We have reached a profound point in economic history where the truth is unpalatable to the political class - and that truth is that the scale and magnitude of the problem is larger than their ability to respond - and it terrifies them. - Hugh Hendry, Milken Institute Global Conference 2012From yesterday's Huffington Post: Oops! Air Force Drones Can Now (Accidentally) Spy On You
"As long as the Air Force pinky-swears it didn’t mean to, its drone fleet can keep tabs on the movements of Americans, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. And it can hold data on them for 90 days — studying it to see if the people it accidentally spied upon are actually legitimate targets of domestic surveillance." Here's the LINK
If you think that air force drone spying is "accidental," I'd like to interest you in buying a bridge that connects NYC's upper east side with Queens. I doubt you read about that in your local newspaper or heard about it on CNBC, Fox News, etc.
I guess Obama conveniently forgot that he promised to reverse and eliminate the executive orders signed by Bush that authorized un-Constitutional invasion of our privacy. It's amazing how many dogmatic, blind Obama supporters also seem to forget all of Obama's "hope and change" promises...
Here's another one, from today's HuffPo: Support For War In Afghanistan Falls To New Low, Poll Shows: "In results released Wednesday, 66 percent opposed the war, with 40 percent saying they were "strongly" opposed." Here's the LINK
Once upon a time back in the summer/fall of 2008, I recall Obama spreading the message that he was going to get us completely out of Iraq with in his first 90 days, close Guantanamo within his first year, and work to reduce our involvement in Afghanistan. I heard those words first-hand at his campaign rally in Denver in October that year. Bin Laden is gone now. Why are we still in Afghanistan spending money we have to borrow because our economy can not come close to supporting the Dept of Defense, let alone the massive and growing welfare system?
And now the Government wants us to believe that a rag tag band of Arab terrorists are going to stuff undetectable bombs in their underwear and get on board our airlines and blow them up. Give me a break. It's getting to the point where you are going to have to take a tube of KY Jelly to the airport with you in case you get randomly singled out by the idiots running TSA security so they can give you a proctology exam to make sure you haven't stuffed plastic explosives up your ass.
Why is all of this happening? See the above quote. Before I finish up my rant today, please watch this scene from the movie "Goodwill Hunting." This movie was scripted roughly 15 years ago. Keep in mind that movies and literature usually reflect things that are occurring in society, often below the surface. Much of what we're aware of today has been going on for a long time:
Now the NSA is building a massive taxpayer funded facility in Utah that is going to be capable of monitoring just about every aspect of your communicative life, including all emails, phone calls and probably what you watch on tv every night. The former NSA employee who exposed the intent and abilities of this facility, who helped in its original development, was in the media recently saying that this country is within a inch of totalitarianism. Why? See the quote above.
Finally, for all Obama apologists, here's a list of some of Obama's campaign promises that have yet to be fulfilled:
- put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them
- have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN
- end earmarks
- keep unemployment from rising above 8%
- close the detention center a Guantanamo in the first year
- make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America 's most hate-filled enemies during his first
year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation
- a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all areas
Remember these? I remember them like it was yesterday. I'm not sure any of his promises have been fulfilled, unless you want to count that massive disaster called the Health Care Legislation. In few years, we'll all forget what it was like living in a country that was protected by the Constitution, Rule of Law and habeus corpas...