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Introducing Liberty Unyielding

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Friends Howard Portnoy, J.E. Dyer, Dustin Siggins and Libby Sternberg, all former Green Room contributors, kindly invited me to join them at the new blog, Liberty Unyielding.

Today’s our official launch!

My LU post today is Assange: Freedom of expression for me, but not for Ecuadorians…while he hides at the Ecuadorian embassy.

As you can see from the heading, the blog’s name was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s quote,

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

Please visit LU daily, tweet, and tell your friends.

And, about blogging…

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

I am considering ceasing to blog on politics.

For eight years I have posted on serious issues taking place in our hemisphere that affect our everyday lives, and, to be honest, I’ve about had it. Every post on Latin America takes time researching sources from the country in Spanish, French or Portuguese, plus English-language reports. And what for? The American media and the American public would care more if the Iranians were making deals with Martians than they care if Hezbollah makes deals with the Zetas right in our own country.

The American politics posts draw more traffic but are clearly out of the mainstream of a coddled, self-absorbed electorate that thinks their vaginas, their abortions, and their welfare checks are more important than national security, chronic unemployment and respect for the Constitution.

Half the country doesn’t even pay federal income taxes. They do not value the effort of us who do.

The re-election of Obama ensures a bad economy, which in turn ensures that I will remain unemployed as a translator. At the same time, I have always been interested in literacy. Therefore, I’m considering blogging my Spanish-to-English translation work so it’s available for free for whoever may want to read it or not.

I may continue the Carnival of Latin America on Mondays, since that’s the sort of thing I have been reading on my own time for decades.

And to hell with politics.

Linked by Preppers, MacBourne’s, and Doug Ross. Thank you!

And many thanks to all commenters here, Facebook, and Twitter for their encouraging words.

Linked by Monty Pelerin. Thanks!

Introducing: Fausta Translates/Fausta traduce

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I’m inaugurating my new translation-related website, Fausta Translates/Fausta traduce. It’ll showcase my most recent translations from English to Spanish, and from Spanish to English. Please visit it often!

Yes, I’m available for freelance work. You may contact me at faustaw2 “at” gmail “dot” com.


Blogger day of silence roundup

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Other McCain,

Let me clarify a few things that should be obvious, but evidently are being overlooked by some people:
1. This isn’t just about “SWATting,” but about a broad pattern of harassment by Kimberlin and his associates.
2. We don’t know who was responsible for the alleged SWATtings of Patterico, Erick Erickson or Mike Stack.
3. Nearly all the harassment being carried out online — we won’t name the website or Twitter accounts involved, nor describe the types of harassment involved — is being done under pseudonyms and we will not know who did what unless and until there is criminal prosecution of the persons responsible.
4. Neal Rauhauser has previously described Kimberlin as his “client.” It is therefore entirely reasonable to suspect that Rauhauser is being paid (and may be paying others) to conduct an aggressive online assault against Kimberlin’s critics.

From the Memeorandum thread,

Michelle Malkin:

Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?  —  My syndicated column today covers the crucial battle between truth-telling bloggers versus convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin and his band of malicious online thugs.  In honor of the National Day of Blogger Silence called …

And, last but not least, Ace.

Linked by Lonely Conservative. Thanks!

Note to self:

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Unchain a PR campaign prior to CPAC to promote this blog.

Show up, maybe.


Dinner at Bingley’s

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Bingley’s dinner, THE social event of the NJ blogosphere, took place last night and I was honored to have been a guest.

Suzette brought the wonderful delicate phyllo triangles and posted about the procedure. Here’s what the finished product looked like,

The Chinese pilgrims added to the festivity,

Gregor and Mr & Mrs PRS were there, too. It was a great evening.


Mexican cartels now going after bloggers, part 2

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Yesterday I posted on how the Zetas allegedly tortured and killed a man and a woman, who still remain unidentified, for posting on the internet on drug violence in the country.

However, the two victims are not the first bloggers to be murdered because of their posting: Last month Humberto Milan Zalazar, who ran a website, was killed also because of his posting.

The Economist comments on the most recent murders,

It isn’t clear how the killers selected their victims, as such blogs usually allow anonymous comments.

