>> Good luck these days trying to find an iota of sanity in the halls of government
Rand Paul on line one.
Great article! Thank you.
I'm excited to see all this bully culture, subversive Orwellian entrapments put to rest. So that all may experience the fruits of our "labor", instead of just an ever shrinking "elite" group of incredibly insecure sociopaths. Next to an ever growing mass of impoverished have nots.
I know this might be a large jump for the average person, but I believe We shouldn't have to "pay" to live on our planet we were born on. That Internet is the new library. More than this, the new highway. A basic human right, like quality housing/ food/ healthcare. Dropping all the complicated and unnecessary newspeak http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak
I agree with you, Garth. And I used to work at NSA. But that was long before the USAPatriot Act.
Kudos to Mr. Grooms for the last sentence of this article.
BTW 1/3 of peak downstream internet traffic is Netflix, so when the BSA - ummm - NSA says that it "touches only 1.6% of internet traffic" they are obviously giving out a cooked number.
Oops, just checked back in on this thread, only to find that Garth doesn't like the word bipartisanism. It isn't the word I would have used if I'd written that sub-headline, but it IS a legitimate word. In fact, it's in at least three different dictionaries, including a reference from Webster, and it means the exact same thing as bipartisanship. Mr. Vader, it's always a good idea to actually know what you're talking about before you try to mock someone else publicly. Just sayin'.
PS: I don't remember the word bipartisanism because the correct word is bipartisanship. John Grooms: supergenius!
As far as I can see the Liberal Media is just honky dory with Obama's domestic syoing program. Time, MSNBC, CNN, Creative Loafing, ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times were at best tepid for about a day. After that nothing.
Thanks for the comments. I have to agree, DLP, that Garth's comment is utterly weird, especially since I commented negatively on Obama's continuation of Bush's NSA policy. Maybe he doesn't realize that Obama is a Constitutional lawyer and thus missed the point?
And as for the hope that libertarians and left-liberal civil libertarians will be able to continue their coalition? Not a word of comment from ol' Garth. Not that it's surprising. Here's the thing: Garth and many others like him don't really engage in discourse, they just look for something they recognize, in their Fox-induced fog, as 'lib-bul,' and blast off an angry comment about it. The really sad thing, in terms of encouraging a better level of public discourse, is that the know-nothing element that Garth represents has largely driven away commenters -- on all but the most tightly monitored sites -- who are interested in intelligent, back and forth dialogue, but aren't interested in having their every sentence parsed by rightwing nuts for evidence of "socialism" (or whatever other irrelevant catchword pops into their heads). Garth & Co. are kind of like Pavlov's dogs, salivating when the "lib-bul" bell rings in their degraded psyches. Anyhow, just my additional 2 cents.
Where in that article did you see anything that blames the Republicans for all the spying?
He used as an example of the risk, a former president who spied on political enemies.
You are so consumed by hatred for President Obama that it just oozes into everything you post.
"Neo-Nixon"? Nixon bugged one office and had to resign. Obama bugs the entire world and gets a Nobel Prize.
Once again Grooms's blind allegiance to Black Jesus (he leaves out that the Democrat-controlled Senate won't even let the Amash amendment come to the floor' and that BJ would certainly veto it) overrides all objectivity.
Love the list. I'd add our competitive spirit and pursuit of innovation.
As another person who was born and raised Catholic, attended a Catholic school, and served as an alter boy, before realizing... well, before "losing the faith", as the Nuns used to describe it...
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. That doesn't apply to churches, it applies to EVERYONE. It does not guarantee the church the right to enforce their teachings, it guarantees everyone the right to follow or not their own religions path as they see fit. The Affordable Care Act, Obama Care for those of you who think Fox is news, guarantees certain medical care for INDIVIDUALS. It is not up to your employer to determine whether or not he thinks you deserve one section or another. If you are a Catholic, and don't believe in birth control, then don't use birth control. If the Catholic Church want's to employ only Catholics, as long as they are not getting Government funds, it is their right to do so.
It is not freedom of religion for the church to say "I don't believe in it, so YOU may not do it".
