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My Little Droney: Surveillance Is Magic

By Christopher F. Smith,
from Murmuration: A Festival of Drone Culture
(via BoingBoing)


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 24, 2013, 02:03 AM (0 replies)

Thanks to DU, I now realize I'm a racist.

I sincerely believed that I was supporting Ed Markey over Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts US
Senate election because Gomez' policy stances are repulsive to me.

I now realize that was simply false consciousness, and my animus against Gomez was personal because
he's Hispanic...

Thanks to those DUers who helped me figure this out!
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jun 21, 2013, 09:44 PM (9 replies)

Better that than threatening to support Greens, Pubbies, and independents...

if a Democratic candidate is not antigun enough to suit you:


If you cannot in good conscience avoid working against (or at least remain silent about) a progun
Democrat that's running for office in a general election, this is not the message board for you. This is Democratic Underground, not Antigun Underground

You are perfectly free to feel as you feel and act as you see fit, on your own time.

However,if you should advocate acting against a Democrat in a general election here, you will be alerted on
as that is a TOS violation.

(Note: I modified that to make it clear I am talking about general elections, not Democratic primaries)
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jun 13, 2013, 04:51 PM (0 replies)

How many Democrats has Michael Bloomberg funded against Republicans so far?

During a discussion of

Bloomberg Asks Donors to Shut Wallets Over Senators’ Gun Votes


an excellent question was raised by DUer sarisataka here:


How many Democrats has he funded

against Republicans so far? I am aware he has funded Democrats against Democrats but I am not aware of any specific funding of a Democratic candidate against a (R)epublican one.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jun 12, 2013, 02:13 PM (12 replies)

Not the first time one of you lot has been caught peddling faith-promoting rumor

It's okay, Robb- we understand that "higher truth" is more important that grubby fact.

Your OP ranks with this one:


Three more innocent people shot today in FL
by a previously law abiding gun owner...


31. He wasn't law-biding. Previous violent felony arrests.

You have been solidly caught making stuff up for your agenda. Commonly called lying.


Records in Florida and Rhode Island show Baumet has been previously arrested for domestic assault, felony assault, stalking, burglary and drug possession.

The article doesn't specifically say but I would bet that there are some convictions in there too.

Mugshot here: http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Seminole-County-FL/Bradford-Baumet.2558615.html

There was also the African-American white supremacist, the "man with an AK47 in Moscow, Idaho",
and the "gun control activist" that claimed to work for Cease-Fire Oregon in Portland and the United Nations
in Italy-simultaneously...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jun 9, 2013, 04:34 PM (0 replies)

Watch The One Senator Who Voted Against The Patriot Act Warn What Would Happen (VIDEO)


...One provision that troubles me a great deal is a provision that permits the government under FISA to compel the production of records from any business regarding any person, if that information is sought in connection with an investigation of terrorism or espionage.

Now we're not talking here about travel records pertaining to a terrorist suspect, which we all can see can be highly relevant to an investigation of a terrorist plot. FISA already gives the FBI the power to get airline, train, hotel, car rental and other records of a suspect.

But under this bill, the government can compel the disclosure of the personal records of anyone -- perhaps someone who worked with, or lived next door to, or went to school with, or sat on an airplane with, or has been seen in the company of, or whose phone number was called by -- the target of the investigation.

And under this new provisions all business records can be compelled, including those containing sensitive personal information like medical records from hospitals or doctors, or educational records, or records of what books someone has taken out of the library. This is an enormous expansion of authority, under a law that provides only minimal judicial supervision.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jun 9, 2013, 03:14 PM (1 replies)

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar (run by a Koch grantee)


Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar
Lecturers included advocate for strong executive powers

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of American customers, attended an expense-paid judicial seminar sponsored by a libertarian think tank that featured lectures from a vocal proponent of executive branch powers.

Vinson, whose term on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court began in 2006 and expired last month, was the only member of the special court to attend the August 2008 conference sponsored by the Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment, according to disclosure records filed by the federal judge...

...But Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor who delivered two lectures, argued in a 2007 book he co-wrote — Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty, and the Courts — that “the executive branch, not Congress or the judicial branch, should make the tradeoff between security and liberty.”

The book also asserts that while “no one doubts that injustices occur during emergencies, the type of judicial scrutiny that would be needed to prevent the injustices that have occurred during American history would cause more harm than good by interfering with justified executive actions.”

