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Obama admin rebuked Norway over "Fawning" Nobel peace prize

Obama administration rebuked Norway over Nobel peace prize, diplomat says
• President's chief of staff scolded diplomat over 'fawning' award
• Diplomat describes day as his 'most embarrassing at the UN'

Barack Obama's administration rebuked Norway after he won the 2009 Nobel peace prize, saying it was an awkward honour for an as-yet untested leader, a Norwegian diplomat revealed on Thursday.

"My most embarrassing day at the UN, at the time when I was Norway's ambassador there, was when Obama's Nobel peace prize was announced. Nobody was talking about it," said Morten Wetland, who served at the UN from 2008 to 2012.

"My colleague in Washington received a reprimand from Obama's chief of staff . The word 'fawning' was used," Wetland added in an article in Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

The diplomat said that the prize put Obama, who was nominated for the prize just weeks after taking office, in a difficult position. "An American president wants to set his own agenda. Here he was forced into a role that he hadn't sought," Wetland said. "It could seem like somebody did this to make Obama visit the country."


NSA: They track you in the air...

LOTS OF SECRET NSA DOCUMENTS! (Plus: A death threat against Glenn Greenwald)

Glenn Grennwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State is out now. I have not yet read it. However, I've read the Amazon reviews, most of which are positive. One of the earliest, by someone calling himself Bamartr "reader24", seems to be a threat:

where are the documents? You've already stolen them! Im sure you could have paid $.25 a copy and still been able to drink the good vodka. It must be horrible to have to watch your back for the rest of your young life. Just think of the last thing you'll hear. And it wont be your fellow treasonists in Mockba. Click, the end.

It's clear that Bamartr, whoever he is, has accepted Edward Jay Epstein's absurd take on the Snowden affair -- that the whole thing is a Russian covert op. I hope that Epstein's paranoia doesn't lead to violence.

Many of the documents referenced in Greenwald's book may be found here: http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/holt/greenwald/NoPlaceToHide-Documents-Compressed.pdf

You may have some difficulty in opening that file. I will take the liberty of publishing a number of those docs -- although they will no doubt make fuller sense when seen in the context of Greenwald's book. Of course, the phrase "Collect it All" speaks for itself..

They track you in the air...

Oh, and so much more juicy stuff here:

Revealed: Sprint challenged NSA in 2009

Years before Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the National Security Agency (NSA), the spy agency shared the legal basis behind its phone data collection with Sprint.

Top-secret documents released by the Obama administration on Wednesday show that the phone company asked for details about the contested NSA program in 2009, well before it was made public through Snowden's leaks.

To avoid a formal legal challenge to the program, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the NSA, allowed the government to discuss the legal basis of the program with the company in 2010. It also extended the time period for Sprint to continue “ongoing discussions” before filing a petition, “in the parties’ mutual interests in avoiding litigation.”
After that, the firm dropped its protests.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/206161-court-docs-sprint-questioned-nsa-program#ixzz31nKOY9rc

"Shared Sacrifice"

The RNC "ATE" Your American Dream

Benjamin Breen
Best unintended consequence of Twitter's redesign: @GOP now claims it "ATE YOUR AMERICAN DREAM." pic.twitter.com/PWdzO0nBTJ


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Girl Carries Injured Twin Sister Across Finish Line at Track Meet

Published on May 13, 2014
Here's a really cool story to share, as Martha MacCallum told us about a young runner in Illinois who carried her injured sister across the finish line at a track meet. According to Fox affiliate KTVI, the 13-year-old twins were both competing in an 800-meter race at the Southern Illinois State track meet over the weekend.

All of a sudden Chloe Gruenke felt something pop in her thigh and fell to the ground. That's when her sister, Claire, came to help. She put her sister on her back and ran the remaining 370 meters.

"It's about showing compassion, love and sportsmanship. Even if you lose and help somebody it's still worth it. The energy from the crowd made me stronger," said Claire.

Though they finished last, the Gruenke sisters clearly won over the crowd.


LOL! Bill Clinton Responds To DR. Rove: "Consistency is the hobgolin of little minds."

Speaking with Gwen Ifill at today's Peter G. Petersen Foundation Fiscal Summit, former president Bill Clinton had this to say about Karl Rove's health claims about his wife: "I gotta give him credit. That embodies the old saying that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. First they said she faked her concussion, now they say she's auditioning for a part on 'The Walking Dead.' Whatever it takes."


