Tag Archives: privacy

For Obama, golf is a nice walk spoiled.

It's apparent how much TheOne doesn't like golf. from the reddogreport.com

He doesn’t really like golf all that much. He’d rather be sitting in the park, people watching or “rolling out of bed” on Saturday mornings to go squeeze fruit in the local market, unshaven, with his daughters.

All he wants to do is go for a walk but he’s too famous now, so he’s settling for a weekly round of golf.

Although, regardless of whether he’d be walking in the park or walking the course (which he doesn’t do, he uses a golf cart) he would still be surrounded by secret service agents. So call me stupid, but I’m missing the point.

All he wants is to be anonymous again. Ha! Well I’ve got a news flash for him and for his wife who told Mrs. Sarkozy that being first lady was “hell”: You ain’t never gonna be unknown again! You wanted this job? You wanted the perks? You wanted the weekly celebraty entertainment parties? It’s all yours now, pal, that and the loss of your privacy.

Just call me the turtle fence sitter

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day – even though the day is only 6am where I live and there’s plenty of time for more stupid things. And it’s a sure bet that there will be equally if not superior stupid things yet to come in this 24 hour period.

Number 1, this bill will never pass due to privacy issues and because of that, it should not pass. I sure wouldn’t want anyone for a mere $100 to be able to get my birth certificate.

Secondly, this bill would not even have been contemplated if the president of the United States took 5 minutes out of his busy schedule filming YouTube videos to tell us to stop eating tater tots, to clear this up, once and for all. But if he really is an American citizen, it’s to his benefit to keep up the conspiracy theories.

Regardless of the truth about his citizenship, this is a win/win for him. He need say nothing and just let the liberal media loose on the “birthers.”

Up until now, for the most part, those who opposed Obama’s policies could not just be opposed to his policies on principle and facts but because they are racist. Now the liberal media and bloggers can include nutty, right-wing birther conspiracy theorists. But they won’t say it that nicely.

I can see all the angles to this birth certificate issue. Part of me agrees with the so-called birthers, while another part of me is cynical enough to think that Obama has just nurtured this conspiracy thing to his benefit.

So, to make my opinion clear on this topic :

Trash Cops: the new Conquestadores. The Aztecs had it right.

Remember this SuperBowl ad?

Probably the most memorable ad ever, at least for me, next to this one:

But I digress.

The trash police are now a reality in many cities across the country. Micro chips are being put in recycle bins to monitor how much you are recycling or if you even are and in cities like Dayton, Ohio, the untrained green cops can actually come onto your property, inspect your trash (what a job, huh?) and levy fines up to $100 for non-compliance. Imagine the day when some nutty homeowner has had. just. about. enough. of this government interference and turns a weapon on these untrained greenie cops?

Good Lord!

[Mari] Frank [privacy expert and lawyer] was skeptical about the future potential exploitation of the RFID [radio frequency identification] trash collection data, and questioned whether the next step might be to attach a GPS receiver to bins to see where residents put them and how they are used.  Harry Lewis  [computer science professor at Harvard University and a noted privacy expert] wondered whether a city might use trash collection data for other, more invasive purposes.

“If the government wanted to know our drinking habits by neighborhood or household — purely for ‘public health reasons,’ of course — it could mandate RFIDs on liquor bottles and reprogram the scanners to collect data on where the most vodka is being consumed,” he said.

“And it’s not just the government either. Suppose a major distiller went to your town and offered to pay to collect data about who was throwing out which kinds of bottles. They might be prepared to chip the bottles without being told they had to — and your town might be able to use the new revenue source to hold down its tax rate.”  from FoxNews via Drudge

When the Spaniards invaded and conquered the Aztecs, however many centuries ago, the conquered had a phrase for the European havoc and war being waged on them: The world has turned upside down.

On a daily basis, I’m feeling like an Aztec more and more. . .


As a side topic, there’s this story from the LA Times. I”m sure this is old news to you, but California is trying to pass a law that bans the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and levies a charge of a nickle for paper bags (which I preferred, anyway.)  The government “desires” that shoppers bring their own renewable and reusable bags to their shopping adventure, but if the shopper is such a big dead beat that he doesn’t own his own grocery tote bag,  then he will pay an extra nickle for every paper bag required.

The government’s transparent double standard

As Pamela Geller writes at American Thinker, the health care bill has been kept secret from the American people, designed by unknown communists and written behind locked doors but the president is now opening up all kinds of classified information to our enemies.

Isn’t this considered aiding and abetting the enemy? Does that not qualify as a treasonous act?

But it’s not just this new executive order that was signed between golf and tennis in Hawaii, the fact that we are trying terrorists in NYC, as though these guys were caught smoking in an airplane restroom, will mean that all kinds of secrets will have to be introduced in that courtroom. We are going to afford these terrorists all the benefits of the American judicial system and at the same time, provide their defense and the entire world, all our secrets. And the other side of the coin is that a lot of the information we did glean from these guys will not be allowed in court.

The government is affording these men all the rights of being American citizens (which they are not) and at the same time, keeping this health care bill a complete secret from those of us who really ARE American citizens. This government is picking and choosing what information will be available and to whom it will be available.  Foreign criminals are getting secret information but the rest of us are not allowed to see and read what congress is planning to do to our very lives.

After all the promises of a historically transparent administration, C-Span is denied access to all  health care negotiations.  Our records will no longer be our own, we will no longer be allowed our own privacy, our secrets will be owned by the government and at the same time, we cannot know what they are doing and how they plan to do it.  Furthermore, I’m not hearing an answer to where all the transparency is.

Terrorists, at least at this point in time, cannot vote. Letting them in on everything is not dangerous to the power structure in Washington. But including the actual voting citizens in the behind the scenes, back-slapping and outright bribery that is going on as part of the negotiations on health care, will endanger the ruling party come election time and they know it. By the time the bill can actually be seen by the people, it will be law and the democrats will be spinning like tops to try and make it be something it isn’t. They will do and say whatever they have to in order to protect their seats in November.

The transparency in this government is for our enemies only. The rest of us are being  kept deliberately in the dark.