published Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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fairmon said...

Listen up....

Grandpa McCain, mama Pelosi, uncle Harry, cuzzin Lindsey and big daddy know what is best for you. They have to know what you are doing at all times in order to protect you. Go ahead, give them your paper route money so they can spend it the way they think best. If you complain too much they may implant a GPS in you so they will know where you are and what you are doing, for your own good of course. You will know some day what they did with your money. Remember, they will know if you have been good or bad.

They are proud of you and glad you worked two jobs, some times three, invested carefully and well. Now they will require you to have the kind of insurance they think is best and you can help those that didn't try as hard have the same insurance and you can help pay for it. NO, NO, NO don't complain or fail to do as you are told or you will be punished. We want all you kids to have the same thing and either all be well off or equally impoverished, you have to share like mama Pelosi, uncle Harry and some people working for big daddy said.

November 5, 2013 at 5:43 a.m.
anniebelle said...

The Patriot Act was signed into law by George Bush on October 26th 2001 in direct response to the attack of 9/11/2001. The Act increases the ability of law enforcement to fight terrorism. The only rumbling I heard from the right then was, "if you don't have anything to hide, why do you care". Strange that when GWB was in power, that was okey dokey. Now, that people actually know what that insidious act was all about, somehow it's this President's fault. Typical right wing rhetoric. Also, the GOP doesn't have any problem with invading your bedroom to make sure you're using the "missionary position" and with the opposite sex, and a woman's body with their policies. That's where the real uproar should be. I think we all benefit from better health if we all have access to a doctor.

November 5, 2013 at 5:46 a.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle...Do you ever wonder how all the intelligent, all the good leaders, all the creative people, those with high morals and big hearts all become democrats and only the conspirators and haters are republicans? You do seem to appreciate president Obama with his Solomon like wisdom and his key advisers like Valerie Jarrett making our critical decisions for us. Can you imagine what a mess we would make of our own affairs if people like Harry Reid didn't confiscate as much of our money as possible and require us to spend a lot of that we keep as he and others dictate. Are we fortunate or what? How stupid can a person be to think there may be a better way? Do you still think charging the republicans with treason and executing them would be the thing to do to save the country? Is it time for a one party dynasty? I hope you don't think libertarians should also be scheduled for the firing squads?

November 5, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle said...

Also, the GOP doesn't have any problem with invading your bedroom to make sure you're using the "missionary position"

Do you remember when a man in Georgia was charged with a crime for breaking a law that prohibited cunnilingus? He became one of the most popular men among women in the area when that hit the news. I don't know which party was in power at the time but I think it was in the Lester Maddox era or shortly after. I wouldn't doubt, like most laws, that one still being in the law book in Georgia.

November 5, 2013 at 6:33 a.m.
anniebelle said...

In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor. We are a nation of laws, are we not? If found guilty of the charge, proper punishment is called for. There are republicans running for office as we speak that are calling for the arrest of anyone caught performing any sexual act other than their preferred position. Look it up. I do believe the guy running for senator in Virginia today has taken that 'position'.

November 5, 2013 at 6:41 a.m.
limric said...

I mean really; What's the big deal?

"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear." Right?!?

Better yet:

"If you've done bad things (that'd be you Anniebelle) you ought to be ashamed of yourself and if you hadn't done anything bad there is no need of making such a rumpus about other people knowing.". Cunnilingus indeed! Naughty naughty girl.

~British CCTV justification. ~Henry James

A question arose, "Do you still think charging the republicans with treason and executing them would be the thing to do to save the country"?

Answering this query is a nice elderly Jewish man: "Vhell, it couldn't hoit".

November 5, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
AgentX said...

I love the drama that unfolds every week on here. Everyone has to point the finger at the other "party" and claim they did everything wrong. I don't think I've ever heard anyone step up and say, "sure, we screwed up, now lets work together and fix it."

Now, I understand the NSA monitoring people. If it helps prevent a terrorist attack, even one, then it was worth it. There is no way that the NSA has someone sitting and listening to your every phone conversation, or reading every email you send or receive. More likely, computers run programs that look for key terms and flag communications for additional review.

November 5, 2013 at 7:56 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

You can rightfully blame the start of the current mess of civil rights violation of personal privacy on Bush the Younger and the American public who let their representatives vote for the patriot (sic) act; but surveillance program started years earlier when the Brits, Australia and the US joined forces to tap international phone lines and use IBM linguistic analysis to figure out what was going on. Even earlier, recall how J. Edgar Hoover spied on people he alone decided were "suspicious." Who complained then?

Fortunately only of late when the rapid increase in cell phones with location sensing, cloud information storage, computer power and extremely large, inexpensive digital mass storage methods has it been possible to monitor conversations in almost real time and recall anything that might seem suspicious.