I’ll let the techies discuss how hard or how easy it would be to find the IP address of a post or a comment and compare it to the IP address of a smart phone from someone you have kidnapped. However, it is clear that the narcos are driving their point of dominance by terror.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and for bloggers.


On a side note, while I visit Instapundit every day and am grateful for his links, it’s a sad day to see this entry,

IN AMERICA, WE HAVE ATTACKWATCH.COM. In Mexico, a deadly threat to ‘scandal mongers’ using social media.

Attack Watch – a White House website that quickly has become a joke – doesn’t disembowel and hang anyone a few miles from the US border.


The HuffPo slaves are revolting

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The 6,000 bloggers who write for free for the HuffPo aren’t too happy that ZsaZsa gets $100 million while they get nothing, even when the bloggers contribute voluntarily, unpaid, out of their own free will,
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit

Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini filed a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founderArianna Huffington, and AOL, which acquired the news-and-blogs site in February.

Tasini, the lead plaintiff, has been a blogger for Huffpo since December 2005, when the site was just seven months old. According to his blogger page, however, he stopped posting on February 10, three days after the purchase of the site by AOL was announced. I emailed him for more information about the suit; he responded by inviting me to participate in a telephone press conference. (Update: On the call this morning, Tasinivowed to make Huffington “a pariah in the progressive community” and said his goal is to set a precedent that writers must share in the value they create.)

Their lawsuit is based on unjust enrichment. As a nice bonus, they get to claim victimhood – self-imposed victimhood, the best kind.

Little Miss Attila watches The HuffPo Wars as Spectactor Sport while Stacy lets the scorn flow,

There is no bad outcome possible. Either:

A. HuffPo is required to fork over millions of dollars to these crybaby free-bloggers; or

B. The crybaby free-bloggers, who are all a bunch of left-wing idiots, get screwed raw.

What’s not to like here? Legally, I don’t think the crybabies have a leg to stand on, but at least they’re forcing HuffPo to hire lawyers to defend against this nuisance suit. And while I think HuffPo will ultimately prevail — where’s the fine-print contractual agreement that obligates anybody to pay a dime to these free-blogging losers? — the biggest payoff will be in disabusing ex-HuffPosters of their idealistic notions that they were part of a  ”progressive community.” Here’s my message to the HuffPo crybabies:


The “progressive community” was never anything but a three-card monte hustle. The only requirement for membership in the “progressive community” is sufficient naivete to believe that your volunteer efforts accomplish anything other than enhancing the wealth, power and status of your so-called “leaders.”

How the World Works (via NewsBusters) has a longer explanation,

Unjust enrichment, you say? As in, unfair?

Face it guys, if life was fair Arianna/ZsaZsa would be working at the Athens IHOP.


In the Fabulous 50!

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Fausta’s blog is one of the 2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Award winners – for Best Latin American Coverage!

Thank you Doug!


Philly bloggers: the city wants your $300

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Pay Up
Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.

Even though small-time bloggers aren’t exactly raking in the dough, the city requires privilege licenses for any business engaged in any “activity for profit,” says tax attorney Michael Mandale of Center City law firm Mandale Kaufmann. This applies “whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year,” he adds.

So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there’s the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business. The same rules apply to freelance writers. As former City Paper news editor Doron Taussig once lamented [Slant, “Taxed Out,” April 28, 2005], the city considers freelancers — which both Bess and Barry are, in addition to their blog work — “businesses,” and requires them to pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits, on top of their state and federal taxes.

Democrats gouging bloggers

I’m sure that the local Democratic party leaders will be happy enough to explain why it’s vitally necessary to hit up individual folks for licenses to (among other things) blog – and why it’s vitally important to concentrate on the ‘law’ part of ‘boneheaded law,’ and ignore ‘boneheaded’ completely – but out here in Real-Person Land the phrase “absurd nonsense” comes to mind.

Via Mark Hemingway, who points out,

To say that these kinds of draconian measures are detrimental to the public discourse would be an understatement.

Particularly when you consider that most bloggers don’t even make $300 in a year.

Investor’s Business Daily has an editorial on it Abridging Too Far