البرنامج - لقاء باسم مع جون ستيوارت - الحلقه 28 Jon Stewart with Bassem Youssef in Egypt
One of the best conversations on these very issues. If you are in a hurry, start around minute 10:00.
(It moves into in English at about 2:30.)
Alprova writes: I sleep better at night, knowing that there are people working behind the scenes to prevent another 9/11.
I think we all do and there are some very dedicated people who are keeping the nation safe. A few weeks ago Snowden was numbered among them. My belief is that he still is.
Power must always have limits.
That is why we have a divided government and why we demand transparency when great powers are sought.
We allow that we need a CIA, FBI and NSA but we also insist that their missions should be limited and their authorized operations conducted with close oversight.
Many people are rightfully outraged that their communications between friends, colleagues, and family have been declared "fair game."
The question is not is it useful, or even legal, but is this the society we want for ourselves and our children?
We are not the country we would be in such a world.
A free society must be able to determine when the price is too high and the powers granted too dangerous.
If a program is hidden from the public because the public would be outraged by it, then something has gone wrong.
If Deen's deposition seemed awful it was because of a long pattern of behaviors - not just stupid one incident one stupid day.
The reason she is in court is because, as an employer, she was stupid, self-absorbed, and foolish.
As it happens, she has an employer of her own and just learned the meaning - bigoted, racist, or not - of a "career ending move."
Something a lot of people have run into in less public circumstances.
I come primarily because Bennett is a sharp observer and I like his work. As much as I would like to see him still get a paycheck, I'm not paying for the honor of writing for the TFP.
^^^^winning elections, my dear man.
Issa is looking like a rank amateur.
If your invented narrative only works if 1) there is no transcript of the actual facts and 2) everyone in Congress - a group not really known for keeping its mouth shut - has a copy of that transcript. You really aren't going to get very far playing fast and loose there.
There was a reason why the NSA didn't talk to hardly anyone in Congress about asking Verizon for everyone's phone calls. Anything that outrageous would have been out on the street faster than you could order a pizza.
It is an interesting strategy. Two wars and a near depression have a generation coming of age who is Really Paying Attention.
That can't be good if you can only win if all the young adults (and the women, and gays, and Latinos, and African-Americans, and . . . ) stay home.
I'm not sure "scandal fatigue" is going to outweigh a grand double-war sandwich topped with persistent unemployment and a splash of crushing student loans.
This generation will be in it for a long time to come.
yeah . . . yeah . . . yeah . . .
The funny thing is Issa would have a lot of legitimate outrage to play with - if he could just manage to go a week without making stuff up.
Old habits die hard.
Jack blathers something about the NYT knows global warming is "bogus":
I somehow think the NYT's opinion on global warming is more formed by the two weeks of pumping (and seven months of repairs) it took to recover the subways last October.
Warmer oceans and moisture-laden air doesn't care much about your politics - or your house.
The oil companies are pouring billions into efforts to work the arctic as the ice melts. Take a look at where they actually spend their dollars - not their marketing efforts to keep you paying up at the pump.