The great tragedy is President Obama acceding to this massive violation of our right to privacy. When so many other positive advances could mark his honorable Presidency this gross dishonorable act will be what remains.

The chances the government will back down are slim because the government has discovered a seductive tool. Even Chattanooga videos your public movements. Do we hear the mayor objecting? And he is a lawyer!

You hear Rep. Pelosi and the republican majority leader expressing surprise but they have been privy to and supported this massive invasion into your private life since they have sat on the House Intelligence (sic) committee.

If you want the best evidence of what is coming down the pike, look to Britain and the mass public video and electronic surveillance they conduct on their public. Your bedroom is next.

November 5, 2013 at 8:02 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

AgentX , you have absolutely no idea what it can do, but you can read various technical publications and get a very good idea. Have you ever wondered how Google knows so much about you?

November 5, 2013 at 8:06 a.m.
librul said...

Chris Hedges hits the nail on the head again:

"As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped of political power. They recognize that we have been shorn of our most basic and cherished civil liberties, and live under the gaze of the most intrusive security and surveillance apparatus in human history. Half the country lives in poverty. Many of the rest of us, if the corporate state is not overthrown, will join them. These truths are no longer hidden."

From "Is There a Revolution Coming? Americans Finally Realize Global Capitalism Is a Murderous Sham". A great, thought-provoking read.

Published on AlterNet.org .. http://www.alternet.org/revolution

November 5, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
fairmon said...

Exhibitionist should love the surveillance program. Anniebelle is that why you object to the laws against certain sexual activities? Getting your jollies being an exhibitionist or a voyeur could get you in trouble? You are pretty smart, you know those men listening in are going to get their jollies listening to some of the good stuff. I wonder when the patriot act will be expanded to detect potential criminal activity and as quasi gun control initiative?

November 5, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
fairmon said...

Patrick Henry's "give me liberty or give me death", Nathan Hale's "I regret I have only one life to give for my country" and JFK's "ask not what can your country do for you but what can you do for your country"

have been replaced with "take away all the liberty but take away some of the risk", I want to share in the success of others even if I don't pursue it myself" and "I want my country to make key decisions for me and to do everything for me using opm" "taxing some people without representation is ok if I benefit from it"

November 5, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle said...

There are republicans running for office as we speak that are calling for the arrest of anyone caught performing any sexual act other than their preferred position. Look it up. I do believe the guy running for senator in Virginia today has taken that 'position'.

Why do you object to him advocating people having sex doing so in their preferred position? Of course some prefer a little variety and if that is the case it sounds like from your statement that should be what he thinks they should do. I wonder if the legislature people elect would support him in making it unlawful for people to engage in sex except in the way they prefer or like it? I don't understand the need for a law to do that.

November 5, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.
alprova said...

Fairmon, you're really going off the deep end this morning.

Like someone said a little while ago...

No one is listening in on your conversations, nor reading every e-mail you write.

Metadata is the practice of monitoring numbers called and filtering for key words, and it's not going to be curtailed. Certain members of Congress can feign their faux outrage if they want to, but the fact is that most of those doing the whining voted to reauthorize the practices that the NSA has been performing.

So what if if IS expanded to be used to thwart domestic criminal activity?

Are you planning to organize a grassroots effort to fight for the rights of any criminal to be allowed to pursue their chosen careers?

November 5, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

AntiBelle talking about the "missionary position" is a hoot. She's clearly on top of this.

November 5, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.
alprova said...

inquiring mind wrote: "Have you ever wondered how Google knows so much about you?"

Now these are the people you really need to worry about.

The NSA is nothing, compared to the people who really spy on Americans on a daily basis.

Your ISP keeps logs and copies of every key stroke you make, every website you visit, how long you visit, and what you visit on that website.

Cell phones keep records of every call you place, how long you were connected, and if the truth were known, they may well be recording each and every conversation.

What if the fact of the matter is that the Internet and cell phones were invented to spy on the entire world? Combine that with the explosion of security cameras being placed to catch the events that have convicted many a domestic criminal, the building of massive centers filled with people sorting through metadata, and you have the world's almost perfect spying organization.

I assume that the only privacy I may have left is behind the closed door of a bathroom.

Is my bedroom television recording everything I do? I don't know, for I haven't torn the darn thing apart to see if their is not a micro-camera buried somewhere in it.

The one thing I do know for sure, is that whenever I browse for a particular item, for days afterward, I am bombarded with ads asking if I am still looking for one.

Thank goodness I haven't been shopping for sex toys.

Aw crap...I typed it. Now I'm gonna start seeing ads for those things.

