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Chelsea Clinton Wedding – Hide the silverware!

Uh oh.  I have nothing against Chelsea Clinton and wish here a good marriage, like they say “you can’t blame the child for the sins of the father” or something like that.

Speaking of father, it seems her soon-to-be father-in-law isn’t exactly what you’d want to call a stellar example of a good citizen. According to Mail Online…..

Miss Clinton’s father-in-law Ed Mezvinsky is a convicted fraudster who served five years in jail and was branded a ‘one-man crime wave’ by prosecutors over a £7million scam.

This “one man crime wave” didn’t just ripoff strangers or banks or investors either.

When it was first mooted in 2006 that Miss Clinton and Ed Mezvinsky would get married, his father was still serving his jail sentence for stealing from friends and family after losing millions to Nigerian e-mail scams.

According to Zimbio he’s the guy who invented the Nigerian scam.

Mezvinsky was a Philadelphia lawyer and self-styled international businessman who in some ways was a pioneer scam artist. Before the Nigerian advance fee scam became a ubiquitous experience in Americans’ email in-boxes, Mezvinsky was deftly executing the scam in real-time, convincing victims to hand over large amounts of cash based on his close connections to the Clinton family.

If you’ve been invited to the wedding and an elderly gentleman starts telling you about how he can get his hands on $20 million in a Swiss bank account that’s been abandoned but needs $500k to bribe Swiss bank officials, run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit.

Sources: Mail Online, Zimbio


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It’s the end of the blog as we know it?

No it's not Hannibal, it's a blogger of the future!

It seems like 2010 may perhaps go down in history as a year of astoundingly screwy things happening to the internet. Is this going to be the end of the blog as we know it?

Bloggers seem to be the bane of many who are in power in one way or another. Obama doesn’t seem to like us much, nor do the “warmers” who are really ticked off about the numerous bloggers who don’t believe in global warming. I’m sure many of us give fits to many we oppose.

As of late we seem to be having some “coincidences” going on with blogs that concerns me. It seems the thumb-screws are getting tightened, perhaps to the point where we will not be able to type about much anymore unless it has someone’s seal of approval.

First, we had iPBFree disappear into what seems like a black hole, no explanation, thus far just rumors that they might have been taken down for software violations, RIAA violations, tender of service violations, child pornography, terrorists activity and I’ve even seen one rumor that they went bankrupt.

Then, Blogetery disappeared on July 9, 2010, and thus far hasn’t been seen back in business. There were many rumors afoot, but the accepted explanation is that the FBI sent a letter regarding terrorist activity on the Blogetery server that they ran. Then depending upon what explanation you want to believe someone at either misunderstood the letter to mean they had to shut the Blogetery server down, or they terminated it because Blogetery wasn’t being responsible in policing their site. Supposedly may let Blogetery have their stuff back and make 70,000+ bloggers happy as it appears many never backed their sites up. I  just clicked on and got the below message.

“After being BurstNet customer for 7 months our server was terminated without any notification or explanation.

You can find more information on CNN, BBC, Fox News, Cnet,, etc.

We have managed to get our data back. We will be back online in few days!”

We also now have the EU taking aim at bloggers who are skeptical about global warming.  They actually seem to have the intent of passing a law that makes being a global warming skeptic a criminal act. This could make China sound down-right internet friendly if it does pass. It will also set a precedent. If they get away with it then what will be censored or made criminal next? Your guess is as good as mine, but if it pisses off someone in the government or someone with a lot of financial clout, you can bet there will be more instances.

So what next? Well it seems we now get a lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada who’s decided he can get filthy-rich filing copyright lawsuits against bloggers who copy from any of the newspapers he represents. I use the word “filthy” because it’s going to be dirty money he’s getting as far as I’m concerned. So who are we dealing with?

His name is Steve Gibson, he started a firm called Righthaven and they’re going surfing for dollars from bloggers. Find poor little bloggers who dare to cut and paste some stuff from any of the newspapers he purports to represent and he’ll huff and he’ll puff and he’ll sue your ass off. I think he’d rather you agree to a modest settlement, like a few grand and he’s the new owner of your website. Money in his bank and not much expense involved other than some scare tactics. I would imagine that the target group will be small bloggers who don’t have the wherewithal to hire a lawyer but who’ll cough up some cash to avoid spending their retirement fund on legal fees.

