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The NSA, Snowden, Obama etc. The bottom line IMO

Regardless of whether what you think about Snowden (I think he is a traitor for giving info to the Chinese). Regardless of what you think about Obama (I am very glad that he is my president.) Here is what this come down to in my mind..

It is time to repeal the Patriot Act. That, to borrow a line from Scalia, is the diseased root from which all this grows.

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jun 30, 2013, 09:22 PM (2 replies)

Any DU Black Sabbath fans?

What do you think of the new album? I think it is cool but don't like the Rick Rueben production. They should have stripped that fucker down like it was 1968 and made a real Black Sabbath album. But it has some decent songs. I'd like to go see them, though they seem, after 100 years, to still be fighting over money - Bill Ward the drummer has dropped out. What a shame.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:11 PM (6 replies)

Anybody else going to the Houston Pride parade tomorrow?

given recent current events, should be particularly gay - in the antiquated sense of the word.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:03 PM (2 replies)

The Tipping Point (Texas) The Alamo and Sen. Davis

I worked in the Texas Leg. and Texas politics at the (or at least close to) nadir of Democratic power. The Rove plan to divide people, especially when it came to civil rights for gay Texans was not at its nadir but its apex. The tide has turned. Even Rove understands the hate monster he created is turning on its master. As Texas becomes more brown it becomes purple, then blue. This is something that has been happening for years, slowly, for too long I became disolussioned with Texas politics.

Now I am back in the game. We all are! I will still go to swing states to work for Democrats on the national level. But I see a Democratic Party in Texas that is a real political force, one that can change things!

Perry's anti-woman bill will still get through his new special session - and then die in a federal court. But his type's days are numbered, just like the dictator Santa Anna's days were numbered after his victory at the Alamo. Sam Houston fell back waited, waited and then he took the tyrant down at San Jacinto, his troops, white, brown, shouting "remember the Alamo!"

While Perry the tyrant will win his battle of the Alamo, he, and his reactionary army will meet their San Jacinto! That is Texan (Tejano!) for Waterloo.

We are coming to get you, Rick.

VIVA TEXAS!

VIVA LIBERTAD!

CHINGATE!
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jun 28, 2013, 02:44 AM (6 replies)

My dear DU friends of all stripes

I am afraid of what is happening. I think you are about to be asked to chose between the elected, constitutional, and often very wrong civilian leadership of this country and very powerful men that you were never given a chance to vote for but who are in positions of great power. Civilian control of the military is essential to the survival of our Republic. Don't be a sucker, don't get behind some powerful general who seems to be on your side at whatever given time. That is why we have elections. Our founders knew we should put those generals under the control of our Elected President (Art. 2, US Constitution). For all our problems THAT is what separates us from tyranny, civilian control of the most powerful military ever. Look within your hearts. Don't be on the wrong side of history, I beg you.

Think.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:10 PM (35 replies)

WTF? so I searched AL Quaeda on youtube looking for a BBC documentary and...

got the latest new dance craze from Ghana.





Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:51 PM (14 replies)

OMG, Zimmerman's lawyers just blew it

they let the prosecution witness review her deposition outside of the jury. now he has no trap to set for her with inconsistencies. I'm watching this with two defense lawyers and they are floored.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:16 PM (24 replies)

Snowden and Freedom

Today, the (arguably reactionary conservative) Supreme Court of the United States held that gay Americans could not be singled out as a class for discrimination. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden is hunkered down in a country where :

"Moscow's top court has ruled that no gay pride parades may be held in Moscow for 100 years. In 2013, Russia's lower house of parliament unanimously (436-0, with one abstention) passed a federal bill banning the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors and the holding of gay rights rallies anywhere in the country. If endorsed by the upper house of parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin, the law will impose heavy fines for using the media or internet to promote "non-traditional relations.""

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_rights_in_Russia



Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:28 PM (56 replies)

DOMA gone. DADT gone. Iraq War gone. Universal Health Care - coming soon, Economy - coming back

Don't let anyone tell you both parties are the same.
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:57 AM (280 replies)

Ladies and Gentlemen: Patsy Spaw (512) 463-0100



During legislative sessions, the Secretary is responsible for calling roll, reading bills, maintaining legislative records, receiving legislative messages and communications, and supervising Senate floor staff. The Secretary also receives pre-filed bills for the upcoming session as provided in Senate Rule 7.04.

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/SoS.htm

So what happened? Did someone tamper with official state documents? It would seem so, and that's a crime.

As Technology Policy Analyst Kathy Gill notes over at The Moderate Vote:


In my experience (I’ve done web work since 1993 or so), pages like this one are automatically generated from a database file. In other words, a person doesn’t code the page.

In order to change something like this, someone has to change the database. And things like votes and official times, they’re often (usually?) automatically generated also.

In other words, changes like this are deliberate.

http://gawker.com/internet-catches-texas-senate-altering-timestamp-on-abo-584135789
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:36 AM (2 replies)
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