November 5, 2013 at 9:42 a.m.
AgentX said...

inquiringmind, I know how Google functions. Does it not make good business sense? There are steps you can take to disable such things, too. This is an age of technology.

November 5, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
whatsnottaken said...

... Being that I have nothing to hide and am not paranoid about the government, I appreciate that someone is looking out for my well-being, even if that Kenyan guy who runs the country caused my daddy's insurance to go away. Please keep finding bad guy, OK. And find my daddy some insurance he can afford.

November 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Who is the President now, and for the last 5 years?

Obumble has the unique ability to make it seem as if he's fighting against the very problems he's caused, and perpetuates. He knows what's going on. He's either a liar or one big horses ass. Probably both. Anniebelle still bitching about Bush says it all.

November 5, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

zablee: He's simply misunderstood.

November 5, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

anniebelle said...

The Patriot Act was signed into law by George Bush on October 26th 2001 in direct response to the attack of 9/11/2001. The Act increases the ability of law enforcement to fight terrorism. The only rumbling I heard from the right then was, "if you don't have anything to hide, why do you care".

I wonder what the Fleabaggers were saying as they voted for the Patriot Act. It passed the house 357 to 66 and the Senate 98 to 1. Oh yeah .... they were such cowards that they voted for something they disagreed with because someone might call them unpatriotic. Who do you respect more? Someone who fights for a plan because they truly believe it will help keep the country safe? Or someone who supposedly votes for a plan even though they think it will hurt the country because they are too cowardly to do what they think is right?

Strange that when GWB was in power, that was okey dokey. Now, that people actually know what that insidious act was all about, somehow it's this President's fault. Typical right wing rhetoric.

Obama made no attempt to overrule it when he had control of both houses of Congress. He has owned the Patriot Act for the last 5 years so if you don’t like it then blame him and rightfully so.

Also, the GOP doesn't have any problem with invading your bedroom to make sure you're using the "missionary position" and with the opposite sex, and a woman's body with their policies.

Show me the plank in the GOP platform that calls for criminalizing sexual activity in the privacy of your bedroom other than the obvious rape, pedophilia, incest, etc.

That's where the real uproar should be. I think we all benefit from better health if we all have access to a doctor.

The poor have access to a doctor, as well as those with medical insurance. Those that have incomes to high to qualify for Medicaid and truly can’t afford the insurance and those with medical problems that make them uninsurable are the only ones that needed to be addressed. We could have passed a limited law that dealt with their issues and left everybody else alone. But this wasn’t about medical insurance as it was just more of the incrementalism that the Fleabaggers used to gain political power and control over all of the citizens’ everyday life choices.

November 5, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

It seems clear what antibelle's position is on bedroom activities.

November 5, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
anniebelle said...

fairmon, don't play stupid. Your question: "Why do you object to him advocating people having sex doing so in their preferred position?" Their meaning the approved republican way. Last week, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli petitioned a federal court to reconsider its ruling on the state’s anti-sodomy law, asking the judges of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reinstate a ban on consensual anal and oral sex for both gay and straight people.

And, as Dana Liebelson at The Week notes, Cuccinelli isn’t the only lawmaker — and Virginia isn’t the only state — trying to legislate consensual sex.

In spite of the 2003 Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas that ruled sodomy laws were unconstitutional, many states still have them on the books and continue to selectively enforce them.

But in 13 states (not including Virginia), the laws didn’t actually disappear: Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas still have laws specifically outlawing sex between gay Americans, and 9 other states outlaw anal or oral sex for everyone. Mother Jones‘ Tim Murphy notes that “conservatives in those states know they can’t enforce the laws, but by keeping them in the code, they can send a message that homosexuality is officially condemned by the government.”

I'm talking about every citizen's right, not just mine, so stop with the transference. On second thought, fairmon, I guess you're not playing.

November 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.
facyspacy said...

Sounds like you are arguing the opposite of what you all say on Obamacare. If it doesn't affect me then screw it.

November 5, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

HEY, I GET IT, BELLE. Anything goes. No problem.

November 5, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
fairmon said...

alprova said....

Are you planning to organize a grassroots effort to fight for the rights of any criminal to be allowed to pursue their chosen careers?

No one needs to do that, enough of those in office are doing all they can to assure they are not interfered with. The war we are losing worse than any is the one on drugs which makes the war on poverty unwinnable. The drug problem is not limited to the ghetto, it permeates all of society. Illegal drugs is the fastest growing business in the country.

Make them legal, regulate them much better than Colorado is doing then tax them to the max to pay for enforcing the regulations and make it unattractive and unprofitable to be illegal.

November 5, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle....

I like it when you talk dirty to me like that :-)

I thought I knew every way but the republican way is a new one on me. I will be looking for an experienced republican female now.

