Orlando

In Defense of @AnonymousIRC #Anti-Sec

The rogue Internet hacker group @Lulzsec has disbanded after a two-month battle against targets across the world. In the wake of their attacks are many questions. How can organizations protect themselves against such attacks? How long will other hacker groups continue their cyberwars? And, is what they’re doing actually…ethical?

Without question, hacking is illegal. Yet, despite the illegality of what hacker groups like Anonymous do, there does appear to be a “moral code” to their actions. For example, Anonymous recently took down several Orlando-area websites, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s re-election site. Why would an international hacker collective target Orlando? They felt arresting members of Orlando Food Not Bombs, a charitable organization that feeds the homeless in city parks, was wrong. “Anonymous believes that people have the right to organize, that people have the right to give to the less fortunate and that people have the right to commit acts of kindness and compassion,” the group stated in a release.

Wait, a hacker group that stands for “kindness and compassion”? Are there really “hacktivists” out there? Apparently.

Black markets come to life after government regulations force the natural economy underground. Anonymous is fueled by a similar mechanism.  The traditional (and, legal) methods of counter-balancing government abuse have ultimately failed. Freedom of Information Act requests are frequently sidestepped, or altogether ignored. The Mainstream Media — both Left and Right — have become nothing more than cheerleaders for whatever administration is in charge. And, real investigative journalism, like that of gadfly James O’Keefe, is far too rare. Nobody is left to watch the watchers.

The EBR (Evil Black Rifle) and Other Leftist Fairy Tales

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando this past weekend (which, by the way, was done not with an AR-15, but a Sig Sauer MCX carbine), the anti-gun Left quite predictably renewed their clamor for more gun control laws generally, and an outright ban on military-style “assault” weapons specifically. The Washington Post wrote a lengthy article about the evil AR-15, before having to admit it did not identify the gun in question correctly. Of course, the WaPo is hardly the only media outlet to get it wrong.

In the spirit of compromise, knowing many anti-gun fanatics will demand we do “something” (whether or not that “something” actually reduces gun-related violence), I propose the following: pass a law requiring firearms manufacturers to produce all “assault” weapons in only baby blue or pink, cover them with images of Barbie or Disney princesses, but don’t change anything about the functionality.

As a practical matter, this “solution” would have just about the same effect as renewing the 1994 “assault” weapons ban, which changed the appearance of these guns to make them look less scary, but left the functionality intact.

House Democrat compares Tea Party to the KKK

Alan Grayson

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is as classless as ever.

The controversial Florida Democrat sent out an email on Monday features an image of a burning cross — using it to spell “Tea Party” — and the body of the email features comments he made during a recent interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

Alan Grayson fundraising email

“I think that ordinary Americans are with the President. They’re appalled by the Tea Party’s tactics,” Grayson told Sharpton. “At this point, the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan.”

“They simply want to bring about the End of Days, as quickly as possible,” said Grayson of the Tea Party. “That’s the ultimate Tea Party Republican desire, to bring about the End of Days. The Republican Party has become the largest suicide pact in history. And I hope they don’t take us with them.”

Grayson, who is unapologetic about the email, isn’t new to controversy, though this may be his most distasteful example to date. In 2009, he threatened to imprison an activist who created a website that was critical of him. He also accused Republicans who opposed ObamaCare of wanting the sick to “die quickly.”

Rick Perry on Obama: “President Zero”

Rick Perry campaign released this new ad yesterday, just a day before the next Republican debate in Orlando. If the video looks familiar, it’s because it was apparently produced by the same guy that did Tim Pawlenty’s epic ad that hit Barack Obama on his lack of leadership and the state of the economy.

Perry’s ad takes it to Obama over the economy, repeating media accounts of rampant unemployment. It closes with Perry giving part of his stump speech, in which he sounds very Reaganesque:

CPAC Florida is coming up in September

In case you haven’t heard (and we’re a little late on posting about this), the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is going on the road beginning in September 23rd in Orlando, Florida:

This is the first time in the 47-year history of the conference that a version of the convention it will be held outside of Washington, D.C. “CPAC FL” will be held in Orlando on September 23 the day after the Fox News’ GOP Presidential debate.

“It was about time that we take the conservative message on the road and go to the states,” said CPAC director, Chris Malagisi.

CPAC FL will not replace the high-profile conservative gathering that takes place in Washington, D.C. each year. Rather, it will serve as an additional resource for grassroots activists.

ACU Communications Director Kristy Campbell said the idea of a regional conference was a part of Chairman Al Cardenas vision for the organization when he was elected in February. Cardenas succeeded David Keene, who had been chairman of the ACU since 1984.

Campbell said the ACU selected Florida for the conference because it will be a key battleground state in 2012. Obama won the state in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote to Sen. John McCain’s 48 percent.

You can find the list of speakers, package rates and other information at the CPAC-FL website. A few of our contributors were at CPAC in Washington, DC this year. While there were a couple of tense moments due to the divide between conservatives and libertarians, I think we all had a good time and enjoyed drinking and chatting with each other.

Alan Grayson plans comeback (hilarity will no doubt ensue)

Hoping he can manage to get a favorable district during reapportionment, Alan Grayson, who was fired by the voters of Florida’s Eighth Congressional District last year, announced yesterday that he will make another go of it in 2012:

WFTV learned on Monday that former U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson is running for office again.

On Monday, Grayson said he doesn’t plan to do anything different. He said he’s running again because of all the people who have reached out and asked him to. Grayson already raised nearly $100,000 in donations before filing his paperwork on Monday.

“We need somebody who’s gonna stick up for what’s right. Somebody with guts,” Grayson said.
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Grayson said his approach this time around depends on the circumstances, but for the sake of supporters who sent him donations before he announced he’s running again, he said he has no plans to hold back.

“We’re fighting for our survival. We’re fighting for our jobs, our homes. We’re fighting for Social Security and Medicare,” said Grayson.

Grayson may not be running for his old seat with redistricting under way right now, he may end up running for a newly created seat for Orlando. It’s still to early to know who he will be running against.

We knew this was coming. Just days after having his ass handed to him by Daniel Webster, his Republican opponent, Grayson hinted that he would run again.


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