Ever since Edward Snowden absconded with thousands of documents from the NSA last year, I have been .

With each new revelation published by Snowden's , I've grown more about the US government's activities—especially those pertaining to .


If it wasn't for like Glenn Greenwald et al., and their willingness—if not eagerness—to , we'd all be .

The freedoms they're are what makes America the most exceptional country on God's green earth—ever!

Their tend to forget this; or maybe they just don't understand how they have it here.

In Soviet Russia, .

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Paul Rieckhoff (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America); Roundtable: Chuck Todd (NBC News), Rana Forhoohar (TIME), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).

Face The Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Robert Wallace (VFW); Former CIA/NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Roundtable: David Ignatiu (Washington Post), David E. Sanger (New York Times), Leigh Gallagher (Fortune) and Nancy Cordes (CBS News).

This Week: National Security Adviser Susan Rice; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Tavis Smiley (PBS), David Remnick (The New Yorker) and Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal).

Fox News Sunday: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL); VA Hospital Whistleblower Dr. Sam Foote; Roundtable: Radio Host Laura Ingraham, Sociopath Liz Cheney, Bob Woodward (Washington Post) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IL).

State of the Union: National Security Adviser Susan Rice; Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.); Former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns; Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA); Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress); Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson.

Evening lineup:
60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Ohio high school coach Frank Hall, whose actions saved an untold number of lives during a school shooting (preview); and, a report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system in history (preview).

On Comedy Central...

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were in reruns this week, so there are no new videos to share. Instead, here's Jon Stewart's recent critique of women's emotionality.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Robert De Niro

Tuesday: Actor/Comedian Ricky Gervais

Wednesday: Journalist/Activist Gigi Ibrahim

Thursday: Actor Tom Cruise

And Stephen Colbert's examination of President Obama's history of subservience.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Economist Thomas Piketty

Tuesday:  Actor Morgan Freeman

Wednesday: Actor Jonah Hill

Thursday: Musician Chrissie Hynde


Rape humorist Glenn Beck tried to put the Isla Vista shooting in historical context.

On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck weighed in on the murder spree carried out by Elliot Rodger last week through which he vowed to "punish all females for the crime of depriving me of sex.”

As usual, Beck placed the blame squarely on Hollywood and video games ... and progressives like Teddy Roosevelt.

Reading portions of Rodger's "manifesto" in which he declared that women "should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with" and should all be placed in concentration camps, Beck proclaimed that "that is almost an exact quote from Teddy Roosevelt."

"It's all the progressives, communists, fascists," Beck said. "They're the ones who talk like this ... No small government person talks like this, no constitutionalist talks like this."

On the other hand...

US Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R-IA) doesn't think anyone is to blame... besides Obamacare supporters, obviously.

During a televised primary debate, a moderator asked Ernst about the shooting because of an ad she ran that shows her firing in a shooting range and promising to "unload" on Obamacare. [...]

The moderator then asked Ernst if she would change the ad or its timing in light of the UCSB shooting.

"I would not -- no. This unfortunate accident happened after the ad, but it does highlight that I want to get rid of, repeal, and replace Bruce Braley's Obamacare," Ernst replied, referring to a Democratic Senate candidate. "And it also shows that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. That is a fundamental right."

And, speaking of the Second Amendment...

"Joe the Plumber" had some thoughts to share on the subject.

"Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you," Wurzelbacher wrote on Thursday in a blog post on his website. "Google 'Hitler, Mao, Kim Jung Il, Castro, Stalin' just for starters."

The post was a kind of follow-up to the "open letter" Wurzelbacher published Tuesday addressing the parents of the victims of last week's mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Following the shooting, Richard Martinez, whose son Chris was among the victims, blamed "craven, irresponsible politicians" and the National Rifle Association for his son's death. Wurzelbacher responded by writing that "[a]s harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights."


- Trix

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