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Get Ready For Optimus Prime Shipping: FAA Approves Amazon Drone Experiments

 

 

 

 

 

” It seems like all that hype from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about using drones for deliveries wasn’t hype after all. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it has awarded an experimental airworthiness certificate for a drone design presented by Amazon Logistics, the online retailer’s in-house fulfillment and delivery company.

  The certificate amounts to a learner’s permit for drone operations. It allows Amazon to conduct flight operations under 400 feet altitude, during daylight hours, “in visual meteorological conditions,” the FAA announcement states. Additionally, the certificate requires that “the [unmanned aircraft] must always remain within visual line-of-sight of the pilot and observer. The pilot actually flying the aircraft must have at least a private pilot’s certificate and current medical certification.”

  As with all of the experimental drone airworthiness certificates being issued by the FAA in advance of formal approval of unmanned aircraft, Amazon’s permission slip to fly comes with some oversight. Amazon will have to report monthly data to the FAA on how many flights it conducted, the amount of pilot time associated with each flight, and information on “unusual hardware or software malfunctions, any deviations from air traffic controllers’ instructions, and any unintended loss of communication links.”

  These conditions don’t exactly lend themselves to Amazon using drones very soon to help with the one-hour delivery to Amazon Prime customers the company announced recently. But they put Amazon in position to be among the very first commercial drone operators in the US once the FAA gives approval for full integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace. “

 

Thanks to Sean Gallagher at ArsTechnica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Veteran Employers: A Top-35 List

 

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” What makes an employer a top veteran employer? Depending on who you ask and what factors you use, you’ll get a bunch of different answers.  Below is one list, the “35 Most Valuable Employers for Military,” compiled by Civilian Job News. They took a look at a variety of companies both large and small in multiple industries. Included with each listing below are links to more information about veteran hiring, as well as current Monster.com job postings for those companies (where available).

  Another method is to check out companies that are interested in hiring you like those found on Military.com’s Veteran Employer Profiles. This list of more than 30 companies isn’t just raw data: each listing will help guide veterans toward securing career and not just a job with a given company.

  Whatever you choose, we’ve compiled Civilian Job News’ original list for you below. If you’ve had experiences with these companies, how would you rate them? Are they deserving of being included in this top-35 list? Or are there other companies you’ve worked with who you think should be included? Sound off below. “

 

Visit Military.com for their list of the most veteran friendly companies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hackers Released An Enormous Cache Of 13,000 Passwords And Credit Cards

 

 

 

 

 

” On Friday, a group claiming affiliation with the loose hacker collective Anonymous released a document containing approximately 13,000 username-and-password combinations along with credit card numbers and expiration dates.

  The stolen personal information was released in a massive text file posted the document sharing site Ghostbin. The compromised sites run the gamut from pornography to gaming to online shopping. 

  Some of the most significant leaks came from online video gaming networks like Xbox Live, the Sony PlayStation Network, and Twitch.tv. There was information from accounts at Walmart, Amazon, and Hulu Plus, as well as keys to computer games like The Sims 3 and Dragon Age: Origins, and a whole lot of porn sites.

  Some Anonymous members have pushed back on the assertion that this leak had anything to do with the hacktivist group. Anonymous has no official leadership or centralized organizational structure; instead, it functions as a loose affiliation of computer hackers that join together in support of various causes, ranging from battles with the Church of Scientology to doxing members of the KKK. If hackers branding themselves as Anonymous carry out a particular action, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any of the same people who have carried out any other Anonymous-branded action.

  Judging from the document, the following sites were compromised or, at the very least, had some of their user data stolen—possibly through malware installed onto users’ personal devices or other nefarious methods.

