Wm Damon – The American Dream; John Bolton – N Africa unravels; Politico – Hacking legal; Bari Weiss – Paglia on male virtues; Andrew McCarthy – Coercing conformity; Victor Davis Hanson – 2013 Crash & Burns.
DUCK STORM: Lowry – Egg on A&E.
BENHAZI: Kirkpatrick – Deadly mix; Joscelyn – NYT whitewash.
NATIONAL: Boyle – T beats DC; Sherwell – deBlasio launches; Trumbull – Unemployment benefits?; Balz – Blues vs Reds; Howley – DNC defends BO; Wehner – Obama tedium; Boland – Female marines.
HEALTH CARE: S. Carolina starts another war; NY Post – Women oppose OCare.
NSA: Techie brilliance.
PA: Janet – NGOs; Morgan – NSA spies; Zito – Kane is “it”; AP – 10K sang for dying girl.
END NOTES: Brody – Great ride!; Enemy Central – enemy of the year; Bolyard – Boortz unloads on conservatives.
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“If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.” Camille Paglia
“House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.”
”Has Obamacarelessness killed liberalism for good? Let’s ask Kathleen Sebelius, forgotten but not gone. She’s our dark horse for 2016. Somebody’s going to have to do time.” Enemy Central
1853: James Gadsden, minister to Mexico, signed the Gadsden Purchase, in which the United States bought nearly 30,000 square miles of land from Mexico.
1862: The ironclad USS Monitor sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1924: Astronomer Edwin Hubble announced evidence of the existence of a galaxy outside our own.
1951: The TV western The Roy Rogers Show debuted. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
From Janet . . .
GREETINGS from the VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS – GENERAL WAYNE TEA PARTY
THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY
During this time, the VFP – GWTP will be working to merge the two groups and to determine when and where the meetings will be held and what our major goals and projects will be in 2014. It is very important that we focus clearly on the upcoming elections and make every effort to get out the vote. (In the 2012 election many voters stayed home because they were so disenchanted.) We must work hard to hold on to the House and re-take the Senate.
Meanwhile, please get together with your Tea Party/Conservative friends and do some things together. Study the Constitution and Bill of Rights. If enough people are interested, perhaps we could get Phil Duffy to lead a couple of study sessions. Get together with your “survival” buddies and learn to bake bread. I know we have some great cooks among us. Set up a prayer group. Join a gun club and learn how to shoot (http://nccsc.us/). You get the idea, be a leader. Recruit new members! Give us your ideas. There is a lot to do and never enough time. We will keep you posted on upcoming meetings that will begin again in March. Please stay tuned and give us your thoughts and ideas by posting to this site – www.meetup.com/vfp-patriots09/ This is the best site to use for communications.
Remember, this is the time of year when you can run for a Republican committee position in your precinct.
THERE ARE 11 OPENINGS IN PHOENIXVILLE AREA ALONE!!!!!!
There is a lot of help available if you want to run. You have to find a “weak” opponent or an open position. We wish you the best of everything in the New Year.
IN GOD WE TRUST!! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND BLESS YOU ALL!!
William Damon, WSJ: “Underestimating the American Dream
“Reports of its demise are exaggerated. Just ask young immigrants.
“. . . The American dream has always included material aspiration, especially for those who start out with little or nothing. But as James Truslow Adams —who popularized the term in his 1931 history, “The Epic of America”—wrote, it was “not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” It was the freedom to seek and pursue one’s own path. Most important, it was the freedom to follow one’s conscience without constraints from governmental authorities.
“The American dream in its full sense has been especially evocative for young people and immigrants . . .”
John Bolton, NY Daily News: “As Obama dithers, North Africa unravels”
“Disengagement is having dangerous consequences
“As South Sudan’s conflict escalates rapidly toward outright civil war, President Obama has shown precious little interest. He has rightly dispatched military forces to protect and extract U.S. citizens, but evacuation hardly constitutes a strategy. Isolated troop deployments, however justifiable, merely underline the broader U.S. retreat across North Africa.
“Indeed, the Benghazi terrorist murders opened a 15-month period in which rising violence threatens to drown the region in blood. The list of armed clashes and terrorist attacks is long and growing, as is the list of failed and failing states. White House expressions of humanitarian concern are insufficient. Obama has exhibited neither a clear understanding of the U.S. national interests at stake, nor anything resembling a strategy to protect them.
