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Justin Bieber Has It Rough

A lot can be said for the perks of being famous. The money, the popularity, the ability to have everything you could ever want, the possibilities seem endless. Tween super star Justin Bieber has made himself a household name and a favorite subject of all things teenage and female. Boys in high schools across the world probably pine to be him, if only to get the attention of one special girl, but in reality Bieber has it rougher than imagined. In his light speed ascent to fame he has acquired quite a few big name enemies.

Bieber’s biggest enemy seems to be  internet image board 4chan. Earlier this year a photo surfaced of Justin Bieber with the less-than-angelic Kim Kardashian, and this sparked 4chan users to hop on their desktops and trend the phrase “Justin Bieber Syphilis” to the top of Google trends in the US. A few hours into the campaign the search phrase was pushed to number one on Google trends, promoting bloggers to jump on the bandwagon and write blogs containing the phrase to boost their own hits.  Of course, Bieber is disease free, but this was only the beginning for the poor little guy.

Justin Bieber soon learned the hard way that once 4chan smells blood, there is no calling them off. One of Bieber’s many websites posted a poll asking fans to vote on which company that Bieber should play a special concert in. Everything went as planned at first, with many hits for the expected countries, until 4chan got a hold of the website and poll. Within hours the votes soared and a clear winner emerged. Legitimate fan girls pouted, and it’s likely that Bieber peed his pants a little when his next destination was revealed: North Korea. No trip to the beaches of Australia or rural America for Bieber! Instead it appeared he was destined to rock out with Kim Jong-il. Bieber, of course, did not go, his security would never allow it. Who can blame him?

Pranks like this are good for a laugh but also serve to remind us that being famous isn’t all it is cracked up to be. You may get all of the ladies before you can even drive, but you also may get scheduled to perform in dangerous dictatorships.
So next time you’re feeling bitter about someone like Bieber, remember that he has problems too, just not like the ones we do.


Apples newest innovation: The Macbook Wheel! Just kidding.

Apple has been the scapegoat lately for a lot of rage among the technology community. In reality, they were probably asking for it. Come on Apple, we’re not holding the phone wrong, you messed up. Also, when am I going to get Flash on my Iphone? Seriously guys, get it together! Maybe this new laptop will change the public’s mind about Apple and its recent shortcomings. Or maybe not.

Well, what do you think? Fantastic? World changing? Personally, I am most excited for 19 whole minutes of battery life! I can almost write half of an email on my new wheel keyboard in that time.

While it is clear that the Macbook Wheel is a joke, is it hitting a little too close to home for Apple? The Onion strikes the nail straight on the head with this video, and even Mac fans can chuckle over some points it makes. Apple has garnered a reputation for being high-handed and arrogant. This fake product may seem ridiculous, but it is likely someone would indeed purchase it and hail its wonderful wheel as the next step in computer technology.  The truth is, some people will really buy anything shiny and made by Apple. Apple seems to make people react one of two ways: it is most likely love or hate. Opinions are everywhere about the Ipad, the Ipod, Iphone, and everything else bearing that Apple logo. So are we falling too far into Mac-mania? What will be the next inovation in simplicity, and will it run Flash? Questions are abound!

We’re still unemployed and our country is broke. And other stuff the media skipped this week.

If you were an alien, the outer space kind, not the illegal kind, and you watched any of the major news networks, you’d have no idea that we have a $13,310,379,000,000.00 debt, or that we lost another 500,000 jobs last week. What you would have learned is that a majority of Americans think Obama is a Muslim and that there’s a mosque/community center being contested in lower Manhattan. That’s pretty much it. Kind of scary huh?

The problem is, Obama’s religion isn’t relevant to my quest to find gainful employment. As more and more Americans become unemployed, give up on finding new employment and struggle to put food on the table and keep the lights on, we all should be focusing on our future, not our president’s past. I realize it really matters to some, but at this point in time it doesn’t really increase my likelihood of finding a job. The most frustrating aspect of it is, I can’t really blame the media; no one has a good solution, not even Congress! But that doesn’t mean that we should be sweeping it all under the rug and ignoring the number one problem in this country: JOBS!

Aside from the lack of jobs in this country, we have a growing national debt. $13 trillion dollars is nothing to sneeze at. Again, very minimal coverage. But what will get covered: Lindsay Lohan’s jail stay. Are you kidding me??? Who cares about a failure of an actress serving time at the LA County Country Club for a few weeks? I certainly don’t. Now, I’d care if she was going to get all her Hollywood friends to donate their salaries to pay down some of our debt, but they’re not, so I don’t. I realize that we need a break from all of the bad news we’re being inundated with on a daily basis, but we can’t forget about the stuff that truly matters and that are truly a threat to our security, well being and growth.

