Time For The Big Guns!

From the beautiful mind of Chuq

I am almost always amused at the news cycle……after you have been watching and reporting on the news for as long as I have …..it becomes a challenge to predict what the big story is and try to get ahead of it……it is a difficult task but so fulfilling when you can do it……and gloat!

For instance the latest “terrorist” attack in the US….the one in Garland Texas last week.  First it was ISIS took full responsibility for the attack and then the government came out and said that there was NO definitive proof that ISIS had anything to make it happen.  But we normal Americans hear the part of that saga we want to hear….”ISIS did it”.

Late last week there came out that there was a split in the GOP over the Patriot Act….after all it is up for renewal and the fix is in.  There are many Americans that are concerned over the loss of civil liberties in the name of the Patriot Act….even some of the presidential hopefuls.  we are told that we need it to keep the country safe (point one).

Also last week word came done that the US Court of Appeals has found that the NSA program of data collection is illegal…..let me say nthat again….ILLEGAL!

A key appellate court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency broke the law with its sweeping collection of telephone call data, in a groundbreaking decision that repudiates the Obama administration and encourages Congress to weigh in.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first to conclude Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act does not authorize the NSA’s bulk collection of so-called “metadata.” It comes just as sharply divided lawmakers try again to rewrite the law.  (point 2)

The ruling sent the hawks into a frenzy of trying to turn the American people against the ruling……..and it began in Congress……..

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R – NC) has slammed last week’s Appeals Court ruling that the NSA metadata surveillance program was illegal.

Sen. Burr insisted the program, which allows the NSA to collect telephone metadata on all Americans, had never intruded on anyone’s privacy, and said the program had to be continued.

Fear mongering at its ultimate best!

With those two occurrences…..it is time to whip out the Big Guns!
Over the weekend a couple reports came out that were as predictable that one id not need a de-coder ring……..
First the FBI report……..

Comey said this amounted to a shift in the process of online radicalization, as where at one point would-be recruits had to go to considerable lengths to find anything, they now make contact on Twitter or Facebook, and are then steered to more secure forms of communication.

The comments were made in the context of Garland shooter Elton Simpson, though officials have conceded they don’t really think he was working with ISIS, but was at most “inspired” by them.

Then secondly the report was………

Citing the “environment” of threat created by ISIS, the Pentagon has announced an increase in its FPCON security level from Alpha to Bravo. Spokesmen confirmed there is no specific threat.

The Pentagon had previously done this in September 2011, in the lead-up to the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, on the theory that al-Qaeda would probably like to do something then.

Third report was a real ear popper……in an interview Sen. Feistein (D-CA) said that there were ISIS cells active in 11 (eleven) states…..but as usual there was NO naming of said states….seems to have been a blanket statement……

These were the talk of the Sunday Political talk shows on the MSM…….

My problem is that the twin setbacks….the court ruling and hesitation over the Patriot Act had the PR people in the government going batcrap crazy……they had to make Americans aware (read “afraid”) of those bad guys lurking in the shadows.  They trotted out ALL the usual suspects to save the Act and try to reverse the ruling…….

This is a desperate attempt to save the programs they have been depending on to spy on Americans willy nilly……

Wait1  I am NOT saying that there is NOTHING to worry about….there is!…….All of this is a huge coincidence…….the problem is that I do NOT believe in coincidence……

How about you?

 

You Gotta Love Those E-Mails

GOD I love the lunacy of political rhetoric……

There has been a real silly debate going on within the pundit class…….e-mails……the first shot was fired by Jeb who released a ton of e-mails to his office at the time he was serving as governor…..fortunately many of those released carried with them people’s personal info lie home address, SSN, etc….and of course the media was all over this faux pas by Jeb’s staff….the story was good for about a week maybe a little more….

The next round when Hillary and her use of a private e-mail account as her time serving as the sec. of State….and the media was once again given something of a red meat issue that they could work…….and the Right wing media has not stopped chewing on that bone yet…..

As expected there have been many opponents to criticize Clinton for her action…..almost all the wannabes in the GOP for the nomination to include Cruz, Paul, Perry (who probably cannot spell e-mail) and of course Louisiana’s governor, Jindal,…..you remember him…..that frumpy little dude that gave the GOP response of the SOTU speech back in the day.

And speaking of Jindal……..

Bobby Jindal has dinged Hillary Clinton over her use of private email while in office, but he appears less than eager to release his own work-related correspondence, the Advocate reports. When the newspaper asked for access to the emails, the Louisiana governor’s team said that the documents were protected by exemptions in public records rules. “Aside from the obvious reason for excluding security information, these content-based exemptions support the environment of open discussion and full analysis necessary for staff to make recommendations to assist the governor in the usual course of the duties and business of his office,” wrote Jindal’s top lawyer.

The AP, which also sought emails from Jindal’s office, got a similar response from lawyer Thomas Enright. “Aside from email communications with internal staff and emails with family, friends, and personal business, Governor Jindal discusses, debates, and resolves issues relating to official duties either face-to-face or on the telephone,” he said. Jindal, who called for a transparent government in his first gubernatorial campaign, supported a law that included protecting communications tied to the “deliberative process.” Fair enough, a transparency advocate tells the Advocate: “What is out of line is how (the law has) been interpreted.” Proposed legislation could, however, rid the law of the exemptions.

This is a great illustration of just how stupid the political system has become……then there is the part that is so sad……the part where they seem to have NO idea of their hypocrisy…..

You know it is almost too disgusting to make fun of these d/bags…..you did notice that I said….”ALMOST”?

