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Obama abandons all pretense of concern for civil liberties

I'm shocked -- SHOCKED, I tell you! From the NY Times:

In Nod to Law Enforcement, Obama Ends Attempt to Straddle Privacy Divide

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR FEB. 19, 2016

WASHINGTON ó For years, President Obama has struggled to reconcile a civil libertarianís belief in personal privacy with a commander in chiefís imperatives for the nationís security.

This week, security won.

The decision by Mr. Obamaís Justice Department to force Apple to help it breach an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists has ended, at least for now, the presidentís attempts to straddle the feud over encryption between Silicon Valley and law enforcement.

Asked about the presidentís backing of the Federal Bureau of Investigationís inquiry into San Bernardino, one of the worst terror attacks in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Obamaís press secretary declared on Wednesday that ďthe F.B.I. can count on the full support of the White House.Ē

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Posted by markpkessinger | Fri Feb 19, 2016, 08:08 PM (32 replies)

The one thing that keeps me from giving into grave dancing over the death of Justice Scalia . . . .

. . . and I do mean the ONE thing, is the fact that he and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, although bitter rivals on the bench, were close personal friends. That makes me think that perhaps there was some facet of him that we, as members of the general public, were not privy to. But, while I might not be prepared to dance on his grave . . .

. . .

I'LL HAPPILY HOST A FUCKING RAVE ON HIS EMPTY CHAIR AT THE COURT!
Posted by markpkessinger | Sat Feb 13, 2016, 11:30 PM (8 replies)

Sorry, HIllary Supporters -- it WAS Bernie in those photose . . .

. . . and much as you might like to make it so, this is not at all comparable to, say, a candidate claiming to have dodged sniper fire in Kosovo when she did not!
Posted by markpkessinger | Sat Feb 13, 2016, 05:14 PM (12 replies)

When Hillary said that President Obama "stood up and took on Wall Street" . . .

. . . I found myself asking aloud,"Did she really just say that?"
Posted by markpkessinger | Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:37 PM (9 replies)

Thank you to the two people who sent me hearts!

Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Feb 9, 2016, 08:08 PM (0 replies)

The Facebook page, The Christian Left, is selling these T-shirts!

Thought you all might get a kick out of it -- I did!

From The Christian Left's Facebook page:

Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Feb 9, 2016, 05:30 PM (15 replies)

May I just say, as a Sanders supporter, to whomever is advising the Clinton campaign . . .

. . . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Posted by markpkessinger | Sun Feb 7, 2016, 05:52 PM (3 replies)

The Affordable Care Act was a great accomplishment, but it is NOT a sacred cow!

Anybody who is at all honest with himself or herself will acknowledge that, while certainly better than what preceded it, the ACA is FAR from ideal or perfect. Yes, more people are insured. That's a good thing. Yes, pre-existing conditions are covered. Ditto. But the very high deductibles and skyrocketing drug prices are, quite literally, killers for those who, like me, live with chronic conditions (Type II diabetes in my case) that require continuous medical supervision and maintenance in order to keep them under control.

Hillary has falsely claimed that Bernie Sanders will be putting the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid and S-CHIP at risk by pursuing single-payer. Look, if he tries and fails, all that means is that we are left with whatever is currently in place. But this notion that we cannot and should not even attempt to TRY to come up with better system amounts to despicable fear-mongering based on a despicable lie, all borne of desperation -- it is truly pathetic.

To those engaging in the various lines of attack on Sanders, all based on the common theme of what he will not possibly be able to achieve, and pointing to the Republican obstruction faced by President Obama in support of that assertion, I would pose this question: What, exactly, is the basis for your belief that Hillary, for whom GOP enmity is just as deep as that directed towards President Obama and is of much longer standing, will be any more able to push through her agenda? Let's face it: the Republican strategy of obstructing virtually everything this President has tried to do has been, with a few notable exceptions, wildly successful. Does anybody honestly think they will suddenly be inspired to reach across the aisle under a Hillary presidency?

