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Painted-Tongue. Salpiglossis sinuata. 'Royale Purple'.
May, 2013.  Photo by: joanneleon

Painted-Tongue. Salpiglossis sinuata. 'Royale Purple'.
May, 2013.  Photo by: joanneleon

Painted-Tongue. Salpiglossis sinuata. 'Royale Purple'.
May, 2013.  Photo by: joanneleon


Martha & The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

News & Opinion

This is the article that everyone is talking about, from the New York Times.  I'll excerpt, but you'll need to read it to get the full story.

Leak Inquiries Show How Wide a Net U.S. Cast

Some officials are now declining to take calls from certain reporters, concerned that any contact may lead to investigation. Some complain of being taken from their offices to endure uncomfortable questioning. And the government officials typically must pay for lawyers themselves [...]

“For every reporter that is dealing with this, there are hundreds of national security officials who feel under siege — without benefit of a corporate legal department or a media megaphone for support,” said a former Obama administration official. “There are lots of people in the government spending lots of money on legal fees.”
Officials who have been questioned in the current investigations are reluctant to describe their experiences. But the account of William E. Binney, who spent more than 30 years at the National Security Agency, shows what can happen [...] a dozen agents appeared at his house in Severn, Md. One of them ran upstairs and entered the bathroom where Mr. Binney was toweling off after a shower, pointing a gun at him.
A 2010 affidavit seeking the warrant — necessary, an F.B.I. agent wrote, because the analyst had deleted e-mails in his own accounts — said Mr. Rosen qualified for that exception because he violated the Espionage Act by seeking secrets to report.
On Saturday, a Fox News executive said that the notice had gone to News Corp., its parent company, on Aug. 27, 2010, but that Fox News was not told until Friday. The executive said they were still trying to sort out how the notice fell through the cracks.

There was a big kerfuffle yesterday on Twitter between Ryan Lizza and Kevin Drum.  It's hard to piece together a conversation that big, which involved a lot of people, many of them journalists, so the best thing to do is probably to read Lizza's Twitter stream and branch out from there.  It starts at about 5pm eastern, Saturday night, with this tweet about Kevin Drum's post on Mother Jones.

This WaPo article is about a real life spy book, written by the son of a CIA operative.  I'm not sure if this "Wolf" is the same as the "The Wolf" in Zero Dark Thirty.  If so, he was the chief of the Counterterrorism Center and would have been in a key role for paramilitary activities and drone assassination program.  He is the character in the big office with the lights dimmed, finishing up a Muslim prayer ritual when he is first seen in the movie.  When watching the movie, I thought it was supposed to be John Brennan (also a Muslim convert) or some fictional figure based on Brennan when he was at CIA, but apparently it wasn't.  Anyway, I don't know if "The Wolf" is a made up name in this book, but it was a well known name in the CIA. If it is the same guy, presumably he's not under cover anymore.  This Wikipedia entry for the Counterterrorism Center, says that he remains under cover and has led the CTC since 2006, so it implies that he is still in that position, so I tend to think that it's not the same person or that he's now left that position. This Forbes article has Michael Hayden ranking him as the fourth of the "most powerful defenders and offenders" in the world .

‘The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA’ by Scott C. Johnson

The fibs and evasions begin early. Johnson rethinks the long boyhood walks he took with his father in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, during the depths of the Cold War. “He often stopped by one of the park’s giant trees . . . and reached down to examine the ground at its base,” Johnson recalls. He said “he was looking for good chestnuts,” but he was almost certainly using his son as a prop to retrieve microfilmed documents buried by an agent.

But the mundane could potentially turn lethal. One day in New Delhi, when he was a child and his father was portraying himself as a diplomat, his amah prevented an Indian from entering the house and kidnapping him. His mother finally tired of the double life and walked out on the family.

This is an article from the Washingtonian back in January about "The Wolf".
What are the Real Names of the Characters in Zero Dark Thirty?
Let’s peel back the aliases and look at who these folks really are.