According to this article from Wired Magazine, he’s already suing people. You can read all the ins and outs of what his plan of attack is there. I’m not talking about the details, I’m talking about the chilling effect this could have on blogging.

Is this guy really doing this of his own volition? Is he doing this at the behest of the news media? Is he doing this at the behest of someone in the government or other powerful people or an organization who’s using him as a front man? You look at his photo at Wired Magazine and tell me. Does he look smart enough to have come up with such a grand scheme to you? I’ll leave you to decide.

If you think about his plan, it’s certainly a terrific way to silence bloggers. He’s already gotten some settlements and has other lawsuits in the works, with more planned. With all the bloggers about I hope he has a very large staff of attorneys at his beck and call, otherwise he may find himself in over his head. Why? Well, Technorati’s 2008 report on the blogosphere counts  more than 112.8 million blogs out there, and that’s probably not all of them plus it is now 2010.

Were I someone in power in government or someone with a lot of cash to spread around (you can pick your own “Dr. Evil” from a long list of New World Order and other types), it would sound like a beautiful plan to me.  You remain invisible, hire a shill, and hide behind the law, who will force what could be thousands that you don’t like to shut down. Talk about getting rid of the competition, not to mention with 112.8+ million blogs out there you have lifetime job security.

I would call it “legal blackmail.” The “shill” will get to go after people you want to STFU, and make some big dollars as a side benefit. I call it “legal blackmail” because if you sent a threatening letter to someone whose blog you didn’t like you’d be tossed in jail for blackmail. Hire an attorney to do it for you? No problem. You get to pass go, say hi to the Judge and collect a big wad of cash. You don’t even need that old get out of jail free card if you’re a lawyer you can rest easy, the legal system has your back. As long as an attorney is doing the blackmail it’s perfectly OK in many instances.

Right now, from what I read, Gibson’s “client” is Stephens Media, LLC in Arkansas. They own the following media. If you’re a blogger you might want to consider never quoting from any of their papers or their “shill,” “attorney,” or whatever term you like, may be sending you a message you don’t want to get.


  • Booneville Democrat – Booneville, AR
  • Cabot Star-Herald – Cabot, AR
    • Cabot Weekly
  • Carlisle Independent – Carlisle, AR
  • Charleston Express – Charleston, AR
  • Fayetteville Free Weekly – Fayetteville, AR
  • Greenwood Democrat – Greenwood, AR
  • Hot Springs Village Voice – Hot Springs Village, AR
  • Jacksonville Patriot – Jacksonville, AR
  • Lonoke Democrat – Lonoke, AR
  • Morning News of Northwest Arkansas – Springdale, AR
  • Paris Express – Paris, AR
  • Pine Bluff Commercial – Pine Bluff, AR
    • The Market Place
    • The White Hall Progress
  • Press Argus Courier – Van Buren, AR
    • Alma Journal
  • Sherwood Voice – Sherwood, AR
  • Southwest Times Record – Fort Smith, AR
  • The Maumelle Monitor – Maumelle, AR
  • The Times – North Little Rock, AR
  • Van Buren County Democrat – Clinton AR
  • Washington County Newspapers
    • The Lincoln Leader
    • The Prairie Grove Enterprise
    • The Farmington Post


  • 808 Classifieds – Hilo, HI
  • Big Island Weekly – Hilo, HI
  • Hawaii Tribune-Herald – Hilo, HI
  • North Hawaii News – Waimea, HI
  • West Hawaii Today – Kailua-Kona, HI
    • North Hawaii News
    • Big Island, HI
    • Westside Weekly


  • McDonald County Newspapers
    • The Anderson Graphic The Goodman News-Dispatch
    • The McDonald County News-Gazette
    • The McDonald County Press
    • The Southwest City Republic
    • El Tiempo


