Category Archives: Accountability

NSA surveillance: reform or ruse?

The NSA surveillance program is now in bad hands.
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Late this morning, de facto President Barack Obama spoke for nearly forty-five minutes about the NSA surveillance program. He said he would reform it to balance security with liberty. He also denied anyone had ever abused the program. But with his history, no one can really trust him. Moreover the “balance” he proposed is little more than vapor. The real solution is far simpler, and literally comes from one of the Founders.

Christie: I am not a bully

Chris Christie called a special Senate election for his own benefit. Or did he?
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The airwaves, blogs, and newspapers have been filled with Bridgegate, the label given to the questionable political activities of Governor Christie. Highlights of the story being reported are as follows:

Chris Christie bridge scandal – review

Chris Christie of New Jersey: did he learn anything?
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The Chris Christie bridge scandal drew more attention last week than any other story. The attention did not last. New Jersey Democrats have not yet found any order from Chris Christie to create “traffic problems in Fort Lee.” (And not for lack of seeking have they not found it.) But the mainstream media, and the Fox News Channel, never asked all the questions they should have asked. These questions deal with more than who gave the order to slow down traffic. They strike at the heart of the role of government in transportation. They also go to the real agenda. And that agenda is far more dire than a mere fit of pique.

NSA surveillance: let’s sue ‘em!

The NSA surveillance program is now in bad hands.
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The National Security Agency first lied about the NSA surveillance program. They said they were running no such program. (“N-n-not w-w-wittingly.”) Now they brazenly assert they have a perfect right. So now an angry United States Senator has the perfect remedy. He wants the American people, or at least everyone with a cellular telephone, to sue the NSA and ask a judge to enjoin the NSA surveillance program for good.

The Ultimatum: Obama out in 2014?

TEA Party to GOP establishment: enough already.
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The New Year is normally a time for renewals and looking enthusiastically towards the newness of our life’s calendar as we turn the page on THAT old year ending (you can pause here for an—EW*) but, with a fresh start and rejuvenation we look toward the upcoming events and goals we have set for our future in this new year.  And, with our typically American optimistic can-do-outlook, we take this time to analyze our lives, to stop and consider where we are today and what changes we would like to make for 2014.

Paul Ryan: Bipartisanship at work

The National Debt Clock - the forgotten fact in the fiscal cliff drama
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If there were any doubts that one of America’s perceived conservative leaders of the future, is nothing more than just another spineless “go along to get along” establishment Republican, RINO Paul Ryan’s budget deal with the Socialist Democratic Party has unquestionably confirmed those doubts.

Perverted justice

The gavel: a symbol of judgment. Will same-sex marriage still fall before it?
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Portia, a Shakespearean character in the Merchant of Venice, once said, “The quality of mercy is not strained…” Portia was a fictitious character that lived in the mind of Shakespeare. The rest of us have to live in the real world where mercy and compassion beyond reason is an obsession imposed upon us to the perversion of justice. In modern day America the quality of mercy is not only strained; it is also perverted. And this perversion interacts and wreaks havoc on the principles of justice that demand fairness and equal treatment for one and all.

New York Times: Walter Duranty Syndrome

James Risen writes for this paper. He told them what he thinks, and it is not pretty.
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How does one diagnoses Walter Duranty Syndrome? A news organ publishes a report at wild variance with the facts as others understand them. When those others challenge that report, the editors hiss back, “We s-s-stand by our s-s-story!” Such an organ suffers from Walter Duranty Syndrome. That disease afflicts The New York Times. How appropriate! After all, Walter Duranty worked for The New York Times. And today, the Times has another Walter Duranty as a bureau chief.

Benghazi report: Walter Duranty redux

What difference does it make to her?
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Yesterday The New York Times released another Benghazi report, in six parts. David D. Kirkpatrick wrote a book on Benghazi. This six-part Benghazi report consists of excerpts from that work. In it Kirkpatrick tries to revive the Hillary Clinton/Susan Rice narrative. He blames “The Video,” and denies that Al Qaeda operates in Libya. But this new Benghazi report brings back the ghost of another infamous writer for The New York Times: Walter Duranty.

NSA domestic surveillance: what’s wrong

The NSA surveillance program is now in bad hands.
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The conservative movement now seems to have split itself on the question of NSA domestic surveillance. Some conservatives, mindful only of external threats, want it to go on. (Or maybe they haven’t thought the matter through.) Others, mindful of the new domestic threat the Obama administration poses, want it to stop. This debate gives a prize example of how to balance liberty and safety.