Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance – Star Tribune

Similar flights have since been spotted near Chicago, Boston and in California, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has filed several Freedom of Information Act requests for more information.

It believes the planes use cameras and infrared imaging technology to photograph people and vehicles in a broad swath of the city; technology to sweep up cellphone data from a plane also exists, but it’s not clear if the FBI flights use it.

A spokesman for the Twin Cities FBI office had no comment on the recent flight, saying he couldn’t speak to an “operational matter.” He declined to say if the plane belongs to the FBI or if it was acting at the request of a local law enforcement agency.

Don’t ever think for a moment that things like the Constitution, the law or privacy rights are anything but a joke to these people.

The DNC Embraces Socialist Bernie Sanders and the Democrat Party make it official that they’ve gone extremist – TPM

For those of you unfamiliar with Bernie Sanders, the man is a Socialist.  That’s not libel or speculation on my part, he’s a self-proclaimed Socialist.

We now have a portion of our voting class that is so stupid, so ignorant of reality and history, that “Socialist” is no longer a four letter word.  I don’t ever want to hear a single goddamn Democrat accuse any conservatives of being “extremist”.

 

White House: no ‘Plan B’ if Congress fails to act on Patriot Act – Yahoo News

The Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

“I’m not aware of any sort of plan B that exists or that is currently being contemplated,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “It would certainly put at grave risk these programs and could risk a lapse in some of these important national security capabilities.”

Plan B is simply the NSA continuing bulk collection anyway.  Regardless, that is NOT an excuse to not contact your representative about this.  If we can’t manage this first step of pushing back against the surveillance state, then we truly are finished.  This is not a Republicans vs. Democrats issue.  There is always bi-partisan support when it comes to eroding civil rights and further empowering the police/surveillance state.

If you’re too foolish to care about privacy for your own sake, at least do it for your kids and the next generation.  Shouldn’t they have the opportunity to decide if they want the government knowing every single thing they do?

Democrats’ Vanishing Future – National Journal

But look more closely, and the reliance on former failures is a direct result of the party having no one else to turn to. If the brand-name challengers didn’t run, the roster of up-and-coming prospects in the respective states is short. They’re also facing an ominous historical reality that only two defeated senators have successfully returned to the upper chamber in the last six decades. As political analyst Stu Rothenberg put it, they’re asking “voters to rehire them for a job from which they were fired.” Senate Democrats are relying on these repeat candidates for the exact same reason that Democrats are comfortable with anointing Hillary Clinton for their presidential nomination: There aren’t any better alternatives.

The absence of dynamic, young Democrats is a symptom of a party that has become utterly homogenous.  Every Liberal mouth both young and old parrots the same tired, marxist agenda that continues to move further Left with every election.  The closest thing they have to dynamic is O’Malley and his only unique qualities are getting up on stage to play a guitar and frequently walking around without a shirt.  Granted, that’s all it takes to get a majority of Democrats to vote for you, but it’s not a quality that’s going to impress anyone with a working fore-brain.

To be dynamic, a Democrat would have to embrace some conservative or libertarian ideas… and those people are the enemy.

Katie Pavlich: The protected, connected liberal media elite – The Hill

On Dec. 23, 2012, former NBC anchor David Gregory hosted an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press.”

As expected, the interview was hostile, with Gregory repeatedly badgering LaPierre over his not supporting a federal high-capacity magazine ban. But instead of simply talking about 30-round magazines, Gregory brought one on set to wave in front of the cameras. The problem? The “Meet the Press” studio is located in Washington, D.C., where merely possessing an empty high-capacity magazine is illegal.

“No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm,” the law states. “For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.” 

The punishment for possession of a high-capacity magazine is up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. NBC had apparently contacted the police to ask for special permission to use the magazine on air, and the request was denied. Gregory used it anyway and got a free pass on the consequences for doing so. 

To give some perspective, D.C. businessman Mark Witaschek had a single empty shotgun shell from a bird hunt, a spent brass casing and muzzleloader reloading supplies, which are considered ammunition under the law, in his Georgetown home when it was raided by dozens of police officers. Witaschek was prosecuted by D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan in a lengthy, two-year-long process and convicted. Nathan refused to prosecute Gregory.

