Arbusto commented on the blog post President Obama’s Statement Avoids the Issue of Militarized Police in Ferguson
Also at my direction, the Department is offering – through our COPS office and Office of Justice Programs – technical assistance to local authorities in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force.
Why am I not assured this will end well for our citizens?
Arbusto commented on the diary post Talk by Ali Abunimah, FDL Book Salon Author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Cancelled by Evanston Public Library – Updated by EdwardTeller.
I’m sure, in this age gormless press and institutional cravenness, any documentary, or as recently happened, news of trials in Germany for suspected death camp guards, must include a panel of holocaust deniers.
While the good citizens of Germany may be outraged, I wonder if Merkel, and many in Government, consider this the cost of doing business with other countries and must show outrage to cover their pragmatic attitude to expanded and more intrusive intelligence agencies, foreign and domestic. Whether through pragmatism, fear or laziness, as practiced here in the good ol’ USofA, it seems the CIA, FBI, BND, MI5/6 and other alphabet intel agencies have gone off the reservation,with or without government approval, under the umbrella of homeland security and no one in any government seems to care about the natural result of intel illegal practices to a free and open government.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Eric Holder’s Legacy To Be Failing To Hold Wall Street Accountable
Holder will feel the heat of criticism, just as his boss, as he pushes the enter key for auto deposit. Hail to the 1% and the wannabes.
Syria and Lebanon air forces have been attacking ISIS
Arbusto commented on the blog post Begich Running to Obama’s Left in a Red State Because of Social Security
It is truly remarkable that a President would knowingly do something to cripple his party’s election prospects that also produced zero policy results.
As with all things Obama, this isn’t a bug, it’s a benefit, a benefit to his backers. In a hundred years, if the history isn’t expunged by the oligarchs, I wonder if Obama LLC will tie Bushco as the worst two presidents and administrations in history.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Counting Down To Solar Roadways
Living in a rural agricultural area in Sacramento county, my driving skills remain sharp, even in my dotage, as I dodge potholes in the tarmac so my tires don’t blow out or my suspension degraded even faster. I’d love this system as a side beni seems to be increased road longevity and easy(?) panel replacement.
Hope this product works out.
Arbusto commented on the blog post CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis (if you’ll keep it)
As Bill is wont to say: “With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
Does anyone really think this is going anywhere?
With Holder as AG and Feinstein in charge of protecting the CIA and NSA, isn’t this referral a nonstarter?
Arbusto commented on the blog post The Biggest Progressive Victory of 2014 So Far Was Against Obama, Not With Him
To pick nit, why are progressives/liberals always behind the semantic power curve and the ReThugs have PhDs in its use? In this case SS is described as an entitlement, aka welfare paid by the government to the greedy, while in fact it is a benefit, repaid to the beneficiary proportionally to input. I guess with regards Dem politicians, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Pakistani Drone Victim, Who Has Sought to Hold CIA Accountable, Kidnapped & Disappeared
What a bag of snakes. Was it CIA, ISI or some other entity that disappeared Khan. If it’s the ISI that reopens the question whether they came back under civilian control or remain outliers.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Why Should AP Withhold Name of Country Where US Might Launch Drone & Kill Another US Citizen?
So if the CIA
murderskills an American Citizen it’s a no no?, but if the DoD executes a Citizen by extra judicial means in or around a war zone, and based on the AUMF it’s OK? I wonder, if in pushing the legal bounds of the Constitution, AP and their reporters could be liable, either criminally or civil, for prior knowledge of a crime?
Arbusto commented on the diary post Introducing Facebook, Google+ Login at Firedoglake by Brian Sonenstein.
I’m with the tin hat crowd. Why does John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter pop in my head. Inquiring minds and all that.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Sen. Schumer Believes States Should be Able to Experiment with Pot Legalization
Ditto. If you want inaction or an idea killed, unless of course it benefits Israel or AIPAC, Chuckles is the go to guy.
I concur. Best Holmes ever and excellent period series. As an aside, not really, an offshoot of Doyle’s books is Carole Nelson Douglas eight book series on Irene Adler (from Doyles A Scandal in Bohemia). Real page turners.
Well it is NSA double speak saying if it sucked up any conversions, meta data, email or web sites visited by on high (officials of any rank from Pres to city officials) they can’t search as it would be a breach of the law, unless ordered by a court. Since FISA, I believe, is the only court able to request such a retrieval, what mechanism is available to anyone to do a pig in a poke search?
Maybe we all need a Faraday cage built around our computer area, or house better yet, and of course keep our aluminum hats.
This is ready made for the FBI, DIA, DEA and CIA tool box. Just what we need, more data in an unsearchable (really?) database) for those of us above the law, or a law unto themselves.
Arbusto commented on the blog post Obama to ‘Overhaul’ Security Clearances System, Not Surveillance Programs
Poor Obama. He hand picks a commission to deliver a predetermined investigation and preordained recommendations, only to have an Earl Warren moment and actually receive useful results. Well, just keep commissioning new commissions until you get the results you want.
Arbusto commented on the diary post Saudi Arabia: A Retrograde Rentier Dictatorship and Global Terrorism by GREYDOG.
eCAHN; Does it matter which country is more civilized when both the respective PTB are radical Islamists (even if the Saudi royals are wantabe Wahhabi) with a wide spread secret police and in Irans case a US equivalent of Block Watch, supplied with weapons and motor bikes or in Saudi, with 5000 Princes and hanger [...]
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