Morning Must Reads: June 10

In the news: Edward Snowden, the Chinese Dream, Putin's petro state, Jason Furman, Silicon Valley politics, and Chewbacca

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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paulejb
paulejb

 "Yet in America today, only one of the dominant political parties--guess which one--is actually dependent on the idiot vote for its very survival. Ignoramuses are the Democrats' core constituency. Can't name your congressman or a single Supreme Court justice? Have vaguely heard of Gettysburg, but can't quite place the war? Get your idea of news from People and Us or Comedy Central? You're a singe-issue voter and the single issue is more-more-more and who-cares-how-it-gets-paid-for. The Dems not only want you to vote, they'll hunt you down, fill out the registration form for you and show up on Election Day to drag you to the polls. And if you can't make it, they'll send someone else and say you did. And all the while, proudly cast themselves as defenders of democracy, because the right to vote is, you know, like, sacrosanct."

http://weekendpundit.org/2013/06/the-idiot-vote-by-harry-stein.html

Perfect description of the Democrat voter.

MementoMori
MementoMori

 “Now the world knows what many members of Congress have kept buttoned up for years. Will Democrats stick to their principles and criticize President Obama for perpetuating a practice that began under President George W. Bush? And will Republicans, happy to find something new to stimulate anger against the White House, demand actual change in a program they defended for years?”

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/whats-the-purpose-of-the-n-s-a-surveillance-program/

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Canada was aware (since 2006) of the phone metadata being used and (in 2011) had authorized its intelligence groups to utilize information gleaned by foreign intelligence services from said metadata.

paulejb
paulejb

What if every American dropped Verizon service? How would that effect government surveillance?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh OT, Since you work outside have you noticed the sun is rising and setting a few degrees northeast of where it used to be?  I noticed it this spring and so did other friends of mine.  Of course, the govt. will say zilch about it.    

MementoMori
MementoMori

Just a note about his latest source - Weekend Pundit: Guess what? It's another "race realist" as they call them at VDARE. 

Some headlines:

Derbyshire's The Talk in Action: Chicago Saturday Night (Derbyshire got fired for publishing a racist rant called 'The Talk'. He's now writing at VDARE and other white nationalist sites)

Inter-racial Crime: The Untold Story

Trayvon Martin Case: Anti-white Liberalism Truly Unhinged

George Zimmerman, Political Prisoner

Elite Military Units Almost All White

The Truth About Crime and Race


kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@MementoMori Fortunately, our Main Stream Media® will protect us from transgressions into the public...OOOH! SHINY!!! 

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91  

The dems should start a campaign to impeach this guy. 

Now he's lying outright, not just insinuating. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@MementoMori Some people want to split California in half.  The northern part could be Califa and the southern part could Fornication

retiredvet
retiredvet

Or, better yet, have a name contest. Winner gets a bag of rocks.

manlyman
manlyman

"Will the democrats stick to their principles..."

Democrats have principles?

Sue_N
Sue_N

This is the question that intrigues me - what happens now?

Honestly, I'd be surprised if Senate Democrats objected to this enough to do anything about it. Some of the more liberal House Dems might. Let's face it, Dems still struggle under that "soft on national security" nonsense and desperately want to prove they can be bullies, too.

The real question - and potential spectacle - lies with the right. They love the Patriot Act. They love a surveillance state. Civil liberties mean nothing to them.

BUT they hate Obama. They have to reflexively oppose and decry as evil anything that he does. Now he's using their beloved Patriot Act. He's doing what they praised Bush and Cheney for doing.

So do they hate Obama enough to weaken or throw out the Patriot Act, or do they love it more than they hate him? And how far will elected GOPers go - how far *can* they go - in criticizing him for doing exactly what they intended this law to do?

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Only a fool would object to surveillance of terrorist suspects, only a damn fool would trust the Obama regime not to abuse that power by targeting it's political enemies.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

You will note that the wiretapping this time also started with a Republican president.  They really are into that spying stuff after they screwed up and allowed 3000 Americans to be killed on their watch. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

Um....not at all?  The order itself was specified against both Verizon and AT&T and as near as I can tell, they had the authority and ability to request orders against any domestic phone carrier.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"Are you trolling again?"

I am the droll troll.

notsacredh
notsacredh

roknsteve, today at lunch we were talking about the incident the other day when a gentleman exposed himself. The young guy I'm working with was telling us that's he's only been flashed 4 times since he's been there. Then he said "Come to think of it, I've been working with YOU every single time." One of the other guys said that most of the times he's seen women pull their tops up, he'd been working with me too. Then everybody turned and stared at me.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It seems like each day is getting about a minute longer too. F%#@@*G OBAMA is up to no good!!!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@outsider2011 @mantisdragon91 Impeach him. I'd rather leave him in office and keep a running tally of his lies. Perhaps pay Electronic Publishing to create a Grand Theft spinoff with his face on it.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

If you remember the on-going theme of the Cheney-Bush admninistration after they screwed up and discounted Richard Clark's warning,  anyone who wasn't with them was helping the terrorists.  When the French didn't jump to attention and salute Cheney, they changed the name of the French Fries in the cafeterias to American Fries (which the French could give a s88t about!.  If it wasn't for the French, we would have had reprsentatives in England last week celebrating the Queen's anniversary of her coronation.

paulejb
paulejb

@forgottenlord @paulejb

I suspect that carriers like Verizon and AT&T are not going to be too happy about this becoming public knowledge.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Sue, are you a former sailor? I have been seeing some pretty salty comments from you.

notsacredh
notsacredh

forgottenlord, my wife says I look like I'm up to something even when I'm asleep.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

That is twice you have thrown out that "...use that power against political enemies."  Besides hearing and repeating whatever you hear on FAUX, do you have any creditable source for this happening?  Or is this just you forgot your tin foil hat today?

paulejb
paulejb

@forgottenlord @paulejb 

This regime cannot be trusted with the power to conduct massive surveillance. It is too willing to use that power against political enemies.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

What's with the future tense?  They're probably already hating it and seeing customers dropping like flies.  But that's beside your point - it still wouldn't effect government surveillance.