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Dear Sir or Madam...

flaming emailNot so very long ago if you wanted to share an interesting web site or an amusing story or pictures of your kids you sent them along via the truly revolutionary means of email. It was fast, it was cool, and it was specific. When you sent a dead baby joke to uncle Mel you knew uncle Mel was going to read it... eventually.

Somewhere along the way email lost its panache. Although all those crappy animated email icons may have had something to do with it I think the primary cause was the daily flood of spam that made opening our various email clients a dreaded chore.

Now we prefer to post the same sorts of diversions to Twitter or Facebook and simply hope that our friends and relations somehow manage to find them before they scroll off the page.

I recently had a relative post a family event on Facebook, a posting I happened to stumble upon mere days after it was over. Luckily it didn't involve the posting of bail or the giving of blood.

This is not social media, folks. This is anti-social media.

Be honest... when you're scrolling down your wall in Facebook do you really give a shit about Ted What's-His-Name-You-Barely-Knew-In-High-School's 1,437 photo slide-show of his visit to Cleveland?

Well, Facebook and Twitter are 99% Ted or Ted-like substances. And let's not even broach the subject of <shudder> Farmville or Mafia Wars.

I may sound like old Mr. Fuddy-Duddy here but Facebook and Twitter will both eventually lose favor and be replaced by something much more shiny and scintillating. I guarantee that years from now you'll look back and be ever-so-be slightly embarrassed that you ever used a novelty system that limited your input to 140 characters. Or willingly gave all your most private information to a site that subsequently shared it with government, both foreign and domestic, for profit. Even texting will someday, in retrospect, seem puzzlingly bizarre.

If you disagree with this opinion please don't send me an email. I got enough problems.


As for today's cartoon... if anyone thinks I'm simply being partisan (which I am, thank you, but that's not always a bad thing) then you should read what Congressional Democrats are saying about the GOP actively sabotaging the economy for political gain.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #64 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(64) 8-10-2011: The GOP is proposing something called the REINS act which essentially gets rid of safety inspectors. So less jobs and more poison in your children's food. It's win-win, uh, lose-lose, uh, whatever!


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? Their "upset parent" turned out to be a dunken, child-endangering Republican stooge.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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