Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

Here's an idea I read about: let's email a copy of the constitution around to each other. Maybe the NSA will see it. 

But seriously, folks....

"The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger."

California residents claim they saw strange lights in the sky on New Year’s morning.

While federal authorities say there has been no “unusual flight activity” in the area, those who witnessed the unidentified lights say they were not mistaken about what they saw, KXTV reports.

"I seen like six bright orange colored lights, Kaye Pinlac, from Stockton, Calif., said. "And they were almost like in a diamond or triangle shape. It was weird. And so they started just separating."

The lights were spotted by residents from Placer County to the Hollywood Hills. Each witness had a different way of describing what they saw.

Melissa Harris-Perry, a ultra left-winger on MSNBC (sorry, that was redundant) mocked Mitt Romney's new baby grandchild, who happens to be black.

Harris-Perry doubled down after the shock and outrage piled up, with another snarky comment which I won't detail.

 And then she did something really outlandish.

She actually apologized.

"I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology," Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted.

As I tweeted a few minutes ago "Please note that conservatives DID NOT call for your firing. The appropriate response = apology.


I'll let my 22-year old son, who graduated from the University of Southern California last week, answer that profound question.

Christopher James Swanson, you are up.

Closing One Door and Opening Another

The University of Southern California has provided an unbelievable college experience; and I even learned a few things too. While my graduation cap and gown are waiting for me in May, I am saying goodbye to college and sprinting to my professional career with FastPay Partners after the New Year. Through four and a half blessed years, I’ve learned a few things I want to share:

Try surrounding yourself with likeminded individuals who are smarter than you. USC has created an intellectual playground, where one can engage the brightest socialites in the world just by visiting the 90 on a Thursday night. Everyone has something to teach, it only matters whether your interested in the subject.

GPA is just a number. However, I’m not going to sit here and say that grades don’t matter in the real world, because they do. But if you have the opportunity to play golf with a VP, or study for your statistics final, which has the bigger potential to help you land your dream career?

Which leads to my next point: recognize opportunity. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, taught us how incredibly important this skill really is. For example, “When we look at the young Bill Gates, [we] marvel that our world allowed a thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that’s the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal computer in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?" But that’s not to take away from his success. He was a very smart kid that seized an opportunity to make himself into a brilliant man. Just like Bill, we are the product of our own efforts combined with a healthy dose of luck.

Recognizing USC as one of these opportunities has boosted my professional savvy more than a multiple choice or essay question ever could. And in that I worked incredibly hard to secure my own future success. Yet I realize that this is only the first step in a road uncharted. But as I sign off here tonight, one quote keeps floating around in my head: 

"The ones who get struck by lightning are those running around in thunderstorms."