AmeriCAN-DO Attitude

Are you an AmeriCAN or an AmeriCAN'T?

Should a Person’s Facebook-ing, MySpace-ing, Tweeting and Blogging be Protected akin to “Sexual Orientation”?

As a continuation on the discussion regarding anonymous blogging, this thought comes to mind, since it affects me personally, considering I am currently looking for work and have been talking with recruiters and employers since I was laid off in December.

If I am 100% qualified for a job, a great fit for the position and have impeccable references from previous employers attesting to my teamwork and great attitude in the office, but the employer ‘Googles’ me, finds my blog, doesn’t like my political and social opinions and then decides not to hire me based on that, who is in the wrong? Is it my fault for expressing myself in a public forum or the employer’s fault for discriminating against me based on personal opinions having nothing to do with my qualifications for the job and my great teamwork?

Also, should a person’s personal website — MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog — and the things they choose to post on it be allowed to be taken into consideration by an employer for a job… especially if they have nothing to do with the aptitude of the person for the position?

Afterall, everyone knows that people act differently when in the office, when with friends, when with family or when with only people of their own gender, etc.

Also, if it is none of the government’s — or a business’ — business what a person does in the privacy of his/her own bedroom, then shouldn’t it also be none of their business what a person does in the privacy of his/her own computer room, office, laptop, etc?

A simple legal disclaimer should eliminate any trouble for any employer, with an employee simply stating on their blog somewhere “The opinions and content of this blog are of the blog owner only and reflect not in any way on the blog owner’s place of employment, which shall remain nameless. But this disclaimer remains in case some douchebag decides to try to smear my employer and ruin me in the process for petty personal reasons.”

June 7, 2009 , 8:55PM Posted by | Censorship, Conservatism | 1 Comment

Can We Trust Bloggers Anymore?

This has been on my mind for months now, and I’ve yet to sit down and write a proper blog post on it, getting out all my thoughts on the subject. But, here is as good a place as any to start, as I had these thoughts in response to a comment left at this HotAir Headlines post: Hmmm: Did Palin plagiarize Gingrich?

But AP posts these items because they are news, and they will generate hits. That is his job.

conservnut on June 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Yep, and that, in my opinion, is why paid anonymous blogging — or even paid blogging period — is bad. Because I — and I suspect many other readers of HotAir — don’t trust AllahPundit on very many things. Many of us suspect that he simply posts things not because he cares one whit about them, but because he knows it generates blog traffic, and that is what he is being paid to do. He is not being paid to give his opinion or to promote the conservative cause, he is being paid to generate traffic. Period.

Because of that, I don’t trust him, nor any other blogger — public or anonymous — since I figure most of what they are posting and saying and the analysis they give is solely in order to generate traffic and nothing more.

Oh sure, many times they actually do say what they mean and provide an honest opinion and analysis, but that is just a side benefit, not a requirement.

We here in the blogosphere rip into the mass media all the time for their lameness of doing things for sponsorship, but that is exactly what sites like HotAir are doing as well… focusing their content on things which generate the most traffic in order to generate the most ad revenue.

I never knew about AllahPundit until he started blogging here at HotAir. I have to wonder if we’d be getting a lot more honesty out of him if he were to go back to blogging simply for himself and not for money.

And my opinion on this is not limited to AllahPundit and HotAir either. I’ve thought this as soon as places like Ace of Spades HQ and every other large blog started blogging as a source of income, instead of just as a hobby.

It’s ironic that the same people who are so hard on Rush Limbaugh for his schtick that he does in order to entertain and make money through his radio show, do the exact same thing to entertain and make money through their blogs. The same people who accuse Rush of caring only for his own paycheck at the expense of the success of Conservatism or the GOP, do the exact same things on their blogs, posting for blog traffic, no matter if it is good for conservatism or the GOP (or, in this case Sarah Palin).

Does anyone think AllahPundit — or anyone who blogs for money — cares that his joining with the Left to tear Sarah Palin down at every opportunity prohibits her from possibly helping the future of this country? I don’t. I think they care about one thing: money. If they earn that money by ripping on Sarah Palin to the detriment of the country, so be it.

