Sullivan’s Island moves to ban singing, whistling, and the like on public streets

I’m pretty sure these laws are not written by someone who is from around here. There’s no way. 

From the Digitel:

Sullivan’s Island moves to ban singing, whistling, and the like on public streets (update: CNN picks up): “Update, June 23: What was that? The sound of a national network picking up the local News 2 report? Yes, it is. Check out the video on CNN.First reporting: Yes, it seems very silly, but they’re copying the wording of a North Charleston ordinance already…”

I wrote about this some time ago, when Charleston approved an anti-smoking law (modeled after similar ones in New York City and the People’s Republic of California):

… the smoking law came from elsewhere … like it or not, Charleston is a town of transplants. A destination town. A lot of expatriate New Yorkers, people from Ohio looking for a warm place to sit, and a bunch of escapees from Atlanta’s rat race. Mostly east coast people, though. I was once considered an oddity because of my California roots (although that’s considered to be plenty odd anywhere). Now, there’s a bunch more like me. Maybe I should apologize for kicking that door open; everybody wants to be the last person to move to a new area … write this down. People who move to another area tend to want a couple of things: First, they’re seeking a new life. And, once that’s achieved (or not), they seek to make that new town Just Like Home …  

Rick Huff, the late Bard of Folly Beach, wrote a song called “Come On Down,” an open invitation for anyone to visit this area just so long as they remember to pack their manners. In his song he decried those folks who move in, feel the need to change things, and “get themselves appointed to Decidedly Ridiculous Boards:” 

Come on down.

You can tell us how to run our little town;

Yeah, come on down. 

Don’t know how we made it this far without you around …

Couldn’t say that much better myself.


Facebook handing advertisers names, hometowns

Might this be another reason to ditch Facebook? 

From Newser:

Facebook Handing Advertisers Names, Hometowns: “Despite promises to the contrary, Facebook and MySpace are supplying information to advertisers that can be used to find an individual’s name, age, hometown and occupation, reports the Wall Street Journal . Typically on the Web, advertisers receive nothing more than an unintelligible string of letters and numbers ‘identifying’ an Internet…

The full article can be read in the Wall Street Journal:

Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent … the practice, which most of the companies defended, sends user names or ID numbers tied to personal profiles being viewed when users click on ads. After questions were raised by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook and MySpace moved to make changes. By Thursday morning Facebook had rewritten some of the offending computer code … advertising companies are receiving information that could be used to look up individual profiles, which, depending on the site and the information a user has made public, include such things as a person’s real name, age, hometown and occupation … several large advertising companies identified by the Journal as receiving the data, including Google Inc.’s DoubleClick and Yahoo Inc.’s Right Media …

OK. Have you dumped your Facebook account yet? While I do miss the networking with friends, I’m surviving pretty well without it. I sure don’t miss the malware. Or the privacy settings that require a degree in nuclear physics to figure out. Or the random people I really don’t want to hear from. Or all this Farmville and FishyWorld or whatever-it-is crap that’s cluttering up my computer.



Whether we like it or not, Obama shows his hand

Another Obama-ism, at a recent Nuclear Security Summit:

That key sentence again:

“Whether we like it or not, we remain a military superpower.”

Whether we like it or not? Pray tell, what does our alleged president mean here?

Personal footnote: I used to think he was just overmatched, in over his head, just a community organizer thrown into a job he is not qualified for. But with statements like this, it looks more and more like he has an agenda. A plan. And it’s one that turns us into one of those European nations that’s going down the drain. The more I think about it, the more it looks like he wants to castrate America.

Enough of that. With that off my chest, here’s the deal:

If you happen to be one of those folks who doesn’t like it, I just have one thing to say:

“Delta is ready when you are.”

Please. Go away. Get your slack butt out of this country and quit bugging me. OK?

(Gee, what’s so hard about that?)