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Hillary on Benghazi: That Awful Internet Video

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a memorial service for Benghazi victims September 14, 2012:

We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

The full State Department transcript is available here.

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May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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Aaron Swartz was killed by… Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Swartz’ father says that Swartz was killed by the government:

Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.

Aaron’s death is a tragedy, but the fact remains that he chose to end his own life.

Many people in this world face difficult situations without killing themselves.

Federal prosecutors and MIT officials may be guilty of many things, but not the death of Aaron Swartz.

Remember Aaron, honor him, and use his death to bring about a greater good. But don’t blame anyone but Aaron for what he chose to do.

 

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January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

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Bev Perdue: Now Twice As Offensive

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Time is running out for North Carolina’s lame duck governor Bev Perdue, so she’s going to the hurry-up offense.

With the clock running down on her one-term governorship, Perdue simultaneously insulted the people of two states this week. As the News & Observer reports:

“Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina “look like Mississippi,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.

Perdue’s approval rating in her home state is so dismal that she chose not to embarrass her party and herself by seeking a second term as governor. And this week the good people of Mississippi got to witness the wit, charm, and political savvy that has helped make Perdue a political failure.
The chairman of the Mississippi GOP said Perdue was out of touch with voters, while that state’s governor called the comments disappointing and said he would write Perdue a letter telling her so.
Disappointing, indeed.

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May 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Program, Boosts Sports Budget

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The University of Florida recently announced that it is eliminating its Computer Science department and increasing the budget of its athletics program.

As Forbes’ Steven Salzberg reports:

The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million…

Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year.  The increase alone would more than offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.

Gator alumni must be so proud of their alma mater.

Maybe if they don’t win a national championship this year, they’ll eliminate their Business and Law schools, too.

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April 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

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Credit Where It’s Due: TSA Discovered 1,100 Firearms At Checkpoints This Year

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Here’s an Inconvenient Truth that critics of the TSA would rather not advertise:

TSA officers have discovered more than 1,100 firearms at checkpoints this year, the agency said. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags or at security checkpoints.

That’s the last paragraph from a CNN report on the TSA catching someone in Atlanta trying to take a loaded gun onto an airplane.

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December 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

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Listening to Twitter

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In an article entitled “You Don’t Have To Tweet To Twitter“, venture capitalist Bill Gurley makes the case that Twitter’s unappreciated value is as a tool for listeners, not broadcasters:

The second, and more critical, Twitter misperception is that you need to tweet, to have something to say and broadcast, for the service to be meaningful to you. For many non-Twitter users, Twitter is an intimidating proposition. “Why would I tweet?,” and “…but I don’t want to tweet” are two common refrains from the non-adopter that highlight this key misperception. But this completely misses the point as to why Twitter has become such an amazingly powerful Internet destination for 100 million others. For the vast majority of Twitter’s next 900 million users, the core usage modality will have very little to do with “tweeting,” and everything to do with “listening” or “hearing.”

I agree, more or less. I think Twitter was initially promoted as a means to feed your own ego by broadcasting utterly useless data about yourself to people who really don’t care what you had for breakfast (“Belgian waffles—MMMMM!!!!!”). And if they really do care what you had for breakfast, perhaps you should consider getting a restraining order.

I rarely tweet, but I “listen” to Twitter every day. From up-to-the-minute local traffic information to the latest MLB trade rumors; news, sports, work, hobbies. Of course, the signal-to-noise ratio can vary widely, depending on the topic. But subscriptions, search terms, and hashtags can help filter through the crowd noise. And it’s occasionally entertaining to follow the live #yankees or #tarheels tweets while watching a ballgame.

So tweet if you must. But also take the time to listen to what is being said.

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November 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Occupy Portland Goons Threaten to Torch Pizza Shmizza After They Forgot the Breadsticks

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Occupy Portland protesters became enraged when Pizza Schmizza ran out of breadsticks to accompany their order. They threatened to assault employees and vandalize the restaurant.

via Occupy Portland Goons Threaten to Torch Pizza Shmizza After They Forgot the Breadsticks | The Gateway Pundit.

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November 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

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