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Some Americans get really angry when you use that word, saying… “WE’RE NOT A DEMOCRACY, WE’RE A REPUBLIC!”, “WE’RE NOT A DEMOCRACY, WE’RE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC!”, “WE’RE NOT A DEMOCRACY, WE’RE A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!” And last but not least: “DEMOCRACY IS MOB RULE!”.
I never understood the rage. If we’re not a democracy, why did George W. Bush, and every other politician say we were spreading democracy around the world.
Today, Nixon and Reagan would be considered too liberal to be president. Fake conservatives have moved the goalposts out of the ballpark. The worst parts of the Nixon administration have been moved to the forefront:
Republicans have already prevented the supreme court from having the traditional 9 sitting members since partisan hack and legislator-from-the-bench Antonin Scalia unexpectedly died, and they are now delving even deeper into the hypocritical abyss.
Who ever wins the presidency tonight, or whenever Donald Trump is done with his refusal to concede the race, America will still be faced with Republican obstruction and disregard for laws and precedents.
To put it simply, if Hillary wins, the Republicans will carry on their crusade to prevent an honest juror from being appointed to the supreme court, even if they have to continue to obstruct the court from having 9 members. I wouldn’t put it past them to argue for less then 9 members if they can’t retain the clear advantage they’ve had for years on the court. If Trump wins, you can bet they will restore the ninth member of the court immediately, and – who knows – possibly even talk about expanding the court with more of their picks. Does anything sound too crazy these days?
Well, you decide.
Sen. John McCain:
“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,”
Sen. Richard Burr :
“If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”
Sen. Ted Cruz said there’s plenty of precedent for having less then nine members on the supreme court and Sen. Mike Lee is lividly skeptical about any Democratic appointment.
It’s not as if Clinton is even going to nominate a left leaning member to the court. These people are just plain nuts. No African American or Woman is going to tell them how to do their job.
Where were these guys at Malheur NWR? (Photo: Rob Wilson Photography)
On the same day the Bundy Gang terrorists were acquitted after being charged with minor offenses, the peaceful, unarmed North Dakota protesters were violently attacked with MRAPs, helicopters and hundreds of heavily-armed cops.
If anyone cares, the land rightfully belongs to Native Americans. How can they get arrested for “trespassing” on their own land?
The protesters, many of whom are Native Americans who have been demonstrating against the four-state pipeline for months, said in a statement Sunday that the land is theirs by an 1851 treaty and they won’t leave until the pipeline is stopped.
We don’t have to imagine what might have happened if the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had been occupied by Native Americans. We can see it in action.
I guess we’ll see. I’d be very surprised to see the rest of the “news” spewers like Limbaugh, even mention that an influential, local right wing radio host from Wisconsin has realized his job hasn’t exactly been helping his society at large.
Charlie Sykes is finally, man enough to admit he, and those like him created Trump, but it goes much deeper then that, because an entire generation of Americans have been hidden from any kind of interesting debate, in favor of a verbal wresting match where any earnest man always gets disqualified from even participating by the corporate interests who own our airwaves. Sometimes the paid talkers get bored and let somebody on who can actually bring facts into the conversation, before they turn his mic off, or try to make him lose his composure.
This obvious controversy has been let out of the box much too late for Fox-like-viewers to have their minds changed in the midst of a train wreak election, but I guess we can hope for a scrap of justice to fall our way. It got reported on by the media-omnipresent “Talking Points Memo”. (sarcasm).
Don’t miss the important part of the TPM article. Charlie Sykes really seems to be tiring of his miserable, influential, corporate job. This part of an interview with him is SPOT ON!
Nothing will happen. We live in an oligarchy.
This convention is likely to be a thousand times more raucous than the Republican Convention, more divided, and so it’s about to start in a little bit and I need you guys to buckle up because there could be a lot more action here than there was last week. Remember the Republicans by their nature are authoritarian. They will fall in line, because that’s what they do — they’re conservatives. Whereas liberals do not agree. And so they don’t agree with the corporate control, they don’t agree with the money in politics, and Hillary Clinton is never going to give it up. So, that dissension is super real, and you are about to see it the next four days.
As most of you have already heard, Ted Cruz has dropped out as did Kasich. The mainstream media has said that Republicans have never been more divided. Actually I think it is the exact opposite. Donald Trump has annihilated the competition and it should come to no surprise. As much as I can complain about Trump, he is not as bad as Cruz who preached religion until people were sick of it and wanted to have a 1950’s mentality of America. Those people are the unpopular minority and it’s about time. The reason I say this is because Ted Cruz had no chance of winning even when the GOP put all the effort into getting him elected. To me, that is good. That means for once, the goalpost has moved to the left.
If all the other corporations that produce phones which provide a detailed log of the owner’s account numbers, passwords and all manner of other private information are not providing a firewall from the FBI, and Apple is, you’d have to be pretty dumb not to choose an iPhone if you had something to hide from the government.
It’s a scary new place we live in today. We don’t want somebody who wishes to harm America to plan things behind our back, but it’s just as likely they’d get hold of the secret code the FBI plans to use to unlock the whole, wide world. Besides, they can still find a way to do things behind our back.
I don’t have an iPhone, but I hope this battle results in safer world for me and my data. I don’t worry much about terrorists, environmental or otherwise anyway, but the big government snooping infrastructure, put in place during the George W. Bush administration creeps me out. I would have just as soon known my water was safe, and I’m sure Flint Michigan feels the same. And besides, James Comey reminds me of John Ashcroft.
We probably can’t have the money back that we and the rest of the nation spent on this giant Bluffdale, public works peepshow, but we can sure save the water it takes to cool it. It looks like we’re going to need it.
