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First, I'll stipulate that Snowden is a hero to me. Half my age. Twenty times the guts.
What really bothers me, though, is how the Administration bungled this. Amateur hour! The moment we arrogantly, petulantly forced Evo Morales airplane down in Austria, we pretty much guaranteed that Snowden would need to hole up and that Putin would take the opportunity to stick us in the eye. This is beyond amazing. We've put ourselves in the position where a vicious thug gets to posture as the nice guy and leave us with very little to do. We are depending on a thug to protect the fate and future of a man who initiated one of the most important discussions in our nation's political history. All because we couldn't think straight and realize that Ecuador or Venezuela or *anywhere" would be a batter outcome than what we got.
It's one thing to get poked in the eye with a stick, but quite another thing to run into the stick full tilt. Amateur hour.
Yeah, Whoosh me. Sigh.
Obama isn't the retarded Bush that could barely read. Obama actually has an Ivy League degree.
And Bobby Fischer was a really smart guy. What's your point?
No, unlike in the Bush era, I don't cringe when I hear the President speak. I just get very depressed.
Maybe not the worst President in this country's history, but certainly a leading contender for the most disappointing.
Yet another simplistic "smart cards would have prevented..." article. Do we really believe these glib summaries from MSM "Experts"? Will we simply accept the premise?
Time for a reality check. In an earlier thread after the breach, there was an entry from a @girlintraining that was at minimum though-provoking, and arguably much more credible than a lot of the puff pieces on offer. Take a moment and read it:
A conspiracy theory, for sure. But more sophisticated than any other Target analysis I have seen.
I mean, we're Apple!
So, "he'll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the NSA".
Ho, hum. Wake me up when he gets that whole "right and wrong" thing figured our and schedules a welcome home dinner for Snowden at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I need mister Starr's help to write a smartphone app that will tell me where mister Starr is at any given moment of every day. So that I can be at least one mile away at all times.
I am mostly in the U District, Fremont and Ballard orbit here in Seattle, so don't get up to Capitol Hill much, but I will need to make a trip to the Lost Lake Cafe
I am getting pretty tired of reading asserions like "we can't even launch a damn website". What they were trying to launch was not a Website but a very complex, probably too complex, brokerage-type system to mate people with myriad insurance options.
While I think that the Shirky article makes a lot of excellent points, I'm not sure that it deals with a problem of sanity: We didn't try to land a man on the moon in this case. We naively believed that we could land one on Jupiter.
All of this is a predictable result of a flawed approach: placing the interests of insurers far above the interests of people who actually need health care.
Who has been telling the truth since June? Snowden.
I am amazed that so many are taking this sniff-test-doubtful story at face value and debating whether the engineered sysadmins should be fired or shot.
Ain't it funny how these "sources" might layer on a bit of devious sociopathy, to try to make Snowden fit the role of criminal wrecker?
Among the principals (NSA, GHCQ, executive branch, most politicians, Snowden) it is pretty much only Snowden's testimony and participation that hasn't been full to the gills with half-truths, contradictions, lies and attempts at character assassination.
Oh and how devious:
"People familiar with efforts to assess the damage to U.S. intelligence caused by Snowden's leaks have said assessments are proceeding slowly because Snowden succeeded in obscuring some electronic traces of how he accessed NSA records."
Read: "You ought to believe that Snowden did more than totally embarrass us, but he is so devious that you'll ave to take that on faith!"
"Sources said". Blech
NO CLEMENCY FOR FEINSTEIN
I wish I had mod points.
How can anyone use the word "simple" in this discussion or somehow be surprised at the dog's breakfast that is healthcare.gov?
Obama and his advisors must have been asleep in 1993 and missed the last immense failure of cockamamie Democrat special-interest-friendly "reform".
Arrogant, inept, and insane.