Isn't it odd that some people see gutting education, ripping the rug out from under the poor and unemployed, and placing many new taxes on the poor and middle class in order to fund tax cuts for their rich donors as "fiscal responsibility"?
They are the same people who believe that anyone who is critical of the disgusting partisan conduct of the current crop of crazy Republicans must be a Democrat. The delusion that everyone must be one or the other, we couldn't possibly use our OWN minds.
I dream of the day when I will be able to vote FOR the best person instead of having to vote AGAINST the most dangerous person.
ProPublica? You mean the organization run by those "People Who Should Be Shot"* Herb and Marion Sandler? The folks who made billions off the sub-prime crisis? The organization that was the release point for the IRS's snooping on 501(c)4 groups?
ProPublica should be shut down and its headquarters destroyed and the earth salted over.
* Saturday Night Live broadcast a devastatingly accurate skit about the financial crisis; it has been scrubbed from all NBC/Hulu/YouTube websites.
"Two more things. First, if you are serious about not wanting your emails and such swept up in the NSA's dragnet, the ProPublica news website has a long story about how to encrypt your messages and foil Big Brother."
One of NSA's primary functions is to break codes written by people much smarter than the people who own that website. One of the quickest ways to bring your communications to the attention of a HUMAN at NSA is to encrypt them.
This would be a much better country if our citizens would get as passionate about the rest of the Constitution as they are about the 2nd Amendment.
Sorry, but we kicked out a bunch of the whores over the past several elections and sent a couple to jail. What we have are responsible people who know how to read a financial statememt and are trying to keep us out of the same mess that too many states and the Federal Government find themselves in. In addition they are unwilling to sell our state out to the Fed Gov by borrowing money we can't easily pay back.
Why did John Grooms wait to the end of the piece to clarify he's a "lapsed Catholic"? He makes mention that Salon.com's Joan Walsh is also Catholic. Part of the problem in the debates about the HHS mandate, the redefinition of marriage and abortion is the constant opinion of so called "Catholics". I tend to think of it as on par with Taco Bell being authentically Mexican. Taco Bell may play to the image and have a Chihuahua on their ads, a Hispanic person with a new meal, but ask any real Mexican or Hispanic about their food and they'll tell you "ah, that ain't Mexican, or that ain't Hispanic". The "Chinese food" we eat is something you will not really see in China or most Chinese eat, it's an American "idea of Chinese food". John Grooms, Joan Walsh, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Joe Biden, etc are not REAL CATHOLICS they are only an "idea of Catholics". If you do not believe the Catholic Church was instituted by Jesus Christ and has authority, the Pope has authority and is the vicar of Christ, the only place for sex is in a marriage between a man and a woman (anything else is a mortal sin), contraception is a mortal sin because it is a deliberate rejection of the life giving aspect of sex, the Real Presence etc, then guess what? YOU'RE NOT CATHOLIC! Being baptized in the Catholic Church, attending Mass weekly or every now and then, being in a ministry, etc, those things are PART of Catholicism, but by far not the core of it, especially if you don't BELIEVE! So please, be sincere and honest. To say you're Catholic but support infanticide, redefining marriage to accommodate persons with same-sex attraction, sex divorced from the natural law is about as ridiculous as a Vegan who eats animal flesh and dairy but calls himself vegan because he sometimes doesn't eat meat and has a vegan book and attended a few of their meetings. John Grooms, please be sincere and honest with yourself first so you can be so with others. If you do not believe the teachings of the Catholic Church, then you're not Catholic. It kills me how people can believe certain teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church are wrong and evil BUT STILL CALL THEMSELVES CATHOLIC! What???? Are you serious? In a country where there are thousands of Christian church's with different beliefs, different religions or no religion, you continue to sit and be part of an institution that you believe to be heavily flawed. Where are your principles? Do you have any?
Mark, I hadn't seen this until today. I really enjoyed your work on CL. I wish you and Tarrah the absolute best. I know CL remains in good hands with terrific people like Ana and Matt Brunson on staff. Again, all the best to you, my friend.
- Arthur Murray
Congrats on the new gig, Kim! Could not have happened to a nicer, more talented person :-)
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