The character known as "The Wolf," a top-level CIA officer (you can tell by his big office) and a practicing Muslim (he prays in said office) must be this man, the chief of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, known publicly only as Roger. He "hunts" Al Qaeda. So he's The Wolf. Get it?

WaPo's Greg Miller back in March, 2012.
At CIA, a convert to Islam leads the terrorism hunt

Roger, which is the first name of his cover identity, may be the most consequential but least visible national security official in Washington — the principal architect of the CIA’s drone campaign and the leader of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In many ways, he has also been the driving force of the Obama administration’s embrace of targeted killing as a centerpiece of its counterterrorism efforts.

Slate, January, 2013.
Who Are the People in Zero Dark Thirty?

That CIA Counterterrorism chief we see practicing a Muslim prayer in his office—The Wolf, as he is named in the movie—is likely based on a man known by his cover name “Roger.” Roger, as described in a Washington Post profile, is a “collection of contradictions”—among them his conversion to Islam despite overseeing the death of Islamist militants. (His marriage to a Muslim woman was the catalyst for this conversion.) Unloved by most of his colleagues, some deem Roger responsible for the December 2009 Khost incident depicted in the film, which left seven CIA employees dead at the hands of an improperly vetted suicide bomber. Jennifer Matthews, who was one of the employees killed, was his protégé, and an unnamed source has cited Roger’s hiring of her as an example of the problems with the functioning of the counterterrorism system.

Obama’s new drone policy leaves room for CIA role

Four years ago, as a new al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen was proving itself a potent adversary, the Obama administration made plans to attack it with airstrikes just as the United States had been doing to the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan.

But this time, the White House decided there would be a key difference: The strikes in Yemen would be carried out by the U.S. military, not the CIA.

Farea Al-muslimi ‏is the young Yemeni man who testified at a recent drone hearing.

Tavis Smiley Marks 10th Year On PBS

Smiley contends that members of the Obama administration, whom he didn't identify, have pressured sponsors to drop their support of his projects, including his anti-poverty initiatives. The White House had no comment, said a spokesman, Kevin Lewis.

Smiley declined to identify the companies, saying he wasn't authorized to disclose their names.

While he said he understands the desire of blacks to stand protectively by the first African-American president, he's adamant about his right to take Obama to task on rising black unemployment, the use of military drones and other issues.

"This administration does not like to be criticized. And the irony of it is, there's nothing I have tried to hold the president accountable on that my white progressive colleagues have not," Smiley said. "They're labeled courageous critics, but if I say it, I'm an `Obama critic.' There's race at play in the very question."

Obama’s Artful Anguish

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S speech on national security last week was a dense thicket of self-justifying argument, but its central message was perfectly clear: Please don’t worry, liberals. I’m not George W. Bush.
Against this backdrop, the president’s rhetoric last week was calculated to reassure and soothe. The promises he made in 2008, when he campaigned as a critic of wartime overreach, were revived, reasserted, amplified. He would push anew to close Gitmo ... phase out indefinite detention ... put limits on drone strikes ... safeguard a free press ... even wind down the war on terror.

But of course the year is no longer 2008, and Obama has been “the decider” for more than four years now. Which meant that his address had an air of self-critique that’s rare in presidential rhetoric. In the words of Esquire’s Tom Junod, one of the most perceptive writers on Obama’s drone policy, the speech didn’t just “speak to Americans in the language of moral struggle.” It tried to make the president himself “representative of moral struggle,” by turning “personal, almost confessional, in its weighing of doubt and its admission of second thoughts.”
I am not particularly nostalgic for the Bush era either. But Obama’s Reinhold Niebuhr act comes with potential costs of its own. While the last president exuded a cowboyish certainty, this president is constantly examining his conscience in public — but if their policies are basically the same, the latter is no less of a performance. And there are ways in which it may be a more fundamentally dishonest one, because it perpetually promises harmonies that can’t be achieved and policy shifts that won’t actually be delivered.


