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Right thinks Left surrendering all freedom to authoritarian government in exchange for free love.

What do conservatives think of liberals today?


Here’s the view from the Heritage Foundation: Liberalism creates self-indulgent, licentious hedonists willing to cede every other kind of freedom to an increasingly authoritarian government.

“Give up your economic freedom, give up your political freedom, and you will be rewarded with license,” said Heritage’s David Azerrad, describing the reigning philosophy of the left. “It’s all sex all the time. It’s not just the sex itself—it’s the permission to indulge.”

Liberals, said editor Bill Voegeli, want to create “the United States of Feeling Good About Ourselves.”

What’s more, they think that those who disagree with them ought “to imprisoned—not to be debated, to be locked up on criminal charges and imprisoned,” said the National Review’s Kevin Williamson, citing stray calls from the left to “arrest climate change deniers.”


Federal appeals court lifts injunction that stopped probe of Wisconsin Gov. Walker's campaign

Source: US NEWS

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a legal setback for the Republican who is locked in a tough re-election campaign.

The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that halted the probe, but the judges found state courts are the proper venue to resolve legal issues with the case.

Despite the ruling, the investigation won't resume immediately because the state judge overseeing it also effectively stopped it in January by denying requested subpoenas, saying he didn't believe anything illegal had transpired. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether to take the case and has not indicated when it will make a decision.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2014/09/24/federal-court-lifts-injunction-in-walker-case

This Anti-ISIS Joke Is So Funny, the State Department Retweeted It

Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro that mocks what he sees as the actual ridiculousness of the group’s structures, a series of “pretend” and “nonexistent” entities, by his reckoning:

The U.S. State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications retweeted Sharro’s drawing on Monday. It’s all part of the State Department’s social media campaign specifically created to counter ISIS’ own online efforts called “Think Again Turn Away.”

It’s a small, odd honor that Sharro himself finds more bizarre than anything else. “Maybe it’s a good thing that they have a sense of humor,” he says. Ultimately, though, he feels the State Department should focus less on the social media wars than the serious stuff—like, you know, policy? “Leave it to amateurs like me,” he says, “to do all the mocking.”


Imagine it was YOUR city being hit...

I want to make it clear this post is not about San Francisco being hit, but to point out being hit by the a cruise missile is an everyday thing in many cities. Imagine it was your city being hit.
Spocko 9/23/2014 09:00:00 PM

more imagining here:

Who profits from our new war? Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans

Who profits from our new war? Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles


Under its terms, 21 companies, led by Booz Allen Hamilton, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, will compete over the next five years to provide “fully integrated intelligence, security and information operations” in Afghanistan and “future contingency operations” around the world.

The NSA is best-known to Americans for its awesome power to spy on the electronic communications of governments and populations around the world. But it is also a critical part of the Pentagon chain of command, particularly during wartime, and collects most of its intercepted communications from a global web of listening posts and military intelligence units operated by INSCOM and the other armed services.

INSCOM, which was created in 1978, has been at the cusp of U.S. policy in the wars on terror from the initial campaign against the Taliban in the fall of 2001 to the latest war against ISIS. Much of the top-secret work under the new INSCOM contract will take place at NSA’s networks of listening posts, and will “support complex, classified, compartmented, and/or unique ground-based and airborne reconnaissance and electronic intelligence collection and production systems,” the Pentagon said.

“Army INSCOM supports NSA very heavily,” Tony Shaffer, a former Army intelligence officer, who worked at the command from 1991 to 1995, told Salon. While he was stationed in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, Shaffer said, “Every mission I ran outside the wire was pretty much supported by INSCOM, which is NSA’s ground collector.” Shaffer wrote about his experiences in the book “Operation Dark Heart.”


Ferguson Police with a bracelet on that reads "I am Darren Wilson".

In an act of unconscionable stupidity and tone deafness, an officer was (allegedly) found to be wearing an I am Darren Wilson bracelet. It is one of those plastic/rubber bracelets that have become popular with people who are trying to make people aware of their cause.

Which leads me to assume that there are a lot more people who have and/or are wearing the bracelets.



Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group ALEC

Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group
By Joe Garofoli
Published 5:19 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Facebook will likely end its relationship with a controversial conservative policy organization over its stance on climate change, The Chronicle learned Tuesday.

The social media giant in Menlo Park would be the second Silicon Valley giant in recent days to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. On Monday, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told a radio show that the company would end its membership with the group.

ALEC was “literally lying” about climate change, Schmidt said.

Silicon Valley firms, which are relatively new to politics, have supported both liberal and conservative candidates and groups. But public pressure on such issues as global warming is forcing tech companies to rethink their strategies.


Justice Ginsburg: If I Resign, Obama Could Not Appoint ‘Anyone I Would Like To See In The Court’

Justice Ginsburg: If I Resign, Obama Could Not Appoint ‘Anyone I Would Like To See In The Court’

(Weisberg): I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office.

(Ginsburg): Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. (The Senate ...) took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.


Some of OUR bombs might have needed some remedial instruction.

Our bombs are so smart they can wage war on their own

by digby

Wow, I guess we really do have bombs that are so smart they only kill "bad guys." And the Saudis and the others who participated in the bombing strikes must have them too.

Obama administration officials emphasized Tuesday no civilians were killed during U.S,. air strikes in Syria, first tentatively in a televised Pentagon briefly, then much more strongly in an on background call, assuring reporters that no civilians had been killed.


On the call, the administration was far more confident that the only people killed in Syria last night were the ones America and its allies want dead.

“Ninety-five percent of the munitions that we dropped were precision-guided munitions. And that includes the Tomahawk missiles which were very precise. Which I think goes a lot to the reason why we haven’t seen any kinds of claims of collateral damage or civilian casualties thus far.


This is great. We no longer have to worry that bombing campaigns will end up hurting innocent civilians.

In war these days, we just kill people who deserve to die.

*****Word is trickling out that there were civilian casualtie...er, "collateral damage". Some of those bombs might have needed some remedial instruction.
Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: monitor

A NEW LOW? – Obama’s Salute to Marines – Most Degrading Salute Ever to Men in Uniform???

"A NEW LOW – Obama’s Salute to Marines – Most Degrading Salute Ever to Men in Uniform"



And we should note that the custom (not duty) of presidents saluting members of the military is a recent phenomenon (started by Ronald Reagan in 1981), and many people believe it should not be done at all.

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