“In Libya, where the murder of ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans remains unavenged and unresolved, the country has continued to disintegrate. As the central government in Tripoli finds itself unable to assert its authority, Libya is fragmenting into ministates run by warlords and terrorists, with oil production curtailed, living standards plunging and bases for militants, smugglers and criminal networks expanding.
“Much like Somalia on the eastern end of North Africa, where conditions have changed little during Obama’s presidency, Libya today is essentially a failed state.
“In January 2013, terrorists seized an oil refinery in Algeria, taking scores of hostages, and killing almost 40 foreigners based there. This daring raid, coinciding with Obama’s second inaugural, received insufficient attention in America. And while most of the terrorists were ultimately killed, the attack’s significance was clear in Europe and Africa — because it was the first strike in decades against an asset critical to Algeria’s economy. . .”
AP, Politico: “Judge rules NSA phone tracking legal”
“NEW YORK — Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is legal, a valuable part of the nation’s arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism and “only works because it collects everything.”
U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program lets the government connect fragmented and fleeting communications and ‘represents the government’s counter-punch’ to the al-Qaida’s terror network’s use of technology to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely.
“‘This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,’ Pauley said. “The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.”
“Pauley’s decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, who granted a preliminary injunction against the collecting of phone records of two men who had challenged the program. The Washington, D.C. jurist said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The judge has since stayed the effect of his ruling, pending a government appeal. . .”
Bari Weiss, WSJ: “Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues”
“’What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” says Camille Paglia. This self-described “notorious Amazon feminist” isn’t telling anyone to Lean In or asking Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. No, her indictment may be as surprising as it is wide-ranging: The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead. And that’s just 20 minutes of our three-hour conversation.
“When Ms. Paglia, now 66, burst onto the national stage in 1990 with the publishing of “Sexual Personae,” she immediately established herself as a feminist who was the scourge of the movement’s establishment, a heretic to its orthodoxy. Pick up the 700-page tome, subtitled ‘Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson,’ and it’s easy to see why. ‘If civilization had been left in female hands,’ she wrote, ‘we would still be living in grass huts.’
“The fact that the acclaimed book—the first of six; her latest, ‘Glittering Images,’ is a survey of Western art—was rejected by seven publishers and five agents before being printed by Yale University Press only added to Ms. Paglia’s sense of herself as a provocateur in a class with Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Coercing Conformity”
“A government that creates the climate for bullying is the worst of the bullies.
“In ‘protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,’ then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed ‘to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.’
“Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the ‘rights’ of ‘all people’ to ‘worship’ as ‘they choose,’ she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam. Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — the bloc of 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinian territories.
“At that very moment in July 2011, Christians were under siege in Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran — being gradually purged from those Islamic countries just as they’d been purged from Turkey, which hosted Mrs. Clinton’s speech. As Christians from the Middle East to West Monroe, La., can tell you, the Left and its Obama vanguard are not remotely interested in their ‘rights . . . to worship the way they choose.’
“What they choose, after all, is to honor Christian tenets about sexuality, freedom of conscience, and the sanctity of life. Those tenets, just like honest criticism of Islam, are consigned to the category Clinton calls ‘what we abhor.’ And if progressives abhor something, it somehow always becomes everyone’s duty to make certain that those who embrace that something ‘don’t feel that they have . . . support.’
“Of course, they do have support . . . at least on paper. The First Amendment protects all of us against government suppression of speech. But the amendment is just a parchment promise if the government against which it is a safeguard actively undermines it. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Crashing and Burning in 2013”
“. . . all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years?
“But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.”
One, Obama blames everything bad on everyone else, and takes credit for a few good things that he had nothing to do with. He reminds me of a losing Little League coach who blamed the lights, fans, and umpire for his last-place standing, only to brag about his own genius after inserting a 12 year old who hit a freak homer to win his only game.
“Why so? Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was always characterized by rhetoric in lieu of achievement. By that I mean I don’t know how his transcript merited admittance to Harvard Law School; what publications he authored as editor of Harvard Law Review; on what basis he was offered tenure at Chicago; how his record in the Illinois legislature prepped a U.S. Senate career; or why his brief sojourn as a U.S. senator qualified him as president. But I do concede through it all he sounded pretty confident and mellifluous.
