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Man learns amazing lesson in irony after mocking Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘bravery’ in viral Facebook post

Terry Coffey, of Salem, posted a black-and-white photo Monday night that appears to show a World War II soldier trudging through mud carrying on his back an apparently wounded soldier who is firing a pistol:



In a follow-up post Tuesday, Coffey said he had conducted a quick image search online and simply chose one that fit his words, but he decided after the post went viral to identify the photographer so he could credit his work.

“In an ironic twist, I have discovered that the photo is part of a documentary created by a man who was beaten nearly to death outside of a bar in 2000,” Coffey posted.

The photographer, Mark Hogancamp, spent nine days in a coma and suffered severe brain damage and other injuries, Coffey learned.

Hogancamp coped with his pain afterward by creating an imaginary world set in World War II – where he created the image that went viral years later – but Coffey was gobsmacked by something else he learned.

“Why was he nearly beaten to death by 5 strangers?” Coffey asked. “Because he was a cross-dresser.”


Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

WASHINGTON — Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents.

In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show.

The Justice Department allowed the agency to monitor only addresses and “cybersignatures” — patterns associated with computer intrusions — that it could tie to foreign governments. But the documents also note that the N.S.A. sought to target hackers even when it could not establish any links to foreign powers.


The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor, and shared with The New York Times and ProPublica, come at a time of unprecedented cyberattacks on American financial institutions, businesses and government agencies, but also of greater scrutiny of secret legal justifications for broader government surveillance.

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Duggar Endorsements Disappear From Huckabee's Campaign Site


Endorsements from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," have disappeared from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) presidential campaign website.

The Duggar endorsements enjoyed top billing on the campaign site's "I Like Mike" sidebar on May 22, the day Huckabee issued a full-throated defense of the family following the publication of a 2006 police report that showed the Duggar's eldest son, Josh, was investigated for molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said that four of the victims were Josh's sisters, while the fifth was a babysitter, during an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly that aired Wednesday night.

Jim Bob, a former Arkansas state representative, and Michelle Duggar endorsed Huckabee both for his 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Their endorsements did not appear in the "I Like Mike" section of the site Thursday morning. Archived versions of the campaign site show that the endorsements were removed sometime Monday night.

When a reporter on Tuesday asked Huckabee whether the Duggars would be joining him on the campaign trail, the former governor responded "I don't know, it'll be up to them. Ask them, I don't know," according to video captured by BuzzFeed.



Farewell, My Lovely Cigarettes

a most xlnt article here:

i quit smoking on June 2, 2014
ONE YEAR Nicotine free
& feeling really good,

Wilmore To Huckabee After Transgender Joke: 'Go F*ck Yourself'

After applauding Caitlyn Jenner and her debut in the pages of Vanity Fair, Wilmore turned to the words of Huckabee about his stance toward transgender people.

"I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee said in a video that surfaced this week. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.'"

(Huckabee's remark was delivered in February and was not referencing Jenner but the acceptance of transgender people in general.)

Wilmore forced a laugh at the gag.

"What was his book again?" the host asked. "Oh yeah, 'God, Guns, Grits and Gravy' and Go Fuck Yourself."

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TX, after the flood.....

It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home

Robert Reich

Yesterday the Senate approved legislation curtaining federal government’s sweeping surveillance of American phone records, and President Obama signed the measure hours later. “Today the American people are now safe from the federal government collection of their personal data,” said Sen. Mike Lee, of Utah, one of the bill’s chief Republican proponents in the Senate (Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders sought even more limits on the NSA).

But it seems doubtful any supporter of this legislation will credit the individual who, more than any other, made it possible: Edward Snowden. It was Snowden’s 2013 leaks about the secret bulk collection of phone records that turned public opinion against the National Security Agency’s hidden practices -- eventually pushing Congress and the White House to take yesterday’s action. Since Snowden’s leaks, the Administration has also vowed more transparency in the scope of intelligence gathering, and has declassified executive orders and legal opinions that revealed the scope of the government’s Internet and phone sweeps. Meanwhile, high-tech companies have been allowed to disclose more about national-security requests for personal information. And officials say they’ve stopped spying on foreign leaders of friendly allies.

Without Edward Snowden’s civil disobedience, none of this would have occurred. Shouldn't he now be allowed to come home?


JUNE 3, 2015
It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home


As Snowden intended, the primary impact of the leaks was on political debate inside the United States. Based partly on the information that Snowden released, a federal judge, Richard J. Leon, ruled in December, 2013, that the N.S.A. had violated the Constitution, calling the bulk-data-collection program “almost Orwellian.” That same month, a panel of experts appointed by Obama issued a report calling for some restrictions on the powers of the FISA court and for an end to the N.S.A.’s bulk-data-collection program, which, the panel said, “creates potential risks to public trust, personal privacy, and civil liberty.” Led by the Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, and the G.O.P. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, of Wisconsin, a bipartisan effort emerged to rein in the N.S.A., which Sensenbrenner, one of the original authors of Patriot Act, accused of misusing and overstepping the powers that Congress had granted to it. The newly passed legislation is an amended version of the original bill that Leahy and Sensenbrenner put forward in the fall of 2013.

To repeat, none of this would have happened without Snowden’s intervention. Doubtless, the intelligence agencies are pressing the White House to stick to its hard line about prosecuting him, on the grounds that dropping the charges, or making some sort of plea bargain, would encourage other leakers. But that is a self-serving argument, and it doesn’t stand up to inspection. In a free society, we want whistle-blowers who have persuasive evidence that great wrongs are being carried out to come forward and tell us about them. The President has argued in the past that Snowden could have taken his concerns to his seniors, and that he would have been protected by an executive order affording protections to whistle-blowers in the intelligence agencies. The notion is risible. As the Times editorial board pointed out last year, the executive order that Obama was referring to didn’t even apply to government contractors like Snowden.

Americans understand that they live in a world that contains people and organizations intent on doing harm to the United States, and they are willing to grant the federal government some intrusive powers in order to protect the country and its citizenry. But they also want reassurance that the authorities aren’t monitoring the every move and communication of ordinary people who have nothing to do with terrorism or any other form of wrongdoing. In the words of the high-level panel of experts appointed by Obama, “Free nations must protect themselves, and nations that protect themselves must remain free.”

After 9/11, for a variety of reasons, some of them eminently understandable, the trade-off between security and liberty tipped too far in the direction of intrusion and authoritarianism. Historians will record that Snowden’s leaks helped, at least somewhat, to right the balance. At great risk to himself, he stood up to the immensely powerful system for which he worked, and cried foul. Rather than seeking to incarcerate Snowden for decades, which was the fate that met Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks whistle-blower, the U.S. government ought to be seeking some sort of deal with his lawyers that would allow him to return home and carry on with his life.



Rare Footage Of Gray Whale Mother And Two Calves Caught By Drone


The Richest One-Hundred Thousandth Of America, Defined


Rick Perry just announced his candidacy and president Obama was like.....

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