November 5, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle said...

I'm talking about every citizen's right, not just mine, so stop with the transference.

impeach me? I DID NOT do transference with that woman.

November 5, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
fairmon said...

anniebelle..it appears we have another traitor on our hands

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

What should be done with this individual anniebelle?

November 5, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.
conservative said...

nurseforjustice:

Going on three days and still no examples of me defaming Mr. Anthony Provancher from you. And no apology either for your false accusations.

Again my challenge to you:

Wow! At 10:54 p.m. you claim that I "defame" Mr. Provancher "at every opportunity" yet you give not one example.

Why so late at night when few would see your false claim? I was in bed. I found your comment this morning.

Mr. Anthony Provancher has put his name out there and has made it known that it is out there.

I first used Mr. Anthony Provancher's name yesterday morning regarding his plagiarism. I cited his plagiarism, the plagiarism he used to try and justify Homosexuality and sodomy, a great sin. No Homosexual will inherit the kingdom of God nurseforjustice and that is not an opinion, see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

He professes to be a Christian. Do you see a contradiction there?

Please give me examples of my defamation of Mr. Provancher or apologize for your false accusation.

November 3, 2013 at 7:11 a.m

November 4, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.

November 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Alprova I know you are on the right path, but the government uses the same data folks like Google use plus the phone companies and internet providers. In fact Google and at least one other phone service are squawking that NSA installed their own hubs on the phone/sat feed networks outside their buildings and are gulping the data before it gets to them!

For a life is stranger than art, go watch "The President's Analyst" in your spare time.

AgentX, "metadata" is techno-speak/nerd-talk for the id number of your phone call or e-mail that is stored in some Government hard drive(s) (the memory address, so to speak). If the content of your phone call is not accessible, then "meta-data" is useless. They only have to pull up your call/e-mail, etc. . Meta-data is very useful when computer speed and memory storage are limited.

If you pour everything through a pipe with a filter, you catch what you aim for. There is nothing to stop the person running the filter to look for whatever suits the occasion. THe desire all along has been to do it in REAL-TIME.

It used to be you could not monitor all phone traffic in real time, there was too much traffic and computers were too slow and memory limited; however the algorithms were there to do it. (It goes far deeper than just Google's commercial interests. What has happened is google is using the methodologies similar if not basically the same as those developed or these surveillance programs. And, if google has a patent, the government can claim its use for defense interests.)

The algorithms have been around for some time, it is safe to conclude that current sophisticated software allows virtually all calls to be monitored for "key words." Because "key words" are so ambiguous, a very wide net must be cast. Once you have very fast computers and dirt cheap hard drives you can set up the filters to do the hard work. Why do you think the government has such interest n quantum computing, by the way? Computational speed is still increasing as we write these notes.

As an exercise, look for public funding for R&D by the government at universities, at publications by Federal labs, and patent summaries; they allow you to do some what-if's to figure out who and what might lay beneath the cover of darkness.

But of course, we know we can trust the government to use responsible, moral behavior when it comes to monitoring the public, especially when the public has no clue it is going on. As Nixon said, "I am no crook!"

The only way you can thwart this insidious attack on your privacy is to use "hard" public key encryption for anything you want kept private, but the Feds can take you to court and force you to hand over the key...

November 5, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.
GameOn said...

The White House explained healthcare in 2009.

November 5, 2013 at 8:44 p.m.
volsam said...

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" is a direct quote from that libertarian,tea party supporting,old white founding father BEN FRANKLIN.Nothing left to say.

November 5, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.
alprova said...

Terry McAuliff, a first time candidate, and a Democrat, is projected to become the next Governor of Virginia.

Bill de Blasio is projected to become the first mayor of New York City to be elected in 20 years.

Chris Christie, the most Democratic Republican in the Republican Party, has easily won his reelection as Governor of New Jersey.

Mitt Romney is wishing this evening that his Vice-Presidential campaign vetting staff had paid a little less attention to the man's weight and more about his appeal with voters in a state that traditionally elects Democrats.

Chris Christie is probably calling Mitt to leave a message on his answering machine, along the lines of a big "ef you, you Mormon weinie."

Bye Bye Tea Party. Your takeover plan is not going to fly with Americans anymore!!

November 5, 2013 at 10 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

You guys should be the ones worried. The huckster McAullife barely wins while spending 10-1 more money and having visits from a President, an ex President, and the Hilldebeast. The street thugs in NY are rejoicing about de Blasio's win. As ObamaCare implodes, the '14 elections should scare the shiz outta you lefties.

November 5, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Virginia: You just elected the corrupt, crony political hack wing of the Clinton Machine. Good luck with that.

November 5, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
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