  • Ely Times – Ely, NV
  • Eureka Sentinel – Eureka, NV
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal – Las Vegas, NV
    • View Neighborhood Newspapers
    • El Tiempo
    • Las Vegas CityLife
    • Las Vegas Business Press
    • Rebel Nation
    • New Homes Guide
    • Luxury Las Vegas
    • Southern Nevada Home And Garden Magazine
    • Nifty Nickel
    • Neighborhood Shopper
    • Jobs Today Weekly
  • Pahrump Valley Times – Pahrump, NV
  • Tonopah Times-Bonanza – Tonopah, NV

North Carolina

  • Courier-Tribune – Asheboro, NC


  • Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise – Bartlesville, OK
  • Pawhuska Journal-Capital – Pawhuska, OK


  • The Daily Herald – Columbia, TN
    • The Advertiser News Of Spring Hill And Thompson’s Station
    • Franklin Life
    • Brentwood Life


  • Anna-Melissa Tribune – Anna, TX
  • Herald Democrat – Sherman, TX
    • Grayson County Shopper
  • Lake Texoma Life – Van Alstyne, TX
  • Prosper Press – Prosper, TX
  • Van Alstyne Leader – Van Alstyne, TX


  • The Daily World – Aberdeen, WA
    • The North Coast News
    • The South Beach Bulletin
    • East County News
  • The Montesano Vidette – Montesano, WA

It’s too early to tell if we have coincidences or a conspiracy, a creative attorney or a “shill.”  I do think the compass needle is pointing in the conspiracy direction. Time will tell. If we start having more “coincidences” I’m really going to start wondering what is happening to the first amendment.

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Obama Fail of the Week 7.24.10

I’m an old guy, so I still love sitting down for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and reading the paper while I eat. Generally it contains the same old BS, whining and letters to the editor written in general, by morons.

So, I get around to the business section this morning and see the following headline, that almost made me spit my coffee out. Last week the Obama Administration flunked race relations 101, the week isn’t really over yet and now we get this.

Obama Fail of the Week 7.24.10

Yeah, that’s right, “Pay czar backs down on bank execs, Feinberg says shaming sufficient, no need to go after $1.6 billion.”

I’m not going to go into the whole banking industry-TARP-Freddie Mac-Fannie Mae (who were conveniently omitted from the latest financial bill from Congress by the way)-GM-Chrysler-Wall Street bailout thing, as it’s not about that.  $1.6 billion is a lot of money to most anyone with a brain in his or her head, but to the government it’s merely a trivial sum. No, this is all about Obama and the Obama Administration having yet another fail. (I’d tell you how many but there’s too many and I lost count).

The Pay Czar, if you remember, was appointed only last June. He is supposed to be reigning in the claimed obscene salaries and bonuses received (earned?) by banking, insurance, Wall Street and auto company executives. Make too much money? He’ll swoop in like an F-14 and reduce your salary faster than you can say smart bomb.  Hell, at least that’s what was supposed to happen considering all the bravado about having a new Pay Czar who was going to kick ass and take names.

We now have Kenneth Feinberg declaring that “shaming is sufficient.” Shaming? Really now! Did his mommy read too much Doctor Spock? (Not Mr. Spock this is WAY pre-Star Trek! Not to mention there’s no logic involved here.)

Did he read the Scarlet Letter too much when he was in college? Will these “overpaid” executives be wearing a giant letter “O” for overcompensated, or a giant letter “G” for greedy? Will it be colored scarlet? Or, will he choose a more trendy color like Ferrari yellow? (A fitting color considering the amount of money we’re talking about).

remember now, this is the Pay Czar! I’ll admit he doesn’t look like much of a Czar. I’d expect someone who resembles Lenin or Stalin, instead we get a Mr. Whipple look-alike, sans the mustache, (the “Don’t squeeze the Charmin toilet paper” guy.) And….. what about a uniform?  Shouldn’t he have a military outfit with giant gold Fuller brushes on the shoulders and lots of medals noting he survived things like Jimmy Carter, disco music, pet rocks, and a special one for not falling asleep during Obama speeches? I must say I’m extremely disappointed! Some czar!

