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Did you know that every time “Diesel Fuel hits .00 a gallon” our Sanitation Bill goes up? I suggest you get a copy of the contract hidden some where on the third floor of the City County Building.
You will be surprise at what the current Gahan administration doesn’t want you the taxpayer to know.
So much for change and transparency!
Headline from the Associated Press: “Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another Oil Pipeline on Fast Track.”
Another! Another? When was the first one?
What he did today was nothing but a con job on the American people. The lower pipe line was already in place, it was already happening, this particular portion of the pipeline!
One year ago Bill Clinton was out there saying we’ve gotta get these permits up and we’ve gotta start drilling for oil because it will affect the gas price.
Ever since then, Obama has been saying, “There’s NO magic bullet! There’s NO silver bullet! You can’t go out and drill for oil.
Folks, this part of the pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas was already in the works, it’s already done, it’s already approved. Obama is doing nothing but showing up and claiming credit when he had nothing to do with it. He’s trying to convince you and everybody else that he just today authorized the Keystone pipeline.
This is the same guy throwing our money away on wind , solar and electric cars!
There is NO Keystone pipeline, folks! You can’t fast track Keystone by denying it’s application.
Our final thoughts: Mr. President, your problem is we are paying attention, and we know how you’re making all this up. The President’s attempt to satisfy those upset about high gas prices while catering to his special interest groups isn’t going to cut it.
You Mr. President, are nothing but a con man….
Here you all thought the “Tea Party” was dead and gone. LOL!
It’ll feel like a reunion of the tea party protests of 2009 and 2010. We’re alive, and well, and were going back to Washington, DC for:
Hands Off My Healthcare Rally
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Where: Corner of Constitution Ave. and Delaware Ave. NE Washington, DC.
It’s a fight worth fighting! A fight we must win if we are going to kill Obamacare, and replace it with a healthcare plan that will not raise our taxes, will keep you in charge of your family’s medical decisions and will preserve the freedoms guaranteed to each of us in the Constitution.
With its big government mandates, Obamacare is nothing short of a direct assault on our Constitution, and an insult to every freedom loving American.
Freedom Of Speech has prided itself on defending the Constitution, and Obamacare is an attempt by a leftist Congress and Executive Branch to fundamentally and unconstitutionally alter our founding documents. America has not seen such an assault on and blatant disregard for our Constitution since September 17th, 1787 when it was adopted and ratified.
Whether the Supreme Court strikes down the mandate and throws Obamacare out in its entirety, or the Congress repeals it, “Obamacare must NOT stand!”
God Bless the United States of America and our Constitution
On Thursday the White House and the Federal Trade Communications unveiled the “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” which will serve as a policy outline for future legislation and public policy that will work to protect consumers’ privacy while online from a computer or mobile phone.
The administration also worked with online advertising associations, such as the Digital Advertising Alliance and others, to revive “do not track” technology and best practices. This technology will allow consumers to change settings in their browsers to notify advertisers that they do not wish to be tracked as they move from Website to Website online.
I have two quick thoughts on the above:
1. I generally think that voluntary efforts – such as that noted with the industry’s following of “do not track” technology – are more preferable than government intervention to serve Internet users and police marketplace behavior. Combine these best practices with the evolution of technology, consumer education, reputation management and competition, these tools I think help consumers stay well protected from bad actors. But for the nonsense of Net Neutrality (which will likely be stuck down by the courts), I think most sides would agree that what has made the Internet so great is the fact that government regulation of the Internet has largely been absent; that the medium has exploded organically, and in “self-controlled” manner, mostly outside the auspices of government control.
Self-regulation, if taken seriously, is a key to keeping government out of our stuff.
2. But, this leads me to the bad actors. Of late, there’s been a spate of stories revealing that some marketplace participants have taken the issue of Internet privacy to its bleeding edge, seemingly incognizant, or tone deaf, to the real concerns of Internet users. They poo-poo persistent fears that users’ personal information will somehow be exploited or used against them, saying, “Don’t worry. You can trust us. Here’re some tools to protect your privacy. Now, go away.” Yet, the stories about hidden tracking, or super-cookies, or bait-and-switch privacy policies remain an ever-present part of the Internet landscape.
Cutting to the chase, it’s been nearly two decades since Mosaic – the modern web browser – came out. That’s nearly 12 generations in “Internet time.” So, let’s face it, the Internet is an “adult” by now. Companies that are perceived as playing fast-and-loose, nonchalantly or immaturely with personal information should get on their high horses and manage that reputational dissonance, or they should suffer in the marketplace.
“Do no evil” must mean something, right?
Consequently, while I wholeheartedly do not agree with the President’s call for privacy regulations, within the present context, I do not think it unreasonable that he makes it either.