Instead of listening to real debate about how Obama’s mortgage aid program has been an utter failure and complete waste of money, we learned about a former Illinois governor’s hair, weird Elvis obsession and trial verdict. Yes! Precisely what I wanted to know about. (Ok, I had a slight interest in the trial, simply because it’s been a hot mess since it started. Sue me! I love the occasional train wreck!) The thing here is, The Blago Trial is big-ish news, and corrupt politicians are a serious national concern, but it’s turned into nothing but a damn circus and very reminiscent of the O.J. trial; which, at it’s conclusion was nothing but a big huge joke. The troublesome issue here is that many Americans were really behind the president’s $75 billion housing program. Many people felt the money would be helpful to fix the problem, and now we’re learning that it not only failed, but 50% of the people who participated in the program have failed too! It has done nothing to slow the increase of foreclosures and the decrease of property values.

I’m sure there are a hundred stories I’m missing here, but I can’t write forever. The thing is, there is so much happening, I’m starting to think Americans are suffering from “bad news fatigue”. I know I get burned out sometimes and have to take a break. But I fear that now it seems to be getting to the media too, or maybe they just don’t know what to report on anymore, it’s all crazy and insane out there. That said, it is easier to discuss Lohan-gate than to tackle the pesky and often headache-inducing topic of unemployment. Hell, I think I’m fatigued and I just barely scratched the surface on the subjects.

Is A Media Bailout Next?


Big news this week has been Newsweek being sold for $1 to Sidney Harman, a stereo mogul. With such news in the lime light I think it’s a relevant time to bring up the idea being tossed around Washington and among some media elites: bailouts for the media.

First, lets talk about this business of bailouts. I’ve been hard pressed to find many people, right or left, who think the bank bailouts have been a good thing. (Ok, I know there will be several people ready to prove me wrong there. I know there are leftists that believe bailing out GM was a good thing and I’m pretty sure those people are standing in line waiting to get their hands on a $41,000 Chevy Volt, right?!) The problem is TARP is not to9 big to fail. It can and it will. The amount of money that has gone into these bailouts has been outrageous and the numbers are so high that no one even bats an eye when they hear amounts like “$200 billion”, that’s congressional pocket change compared to our $13 trillion dollar debt.

But therein lies the problem. A $35 billion dollar “media bailout” is nothing compared to the nearly $800 billion dollar TARP bailout and many people tend to think, “well, it’s ONLY $35 billion, it’s not $800…it could be worse.” But the money isn’t my greatest concern.

The biggest worry I have with any sort of media bailout is that, as we found with the Journolist story, there are many journalists who wouldn’t even think twice about their journalistic integrity if they were given the power to influence public opinion. That scares me the most. I understand that journalists have a lot of power. Most of it is derived from the fact that for a number of years the only news we heard about was the news journalists and editors thought would sell papers, get ratings, and make their advertisers happy. They controlled the extent of our knowledge of our world around us. When your options are limited, your world view tends to be as well.

Then the internet came and killed it all. Ok, I’m only half joking. But within the past 15 years, citizen journalism has been making a great push. Every day citizens of the world are attempting to get the truth out while bypassing traditional mainstream media outlets. To be honest, I get more of my news from the blogosphere. No, I don’t take every blog I read as gospel, but I do click the links and check the sources, and I generally get the gist of it and move on. I have a feeling there are a lot of people who gather their daily news in a similar fashion. Whether it’s a blog feed reader, twitter, facebook or something else, I can assure you, there aren’t many people who wake up every morning and get excited to read their local newspaper, when the news they’re reading is at least 4-6 hours old at that point.

Do I think we need to save traditional media outlets? From what? Themselves? I mean, let’s be honest, they’re not failing because some evil corporation has a monopoly on the newspaper industry and is slowly taking over talk radio too. This failure is a prime example of how free markets work. The traditional media outlets are, pardon the pun, old news. The news that’s on my local newspaper’s website is more accurate and up to date than what’s in the daily paper, and that costs a quarter, I don’t have to pay for the website. Free is definitely cheaper than $0.25 last time I checked. Now newspaper companies are trying to find a way to be “internet relevant”. They’re selling more online advertising space than they are in their newspapers; they’re charging people to comment on their stories and some are making it work. But reality is, Americans aren’t going to pay for something when they can get it for free. So, this is where you come to a crossroads: do you ask Uncle Sam to give you a few more minutes to gasp for air, or do you go out with dignity and realize that the power is no longer in your hands?