Pay Czar - Scared Shitless of Wall Street

Real Czar - Would Scare the Shit Out of Wall Street

Remember now, this is the same “tough-guy” Czar who said things like “I’m not suggesting we turn the other cheek,” that he has “binding” authority, that he’s going to “claw back” money? “Claw back” my ass!

Here are some of the companies he’s not going to claw.

  • American International Group (AIG)
  • CIT Group
  • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Capitol One
  • Citigroup
  • Morgan Stanley
  • and lots of others

If you read carefully you will notice we have Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.., where, (surprise-surprise!) Feinberg’s boss, Timothy “Turbo Tax” Geitner, is considered by many to be too close to them. Per this article on Yahoo Finance…

Christopher Whalen, managing director and co-founder of Institutional Risk Analytics. “I’m just not sure Tim Geithner is the guy we should have driving the bus.”


“I believe Tim Geithner only represents part of Wall Street – Goldman Sachs,” he says, suggesting Goldman was the “primary beneficiary of the AIG bailout” and notes Goldman alum Stephen Friedman serves on the board of the NY Fed. (Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin, with whom Geithner had frequent meetings in the past year, are also Goldman alum.)

“Turbo Tax” Geitner also is conveniently the only guy that Feinberg reports to, who in turn, very conveniently reports only to Obama.  Sound like a convenient deal to you? And they go after Charlie Wrangel for little piddly-assed things like not declaring rent income or getting sweetheart deals?  Whatever Wrangel cost the taxpayers probably pales in comparison to $1.6 billion frigging dollars. I can’t imagine why people get irritated about paying taxes when our money (yes government a-holes it’s OUR money-not your money) gets pissed away by the billions on a daily basis.

He’s got a nice BS excuse, too.  Like if he gets OUR money back these institutions might get sued by shareholders whose stock took a gigantic dump because of these clowns. Don’t they deserve to get sued? People lost fortunes because of these financial faux pas! You have to wonder if they’re all related to Bernie Madoff?

Sounds like good old greed is still in vogue on Wall Street. I suspect Gordon Gekko will be back on top any day now. Perhaps Oliver Stone should make a sequel. I’d suggest he title it “Wall Street – Barry’s Big Bailout” and change the actor playing Gordon Gekko from Michael Douglas to Rahm Emmanuel, Fainberg could be played by Pee Wee Herman and I’d vote for Chris Rock to play Obama. We could all see how Gekko absconds with all the bailout money and greases various government officials to conveniently look the other way.  Hmmmm…..perhaps David Copperfield would be a better choice to play Gekko. A suggested line for the movie would be “Look! Nothing up my sleeve! Nothing in your bank account either! Sorry! It’s all in my bank in Vanuatu, a place to hide money that makes the Swiss look like blabbermouths when it comes to keeping secrets.”

This is also the same guy who’s going to be administering the $20 billiion Obama got from BP. I wonder who he’ll be really representing? The people suffering in the South? Or British Petroleum?

Well I hope that explains why we have yet another fail by the Obama Administration. I wonder of they’ll get in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest fail of government in the history of the United States of America. Time will tell.

Sources: Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group Business Section, the Wall Street Journal, Politifi, Yahoo Finance, Ezine Articles, Wikipedia

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$600k Per Year Pension for City Manager!

Screw dem taxpayers! I'm quttin' da mob and gettin' job wit Bell, dey pay a lot more!

Yes, it sounds like even Tony Soprano would be jealous of this bunch.  They can pull off a big score and they don’t even need a knife, gun or extra large sized Guido’s to get an amazing amount of money.

I’m talkin’ about the small city of Bell, California, where the officials make more than the crooks I mean politicians in Washington, DC. These guys are amazing! They indeed make the mafia look like pikers. Where do I apply? I’d love to work a few years and get that kind of scratch! From the LA Times we get the following.

He may have become reviled in working-class Bell for his nearly $800,000-a-year salary, but Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo could have the last laugh.

Should he be forced from his job, he would immediately gain a new title: highest-paid retiree in the state’s CalPERS retirement system.Rizzo, 55, would be entitled to at least $600,000-a-year pension for the rest of his life, according to retirement calculations made by The Times that were reviewed by pensions experts.