 

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • PlayStation Network
  • Xbox Live
  • Twitch.tv
  • Origin.com
  • Hulu Plus
  • Dell
  • Brazzers
  • lKnowThatGirl
  • Mofos
  • DigitalPlayground
  • Wicked
  • Twistys
  • Fantyasyhd
  • Puremature
  • Tiny4k
  • MotherFuckerXxx
  • Playboy
  • CastingCouchX
  • BangBros
  • POVD
  • BabesNetwork
  • ArtisticAddiction
  • X-art
  • Shutterstock
  • Platinumclub.com
  • AprilJordan.com
  • DareDorm
  • PrettyPetites
  • NaughtyAmerica
  • PornAccess
  • RookieBabe
  • GFMembersPass
  • HungarianHoneys
  • PleaseBangMyWife “

 

Daily Dot has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All The Best Black Friday Tech Deals

 

 

 

 

” Get your shopping list in order–the Black Friday deals are popping up already. We’ve scoured them for the most interesting bargains, and we’ll be updating more great deals as we see them.

  Call it 50-inches of entertainment nirvana for less. Best Buy has announced its Black Friday deals, and one of them is a massive Panasonic 50-inch HDTV for only $199. It’s an LED model so it won’t suck up as much power. Other deals include a DigiLand 7-inch tablet that runs Android but won’t deplete your pocketbook—it’s only $40. We also should point out that the iPad Air 2, which almost never gets price cuts, is also on sale. Best Buy is taking $100 off any model. “

   There is much more on tech deals at Popular Mechanics … 

   Meanwhile over at The Verge you can find lots more impending Black Friday deals from Apple , Amazon ,Walmart and more …

” Black Friday is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We’ve culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn’t. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.”

What Is Alibaba ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Alibaba is China’s — and by some measures, the world’s —biggest online commerce company. Its three main sites — Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba.com — have hundreds of millions of users, and host millions of merchants and businesses. Alibaba handles more business than any other e-commerce company.

  Alibaba is the most popular destination for online shopping, in the world’s fastest growing e-commerce market. Transactions on its online sites totaled $240 billion last year, more than those of eBay and Amazon.com combined.”

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” After it goes public, Alibaba is expected to be one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. It will also be one of the most valuable Chinese public companies, ranking among some of the country’s state-owned enterprises.”

 Tor Developer’s Computer Gets Mysteriously Re-Routed To Virginia

 

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” So this one is odd. A core Tor developer, Andrea Shepard, recently ordered a computer from Amazon.com to her home in Seattle. Yet, as she tweeted last night, something odd happened on the way to delivering that package to her house.

  Also, some more details from PrivacySOS. As you can see, rather than go from the Amazon warehouse in Santa Ana, California up the coast to Seattle, instead the package went across the country to Dulles, Virginia to Alexandria (right outside of DC) and was “delivered” there. Upon seeing this, my initial reaction was that it might not be a big deal. With shipping logistics these days, it’s not uncommon to see a sort of hub system, where packages travel across the country from one warehouse to a shipping hub, only to be shipped back across the country for actual delivery. “

 

TechDirt has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon.Com Workers Reject Union

 

 

 

” Amazon.com has managed to avoid unions since its creation in 1994. On Wednesday night, the mega-company’s workers rejected a union by a vote of 21 to 6.

  The purpose of the proposed union would have been to demand higher wages and the right to strike. It would have been formed under the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

  Mary Osako, a spokeswoman from Amazon, said, “With today’s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon. This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees. Amazon’s culture and business model are based on rapid innovation, flexibility, and open lines of direct communication between managers and associates.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shipping Overload Leaves Many Christmas Giftless

 


” An unexpected surge of online orders in the past few weeks appears to have strained the limits of delivery and fulfillment infrastructure at retailers and parcel carriers. While instances of bad weather, Web glitches and late deliveries from manufacturers also played a part, the sheer volume may have been the problem, according to retail analysts.

  United Parcel Service Inc. determined late Tuesday that it wouldn’t be able to get some goods to customers in time for Christmas, as a spike in last-minute shopping demand overwhelmed its system.

