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Actually, due to Google's many and serious privacy issues, I have been using StartPage.com as my search engine for about a decade. It's the very private iXquick search engine, but with Google results. StartPage and iXquick don't record IP addresses, maintain a record of your searches or use tracking cookies. As for YouTube, which is owned by Google, I have an AppleScript that runs once an hour that looks for and deletes cookies from YouTube and, for good measure, cookies from Google as well, just in case I should ever find reason to go to the google site. Oh, yes. I also use a very strong ad-blocker and I have that ad-blocker set to block any ads from any of the several google servers. You would be surprised how clean most complex web pages can look, when you use a good ad-blocker. If enough people start using StartPage (I can't really recommend Bing) and other search engines and you clear your cookies after using anything Google related, they'll get the message soon enough, when their revenue begins to drop. Google doesn't know when you're using an ad-blocker. But it does eliminate the likelihood that you'll click on an ad that makes money for Google. FYI, I use GlimmerBlocker.
When the TEA Party came into prominence we had women. We had homosexuals. We had Latinos. We even had some anti-gun supporters. That’s because the TEA Party was focused on only one issue - taxes. In fact, the “T-E-A” in TEA Party stood for “Taxed Enough already”. But with success, came the hangers on. Every ne'er-do-well group in the country, that was having trouble getting any traction for their pet issues, started calling themselves TEA Party. Although I supported every one of those other conservative issues, I saw the flaw in what was happening. We had a winning issue. Probably 90% of our candidates supported other conservative issues, but they didn’t talk about those issue unless it suited their constituency. All we had to do was elect enough of these fiscal conservatives and the rest of conservative issues would just happen, since 90% or more of fiscal conservatives are also social conservatives. But all those other groups were determined to hitch their old wagon to the TEA Party star. When gun owners started calling themselves TEA Party, we lost the fiscally conservative anti-gun activists. When we got tied to fighting illegal immigration, we lost the fiscally conservative Latinos. When we were seen as opposing homosexual marriage, we lost the fiscally conservative homosexuals. And when we became tied to opposing abortion, we lost the fiscally conservative women. So why should we be surprised that we don’t have broad women’s support? Those other issues would have fallen into place on their own, if all those other groups hadn’t wanted to use the TEA Party for their 5 minutes of fame. If the TEA Party fails, it's because of those non-economic issues and their supporters, who couldn't leave well enough alone.
Bad news for Obama??? How can you possibly spin this to be "bad" news for Obama? This has been the Democrat's goal, for decades - a populous that is beholden to them. This means that half of Americans have an incentive to vote for someone who will not only continue to give them government assistance, paid for by the other half, but who will actually increase that assistance. Furthermore, a large part of those people don't work, so they have plenty of time to go to the polls. In a democracy, when those needing assistance outnumber those who provide assistance, it's essentially "game over." That's why this election really is the most important ever. It Obama wins, America loses... forever.
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