That would make him the highest-paid retiree in the CalPERS system, outstripping the $509,664 paid each year to Bruce Malkenhorst, former city manager of Vernon.

Makes one hope that his life is very short! Oh, he’s not the only one ripping off the taxpayers. We have more.

Not far behind would be Randy Adams, the man Rizzo brought in to be the city’s police chief last July. If Adams, 59, steps down, his pension would be worth an estimated $411,300, placing him just behind Malkenhorst on the list of top CalPERS retirement earners.

Taking the Bell job was a good career move for Adams. By moving to Bell, in just one year, the police chief more than doubled his retirement.

Good career move? I’d call more than doubling your retirement in one year at least frigging amazing! That’s better than…ummm….Bernie Madoff’s returns?

“It’s outrageous and unsustainable,” said pension reform advocate Marcia Fritz, noting that Rizzo would receive $26 million if he lived a normal lifespan. “High salary lasts just a few years – high pensions last for a lifetime.”

Yes, but who are the retards who granted all this largess using the taxpayers money? Did Rizzo do this all by himself? Let’s see what the city council pays themselves? Want to bet these a-holes had something to do with all of this? I would. Here’s more from another LA Times article.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is investigating why city council members in the small, working-class city of Bell are paid nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job.

Bell is in the news because it has agreed to take over most city operations for neighboring Maywood, which announced it will lay off all its employees on July 1.

Wow! $100,000 per year for working part-time. Another frigging amazing deal!  Another frigging amazing tax-payer ripoff! At least someone’s looking into this.

Public Integrity Division prosecutors said a review of Bell city records showed that council members each received $8,083.25 per month. Prosecutors say that under state law and based on population, part-time council members in small cities should be paid a $400 monthly stipend (council members in Maywood earn about $300 a month). Prosecutors have asked the city for an explanation.

Here’s their reply, and note their below explanations about the city council salaries were in an article that was published before the first one about the city managers salary and retirement.

Bell officials say the D.A. office’s numbers are misleading because they include the cost of medical insurance, retirement and other benefits, but they also defend the compensation.

Yes, I guess they sure as hell do include the cost of retirement, I wonder what they get a year in retirement from a part-time job? Cadillac medical insurance? To quote Sarah Palin “youbetcha!”

I sincerely hope someone prosecutes the bastards. I’d absolutely love it if they got to “enjoy” the “fruits of retirement” and their “golden years” in a nice retirement home like San Quentin.

This is real Insane Minds…..lots of them….all in one city.

Source: LA Times

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Discrimination, it’s not only a white problem.

One would think that a person who belongs to a race that has been on the receiving end of discrimination would be one of the last people on the planet to do the same thing to someone else. Well, guess what? In this case it didn’t happen. As you can see per the above video of Shirley Sherrod describing how in the case of a white farmer, she “didn’t give him the full force of what I could do.”  That’s blatant discrimination, that she blatantly told a whole room full of NAACP members about, who blatantly ignored it, until Big Government and Fox reported it.

This is 2010, we have a black president, what you just did gives people more of an excuse to discriminate against blacks Shirley and NAACP members. You just can’t do shit like this anymore if you want to be taken seriously. Now it’s on YouTube, it’s on Fox, it’s all over the internet. All this type of thing does is it gives some people, who are just looking for any excuse, another reason to mistrust and dislike our black president and black people in general. This type of behavior hurts way more than it helps.

Shirley made these remarks at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet back on March 27, 2010.  It’s now July 20, 2010. this is almost 4 months later, no one did a damn thing until this video came out yesterday (July 19) at Big Government. Evidently no one at that NAACP meeting was “appalled” enough to do anything about it. Why? I guess it’s OK with them.

Now we have the head of the NAACP announcing they’re “appalled.” That’s fine. I’ll assume that NAACP HQ probably was unaware of this, like most everyone else in the country was. I hope their actions about this don’t just end with being “appalled.” Stuff like this doesn’t help them one iota. I’d offer the suggestion that some changes need to be made and the sooner the better, which I think would be almost automatic if they’re truly “appalled.”

