Unca T

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  1. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2wwdep/we_are_edward_snowden_laura_poitras_and_glenn/courtey
  2. Court rules NSA program illegal By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter Updated 10:52 AM ET, Thu May 7, 2015 Washington (CNN)A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's controversial collection of Americans' phone records, the subject of documents leaked by Edward Snowden, is not legal under the Patriot Act. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in the case, which was brought by the ACLU, that the telephone metadata collection program "exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized." The Court did not rule on a larger Constitutional issue and sent the case back down to a lower court for further proceedings. The program gathers up bulk telephone records to enable targeted searches based on telephone numbers or other identifiers associated with terrorist organizations. A three judge panel held that the text of the Patriot Act "cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it and that it does not authorize the telephone meta date program." The Court said, "We do so comfortably in the full understanding that if Congress choses to authorize such a far-reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportuntiy to do so, unambiguously. Until such times as it does so, however, we decline to deviate from widely accepted interpretations of well-established legal standards. " "This is a landmark ruling and it critically important decision, what it means going forward depends entirely on Congress, because this provision was set to expire on June 1st anyway," said Steve Vladeck of American University. The Court said it wouldn't block the provision while the case is reconsidered at the lower court.
  3. dirtyhairy, what are your views on doberman pinschers and mountain climbing?
  4. A 9 year old reviewed Avengers negatively and this was the first comment. http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a34769/avengers-age-of-ultron-kid-review/
  5. Heath insurers are stock market darlings thanks to Obamacare http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/21/investing/unitedhealth-earnings-obamacare/ CNNMoney Jan 21, 2015 Yet some people still call the man a socialist.
  6. Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'I'll be damned' if Americans lead ISIS fight By Jeremy Diamond, CNN Updated 11:23 AM ET, Tue September 30, 2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate's leading doves, said Tuesday he doesn't want the United States leading the fight against ISIS. Instead, said the Vermont senator, who is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid, the nation should be focused on helping the middle class. Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he doesn't want to see the United States fall into another "quagmire in the Middle East," and he put the onus on Muslim countries to take on ISIS. "I'm sitting here wondering where Saudi Arabia is, where Kuwait is, where Qatar is," Sanders said on CNN's "New Day." "I'll be damned if kids in the state of Vermont -- or taxpayers in the state of Vermont -- have to defend the royal Saudi family, which is worth hundreds of billions of dollars." Saudi Arabia and Qatar are part of a five-country coalition of Middle Eastern nations that have joined the U.S. in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but Sanders suggested the U.S. should only be "supportive." Sanders also joined 21 other senators earlier this month in opposing a resolution to train and arm 5,000 moderate Syrian rebels to combat ISIS. "It cannot be won and it will not be won by the United States alone," Sanders said of the war on ISIS. And like a candidate running for office, Sanders, who is not up for reelection this fall, quickly shifted the interview away from whether the Senate should declare war to the plight of the middle class and increasing income inequality. "While we focus all of our attention on ISIS, the middle class in this country continues to collapse," Sanders said. "And you know what the people tell me in Vermont and around the country? Let's also start paying attention to the crises facing working families in America." Instead of a war resolution, Sanders rattled off a list of progressive initiatives he does "want to vote on," including raising the minimum wage and creating a national jobs program. Sanders calls for 'political revolution' in Iowa Sanders traveled to Iowa earlier this month on what he has described as a listening tour to gauge the appetite for what would be a populist campaign for the presidency. "I'm going around the country getting an assessment from the American people as to whether or not there would be support for a campaign that in fact takes on the Koch brothers, takes on the billionaire class," Sanders said.
  7. O, bomber! Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years http://rt.com/usa/190048-usa-bombing-six-country/
  8. In 2008 Obama positioned himself as the ant-iwar candidate. Funny how that worked out. But Hillary is the most hawkish candidate possible on the left so I don't so why someone else couldn't take advantage of that again to beat her in the primary.
  9. Sanders can play the role that some envisioned for Warren. He can talk about how Bill Clinton's administration served the same trickle down economics as its Republican predecessors, how the Clinton administration's senior economic appointees were servants of the big banks, and about Bill's repeal of Glass-Steagall and other financial regulations.
  10. Did Rambler die or something?
  11. Show of hands, who all here sided with the police in the Rodney King case? Be honest.
  12. Deal’s campaign didn’t offer a specific response to Hunt’s comments, only pointing to the governor’s own proposal unveiled in April to alter who appoints the members of the commission. How does the appointment process work?
  13. Outsource ethics oversight, Libertarian candidate for governor says Andrew Hunt asserts voters are frustrated with Democrats and Republicans who hand out favors Posted: June 11, 2014 - 4:56pm By Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The Libertarian nominee for governor blasted both parties Wednesday for steering favors to friends, and he offered a novel solution for improving the state’s oversight of ethics - outsourcing. Andrew Hunt met with reporters at the Capitol and said voters were frustrated with Democrats and Republicans. In responding to a question about why he is running against Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, Hunt used a broad brush. “There’s enough coverage of his different ethical issues that I don’t need to go into that. But there are some issues there, and I think it has to do with both parties where there’s a lot of crony capitalism,” said Hunt. “There’s a lot of special-interest deals.” Hunt, the founder of a small business specializing in nano-technology, is critical of tax breaks and freebies the governor can award as incentives for large companies bringing jobs. He said Deal shouldn’t have a say in which firms get the goodies, arguing instead that no special favors be available to any company. Deal has hinged his re-election campaign largely on the jobs promised by companies his administration has recruited through use of incentives. The Libertarian also addressed the operations of the state ethics committee, the tiny agency that oversees campaign spending. Commission members and staffers have complained for years of having inadequate funding, and the campaigns and activists that use the agency have complained just as much about poor operation. Hunt said the solution is to hire an outside company to run it. “The key is, how effective are they at making it open and transparent and is it costing the same or less than the government way of doing it? You have to get out of this way of thinking that government does a better job,” he said. Deal’s campaign didn’t offer a specific response to Hunt’s comments, only pointing to the governor’s own proposal unveiled in April to alter who appoints the members of the commission. “With stronger guidelines and a commission that avoids the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, I believe we can get the system functioning efficiently and effectively. That’s the first step in gaining public trust in the integrity of our political system,” Deal said at the time. The Democrat in the governor’s race, Sen. Jason Carter of Atlanta, has offered his own proposal for the commission, a constitutional amendment to set aside 0.01 percent of the state budget for it. “One thing we should all be able to agree on is that it’s wrong that Gov. Deal’s staff and loyalists were able to kill an active investigation into his campaign,” said Bryan Thomas, Carter’s spokesman. “Jason has long advocated for a truly independent ethics commission, whose members aren’t appointed by the officials it oversees.” The Democrats note that the state lost a lawsuit against it filed by the former director of the ethics commission who said interference by Deal’s staff during a probe into his campaign spending led to her firing. Deal denies it, but the state is reportedly negotiating a settlement with her former assistant who makes the same claim. Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville....s#ixzz34uaWfT2f
  14. The only way Deal can lose this election is if he's caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy, so I'd encourage folks to vote for Libertarian Andrew Hunt.