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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 31 2013

The serious problem of a lawless white culture

There was a riot recently in Huntington Beach following a surfing tournament. Cord Jefferson linked to a video of the rioting young people and wrote an essay saying that it was high time that white parents and leadership addressed this serious problem of young white people running amuck.

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Jul 31 2013

Jeffrey Toobin exposed as being the hack he is

Glenn Greenwald does the honors. It is interesting how whenever Greenwald brings up the issue of why people like Toobin never call for jailing in cases of high-level sources leaking to high-level journalists (like Bob Woodward), Toobin dodges it by saying that is a different discussion without explaining how it is different. He really sank …

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Jul 31 2013

The new NSA math: How 54 became “at most 1″

The Senate Judiciary Committee questioned senior officials of the NSA, FBI, and the Department of Justice at the hearings today. As one would expect, the senators scolded their agencies for lying to them but did not refer them for prosecution, which means that it was just grandstanding. Some senators also promised to introduce legislation forcing …

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Jul 31 2013

The ‘most transparent administration ever’ strikes again

According to ProPublica: Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged to open a new inquiry into the deaths of perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan fighters in late 2001. Last month, the White House told ProPublica it was still “looking into” the apparent massacre. Now it says it …

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Jul 31 2013

Message to the Westboro Baptist Church

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It’s true, he did. (Mark 11:12-14, 20-22) Mr. Deity explains to Jesus why he was so ticked off about the figs.

Jul 31 2013

The latest NSA revelation: XKeyscore

As promised, today’s Guardian has a front page story by Glenn Greenwald about yet another NSA program, this one called XKeyscore, an NSA tool that collects “nearly everything a user does on the internet”. A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online …

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Jul 31 2013

Obama sabotages Congressional hearings on the NSA

Today starting at 9:30 am there was to have been an interesting informal Congressional hearing convened by Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) in which critics of the NSA program, including reporter Glenn Greenwald and the ACLU, were to testify. But practically at the last minute, the hearings had to be canceled because president Obama suddenly expressed …

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Jul 30 2013

The Washington cesspool

Jon Oliver of The Daily Show interviews Mark Leibovich on his new book This Town about the total corruption of Washington. I have not read the book and likely wont but it apparently just confirms with names and stories what most careful observers have long realized: that people in government and the media and the …

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Jul 30 2013

What we can expect from Samantha Power at the UN

It is almost certain that Samantha Power will be confirmed as the US ambassador to the UN. Philip Giraldi examines carefully her record and the evolution of her views and statements and arrives at pretty much the same conclusions that I did.

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Jul 30 2013

Bradley Manning verdict

Bradley Manning has been found guilty of 19 charges including espionage but NOT of the most serious one of ‘aiding the enemy’. Adam Gabbatt of the Guardian has a live blog of the verdict and reactions.

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