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  • madcap commented on the blog post Ukraine Opposition Wants Nuclear Weapons

    2014-03-11 09:36:16View | Delete

    Two points:

    Isn’t this “oh, it was a terrible mistake to get rid of our nukes” lament ultimately just cover for allowing that loss of Soviet weaponry to be redressed by stationing NATO missiles on Ukrainian territory? You know… just to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

    Which leads to the more interesting question: Isn’t the conclusion that the meddling in Ukraine has all been a debacle for neocon U.S. foreign policy a bit premature, seeing that whatever shred of the Ukraine is left intact is bound to be more securely dependent on Western military presence (as well as on the neoliberal crooks in charge of Europe and the IMF)? One way or the other, the West’s menacing front vis-à-vis Russia seems to have pressed eastward.

    Of course, the crisis has been a disaster for actual Ukrainians. But mere human beings were never anybody’s concern, were they?

  • madcap commented on the blog post What is the Case for Biden over Clinton?

    2014-02-27 16:29:22View | Delete

    A brilliant — and funny — insight. I could’ve sworn Yuri Andropov was 103 at the end, but Wikipedia insists he died at age 70. Being a soulless apparatchik ages you in a most alarming way, and no more so in a communist oligarchy than in our increasingly farcical, corporatized version of a “democratic” national security state.

    It’s not really that the Central Committee can’t get somebody else to push their Animal Farm, Big Brother agenda besides Biden or Hillary. But how do you top a cunningly sheep-draped wolf like Barack Obama? Better just to put one of the obedient and fangless older wolves out there for all to see. Counterintuitively, it adds to the general air of hopelessness in the herd.

  • madcap commented on the blog post What is the Case for Biden over Clinton?

    2014-02-27 15:57:10View | Delete

    Amen.

  • madcap commented on the blog post Obama Needs to Become More of an Executive

    2013-12-31 16:45:20View | Delete

    President Obama is our leader and will continue be be so for at least three more years.

    Emphasis mine.

    Normally, erik, I wouldn’t touch your postings with a ten-foot pole — but this conjured up the scariest future I could imagine this New Year’s Eve.

  • I second that sentiment.

  • Checking around the Internet for legal reactions, Kevin, I see that most are picking up on that same excerpt from the ruling that you include here as the first blockquote, which states in pertinent part:

    Congress did not intend that targets of section 215 orders would ever learn of them.

    As one commenter has noted, that whole section amounts to ruling that the secret surveillance cannot be illegal because it is secret. Whory cow.

    Also, the WSJ online has provided a quick demonstration of who the idiot is between Judge Leon and Judge Pauley:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/12/27/you-be-the-judge-whos-right-on-nsa-data-gathering/?mod=WSJBlog

  • Judge Pauley is the same judiciary goon who denied the ACLU’s FOIA request that would have revealed the 215 dragnet. He wasn’t interested in the American people’s constitutional rights then and he isn’t interested now.

    http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/357380-patriot-pauley-opinion.html

  • madcap commented on the blog post Obama Delays Individual Mandate for Some

    2013-12-20 10:57:23View | Delete

    Correction: Item 3) should have stated that fewer people may be insured after Obamacare than before (owing to the millions of cancellations versus thousands of new enrollments by January 1).

  • madcap commented on the blog post Obama Delays Individual Mandate for Some

    2013-12-20 10:39:32View | Delete

    The policy impact should be small given that the qualifications for the exemption are narrow and the penalty in the first year is small.

    Well, whether the impact is small or not remains to be seen, but there is certainly reason enough to expect substantial effect from these wedges:

    1) The admission by the administration that many will or have found Obamacare on the exchanges unaffordable.

    2) The exemption, based on that unaffordability, that is being accorded the formerly insured whose policies were cancelled, but not to the uninsured. This creates a whole new measure of inequality in the application of the law that touches a great many more people than simply those who had their policies cancelled.

    3)The net effect is that fewer people may still be uninsured after Obamacare than before Obamacare, and what this says about the law’s ability to reach its own rather limited goal of expanding (unaffordable, sometimes junk) insurance coverage.

    It seems to me these issues will do nothing to improve people’s opinion of the law or motivate any desire to keep it staggering along.

