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From the Monterey Herald:

The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide.
Because we wouldn't want the Army ITSELF unwittingly compromising National Security, now would we:
Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke several stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.
So it's time for a scrub-down:
[Gordon Van Fleet, NETCOM spokesman,] wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative "network hygiene" measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
Don't forget to wash behind your ears:
Presidio employees described how they could access the U.S. site, www.guardiannews.com, but were blocked from articles, such as those on the NSA, that redirected to the British site.
And since we wouldn't want to run the risk of wasting taxpayer's money, it's better to be safe than sorry:
[Presidio of Monterey spokesman Jose] Campos wrote if an employee were to accidently download classified information it would result in "labor intensive" work, such as the wipe or destruction of the computer's hard drive.
Well, at least we've got this reassurance:
[Van Fleet] added that it would not block "websites from the American public in general, and to do so would violate our highest-held principle of upholding and defending the Constitution and respecting civil liberties and privacy."
Apparently they felt we needed reminding that the Army was not blocking the ENTIRE COUNTRY'S access to certain websites. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry on that one, actually.

Kossack thereisnospoon, aka @DavidOAtkins, sums up my feelings on the matter quite well with this tweet:

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As much as I've enjoyed the recent barrage of Snowden “traitor” diaires, I figured I'd toss things up a little bit to lighten the mood. Or not, depending on how you look at it, I suppose.

I don't know about you, but I've been somewhat overwhelmed by all the incredibly persuasive counter-arguments being offered up for why we should NOT be taking any of this NSA/surveillance/spying stuff seriously.

So in the interest of transparency, accountability, and oversight, I submit into the record every FUCKING thing I've come across that “disagrees with you,” shows others that “yours isn't the only view,” and takes into account the “feelings” of those who “believe” otherwise.

I'm mostly paraphrasing and foregoing specific links, not because I can't provide them, but because there's TOO FUCKING MANY to choose from, and I can't seem to make up my mind. Not to mention, I'm not really into that “call-out” thing.

So you'll just have to trust me. Or not. I'm so FUCKING FRIED at this point, it doesn't really matter if you do or don't. Maybe it'll matter more tomorrow, but right now, no.

Enjoy!

GENERAL YAWN/MEH
     - Why is everyone surprised?
     - Where was this discussion 10 years ago?
     - The government has assured us everything is on the level, and I trust them.
     - You endorsed these policies when you voted for [Democrat]
     - You're giving this data voluntarily with every click.
     - Just use snail mail instead.
     - They've already been doing this for a long time, now.
     - Every other country does it, too.*

GREENWALD
     - is a liar.
     - hates President Obama.
     - is just some blogger.
     - is gay.*
     - I don't like him.
     - I don't trust him.

EDWARD SNOWDEN
     - is a traitor who just wants to make us look bad.
     - is a fame whore.*
     - is just some hacker.
     - is a high school drop-out.
     - went to Hong Kong.
     - is a spy for [whatever country he's currently in]
     - voted for/donated to Ron Paul.
     - There's discrepancies in Snowden's reported salary.
     - His girlfriend was a pole dancer.

DAILY KOS META-RELATED
     - Libertarians are infiltrating Daily Kos to divide Democrats.
     - Real Democrats get behind the president no matter what.
     - Somebody called me a name.
     - These leaks will damage Democrats in the coming mid-term elections.
     - Godwin.

NATIONAL SECURITY
     - I'll give up YOUR rights to be protected from some nuke-weilding terrorists.
     - 50 terrorist “events” were foiled, thanks to these policies.
     - It's legal. It's all done in accordance with the law.
     - No direct access to servers.
     - It's just metadata.
     - Relax, no one's listening to your phone calls.
     - If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.*

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Keep in mind, this list is FAR from complete.

Please suggest any I may have overlooked, in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

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* Suggested in the comments.

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Though I couldn't quite put my finger on it at the time, I had a feeling something was up when Reince Priebus visited FaceBook headquarters awhile back:

I have no idea what kind of information he's hoping to get from these "tech experts." Tips and techniques for maximizing outreach? Recommendations on hardware?
Turns out there was indeed a FaceBook engineer in the RNC's future:
The Republican National Committee has hired a senior Facebook engineer to serve as its first-ever chief technology officer, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday night.