Problems don’t get fixed unless they’re acknowledged.  Liberals have spent the last 20 years listening to pundits tell them that they’re mainstream and dare I say, moderate.  Anyone else with a differing opinion that’s further to the Right is an extremist.  Until they get out of their bubble, the Federal Government will continue to be weaponized against conservatives.

ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart – NY Post

Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so.

In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our profound national-security interests, I have a personal interest in locking this down.”

In one sense, this is what we want presidents to worry about. We want them to be restrained by the cautionary examples provided by history and by the fact that history will judge them.

But what if the desire to tip the scales of history’s judgment in his favor leads a president to take dangerous risks?

But it’s not a risk.  His overdeveloped sense of vanity makes it a slight risk, but as with all aspects of this article, Barack Obama is simply doing what he was sent to do.  Granted, all Presidents are puppets.  The last one that wasn’t had a bullet sent through his head and the last President that tried to snip some of the wires had a bullet stop a fraction of an inch from his heart.

But no President has been more willing to work against the interests of his country and that will ultimately be the legacy of this man.

Thank you, Rand

Paul Commandeers Senate to Protest Patriot Act – AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans’ privacy.

Congress faces a June 1 deadline for the law’s expiration, and Paul’s speech underscored the deep divisions over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, which was revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer,” the Kentucky senator said at 1:18 p.m. EDT when he took to the Senate floor. “That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.”

Thank you, Rand.  I was one of the people foolish enough to not be in opposition to the Patriot Act when it was first crafted.  Not my finest hour.

I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned. – Politico / Michael Wessel

“You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.
 I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.
It would be easy to rip the Administration here with a catty “most transparent administration EVAR” comment here but the reality is that trade agreements are always secret and we’re left hoping that the people we supposedly elected to supposedly do things in our interest.  Considering we have the worst political class this country has ever seen, it’s difficult to feel confident.
Of course, as you’ll read in the piece, the Administration isn’t sharing details of the agreement with the people that do have the clearance to read it.  MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION…EVARRR.
without elaborating, I can tell you that there is nothing beneficial in this trade agreement for the American people.  It is about control and greater loss of freedom for Americans.  This is the repeating theme for this Administration for those of you who aren’t paying attention.  Of course, the Republicans are going whole hog on this thing now so that should tell you plenty about the people you entrusted to stop this President.

Growth Hiccups Vex Fed Yet Again –  Latest weak data show how sluggish economy remains prone to shocks – WSJ

I could use this article as another opportunity to bash the Obama economy.   As an example, I could say “Why on earth would this economy improve given the stewardship and messages continually sent by the White House?”.

But let’s use this as an educational opportunity.

Most people don’t know what inflation actually is.  They just think of it as things costing more money over time.

And from a very simple perspective, that’s not a bad definition.  The “why” is what’s important.  It’s because your money is worth less than it was yesterday and this pattern continues for an extended period of time.  But why does money become worth less over an extended period of time?

There can be extreme, intense moments of hyper inflation where a country’s economy falls apart and a loaf of bread that cost 10 shekels yesterday costs 1000 today.  But typically it’s caused by a period of steady, slow decline in an economy.  Something we’ve had for 7 years now.

And yet we don’t have inflation.  Yes, some things like food cost more money but there are other pressures causing that.  As an example, liberal geniuses who think it’s a good idea to put part of our food supply into our gas tanks while Mexicans starve.

So, our economy has been on a steady downward decline.  AND we are printing money like there’s no tomorrow.  And we have been for several years.  When you have more of something in existence, those things are typically worth less individually.

And yet despite a failing economy and money being printed in the trillions, we’ve had very little inflation.  Think about that very, very carefully.

That wealth has to be going somewhere, yes?  Where is it going?  Somewhere out of our economy.  But where?  And with the enormity of the capital we’re talking about here leaving the economy, a lot of powerful people have to know about it.

But nobody talks about it.