  • madcap commented on the blog post Support for Obama and Obamacare Drops

    2013-11-14 11:23:01View | Delete

    In particular, I recall Jon hammering away at how the ACA incentivized destroying good health insurance by making an employer’s comprehensive (so-called “Cadillac”) coverage a liability for the employer and leaving only junk insurance available to employees. The trick to reducing health care costs in the ACA was quite simply in reducing health care. And the unwinding of employer-based “Cadillac” insurance is a debacle that hasn’t even begun, of course. Jon is sure to prove right on that point as well.

  • madcap commented on the blog post BREAKING: Shots Fired At Los Angeles International Airport

    2013-11-01 12:37:38View | Delete

    Schroedinger’s suspect: Alive and in custody at 11:10 and 11:58, dead at 11:20 and 11:36.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-live-lax-shooting-tsa-agent-alleged-gunman-shot-20131101,0,3517669.story#axzz2jQMUc9aM

  • madcap commented on the blog post BREAKING: Shots Fired At Los Angeles International Airport

    2013-11-01 11:51:54View | Delete

    Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said a suspect had been taken into custody and was believed to be the only one.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/01/us-usa-california-airport-idUSBRE9A00RS20131101

  • madcap commented on the blog post BREAKING: Shots Fired At Los Angeles International Airport

    2013-11-01 11:49:38View | Delete

    The suspect is reported to be in custody (11:10 a.m. in the L.A. Times updates — Reuters also quoted a police spokeswoman to the same effect) and ten minutes later it is reported that the suspect has been killed. ???

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-live-lax-shooting-tsa-agent-alleged-gunman-shot-20131101,0,3517669.story#axzz2jQAh7GQx

  • madcap commented on the blog post Conflicting Reports On Who Knew About NSA Spying Program

    2013-10-29 12:40:00View | Delete

    And I really wonder if ANY of the foreign leaders believe him.

    I heard a German-speaking member of the European Parliament this morning on the English-language DW television news. In an open forum he declared (according to the voiceover translation) that he wouldn’t buy a used car from Obama.

    Welcome to the club, Europe.

  • Man, and I thought that whole business about the bridge of the starship Enterprise was creepy. That’s nothing compared to this letter. It’s like Nixon’s pathetically inept and untrue “I am not a crook” — but strung out over eight single-space, cringe-inducing paragraphs.

  • madcap commented on the diary post War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand? by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-08-31 15:59:52View | Delete

    Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein — only Boxer might be susceptible to public pressure (I emailed her — will call if there is a “debate”). “Anti-war” San Francisco would be better served by some rabid Tea Party tool on this one (as opposed to the rabid Obama tool now “representing” us). By the way, Feinstein’s online email link [...]

  • madcap commented on the diary post War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand? by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-08-31 15:44:35View | Delete

    Hysterical!

  • madcap commented on the diary post Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria by David Swanson.

    2013-08-29 14:50:14View | Delete

    UPDATE. Parliament does take a vote and votes down Prime Minister Cameron’s military action initiative, 285 to 272. Cameron says he will abide by the vote.

  • madcap commented on the diary post Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria by David Swanson.

    2013-08-29 14:16:06View | Delete

    This report from the BBC’s live updates would seem to confirm that:

    Conservative Edward Leigh says he does not believe PM will ever hold crucial second vote on #Syria because he knows cannot win it: “We were lied to over Iraq… we will not go down that road again.”

  • madcap commented on the blog post NSA Bugged the United Nations’ Headquarters

    2013-08-25 12:20:36View | Delete

    The NSA and the Surveillance State need a comprehensive and public review.

    Your comment, Dan, put me in mind of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s recent remark with regard to “LOVINT” and the revelation that NSA employees could and did spy on their exes. Being informed that the NSA had yet again been caught withholding facts, misrepresenting facts — lying — the bungling senator reprised her best impersonation of bungling Inspector Clouseau:

    “Clearly, any case of noncompliance is unacceptable, but these small numbers of cases do not change my view that NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” she said. “When errors are identified, they are reported and corrected.”

    I kept wondering, is there anybody in the country — Democrat, Republican or Independent — who reads that at this point in the scandal and actually thinks, “Oh, good — this’ll get taken care of. Senator Feinstein is on the case”?

    But, of course, that is exactly what the NSA and Obama administration are thinking. Some variety of farce by stooges like Feinstein is likely to be the only “comprehensive and public review” we see.

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