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Google is the Walmart of the internet

So Google is releasing games for it’s social network Google+, eh?  In competition with Facebook’s gaming engine?  Let me explain why Google is becoming the Walmart of the internet. Read the rest of this entry


Perry Proves Conservative Politics can Pay Off in Real Jobs


Five Points in PERRY’S Favor – Kevin D. Williamson – National Review Online

MB Snow | June 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM | Tags: Election 2012, Gov. Rick Perry, News, Politics | Categories: News, Politics, Republicans | URL:

JUNE 21, 2011

Five Points in Perry’s Favor


Reasons to hope he throws his hat in the ring

Five reasons you might like to see Rick Perry get into the GOP primary race? Easy. How about 1. Mitt Romney; 2. Tim Pawlenty; 3. Michele Bachmann; 4. Herman Cain; 5. Ron Paul? Here’s five more: Boeing, eBay, DynaPump, SunPower, Fluor.

And here’s five longer ones:

1. Jobs: Texas’s economic record really is about 80 percent of Perry’s appeal — Texas is just killing it on the jobs front compared with the rest of the country. In May, the whole country saw a net gain of 232,000 jobs, some 62,000 of them at McDonald’s, the country’s most notable job creator that month. At the same time, eBay was expanding in Austin, bringing a $122 million payroll to town and average salaries of $122,500.

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There’s nothing wrong with working at McDonald’s (or Burger King), but the businesses that have moved to or expanded in Texas during the last decade are hardly suggestive of the unfairly maligned McJob: Boeing, DynaPump, SunPower, Fluor. Newspapers may be falling apart, but Los Angeles–based Investors’ Business Daily is setting up operations in the Dallas suburbs.

Critics point out that Texas and New York have about the same unemployment rate, which is true, but consider this: Texas’s population has grown by 21 percent in the last decade, while New York has lost hundreds of thousands of residents — about 850,000. In that context, Texas’s performance is even more remarkable than it initially looks.

2. Perry really is serious about this Tenth Amendment stuff: He is a social conservative, no doubt, but he’s a federalist first. He’s not crazy about gay marriage or medical marijuana, but his view is that if California wants to go that route, that’s California’s business. Don’t like it? “Don’t move to California,” he says. Kicking hard decisions down to the states isn’t the answer to everything — look at Michigan or Illinois — but more federalism and more competition between the states would be on balance a very fine thing for the country.

3. He’s a conservative before he’s a Republican, and he was a conservative before he was a Republican. Perry, who first held office as a conservative Democrat, chaired Al Gore’s Texas presidential team in 1988, back when Gore was running against federal funding for abortion and criticizing Jesse Jackson for being soft on Arafat (remember that Al Gore?). Perry crossed the aisle to the GOP the next year. He can be blistering on the subject of ideologically wayward Republicans, up to and including his predecessor in the governorship.

4. The great majority of American politicians see the Middle East through the prism of the Arab–Israeli conflict. Perry saw it from the cockpit of a C-130 and left the Air Force with the rank of captain. And, almost as important, he doesn’t make a big deal out of his military service. He’s been pretty tight-lipped on his foreign-policy views, but there is good reason to hope that his commitment to limited government and balanced budgets might put a damper on the Republican party’s more adventuresome foreign-policy tendencies.

5. He has never lost an election.

via Five Points in Perry’s Favor – Kevin D. Williamson – National Review Online.

Apple + MacDefender = Fixed?

Finally!  Can you hear it iFans?  Crickets in the break room over at Cupertino?  Man, we Mac users have a lot to learn.  So let’s begin.

I have been a Mac user since the mid-nineties.  I’ve also had a few windows PC’s and Linux boxes in that time period; but we won’t ruin the mood by talking about Microsoft now will we?

A couple of weeks ago, it went viral that an oopsy has made it’s way onto the Mac platform by way of malware.  I called it an oopsy because that’s what Apple called it.  They poo-pooed the situation, “What!  Macs don’t get viruses!”  Well, not so fast there Apple.

A friend and I were having this very debate about the actual versus perceived level of security for the Mac computer.  While you can break this debate down into several categories, we will stick to the basics.  And that is:

You can’t secure stupidity!

There I said it.  If you do not practice proper surfing, while plugged in, you can be a victim.  Windows, Linux, OSX, it doesn’t matter.  The MacDefender, however, is categorized as malware, or malicious software.  It was designed to install a Trojan horse masquerading as an anti-virus program which targets computers running the Mac OS X operating system.  The user is then prompted to “clean” the virus by clicking on the “Clean Virus” button when prompted.


Come on people, use your heads.  And here’s my rant:

No one, not one person, has your best interests at heart.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Nothing is for free.  Never.  You might not be paying monetarily, but you’re paying some way.  Believe you me.

There is hope!

Apple has just released their fix to the MacDefender trojan via a security update.  You should be on version 10.6.7.  To check this, you can click here.

So stop being stupid, question everything and be safe out their kiddies.  I don’t want you all to catch a cold.