If you read down at the first link, you will find that FREE (love the Orwellian acronym) received >$400,000 dollars
from the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is run by Charles Koch:


(note: emphasis added)

...The brothers refer to their philanthropic work as the “Koch Family Foundations.” Listed on the Koch Industries Inc. web site are the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundations (the deceased parents of Charles and David); the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Kansas Cultural Trust, renamed the Koch Cultural Trust in 2008. The web site does not list the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation which is controlled by Charles Koch.

Claude Lambe was a real estate developer and insurance broker in Kansas. He invested in a company formed by Fred Koch in 1934, the Buffalo Oil Corporation. Lambe’s wife, Pauline, died in 1976; Lambe died in 1981. According to a Koch Industries publication, Charles Koch was left in charge of Lambe’s estate. Charles Koch and his wife, Elizabeth, serve as Directors on the Foundation’s board. Hopefully, Lambe wanted to fund all of these right wing causes because that’s what his foundation has been doing since his death.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jun 7, 2013, 11:35 PM (4 replies)

DUers: Please stop Gosnelling arguments

The recent trial and conviction of Kermit Gosnell for murder (along with certain arguments about other
subjects seen regularly here at DU) has inspired me to come up with a new phrase:

To Gosnell an argument: Claiming that the wrongdoing of one is indicative of
the wrongness of the whole, with claimed indifference to the suffering of others

Sad to say, certain posters here at DU ape this rhetorical device. I point no fingers, but they are there
and can be seen almost daily.

I'll provide some examples from some well-known fetus fetishists and right wingers.
You're free to search for analogs of the same used by DUers. Some of you will already know of some examples. Frankly, I expect special pleading for their use of this technique within the first dozen or so replies...


Gosnell is the current face of the culture of death, the logical outcome of the cultural upheavals of the 1950′s and 60′s. The callous disregard for human life, the merciless and inhumane treatment of baby and mother, the bloody scissors and the misnamed “Woman’s Health clinic” which was literally a septic mess, are the logical conclusion of the world view that gave us abortion.


Meanwhile, any television network that refuses to bring these harrowing details to light (yet unfailingly reminds the public that Republicans are waging a “war on women”) should be treated with contempt. What about the real war on living, sentient human beings? Do they really have nothing to say about that?


Michelle Malkin: Who are Kermit Gosnell's co-conspirators?

Gosnell's enablers also claim that his case is a grisly exception. But I repeat: Deadly indifference to protecting life isn't tangential to the abortion industry's existence -- it's at the core of it.


In the relative silence, there is a complacency and indifference that cannot stand. There was a lack of charity that drove women to Gosnell’s clinic, and there was certainly love lacking within the walls of his facility. Children expect love. They cry when they do not receive it. A former employee of Gosnell’s testified that one baby was “screeching” like “a little alien.”

The desensitization that 40 years of legal abortion has wrought must be undone. We must become once again a welcoming people of expectation and hope, loving children, supporting mothers, building up fathers.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon May 13, 2013, 09:55 PM (0 replies)

Do you think if you keep repeating it you'll convince someone? Or get your credibility back?

Your words remind me of the large river in this map:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon May 6, 2013, 09:57 PM (1 replies)

The confiscation of *registered* SKS rifles in California is no "NRA talking point".

Because it certainly happened:


30720. (a) Any person, firm, company, or corporation that is in
possession of an SKS rifle shall do one of the following on or before
January 1, 2000:
(1) Relinquish the SKS rifle to the Department of Justice pursuant
to subdivision (h) of former Section 12281.
(2) Relinquish the SKS rifle to a law enforcement agency pursuant
to former Section 12288, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 19 of the
Statutes of 1989.
(3) Dispose of the SKS rifle as permitted by former Section 12285,
as it read in Section 20 of Chapter 23 of the Statutes of 1994.
(b) Any person who has obtained title to an SKS rifle by bequest
or intestate succession shall be required to comply with paragraph
(1) or (2) of subdivision (a) unless that person otherwise complies
with paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of former Section 12285, as it
read in Section 20 of Chapter 23 of the Statutes of 1994, or as
subsequently amended.
(c) Any SKS rifle relinquished to the department pursuant to this
section shall be in a manner prescribed by the department.

Will you be using an excavator, Bobcat, or plain old shovel for your backfilling?

Once again, "NRA talking point" is demonstrated to be the equivalent of "ex cathedra"...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon May 6, 2013, 01:28 PM (2 replies)
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