Congress: The Clueless Leading The Gutless

I know some think I am a bit hard on Congress….I have called them gutless, mental midgets, morons, worthless and wealth of other derogatory adjectives…….and just about everyday these people prove just how stupid they really can be…..take for instance the recent letter that 47 Congress clowns sent to Iran……they cannot grasp what went so wrong……..MORONS!

Some of the 47 Republican senators who signed a controversial letter to Iran’s leaders seem a little surprised that people are making a big deal out of their bypassing of President Obama during nuclear negotiations. Sen. John McCain, who signed the letter warning that any deal could be canceled when Obama is out office, now says it probably should have been given more consideration. “Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm,” he tells Politico. “I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.” But none of the senators have withdrawn their support for the letter, which was circulated by Sen. Tom Cotton at a weekly lunch, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“I think it’s a way in which Congress can express the serious concerns that we have about the direction this is headed,” Sen. John Thune tells the Journal, calling the angry reaction “a little over the top.” Sen. Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was one of the seven Republican senators not to sign it. A Corker aide tells the Washington Post that the senator is focusing on getting support for a bipartisan bill for congressional review of any nuclear deal with Iran. Other top Senate aides tell the Daily Beast they are surprised by the reaction to what they describe as a “cheeky” reminder to Iran and the public of the role Congress should play in the talks.

This proves that they are idiots…….they have set about trying to do damage control for their stupidity…..if we elected people that understood how to employ logic and reason they may not have to explain their stupidity.

Prime example of what can happen when we elect people without policy making knowledge………when all they have are a few slogans and a bit of cash.

These 47 are idiots….some are seasoned legislators……but that only shows that they seasoned idiots.

Congress: Money Well Spent

I know that must of us have an opinion about the massive amounts of money that are following into political campaigns……it is reaching disgusting heights…..since seats in Congress are traded like some commodity….I waqs wondering if you would like to see what  their money has bought…..

Since money elects these d/bags……..we are electing morons and inexperienced psychopaths…..for instance the most recent unthinking self-centered action……..

Republican senators appear to have formed an “unusual coalition” with hardliners in Iran, President Obama said yesterday after 47 senators released an open letter to Iran’s leaders about nuclear negotiations. The letter warned that any nuclear deal not approved by Congress would be considered merely an executive agreement between Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei that could be revoked by the next president “with the stroke of a pen,” the BBC reports. “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran,” Obama said, accusing the 47 Republicans led by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas of “interfering” in the controversial talks.

These people that have “elected” have NO idea what they do….apparently they are playing a dangerous game that we Americans should not allow…..these ego-centric twats from the Right will wind up doing more damage than good for the country…..keep in mind….YOU ELECTED THESE A/HOLES!

Because there is a HATE for this president these unfeeling MORONS will make any peaceful settlement all but impossible…….just so their little names can be on the news for awhile trying to appease the mental midgets that voted for them…..

These “representatives of the people” have NO idea what they are doing.  It is time for Americans to realize just how dangerous these……..interference in policy short of their traditional part is unacceptable.

Hey d/bags!  Keep electing these stump jumpers and YOU will insure that this country will lose all prominence in the world…in other words you mental midgets….YOU WILL BE CRAPPING ON THE EXCEPTIONALISM THAT YOU ARE SO PROUD OF TODAY!

Time to re-think the people that buy your vote.  Time for all this hate and partisanship to end.

American democracy is doomed – Vox

My visit to the doctor today was better than I thought…..BP is high….all else is borderline or good….I will live to argue another year!

I have been bitching about the media for 30 years…..to me they have created the crap we now face with all this partisan name calling and politics….in short the MSM is putting a working democracy in jeopardy.

I feel that our democracy is on the down side of longevity….that this fighting and insulting rhetoric is doing nothing to move the country forward.  Our country is NO longer a concern….all that has been replaced with hate and lies.  I may not speak glowingly about some people but I do not hate them….I do however question their mental capacity…..but this country has gotten ass deep into lies…..we cannot survive like that.

Unfortunately I see no relief in sight….just more made up stories and derogatory rhetoric……. could we be looking at the demise of our beloved democracy?

 

American democracy is doomed – Vox.

GOP: Is The Game Afoot?

Holy crap!  Did I somehow step through “the Looking Glass”?   Is the GOP trying to re-define itself ahead of the 2016 election?

First we have news that there is a push back on the opposition to immigration reform….then the ladies pull their support for an anti-abortion bill in essence killing the bill (for now)……and then I got word that there was another vote that shocked me…….

I got this piece of news from Ace news group for whom I write op-eds from time to time……..

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.22: Sometimes snippets of news just have to be published and this snippet is just one of those and is just as The Hill reported.

The Senate on Wednesday voted that “climate change is real and is not a hoax” as Democrats used the Keystone XL pipeline debate to force votes on the politically charged issue ahead of the 2016 elections.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 in favor of a an amendment stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax.”

The provision offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to put Republicans on record about climate change ahead of the 2016 election passed with near unanimous support, with only Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairman of the campaign committee for Senate Republicans, voting no.

First, Wicker is my Senator and I would expect nothing different from this big business crony……

Okay, what the Hell is going on with the GOP?

I thought is that they are playing a game to make them look like a real party and not some group of bumbling morons……all this is to look good to the groups that they have lost in the past….women, environmentalists, immigrants……it is all a game, in my mind, a well thought out game…..but a game none the less.

The GOP is moving at record speed in this redefining operation…..but will it last?

Even the d/bags in the Tea Party seem to be playing along with this dice roll……it is all about 2016……nothing to do with the reality of things….just to win an election and have TOTAL power…..this may not last long…..until the gamers get tired of playing.

So whatcha think?  Is A Game Afoot?