Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Meta

‘‘Scotch Eggs and Flying Prairie Dogs’’


Sunday blogmeet report -- with pictures -- over at Brigid’s.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Dear Diary...

Sunny Sunday


Arwen the cat enjoys both sunbeams *and* air conditioning.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

In Passing

So, Senator Feinstein, which is it?

Political Hacks  Dept
Mike Masnick:
[quoting the Associated Press]
The Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed this week on the willful violations by the NSA’s inspector general’s office, as first reported by Bloomberg.

‘‘The committee has learned that in isolated cases over the past decade, a very small number of NSA personnel have violated NSA procedures — in roughly one case per year,’’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the committee, said in a statement Friday.
Of course, this is the same Dianne Feinstein who, exactly a week ago, said the following:
As I have said previously, the committee has never identified an instance in which the NSA has intentionally abused its authority to conduct surveillance for inappropriate purposes.
Yeah.  Because apparently the NSA chose not to tell the committee until a few days later, despite it happening for years.
...
In the meantime, the NSA just made Senator Feinstein look like a complete fool...  At this point, it’s abundantly clear that Feinstein’s ‘‘oversight’’ of the NSA is a joke.  She’s either incompetent or lying.
The country’s in the very best of hands...

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Meta

Two days late but, fortunately, still time...

Be Told  Dept
What:  Not-exactly-a-blogmeet.
When:  Sunday, 3pm
Where:  Broad Ripple Brewpub
Why:  Why not?

So gnow you gnough...

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In Passing

Choices...


Ace:

I could almost support giving the NSA wide latitude if one condition were present:

That accidental violations would be punished by serious discipline -- say, two months off with no salary -- and that multiple accidental violations would be punished by a firing, and that intentional violations would be punished by a prosecution.

That, in theory, could keep this very dangerous and worrisome ability in check.

But it's only a theory, because as John Kerry and Eric Holder and Barack Obama demonstrate on a daily basis, The government never fires or disciplines anyone, no matter how serious or deadly or constitutionally-foul their transgressions.
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So we're left with a very unsatisfying choice between ‘‘Let the NSA run rampant’’ or ‘‘Let terrorists run rampant.’’
And at this point, I believe I’m almost ready to prefer the terrorists.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

In Passing

Meanwhile, over at the State Department...





...and four Americans are still dead.

(Via:  Ace.)

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In Passing

Not ‘‘incompetence,’’ intent

Liars All the Way Down  Dept
Glenn Reynolds:
COMPETENCE:  Report: NSA doesn’t know the extent of Snowden damage.  ‘‘The National Security Agency (NSA) doesn’t know how much information leaker Edward Snowden was able to obtain because of an underdeveloped capacity to audit its own data, according to a NBC News report released late Tuesday.’’

This is criminal.  Every single thing he did should have left an audit trail, both as a guard against misuse, and for damage assessment in a case just like this.

I didn’t say ‘‘criminal incompetence,’’ because if the need for an audit trail is obvious to such as me, it surely must have been obvious to higher-ups at NSA.  If the systems lack the capacity for this, it’s because somebody doesn’t want the records kept.  That suggests abuse at a systemic level.
No, it suggests a system that’s working as designed.

Related:

And read this:  They Know

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Friday, 16 August 2013

In Passing

Get ready for the DHHS SWAT Team!


Its called ‘‘evidence-based home visits...’’

According to an Obamacare provision millions of Americans will be targeted.

The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the ‘‘high-risk” categories below:
  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.[1]
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
‘‘...the new statute, by its own definition, has no... limitation.  Intervention may be with any family for any reason.  It may also result in the child or children being required to go to certain schools or tak[e] certain medications and vaccines and even having more limited – or no – interaction with [their] parents.’’
Well, at least we now know what all that ammunition.is for.


Via:  Gateway Pundit

Elsewhere:
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Clipfile

Clipfile - August 14, 2013

‘‘If it takes a thousand whistleblowers going to Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran to get the truth out to the American people, then so be it.  None of those three are any greater threat to our liberties... than the tyrants in our own government.’’ - Bill Quick

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In Passing

Coulter wins the Peggy Noonan award

SUCKER!!!  Dept
Ann Coulter:  Yes we should revitalize the Republican Party.  I’ll tell you who to throw out – Any Republicans who support amnesty.  You have a clear list Tea Partiers...

Sean Hannity:   Oh, so is the love affair with Chris Christie over?

Ann Coulter:   Sadly, over amnesty.  And, by the way, that’s when the love affair ended with George Bush.

(Via:  Jim Hoft)

Previously:

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