It was nice of Ed to take a moment out of his busy schedule of demolishing the Surveillance State to give us slaves a heartfelt Christmas greeting. Please take a moment out of your busy day of celebrating our annual orgy of consumerism and gluttony to watch it.
Behold the face of tyranny.
I just watched Stewart Baker defend metadata collection on The Independents. Well, he tried to defend it. Turns out it’s all a lie, and the young Libertarian hosts of the show called him out on it. In Stewart’s world, if we make the NSA stop collecting metadata, we face another 9/11. Dick Cheney woulda been proud of the booga-booga Stew was slinging.
“Metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life, if you have enough metadata you don’t really need content.” – Stewart Baker
Either you are for my privacy or you are the enemy of my Constitution, and by extension, my enemy as well.
Which is it?
As we hurtle toward our collective Murkan doom, it is good to pause for a chuckle. O’Care’s totally misguided “Pajama Boy” meme will neither encourage me to sign up for “health care” any faster than I would otherwise (@ <0mph) nor will it shake my ironclad conviction that we are totally screwed.
So why not enjoy the ride and have a laugh? Yuckfests like this don’t come around very often.
Oh, and while pajama boy was tearing it up, rednecks were getting fired for having uncool opinions. Since when did anybody expect rednecks to say hip PC things? Of course, the right glasses can fix everything!
The lovely Josie Outlaw explains guns in 13 minutes and nails it.
Speaking of arming yourself, what’s holding you back? Or would you rather all the “good men” remain defenseless? Remember, when seconds matter, the police are only minutes away (and they’re just gonna shoot the dog anyways).
I don’t normally go for journalists. Most are sycophants and hagiographers, or, at worst, cheerleaders for the progressivist status quo. Not Ryan Lizza. I read his newest piece in the New Yorker today and it educated me more than anything I’ve read – from any source up to this point – describing our out-of-control Surveillance State and how it came to be.
I know I’m asking a lot when I drop a 13-page article in your lap expecting you to dive in with gusto. Many of you will turn your noses up since you have been conditioned to be instantly skeptical of anything you read in the press. But that would be a tragic loss for you. I’ve followed national security issues very closely since 9/11 and few journalists have packed so much accuracy and revelation into one piece as Lizza has. I am telling you now, without any reservation or hesitation whatsoever, that the story, as it is told in this article, is more complete and more damning of the “Imperial Executive Branch” of our Federal system than anything you or I have ever been told or given to read for ourselves. This is also, for understandable reasons, a version of the truth that is kept from government employees. Ironically enough, I was given a copy of this article by one such government employee this very morning! And that, to me, is the brightest glimmer of hope I’ve glimpsed in a long, long time.
Please read it! You cannot go on pretending to understand the extent of this crisis until you have at least given Ryan Lizza’s piece of monumentally courageous journalism a chance.
Look at this guy’s face. See that smug look of superiority? His name is Bob Bateman and he’s a douchebag.
Bob thinks guns are scary and bad and that we shouldn’t have them. He even wrote Esquire magazine (Esquire??!! What aging frat boy still reads that rag?) to voice his “concerns” about gun violence. Disarming the citizens is great if you’re a DHS/FEMA/TSA/LEO jackbooted blackclad tactical Timmy ninja warrior who’s itching to kick in some more doors and just hates it whenever the occupant shoots back in self-defense. Apparently, it’s also great if you’re a mid-grade career Army officer with a career that needs a kick in the pants. “Hey Barry! You know all those Generals you’ve been firing? I’d LOVE one of their jobs!“
Read this rib-tickling smackdown of Bob’s “superior” wisdom and be cheered. The guys on Bob’s side are not going to do too well against the guys on our side when it all goes down.