To Those Who Have Supported My Coverage of Bradley Manning’s Court Martial (So Far)

Every dollar donated to help fund coverage of Bradley Manning has helped transform me into a foremost journalist on one of the biggest cases in military justice history.

Every post of mine shared on Facebook or Twitter has helped amplify critical coverage that is keeping the world informed of how the government is prosecuting Manning as if he is a traitor that aided terrorists.
I hope you will keep sharing my reporting with family, friends or those in your social network, and, when possible, make donations so I can remain a fixture in the press pool at Meade and keep up my coverage of the Manning case.

With gratitude,

Kevin Gosztola Journalist

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  •  good morning (13+ / 0-)

    may try to watch for some planet dancing tonight.. if I remember.

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:15:43 AM PDT

  •  We need a new committee with unprecedented (14+ / 0-)

    powers to investigate, legislate and regulate. Call it the Committee for the Prevention and Elimination of Orwellian Public and Private Practices.

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:17:40 AM PDT

    •  Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal (12+ / 0-)

      need to get to the street first to get the legislative branch to go beyond denial.

      new article on

      Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal

      Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That’s hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial—pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss—there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish—and then get apocalyptic.

      We are staring down multiple cascading ecological crises, struggling with political and economic institutions that are unable even to acknowledge, let alone cope with, the threats to the human family and the larger living world. We are intensifying an assault on the ecosystems in which we live, undermining the ability of that living world to sustain a large-scale human presence into the future. When all the world darkens, looking on the bright side is not a virtue but a sign of irrationality.

      In these circumstances, anxiety is rational and anguish is healthy, signs not of weakness but of courage. A deep grief over what we are losing—and have already lost, perhaps never to be recovered—is appropriate. Instead of repressing these emotions we can confront them, not as isolated individuals but collectively, not only for our own mental health but to increase the effectiveness of our organizing for the social justice and ecological sustainability still within our grasp. Once we’ve sorted through those reactions, we can get apocalyptic and get down to our real work.
  •  Good Morning (10+ / 0-)

    Wow, those painted tongues are quite vivid. Great photos, joanneleon.

    Today's show was about immigration reform, Oklahoma disaster relief, Apple tax shelters, Apple, Congress, tax law, and corporate taxes. #Uppers is now.

    Thank you for reading, everyone.

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:20:38 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, priceman (7+ / 0-)

      for the updates.  

      Yes, I really liked the painted tongue.  It was the first I'd seen a flower like that.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:38:52 AM PDT

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    •  Re: next to last tweet - (10+ / 0-)

      "You can't leave this up to consumers. They can't afford to shop their principles in this economy. You need to change trade/tax law."


      From a recent diary of mine on The Story of Stuff Project's second online video, The Story of Change.

      This is an excerpt from the beginning of the transcript:

      Ever since I learned where our stuff really comes from and how this system is trashing people and the planet, I've been trying to figure out how we can change it. I've read a lot of these {books}. A 100 Ways to Save the Planet Without Leaving Your House. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. The Little Green Book of Shopping.

      I thought these {tip books} might have the answers. But their tips all start here (Distribution: Big Box Mart}, with buying better stuff. And they end here, with recycling all that stuff when I'm done with it. But when it comes to making change, this story of going green {picture of book: $hop Your Way to A Green Planet}, even though we see it everywhere, has some serious shortcomings.
      It says that if I become a smarter shopper {fluorescent light bulbs} and tell all my friends to do the same {fair trade coffee}, I've done my part. And if I don't buy all this green stuff, then it's my fault the planet's being destroyed.

      Wait a minute! My fault?

      I didn't choose to put toxic products on the shelves or allow slave labor in factories around the world.

      I didn't choose to fill stores with electronics that can't be repaired and have to be thrown away.

      I didn't choose a world in which some people can afford to live green, leaving the rest of us to be irresponsible planet wreckers!

