Archive for September, 2011

Reps. Markey and Barton Ask FTC To Investigate Facebook

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 28th, 2011

Well, it was inevitable.

And with all of the hullalaboo over the new Facebook layout, I assume these two congress critters thought this was the perfect time to pounce on Facebook. More “man on a white horse to save the day” type of stuff. We have seen this movie too many times already.

From The Hill:

Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s practice of tracking users even after they log out of its site Wednesday.

Facebook admitted this week that it collects data when users visit websites that feature its “Like” button, even when the users have logged out of their Facebook accounts. A Facebook spokesman said the data collection is inadvertent, and the company does not use or store the information.

“When users log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “We believe this impression should be the reality. Facebook users should not be tracked without their permission.”

As is always the case when the government and especially clueless congress critters get involved in things of which they have no idea about (which is just about everything), they shoot the horse and then burn the wagon.

Sites tracking you after you have left their domains is nothing new and has been going since the earliest days of the web. They are called cookies. Advertising networks and corporations have been using them for a good 16 years and that will not change any time soon. You wonder why you get certain ads that relate to your interests on website sidebars or as popups? It is because any retail site worth it’s salt will install a cookie (or more) on your PC whenever you visit them. While annoying in a lot of cases, it easy to remedy and does not requite a government agency in order to help you do so.

Of course, playing “hero” is always so easy when you have a no-account job, the largesse of the federal government on your side and claim to be pulling such ridiculous stunts “for the people”. When of course, we all known that they want to collect as much of your personal as they can from Facebook, under the guise of one of the greatest Marxist Cloak Phrases, “consumer protection”. I suppose ObamaCare and it’s GE software does not go far enough when it comes to collecting such data.

In no way am I am defending Facebook, as they have shown themselves to be partisan hacks for the Left, whose security procedures are akin to those of the TSA and who always claim that the customer is wrong. However, bringing in the federal government to monitor how they track their users is akin to teaching abstinence to the OctoMom.

Filed Under: Congress, Facebook

Gov. Perdue: Suspend Elections for Two Years So That Congress Can Focus on Jobs

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 27th, 2011

Well, I figured that sooner or later, this trial balloon would be floated about. And it is also not too surprising that they used perhaps the most clueless governor in the nation to launch it.

From The Daily Caller:

As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

After this slipped out, the Perdue office hastily sent out a press release claiming that Perdue was just “joking”.

Perdue press secretary Chris Mackey claims the governor was joking when she made the comment.

“Come on … Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve,” Mackey said in an email to TheDC.

Those soldiers who are buried in Arlington or currently serving are not laughing about it. Nor is anyone else who takes the fundamentals of the Constitution seriously.

Filed Under: 2012 Elections

Michelle Obama’s Food Stalinists: “No Fries For You!”

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 16th, 2011

Well, I suppose a lot of people will be crossing The Olive Garden and Red Lobster of their list of where to take their kids for a fun Friday night dinner or weekend birthday party meal.

I wonder if Chuck E. Cheese’s will be next?

It is getting to the point where hoarding Ore-Ida fries will risk a 2AM knock at the door from black ops types, armed with an AK-47 in one hand and an official USDA Food Pyramid in the other.

To quote The Great One, “Ain’t Marxism grand?”

From the AP: (Hat Tip – Michelle Malkin)

Michelle Obama said Thursday that a pledge by the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and their sister chains to serve healthier meals is a “breakthrough moment” for the industry.

Darden Restaurants Inc. is pledging to cut calories and sodium in its meals by 10 percent by 2016, and 20 percent over a decade. Among promised changes for children: no more french fries. A fruit or vegetable side will become standard with kids’ meals. One percent milk also will be served, including free refills, unless an alternative drink is ordered.

“With this new commitment, Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before,” said the first lady, who joined executives of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden for the announcement at an Olive Garden restaurant in Hyattsville, Md., just outside Washington.

“The kids’ menu changes have begun and are to be in place by July at Darden’s 1,900 restaurants in 49 states. Its other brands are LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. The Capital Grille and Seasons 52 do not have children’s menus. The children’s menu will also include at least one 600-calorie or less option with reduced fat and sodium.

“We want to ensure that those who dine with us find the choices that they desire,” said Clarence Otis Jr., Darden’s chief executive officer.

And lest you think this is just a good-natured move on Darden’s part, well I am sure you will find it more than ironic that they are also one of the lucky of beneficiares of the ObamaCare Waiver Lotto:

Among the waivers recently granted were for employers like Darden Restaurants, which operates the Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants, for 34,000 of its workers. Federal officials have granted 111 waivers to employers, insurers and union plans, who are responsible for covering about 1.2 million people.

Darden said the waiver would allow it to offer employees access to affordable coverage as the health care law is started.

As Malkin says, “Quid pro quo: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

Not to mention, irony abounds.

A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.

Obama: “If you love me, you will help me pass this bill.”

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 14th, 2011

Yes, he went here. Totally and 100%.

(Hat tip to Red State)

I do not think all of the quantum physics equations in the world could come up with a resolution as to how to fit this man’s ego within the known universe.

Or as Doug Powers puts it:

What Obama purposefully fails to mention each time is that the bridge collapse in Minnesota wasn’t caused by a lack of repair/replacement funding, but rather by a design flaw. The bridge was destined to collapse from the moment it was blue-printed — much like the Obama economy.