Shame on the USDA, too.  Apparently they were completely clueless about this woman’s actions (or inactions), and while they accepted her resignation, I have to ask why did no one pick up on her attitude about white people until the video came out?  Does the USDA hire a person as Director of Rural Development in Georgia, with a $1 billion budget and not do some screening or keep tabs on what’s going on? Was it not explained to this woman how the US Government is for all the people of the US and that we’re all to receive equal treatment? Evidently not.

It would have been a lot nicer to be reporting on how this woman was at a NAACP meeting and that she set a good example by letting the people in the room know that she made sure her agency helped everyone, regardless of race or sex, equally. Sadly that’s not the case.

Talk about some Insane Minds.

Source: Big Government

Source: Fox News

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Sequel on blog shutdowns.

Per this article at Co2 Insanity the real reason the plug got pulled on Blogetery has come out, turns out it was terrorism with some child porn thrown in and a misunderstanding about what needed to be done.

This still doesn’t change my mind about what could potentially happen to bloggers if our government or any other government decided they were really unhappy with what’s going on with the internet and decided to play some hard-ball and shut sites down because they were contrary to their ideas about how things should be going.

We still have the same implications about how safe and secure your data is floating around on clouds on the internet, which is something that should be worked out so things like pulling the plug on 70,000+ innocent bloggers doesn’t happen again.

I have no problem with websites doing illegal things being shut down. I would like to make sure that the innocent don’t get taken down along with the bad guys.

We don’t need collateral damage on the internet thank you. should do the right thing and put the blogs back up so people can back them up and post them elsewhere. I think whoever runs Blogetery owes everyone an apology for not keeping tabs on what kind of stuff was on that server, too.  From what I understand, when you run hosting you should be on the lookout for this kind of stuff.

Source: Co2 Insanity

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Do recent blog shutdowns portend problems for free speech and cloud computing?

Per this item at CO2 Insanity we have two blogs that were alleged to have been shut down recently by some secret government action that no one can talk about under penalty of prosecution, or perhaps just being thrown in jail.  Who really knows what the government can get away with the Patriot Act in place?

There are various suspicions floating around the internet that this might be an act of suppression under the guise of a false flag. Having over 70,000 blogs shut down in an instant makes me wonder. We also have other people wondering if it’s due to child pornography, RIAA violations (people sharing illegal music and movies), copyright violations, software violations, the mafia, men from Mars, you name it.

iPBFree was also shut down just before Blogetery, possibly for any of the aforementioned reasons.  There’s even one rumor I found that claims they merely went bankrupt.  Who knows? Like Blogetery, no one’s talking about it, which again raises suspicions.

Regardless, people have lost entire websites if they didn’t back up regularly, or some of their website(s) if they backed up prior to this event, but had some of their data on the server that had not been backed up yet. Losing a blog isn’t going to kill anybody, but it’s still someone’s labor of love and why should they lose it because of something someone else did? That’s not the United States I was born in.  That could be likened to arresting me and locking me up because the neighbor down the street shot his wife.

In any event I would think that whoever shut them down could let people know why in very basic terms without jeopardizing any investigations or prosecutions, but we seem to only get silence.  The more silence the more suspicious I become that it’s perhaps some way to abort dissension.

To get to cloud computing, I’m no computer geek, but I liken hosting a website or blog on a host server somewhere out in cyberspace, to be very similar to what’s going on with cloud computing. All your data is floating around on someone’s server that’s someplace else, and beyond your physical control. There some big companies spending huge money on cloud computing, being touted as the wave of the future.  What’s going to happen to could computing if the government can shut down servers at will with no questions asked and no answers offered? Think anyone is going to get very excited about using it? I don’t.

Many are already cloud computing, even if they don’t realize it.  If you have a web-based e-mail account on Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, etc., you already are on the cloud.  It’s your personal e-mail, but it’s on a server that is not your property and you have no control over what happens to it.  Like the people who used Blogetery or iPBFree, you could awaken one morning and find your e-mail is inaccessible because the government didn’t like what was in someone else’s e-mail account and confiscated the whole server and since your e-mail account was on that server, it’s now gone and you will never see it again.

