Cleland, Technology | Comments Off

-By Scott Cleland

Consumer groups by definition, are supposed to be protecting consumers’ interests — not be pushing a special interest political agenda under the guise of the “public interest.” Let’s spotlight a recent and blatant hypocrisy whereby consumer groups near-completely ignored an instance of obvious widespread consumer harm (the FCC’s proposed fine of Google for obstructing its Street View wiretapping investigation), while in another contemporaneous issue, consumer groups gang-pummeled a non-issue to push a political Internet commons agenda (strongly objecting to Comcast’s new market offering where XBox usage does not apply to a user’s 250 Gig monthly data cap.)

Google Street View Wiretapping: Why is Google obstructing a Federal wiretapping investigation affecting the privacy of literally tens of millions of American households’ — not a consumer protection issue? How come consumer groups routinely and loudly call for FCC investigations of broadband companies’ legal marketplace actions, but are silent on the obvious obstruction of a Federal investigation into Google allegedly being involved in potentially the largest wiretapping and mass invasion of citizens’ privacy by a corporation in U.S. history? How is it in consumers’ interest for the government to not be able to determine if Google actually violated Federal law or not?
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Americans with Disabilities Act Necessity: Conservative, White, Male Bloggers NEED a Federal Subsidy

March 10, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Humor, Inernet, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

OK, you people, I am sick and tied of this. The Americans with Disabilities Act is NOT being fairly applied. That’s right. You read that headline correctly. Conservative, white, male bloggers NEED a hand from Washington. In fact, I’d say we have a right to it. We are being discriminated against even from those on our own side. It’s time for redress. I DEMAND a handout.

For years I’ve been wondering why the heck few of us white, male, bloggers ever make it big. Why aren’t there ever any white, male, conservative bloggers on TV or radio? Ever wondered that? There aren’t any. Think about it. How many can you think of? I can think of but one.

Oh, there are plenty of conservative Internet sensations that have made it big, mind you. There’s Mary Katherine Ham. Hot chick. There’s Michelle Malkin. Hot Chick and a minority to boot. There’s S.E.Cupp, no lacking the hotness there. There’s all the women from Smart Girl Politics, more hot chicks than I can shake a box of Viagra at (I did not get this from an online Canadian pharmacy. Really). Em Zanotti, Elizabeth Crum, Liz Mair, Pam Geller, Lila Rose, Susannah Fleetwood, Tina Korbe, Dana Loesch, Bettina Inclan — they are almost all married, or soon to be (good luck Bettina) so back off you slobs. Still hotness overload, already.

It isn’t just hot chicks, either.

There’s ZO!, AlfonZo Rachel. Despite being named “Rachel,” not a hot chick, but a black conservative guy. Then there is Kevin Jackson of The Black Sphere, another black conservative. Bob Parks of Black and Right — yep, black guy. Lloyd Marcus, ditto. La Shawn Barber, black female conservative. Star Parker also a female, black conservative. Many more, too. Joe Biden told me these are all clean and articulate bloggers.

As a side note, this whole minorities being conservative thing really chaps my hide. I mean, the left tells me that only white men should be conservative and all these minorities… well it’s just too much competition going on. Could it be that the left doesn’t know what they are talking about? I’m dubious.
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Stupid Internet Meme of the Week: Santorum’s ‘Rough’ Handshake With Ron Paul Outrage

February 24, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Inernet, Liberals, President, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Buzzfeed was the first to indulge it’s inner gossip — well, maybe its outer gossip since that is all that site is; gossip. Anyway, the stupid story of the day is based on the hearty handshake that Rick Santorum gave Ron Paul after Wednesday’s debates. Paul’s fans took offense at the handshake for some idiotic reason and now it is the “thing” to talk about it.

First, let’s go to the video, shall we?

As Buzzers has it:
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Tweet and Facebook Activism! Stop Congress From Destroying the Internet

November 15, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Liberals, Net Neutrality, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

The End of the Internet as We Know It

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first hearing on E-PARASITE, a bill written by Hollywood lobbyists that could end the Internet as we know it. They’ve had their say, now it’s our turn.

Act now to protect Internet freedom by contacting the members of the House Judiciary Committee over the phone, and on Twitter and Facebook. Then, spread the word about Social Media #LobbyDay as we use the Internet to save the Internet.

What is PROTECT IP and E-PARASITE?

The PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) and the E-PARASITE Act (part of the “Stop Online Piracy Act”, H.R. 3261) would devastate job-creating American technology companies and social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in the name of protecting Hollywood copyrights. These bills would create a “Great Firewall of America” by embracing the same Internet censorship tactics as the world’s worst human rights abusers, including regimes like communist China, Iran, Syria, and Burma. A number of technology experts have concluded that these bills would mean “the end of the Internet as we know it.”

What does it do?…
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Video: Urgent – Tell Your Senator to Overturn FCC’s Illicit Net Neutrality Internet Power Grab

November 8, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Business, Capitalism, Censorship, Computers, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, FCC, Free Trade, Government, Inernet, Law, Liberals, Net Neutrality, President, Regulation, Senate, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Seton Motley

From most appearances, the Senate will this week vote on Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res) 6 – the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval of the Obama Administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Internet Net Neutrality power grab.

