I so so so hope this happens. It changed Christopher Hitchens mind.
I so so so hope this happens. It changed Christopher Hitchens mind.
If you disagree with us you are a bigot and mentally disabled. Awesome argument. Not a lick of evidence. Nor does she have a very good grasp on reality or history. She’s a far bigger bigot than anyone she’s describing.
Listen closely to Chris Matthews
You’ve got three known statist leftists there blathering on ignorantly. Keith… Katrina was used to show that government isn’t the answer. He said that clearly in the speech. Chris… the Republicans shouldn’t have a healthcare plan. If we make the false assumption the party members are generally for the free market no plan is possible unless you call doing nothing and letting the free market work a plan. Why should I expect anything less than this from the guy who said after Obama won the presidency: I’m going to do everything I can to make this thing work – this new presidency.
As for accepting funds. Louisiana is most definitely a taker state. While I don’t like that I understand it. In some cases people are incentivized to continue their life in dangerous locations because the federal government in particular is willing to give them handouts. Few are ever going to decline “free” money. If they think that very explicitly some of the stimulus money will cause problems more power too them for refusing it. It’s surely better than accepting it all. What I’d love to see is a state ask for all the amount of money which its residents sent in federal taxes and distribute it back to the original owners.
I’d like to also bitch about CNN. This morning some Obama worshiping commentator said something to the effect: “People have seen their ability to get healthcare disappear as the lose jobs or tough times makes it too expensive to keep coverage. Hopefully this will be an in for Obama’s healthcare plan.” 1) They haven’t lost healthcare, they lost health insurance. In no way the same. An it’s not technically insurance either but that’s another discussion. 2) People have the just about the most abundant healthcare system in the world available to them. The high prices are artificial but anyone is able to get healthcare. Whether you can afford it, need to mortgage the house, or ask for charity are another issue. But the access is there.
I originally intended this post to be about this but when search (unsuccessfully) for a clip of it on YouTube I ran across the footage above.
Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.
“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,” Tice claimed. “It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.”
Tice further explained that “even for the NSA it’s impossible to literally collect all communications. … What was done was sort of an ability to look at the metadata … and ferret that information to determine what communications would ultimately be collected.”
According to Tice, in addition to this “low-tech, dragnet” approach, the NSA also had the ability to hone in on specific groups, and that was the aspect he himself was involved with. However, even within the NSA there was a cover story meant to prevent people like Tice from realizing what they were doing.
“In one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations, just supposedly so that we would not target them,” Tice told Olbermann. “What I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7 and 365 days a year — and it made no sense. … I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me to fire me.”
When Olbermann pressed him for specifics, Tice offered, “An organization that was collected on were US news organizations and reporters and journalists.”
“To what purpose?” Olbermann asked. “I mean, is there a file somewhere full of every email sent by all the reporters at the New York Times? Is there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my little nephew in upstate New York?”
Tice did not answer directly, but simply stated, “If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything.” He added, however, that he had no idea what was ultimately done with the information, except that he was sure it “was digitized and put on databases somewhere.”
Tice first began alleging that there were illegal activities going on at both the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency in December 2005, several months after being fired by the NSA. He also served at that time as a source for the New York Times story which revealed the existence of the NSA’s wireless wiretapping program.
Over the next several months, however, Tice was frustrated in his attempts to testify before Congress, had his credibility attacked by Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, and was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in an apparent attempt at intimidation.
Tice is now coming forward again now because George Bush is finally out of office. He told Olbermann that the Obama administration has not been in touch with him about his latest revelations, but, “I did send a letter to, I think it’s [Obama intelligence adviser John] Brennan — a handwritten letter, because I knew all my communications were tapped, my phones, my computer, and I’ve had the FBI on me like flies on you-know-what … and I’m assuming that he gave the note to our current president — that I intended to say a little bit more than I had in the past.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Jan. 21, 2009.
Rob… I hope you aren’t part of this.
To restore the people’s faith in government? You’re are on the LP ticket right? hmmm…
The national LP may be in dire straits but Kentucky seems to me at least putting on a show. Sonny Landham has been unanumously removed from the Kentucky LP US Senate race ticket.
The latest scoop on Sonny Landham, belligerent warmonger and protectionist LP US Senate candidate: The Bluegrass State’s Libertarian Party voted 9 to 0 to take him off the ballot.
Since then, the Kentucky Secretary of State has reversed his decision to let the LP withdraw the “Libertarian” endorsement on the ballot. Richard Winger says that under the circumstances, the LP can either let him stay on the ballot as a Libertarian, or “the party can submit its petition in the middle of August, which will mean that the petition will only be valid for president and vice-president, but not U.S. Senator (the deadline for the presidential and vice-presidential candidate is in early September, but the deadline for all other office is in early August). In that case Landham won’t be on the ballot at all.” A commenter argues that stripping all these signatures from him might be unfair to Landham.
I spoke with the Chair of the KY LP, Ken Moellman, who confirmed that this about sums up their circumstances right now. Under today’s ballot access laws and in this post-McCain/Feingold world, the party faces three currently undisclosed options of what to do, which they will consider at a special executive meeting the chair called for this evening, Moellman told me. Landham will get to give his case. I will give an update when they decide which course to take.