The move to bring on Andy Barkett, 32, an engineering manager at Facebook who has invested early on in several Silicon Valley projects, signals Republicans’ intention to become more competitive with Democrats in the digital area.
Reince Priebus must know by now that his party's problems run much deeper than any tech guru can fix. I honestly don't know how Priebus intends to erase the copious amounts of bullshit being put forth lately by prominent conservatives, but he still manages to cling to the idea that technology alone will somehow improve their otherwise dwindling electoral prospects.

At least Mr. Barkett knows how to turn on a computer, so that's a step forward for the GOP, I suppose.

Prominent techno-Republican Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, agrees:

“Andy Barkett is a not just a strong advocate of fiscal conservatism and the ability of private enterprise to lift everyone in our nation, but he is the real deal as a technologist too,” McNealy said in a statement. “His deep background with several Silicon Valley stalwarts meshes nicely with his exceptional data base and app pedigrees. As an advisor to this effort who has had a chance to work closely with him, I am pleased and excited for him and for our country,” McNealy said. “The ability of conservative candidates to get their messages out to the voter using digital technology just got a huge boost.”
Hopefully Mr. Barkett will create a Republican-only version of FaceBook where all the wingnuts currently inhabiting the social networking site can be safely quarantined away from the rest of society.

Who knows? If Mr.Barkett works out, maybe they'll add a Twitter expert to help ensure hashtags like #GoodbyeGOP never happen again.

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Yet that's precisely what Mr. von Clownstick is considering. AGAIN:

Business mogul Donald Trump is considering a presidential bid in 2016 and has spent $1 million on political research, according to the New York Post.
I can't imagine why he'd be "exploring" this potential opportunity. AGAIN. Unless, of course:
Trump has a well-honed reputation for generating headlines and controversy -- he offered $5 million to President Obama to release his birth certificate -- and many questioned if he was serious about his 2012 aspirations. But if the television and real estate mogul invests a lot of energy in generating buzz about a 2016 run that could impact the rest of the political scene.
Yet I must agree, at least with the part I've bolded:
"Everybody tells me, 'Please run for president. Please run for president.' I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along," Trump reportedly said in his speech. "I'd be happy if President Obama did a great job. I'm a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great."
I'd be happy if a "great and competent person" came along as well. But since you, sir, are not that person, voting for your potential opponent will be all the easier.

So stop fucking around and take the plunge for real this time, Mr. Fuckface von Clownstick. Your new nickname will provide hours of entertainment for us during an otherwise very serious election season.

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Reince Priebus thinks people just need a little reminding about how awesome the Republican party was in the good ole days. In an interview conducted on Friday with Newsmax, he laments:

Republicans have “sort of lost our history,” says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is spearheading the RNC's Growth and Opportunity Project to deal with the problem.
And where there's loss, there's a need to rediscover...everything except the bad parts, of course.

All the Abraham Lincoln-related stuff is fine. Liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness, in their theoretical forms, have also been approved for selective recollection.

Even if Republicans spend every waking moment actively trying to undermine those idealistic concepts in practice, or elect eight years of national catastrophe in the form of George Bush — no big deal — they can just relive the glory days of Reagan and pretend they aren't systematically destroying the country with their incessant intransigence. They can hire mouthpieces like Reince Priebus to provide the charismatic operational leadership necessary to bring about, once again, a revival of the Grand Ole Pretty things.

With a little help from Jesus, of course:

“We've got to drape our principles in grace, love, and respect, and that's certainly the calling of the New Testament and something I believe in and something I try to do every day in my life,” he tells Newsmax [...]
Now, I'm not a very religious person, but I can't imagine the Son of God would approve of how Republicans selectively apply His teachings, but anything's possible, I suppose.

So how are they actually going to help people get back in touch with their inner Republican?