The same companies that pushed Net Neutrality on us because “the Internet is just too important,” shouldn’t be surprised that the same reasoning would come back to bite them on the ass when it comes to privacy.
While some say that the “Internet changes everything,” it does not change the fact that a user’s trust underlies the safe and secure growth of any offering, virtual or real. This is a fragile thing. As one big edge provider likes to note (to forestall regulation) – users have choices. Yes, they do, and they can take their choices and trust elsewhere in a heartbeat.
To this end, if one wants to keep government out of one’s business and keep users happy, then it’s time to start acting like a grown-up.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada would like to extend tremendous thanks to all of the students, teachers and schools who participated in our myprivacy & me national video contest this year.
We would also like to express sincere thanks to Encounters with Canada, and the teens participating in its Politics in Canada week, who selected our winners.
The top video artists in the Privacy Issues Related to Cybersecurity category were:
1st place: Brooke Davis and Alyssa Lynn of Hillcrest High School, Ottawa, ON, with a video titled “Your Online Life.”
The top video artists in the Privacy Issues Related to Mobile Devices category were:
1st place: Matt Paddison and Julian Figueroa of Chatelech Secondary School, Sechelt, BC, with a video titled “Your Phone is Your Everything.”
2nd place: Fumina Takara and Maryam Hashim of Hillcrest High School, Ottawa, ON, with a video titled “Mobile Information.”
The top video artists in the Privacy Issues Related to Online Gaming category were:
1st place: Benjamin Reyes and Zachary Spence of Canterbury High School, Ottawa, ON, with a video titled “Credit and Safety.”
2nd place: Mason Wik and Pierce Thomson of F.R. Haythorne Junior High, Sherwood Park, AB, with a video titled “Game Over.”
The top video artists in the Privacy Issues Related to Social Networking category were:
1st place: Pamela Khouri and Hannah Chan of Collège Jean de la Mennais, La Prairie, QC, with a video titled “Unknown Exposure.”
2nd place: Wajid Jawid Ahmad and Dawut Esse of Centre d’action bénévole Bordeaux-Cartierville, Montreal, QC, with a video titled “Spoken Words Are Fleeting… Written, They Remain.”
3rd place: Katie Fitzgerald of Lorne Akins Junior High School, St. Albert, AB, with a video titled “Words Have Life.”
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Opinion by Dr Crosbie WalshTHERE are indications of panic in the anti-blog newsrooms. Despite their efforts to liken the Fiji dictatorship to the military dictatorship in Burma, there have been no protest marches or public immolestations. Ordinary Fijians seem to be going about their daily lives in normal ways.From the perspective of the anti-blogs, things are moving too smoothly. The
Café Pacific – David Robie | Media freedom and transparency
With both the Obama administration and its challengers at various points contradicting themselves and making arguments they can’t possibly believe. There is plenty of blame to go around: You can blame the lawyers and politicians on both sides of the Obamacare issue.
Consider the question that the court took up on the first day of oral arguments: Should the justices decide the case or wait until April 2015, when the first penalties for refusing to buy health insurance are due? In order to decide this question, the Court has to determine whether the penalty associated with the individual mandate is or isn’t a tax.
As Justice Samuel Alito told the solicitor general on the first day of oral arguments: General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax.
Tuesday’s oral argument at the Supreme Court was not the finest hour for health care reform, or for Solicitor General Don Verrilli or even for Obama. The two issues that either one can kill the bill is the mandate and the no existing severability clause. That’s the question of whether, by invalidating one part of the law, the court must invalidate the whole thing. Normally, laws include a ‘severability’ clause, stipulating that the statute can survive even if the court throws out one part. The Affordable Care Act lacks such a prevision.
Who do we blame?
The Democrats and Obama!
Back in 2008 the democrats had a majority House and Senate. Obama and the democrats decided to shut out the republicans. Do you remember this one: “Hey, John, remember, I won and now we begin to drain the swamp” it set such a poisonous tone for the healthcare debate.
What we all wanted from healthcare 1) health care should be available to all and 2) that it should be affordable and 3) nobody should lose their house due to a severe illness. There was actually a ton of common ground there.
The crime here is that democrats took all this common ground and tossed it away, and immediately went back to their normal “Them damn republicans want to kill Grandma” that has been their go to for the last 50 years.
And now they (democrats) are paying the price for flaunting their ignorance. What an enormous waste of time, tax dollars and energy.
As long as we live we will never forget the “Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickbacks!”
America is not for sale and we the owners are mad as hell. The left, the Right, and the Center are witnessing the collapse of the Obama Presidency.
Slate considers advances in eye-tracking technology that allow cameras to capture the movement of our eyes and gather data about what we might be thinking — and how this could affect individual privacy: Consider, for a moment, the following list: Republican. Abortion. Democrat. Future. Afghanistan. Health care. Same-sex marriage. There is an enormous amount of [...]