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CecilTheLion2I don’t hunt and — at the risk of losing my conservative bona fides — I also don’t own a firearm and have never pulled the trigger on anything more powerful than a pellet gun. Furthermore, I agree that a distinction can be drawn between hunting animal populations that pose a threat when their numbers get too great and hunting rare or exotic animals purely for sport.

But even with no vested interest in the topic, I found myself rushing to the defense of Cecil the Lion’s “murderer,” Dr. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist. Not because I agree with what he did, but because I disagree with what happened to him as a result of the story going viral.

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facebook-victoryAs a graphic designer and web developer, I find myself reading a wide variety of sites that hold a pretty liberal view of the world. But when it comes to design principles and development standards, most everyone is on the same page.

Every now and then, however, there comes a disturbance in the flow of modern life. Something so grossly offensive that the false morality and self-righteous indignation come bubbling to the surface, and the offended party feels compelled to speak and act. In this case, a designer at Facebook expressed outrage at yet another example of the bigoted, unequal, and hateful undertones prevalent in our day.

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Facebook-Down-ThumbThe straw that broke the camel’s back was a story claiming that Ted Nugent said Native Americans should “go back where they came from.” To any intelligent person, that claim shouldn’t pass the smell test. Either the comment was taken out of context or it’s a fabrication. I don’t particularly care for Nugent’s music, but to judge from the times I’ve listened to him speak, or read what he’s written, it’s clear to me that at the very least, he’s not an idiot. He’s a bit rough and gruff about his views, and I can see why people would disagree with him. But he clearly would not say something like that, unless it were to poke someone in the eye.

In this case, the story’s been around since August 2014, and it’s a fabrication. I pointed that out in the comments under the post. I even checked to see whether Nugent had ever made any positive comments about Native Americans. I found some remarks on his website, written by his assistant, noting his respect for Native Americans and summarizing the work he’s done with Native American tribes. I copied these comments to the Facebook post.

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For this week’s installment of the pink police state blues, you can read Mr. James Poulos himself, the first & possibly last poet of the pink police state. He’s saying, we’re ruthless–we sometimes care more about abstract ideas than the people in front of us. I’m writing because I’ve been talking to an American friend […]

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Marshall McLuhan famously stated “Control the media, control the message”. He also said “the more databanks record each one of us, the less we exist”. Very prescient.

Today was my first Facebook log-in since last weeks historic SCOTUS decisions. I wasn’t surprised to see the joyful posts and rainbow profiles. But this post isn’t about SCOTUS or the politics. It’s about how Facebook is using it and using us. 

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Now, with the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, it is clear to me that it’s not enough for one to sit on the sideline and quietly try ignore it all and live your life. One must actively and enthusiastically exhibit exuberance over gay marriage now being legal across 50 states.  Preview Open

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Considering that religious preference can be a poor predictor of political leanings, and my Facebook page is focused on conservative politics, I thought this exchange with a guy who requested friendship was interesting. It’s a daily struggle to persuade the politically ambivalent that Republicanism doesn’t promote theocracy, but guys like this don’t help. (note: his […]

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Does anyone know who has ultimate control over the members of the Ricochet Members Group on Facebook? Is it still Sisyphus? Anyone know how to get a hold of him? Or how we can “rake the leaves out of the lawn” so to speak?  Preview Open

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… I wanted to try my hand at a political joke. But in reality, when it comes to politics, I’m just not all that funny. But one of my Facebook followers, Larry L. Tebo, is. (I’m encouraging him to join Ricochet where his wit will be better appreciated; on Facebook his cleverness goes over the […]

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Okay, I surrender. I’ve lost count of how many sexual identification variations Facebook has (thank goodness I don’t use Facebook). However, just now, my wife was trying to explain what “cisgender” is. My brain exploded (sorry, no pictures of the carnage on Facebook). Preview Open

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No, I’m not talking about the new 59th gender identity option “fill-in-the-blank”. I’m talking about addressing the needs of the trans-species community. Facebook needs to have a species identity option. For all too long, Facebook users have been unable to tell their fellow users just what species they identify themselves as. Preview Open

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I read about it happening to others, but my Facebook account has been locked. I’ve never been a fan of theirs so the thought of no Facebook doesn’t disturb me, but I have been maintaining the Ricochet Members group there and it is orphaned now. My intention was to provide a group where Ricochet members […]

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What’s the proper role of politics on Facebook? How do you respond to friends’ political posts, and how do post on your own page? I want to further the causes of freedom, knowledge, and limited constitutional government. I’m willing to suffer the consequences of the collateral damage of being unfriended a few times. Preview Open

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I try not to inject politics into Facebook. Facebook is really a marvel of the Internet Age. I have gotten back in touch with people I never expected to be in touch with again. Facebook is great for keeping in touch with family and friends, so I try to make it about that as much […]

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Sometimes, the Progressive onslaught of FB posts gets to be enough that I have to say something. Today’s was a post from a very Progressive friend, sharing a picture from Occupy Democrats which read: 4/22/14: Canada surpasses the United States to become the world’s richest middle class, based on after tax income. Source: New York […]

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Barry Ritholtz of Bloomberg View wants you to know Kickstarter is evil—at least when corporations get into the act. Oculus, the virtual reality company recently bought by Facebook for a couple billion, received an infusion of $2.4 million early in its history thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. This kind of corporate funding became legal thanks to the JOBS Act of 2012.

Ritholtz does not like the JOBS Act: