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If I remember correctly from that time, it came out that just before the raid, agents had come on some pretext to search the property, incl for guns, supposedly for the boy's safety. If only we could get immigration enforcement that zealous when it's NOT a matter of stroking Castro by returning a Cuban boy his mother died to bring to his relatives & freedom!
as in, "injustice", I take it. If this keeps up, America is DOA.
Hilarious! I promise you that if Issa or any other Republican learned of this activity more indirectly and said anything, they would have been met with hot denials, spouting of the P-word (paranoid), and lots of speechifying & obfuscation out of Cummings, then tut-tutting from the editorials and Demmie-friendly pundits. This just goes to show, again, the kind of real stop-at-nothing scum we're up against, plus a Republican Establishment who wants to go-along-&-get-along pretending not to notice.
Hilarious! I promise you that if Issa or any other Republican learned of this activity more indirectly and said anything, they would have been met with hot denials, spouting the P-word (paranoid), and lots of speechifying & obfuscation out of Cummings, then tut-tutting from the editorials and Demmie-friendly pundits.
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Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Sep 10, 2014 9:35 AM
I wondered the same.
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Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Sep 10, 2014 9:34 AM
Spot on as always. Angst and handwringing over "money in politics" and "campaign finance reform" is always limited to trying to squelch non-establishment alternative voices from addressing the public at large about issues and what various pols and candidates do and say relevant to them, what positions they take, and so on. It rarely addresses rent-seeking and the kind of backdoor means of influencing pols, bureaucrats, and public opinion the fabulously wealthy and well-connected do like creating think tanks & foundations, doing favors to pols pals & constituents, acquiring and manipulating "mainstream" media, funding and manipulating academia, buying off & manipulating "activist groups" who in turn get disproportionate sympathetic press no matter how wacky their positions are, etc. It doesn't address the influence of the established pop media itself, which always pushes "campaign finance reform" for the sake of its own influence. It doesn't of course address the propaganda generated by the governing class itself. The real excessive "money in politics" as Dr. Williams indicated & I've long said, is the $$$ they confiscate from us & use to buy off Voters and supporters.
Does Obamacare apply to US territories like PR & VI?
Ho hum. Want us to notice? LEAVE THE DEMOPCRATIC PARTY, WHILE DENOUNCING IT!
Yeah, that's hilarious! Who is braindead enough to believe Democrats actually disclaiming and defying their masters in the party politburo? They have sold their souls and will vote as they are told. Most particularly they would elect Harry Reid again.
I'm inclined to agree somewhat with Mr. Nantz' points about the outrage of those who market their attractiveness. However, blaming them on that basis is a bit like blaming a liquor store if someone breaks through a wall in the night and steals its inventory. Most importantly, he is disregarding the elephant in this room. At the end of the day, taking the allegations at face value, the celebs and others whose privacy was violated did NOT intend that the images get out into the public, for pay or otherwise. They were supposed to be private, for the private enjoyemnt of themselves & their significant others. Does Mr. Nantz object to that, per se? We can argue over it separately. There has been for several years an aggressive marketing campaign for the so-called "Cloud." Microsoft and many others have been telling the public that instead of using mass storage devices and possibly servers under their individual control (or perhaps a contract with a specific provider) they could entrust all their secrets to this nebulous "Cloud." What the heck is "the Cloud?" The "Cloud" is OTHER PEOPLES' SERVERS YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW, accessed via the PUBLIC Internet, using encryption the user knows nothing about, & does not select or control (unless the user has the means of encryption of everything before storage to the Cloud) . It's bad enough there are Internet hackers facilitated by organized crime and hostile governments. Have we learned NOTHING from the Snowden leaks and other revelations? Big players like Microsoft particularly have been cowed by the US Government into providing backdoors and weak encryption to facilitate casual warrantless spying. One of the many consequent dangers is that sooner or later a hacker will discover a weakness, especially if it was deliberately placed there, and take advantage of it! THAT should be the real concern here! Then there's Government demanding all our medical (& many financial) records, to be kept visible via the Internet, to any bureaucrat or any hacker with the tools & motivation (e.g. Russian or Chinese, for starters!) Big Brother values his ability to eavesdrop at will, over our petty little privacy & security concerns, even as he lets who-knows-who stream over the southern border and then fly all over the country with no ID! THAT is the issue the public should be getting outraged over!
This article & its conclusion reminds me of the same kind of "reasoning" employed for decades for electing the kind of Establishment Republicans we now call RINOs. Don't risk shaking things up with conservative principles and sending all those "independents" (who never show up at the polls but nonetheless be pandered to) running away screaming! We need reasonable "moderate" pols who know how things work and can manage government instead of ideologues wanting to rock the boat. Now it's come full circle with a conservative commentator suggesting Gov. Moonbeam is the better choice. Granted, California is sadly a basket case anyway, but must we surrender THAT abjectly? I'll have to say a conservative organization, or the Republican Party if it were genuine, ought to recruit Kashkuri as a debating coach for candidates in battleground states & districts. (hopefully Cruz will be too busy campaigning himself!) He's got the pair establishment career Republicans let the Dems & pop media snip off long ago. Could you imagine if Romney or McCain had challenged Obama in that fashion (and then flipped off the inevitable squeakers who would play the expired race card over it)?
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