      Of course, when we do shop we should buy the least toxic and most fair products we can. But it's not bad shoppers here {distribution} who are the source of the problem. It's bad policies and bad business practices here {the government and the corporation}. And that's why the solutions we really need are not for sale at the supermarket.
      If we actually want to change the world, we can't talk only about consumers voting with our dollars. Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work {rally, sign: No Toxics In Our Products}.

      I followed that one up with my first diary on the New Economy. You running into that in your work, priceman?

      Here's Jill Shor's (bio in the diary) vision on 2050:

      In my 2050 we have people who work on average 16–20 hours in the formal economy at regular jobs, receiving regular paychecks. They meet their needs in a variety of other ways. They do some self-provisioning, for example growing food in high-tech, eco-knowledgeable ways—low-labor, high-yield growing technologies. They have a 3D printer that they can program to make small manufactured goods. The household is a little factory.

      People are involved in a range of peer-production activities—that is, the kinds of collaborations we’ve seen online in the world of informational software and culture such as Wikipedia. It’s not-for-profit, collaborative, high quality, and operating according to a different economic model. There’s peer-to-peer exchange that’s possible in lots of activities and areas. I’m thinking of peer production in lodging and sites such as Couchsurfing and AirBnB, where peers make homes available to others for free or a small fee. We are seeing peer production in transportation and food.

      In my future, people have more time to be involved in the production of things so if they only spend 20 hours at their jobs, they can make clothes or bake things and share with neighbors in exchange for another service. It’s an economy of sharing and peer-to-peer collaboration that frees people from high-impact lifestyles and long hours, because most of this activity is local and creative. One thing that people like is variety in how they spend their days. It’s the new economics of household production.  - Jill Schor, interview, Solutions

      Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:49:18 AM PDT

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      •  The Story of Stuff is great (8+ / 0-)

        Thanks for expanding on that point and great diary! I( like these new ideas for an economy 2.0. A MMT government job guarantee will be needed for this kind of work in some facets to hire everyone displaced until this process is complete(and maybe adopt some of this stuff)which in turn has less impact on the environment than traditional Keynesianism.

        Me, I am dealing with personal issues and won't be writing for a good while. Also, this site has some growing up to do and the BS and hypocrisy in how it's being run wears thin. Also people that offer facts and data are treated the same as people who disrupt and insult diaries. In fact, they are given priority, so I have to wonder what the priorities are here. It's not a lot different than on cable news when climate change deniers are given the same deference and even a little more deference because they whine and complain louder.

        However, I am glad you are keeping up with your work, because it is important. I wish I was at a place still, where I could write and be all right psychologically, financially, and have hope for the future, but I am far from that place right now. ON the weekend I will tweet #Uppers, but things need to change or I can't give my time here anymore.

        I, of course appreciate all of your support and the WH and EB community. I don't do GBCW or TTFN and will never, but I respect you and others here so I am just letting you know for that reason.

        Anyway, thank you, WIC.

        I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

        by priceman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:08:23 AM PDT

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        •  if you have a facebook page I'd like to stay in (3+ / 0-)

          touch AND considering you are in Texas do you have a problem with a place to live right now?

           I live in Washington State right now but I co-own a house (with my sister) 10 miles north of Paris (Sumner, Maxey area), she wishes she could be back in Ft. Worth but is stuck with the house for now and I have zero intentions of moving back to Tx., so if you needed help in that way way maybe something could be done.
          Basically I'm trying to see if I can help in any way and if I had money to send I would but I get $710.00 a month SSI and I'm in section 8 rental world but I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to help. I gotta add that other than shelter there is absolutely nothing there to live for (I say this and I have relatives there)as almost the entire town (pop. app. 90) are Mennonites and they do not have anything to do with anyone outside their group (except they did have a GREAT pastry shop, organic ingredients etc.).
          peace... and please stick around I agree with what you said about this place but that's why you are needed.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:58:17 AM PDT

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          •  We can do that. I'll look you up (4+ / 0-)

            It's more about how the future looks bleak for me, but for now, I am OK. I am a boomerang kid and my parents are not happy to still have me around though they put up with me. That causes psychological issues, though.

