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I’ve been using Twitter for about a year, mainly for entertainment purposes, though it can sometimes be informative.  I recently came across Qwitter, a site that will inform you when someone unfollows you.  Last night, I watched Angels & Demons, a film starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, based on the book by Dan Brown. I tweeted that it was “pretty entertaining”.  This morning I got a Qwitter notification that one person was no longer following my updates on Twitter.

Sheesh.  I thought that tweet was pretty innocuous. I’m assuming it was that tweet – it was the last one of the night, and prior to that I had tweeted about Krispy Kreme donuts and working out (odd combo, I know).  I sometimes post things that might be considered provocative to some people – mostly they’re of the political variety. I can see where someone with -I don’t know- diametrically opposing political views would unfollow me after one of my rants against liberals or Obama or big government. But a movie?

I usually tweet (via dlvr.it) when I post something new here. Pity – that person won’t see it.  No big deal, I guess – I didn’t know they were following me in the first place.

“We can’t move forward until you mail it back” they sing.  Move forward with what, exactly?  I thought the Constitution authorized the decennial census to apportion representation in the Congress.  Now, it’s portrayed as the federal goody-grab.  If you don’t fill it out, your community won’t get its share of the huge pot of federal money that funds every conceivable thing, from hospitals to tunnels to yes, (even) more money for education.  

I find it disgusting, mainly because the federal government was never intended by the founders to do these things. It’s unsettling, because more and more of the population views the government as the source for everything we need. The way the current administration is exerting control over the economy (and thus the source of the goodies), I feel like we’re well on our way to the situation Alexander Tytler described in the early 19th century:

A democracy…can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury

Decide for yourself: 2010 Census site

Here’s an interesting comparison of two rallies held a week apart, in Searchlight, NV, and Los Angeles, CA. One was more “right-centered”, and the other “left-centered.” If you buy the descriptions of the lame stream media, the right-centered rally was a gathering of “a couple of dozen – maybe” fringe hate-mongers (the general description of Tea Party types).

I don’t recall seeing coverage of the left-centered rally. Maybe that’s so normal the LSM don’t regard it as news worthy. It’s not (newsworthy), but it’s pretty telling of the philosophies and sentiments that drive (some of) the left in this country.

Read about it: Zombie � Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide

Gaston, the largest -and frenchest- of our cats, relaxing while I read.  He talks with a French accent. We scooped him up in the park next door, just before hurricane Gaston came through Virginia.  Thus, the name.

And, it’s obvious that the USPS will never do anything but lose ever-larger sums of money. They don’t have any incentive to do otherwise: no other organization is allowed to deliver first-class mail, so there’s no direct competition, and having an implicit guarantee of taxpayer-funded bailout means they’ll never go belly-up.

I posted a short note and link earlier this week on this subject. So far, NO evidence whatsoever has been presented to verify the claim that Tea Partiers hurled racial epithets at Democratic members of Congress this past weekend. I doubt the promise of a $10,000 payment will produce any evidence, but if it does, it’ll be a shame that no one thought it would just be the right thing to do.

It’s in the typical pattern of the lamestream media. The lack of facts is a minor inconvenience, and doesn’t outweigh the “seriousness of the accusation”.

Read on: Townhall.com Blog : Meredith Jessup : Breitbart: Show Me Evidence, I’ll Show You Cash