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The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates, Rights and liberties are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon...

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Excerpt:"What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing." 

 

This article is great! This focuses on the way we seem to be played and distracted from key decisions and deals we need to focus on the most or at least as much by a constant stream of hotspot topics that gets everyone screaming at each other or defending one of the same old hot topics. All of this is too much like the classic old western movie skit where the playwright creates a distraction which is often a fight in the street while that leaves the ones not noticed free to rob the bank or do some other deed unnoticed. The audience always gets to know both actions but in our real cases we are not the audience but the one's distracted. We could look around and notice in these times of modern communication just like those in the movie could have but the guy writing the play stages it so they would not. While we watch the movie we want to say turn around and see what’s going on! Sadly in real life those that are telling us “turn around and look” are quickly branded as people we shouldn’t listen to or should be not trust.

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While the invasive powers bestowed upon the federal government by FISA and the NDAA should be cause for alarm, they have become part of the unchallenged post-9/11 paradigm that disguises itself as representative government today. This matter-of-fact, all-in-a-day’s work erosion of our freedoms is no less appalling than the routine, relatively uncontested renewal of legislation, passed without debate or question year after year, which flies in the face of every fundamental principle of individual liberty on which this nation was founded. Such is the political playbook being used to chart the nation’s course these days.


President Obama’s decision to sign the NDAA, quietly and without much fanfare, while the fiscal cliff debate took front stage is a perfect example of political theater at its finest. The NDAA establishes a colossal $633 billion budget for the military at a time when the nation is drowning in debt, the deficit is skyrocketing, our military empire is overextended, and America is allegedly ratcheting down its presence in the Middle East....


...Indeed, the fact that Americans are utterly dependent on a small group of judges, themselves part of the ruling elite in America, to safeguard their fundamental freedoms shows just how far we’ve fallen as a society and culture. When the rights and liberties which we once took for granted are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon expediency, we have entered a new paradigm in America, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of democracy.

Charles Lang's comment, January 15, 2013 12:02 PM
Very nicely put Monica. These important issues in our country today are like junk food. Before you know it, you're out of shape and too fat to move.
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Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump

Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
When Barack Obama revealed that his last phone call as President was to Angela Merkel, reaffirming their alliance and friendship of the last eight years, he wasn’t just saying goodbye. He was handing over his baton. The German Chancellor isn’t just the leader of Europe, she is now the de-facto leader of the free world.
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California Single-Payer Dreaming - WSJ editorial

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Sacramento offers a preview of the 2020 Democratic platform.

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Wake Up To Politics

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Wake Up To Politics is a daily political newsletter by 13-year-old Gabe Fleisher
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Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings

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President Trump has downplayed his business ties with Russia. But @reuters found that buyers from Russia have invested at least $98 million in Trump buildings.
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Trump Was So Tired That He Had To Ride In A Golf Cart While Other G7 Leaders Walked

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Here is a picture of just how much Trump is weakening the image of the Uvnited States. While the leaders of Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the UK walked together down the streets of Taormina, Trump led from behind in a golf cart.
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SPLC suit: Mississippi violates binding obligation to provide ‘uniform’ system of public education

SPLC suit: Mississippi violates binding obligation to provide ‘uniform’ system of public education | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Mississippi has repeatedly violated a nearly 150-year-old, legally binding obligation to operate a “uniform system of free public schools” for all children, an obligation placed on the state as a condition of rejoining the Union after the Civil War, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises

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He vastly overpaid for the nation’s most expensive office building and struck back at his foes.
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Two men stabbed to death on Oregon train trying to stop anti-Muslim rant

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A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said on Saturday.
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White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

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I wonder if the FCC chairman got a waiver as a former Lawyer for Verizon.
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Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

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Sergey Kislyak’s account of the meeting was captured by U.S. intelligence.
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Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

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Sergei Kislyak’s account of the meeting was captured by U.S. intelligence.
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Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44

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Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, CNN projects

Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, CNN projects | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana's open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter.
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I really don't get it. It appears that GOP supporters can forgive groping women that don't want to be groped, body slamming reporters that ask perfectly regular questions, slandering and outright lies and hate talk. And those very people they are forgiving will soon treat many of their supporters the same way or worse through policy that will offer the rich the world and the working person the crumbs...  if that. 
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Stop calling Jared Kushner 'naive' (opinion)

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Following the latest Russia revelation, Dean Obeidallah writes that commentators and intelligence officials are wrong to call Jared Kushner naive; he i
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Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision

Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that “the past few days” have shown her that European Union nations must maintain friendships with the United States and Great Britain but also put out destiny into their own hands.”
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Fox has in the past gone strongly Libertarian. This approach is centered around the individual as the base of moral choice.... a me first type of thinking.
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Genocide, Empty Threats, and a Warning to Obama, Clinton, and Trump

Genocide, Empty Threats, and a Warning to Obama, Clinton, and Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
I watched America’s broken promise fuel Radovan Karadzic\'s terror in Bosnia.
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Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on America under Donald Trump

Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on America under Donald Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Angela Merkel has suggested Germany and Europe can no longer rely on the US under Donald Trump. Speaking at a campaign event held in a Bavarian beer tent, the German Chancellor emphasised the need for friendly relations with the US, Britain and Russia, but added: “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.” 
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Trump First leaves our poor and the rest of the world last.... As we abandon the other western countries they can no longer trust the USA. Syria counts and others count on Russia to help the leaders suppress the will of their people and that is so far Russia's strong hand... So what does Trump want from Russia?
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Election Justice USA Study Finds that Without Election Fraud Sanders Would Have Won by Landslide

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Election Justice USA finds that Bernie Sanders lost an estimated 184 delegates to Election Fraud:


Well, 184 is only the upper estimate considering election fraud. Not even counting in the immense MSM bias, lack of debates, DN
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Jill's Southern Retreat near Charleston in Goose Creek, South Carolina, United States

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May 28, 2017 - Private room for €64. Embraces at hello all guests traveling for business or pleasure ... only 27 minutes to historic Charleston ... a cozy home away from home
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White House relents in fight with ethics office over waiver disclosure

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By June 1, the administration will publicly post waivers given to appointees who have been exempted from aspects of federal ethics rules.
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White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

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Trump Abandons the Human-Rights Agenda

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Michael Posner on how Donald Trump’s embrace of autocrats and his recent speech in Saudi Arabia indicate that he is ignoring human-rights concerns.
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DHS secretary: People would 'never leave the house' if they knew what I knew

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Friday that the American public would "never leave the house" if they knew what he knew about terrorist threats.
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Mitch McConnell Just Sent a Revealing Signal to Donald Trump

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Are Senate Republicans close to giving up on Obamacare?
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A Journalist Was Body Slammed, but Some Conservatives Want the News Media to Apologize

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