            That, and I am one of the long term unemployed. I have to work on fixing that if anything can be done. However, no need to worry. It's more about how the future looks bleak for me, but for now, I am fed, sheltered, clothed etc. I just felt you and others deserved to know why you won't be seeing me as much.

            I have to prepare for the future. I truly appreciate you willing to help, but there's no need for you to do that and I would feel guilty given you are not on easy street as well. I'm not saying you will never see me, but it will be very sporadic. I may show up in a comment or two as well, and I will be here every weekend.

            Thanks for all your support, aliasalias.

            I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

            by priceman on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:27:32 PM PDT

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            •  Just got back and saw your responses. (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:

              Did you notice my post about the job at The Story of Stuff Project for a Community Engagement Manager in Berkely???

              The App deadline was Friday, 5/24, but possibly not too late.

              Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

              by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 07:56:29 AM PDT

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            •  p.s., sorry about the (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              aliasalias, priceman, ek hornbeck


              As I mentioned to someone else in a similar situation: take a break for yourself, pop in once and a while for us.


              Best regards and wishes always, WIA

              Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

              by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 07:57:42 AM PDT

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  •  So last year was the interntional year of the (7+ / 0-)

    coop. We missed it. :(

    I actually think I did see something about it at one point last year but then got distracted.

    Anyway, I think we need a Year of the New Economy, to broaden the topic and radically promote, educate and foster development.

    When I get back from Europe in late June (leaving a week from tomorrow, June 3rd, back on the 20th, I'm going to start networking that community, and this is one of the things I want to explore/work on.)

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:26:43 AM PDT

    •  Where are you going in Europe? (5+ / 0-)

      is this your own trip, or are you with a group?

      do you plan to meet with people there?

      •  My wife a couple of scientific conferences (4+ / 0-)

        and I'll be chaperoning my 16-year old daughter and her best friend.

        We'll be going to

        Travel day 6/3
        Rethymnon, Crete 6/4-6/5
        Capsis/Agia Pelagia, Crete 6/6-6/8
        Taormina, Sicily 6/9 - 6/14
        Amalfi, 6/15
        Pompei, 6/16
        Rome 6/17-6/19
        Travel day 6/20

        The conferences are in Crete and Sicily. We added Italy for the girls. Crete and Sicily are predominantly going to be beach (swim, snorkel, cliff jump, zipline, etc.) vacations for the girls, with a day in Syracuse. Amalfi, shopping/sightseeing. Pompeii... And then Rome will be the major sights: Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel), St. Peter's, Pza Navona, Pantheon, Colisseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, shopping on Via Condotti, etc.

        We'll have cars the whole time, so the above are just home bases.

        We've been to Pompeii once and Rome three times for a total of about 5 weeks, but Crete and Sicily are new.

        Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

        by Words In Action on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:09:09 AM PDT

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  •  Good Morning! (7+ / 0-)

    The Last Rose of Summer

    Gertrude Jeckyll Rose on my Balcony

    I have to go right now, bbl to read.

    Thank you Joanne, your photos are more stimulating than coffee.

    Great shots!

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:29:50 AM PDT

  •  Upside Down? (9+ / 0-)

    Who's to say
    What's impossible
    Well they forgot
    This world keeps spinning
    And with each new day
    I can feel a change in everything
    And as the surface breaks reflections fade
    But in some ways they remain the same
    And as my mind begins to spread its wings
    There's no stopping curiosity

    I want to turn the whole thing upside down
    I'll find the things they say just can't be found
    I'll share this love I find with everyone
    We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's songs
    I don't want this feeling to go away

    Who's to say
    I can't do everything
    Well I can try
    And as I roll along I begin to find
    Things aren't always just what they seem

    I want to turn the whole thing upside down
    I'll find the things they say just can't be found
    I'll share this love I find with everyone
    We'll sing and dance to Mother Nature's songs
    This world keeps spinning and there's no time to waste
    Well it all keeps spinning spinning round and round and

    Upside down
    Who's to say what's impossible and can't be found
    I don't want this feeling to go away

    Please don't go away
    Please don't go away
    Please don't go away
    Is this how it's supposed to be
    Is this how it's supposed to be

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:33:44 AM PDT

  •  the green shadow cabinet - list of activists (6+ / 0-)

    I live in a suburb of Columbus, OH.

