Coming to a town near you – the Tea Party Express! Last week the rolling patriotic excursion traveled through California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Montana. This week they’re in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, wrapping up their national tour in Orlando, Fla.

Entertainer and self-described American black conservative Lloyd Marcus writes, “In every city, we (the Tea Party Express team) hear anger, stories of financial suffering and fear of the Obama administration. Many, especially the senior Americans and elderly immigrants who have lived under tyranny, are heartbroken over the Obama administration’s race to socialism and disdain for our Constitution. Our mission on the Tea Party Express is to give hope and inspire these patriots to fight back. And they are fighting back big time, everyone in their own small or large way.”

Bring a friend, bring ten! Get out there and support them. I’ll be there to meet them when they pull into Daytona Beach on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and for the grand finale in Orlando on Nov. 12, where I’ll speak at both events. Hope to see you there!

Happy e-birthday to you …

The Internet marked its 40th “birthday” this month. Imagine a world without computers! Without the World Wide Web!

A little history here: In the fall of 1969, computers sending data between two California universities set the stage for the Internet, which became a household word in the 1990s.

“The machines that rule our modern lives have been around for less than a century,” explains this National Geographic birthday video. “Early computers helped the allied forces during the Second World War.”

Tales from the Twitterverse

Influence: the new currency of the web

How influential are you? How many people all over the Internet find your tweets interesting? Find out at Topsy.

What do you see now?

In development since 2008, British stealth startup Zkatter is launching a real-time microblogging service in the next few months that could be a hit. Similar in theory to Twitter, Zkatter asks users, “What do you see now?” vs. Twitter’s, “What are you doing?”

Uh, oh! Gotta go!

A bug that spread through Twitter last week caused infected users to send direct messages to friends promoting a product that makes them “feel great and look good,” as the messages say. The product? A colon cleanser. Oh my …

Twitter vs. Facebook

Internet analyst Bill Tancer examines Twitter’s staying power versus competition from Facebook.

Listing to the right

Biz Stone of Twitter blogged to users that they’re putting the finishing touches on a new Lists feature that will make it easier to manage tweets you want to see.

Unique doesn’t begin to describe it!

Like something from a sci-fi movie, a box designed by a software engineer for a friend’s wedding is a puzzle equipped with a small display screen in middle, a push button and a GPS chip. The box will not open until the recipient travels to the exact location programmed into its GPS software. When button is pushed, screen shows distance from goal. But is it north, south, east or west?

Remote control

Did you know that OnStar can remotely disable your gas pedal? A good thing? Read what one driver thinks.

Net neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously agreed to draft new rules designed to ensure Internet access providers “don’t hinder or promote particular devices, applications or content on their network” over the fierce objections of the telecommunications industry. Meanwhile, Gerald Celente, a noted trend predictor warns against encroaching government control.

The fun theory!

The idea here is that you can change people’s behavior by making it fun. Like this. And this.

In the rearview mirror

What is it about the month of November that seems to effect historic milestones?

A look back at this week reminds us that in 1979, militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 65 Americans hostage, beginning a 444-day crisis that ended on the day Ronald Reagan took his oath of office as president, which leads us to the next milestone event that took place this week in history:

In 1980, Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter in a landslide.

Nine years later, the Berlin Wall came down, restoring Berlin as a whole city again, the direct result of Reagan’s foreign policy.

Your Microsoft GPS refund is in the mail

Microsoft is ending its MSN Direct subscription service that provided real-time traffic information, weather, stock quotes and local gas prices to car GPS navigators. The company will end the service Jan. 1, 2012. Refund checks will be sent to subscribers who paid for the service through 2014.

That’s entertainment!

It’s Flo TV for your car, brought to you by Chrysler. Live TV in your car with 20 channels of news, sports and other cable including Fox News, MSNBC and Comedy Central. The option will be available on most Chrysler vehicles starting in December. The cost: $629 plus an installation fee. A one-year subscription service is included.

Let’s go to the movies!

WorldNetDaily Surfin’ Safari readers John Harper of Ocala, Fla., Christine Williams, and Sam Martin of Evansville, Ind., correctly answered last week’s movie trivia question. All three identified it was the character William Russell played by Henry Fonda in the 1964 movie “The Best Man” who spoke the line, “I know you don’t. Because you have no sense of responsibility towards anyone or anything. And that is a tragedy in a man, and a disaster in a president.”

The movie centers on frontrunner Secretary of State William Russell (Henry Fonda), who finds himself pitted against Sen. Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson). Russell, a man of conviction, hopes to elevate politics beyond personal attacks. Cantwell, a political street fighter who believes the end justifies any means, is ready to crush any opponent.

Russell, a man of conscience, sees too many sides to the issues, thus paralyzed by indecision. Ultimately, both candidates reach self-realization, with one accepting his weakness, the other defeated by his strengths.

This week’s movie trivia: “If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”

Name the character who spoke the lines, the actor and the movie. Send your answer to me at the email address below. The first three readers to guess correctly will be announced in next week’s Surfin’ Safari.

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