We, the people, have a say here and we say, “It was nice to know you MSM, but we’re moving on to bigger, faster and slightly-less-government-controlled things. Adios!”

Liberal Media Plots To Save Obama And Kills The MSM In The Process

If you’ve followed politics for the past…well, forever, you know the media is not above denying a story air time to push an agenda. It’s been a little dirty “conspiracy” because no one could ever really prove such a blatant bias. No one was ever really able to pin down anything more than a “slight liberal slant” from an other wise “objective” journalist with anything more than an opinion. We needed hard proof. But now it’s all out there, thanks to the Daily Caller for uncovering emails from JournoList.

For those who depend on print and liberal media to get your “news” you may have never heard of JournoList. The Daily Caller has a good list of stories that cover the initial exposure to the final nail in the coffin. Here. Here. And Here. And in Dave Weigel’s own words, here.

The real meat doesn’t lie in the fact that this JournoList email list-serv exists, it’s what was happening behind the scenes as we all watched the 2008 presidential campaigns unfold. Liberal members of network, print, cable and internet media were conspiring to bury stories to protect then Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama. And I don’t use “conspiring” in a fear monger fashion, I use it because it is a fact. An undeniable truth. Supposed “objective journalists”, if there ever was such a thing, put a lot of work into burying the Rev. Wright story and to paint Republicans and the Right as racists.

According to The Daily Caller:

at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.

The list of organizations involved are stunning, to say the least. Time, Politico, The Huffington Post, et al played a very critical role in what people were learning about candidates and how opinions were being formed. The fact that their names were all over a conspiracy to “protect” a candidate not only shows blatant bias, but shows how much power they had and how much they knew they could get away with. They used this JournoList as a “war room” to organize and work out their plans to skew the American opinion of Rev. Wright and Obama’s connection to him.

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “why don’t we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?” Schaller proposed coordinating a “smart statement expressing disgust” at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama. [Re: A debate in which the aforementioned moderators questioned Obama about Rev. Wright by asking, “Do you think Rev. Wright loves America as much as you do?”]

“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.

Tomasky approved. “YES. A thousand times yes,” he exclaimed.

The members began collaborating on their open letter. Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones rejected an early draft, saying, “I’d say too short. In my opinion, it doesn’t go far enough in highlighting the inanity of some of [Gibson’s] and [Stephanopoulos’s] questions. And it doesn’t point out their factual inaccuracies …Our friends at Media Matters probably have tons of experience with this sort of thing, if we want their input.”

The Daily Caller story proved what so many of us knew back then, these “journalists” were using illusions to convince people that what they were seeing was not real and the things being said about Rev. Wright and Obama were simply the Right being typical racist fear-mongers. Even while many of them knew that defending Rev. Wright was disgusting, they had to protect Obama. It’s no wonder stories like Breitbart’s ACORN investigation, never really got the coverage it deserved.

Andrew Breitbart said it best today when he said, “The only way that the media will recover from the horrifying discoveries found in the Journolist is to investigate and investigate until every guilty reporter, professor and institution is laid bare begging America for forgiveness. Will they do it?”

My answer: No. They won’t. They don’t have the guts.

Kill Cracker Babies

At a festival celebrating African heritage racist, King Samir Shabazz sputs hatred toward, as he puts it, crackers, a slang term for white people.

There is virturally no tv coverage of this with the exception of Fox News despite the fact that the self proclaimed ‘king’ of the New Black Panther Party is telling his mostly African American audience to kill white people and their babies for freedom.

“Kill all the White People, Kill Cracker Babies and I Hate White People, every iota of a cracker.” – quotes from King Samir Shabazz

Is this not news made by a political person from a political party?

Is it because the DOJ in bed with the Black Panther party that the major TV network news programs don’t even mention King Simir Shabazz.

King Samir Shabazz is the gentlemen who was carrying the billie club and threatening white people at a public polling place (video below). The King provided Obama with support via violence and intimidation against white people so they wouldn’t vote for the white candidate.

Yet despite the video evidence, the DOJ has dropped the federal lawsuit against the New Black Panthers for ‘purely racial reason’ according to former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams.

So now we have a possible corrupt DOJ, a Racist spewing hate speech and yet we have almost no real coverage of these anti-white person events.