    Here in Columbus we have the head quarters of the Free Press.

    There is a, but this is a different one

    The is a media publication with no paid staff

    They have two big areas of interest: election integrity and nuclear power

    The stories that came out about voting machines right before the 2012 presidential election came out from these people.

    The two heads of this publication are Bob Fitrakis who does the election work, and Harvey Freeman who does the nuclear work.

    I saw that they have both been elected to the shadowgreen cabinet. I had never heard of it before so I found it on the web.

    It is not associated with the Green Party, it is an independent organization. But the two top dogs are the Presidential and VP candidate for the Green Party last year.

    Bob Fitrakis is the head of the Green Party in OH.

    About the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States
    The Green Shadow Cabinet includes nearly 100 prominent scientists, community and labor leaders, physicians, cultural workers, veterans, and more, and provides an ongoing opposition and alternative voice to the dysfunctional government in Washington D.C.. As with shadow cabinets in other countries, the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States responds to actions of the government in office and demonstrates that another government is possible. This cabinet is led by the 2012 Green Party presidential nominees of Dr. Jill Stein and Ms. Cheri Honkala and supports independent politics and policies. However, it is not a project of any political party.  
    Here is the link.

    If you click on the tab for "Cabinet Members" you will find familiar names. Patch Adams. Jesselyn Radack. Tim DeChristopher (the environmental activist who went to jail for interrupting the auction of energy leases in UT), Michael Rattner - atty for Julian As sange, David Swanson, Richard Wolff (author of Occupy the Economy),

    Here is the link to the shadow cabinet members

  •  Perhaps if we stop fighting so many wars? (7+ / 0-)

    Morning all.

    How do we honor those who have served when memorials deteriorate and finances are tight?

    Perhaps if we stop fighting so many wars?

    The latest 3 deaths of our troops announced by the Pentagon before Memorial weekend, (all between the ages of 21-23 years old)....... these young men who "made it home" sadly, each in a body box, to the mortutary at Dover Air Force Base.

    Arlo Guthrie

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:01:36 AM PDT

  •  Journalists Obama meets with (6+ / 0-)

    Obama met privately with Friedman, Ignatius, etc.

    By DYLAN BYERS |Politico 5/24/13 10:53 AM EDT
    President Obama held a private meeting with top national security journalists on Thursday afternoon following his national security policy address at the National Defense University in Washington, POLITICO has learned.

    Present at the meeting were Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist; Gerald Seib,The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau chief; Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post; David Igantius, The Washington Post columnist; Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic correspondent and Bloomberg View columnist; and Joe Klein, the Time magazine columnist.

    The meeting, which was scheduled to last for one hour but lasted for two, was held in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

    President Obama also met earlier this week with a number of progressive journalists, including the Post's Ezra Klein, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, and MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart.

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    ...Levon Helm, born this date back in 1940 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas.

  •  From that Times article: (6+ / 0-)
    But the government’s willingness to go after journalists’ e-mail and phone records without warning their news organizations — a practice that allows them to challenge the demand in court — appears to be increasing.

    “There seems to have been a shift in attitude,” said Steven Aftergood, who directs a project on government secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists. “The latest revelations indicate that reporters’ communications are now fair game.”

    By contrast with the secret subpoena for A.P. and Fox News records, prosecutors openly demanded phone records from two Times journalists nine years ago — and set off a court battle.

    This to me is one of the key pieces.  If the subpoena is secret, then news organizations have no capacity to challenge it.  And given the well-known propensity for judges to kowtow to the executive claims of national security, it's highly unlikely that a judge is going to turn down a secret subpoena.  Even a court case is likely to fail, but at least there's a chance to make a defense.
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