For 35 years, the Democratic Party has watched -- no it has permitted -- this country drift further and further to the right. The relative midpoint on the political spectrum has shifted, and markedly so. Given that there seems to be no limit on how far right the GOP is willing to pull this country, then absent some serious pushback in the opposite direction -- something that simply cannot be accomplished when your starting point is at, or in some cases already over, the center line -- that rightward drift will continue.

It could well be that a President Sanders will find himself unable to accomplish many of the things he would like to do. Then again, it could be that the enthusiasm his campaign is generating could result in some rather long coattails that could potentially change the political outlook in Congress. I really don't see the possibility of significant coattails in a Hillary victory.

One thing of which I am absolutely certain: if voters do not begin to push hard at the polls for the kind of change most of them want and know we need, it is virtually assured that change will never come to pass!
Posted by markpkessinger | Fri Jan 29, 2016, 11:12 PM (5 replies)

NYT Editorial: Vindication for Planned Parenthood (and my comment posted to it)

Here is a comment I posted to the editorial (a link to and excerpt of the editorial follows after my comment):

Mark P. Kessinger New York, NY

It is certainly past time for politicians to back off their attacks on Planned Parenthood. But isn't it time also to ask why we continue to allow these scams involving videos that purport to show wrongdoing by some agency or official, videos produced by activists with a known agenda, to be perpetrated on the American public? Isn't it time to call out media outlets who run with these stories, at face value, without undertaking their own independent investigation of their veracity? And is it not time to demand accountability from politicians who opportunistically seize upon any video that surfaces, irrespective of its source and before knowing whether or not what is presented is accurate, in furtherance of a political agenda, wasting millions of taxpayers' dollars on pointless investigations that serve no public purpose, but merely provide a vehicle for political posturing?

The Planned Parenthood "baby parts" scam followed, play for play, the game plan that was used to falsely discredit ACORN and to slander Shirley Sherrod: (1) a person with a known, right-wing agenda comes forward with a selectively and misleadingly edited video; (2) one media outlet runs with it with no attempt to ascertain the truth of the story; and (3) Republican politicians immediately demand expensive investigations aimed not so much at discerning the truth of the video, but at smearing the person or organization targeted by the video. How many times must we go through this?


And here is the excerpt of the editorial itself:

Vindication for Planned Parenthood
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - JAN. 26, 2016

One after the other, investigations of Planned Parenthood prompted by hidden-camera videos released last summer have found no evidence of wrongdoing. On Monday, a grand jury in Harris County, Tex., went a step further. Though it was convened to investigate Planned Parenthood, it indicted two members of the group that made the videos instead.

The Harris County prosecutor, Devon Anderson, a Republican who was asked by the lieutenant governor, a strident opponent of Planned Parenthood, to open the criminal investigation, said on Monday that the grand jurors had cleared Planned Parenthood of any misconduct.

Yet despite all the evidence, Texasí Republican governor, Greg Abbott, said on Monday that the state attorney generalís office and the State Health and Human Services Commission would continue investigating Planned Parenthood. This is a purely political campaign of intimidation and persecution meant to destroy an organization whose mission to serve womenís health care needs the governor abhors.

Fortunately, in the Harris County case, the jurors considered the facts. David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress, which released the videos, and Sandra Merritt, an employee, were indicted on felony charges of tampering with governmental records, probably connected to their alleged use of fake driverís licenses to get into a Planned Parenthood office.

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Posted by markpkessinger | Wed Jan 27, 2016, 08:53 PM (4 replies)

Bernie responds to Chelsea . . . with far more grace and class than her scurrilous remarks deserved

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/01/13/bernie-sanders-sotu-and-gun-issue-bash-intv.cnn
Posted by markpkessinger | Wed Jan 13, 2016, 12:46 PM (32 replies)
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