Monday, June 10, 2013

The Anger and Violence of Pro-Immigrant Bill Supporters

The anger and violence of Immigration Bill supporters is instantly evident when you post the slightest comment not in favor of their bill.

Just responding to a Pro-Immigration post from Obama's Twitter means instant vitriol from illiterate, angry users, like this from Joshua Swearengin:

"Douchebag, the majority of people on welfare on Non-Urban, Whites. I hope the next plane you fly crashes."

Nice! Plus, you get barely intelligible posts like this from Jessica, who's of course too much of a coward to post her last name:

"hes white tho hell never understand where we are coming from since he had it all from mommy & daddy."

And, of course, you will always be called a racist, and everything else in the book. So, what was my "horrible" comment? This: "Only if they repay, with interest, all the free money they and their children, have received since coming here."

When you are dealing with the Pro-Immigration Bill crowd, you are dealing with Latinos here illegally who are angry and who believe they are entitled to American citizenship because they crossed a border. They don't believe that they should have to earn it or work for it. And, their strategy is to beat down anyone who offers the slightest opposition to what they want. And, if you're not dealing with them, you're dealing with just plain crazy people!

The trick is that, instead of stopping those of us with questions or criticisms, it will only embolden us. So, too bad, guys, it didn't work!

Komen's CEO Rakes It In!

ArticleNancy Brinker's High Salary Angers Advocates After Komen Fundraising Drops, Charity Walks Canceled - The Huffington Post

The Susan G. Komen Foundation's CEO is raking in the cash, much more than CEO's of other charities of similar scope. And, what vexes supporters especially is that her high salary is in counterpoint to lower fundraising by Komen, and the cancellation of walks in high-profile cities.

Komen made a decision to become an anti-women's-health organization when they first decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, money that would have helped with mammograms and prevent cancer. Even though they reversed later, people knew where they really stood, the reversal only being because of public pressure.

So, there should be no surprise that people are bailing and going elsewhere. There is an organization called the American Cancer Society (you might have heard of it!). Having somewhat-redundant organizations like Komen are now rightly being seen as unneeded.

Komen has shown itself prior to this controversy to be more a marketing organization than a charity, self tasked to get its logo on anything and everything possible. The charity aspect has always been secondary.

Now, more people are seeing that there are better places to spend their time and energy than Komen. And, rightfully so.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Immigration Reform

Article11 Ways Immigration Reform Would Boost The Economy - The Huffington Post

I know that HuffPost is pushing "Immigration Reform." And, yes, there should be reform. But, it should be about controlling the inflow of people into our country, and making sure that those already here actually show that they want to be part of this country, and not just be here for the jobs. They should be willing to do community service to show that they want to be part of their communities and to contribute. They should be willing to pay a small percentage (say 2%) of their income to help pay for the expenses of our housing them and their children for all these years, etc. And, they should be at the back of line, behind those who came here legally.

But, we should also acknowledge why this legislation is being done in the first place: to get Latino votes and to appease Latino groups. It is very simple. Washington never does anything unless they get something out of it. And, that is certainly the case here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Apple Post-Jobs: Greed, Greed, and More Greed!

ArticleApple Chief Calls on US Government to Slash US Corporate Tax - The Guardian

Wow! Check out the balls on this guy! :-P So, this is what Apple has become post-Jobs: A greedy company that does nothing except for hiding as much money from the IRS as possible, making no new products, instead just making little tweaks to them.

Hey, Tim Cook, if you want to leave, leave! We have no use for you.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Problem with Yelp

ArticleCraigslist Yelp Ad Offers Money In Exchange For Good New York Restaurant Reviews - Huffington Post

Unfortunately, Yelp has been going from community-based review site to corporate-heavy organization. If you step out of line even slightly in a Yelp review, you get swatted down. In their Terms of Use, they can do whatever they want to with any review you post. There is little to no reward on Yelp. I am a Yelp Elite member, which means that we get invited to occasional special events for appetizers and drinks. And, that's nice, but if your city has a lousy "Community Manager" like we do in Memphis, your opinion of Yelp can drop very quickly. The people I dealt with in New York were great! But, they aren't where I am now.

Keep in mind, with Yelp, or any content site like TripAdvisor, you are providing them with free content. What you provide fuels their sites. They sell advertising, among other revenue generators, and you get (in the case of Yelp) not too much in return. And, on TripAdvisor, nothing that I know of.