Charles Pierce re: CIA-They plot, scheme, lie & bungle & anoint themselves with oil in the aftermath

By Charles P. Pierce on May 14, 2014


I grow impatient with the argument that all -- or even most, or even a great deal -- of what Edward Snowden released from his time at the NSA is no big deal because we all knew it before, or because we all should have known it anyway. This is not entirely because I am tempted to use the facile argument that, if it's no big deal, and if we all knew it anyway, then why can't they just immunize Snowden and let him come home? Maybe I'm naive, or stupid, but it's also because the intelligence community -- and the all-too-human, but curiously error-prone heroes therein -- have spent most of my 60 years on this planet proving to be utterly unworthy of my trust, and utterly unworthy of the trust of a democratic society. They lie. They violate their mandates, over and over again. They have developed within themselves a complete disregard for constitutional safeguards because of a messianic sense of mission that insulates them from the rule of law. All of these dangerous elements, of course, were intensified in the wake of the atrocities committed on September 11, 2001.

They plot and they scheme and they bungle, after which somebody else's kid pays the price, and they anoint themselves with oil in the aftermath, and then they go on to the next big idea. They do not believe they are subject to the same rules as anyone else in the government, let alone the rest of their fellow citizens. They've managed to enlist most of the people in Congress who are supposed to be conducting oversight of their activities in giving them the benefits of hundreds of doubts of which they have proven themselves completely unworthy. The only weapon an informed citizenry has is information. Given the choice between knowing something and not knowing something, I choose to know it, whoever the messenger is, because the people who have that information forfeited my trust somewhere between the Bay of Pigs and the white paper on Iraqi weapons. That does not make me free, but it gives me the wherewithal to be free.

(And it's not like I'm making a new argument. John Kennedy wanted to shatter the CIA "into a million pieces" after they gamed him on the invasion of Cuba in 1962. The Moynihan Commission on government secrecy was in 1997, and the Church committee more than 20 years before that. There is no compelling reason to trust the targets of those various enterprises that they have made any substantial changes in the way they do business.)

Governments need their secrets. This is undeniable. But for too long, there has been a presumption in the Congress and in the country that anything the government decides to keep secret is something it needs to keep secret. If we're going to be ruled by secrets, we should have a public debate on that. That's a pendulum that has to swing back, sooner or later. Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald -- and Bart Gellman, and the New York Times, and the Guardian -- gave it a shove. That's all I'm saying.


They think the issue isn't that we have a drought-it's that the Gummint is hoarding the water

The same militias that prevented the Bureau of Land Management from rounding up cattle at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada could take action against federal agents all across the Western United States, according to the head of a gun advocacy group.

Pratt and Mack also proposed a solution to the drought in California. Sheriffs should force utilities to divert water to farmers in arid regions in the state, they said.


“You know, we need a sheriff there that is just going to walk into the water facility and turn it back on,” Pratt replied.

But Mack said one sheriff wasn’t enough. He suggested 25 sheriffs were needed.

“Take 25 California sheriffs, walk up to that facility, and say, ‘Guess what boys, we got a court order. Turn on the water, and if you don’t, we will,’” Mack explained. “That is exactly what it is going to take.”


Misunderestimating brain damage - by digby

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Misunderestimating brain damage

by digby

John Amato dissects the Karl Rove "Hillary has brain damage" ratfuck strategy in this post, laying out in detail how this is designed to create questions about her age. That's right. The man who backed Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and John McCain (in 2008) is saying that Hillary Clinton is too old to be president.

But I think people aren't giving Rove the credit he deserves. After all, he's been around someone who is obviously impaired for many years. Of course that person served as president for 8 years:

1. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

2. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

3. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

4. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

5. "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."—declining to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001

6. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006

8. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

9. "I've heard he's been called Bush's poodle. He's bigger than that."—discussing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007

10. "And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq."—meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008

11. "We ought to make the pie higher."—South Carolina Republican debate, Feb. 15, 2000

12. "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

13. "And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

14. "We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."—Houston, Sept. 6, 2000

15. "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

16. "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures."—U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 3, 2000

17. "People say, 'How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?' You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

18. "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

19. "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."—on the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2005

20. "I think it's really important for this great state of baseball to reach out to people of all walks of life to make sure that the sport is inclusive. The best way to do it is to convince little kids how to—the beauty of playing baseball."—Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2006

21. "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."—LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

22. "You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war president. No president wants to be a war president, but I am one."—Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006

23. "There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.' "—Boston, Oct. 3, 2000

24. "They misunderestimated me."—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

25. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008



Karl Rove now denies reports that he said Hillary Clinton may have brain damage. “I never used that phrase,” he said on Fox News. True. What Rove said was, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

In other words, Rove didn’t say Hillary Clinton has brain damage. He hinted it, thus giving himself deniability while ensuring that the slur lingers in the public mind. Which is what he’s been doing his entire career.



Some say Karl Rove is not, in fact, a person, but is "Ham Rove".

Oh, I don't believe it. I just heard it.
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