“George Bush, ATM machines, the Tea Party, the post-2010 Congress, the earthquake in Washington, D.C., the Japanese Tsunami — all this and more have caused Obama’s otherwise brilliant policies to fail. You would have thought that he entered office with a Republican supermajority in the Senate and a raging Tea Party majority in the House, all conspiring to thwart his every godhead from January 21, 2009.
“Putting higher taxes on the productive classes, discouraging energy exploration of federal lands, adding more regulations, chronically bad-mouthing the successful, borrowing $6 trillion to waste on stimulus and handouts, and socializing a sixth of the American economy with an unworkable Obamacare plan apparently had nothing to do with our non-recovery. . .”
DUCK STORM . . .
Brian Lowry, Variety: “‘Duck Dynasty’ Scramble Leaves A&E with Egg on Its Face”
“The network might have acted precipitously in suspending Phil Robertson for his inflammatory remarks regarding gays (and equally insensitive ones about African-Americans in the Jim Crow-era South), but it clearly didn’t have an end game in mind. And once the network demonstrated that it was displeased with Robertson’s statements, unless it was truly willing to strangle its golden goose, there was really nowhere to go from there.
So the network issued a mealy-mouthed statement Friday, promising to run a public-service campaign about tolerance and inclusiveness. One suspects the network will also be less eager to arrange interview opportunities for Robertson, which of course won’t prevent him from going out and speaking his mind, especially now that he’s a hero to many conservatives.
BENGHAZI . . .
David Kirkpatrick, NYT: “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi”
“It was Sept. 9, 2012. Gathered on folding chairs in a banquet hall by the Mediterranean, the Libyans warned of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi. One militia leader, with a long beard and mismatched military fatigues, mentioned time in exile in Afghanistan. An American guard discreetly touched his gun.
“‘Since Benghazi isn’t safe, it is better for you to leave now,’ Mohamed al-Gharabi, the leader of the Rafallah al-Sehati Brigade, later recalled telling the Americans. ‘I specifically told the Americans myself that we hoped that they would leave Benghazi as soon as possible.’
“Yet as the militiamen snacked on Twinkie-style cakes with their American guests, they also gushed about their gratitude for President Obama’s support in their uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. They emphasized that they wanted to build a partnership with the United States, especially in the form of more investment. They specifically asked for Benghazi outlets of McDonald’s and KFC.
“The diplomat, David McFarland, a former congressional aide who had never before met with a Libyan militia leader, left feeling agitated, according to colleagues. But the meeting did not shake his faith in the prospects for deeper involvement in Libya. Two days later, he summarized the meeting in a cable to Washington, describing a mixed message from the militia leaders.
Despite ‘growing problems with security,’ he wrote, the fighters wanted the United States to become more engaged ‘by ‘pressuring’ American businesses to invest in Benghazi.’
“The cable, dated Sept. 11, 2012, was sent over the name of Mr. McFarland’s boss, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
“Later that day, Mr. Stevens was dead, killed with three other Americans in Benghazi in the most significant attack on United States property in 11 years, since Sept. 11, 2001. . .”
Thomas Joscelyn, Weekly Standard: “The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi”
Rescuing the Hillary????
“David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. While much in Kirkpatrick’s report is not new, the piece is receiving a considerable amount of attention because of this sweeping conclusion: “Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.”
“But how much effort did Kirkpatrick expend to uncover any possible al Qaeda ties? Judging by the Times’s glaring omissions, not much.
“Kirkpatrick’s piece totals more than 7,000 words and yet he fingers only one suspect out of the dozens who took part in the attack. Another suspect, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, is briefly mentioned, but only then to dismiss the notion of his involvement.
“Left out of the Times’s account are the many leads tying the attackers to al Qaeda’s international network. . .”
Also: Stephen Hayes, Weekly Std: “Times Ignores Evidence of Al Qaeda Link to Benghazi”
Also: Roger Kimball, PJM: “Benghazi: The New York Times vs. the Truth”
NATIONAL . . .
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “2013 Year in Review: Tea Party Beats Washington”
“The past year has by far been the best for the Tea Party movement in its short history. In 2013, the five-year old conservative grassroots upsurge has grabbed Washington, D.C. by the collar, tearing the city colloquially known as “Boomtown” in a conservative direction for the first time in decades. As the Tea Party movement matures, it is getting more professional in its political activism.