Well, only virtually, but it is one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever heard. The obvious weight of the event makes the audience eerily silent through the first part. In fact I wasn’t even aware there was an audience until Snowden gets applause for the first of many statements that are undeniably illumining of our times, in ways you haven’t thought of before.
He’s had a lot of time to think about what he did, by breaking the law with the knowlege his life would be changing, forever. Personally, I think the guy is brilliant, obviously brave, and very hard to refute, even considering the stunning scope of his actions.
He points out that fewer of our leaders have been calling for his head since his revelations first came out, and that’s not really an exaggeration. There’s still one man, James Woolsey, who very recently called for him to be hung and even blames him for the terrorist attack in France.
In a presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was not much more forgiving then Woolsey. Bernie Sanders said he should pay a price for what he did, but also acknowledged that his actions have had positive effects. Surprisingly, Snowden agrees with Sanders and has even said he would stand trial, and be willing to go to prison, providing he gets a fair and transparent trial. Humorously, he has documents that state the only thing our government has guaranteed, is that he won’t be tortured.
Interviewer Doug Fabrizio, tests him pretty hard on his insistence that handing the top secret NSA documents to the media for careful release to the public was a safe way to go, and, indeed, top officials testifying have admitted that nobody has been put in danger. Pretty amazing.
Be sure to carfully listen to the whole show. The points Snowden makes at the end are compelling and irrefutable.
Senator Rick Santorum is probably sorry one of his aides didn’t rush him off before the public had a chance to submit questions on the “Overtime” segment of the popular HBO “Real Time” political series from August 28th 2015, which takes place after the HBO cable show signs off. Americans want to know why Republicans are so upset about Obama’s recent diplomacy successes in Iran.
To those of you who are as tired of Reagan worship as I am, this might interest you. Let me try to capsulize a little American history for you here.
Near the end of the seventies, president Jimmy Carter was humiliated by Ted Koppel’s “Nightline” program, which started out every night with a countdown of how many days our second worst enemy – behind Russia – had held American hostages in that “terrorist” country. The American media still avoids touching on what Republican operatives did to gain political prominence during those times.
To make a long story short: Republicans made a secret deal to sell weapons to the “terrorists” in Iran so they could use them against our “friends” in Iraq, while at the same time, making Carter look weak by requiring Iran to detain our hostages until the very moment Reagan was sworn in. Cute.
That’s what Maher is alluding to in this video, which was not broadcast on his cable show. The lesson Democrats are supposed to learn, is that only Republicans can negotiate with “terrorists”. When THEY do it, it’s called a “deal”. Notice the, I got caught, look on Santorum’s face. He’ll be telling the same lie starting tomorrow.
Obama has been stingy with his pardons, but these are way past due and make me feel empowered. I’ve been getting a lot of petitions in my E-mail telling of terrible, family busting, life destroying injustices that have been going on for way too long. I’ve been signing them.
Seems like all I do these days is sign petitions. Nothing ever seems to happen, but now it has. You might think Obama is going way out on a limb here, but I think things have changed enough since the good old, “lock em’ up and throw away the key!” – unless you’re Scooter Libby – days of yore.
If your job is to test peoples urine for marijuana traces, it might be time to find another job. Lawyers might not be doing quite so well in the future either, unless we start arresting dangerous people. You can bet the drug cartels aren’t happy.
When I was starting out in Junior High School in 1965, they were building a new one to accommodate our large student population in that area. They had already picked a name for the new school, but a fellow student, who was a big history buff decided he wanted the school to be named after a personal hero of his. He began his quest to have the school named after Winston Churchill. I can’t remember all of the details or how difficult, or long the procedure took, but I’ll be damned if the school isn’t named Churchill Junior High today.
You may have already heard about the teacher in New Hampshire who recently decide to teach his fourth grade students how a bill is adopted, so he had them decide on a bill and they took it to the legislature. The attempt to get the red-tailed hawk named as the official state raptor turned into a learning experience for sure, but definitley not one you would have imagined.
After one legislator mocked the bill, saying they’d probably next be naming an official state hotdog, Republican Representative Warren Groen really took the wind out of the sails of these kids by saying:
“The hawk grasps its prey “with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.’’
I guess this idiot thought these students were being taught to be a bunch of stinking liberals by their stinking liberal teacher. Just let the adults come up with the bills, huh?
The Democratic governor is going to visit the school and try to get the students not to give up trying to be involved in their communities. My sense is that after making the national news, they are going to be even more involved. That’s how these sorts of inane blunders usually work out, but you’ll never convince some ideologues.
So far, nothing about this on cable TV news. Not even from MSNBC. Via Think Progress:
Around 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily-redacted reports detailing numerous instances over the past decade in which agents intentionally or unintentionally violated the law and improperly collected private data. The revelations, triggered by a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union, still fail to disclose how many violations occurred and how many were unlawful.
…Jesselyn Radack with the Government Accountability Project, who has been working on Edward Snowden’s legal team, emphasized that these revelations would never have been possible without her fugitive client. “The ACLU only knew what to ask for because of the Snowden leaks,” she said. “There’s been semantics games with the NSA not using regular definitions for words like ‘collection’ and ‘analysis,’ which makes it very difficult to find the documents we’re looking for. Now, at least we have a road map and we know names of specific programs to ask about.”
Radack also told ThinkProgress that she suspects the release of the documents intentionally came at a time few would be paying attention. “It was an extremely conspicuous and shameless move to release this on Christmas Eve, but it’s entirely in keeping with the fact that the Director of National Intelligence has done similar kinds of document dumps on Friday afternoons in order to avoid the media cycle,” she said.
Of course, ALL the programs of widespread warrantless surveillance of Americans in their entirety violate the law because they are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.
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