“Our engagement is going to be the biggest engagement process we've ever gone through at the RNC in an off-year. We've already been hiring people, getting folks out in the communities, and we're going to be hiring folks from communities to work in those communities – paid help – across the country, telling a story of the Republican Party about quality and freedom and opportunity, something we haven’t done enough of lately.” [my emphasis]
Putting aside that “telling a story” Freudian slip, we surely can appreciate the fact they're creating some jobs, right? Paid Propaganda Distribution Specialists deployed in every community. Job requirements: basic literacy. Prior 100% ideological agreement is helpful, but not required — once they start waving that cash around, there'll be no shortage of newly-inspired home-grown party representatives eager to help their suckers neighbours DREAM BIG with the GOP.
“All people would agree that we've sort of lost our history in our party. We don’t tell people about it anymore. But we're going to start doing it.”
When Republicans “start doing it” anywhere other than heavily red districts, they'll likely be run-off by a mob of broom-wielding citizens who, hopefully with the help of engaged Democrats, will recall memories much different from those being hawked by these Privatized Bullshit-Pushers who live down the street. If worst comes to worst, they can always placate their frustrated fellow constituents with a Thanks W. bumper sticker.

Even Priebus seems to recognize the daunting task ahead of him, so he tempers expectations while insisting positive results will indeed be forthcoming:

“You can't carpet the world but you can control your own organization, and we're going to make a lot of people proud over the next year and a half as far as how big and how bold we're going to get at the RNC.” [my emphasis]
Since he didn't really elaborate much further on what Republican party history he wants to revisit, I've taken the liberty of compiling some talking points for him. Some are based on his own words, the rest being my helpful suggestions. Ready for immediate distribution to the “paid help” (important notes in parentheses):

    ● Freedom (as defined by the GOP)
    ● Liberty (from the shackles of personal choice)
    ● Prosperity (for you, future rich person!)
    ● Opportunity (race and gender-specific restrictions apply)
    ● American Flag (substitute Confederate, depending on region)
    ● Patriot (title conferred upon confirmation of GOP vote)
    ● God (as long as it's Jesus)
    ● Second Amendment (all the others are just fluff)
    ● Country (sorry, not accepting new members)
    ● Love (us and ours only)
    ● Respect (only people like us)

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Flag lapel pin not included.

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Apparently the inevitable conspiracies that now seem to follow any natural disaster should be factored into emergency preparedness plans, because you can't be too safe.

Conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones delivers the goods:

On the May 21 edition of The Alex Jones Show, a callerasked Jones whether he was planning to cover how government technology may be behind a recent spate of sinkholes. After laying out how insurance companies use weather modification to avoid having to pay ski resorts for lack of snow, Jones said that "of course there's weather weapon stuff going on -- we had floods in Texas like fifteen years ago, killed thirty-something people in one night. Turned out it was the Air Force."

Following a long tangent, Jones returned to the caller's subject. While he explained that "natural tornadoes "do exist and that he's not sure if a government "weather weapon" was involved in the Oklahoma disaster, Jones warned nonetheless that the government "can create and steer groups of tornadoes."
Please don't tornado me, I'm just the messenger.
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The Party of Troll

by DeadHead

I am truly at a loss to come up with examples of Republican party accomplishments that can be viewed as anything OTHER than trolling on a national scale.

As of late, House Republicans have offered nothing but pointless ObamaCare repeal votes, a multitude of proposals that seek to regulate and otherwise limit women's reproductive rights, and ZERO jobs bills. Senate Republicans have been even more productive, having offered a wide variety of filibusters for everything from judicial/administrative nominations to gun background checks and everything in between.

We've got “patriots” infesting Sunday Talk shows and Twitter hashtags screaming BENGHAZI like it's a crisis of such magnitude that nothing short of impeachment will avenge the four deaths that resulted from the incident. Republicans seem to be under the impression that relentlessly droning on and on about Benghazi will eventually transform it into something larger than it is. The possibility that the exact opposite might happen instead — the complete desensitization of the public to an incident Republicans will have only succeeded in further obfuscating — never even crosses their minds. Conspicuously absent from their around-the-clock coverage of this drummed-up has-been of an issue is their role in creating the conditions that allow these types of incidents to happen in the first place.

As far as Republicans are concerned, the incompetence of the Bush Administration — if they ever believed it existed in the first place — and the national nightmare borne of it, are all but forgotten. The fact that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney avoided prosecution and impeachment themselves, as well as the results of the GOP's last foray into this type of politically-motivated show trial, have similarly slipped their minds.

When you're a party so far out of touch with reality as the current GOP, with nothing else to offer aside from the tried-and-failed policies of the past, and when changing demographics are rapidly chipping away at what's left of your traditional base, what do you do? You troll the country with phantom conspiracies and piss-off the constituencies essential to future electoral success, of course.

