• billyc commented on the blog post CDC Approved Symptomatic Nurse With Ebola To Fly

    2014-10-16 08:24:58View | Delete

    We need to pay more attention to the nurses, and their union reps, at the Dallas hospital. Maybe it’s time to bring in the folks from Doctors Without Borders to show us how to deal with an ebola outbreak – they’ve been working at those primitive tent camps and have invaluable experience.

  • billyc commented on the diary post #MH370: The Doppler Effect, the Undisputed Facts and a Theory by Masoninblue.

    2014-03-26 06:48:18View | Delete

    Arriving late to the discussion I have just a few thoughts about MH370. Have maintenance records of the missing plane been analyzed? Several days after the plane was reported missing a young CNN reporter reported that a number of relatives and friends of the missing passengers were receiving cell phone calls from the passengers. The [...]

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Metadata Used For Drone Strikes

    2014-02-10 08:46:19View | Delete

    Just saw your link after I posted. You’re quick!

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Metadata Used For Drone Strikes

    2014-02-10 08:44:49View | Delete

    CNN reported within the past hour an American al-Queda member has been placed on The Kill List – they haven’t identified the person who is to be whacked nor the country in which he/she is located. Barbra Starr, CNN’s crack Pentagon correspondent, said CNN, being a “responsible” news organization, is trying to confirm the info. Will CNN float the rumor that it is Greenwald? (I’m a cynic, of course, and skeptical.)

  • billyc commented on the blog post House Farm Bill Includes $8 Billion Of Cuts To Food Stamps

    2014-02-03 12:49:56View | Delete

    And, how much are we being hosed to pay the SIC to spy on us? And, we still have tax cuts and loopholes for the criminals on War Street! Anymore wars so we can borrow from our future? Taking food from children is reprehensible.

  • billyc commented on the blog post RIP: Pete Seeger

    2014-01-29 09:26:09View | Delete

    I loved Pete! The man was a national treasure. So long Pete, it was good to knowya! RIP, gentle man.

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Gave 2-3 ‘Daily Tips’ To The FBI For 3 Years

    2014-01-21 10:50:54View | Delete

    DSW, this could go a long way toward explaining why so many folks in DC are willing to support the NSA. IMO, the NSA has probably shared info and data with practically every agency in DC and, I would wager, has even helped some local law enforcement agencies – a “gift” that keeps on giving!

  • Obama’s proposed reforms of the NSA? Purely cosmetic – lipstick on a pig! The NSA will continue doing what it has always done: flaunt the law and dare any of the 3 branches of gov’t. to do anything about it and if anyone of them questions the NSA’s actions hide behind “national security” and lie or simply ignore its critics.

    I hope the President didn’t spoil his holiday vacation by coming up with these non-reform reforms!

  • billyc commented on the diary post Nick Turse: Special Ops Goes Global by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-01-09 08:46:31View | Delete

    What we’re seeing now are the wars of the future: using JSOC troops, drones, and cyberwarfare. We won’t need conventional troops to invade and occupy which is so expensive. Plus the overriding secrecy masquerading as “national security” means the average American will never really know what is being undertaken unless there is blowback that penetrates [...]

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Software Program Bugs iPhone

    2014-01-01 12:45:27View | Delete

    I’ll probably be able to hear a recording of your singing through the loudspeakers at the Halliburton Re-education Camp where I’ll be assembling Apple products for 25 cents a day. I was placed in the camp after NSA counselors discovered I was attempting to remove the RFID chip implanted in my mastoid at birth. ; )

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Software Program Bugs iPhone

    2014-01-01 11:56:41View | Delete

    Snippet of a conversation in the not-too-distant future:

    Hey Grandpa, what does the word “privacy” mean?

    Well Billy, I don’t think you’d understand if I told you. “Privacy” is a quaint artifact of our past. [Audible sigh]

  • This is good news for connoisseurs of weed! When I was a young street hippie around 1970 (down here in the lower 48) weed grown in the Matanuska Valley was affectionately known as Matanuska Thunderfuck and rivaled the weed grown in Hawaii. Hope the good people of Alaska vote YES for legalization!

  • billyc commented on the diary post Theodore Wafer ordered to stand trial for killing Renisha McBride by Masoninblue.

    2013-12-21 19:29:24View | Delete

    Not long ago I read one of those statements that stays with you long after you’ve read it. The author (whom I can’t recall) said “I prefer an America where a guy named George Zimmerman offers a lift to a black kid in order to get him out of the rain rather than stalking him [...]

  • billyc commented on the diary post Theodore Wafer ordered to stand trial for killing Renisha McBride by Masoninblue.

    2013-12-21 17:10:20View | Delete

    I viewed some snippets of testimony given at the preliminary hearing. Wafer’s shotgun was unusual in that it had a pistol grip rather than a standard stock. Apparently Wafer fired thru the screen door after having opened his front door and the poor girl was only 2 to 3 feet from the shotgun’s muzzle. In [...]

  • billyc commented on the blog post NSA Program Stopped No Terrorist Attacks

    2013-12-20 16:17:08View | Delete

    I watched today’s Presidential press conference when the President was asked about amnesty for Snowden. Of course the President sidestepped the issue by saying he couldn’t comment because Snowden was under indictment. The President and the rest of us wouldn’t be having a discussion about the NSA if it wasn’t for Snowden. Snowden is deserving of a Presidential pardon.

    I understand that Snowden had a copy of the Constitution handy at his desk and often engaged his superiors in discussions concerning the constitutionality of what he and the NSA were doing while employed by Booz Allen.

    The President should seriously consider pardoning Snowden, begin the process of downsizing the NSA by placing the agency under a moratorium, and cooperate with Congress in an investigation of the NSA and establish new guidelines and parameters for that agency before it does any more harm. That agency cannot continue with business as usual if the President is sincere in reestablishing trust in the intelligence community.

  • I am constantly amazed at Iran’s restraint in dealing with the almost daily threats of war coming from the war pigs in the US and Israel. The Menendez bill is particularly outrageous because it flies in the face of the deal that was reached last month and could actually be a prelude to war if it is passed.

    I just viewed a list of the co-sponsors of the Menendez bill and it’s the usual list of war mongers or war whores – Graham, McCain, Rubio, Cruz. Nauseating! Schumer has no regrets about the company he keeps.

  • billyc commented on the blog post Tax Reform Appears Dead

    2013-12-19 15:55:33View | Delete

    Agreed! Plus I like your suggested slogan! ; )

  • billyc commented on the blog post Tax Reform Appears Dead

    2013-12-19 15:52:27View | Delete

    Baucus announced last April that he would not seek reelection in 2014. By leaving a year earlier than the expiration of his current term would allow the Democratic governor of Montana to pick someone to fill out his term. Not familiar with the politics in Montana. If there’s anyone out there from Montana who would care to fill us in on the situation stop by FDL – you’d be most welcome here!

  • billyc commented on the blog post Military Pension Cuts Stay In Ryan-Murray Bill

    2013-12-18 10:18:27View | Delete

    That poor person could be a veteran or a Walmart employee.

  • billyc commented on the blog post Military Pension Cuts Stay In Ryan-Murray Bill

    2013-12-18 09:59:21View | Delete

    This austerity budget exemplifies what Pope Francis called “global indifference to the plight of the poor.” Both parties deserve to be swept into the dustbin of history, instead they’ll be cheered for their bipartisanship. And the traditional corporate media will focus their attention on the winners of the Mega Millions lottery. Congress suffers from “affluenza” and most of the world suffers from “povertenza.”

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