The way the Tea Party won 2013 is by entrenching itself in Washington warfare and fighting for conservative victories by connecting powerful grassroots activists directly with lawmakers in decision-making positions. What has happened is the movement has matured, and learned how to manipulate the ways of Washington to promote conservative policies while defeating liberal ones.
Also: Tony Lee, Big Govt: “Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going Anywhere, More Likely to Win”
“A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to “win in the end” in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials.
“‘Tea Party forces will still win in the end,’ Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party ‘will triumph just by hanging on long enough’ as Americans are getting fed up by ‘our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government.’
“The article, “Why The Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere,” was first published in the journal Democracy, and later reprinted in The Atlantic. . .”
Philip Sherwell, UK Telegraph: “Bill de Blasio to embark on battle against inequality as New York mayor”
“Democrat who takes office on New Year’s Day has become a new national voice for liberal causes
“Bill de Blasio, New York’s incoming mayor, is a towering figure not just because he stands at 6ft 5in but also for his unbashedly liberal politics at a time when the battle between the Centre and the Right dominates the polls.
“New York’s first Democrat leader in 20 years will be sworn in to replace Michael Bloomberg on New Year’s Day, having won a landslide victory promising a major change of style and substance for America’s biggest city.
“His Dickensian “tale of two cities” campaign mantra is already being echoed by liberals well beyond New York, to the alarm of centrist Democrats who fear that a populist progressive agenda could drive the party outside the political mainstream.
“In a sign of the national focus on the new mayor, it was announced on Saturday night that Mr de Blasio will be sworn in by Bill Clinton, the former president, accompanied by his wife Hillary, the early frontrunner for the party’s 2016 stakes. . .”
Mark Trumbull, CS Monitor: “Unemployment benefits 101: What’s happening Saturday?”
“The emergency unemployment benefits that have been in place for America’s jobless since the recession will end Saturday. Here’s a primer on what that means.
“For more than a million jobless Americans, government unemployment benefits will end Saturday, because Congress has allowed the extended benefits ushered in during the Great Recession to expire.
Since the jobless rate spiked upward during the recession, Americans who lost jobs and are looking for new ones have been eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which offers income support for as many as 73 weeks.
Even as the benefits expire, the issue remains alive on Capitol Hill, where Democrats are urging that the extended support should be revived in a still-weak job market. Here’s a primer on unemployment compensation and the questions surrounding extended benefits.
Dan Balz, WaPo: “Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party control”
Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism.
“These opposing visions have been a staple of national elections, and in a divided Washington, this polarization has resulted in gridlock and dysfunction. But today, three-quarters of the states — more than at any time in recent memory — are controlled by either Republicans or Democrats. Elected officials in these states are moving unencumbered to enact their party’s agenda.
“Republican states have pursued economic and fiscal strategies built around lower taxes, deeper spending cuts and less regulation. They have declined to set up state health-insurance exchanges to implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. They have clashed with labor unions. On social issues, they have moved to restrict abortion rights or to enact voter-identification laws, in the name of ballot integrity, that critics say hamper access to voting for the poor and minorities.
“Blue states have also been forced to cut spending, given the budgetary pressures caused by the recession. But rather than cutting more deeply, a number of them also have raised taxes to pay for education or infrastructure. They have backed the president on the main elements of his health-care law. The social-issue agenda in blue states includes legalizing same-sex marriages, providing easier access to voting and, in a handful of cases, imposing more restrictions on guns. . .”
Patrick Howley, Daily Caller: DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility”
“The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.
“The email, subject line ‘Impeachment,’ was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. ‘What do these people all have in common?,’ the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.
“The DNC email discussed the ‘I-Word’ and said that ‘Republicans are actually excited about the idea.’ . . .”
Peter Wehner, Commentary: “Obama’s Tedious Act Grown Old and Stale”
“A new Gallup poll finds President Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent and his disapproval rating at 54 percent. But it’s not just that the public is increasingly displeased with the job Mr. Obama is doing; they are growing weary of the whole packaged deal. They are frustrated with the president, his style, his attitude, his approach to the job.
“The Boston Herald reports:
‘President Obama’s tanking approval rating in newly released polls shows Americans are tired of his whining, according to some experts, who also see a fighting chance for Republicans to rack up coast-to-coast victories in the 2014 midterm congressional races.’