And when you're terrified at the thought of the electoral destruction your party will incur should a certain candidate decide to run in 2016, you troll an issue by perpetuating and inflating it, long past it's freshness date, in the hopes something might stick. What Republicans fail to recognize, or, more likely, willfully ignore, is that said potential candidate has dealt with this type of crap before. Several times, in fact. And yet she's still in a position to mop the floor with whatever degenerate 19th-century throw-back the Republican party manages to offer-up as their nominee.

For whatever reason, be it racially-motivated hatred of President Obama, or just the pathological obsession to regain power by a cornered opposition party, the non-stop filibusters and goal-post moving, along with refusing to take “yes” for answer, even when the Left finds itself in the uncomfortable position of hoping they won't, can be neatly summed up as, you guessed it, trolling.

The goal? To hoodwink the country into putting yet another Republican in the White House so we can get yet another one or two terms worth of freedom, liberty and UNMITIGATED DISASTER. As if the last eight years of their brand of “leadership” wasn't enough. And they expect this power to be handed over to them without having to do a single damn thing to prove to the American people that they'd do anything differently than last time. The only thing they have managed to demonstrate they'd do better next time around is to make things worse.

As if Republicans weren't a big enough problem in and of themselves, we've got a few Republican-trolling enablers here on this side of the aisle helping them out. Democrats in congress, with the exception of a precious few, aren't out making the case to the public adequately enough for voters to discern the difference between parties on non-social issues, because it's getting harder and harder to do so, and quite frankly, Democrats don't seem to be as proficient at defining the message as Republicans are.  President Obama, for whatever motives one chooses to ascribe to his actions, hasn't done us any favors either lately. With his budget proposal and the “cuts-that-really-aren't-cuts-until-you-look-a-little-closer-and-realize-they-really-are-indeed-cuts” Chained CPI lunacy contained therein, our chances of regaining the House certainly haven't improved when we now have to deal with the very real possibility that Democratic candidates will be forced to run against their own president AND their Republican opponents on the issue.

And 2014 will be here before we know it, bringing with it all the difficulties inherent to mid-term elections.

Republicans will likely turn out en masse to mindlessly vote Republican out of habit or some paranoid fear of a conspiracy that'll surely come to pass because of Democrats. The fact that their party loyality translates into policies, with the exception of their precious Second Amendment, that are decidedly not in their best interest or that of the country as a whole, will not factor into their votes, as usual.

Democrats will be trying to sell senior citizens on why chained CPI isn't so bad or something, drag themselves to the polls and vote Democratic out of a very real fear of the alternative being much worse, and because Democrats have traditionally been the party of tolerance and have, for the most part, advocated for the average citizen. All the while not realizing the stealthy but significant steps the party has made in recent years towards becoming something much different than the one we've come to know.

Swing voters will, as usual, likely vote for the party that produces the most convincing propaganda and/or the party opposite the one that fails to play for keeps or adequately push back against misinformation, and certainly the one that succeeds in all of these areas.

So in the meantime, the Party of Troll does the only thing it knows how to do, pretend it is “growing the party” with faux “outreach” initiatives that anyone with a pulse should be able to recognize are patently insincere, dredge-up “nontroversies” and other shiny objects that are completely inconsequential to the plight of average citizens, and relentlessly point out every single possible fault with the Democratic party in an attempt to lower the bar by which they themselves might be compared, if only the media had an interest in doing so.

So the question is, how do you avoid “feeding the troll” without allowing them to define the message?

The only answer I can come up with is essentially the same one we've been screaming for all along, and the one that seems to be continuously ignored by Democratic Leadership in DC: troll back harder.

And yet here we are. Still.

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If they ever had any credibility in the first place, that is.

Seriously. I never want to hear another word out of these fucking hypocrites again.

But, but, but... It's just one congressional district. SC-01 doesn't represent the views of the Republican Party.
The fuck it doesn't. I hereby resolve to do my small part in shoving the results of this election down the collective throat of the GOP on every future instance in which they attempt to either smear Democrats for even the slightest of transgressions, or to push their laws relating to everything they see as "tradional," "proper," or the way "God intended."

Fucking hypocrites just couldn't find it within themselves to actually practice what they think they preach, and vote for a Democrat. You know, one that might actually do something for their district other than engage in taxpayer-funded spouse-cheating. One that could've put the country one person closer to breaking out of the national clusterfuck we've been submerged in since 2010.

