24 Comments on “Thursday Reads: NSA Panel Report, Reactions, and Snowden Update”

  1. ANonOMouse says:

    “Putin said he hasn’t met with Snowden and insists that Russian security agencies haven’t worked with him and have not asked him any questions related to NSA activities against Russia.”

    Yeah…..We all know how benevolent and magnanimous Russia and it’s former USSR KGB Agent. Vladamir Putin, are. Just ask Pussy Riot or the gay advocates who’ve been imprisoned for violating Russia’s Gay propaganda laws. Russia is a lot of things, but it isn’t about supporting human rights or civil rights or respect for individual privacy. They do have a bit of a long dark history when it comes to spying on their own citizens.

    Just the fact that Snowden landed in Russia with his bag of secrets, even if it was by way of lost alternative destinations, tells me everything I need to know about Snowden’s intentions.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Bronx native and current Georgia resident Ira Curry wins half of Mega Millions jackpot.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ira-curry-stone-mountain-ga-announced-mega-millions-winners-article-1.1552036#ixzz2nwHr5AKD

    • Hey BB, from Tues. post:

      I know it’s difficult for some males to understand this, but if Americans do have a right to privacy, then American women should also have that right in making decisions about what happens to their bodies–they should be able to choose whether or not and/or when to have a child. Therefore, they should have access to birth control and abortion without the interference of the state. If women–who represent more than 1/2 of the U.S. population–can’t have privacy; then there is a very big disconnect in the law that needs to be clarified. Are women people? Are they citizens? Griswald and Roe were also decided on the basis of privacy.

      You sure as hell got that right!

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Pope Francis trashes the ‘prosperity gospel’: Pompous Christians are ugly pagans

    At his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Christians to imitate Jesus Christ by being humble and “small among the small.”

    “It is an ugly thing,” he said, according to Vatican Radio, “when you see a Christian who doesn’t want to humble himself, who doesn’t want to serve, a Christian who struts about everywhere: it’s ugly, eh? That is not a Christian: that’s a pagan!”

    He warned Christians against placing themselves above others and called on the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor.

  4. RalphB says:

    I agree with your conclusions about the NSA changes, especially the storage of meta-data. If the people can’t trust their elected government with control of that data, then how can we trust an unaccountable corporate entity (and perhaps a foreign oligarch owner) with the data?

  5. bostonboomer says:
  6. I guess this is The Weekly Standard’s way of “They Report, You Decide?”

    Spousal Rape Defending Republican Considering Running for House | The Weekly Standard

    Republican state senator Dick Black of Virginia is considering running for the House seat currently represented by retiring Republican Frank Wolf. Black announced on Facebook he was forming an exploratory committee.

    When Black was a state delegate, he made a speech saying he “did not know how on earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape…” Watch the video of a campaign ad by one of Black’s opponents:

    Yeah…how is that woman voter outreach going there. No other commentary, or statements…nothing.

  7. ANonOMouse says:

    Dak, did you read/hear that your governor is supporting the Duck Dynasty Homophobe? Apparently Bobby will do or say anything for attention from the far right.

  8. RalphB says:

    Edroso with a great post about the Dickshit defenders.

    alicublog: IT’S LONESOME RHODESES ALL THE WAY DOWN.

    As I have observed a few times, Duck Dynasty holds a special place in the American conservative pantheon, and they’re going to get a few more votive candles now that one of the Dynasty’s rich sporting goods salesmen has told GQ that homosexuality is a sin and been disciplined by the corporation that holds the contract on his TV show. Let PJ Media’s Bryan Preston translate that into moron for you:

    Robertson gave an interview to GQ, in which he is reported to have expressed opinions that run afoul of the current political correctness, which places gay rights and sensitivities above the rights of others to their opinions. Expressing such opinions often leads to conflicts with the thought police, proving once again that a liberal doesn’t really care what you think, as long as you agree with them entirely.

  9. RalphB says:

    They have pictures with this story, it’s disgusting.

    OC Weekly: Dana Rohrabacher Is Dirty

    Congressman turned $1 million Costa Mesa home rental into pigsty

  10. NW Luna says:

    Not just in banjoville either,says this pagan and heathen.