‘The Gov’t of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

Christians killed Saracens, Jews, suspected atheists, Native Americans, natives of all kinds, Protestants of all kinds (ask the French about the St. Bartholomew massacre). This means Barack Hussein Obama has to explain these things to commentators whose flag worship is more fervent than their knowledge of history? Fuck that. I’m referring to the president’s “National… More ‘The Gov’t of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

Up to old tricks

Andrew Sullivan has lost his mind again. No matter how much he insists he has learned from his hysterical support of Bush-Cheney and the Iraq war in the early 2000s — I remember when a vulgar and incoherent Cheney quote served as the epigraph for your blog — Andrew Sullivan’s penchant for belligerence for its… More Up to old tricks

‘How does drinking a scotch a critique of drunkenness?’

I post this article because it’s another way to examine my and many people’s obsession with free speech as an absolute — a presumption I’ve held for years without question: The memorial issue of Charlie Hebdo will have a print run of 1,000,000 copies, financed by the French government; so now the satirists have been… More ‘How does drinking a scotch a critique of drunkenness?’

Dirt into diamonds

I tend to be a free speech absolutist, and some of the equivocating I saw on my Facebook wall yesterday after the Charlie murders from fellow liberals infuriated me at the time, but I take their point, especially when this Al Jazeera post clears the air in the correct ways: Reproducing the imagery created by… More Dirt into diamonds

“We have learned that the intelligence community will drive a truck through that ambiguity”

The surveillance bill that the House approved yesterday looked like a victory for the coalition of conservatives who hate Barack Hussein Obama, presidential aspirants, and liberals who believe in protecting civil liberties. But a line from Pulp Fiction comes to mind. The original bill would have limited bulk collection of records to a specific “person,… More “We have learned that the intelligence community will drive a truck through that ambiguity”

“His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream.”

Meanwhile Cold War politics continue: There was a time not all that long ago that Santiago Alvarez, a Miami developer, fantasized about swinging an automatic weapon over his shoulder and heading back to Cuba to incite an uprising. His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream. A 30-month federal prison stint for… More “His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream.”

Edward Snowden: ““If I defected at all, I defected from the government to the public.”

In a long interview with The Washington Post‘s Barton Gellman, Edward Snowden, international man of mystery, said a few things: In the Moscow interview, Snowden said, “What the government wants is something they never had before,” adding: “They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing?” Snowden likened the NSA’s… More Edward Snowden: ““If I defected at all, I defected from the government to the public.”

“This is an administration that simply does not want the people to know what is being done in its name.”

Charles Pierce: It’s that last bit — the part about Manning’s being credited with the 112 days in the military jail — that ought to be remembered, along with the fact that we know more about what was done in our name in Iraq because of what Manning did than the government wanted us to… More “This is an administration that simply does not want the people to know what is being done in its name.”

“There’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.”

Amazing how TV reporters can’t jog their aerosol-damaged memories to ask NSA officials about this incident that broke a little over four years ago: Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain… More “There’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.”