God has forgiven you, Mark Sanford, and that's good enough for the residents of SC-01.

National embarrassment? We gotz it.

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For Republicans, "Forever," as used in the title of the diary, will conclude as of 9:00am tomorrow morning, I know.

If Vitter can get reelected, so can Mark Sanford. If Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer can be run out of office over these types of scandals, so can the next Democrat that messes around.

Tomorrow it'll be business as usual, because IOKIYAR, and God forgives Republicans, but not Democrats, apparently.

That doesn't mean people need to remain silent about it in the future. As I said above, I won't hesitate to remind people in whatever way I can. Probably won't change much, but it can't hurt to try.

As do most people, I detest hypocritical behavior. When I catch myself engaging in it, I verbally abuse myself relentlessly. I'll be sure to dish some of that out to the "holier-than-thou" Republicans who mysteriously forget this election ever happened next time a Democrat screws up.

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Leave to the geniuses in DC to take a good thing — nobody saw this shit coming, of course —

Democrats have used a clear and potent attack against Republicans in recent elections: Don’t vote for them because they’ll cut your Social Security and Medicare.
And fuck it up:
But using that playbook next year, as Democrats had planned, just got a lot more complicated.

President Barack Obama blurred the lines this month when he embraced entitlement cuts of his own as part of his budget plan. And Democrats now fear their leader’s tack to the center could blunt one of their sharpest weapons in the battle for the House of Representatives next year.

The concern is that Republicans will have a ready retort — your own president proposed entitlement cuts — and force Democrats on the defensive. The issue is critical to senior voters, who turn out in disproportionately large numbers in midterm elections.
Wow! And what did we gain? Nothing. But. Trouble.

And all of us "Social Security concern trolls" were just whining and running around screaming "Oh Noes! OMG!" You know, like that cute little .GIF animation floating around the internet.

And yet, somebody in DC seems to realize what an idiotic thing it was to put Chained CPI on the table, after all:

“I think it does make it more difficult for Democrats in the next election,” said Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, who occupies a swing district in Minnesota. “I would think that Republicans will say this cycle that if you want your Medicare and Social Security cut, that’s what Obama wants to do. … And I imagine that’s what Republicans will campaign on.”
And Anonymous DC Person agrees:
“It is highly problematic,” said one Democratic pollster and veteran of congressional races, who requested anonymity because he didn’t want to be seen as picking a fight with the White House. “There is no question the entitlement debate makes for an easy campaign ad.”
And yet, here we are. Because legacy:
“The White House is more concerned about his legacy,” said Paul Maslin, a longtime Democratic pollster. “It’s the classic dilemma of the second-term incumbent.”
Awesome! What are we supposed to do with the mess his "legacy" securing endeavors leave behind for the Democratic Party?

I guess we can just hope Democrats do the same thing as Republicans are doing with Bush...

La. La. La. It. Never. Happened. La. La. La.

Maybe if we're really lucky, voters won't even notice, except:

“It would suppress Democratic turnout,” “It’s pretty clear people are paying attention to this.” [Chuck Loveless, director of federal government affair for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees]
Meanwhile, I smell something burning. HAIR!!!!

#NoChainedCPI, #NoGrandBargain, #SocialSecurityCuts

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Remember how inundated Bush was with requests to campaign for fellow Republicans these last few elections?

Neither do I.

Being on the receiving end of so much love these days with the opening of his new library, we'll surely see Republicans lining up en masse to get his blessing and beg him to do fundraisers for them come 2014. First things first, however, and in this day and age, all good revisionism starts with merchandise.

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Yes, it's true. the RNC and its chairman Reince Priebus have made a nice, easy way for us all to thank George W. Bush for his service to the country.
This is the same RNC and Chairman that labelled efforts by Democrats to thank the Boston Marathon Bombing first responders as "very poor taste." The details about what Priebus was complaining about prior to engaging in the same behavior himself can be found here.
See how that works? Flabbergasting isn't it? Their hypocrisy truly knows no bounds. Their priorities, if they weren't before, are now crystal clear.

Most of the time, I have no trouble finding the words to mock the GOP when they do this kind of stuff, which is quite often.

Not this time. I am truly at a loss for words. Offered without further comment.

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h/t Talking Points Memo

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