Another example is that if you have documents at Google Documents, for example, you’re really cloud computing.  What if you kept all of your business documents there and the government found an Al Qaeda website on that server and confiscated the entire server from Google and your business documents were all on their “cloud.” You would be in real hot water, that’s what. I’d assume Google would have backups, but what if those servers were taken along with the main one because it had the same stuff on it?  Then what are you going to do? Call Ghost Busters?

Same with Photobucket, Picassa and other websites that host photographs.  Want all your treasured family photos to disappear in an instant because the government pulled the plug because someone else’s account had child porn on it? I think not, but based on what’s going on I have to question if this could indeed happen some day.

This is something new, interesting and very scary to me, as it should be to you.  Realistically, you can’t keep your blog, documents or family photos on someone else’s server because that’s now in danger.  The precedent has been set, at least one time, and perhaps two times.  The Chinese aren’t shy about doing things like this either. When they decide they’ve had enough noise from the dissident community, they start pulling plugs. Something I’d expect there, but I don’t expect would happen here in the United States of America.

There’s also, per the article on CO2 Insanity, a move afoot in the European Union to make one a criminal if one dares to be skeptical about global warming.  I guess they never heard of free speech over there, and I’m wondering if free speech in the US is going to be a dead horse in the near future? Or, perhaps it already is and we don’t realize it?  Imagine a law being passed that it was a felony to talk bad about the president and if you did you’d be arrested and your computer data confiscated? Probably won’t happen, but it’s one possibility, based upon the one thing leads to another theory.  Think of your blog as the proverbial frog in a frying pan that, when the heat is turned up slowly, doesn’t realize he’s being cooked until it’s too late.  They take away a freedom here and a freedom there, and pretty soon you wake up and some Hugo Chavez wannabe is your president and all you get on radio, TV and the internet 24 x 7 is government approved news and propaganda.  Can’t happen?  Ask people in China, Myanmar, Venezuela and Cuba.

You can also look at the mainstream media (MSM) and see trends there, too.  Seems that the liberal left-wing newspapers, magazines and websites can publish all the left-leaning, pro-global warming articles they like and no one complains. They also seem to completely ignore a lot of things because the don’t go with the liberal agenda.

Places like MSNBC and CNN seem to have a penchant for all things left and blast or ignore anything more than a few degrees right of center.  As an example I often wonder if Chris Matthews is in love with Obama? You can also listen to the “wonderful” rants of Keith Olbermann or Rachael Maddow and see what I mean.  Don’t take my word for it, if you haven’t watched either of them you’re missing what I consider to be excellent comedy.  I do think Keith would be better if he foamed at the mouth once in a while, it would be a nice touch.

If you’re like Fox TV, and have a contrary view of things with some right-leaning commentators, then the left will regularly slam you. You can say the same thing about talk radio, which is also becoming a favorite whipping-boy of the left. They complain constantly about radio personalities who aren’t left-leaning.  Frankly I think they’d be extremely happy if they could silence them.  It works for Hugo Chavez, why not them?  I think they’re envious of old Hugo’s special powers as El Presidente’.

Another example is Sarah Palin.  Like her or not she often gets attacked by the left, who I’m sure would love to block her Twitter account. Let her put a couple of notes on her palm during a speech and the left comes unglued, while it matters to them not that Obama doesn’t appear to be able to say anything without a teleprompter in front of him.  I sometimes wonder if he has one in front of him at the dinner table.  However, one gaff from George W. Bush and the left media would rant about it for days on end. Don’t even get me started on Joe “What foot am I putting in my mouth today?” Biden.

These are all examples of how if you’re on the left you’re always right, but if you’re on the right you’re always wrong, or ignored. Is this going to have some chilling effects in the future? Will all right leaning blogs get terminated and all left-wing blogs get free hosting from the government? I don’t know. I’m hoping the recent server shutdowns are legitimate, time will tell.

I’m now watching WordPress. If they pull the plug on that, then I’m going to feel about 99% certain that there is something going on here that’s very clear.

I hope we don’t have some Insane Minds running around pulling plugs on servers just because they don’t like the general content.

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