I'm sure that's not the case for everyone but some of the things people post on Facebook (bad spelling and all) and even the idea of putting your whole life for an entire globe to see just strikes me as odd.
Participants who were deemed narcissistic, and others shown to have low self-esteem, spent more time on the massively popular social-networking website, the York University research found.
Researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh also found that these people use Facebook as a means of self-promotion.
Mehdizadeh admits the sample group of just 100 participants from such a specific demographic doesn't necessarily reflect everybody who uses Facebook.
But she expects the findings to prompt the site's users, who number roughly 16 million in Canada, to take a closer look at themselves — and their Facebook "friends."
(NOTE: Please don't point out that I have a blog on which I shoot my mouth off. Not the same, really.)
To clarify things:
What does "leftist," for example, mean? Nothing, really. If there were an ideological spectrum (there is not), then "leftist" and "rightist" would be opposites, and moving toward the left would mean embracing more the ideas of Marx, while moving toward the right would mean moving toward Hitler. But this is historical nonsense. Hitler and all the leading Nazis passionately embraced socialism and loathed "capitalism." All those murderous and hateful cliques -- Bolsheviks, Fascists, and Nazis -- loathed the God of Jews and Christians. All despised liberty, including economic liberty. Why, then, do we think in terms of an ideological spectrum? Our enemies -- the "left," for want of a better term -- invented the ideological spectrum. Why use the language of our enemies? We should not.The terms used to describe gradations of the ideological spectrum are all Alice in Wonderland words: "reactionaries," "conservatives," "liberals," "progressives," and "radicals." These words describe reality only if the flawed, silly theory of Marx, written over 150 years ago and disproved by history in every test since then, is true. Marxism is less evil than farce.The "Marx" involved is less Karl and more Groucho. Socialists have the intellectual seriousness of the Flat Earth Society. The sad part is that people who oppose this quackery believe that socialists are sincere disciples of a respected faith; we treat these enemies as if they believed in something.Make no mistake: Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al. believe in nothing but power. They are not "socialists." There are no socialists in the world except those in mental institutions or very young children who have never seen modern political debate in action. The façade of socialism has always been the same -- a phony banner for the acquisition of power. Every brutal thug, every Hitler or Stalin wannabe, first champions the masses against the despised few who exploit them. It is almost impossible, in a free society, for anyone to exploit anyone else for very long. But the lust for power must be sated, and the fruits of freedom must be slandered and spat upon with invented words.
From "community organiser" to hypocrite:
Hey, Barack, first of all-that Affordable Housing mania that you and your fellow left-wing Democrats pushed was a primary factor behind the collapse of the economy. Bush and the Republicans tried and failed to get a handle on what Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were doing and you and Democrats (such as Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd) put a roadblock up to stop those efforts (there is a road analogy for you).Secondly, America doesn't see you sweating much-unless those muggy Washington days are getting to you out on the links or you have a tough game on the court. How much sweating have you done during your numerous vacations and musical soirees in the East Room of the White House? But I guess if you do sweat you can always chalk that up to global warming!Who is sweating, Barack? I will tell you : the unemployed millions your policies have harmed, the seniors who are relying on a strong economy and the free enterprise system to cover their retirements that are damaging; the people who fear layoffs because your wealth redistribution schemes and profit killing plans are killing the job market.
From the beginning:
James Madison elaborated on the importance of the population count as a governing function restraining abuses of taxation at the end of Federalist number 54:"In one respect, the establishment of a common measure for representation and taxation, will have a very salutary effect. As the accuracy of the census to be obtained by congress, will necessarily depend, in a considerable degree, on the disposition, if not the co-operation of the states, it is of great importance that the states should feel as little bias as possible, to swell or reduce the amount of their numbers. Were their share of representation alone to be governed by this rule, they would have an interest in exaggerating their inhabitants. Were the rule to decide their share of taxation alone, a contrary temptation would prevail. By extending the rule to both objects, the states will have opposite interests, which will control and balance each other, and produce the requisite impartiality."
The genius of the original form of the Constitution is plain to see here. The government of the United States now spends an obscene amount of money. Exactly what Madison predicted has come to pass: the states now have an incentive to exaggerate their population numbers in order to gain transfer payments to their citizens from the welfare state which is in turn dependent on the income tax as opposed to the direct "head tax" which the Founders established. This is in turn affects all manner of domestic and national security politics: e.g. education, immigration, border security.
Ever since the birth of the income tax on Christmas eve 1913, the growth, corruption and power of government has continued unabated. While marginal income tax rates have varied dramatically over the years, revenues have, on average, consistently expanded through the decades. Correspondingly, the burden and oppression of government has magnified to the point that it has become a yoke on the citizenry.
Think ahead to 12/24/2013, the centennial of the income tax. Reflect upon where this country was 200 and 100 years ago. Imagine what it will be like on Christmas eve 2013 (the eve of Obamacare). Finally, envision the condition in which you hope to leave this great nation for your children and grandchildren on Christmas eve 2113. It is self-evident to me that we are not on the right track to sustain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the long term and that we as a country need to move back toward the Founders' vision of how we should fund the government of the United States
Imagine someone sticking you with taxes on Christmas Eve.
Good point (s):
I maintain it doesn't matter if the Koran is burned or not. A fanatic needs little provocation to commit acts of violence. If the burning of the Koran is so offensive that it needs defense from both Muslims and non-Muslims (note the Christians who come to their defense and are still spat on), then do make sure that when Muslim fanatics (or any leftists, really) insult Christians or desecrate religious symbols that the same outrage is applied. Fair is fair, right?
Oh, gee, that was nice of them: