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    •  One of these days, I'm gonna ask ct (6+ / 0-)

      via Twitter what he thinks about all of these new users.

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:37:18 PM PDT

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    •  Speaking of patriots, what I can't understand (2+ / 0-)
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      is why Obama, Reid and Pelosi didn't at least attempt to repeal the Patriot Act when they had the chance.  

      A wise man hears one word and understands two.

      by Not A Bot on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:47:54 PM PDT

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      •  Perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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        Because they're OK with it?

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:51:58 PM PDT

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        •  Well, yes, DeadHead, that was my conclusion, (3+ / 0-)

          but it still doesn't explain the ideological WHY of the matter.  I suppose, as in most other cases in which right and left seem to tolerate or approve of the same abuses of power, it's because they are owned by the same masters.  

          Anyway, the Patriot Act has bugged me for years now, and I'm an old fart whose emails to granddaughters and daughters in Israel or Texas or Missouri or New York are not high priority for those who watch all, and I belong to no uncouth organizations, and I'm just a harmless observant old Jew who complains too much but means harm to no one, so I have nothing personally to worry about, but the expanded powers still bother me; mainly because I know those powers will be abused, and some innocent people will suffer screwed-up lives as a result, and the federal government doesn't have to reimburse people for messed-up lives or lost jobs or ruined reputations.  Nu?  I have lived through enough of what is now considered history to know for a fact that expanded powers are always eventually abused, sometimes in small ways, and sometimes at great cost.  And I've also seen plentiful abuse of power by left and right alike.

          Also, I don't see the Patriot Act as having been successful in derailing terrorist attacks, at least not any more successful than law enforcement was prior to the act.  Perhaps there is a benefit in that the act has created a few new jobs with great security, but are they the kinds of jobs this country needs?  Probably not.  Heck, it was partially Patriot Act dollars that funded the police who busted up OWS protests in some cities.

          It's late, I'm grumpy, and probably should stop typing before I get myself on the National Whiny Geezers Do Not Fly List or something equally ridiculous.

          Tomorrow is a new day.

          A wise man hears one word and understands two.

          by Not A Bot on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:27:38 PM PDT

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      •  What chance? (0+ / 0-)

        Nothing that has ever been put forth to Congress survives. What do you think a Repeal of the GOP's Holy Grail would have gained? They'd never let it pass and we would never have heard the end of it. Best to wait until we know we can repeal it then to give them ammunition in the next GOP rally.

        "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

        by Wynter on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:12:39 AM PDT

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