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The 9/11 museum was dedicated today---But guess who was missing?

The 9/11 museum was dedicated today. Obama was there. Clinton. Cuomo. Mayors Guiliani, Bloomberg and De Blasio all there as well. Who was conspicuous by his absence? George W. The guy who stood with that bullhorn on the still smoking ruins of the World Trade Center. The guy who was actually Prez. when the whole thing went down.


Former President George W. Bush issued a statement saying the museum “will help ensure that our nation remembers the lessons of Sept. 11.”

Wow. How long do you think that took him to write it?



...Now Let's Talk About Net Neutrality.

THE US FEDERALCOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) has voted to delay adopting a policy on net neutrality

Source: Crooks and Liars

THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) has voted to delay adopting a policy on net neutrality for 120 days.

In a heated debate that saw several protests including one observer physically removed from the chamber, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced that there will be a 120 day consultation and response period - an indecisive result that came as a shock to many.

The commission will listen to arguments for and against the adoption of either Section 706 of the Open Internet Act of 2010, which promotes competition among internet service providers (ISPs), or their reclassification under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934 as "telecommunications services".

Wheeler began by telling the assembly, "There is one internet. Not a fast internet. Not a slow internet, one internet," an emphatic exclamation that emphasised his publicly held belief that the end of net neutrality will not, in fact, be the result of his proposal.

Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/05/fcc-delays-net-neutrality-decision-120-day

Dr. Rove's Brain Clinic



MCCLATCHY: Bill to curb NSA spying looks like change, but isn’t really

Bill to curb NSA spying looks like change, but isn’t really
McClatchy Washington BureauMay 15, 2014 Updated 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan bill that aims to put serious curbs on the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ communications is being hailed by Republicans and Democrats as a big breakthrough.

It’s not.

“The bottom line: This is largely faux reform and a surveillance salve,” said Thomas Drake, a former NSA senior official turned whistle-blower who’s critical of the agency’s collection programs. “To date, neither the House nor Senate attempts go far enough.”

That’s not easy to discern, thanks to an outpouring of raves for the legislation. Democrats, Republicans and traditionally skeptical watchdog groups have put their muscle behind the USA Freedom Act.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/05/15/227551/bill-to-curb-nsa-spying-looks.html#storylink=cpy

LOL!!! Idaho GOP Gubernatorial Debate Was Total Chaos: A cowboy, curmudgeon, biker, or normal guy...

Even before Wednesday's debate started, Idaho Public Television announced that it would broadcast the event on a 30-second delay in anticipation of rampant cussin'. Brown—who wore his customary leather vest and leather hat, has the presidential seal tattooed on his shoulder, two cigars in his right breast pocket, and is missing several prominent teeth—used his closing argument to wave a signed certificate from a "Masai prophet" that confirmed that he would one day be president of the United States. Brown revealed that he supports gay marriage because as a cab driver in Boise he discovered that gay people "love each other more than I love my motorcycle." His closing argument was blunt: "You have your choice, folks: A cowboy, a curmudgeon, a biker, or a normal guy. Take your pick… We're leaving it up to you

Watch the whole thing or start with the closing statements at 52:23. You'll be glad you did:

check out the whole thing ESPECIALLY Closing arguments!:


Obama admin rebuked Norway over "Fawning" Nobel peace prize

Obama administration rebuked Norway over Nobel peace prize, diplomat says
• President's chief of staff scolded diplomat over 'fawning' award
• Diplomat describes day as his 'most embarrassing at the UN'

Barack Obama's administration rebuked Norway after he won the 2009 Nobel peace prize, saying it was an awkward honour for an as-yet untested leader, a Norwegian diplomat revealed on Thursday.

"My most embarrassing day at the UN, at the time when I was Norway's ambassador there, was when Obama's Nobel peace prize was announced. Nobody was talking about it," said Morten Wetland, who served at the UN from 2008 to 2012.

"My colleague in Washington received a reprimand from Obama's chief of staff [Rahn Emmanuel, at the time]. The word 'fawning' was used," Wetland added in an article in Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

The diplomat said that the prize put Obama, who was nominated for the prize just weeks after taking office, in a difficult position. "An American president wants to set his own agenda. Here he was forced into a role that he hadn't sought," Wetland said. "It could seem like somebody did this to make Obama visit the country."


NSA: They track you in the air...

LOTS OF SECRET NSA DOCUMENTS! (Plus: A death threat against Glenn Greenwald)

Glenn Grennwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State is out now. I have not yet read it. However, I've read the Amazon reviews, most of which are positive. One of the earliest, by someone calling himself Bamartr "reader24", seems to be a threat:

where are the documents? You've already stolen them! Im sure you could have paid $.25 a copy and still been able to drink the good vodka. It must be horrible to have to watch your back for the rest of your young life. Just think of the last thing you'll hear. And it wont be your fellow treasonists in Mockba. Click, the end.

It's clear that Bamartr, whoever he is, has accepted Edward Jay Epstein's absurd take on the Snowden affair -- that the whole thing is a Russian covert op. I hope that Epstein's paranoia doesn't lead to violence.

Many of the documents referenced in Greenwald's book may be found here: http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/holt/greenwald/NoPlaceToHide-Documents-Compressed.pdf

You may have some difficulty in opening that file. I will take the liberty of publishing a number of those docs -- although they will no doubt make fuller sense when seen in the context of Greenwald's book. Of course, the phrase "Collect it All" speaks for itself..

They track you in the air...

Oh, and so much more juicy stuff here:

Revealed: Sprint challenged NSA in 2009

Years before Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the National Security Agency (NSA), the spy agency shared the legal basis behind its phone data collection with Sprint.

Top-secret documents released by the Obama administration on Wednesday show that the phone company asked for details about the contested NSA program in 2009, well before it was made public through Snowden's leaks.

To avoid a formal legal challenge to the program, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the NSA, allowed the government to discuss the legal basis of the program with the company in 2010. It also extended the time period for Sprint to continue “ongoing discussions” before filing a petition, “in the parties’ mutual interests in avoiding litigation.”
After that, the firm dropped its protests.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/206161-court-docs-sprint-questioned-nsa-program#ixzz31nKOY9rc

"Shared Sacrifice"

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