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Maher: "All Republicans hear when Obama says anything about race is “Kill Whitey!”

Maher moved the conversation to the “white backlash” to the Trayvon Martin verdict, and Bill O’Reilly’s racist tirades from earlier in the week.

Even when they are saying the exact same things, Maher said, they don’t hear each other, because all Republicans hear when Obama says anything about race is “Kill Whitey!”

“They don’t hear what Obama says, because they know what he’s thinking!” Maher said. “They know he’s thinking ‘Kill Whitey!’”

Greenwald: Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk spying

Democratic establishment unmasked: prime defenders of NSA bulk spying. The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership

One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin - the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything - it's hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama's most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.

To say that there is a major sea change underway - not just in terms of surveillance policy but broader issues of secrecy, trust in national security institutions, and civil liberties - is to state the obvious. But perhaps the most significant and enduring change will be the erosion of the trite, tired prism of partisan simplicity through which American politics has been understood over the last decade. What one sees in this debate is not Democrat v. Republican or left v. right. One sees authoritarianism v. individualism, fealty to The National Security State v. a belief in the need to constrain and check it, insider Washington loyalty v. outsider independence.

That's why the only defenders of the NSA at this point are the decaying establishment leadership of both political parties whose allegiance is to the sprawling permanent power faction in Washington and the private industry that owns and controls it. They're aligned against long-time liberals, the new breed of small government conservatives, the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, many of their own members, and increasingly the American people, who have grown tired of, and immune to, the relentless fear-mongering.

The sooner the myth of "intractable partisan warfare" is dispelled, the better. The establishment leadership of the two parties collaborate on far more than they fight. That is a basic truth that needs to be understood. As John Boehner joined with Nancy Peolsi, as Eric Cantor whipped support for the Obama White House, as Michele Bachmann and Peter King stood with Steny Hoyer to attack NSA critics as Terrorist-Lovers, yesterday was a significant step toward accomplishing that.


the rest:

In Letter Posted By Wyden: Clapper Admits He Lied to Congress - Re: Phone/Internet Data

.....in the letter posted by Wyden this morning, Clapper admits not only that the NSA collects phone data on millions of Americans, but internet data as well:


Tea Party Congressman's card to Obama filled with misspellings

Tea Party Congressman's card to Obama filled with misspellings

even misspelling of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by writing 1600 Pensylvannia Avenue.
find the others:

More about this:

Sure wish Representative Fleischmann cared about education. As the story pointed out:
Fewer than half of Hamilton County students in grades 3 through 8 can read at their grade level, according to standardized test results.


(not snark)

Tyler Threadgill, Fleischmann's communications director, fell on his pencil and assumed blame for the blunder.

"I literally sent out the wrong attachment," Threadgill said.

Threadgill later sent out a corrected version of the faux postcard.


HOW TO SCARE VOTERS: Hilarious Leaked Doc From Nat' Republican Party In Washington


Well this is embarrassing.

Here is a leaked document from the National Republican Party in Washington. I suggest you read it.

It is hilarious. It instructs Steve Daines and his House GOP colleagues on how to tour their districts during the August recess. Namely, it is chock full of advice on how to seem popular, how to blame “Washington” for all of our nation’s ills, how to frighten people about Obamacare and “red tape,” and how to use all of these techniques, and many others, to increase the chances of getting re-elected.



find a hospital that is negatively affected by Obamacare, and tour the facility, but ensure in advance that healthcare workers agree with Republican “messaging theme(s)”

tour a senior center, to discuss with seniors their “concerns they have about the current health care system and an out-out-control government.”

invite attendees to events who will “take (the conversation) in a direction beneficial to the member’s goal.”

host a “Millennial health care forum” with a doctor to discuss young people’s health care concerns—but make sure to “select a health care provider with the same stance on the issue.”

take photos outside all of the schools you visits wearing the different schools’ “team gear”.

speak at senior centers, but only with “built-in crowds.”

help constituents pump gas or bag groceries—but make sure to “wear clothes in which you feel comfortable doing ‘hands-on’ work.”

and most important of all: never, ever remind your constituents that it’s your fault Washington is “out of control.”


Mr. Fish's take on "The Exhibitionist" (warning, graphic)

Ick...Rand Paul texting too?

U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says

Source: McClatchy

WASHINGTON — A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials from responsibility for approving the operation.


– The former CIA station chief in Rome, Jeffrey Castelli, whom she called the mastermind of the operation, exaggerated Nasr’s terrorist threat to win approval for the rendition and misled his superiors that Italian military intelligence had agreed to the operation.

– Senior CIA officials, including then-CIA Director George Tenet, approved the operation even though there were doubts about Castelli’s case – Nasr wasn’t wanted in Egypt and wasn’t on the U.S. list of top al Qaida terrorists.

– Condoleezza Rice, then the White House national security adviser, also had concerns about the case, especially what Italy would do if the CIA were caught, but she eventually agreed to it and recommended that Bush approve the abduction.


Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/27/197823/us-allowed-italian-kidnap-prosecution.html#.UfPcm9JzGpA

VIDEO: Interview with Sabrina De Sousa, CIA officer, on Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr's rendition
HERE: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/27/197824/interview-with-sabrina-de-sousa.html#.UfPqY9JzGpB

WASHINGTON — A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials from responsibility for approving the operation.

Confirming for the first time that she worked undercover for the CIA in Milan when the operation took place, Sabrina De Sousa provided new details about the “extraordinary rendition” that led to the only criminal prosecution stemming from the secret Bush administration rendition and detention program launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Bernie Sanders Declines Secrecy Offer on Tax Plan Because He Has Nothing to Hide

Double win for Bernie.

First, because he's actually fighting for most of the people in the country with his proposals.

Second, because he has exposed this odious bit of legislative behavior.

Baucus and Hatch previously decided that to design tax reform legislation, they would create a "blank slate" process, in which senators have to argue for the various credits and deductions that they would like to see kept in the tax code. That's not yet a blow to transparency yet although it has been a cash cow for K Street.

Here's the troubling part, from the perspective of transparency:

The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), assured lawmakers that any submission they receive will be kept under lock and key by the committee and the National Archives until the end of 2064.

Deeming the submissions confidential, the Senate’s top tax writers have said only certain staff members — 10 in all — will get direct access to a senator’s written suggestions. Each submission will also be given its own ID number and be kept on password-protected servers, with printed versions kept in locked safes.

In other words, Baucus and Hatch believe that you, the voting public, have no right to know what your senators want to see in the tax code. That is an affront to transparency and democratic accountability because we cannot keep our legislators accountable if we do not even know what they are proposing and how they are laying out their priorities. If senators would like to see elements of the tax code changed, then they should be willing to stand up for their beliefs and share them with the public--both in their home state and in the country at large.

The deadline for tax proposals was yesterday. We'll see how many senators are willing to include the public in the discussion. I know we at least have one: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

In his letter to Baucus and Hatch, Bernie Sanders turned down the offer for secrecy, noting that he had nothing to hide:

]“Given the fact that my suggestions represent the interests of the middle class of this country and not powerful corporate special interests, I have no problem with making them public."


Weiner doesn’t want individual women to see his penis---He wants all of us to be looking at it

So Weiner’s admission today that he not only bared his junk and explained his sexual fantasies in banal-but-granular detail for “between six and 10″ women prior to his resignation, but that he did so for at least an additional three women after — some while he was even in the process of rehabbing his public image for his political comeback — leads me to but one inevitable and horrifying conclusion.

Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner doesn’t just get off on showing a few women his package here and there. He gets off on knowing we’re all eventually going to be looking at it, and talking about it.

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