The past decade has seen presidents, politicians — conservatives and liberals alike — champion preemptive policing laws such as the USA Patriot Act, FISA, NDAA 2012 and 2013, to Transportation Security Administration security practices and searches, to “See Something, Say Something” practices — all in service to fighting the War on Terror. As a cable-news talking head cooed Friday morning: “There are cameras and social media everywhere. There is nowhere to hide!” That statement seemed indisputable: store cameras, street cameras, private cellphone cameras and videos could be integrated to give an astonishingly wide record of the tens of thousands of people who were at last Monday’s event. Yet, the most important truth of that day seemed to be lost in the gush of self-congratulation: The explosion of the bombs confirmed that a massive extension of the surveillance-state did not protect people in Boston.
The real problem in America isn’t monopolies, it’s oligopolies. Here’s how the F.C.C. and other government agencies should fight them.
The rucks were filled with Camelbacks of water, extra uniforms, Gatorade, changes of socks—and first-aid and trauma kits. It was all just supposed to be symbolic.
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Nice “graph” presentation.
Good job, media! Because of course it is all about the politicking.
Obama is the only person in America who can give the Republican party what they can not win in elections. Massive budget cuts, more privatization, more drownings to appease Grover Norquist, and again the President negotiating with himself against a GOP that doesn’t give a flying fuck about 99% of America and is willing to wreck this country as long as Obama takes the blame.
I can’t stop Obama from blowing his second term by enacting more shit GOP policy.
Another GOP hostage demand, and Dems play along, and the GOP gets to keep the hostage and exact further demand, budget cuts that will cripple the economy for which Obama will be blamed for, all cuts on the poor, now tax hikes on the rich and if their are tax hikes let them all be shouldered by those who have the least.
Obama wants a deal! Let’s just keep giving the GOP what they can’t win an election on. Let’s pretend they are sincere and genuinely care about the country whose fate they keep holding hostage, let’s pretend this isn’t all about the obvious goal, destroying the New Deal and then bringing about the Billionaire’s dream economy, no labor rights, no voting rights, no regulations, it sounds just like the worst of the Great Depression, doesn’t it? More austerity for the 99%, more corporate profits and golden parachutes for the 1%, and Obama keeps giving away a little more, a little more, how many 11th hour deals do we need? The GOP is getting their agenda passed piecemeal by a President who keeps insisting on a deal where he gives up something and gets nothing in return, and it is hurting the American economy by putting all of the burden of austerity on those who are already hurting the most.
I was just thinking last night about how great it would be if President Obama cared as much about protecting Medicare and Medicaid as he cares about making a fucking “grand bargain” with lunatics who have a 10% approval rating from the country.
I keep thinking about how great it would be of the Obama the GOP keeps talking about — the one who wants to give universal healthcare to Americans, strongly regulate industry, and ensure everyone has a fair shot to make something out of their lives even if they’re not born rich and white — was actually our President. I mean, that’s the guy the majority of Americans voted for in 2012, and it would be great if he showed up. Or existed at all.
But this guy, who refuses to hold the torturers and Wall Street criminals accountable (but punishes whistleblowers) claims the right to assassinate any American, anywhere, without due process (but won’t tell Americans why), and cares more about making a deal with a party that refuses to accept anything other than what a Romney presidency would have given us (something resoundingly rejected by voters)? This guy sucks. At this point, Occam’s Razor says that Barack Obama isn’t getting rolled or negotiating against himself. Occam’s Razor says that he is this guy, and that’s a profound disappointment.
What else can you say? Obama is not what the Obama campaign suggested.
John Yoo, the author of the Bush administration legal memos justifying the use of torture, thinks President Obama is really getting too much grief over targeted killing. And he wants Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—who filibustered Obama’s nominee to head the CIA for 13 hours on Wednesday—to lay off.
“I admire libertarians but I think Rand Paul’s filibuster in many ways is very much what libertarians do, they make these very symbolic gestures, standing for some extreme position,” said Yoo, now a UC Berkeley law professor, who once suggested it was okay for the president to order a child’s testicles be crushed. .
When John Fucking Yoo is on your side, you are on the wrong side, Mister President.
Can’t comprehend how this guy still has a job.