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  •  We have already kissed the 4th goodbye (9+ / 0-)

    The Patriot Act and FISA fiasco '08 are still intact, have been extended.  They have not been repealed since they were passed.  Why they were passed in the first place remains a mystery to me.  Every Congress Critter (and president and judge) who didn't scream about invasion of privacy just quietly went along with this nonsense..., and, for the moment, we're stuck with all sorts of invasion of our privacy.

    No one of "importance" and none of us in high enough numbers to be splayed across television media for months on end complained long and loud enough to get our Cretinous Congress Critters and their sycophants to backtrack on their idiotic claim of "well, if you have nothing to hide, then you don't have to be afraid of anything, do you?"

    To get those illegal and unconstitutional laws repealed, we'd have to protest all day every day for months, possibly years, on end.

    They take our silence as acquiescence; perhaps our silence is even misinterpreted as enthusiastic approval since we've put up with it all these years.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:42:26 PM PDT

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    •  It's true, what you wrote. (2+ / 0-)
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      I am, perhaps, a tiny bit of a Luddite, b/c for so many years my office job involved talking on the phone.

      And now, y'know, I just have a crappy job where I have to talk to people in meat space all the time, but the phone: Not So Much.

      So I have a phone.  Which is turned off unless I'm applying for a new job or want to order Chinese food for delivery.

      Now, I just have to protest something or other, and get Big Daddy to tap my phone.

      Oy vey, will they be bored!  (Hey, guys:  ya don't get to have any of my Chinese takeout.  Order yer own at FBI expense.)

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:15:57 AM PDT

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      •  ;-) Perpetually Perky Public Relations... (2+ / 0-)
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        I used to be so afflicted.  Got over-the-top high praise for those skills in more than one profession.

        Now?  In my old age?  I do genealogy research and don't bother to answer my phone unless the Caller ID shows a number and/or name I recognize.  I avoid people when I can.  Really, I got sick and tired of people during all those years of having to work with the public - there are some remarkably stupid individuals out there..., and I no longer have to deal with them.

        If someone is tapping my internet searches, I wish they'd turn up the correct genealogy info I'm looking for and put it at the top of the list of finds.  I know I lead a remarkably boring life, but is it enough for a watcher to grow cobwebs in the brain...?  Or what?

        What's more strange is that I can so easily slip right back into Perpetually Perky PR mode when I leave my humble abode and go to the grocery store or to the doctor's office.  Truly disgusting.  In the middle of kidney failure a few years ago, my own doc & the doc at the hospital both said the same thing, even used the exact words some six hours apart:  "But you don't LOOK sick!"  [So how the hell am I supposed to look in the middle of kidney failure and ultra low blood pressure?!?  I could still walk upright and use my polite and pleasant secretary voice even if I did spend most of my time in my hospital bed using the laptop - free wifi at the hospital.  Is that what fooled all of them?]  By the second day of the same "But you don't LOOK sick!" phrase, I looked at my doc (who was in full apology mode for the second day; he had almost not ordered the blood test at my appt. which determined my numbers were "off the charts odd") and said: "Doctor, you've never actually seen me well.  I didn't meet you until after I was hospitalized with high blood pressure and a heart condition.  I haven't felt well for years!"  He gave me the oddest look..., but he's never said after a regular appointment "You're looking good!" any longer.  [I'm in my 60s.  I look old and I know it, and often look sick besides.]  Soooooo, okay.  That kidney failure episode scared me after the fact.  It was brought on by too many meds, largely thanks to the nurse practitioner who used to work with my doc and was always shoving pills at me.  All were stopped while I was hospitalized, and a day after I was discharged with instructions to take only the minimum dosage of b/p meds and graduated back to normal dosage over a few weeks, I was right back in ER for a horrible gout attack because I couldn't walk on my right foot.  He hasn't shoved me off to a nurse practitioner since that kidney failure episode; he sees me once every 3-4 months and has me take a fasting blood test to monitor those numbers and my blood pressure.

        BTW, you're lucky you can order Chinese.  Enjoy!  I used to love sweet & sour pork at this one Chinese place in the large city where I used to live..., but it was made with MSG and gave me a three-day migraine.  I'm f'n allergic to MSG, dammit (and several other foods)!

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:55:23 AM PDT

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        •  Ooh, I'm lucky about MSG (1+ / 0-)
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          Mostly, I prefer restaurants that don't use it...but I've also bought a small jar of it for those times when I'm stir-frying at home and just require its umami.

          The Chinese place I order from does this wonderful, terrible-for-your-arteries duckling dish.  It's not something I eat even once a month...but omg is it good when you're jonesing for duck.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 01:03:39 AM PDT

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