This isn’t about one’s principles, this is about one’s pocketbook. And when push comes to shove, everyone is in it for themselves.

[Background:  When is it okay to “out” anonymous bloggers?]

Oh, and with regards to the question of plagiarism? The answer would be… ‘NO’: Hey, Geoffrey, Let Me Show You Real Plagiarism

June 7, 2009 , 8:31PM Posted by | Conservatism, Media Bias, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment

“The Bill of No Rights”

Oldie, but a goodie…

The Bill of NO Rights
The following was written by State Representative Mitchell Kaye from Cobb County, GA.

We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, delusional and other liberal, bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.

ARTICLE I:

You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:

You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone – not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:

You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:

You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:

You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:

You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII:

You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big-screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII:

You do not have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

ARTICLE IX:

You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X:

You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness – which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

June 7, 2009 , 2:53PM Posted by | American History, Conservatism | Comments Off on “The Bill of No Rights”

“What Will You do with This Priceless Treasure?”

Motivation for Your Week of February 27th, 2006
http://www.wow4u.com

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“You don’t get paid for the hour.
You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”

—Jim Rohn

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Your Best Foot Forward
By H. W. Prentis, Jr. (1884-1959)

Which sounds longer to you, 569,400 hours or 65 years? They are exactly the same in length of time.

The average man spends his first eighteen years — 157,000 hours — getting an education.   That leaves him 412,000 hours from age 18 to 65.

Eight hours of every day are spent in sleeping; eight hours in eating and recreation.  So there is left eight hours to work each day.

One third of 412,000 hours is 134,000 hours — the number of hours a man has in which to work between the age of 18 and 65. Expressed in hours it doesn’t seem a very long time, does it?

Now I am not recommending that you tick off the hours that you worked, 134,000, 133,999, 133,998, etc., but I do suggest that whatever you do, you do it with all that you have in you.

If you are sleeping, sleep well.
If you are playing, play well.
If you are working, give the best that is in you, remembering that in the last analysis the real satisfaction in life come not from money and things, but from the realization of a job well done.

Therein lies the difference between the journeyman worker and a real craftsman.

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QUOTES for YOUR WEEK

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
—Muhammad Ali

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

—H. Jackson Brown

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year — and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”
—Anthony Robbins

“Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours.
They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge.
If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour.
What will you do with this priceless treasure?”

—Author Unknown

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”

—Horace Mann

“I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.”
—Bernard Berenson

“Lost wealth may be replaced by industry,
lost knowledge by study,
lost health by temperance or medicine,
but lost time is gone forever.”

—Samuel Smiles

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.
One man gets only a week’s value out of a year
while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

—Charles Richards

“If you spend time getting ready to be perfect and do not start out to accomplish your dreams,
you will find out later that you could have accomplished your dream if you had just acted.”

—David DeNotaris

More time quotes,
http://www.wow4u.com/time/index.html

June 7, 2009 , 2:44PM Posted by | Inspiration, Life | Comments Off on “What Will You do with This Priceless Treasure?”

“Character”

Motivation for Your Week of February 20th, 2006
http://www.wow4u.com

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“Be the best of whatever you are!”
—Douglas Malloch

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Be The Best of Whatever You Are
By Douglas Malloch

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley-but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass-
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail-
Be the best of whatever you are!

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Watch Your …
By Frank Outlaw

Watch your thoughts,
for they become words.
Watch your words,
for they become actions.
Watch your actions,
for they become habits.
Watch your habits,
for they become character.
Watch your character,
for it becomes your destiny.

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“Sow an act and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

—Charles Reade

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

—Helen Keller

“Your reputation is in the hands of others.
That’s what a reputation is.
You can’t control that.
The only thing you can control is your character.”

—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution
long after the emotion with which it was made has passed.”

—Brian Tracy

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.
Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

—Dale Carnegie

“Character isn’t inherited.
One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts,
thought by thought, action by action.”

—Helen Gahagan Douglas

June 7, 2009 , 2:31PM Posted by | Inspiration, Life | Comments Off on “Character”