“‘We think of presidents as being morale leaders … and he goes out and complains,’ according to Richard Benedetto, a retired White House correspondent and a journalism professor at American University. ‘He complains about the fact that he doesn’t get enough cooperation from the other side. ‘It’s not my fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault.’ And that message gets old for the American public. … It’s not a good sign for Democrats in Congress going into next year.’”
“No, it’s not. . .”
Barbara Boland, CNN: “Female Marines Not Required To Do 1 Pull-Up”
“(CNSNews.com) — Females in the Marine Corps currently are not required to do even a single pull-up, and a deadline mandating that by Jan. 1, 2014, they be able to do at least 3 pull-ups as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media.
Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). That’s the minimum requirement for males.
Female Marines are required, however, to do a flexed-arm hang from a bar, and their PFT score is calculated based upon how long they can properly hang on the bar. (See video for pull-ups and flexed-arm hang demonstrations.)
HEALTH CARE . . .
South Carolina General Assembly: H. 3101, “Freedom of Health Care Protection Act”
“TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE “SOUTH CAROLINA FREEDOM OF HEALTH CARE PROTECTION ACT” BY ADDING ARTICLE 21 TO CHAPTER 71, TITLE 38 SO AS TO RENDER NULL AND VOID CERTAIN UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TAKING CONTROL OVER THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND MANDATING THAT INDIVIDUALS PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER THREAT OF PENALTY; TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS FROM ENFORCING OR ATTEMPTING TO ENFORCE SUCH UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS; AND TO ESTABLISH CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND CIVIL LIABILITY FOR VIOLATING THIS ARTICLE. . .”
“Remember Julia? That cute little cartoon the Obama folks created to illustrate how the president’s policies would provide ‘health and economic security’ for women at all of life’s stages?
“The real-life Julias aren’t buying.
“A CNN/ORC International poll out this week finds 60 percent of women opposing ObamaCare. This follows a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll that found half of American women holding an unfavorable view of the law — against only 32 percent in support. In fact, almost all of the increase in the overall unpopularity of ObamaCare can be attributed to the growing number of women rebelling against it.
“No doubt this explains why First Lady Michelle Obama has just launched her own campaign to get young people to ‘ring in the New Year with new coverage.’ The White House knows it has a big problem with women.
“We can’t say we’re surprised. . .”
NSA . . .
Raphael Satter, AP: “Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries”
“LONDON (AP) — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets.
“Der Spiegel’s revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specializing in stealing data from the toughest of targets.
Citing internal NSA documents, the magazine said Sunday that TAO’s mission was ‘Getting the ungettable,’ and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered ‘some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen.’ . . .”
PA . . .
Janet: “Everything you wanted to know about NGOs, Global Regionalization, Common Core, Agenda 21 and Privatization.”
“This video is about 2 1/2 hrs. long so, you will probably have to watch it in spurts but, it gives a very good understanding of the three.“
Jeff Morgan: NSA Spies
Judge denies intent of Constitution superseded by rights of corporations to make public your private data. In America we have things like copyrights and patents to protect intellectual property. This judge though seems to believe that private conversations between two people are somehow in the “public domain”. This is ridiculous and needs to be stopped in its’ tracks. Private conversations between two citizens are afforded the right to privacy under the Constitution of this country. It is a protected fundamental natural right that the advancement of technology doesn’t get to negate.
With the advent of the information technology term “big data”, along with the advancement of internet companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Google and on, your personal privacy is being sacrificed on the altar of big data. With their bulk gathering and coalescing of desperate data tied to sophisticated marketing schemes, your personal privacy is being flushed down the commode. Your individualism both public and private are being collected organized, sold and as we have seen, sometimes stolen or “hacked”.
Isn’t it the duty of our elected officials to protect us all from this data abuse? Should they not stand up and fight for us in this matter? Shouldn’t our privacy bear some attention from these fine elected officials? The government appears instead; to be in cohorts with this collection effort along with the most feared of all Federal agencies the IRS. The result of this has already been laid bare when we consider the targeting of specific political groups by one of the political parties here in this country employing the powers of that agency.
The distraction of accomplishing this mass data gathering is side tracking the people who should indeed be making us safer by monitoring the real bad guys. We see though that even in knowing who the “bad guys” are, the government organizations fail us time and time again but seem adept at undermining our fundamental rights in bulk. Here is a detailed piece on how totally bogus and unsubstantiated this bad decision was made, by this judge, who does not have your best interests in mind with his rulings.
