Internet for our Liberties

The Internet saves the day.....

.... but there was a time, in my not too distant past, that I got all hot and bothered politically. Laid awake at night pissed at how Fox News has treated Ron Paul, again, and again. Sent out glorious amounts of emails and forwarded twice that amount either for my party, or slamming the other party, or rather, the other two parties. Telling people that the Asses and Pachyderms have been fighting each other for so long that they smell the same, and that they are the reason this republic is in the shape it's in now. Saying that Democracy is a step toward Socialism and/or Dictatorship and that is around the corner from Communism. Combing through YouTube for the recent 'vid' to further and prove my explanation of how 'It' should be done, or how it would have been done better by our forefathers. Writing hub pages, or blog pages with comments voicing my disgust or praising a particular view of my choice. Judging those, in my family or not, for their political eviction, I mean, conviction, and treating them accordingly. Only following people on my Twitter that have the same beliefs, and un-following those that don't measure up. Posting articles, that I deem pertinent, on my Facebook ten times a day, and even starting another Facebook just to get the 'word' out to more people, so I can spread my agenda. Joining the Tea Party more than once under different names, thinking it will help some. Yep, I confess, I did it all and more, all in the name of the country I was born and love. Or rather, the America of old.

then I read this:

If anyone needs a perfect example of the speed with which the Twitter phenomenon is growing, and the bizarre ways in which the simplicity of the service allows spin-offs to develop.
(is there a 'Bad Government' twitter page and site?)

and this:
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

 Our VP Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”  Biden later denied he used that term in an interview with CBS.
(what King George III would have no doubt called the Tea Party during his revolution)

then this:
Two bills introduced giving the President the power to deem a private network part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and shut it down for cybersecurity reasons also gives the Commerce Secretary the power to access network data outside of oversight.
In short, the President could shut down much of the Internet if he thought necessary. The Secretary of Commerce would also be given "access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access" in the event of a cybersecurity emergency.

                                              And then this:
President Hosni Mubarak turns off the Internet. (too late)
About a half-hour past midnight on Friday in Egypt, the internet went dead.
Almost simultaneously, the handful of companies that pipe the internet into and out of Egypt went dark as protesters were gearing up for a fresh round of demonstrations calling for the end of president Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule, experts said.
Egypt has apparently done what many technologists thought was unthinkable for any country with a major internet economy: It unplugged itself entirely from the internet to try and silence dissent.

"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." - Mark Twain.

When I read these, and more, and more to come I knew I didn't have to fret that much, or not at all, any longer. The weight has been lifted. I can finally 'chill' my political endeavor. I can now sit back and watch more, instead of delving into it all with all my heart and sole. There are no more nights I'll lose sleep because of Fox's treatment of Ron Paul, or any other candidates that are up-front, honest, have all the logical answers but don't have the money or the media backing, or young and has nice hair, or held enough babies during or after their speeches for election.

The Internet is keeping the light on for our freedom. Now our forefathers don't have to roll over in their grave any more. And I don't have to worry who gets into the oval office. What a sense of freedom I found! Truly letting it be. Not really caring who wins the election, or any election. I may not even vote anymore. All the sides can debate all they want. Fox news and all their RINOS can push their political puppy to the max, for all I care. Endorsing who has the most money, a male, not too old and the best looks, while making fun of anybody else, even if they, the butt of their jokes, has the best answers and most equipped to handle the country's problems. I say, "knock yourself out." Liberals can push their socialistic agenda all they want. Libertarians and the like can OD if they want, rant and rave with as many tea-parties and straw polls as they like. I'll just sit here and grin at the abundance of rhetoric and hoopla for change. Because I know that we already got the 'change' we needed.... and, dear reader, you are using this Internet liberty right now as we 'speak.'

You seriously don't believe I could have written these things I have in a socialistic, communistic or a dictatorship, do you?

Thank you Internet for Liberty.

......and, we don't have to drop another bomb on another sole, just drop boxes of free Blackberry phones on them! The country will have it's liberty in a month or two. It'll cost less lives and less money on the tax payer. Maybe a few million, tops, for the phone bill, and that's it.

"I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator," Bush joked.