” The volume of air packages in the UPS system did exceed capacity as demand was much greater than our forecast,” spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said in response to questions. UPS delivers around 45% of U.S. packages and saw more shipments enter its air network on Monday than the 7.75 million it expected.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Announces Drone Home Delivery

 

 

” Amazon is about to start delivering products by air straight to your doorstep by remote control drones if you live in certain 30min zone .”

     The video is a brief clip from the CBS 60 Minutes episode that aired last night from Youtube . To see the entire segment click on the header and go directly to CBS . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ Sales Spike Amid Surveillance Disclosures

 

 

 

 

” One of the hottest beach reads this summer is “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

The spate of disclosures about America’s surveillance apparatus appears to have spurred not only allusions to Orwell’s dystopian classic, but also a surge of book sales.

According to Amazon.com Inc. sales data posted earlier Tuesday, one edition of the 64-year-old book jumped more than 7,000% in its overall sale rankings since the beginning of the week. Ranked 13,074 on Monday, the title is now in the top 200.

Editions of  “Nineteen Eighty-Four” now occupy at least four out of the top 50 spots in Amazon’s “movers & shakers” list of big gainers over the last 24 hours.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Companies Help Protect Your Data From The Government (An Important Infographic)

 

 

 

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” The folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation do such good work. Everyone who cares about freedom in the online world should send them a check (or some bitcoin.)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

WALMART, AMAZON BACK STEALTH INTERNET SALES TAX BILL

 

 

 

 

” Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Walmart, Amazon, and some Republicans are fighting to ram through an Internet sales tax bill to raise revenues and crush smaller e-commerce competitors.

The “Marketplace Fairness Act” (S. 743), a retread of a bill introduced in February by Rep. Mike Enzi (R-WY), was introduced last Tuesday and may be rushed to a vote as early as April 22nd using a Senate rule that side-steps committee debate and goes straight to a vote. 

If passed, the law would require online merchants with over $1 million in annual sales to collect sales taxes for 9,600 state and local taxing authorities, a move that could dramatically increase overhead costs for smaller e-commerce sellers.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, the Internet tax bill would benefit big online sellers like Amazon and Walmart who can more easily absorb the added costs:”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember This Come November

 

 

 

   More sneaky , rush rush legislative efforts from our dirt-bag representatives in DC , in collusion with big business . Walmart and Amazon , two of the largest on-line retailers supported this bill, so keep that in mind as the smaller mom & pop type on-line vendors either close up shop or move their operations overseas to escape the required tax collection on behalf of our thieving government.

   Note all the alleged ” freedom loving republicans ” highlighted in red that voted for this massive tax increase . Vote accordingly . 

   Oh , if you are thinking that this is a bill that will ” level the playing field ” for small business , think again . As with all things government , the laws of unintended consequences rules and this bill as with all others is sure to drive customers merchants overseas and not to Main Street .

 

XMLU.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session 

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

 

Vote Summary 

Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 743 )
Vote Number: 107 Vote Date: April 22, 2013, 05:31 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to
Measure Number: S. 743
Measure Title: A bill to restore States’ sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts: YEAs 74
NAYs 20
Not Voting 6
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

 

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea 
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea 
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea 
Coburn (R-OK), Nay 
Cochran (R-MS), Yea 
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea 
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Cowan (D-MA), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea 
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Yea 
Flake (R-AZ), Yea 
Franken (D-MN), Yea 
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea 
Graham (R-SC), Yea 
Grassley (R-IA), Nay 
Hagan (D-NC), Yea 
Harkin (D-IA), Yea 
Hatch (R-UT), Nay 
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea 
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea 
Heller (R-NV), Nay 
Hirono (D-HI), Yea 
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea 
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay 
Isakson (R-GA), Yea 
Johanns (R-NE), Yea 
Johnson (D-SD), Yea 
Johnson (R-WI), Not Voting 
Kaine (D-VA), Yea 
King (I-ME), Yea 
Kirk (R-IL), Nay 
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea 
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea 
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting 
Leahy (D-VT), Yea 
Lee (R-UT), Nay 
Levin (D-MI), Yea 
Manchin (D-WV), Yea 
McCain (R-AZ), Yea 
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea 
McConnell (R-KY), Nay 
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea 
Merkley (D-OR), Not Voting 
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea 
Moran (R-KS), Yea 
Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea 
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Yea 
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Not Voting
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Yea 
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Yea 
Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

