Thomas Sowell and DaTechGuy see eye to eye

DaTechGuy Blog March 7th:

If Mitt Romney is the nominee everything changes for the worse for him

Mitt Romney will still have an organization, but instead of being vastly superior it will be inferior to Obama.

He will still have the GOP party apparatus behind him, but he’ll not only face an opponent with the party apparatus unlike in Iowa and Maine that party won’t be in a position to make “judgement calls” on caucus counts or re-counts.

It means he will have to deal, for the first time, the MSM hitting him as “extremist” his religion will be hit as “extreme” and he will have the full “Racist, sexist, homophobe” meme thrown both at him and at his Mormon religion and the MSM will do it without fear or worry.

And it goes without saying Mitt Romney won’t have the ability to outspend Obama, in fact every indication is he will be outspent by Obama.

Thomas Sowell:

Romney has outspent each of his rivals — and all of his rivals put together. His campaign organization has been operating for years, and it has put his name on the ballot everywhere, while neither Santorum nor Gingrich had a big enough organization to get on the ballot in an important state like Virginia.

In the general election, President Obama will have all the advantages against Romney that Romney currently has against his Republican rivals. Barack Obama will have boots on the ground everywhere — not just members of the Democratic Party organization but thousands of labor union members as well.

All indications are Mitt will win Illinois big (Stacy McCain’s post today is the clearest sign on it). He will rightly get congratulations for doing so, what he will be doing in the fall when he can’t outspend Obama 7-1 in a state and 21-1 in a media market with the MSM in full attack mode against him, that remains to be seen.

If Mitt wins the nomination I’ll be with him, but as long as Rick Santorum is in this race, I’ll stick with Rick Santorum as the best choice not only for the country but as the better choice to face president Obama and his friends in the MSM this fall.

Now that’s a journalist

A lot of US journalists talk about speaking truth to power, in Azerbaijan one journalist not only does so, but is not willing to submit to blackmail:

Khadija Ismayilova, who works for Radio Free Europe, has exposed corruption in Azerbaijan, including among the President’s family and inner circle. She received a chilling package in the mail last week, with photographs from a video of her having sex, and a message that she should stop publishing her exposés or the video would be released. Instead, she made the threat public, and this week the video was published online.

and this isn’t just a question of risking a Charlie Sheen embarrassment

“This is a very traditional society where there are still a lot of honour killings, and they clearly calculated that I would prefer to keep quiet and not have this made public,”

Now that’s courage, but then again, considering this report from England, one doesn’t have to live in Azerbaijan to risk honor killing.

Your papers Facebook password please

“Freedom to starve is no freedom sir.”

Sgt. Harper: Sharpe Rifles 1993

When you live your life online people what to know what exactly is hiding behind that password:

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

and if they don’t ask for passwords they want to be your friend:

In Spotsylvania County, Va., the sheriff’s department asks applicants to friend background investigators for jobs at the 911 dispatch center and for law enforcement positions.

“In the past, we’ve talked to friends and neighbors, but a lot of times we found that applicants interact more through social media sites than they do with real friends,” said Capt. Mike Harvey. “Their virtual friends will know more about them than a person living 30 yards away from them.”

Now if you were talking a job in a prison or something that requires a government security clearance, this wouldn’t be so odd, but times being what they are employers are in the catbird seat and it’s going to be hard for a guy who needs a job to say “no” to something like this.

Lori Andrews, law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law specializing in Internet privacy, is concerned about the pressure placed on applicants, even if they voluntarily provide access to social sites.

“Volunteering is coercion if you need a job,” Andrews said.

Before I went full-time with the blog/show as a job I wondered if the blog might have hindered a job search in Massachusetts but I’ve always worn my politics in plain view.

Just remember as I’ve said many times before, the internet is forever, and what you put online on Facebook or elsewhere is only as private as the person who likes you least among your circles chooses to keep it.

Update: Forgot to hat tip Via Arclight and Matt Cornell on Twitter.

Update 2: Commentator Foible offers some insight worth promoting to the main post:

Think that photo from Burning Man is safe because your name isn’t on it? Maybe that was true when you posted it but facial recognition software or facebook tagging will connect it to you soon enough. Do you use an alias on some blogs? Patterns of word use can be used to match up different online personas.

When I want privacy over the internet I use encryption, OpenPGP is the package I’ve installed for my email. No matter what end of the political spectrum you reside on, I strongly recommend using some form of encryption to protect your first amendment rights.

Just on the other side, Cuba Edition

You know there is nothing wrong with compassion, but this seems…interesting:

A federal judge in Miami granted a request made by convicted Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez to temporarily return to Cuba to visit an ailing brother

Your letting someone on probation leave the country, and not just someone on probation, a foreign spy??? That’s ….interesting.

How strange is this, even the pro-Cuba Obama justice department argued against it

The Justice Department argued against the request, arguing in a court filing last week that Gonzalez could get new spying instructions if he met with Cuban intelligence officials.

Gee I don’t see why people would think a spy returning to his home country might meet with the intelligence services that he worked for.

Alberto de la Cruz says this:

The judge may as well have suspended the remaining time on Gonzalez’ probation and thrown a going away party for him because once he gets out of the U.S. and into Cuba, he ain’t never coming back.

I’m not so sure about that, consider. What would you rather be: a free person in Castro’s Cuba, or a person on probation in the US?