Only 51 votes are required for passage – which means only 4 Democrats are needed. There are 23 Democrat Senate seats up for reelection next year. A few of these folks aren’t running. The rest are – many in center or center-right states. Additionally, there are a few other Senators that should also be subject to Constitutional reason, and thusly contacted.
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TeaCon 2011, The Blogger’s Who’s Who

October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Blogging, Illinois, Inernet, New Media, Tea Party, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

And now for a little name dropping. Some of the more well-known conservatives bloggers are here this weekend chief among them Ed Morrissey famed HotAir.com blogger. Then there is Jim Hoft from GatewayPundit.com; Jeremy Segal of RebelPundit.com; Andrew Marcus of FoundingBloggers.com; Dana Loesch BigGovernment.com; Adam Sharp of SharpElbows.com; John Ruberry of MarathonPundit.com. And I won’t mention me… because… well… you’re reading my post! Oh, and I almost forgot, the famed Iowahawk was there, too.

Hoft, Segal, Sharp, and Marcus were also on a new media panel. The key phrase of how we conservatives can get coverage of our issues was “show up.” Go. Be at. Do. Don’t sit at home. Get out and about and attend these political meetings, appearances of your congressmen, public events, even protests. Just get out there and cover it.


The New Media panel led by Eric Kohn

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Victory for Bloggers: Illinois Blog Wins Lawsuit

September 24, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Blogging, Computers, Constitution, Free Speech, Freedom, Illinois, Inernet, Law, Liberty, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a good sign for blogger free speech, a lawsuit against a high profile conservative blog in Illinois has just been tossed out. A political contributor brought the lawsuit over a story about property tax reassessments and political contributions. This is a victory for free political speech as well as a victory for the status of blogs in the world of “journalism.”

I’ve been aware of this story for some time but the folks at Illinois Review, the blog in question, asked me to sort of keep it all quiet. There were all sorts of legal questions being thrown about and since the folks that run the blog don’t have deep pockets and the whole thing was being born at their own expense, they wanted to be sure this whole mess didn’t escalate and hurt them too bad financially.

The lawsuit meant to silence the blog was a convoluted one, to be sure. Illinois Review had posted a story that revealed that former Ill. State Rep. Paul Froehlich (R, Schaumburg) had sought campaign contributions from property owners who had won property tax relief claims that the Representative had assisted in getting settled. But after the story went live, due to the notoriety the county assessors office reversed those tax relief decisions.
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Obama Blames Job Loss on Technology, Internet and Efficiency

August 18, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Illinois, Inernet, Jobs, Liberals, President, Regulation, Socialism, Technology, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

During his Midwest Misery Tour, President Obama was back to blaming technology, the Internet, and ATMs again for America’s job loss.

At a stop in Atkinson, Illinois Obama spoke about the need for education at an agricultural company named Wyffels Hybrids, Inc. He said that America is no longer a place where you can just “work hard” and find a good job doing so. Those days are gone he told his audience.

Obama lamented that bank tellers and travel agents have been replaced by automation. This is, apparently, why we have high unemployment.

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Freedom of Speech Wins: Baltimore Politician Drops Lawsuit Against Blogger

August 3, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Blogging, Civil Rights, Computers, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Free Speech, Government, Inernet, Liberals, Maryland, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Examiner blogger Adam Meister was doing what bloggers do, namely posting the info that “journalists” refuse to write about. In this case, back in March, Meister found that a Baltimore Councilwoman was living in a different district than she claimed she was living in. As a result, the politician tried to sue the blogger for his posts.

City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway filed a lawsuit demanding an idiotic $21 million in damages for Meister’s expose of her true primary residence. But this week Conaway abruptly dropped her suit against the blogger.

Through public records, blogger Meister discovered that Conaway lives in Randallstown and not Baltimore, the city she was elected to represent. Conaway has, though, claimed she lives in an extended-family household in Baltimore.

Meister disputed Councilwoman Conaway’s claim and he posted tax information where Conaway claimed for tax purposes that Randallstown, not Baltimore, was her primary residence.
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Twitter Townhall: Another Case of Obama’s ‘For Thee But Not For Me’ Events

July 6, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Liberals, President, Richard Trumka, Twitter, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was hailed as a technological first. President Obama was to hold the first “Twitter Townhall.” The truth is more like it was a desperate attempt by the Obama administration to appeal to the youth vote in which nearly every poll shows him losing ground.

The idea was that questions could be submitted by any American citizen via the Internet social media website Twitter. If you are not aware of what Twitter is, it is sort of like a phone texting service — but Internet-based. But on Twitter users are limited to 140 characters (including spaces) per message.

Anyway, getting to Obama’s “for thee but not for meism,” his first answer during the Twitter Townhall was 1,484 WORDS! So much for 140 characters! I guess cramped limitations are only good for the lowly people while he can indulge volumes of words when he wants to.

In fact, this is sort of an allegory for the way Obama treats the nation. He allows himself all sorts of luxuries, but the lowly people need to “sacrifice” and to be hampered and limited.

Amusingly, Obama probably didn’t expect one of his closest allies, Richard Trumka’s AFL-CIO, to needle him via Twitter, either.

Trumka’s AFL-CIO Twitter feed pointedly asked the prez, “Where are the jobs?”

Ouch.
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