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Liar, Liar pants on fire....Bush says ‘civil liberties were guaranteed’ under his NSA surveillance

Bush says ‘civil liberties were guaranteed’ under his NSA Internet surveillance

“I think he damaged the security of the country,” he explained. “I put the program in place to protect the country, and one of the certainties is civil liberties were guaranteed.”

The former president added that his program had found “the proper balance” between privacy and security.

Bush said that he “could care less” that polls showed more Americans now viewed him favorably.

“Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, and I won’t be around because it’s going to take a while for the objective historians to to show up,” he grinned. “So, I’m pretty comfortable with it. I did what I did.”


the only safe place for Snowden


Hudson Cornelius Heinemann ? Really? Hud? Huddy? HH? The Hudster? The Hudmeister?

Wealthy UES Parents Sue School Over $50K Fingerpainting


According to the Post, socialite Michelle Heinemann and her investment-banker husband Jon say in the lawsuit that their son, Hudson Cornelius Heinemann, was “underappreciated” there. “Plaintiff’s son was consistently left out of school exhibits and films...and was made to go last at nearly everything,” the lawsuit states.

Even more ghastly, “On one occasion, plaintiffs’ 5-year-old son was relegated to the role of ‘door-holder’ and ordered to hold the door for all of the other students.” Look, if the Heinemanns wanted their kid to "build humility," they'd have sent him to The Avenues.

School administrators allegedly promised to cease all door-holding labors for young Hudson Cornelius if the Heinemann's gave some donations (including $6K worth of “designer clothing items” to the auction) and if “renowned artist” Michelle Heinemann helped Hudson’s class create a sellable work of art for the auction.

The Heinemanns agreed to put in the winning bid for the finished finger painting for $3K, but they claim the school had a first-grade teacher named “Ms. Bryant” drive the bid up to “the outrageous sum of $50,000.” So the Heinemanns have since pulled Hudson out of the school, and are now demanding compensation for all of the attending costs, including $20,000 tuition to a new school, forfeited class fees for his little sister Hyacinth Cornelia, and Hudson’s $60,000-a-year chauffeur.



benwedeman ✔ @bencnn

Photo: The anti-Morsi demonstrations are THE biggest I've ever seen in #Egypt. #30June pic.twitter.com/BTA0N18RVq
10:36 AM - 30 Jun 2013


Reuters actually quotes an unnamed Egyptian military source putting the number at 14 million - which would be roughly a sixth of the country’s population. As Reuters notes that number seems “implausibly high” and it is not at all clear that the military is an impartial judge (an ambiguity which could have great portent in the coming days). But as a national institution monitoring protests around the country via helicopter, the military is perhaps the best or only institution in a position to assay an estimate.


let's blame it on gay marriage

THIS: https://twitter.com/PRyan/status/351518189705891842/photo/1

Watch Julian Assange Vaporize TIME's Credibility in ABC - Stephanopoulos 'Grilling' - LOL!

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me bring this back to Julian Assange. Back in 2010, an email that was revealed from you by Bart Gellman in "Time" magazine, said that you hoped the revelations from Wikileaks would bring about, quote, "the total annihilation of the current U.S. regime." Is that still your goal, and what did you mean by that?
ASSANGE: I did not say that and there is no such email. That is simply false.

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's quoted in "Time" magazine in December 2010.

ASSANGE: Yes. Well, I mean, "Time" magazine. But this is -- it's very interesting that you raised such a thing like that. We are in a situation where we have these extraordinary revelations that are causing great embarrassment to a new national security state that is arising in the U.S. It's not just the U.S. Similar national security states are rising in other countries, but it is trying to evade democratic will. It's treating Congress like a bunch of fools. And we saw Clapper up there lying, bald-face lying to Congress. We have secret interpretations of the law. What does the law mean if there are secret interpretations in secret courts?


"Yes well I mean TIME magazine" doesn't convey the disdain with which Assange dismisses TIME's reporting. You have to see his expression and hear him in the video which starts around the 12:00 mark.

Dems Set Wheels In Motion On Revising Voting Rights Act

Source: Talking Points Memo

Congressional Democrats are already setting wheels in motion to fix the damage the Court did to the Voting Rights Act, but they’re prepared for a long and complex haul.

Because Democrats only control one chamber of Congress, they’re effectively confined to beginning the process in the Senate, which is why early statements from Senate Dems refer to action they plan to take, while House Dems are stuck pressing Republicans to take the issue seriously.

But that’s enough to sketch out a roadmap by which they might successfully re-establish pre-clearance standards under Voting Rights Act.

“As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I intend to take immediate action to ensure that we will have a strong and reconstituted Voting Rights Act that protects against racial discrimination in voting,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a statement after the decision.

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/congressional-democrats-set-voting-rights-act-wheels-in-motion.php?ref=fpblg

Mike Luckovich - Supreme Court Voter ID

Witness Makes Key Admission That He Never Saw Trayvon Martin Throw A Punch At Zimmerman

Source: Think Progress

Witness Makes Key Admission That He Never Saw Trayvon Martin Throw A Punch At Zimmerman
By Rebecca Leber on Jun 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

On day five of George Zimmerman’s trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, a key witness who previously claimed to have seen Martin “throwing down blows” admitted he never saw an actual punch thrown. This admission from John Good could undermine Zimmerman’s claim he shot 17-year-old Martin in reasonable self-defense.

According to the original police report, Good claimed he had seen a black male pinning Zimmerman down “just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA (mixed-martial arts) style.” But on Friday, Good told jurors he “could not see” any punches thrown, only that there was “downward movement.” He also admitted he was not 100 percent sure who yelled “help,” but assumed it was Zimmerman. It is not the first time Good has changed his account of the night Martin died. Three weeks after the incident, Good told a special prosecutor he couldn’t truly tell who yelled for help “because it was so dark out on that sidewalk.”

The reliability of witness testimony has been a major focus for both the defense and state prosecution in the trial. Zimmerman’s defense attorneys have tried to highlight inconsistencies of another witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin moments before the shooting. Asked repeatedly by Zimmerman’s attorney Don West why she lied about her reason for not attending Martin’s wake, Jeantel admitted she did not want to see his body. “You. Got. To. Un. Der. Stand,” Jeantel said. “I’m the last person—you don’t know how I felt. You think I really want to go see the body after I just talked to him?”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/06/28/2232681/witness-admission-zimmerman/

Unintentionally funny anti-gay logo

In one of the most unfortunate moves in American politics since Republicans kept referring to the Tea Party “teabagging,” the anti-gay Family Research Council, which has been officially designated a “hate group,” has come up with a rather odd campaign to fight the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA yesterday.

Even their little logo they use for the tabs on your Web browser (in the business we call this a favicon) shows the man on his knees:


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