Salena Zito, RCP: “Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats’ New ‘It Girl’”
“A former midlevel prosecutor’s ambition and rise in Pennsylvania politics is a sign of the times in American politics.
“In under a year, Kathleen Kane has gone from an unknown Lackawanna County assistant district attorney to the powerful position of the state’s attorney general. If you believe the gossip surrounding her, she is a prospective candidate for every elected office imaginable, including governor, U.S. senator and president.
“When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled. Her better-known, union-endorsed primary opponent, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary.
“Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy. He thereby reminded Pennsylvanians and Washington political-watchers that the Clinton machine still has big game in a big state — and that Kane was their girl.
“Kane won and, ever since, has dabbled in the politically hot topics that secure wins in bigger Democrat primaries, issues such as gay marriage, climate change and big business. . .”
AP: “Terminally ill girl who had 10,000 people sing Christmas carols at her home Saturday has died”
Delaney Brown, 8, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. In her last week she was granted a few wishes including 10,000 people who sang Christmas carols at her house and talking to Taylor Swift.
END NOTES . . .
James Brody: Thanks for a great ride!
Thank you Ted, Janet, Jo, Paula, Jeff, Bob, Phil, Barb, & CAF . . . our list grew from 600 to 2020 . . . and nearly all of that growth occurred in the last six months while American invective reached genius quality. . . Happy New Year and keep on keeping on!
Enemy Central, American Spectator: “Enemy of the Year 2013”
“We all know who he is, he knows damn well we know, at some level he actually agrees. Self-pity is the only thing he still has going for him. He’s managed to deprive the U.S. even of this last bit of suspense. His one expressed hope is that we will honor precedent and defer our call until after the 2014 elections, as if that would change anything. As he sees it, if he repeats as Enemy of the Year a year from now, it at least won’t be recorded as a twofer. Always a doggedly slow learner, he’s begun to appreciate the false allure of re-election success.
“To be sure, it was typically shrewd of him to escape to Alohaland to await official word, safely ensconced amid international waters far beyond the 12 nautical mile reach of U.S. continental jurisdiction. It’s a surprise he hasn’t come out yet for Hawaiian independence. He could be king, a major tourist attraction, a late blooming surfer, a major player in the lei trade, never too far from his next high school reunion. It’s not too late to relocate his library along Waikiki, a much better locale than lake-shored Chicago from which to observe the oceans as he continues to slow their rise. The rest of the planet will begin to heal.
“His would-be successors are already preparing to lead us in new directions. Among the Democrats, there’s an obvious heir-apparent. She was first in 2013 to come up with a killer campaign slogan: “What difference does it make?” is how it sounded in the cleaned-up version. . .”
Paula Bolyard, PJM: “Neal Boortz Unloads on Social Conservatives on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show”
“. . .The left and their collaborators in the media are the ones who are ‘obsessed’ with social issues, having put them on the front lines of the 2012 campaign, including their contrived War on Women. Santorum could hardly stick to name, rank, and serial number when he was relentlessly badgered about abortion, gay marriage, and contraception on the campaign trail. At least he had the decency to be intellectually honest about his views rather than taking the politically expedient route.
“But social conservatives have, by and large, moved on. If you look at the list of supposed presidential contenders (according to a recent Fox News poll), none are ‘screaming’ about social issues. Leaving Christie out of this discussion because he seems to be evolving at the moment, all of the others on the list have professed, to one degree or another, support for the social conservative agenda. But which one of those potential candidates is running around the country ‘screaming’ about them?
“Instead, most social conservatives have shifted the debate to the issue of liberty. There is every reason to believe that it’s a winning strategy for Republicans to defend freedom and liberty — freedom of speech, religious liberty, the right to life. Even many on the left are beginning to reject the absurd and illiberal trajectory of what Mark Steyn has called the Bureau of Conformity Enforcement. When even liberal feminist Camille Paglia describes the fisking of a 67-year-old Christian grandfather from Louisiana as ‘punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist,’ we know that support for this battle for freedom of conscience is growing by the hour. Though social issues are necessarily rooted in religious and moral questions, that’s not the only way to discuss them in the public square, as many conservatives are learning. . .”