Obama’s DOJ response to EFF’s lawsuit

Glenn Greenwald discusses here.

I would also like to proudly say that I am a member of EFF.  Please visit their website to see more about them.

A government of the people, by the people and for the people should have nothing to hide from the people.  It also should not be allowed to destroy due process owed to the people.

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Most Prophetic Album

“The Times They Are A-Changin'” by Bob Dylan

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.”

Copyright ©1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

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Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Project


I cannot think of anything more ridiculous than wanting to be back (in spirit or otherwise) at the day after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

In response to Beck’s 9 Principles and 12 Values:

Principle 5 – Ask Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Yoo and George W. Bush for their opinion on this.

Principle 8 – I can think of no other time when this was more false than on 9-12.

Principle 9 – Has Glenn Beck ever been on a plane or out of the country?  We have been made to answer to our government.  Glenn Beck’s party has almost single-handedly made it this way.  Hawkish foreign policy and suspension of civil liberties is what he meant for Principle 9.

The 12 values are just shy (maybe not even) of moral fascism.  Not to mention the last 8 years have fallen short of almost each and every one of those values.

Please, someone tell me that this is a joke.

“It is our duty to make the best of our misfortunes, and not to suffer passion to interfere with our interest and the public good.”

-George Washington 1778

The above quote was found on Glenn’s site.  Can anyone explain to me how a nation founded upon freedom and liberty being found guilty of torture  and suspension of civil liberties could be anything but “suffer[ing] passion to interfere with our interest and the public good?”

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What’s truth is true.

“We are now, there can be no doubt, in the final historical seconds of that crisis – a crisis that involves the end of history, our departure from the planet, the triumph over death, and the release of the individual from the body. We are, in fact, closing distance with the most profound event a planetary ecology can encounter – the freeing of life from the dark chrysalis of matter. The old metaphor of psyche as the caterpillar transformed by metamorphosis is a specieswide analogy. We must undergo a metamorphosis in order to survive the momentum of the historical forces already set in motion.”

-Terence McKenna “New Maps of Hyperspace”

What I find to be most interesting about this excerpt is that when something is true–no matter what you choose to believe–it’s true.  Other beliefs have to acknowledge it.  Idiosyncracies will vary, but the essence of truth is present where an honest pursuit of it has been made.

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Red Cross on Bush-Cheney Torture Regime

Andrew Sullivan has this.

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I guess you have to commend Clinton for not beating around the bush with China.  She has made it perfectly clear that we as humankind would prefer to fix the economy rather than human rights injustices.

The end to Gitmo was rhetorical.  The American era of torture and violation of human rights lives on in deed.  Of course we can’t tell China to fix their own violations before we do business with them.  We’re not hypocrites.

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Allow me to take a few seconds to tell you about my new favorite band: Dungen.

I only have listened to “4.”  However, from that record, alone, I can tell that this is a band who understands what I subscribe to, musically.  A touch of metal, a touch of jazz, infectiously peculiar melodies, and other-worldly textures let me know that I will be listening to Dungen far into the future.  Also, the drummer is an arsenal of rhythm.

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This is not a joke

This is really happening.

Whoops.  In the words of Urkel, “Did I do that?”

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Government to keep track of $787 Billion?


Honestly?  Truly?  Without bending the truth even a little?  Without even saying, for my own humble example, that 1 million went to infrastructure in, say, New Jersey, when, really, it went to a unfair, over-inflated, non-competitive contract bid?  Impossible.

Still, naive as it may sound, at least there is an attempt to be transparent.  Something we have not at all been used to for the past 8 years, at least.

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“Legend Of A Girl Child Linda” by Donovan

“I will bring you gold apples and grapes made of rubies
That have shone in the eyes of a prince of the breeze.
Bright cascading crystals, they danced in the sand dunes
On the beach of no footprints to harpsichord tunes.
A throne of white ivory, a gown of white lace
Lies still in the magic of a timeless place.
One hundred small children, they laugh at the white doves
That rest on their hands with the touch of love.
On a hillside of velvet the children they lay down
And make fun of the grown-ups with their silly frown.
And the sound of their laughter is the sound of the green sea
As it washed around the foot of the seashell tree.
The doves circle over and land in the trees
Where parrots are talking their words with such ease.
Thus spoke three wizards to the young ones that day:
“There’s sadness in the kingdom, make it go far away.”
If you follow the sunbeams through the valley of flowers
To the palace of the White Queen with its white jade towers.
The youngest, she sighed then the clouds drew away
And a hundred small fingers scratched their heads in dismay.
>From out of the sun a giant gull came flying
And the children got ready to sit on its wings.
They waved to the raindrops as they soared over the trees
The wind tossed their hair high, flashing gold on the sea.
They came to the castle and there they did fall,
And they saw all the sadness, through the crystal wall.
A princess lay a-sleeping so gentle and kind
Whilst her prince took to battle with his confused mind.
The clash of bright metal brought the children fear,
But their cloaks of blue satin dried up all of these tears.
Thus children held hands and they spelled out their name
All the golden children became a golden chain.
It lies on a white throne in a magic place
With a tunic of velvet and a gown of white lace.
My sword, it lies broken and cast in a lake
In a dream I was told that my princess would wake.”

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