"Social Media is making the World libertarian, no matter what the 'dick-tator' says!" -JR Hager

Who Needs Sex, Our Government Screws us Daily ~ (tee-shirt)

EGYPT BLOCKS YOUTUBE ACCESS FOR A MONTH: There may be no cute cat videos in Egypt for the next month after a court in Cairo ruled Saturday to block YouTube for 30 days. The ruling is in connection with a 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims , an anti-Islam film, found on the site that caused sometimes-deadly rioting throughout the Middle East this summer. Although YouTube restricted access to the video in certain countries, it did not remove the trailer entirely. But don’t worry, Egypt, there’s still hope: the ruling can be appealed, and based on previous cases similar to this, it may not be enforced anyway. Long live adorable cat videos!

CHINESE WRITER JAILED: Chinese activist Chen Wei was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for “inciting subversion” through essays he posted online. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Chen posted several pro-democracy essays online before getting arrested along with hundreds of other dissidents. He will also have his political rights revoked for a further two years. At the conclusion of his two-hour trial, Chen told the court, “Dictatorship will fail; democracy will prevail.”

HACKERS DUMP CREDIT CARD INFO: Hacker collective Anonymous is continuing its campaign to embarrass the security think tank Stratfor, dumping the names, email addresses, and passwords of around 860,000 customers, as well as credit card information for 75,000 clients. “The time for talk is over,” said an Anonymous member before dumping the data. “Did you notice 50,000 of these email addresses are .mil and .gov?” Stratford, a private intelligence-analysis firm, gathers non-classified data on world events. Anonymous then threatened a new campaign for New Year’s Eve—protests outside jails and attacks law enforcement targets.

  News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace OfficersMayor Is Upset That Citizens Have Been Informed of Possible Police Abuse
11-22-2011  •  The Agitator 
A dash cam video shows a cop pepper spraying and choking a man he confronted for jaywalking. Mayor Gerard is “gravely disappointed,” but not by anything in the video. His consternation is over the fact that it was released to the public. 

Warning to Social Media Users
Tortured man's body found next to the statue of Christopher Columbus near Texas border full story

News Link  •  Homeland SecurityTweeting the Word 'Drill' Could Mean Your Twitter Account Is Read by U.S. Government Spies
12-30-2011  • Waugh 
The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words – and tracking people who use them.  

  News Link  •  Drug WarMexican drug cartel threatens bloggers and website owners
09/16/2011  •  The Hals Report 
Two young victims of the drug war have been found hanging from a bridge in Mexico. The victims were found with signs hanging from their necks warning social media users, bloggers and websites to stop reporting violence linked to the cartels. Along wi  

News Link  •  ActivismFrom a single hashtag, a protest circled the world
10-18-2011  •  Reuters 
It all started innocuously enough with a July 13 blog post urging people to #OccupyWallStreet, as though such a thing were possible. It turns out, with enough momentum and a keen sense of how to use social media, it actually is. 

News Link  •  Revolutions, Rebellions & UprisingsFeds Order You Tube To Remove Video For Containing “Government Criticism”
10-26-2011  • 
“US authorities also called for the removal of 113 videos from YouTube, including several documenting alleged police brutality which Google refused to take down.” 

News Link  •  Police StateRule Change Would Allow Government to Lie About Whether Records Exist
10-27-2011  •  Mother Jones 
A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national security documents that records don't exist—even when they do.

News Link  •  CorruptionYou Won’t Believe How Corrupt, Lazy And Stinking Rich Our Congress Critters Have Become
12-28-2011  • 
If our founding fathers could see the cesspool that the U.S. Congress has become today, they would roll over in their graves. Most Americans don’t realize this, but we already have a “part-time Congress”. 

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LBN-COMMENTARY By JOHN STOSSEL: I often bash government. I say it can’t do anything better than people in a free market. But the government is unequaled in producing one thing: negative unintended consequences. Show me a government activity, and I will show you bad results that even the program’s advocates probably don’t like.

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Can you imagine ..... to think that one day in this great country, a time would come that the TV News and the News Paper News would be so corrupt (and bought) that there would be a need for an alternative news program! And to think, no less, that the person to host this news broadcast on line would be a retired congressman. And you would think that a retired congressman would want to stay the hell away from politics and the media. Well, not this gentleman. This dude has a date with destiny. Nobody is going to shake his beliefs because it comes from his heart. He's not the regular 'run of the mill' politicians, he's the Dude!

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