 

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —74
Alexander (R-TN)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cowan (D-MA)
Crapo (R-ID)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Moran (R-KS)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
NAYs —20
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baucus (D-MT)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cruz (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Paul (R-KY)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting – 6
Boxer (D-CA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

 

Grouped by Home State

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting
Arizona: Flake (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Boozman (R-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Coons (D-DE), Yea
Florida: Nelson (D-FL), Yea Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii: Hirono (D-HI), Yea Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Yea Risch (R-ID), Yea
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Kirk (R-IL), Nay
Indiana: Coats (R-IN), Yea Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Moran (R-KS), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY), Nay Paul (R-KY), Nay
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea King (I-ME), Yea
Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Cowan (D-MA), Yea Warren (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Missouri: Blunt (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Nay Tester (D-MT), Nay
Nebraska: Fischer (R-NE), Yea Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Nevada: Heller (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Ayotte (R-NH), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Not Voting
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
New Mexico: Heinrich (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Hagan (D-NC), Yea
North Dakota: Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Portman (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Not Voting Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
South Carolina: Graham (R-SC), Yea Scott (R-SC), Nay
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Yea
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Hatch (R-UT), Nay Lee (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Virginia: Kaine (D-VA), Yea Warner (D-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
West Virginia: Manchin (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Baldwin (D-WI), Yea Johnson (R-WI), Not Voting
Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Internet Sales Tax Rush

” Every time Congress has taken a serious look at proposals to boost Internet sales taxes, it has rejected them. That’s probably why pro-tax Senators are trying to rush through an online tax hike with as little consideration as possible.

As early as Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill that was introduced only last Tuesday. The text of this legislation, which would fundamentally change interstate commerce, only became available on the Library of Congress website over the weekend. And you thought ObamaCare was jammed through Nancy Pelosi‘s Democratic House in a hurry.

For Senators curious about what they’re voting on, it is the same flawed proposal that Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) introduced in February. It has been repackaged to qualify for a Senate rule that allows Majority Leader Harry Reid to bypass committee debate and bring it straight to the floor.”

… A Newbie’s Perspective

  “As reported on Monday, the 2012 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy were announced Sunday night at WorldCon in Chicago. The ceremony was MC’d by bestselling author John Scalzi, who just published his latest, Redshirts, to widespread acclaim. Jo Walton’s coming-of-age faery novel Among Others took top honors for best novel. The list of winners in all categories can be found here, but it’s worth reminding readers of the full list of novel nominees.”

Seiu Astroturf

Michelle Malkin is all over this progressive effort to stifle free speech/enterprise .

“I received the following statement from Amazon.com today regarding its decision not to renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council:

Thanks for reaching out to me. Each year we evaluate all of our association memberships and we’ve decided not to renew our participation in ALEC, in part because of positions that group took on issues unrelated to our business.

Best,
Mary Osako
Amazon Spokesperson

In other words: They caved. They chose to appease marginal agitators who have capitalized on the Trayvon Martin case to squelch conservatives’ participation in the legislative process. ”

Be sure and sign the Reverse the Course petition and let Amazon Know how you feel .

  I am deeply disappointed in Amazon and will be taking down their link on my site along with sending them a note regarding my feelings about their spineless cave to the thugs on the Left . Intimidation is all they have remaining . 

“At their shareholder meeting today in Seattle, Amazon announced that they are dropping their affiliation with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).”