The Daily Caller
Google just released a new terms of service update in which the company was forced to clarify an intentionally vague clause about its email monitoring policy, and confirmed it scans all of users’ incoming and outgoing email.
“Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection,” the service update reads. “This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”
The new language specifically states that Google’s automated software scans the complete content of all messages sent to or from all Google email accounts — a practice the company was forced to divulge after being sued by schools for secretly monitoring students’ communications…
…According to Open Rights Group Executive Director Jim Killock, email scanning isn’t even the worst of the practices Google engages in, as part of its consideration that users have no “reasonable expectation” of privacy…
The complete article, with video, is at The Daily Caller.
Conservative sage Dr. Ben Carson is claiming the White House was offended by his now-famous keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and asked at the time for an apology call to President Obama — which he didn’t make.
The anecdote is found in Carson’s upcoming book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.”
Carson, who became a conservative sensation after the address, was highly critical of the direction of the country though he never blamed the president, who was sitting just a few feet away.
“He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson wrote in the book.
“But within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
The passage was verified Tuesday by publisher Sentinel, a division of Penguin Group (USA)…
The article continues at FoxNews.com
H/T The Daily Caller, Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for ‘offending’ Obama
GOP the Daily Dose
15 April 2014
It will be interesting to see what kind of tough talk comes out of the mouth of Eric Holder now. The “don’t go there buddy” attorney general claims that it bothered him to be the only attorney general in the history of the United States to be held in Contempt of Congress. He’s about to get even more bothered.
On Tuesday a bill was released by Rep Blake Farenthold (R-TX) which would cut off pay to federal officials such who have been held in contempt of Congress.
You might remember Farenthold refusing to question Holder during hearings as, in his opinion, Holder should not have been before Congress but inside of a jail cell.
Not only is Holder at risk of losing his paychecks, Lois Lerner would be affected by this action as well.
Rep Farenthold said, “The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior. If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or she would hardly be rewarded.”
Holding government employees to the same standards that most Americans face in the private sector is sure to be a hit with the public….
The article continues at GOPtheDailyDose.com
Update: Lois Lerner sits in her lavish house on $2.4 million property as she awaits possible contempt charge
Gohmert: Holder’s ‘childish and lame’ performance at hearing undermines his credibility on the IRS scandal
It was a tense standoff in rural Nevada with armed protesters closing I-15 for a while and facing off against even more heavily-armed federal agents.
For now, that volatile Bundy Ranch confrontation has been defused. But it’s not over by any means. And we may well experience others that do not pause in non-violence.
These are profound disputes illustrative of abiding suspicions among average Americans and their government headed by a man who promised to bring people together but didn’t. And it comes in an uncertain economic time when so many have given up big dreams to just keep what they have.
The specific Nevada dispute, such as it is, has been simmering for 21 years between a Mormon cattle rancher named Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management, better-known in the West as BLMM, the Bureau of Land Mis-Management.
But the far larger issue, most intense in the West, involves a mounting distrust and suspicion of all things federal — Congress, the bureaucracy and especially an aloof president. His perceived interests are inserting an over-reaching government into the lives of every American for their own good from closing coal mines and rewriting restaurant menus to seizing private property and regulating cow farts.
The leaders of Syria and Russia are not the only ones who’ve noticed Barack Obama’s empty words, faux red lines and chronic inaction. It’s registered on his own countrymen as well…
The article continues at Investors.com
Jason Bean / AP (Bundy Ranch protesters observe the National Anthem.)
Update: A family affair: Now Harry Reid’s son says Cliven Bundy ‘should be prosecuted’ (video)
‘He’s not a victim and he’s not a hero’
The Natural Truth
One year ago this morning…
The article continues at The Natural Truth.
Related: Jeff Bauman: Thank you Boston!
It’s been a year since the bombing at our marathon, and I’m sure there will be many articles written about it and testimonials given and pictures shown. I don’t know that I have much to add, except for the one important thing that needs to be said, and which I’m not sure others will get around to saying: Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who rushed to our aid in those terrible moments after the bombs went off. Without your courage, I would not be alive today…
Sylvia Burwell is President Obama’s pick to replace Kathleen Sebelius atop the Department of Health and Human Services, despite her having no experience in the healthcare industry. This administration’s motto seems to be “no experience required.” Burwell’s main claims to fame up to now aren’t terribly impressive. She ran the Gates Foundation, which never had any money troubles, and she ran the Walmart Foundation, which also never had any money troubles. Foundations tend to be easier to run when they’re flush with cash and can do whatever they want.
She has also headed the Office of Management and Budget, at a time when the US government is spending money at insane rates. OMB doesn’t just work on budgets, though, according to Marc Thiessen…
…thanks to Burwell’s nomination, Americans may finally get to the bottom of how the biggest presidential lie in recent memory made it though OMB’s fact-checking process — not once but dozens of times…
…Burwell will still get confirmed, only this time there will be harder questions and maybe a handful of votes against her.
Read the entire article at PJ Media.
Related: Meet Sylvia Burwell, the woman who ordered the government shutdown (video)
A single person shut down the entire U.S. government for the first time in 17 years.
Not a congressman, but an unelected woman named Sylvia Burwell who, as the relatively new director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent the email that initiated the process that has closed national parks, visitors’ centers and even the “panda-cam” at the National Zoo…