Saturday, June 8, 2013

What we and others have been tweeting


But first... from our boy, KT at The Scratching Post:

Another mind-blowing week where on top of everything else that has been going on with respect to the IRS and the Department of Justice, we find that the federal government has been indiscriminately spying on tens of millions of Americans via a National Security Agency program called PRISM.

Of course, defenders of the program say it has already thwarted terrorist attacks on our soil. This claim rings hollow when...

Aside from the obvious privacy and civil liberty concerns, casting such a wide net doesn't pass the sniff test as an effective counter-terrorism method. Consider the Tsarnaevs and Major Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood terrorist*, who was in regular contact with the radical Yemeni-based cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki and who had "SOA" (Soldier of Allah) printed on his business card... these bums were hiding in plain sight and you didn't need any nation-wide, millions and millions-strong secret snooping dragnet to track them.

A very natural reaction to "do something" in the wake of 9-11 and which resulted in The Patriot Act has led us to where we are today: from targeted surveillance of overseas communicaes to a snoop-a-palooza free-for-all clusterfark.

Given the inherent Keystone Cops-like incompetence of huge, sprawling bureaucracies such as our federal government, it would almost be laughable if not for situations depicted in the image above; if they want to get you, they'll get hammer you. That's right, the patsie for the Benghazi terror attack, the crappy Youtube video maker who this regime blamed for it is still sitting behind bars.

But we were warned:

As we now know, amassing of executive power is as intractable as it is alluring. That President Obama would put on HGH that which President Bush should've surprised no one.

Yep, the ideological heirs of the New Left have proven themselves nothing more than power-mad thugs that have taken over our institutions in a cease-less effort to destroy their political opposites. Peggy Noonan's column linked below lays this out with respect to the IRS targeted harrassment of tea party and conservative groups:

We honestly don't know which is worse: an agency that acts upon orders from higher ups in Washington D.C. or just ideologically-bent institutional corruption?

And, of course, continuing our recent meme of "If you are still a big government liberal, you haven't been paying attention", Capt. Ed of Hot Air offers up an excellent piece:

Back to the domestic spying program, PRISM, for which the President was forced to address yesterday while fundraising here in California:

Totally related: we have noted how disinterested in politics our liberal friends have become over the past month or so. Yes, we're only human, so we'll cop to no small amount of schadenfreude over what has been going on of late.

Of course, when defending the indefensible there's always that reliable old saw:

And if he was behaving badly, his heart was in the right place:

This guy is good. If you Twitter, you should follow him.

Remember that goofy meme during the '12 presidential campaign: "Government is just things we do together"? We do...

OK, that's it for now but we'll leave you with what we think will be our personal Kronkite "Good night and good luck":

*If our government won't label it an act of terrorism, we'll be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for them


K T Cat said...

Thanks for the delicious, linky goodness!

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