Now throw in Malik Shebazz, the Black Panther Chairman who can be summed up as saying that killing white babies is ok, as long as it is in context. Chairman Malik refuses to say what ‘context’ is acceptable for killing white babies.

Hate speech is only covered in one direction. If you want to hear all the tv news you have to include Fox News in your daily lineup of tv news sources. Otherwise you are missing a large segment of what is going on in this country.

How absurd that only one network news channel covers the anti-white news.

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Frank Dodd Act is Dodd Frank Act

A 2000 page bill that calls for more than 350 regulatory rule-makings, 47 studies, 74 reports will cause major uncertainty, making it harder for business to raise capital, make investments and ultimately create new jobs going to be called either the Frank Dodd Act or the Dodd Frank Act. Source: Tom Donohue, President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce

What we call this bill is very important, since the bill does nothing to help regulate financial markets. Giving it the proper name is, frankly, more important than making it law. If we could just skip the ‘making it a law’ part, well that would be great.

Frank and Dodd, the financial geniuses behind Freddie and Fannie Mac, didn’t bother to do a cost-benefit study on the effect on end users. If Dodd-Frank passes the Senate, U.S. companies could be forced to put up an additional $1 trillion in collateral to continue using derivatives to reduce their business risk.

It’s not like there was never a discussion on collateral requirements, there was and it was soundly rejected. Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd pulled an all-nighter to finish the bill before an arbitrary political deadline set by the White House. At 5:08 a.m. on Friday, June 25, the bill passed with the added $1 trillion cost to American businesses who have any dealings with derivatives.

The bill, frankly, is a bill of A Trillion Unintended Consequences. The treasurer of FMC Corp, a chemical manufacturer, said his firm will have to put up $1.5 billion in collateral, which means they can’t spend that cash on building plants and hiring workers.

“The Dodd-Frank Act is an Empty Effort at Financial Reform”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after the House passed the “Dodd-Frank Act” (H.R. 4173), which fails to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and will place more unrestrained power in the hands of irresponsible regulators.

“Today House Democrats chose to ignore the root causes of our financial meltdown and plowed irresponsibly ahead with an empty, politically motivated effort at “reform” that will continue to thwart our economic recovery. I, along with many of my fellow Republicans, am a staunch advocate for meaningful reform. However, this bill offers no such thing. A majority of its 2,300 pages are hollow and superfluous powers, and the rest takes punitive measures against those who had nothing to do with the financial crisis.

“While the risky behavior of those in the subprime mortgage industry infected the lion’s share of our financial sector, the regulators were asleep at the switch. Unfortunately, it is these very same regulators–many of them now top economic officials in the Obama administration–who are the real ‘winners’ in this bill.

“The American people would be well served by subjecting large financial institutions to structured bankruptcy proceedings. Instead, the Dodd-Frank Act institutionalizes ‘too big to fail.’ The American people would be well served by reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Instead, we ignore them entirely and give them unlimited access to taxpayer money – a cost that could reach $380 billion. The American people would be well served by instituting an exacting standard for regulators. Instead, we just create more of them. Perhaps most importantly, the American people would be well served by implementing policies that empower businesses large and small to create jobs and spur economic growth. Instead, we penalize community institutions with burdensome changes to capital requirements, penalize large institutions with nearly $6 billion of increased FDIC premiums, and penalize non-financial institutions with limits on their ability to manage risk.

“This bill does not best serve our constituents. While they are demanding Congress to reign in spending, this bill hikes taxes and makes bailouts permanent. As a proponent of limited government, we must force the private sector to pay for their own mess through traditional bankruptcy rather than strap it on the backs of American taxpayers. Despite the vigorous opposition of the bill, Democrats continue to pass partisan legislation and ignore the voice of the American people.”

Where is the media on all of this today? Well if you are the Wall Street Journal, other financial news service, or a blogger, there are plenty of articles.

But if you are with the main stream media, you get no balanced news just one short story on Obama getting his way:

CBS News Reports:

Obama: Financial Reform Deal Has 90 Percent of What I Proposed

‎NBC News:

A search on NBC news on this bill results in no stories.

ABC News:

A search on ABC news on this bill results in no stories

Here are other great stories on the Dodd Frank Act:

Forbes: banks aren’t pleased.

Atlantic: 5 Ways Lobbyists Influenced the Dodd-Frank Bill

Washington Independent: Final Count: FinReg Orders 68 New Studies

Free Enterprise: Financial Regulation Bill Lacks Real Reform

Financial Times: Dodd-Frank bill is no Glass-Steagall

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