Hey everyone. I am still alive. However, I’ve been very busy being a capitalist (e.g. putting forth additional effort at work with the hopes of earning an increased reward) and fighting my Home Owners Association Board that is trying to take away many of our property rights for the “greater good”. Fortunately, I learned today that the efforts of two of my neighbors and I were effective and we won in the vote. Although the published news from the HOA Board that the amendments had failed was couched with essentially “we need more meetings to tell you why this is a good idea”. Sounds quite “progressive”, like when President Obama basically tells us we need Socialized healthcare, but us little people just aren’t smart enough to understand why, so he will just keep telling us.

Anyway, the original point of this post was to point out something I read today:

The Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Uh? Seriously? Will we have any rights left in three years? I don’t know. For one thing, I’d avoid buying a Government Motors vehicle with OnStar. In this case, there is no middleman that government must work through to access your location, driving habits, or to shut your vehicle down.