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Edward Snowden's revelations, or:

Unrestrained voter suppression.

The Koch Brothers "anti-climate pledge"

NC passing abortion restrictions as amendments to a bill prohibiting Sharia law.

WI taking away collective bargaining.

Ohio and TX sneaking through anti-abortion legislation.

Darrell Issa fabricating a phony IRS scandal.

Taking the debt ceiling hostage.

Maintaining a sequester that kills cancer patients and firefighters.

Thinking that views $4.50 per day as excessive for a family's food.

States that kill and impoverish their people by rejecting Medicaid expansion.

People who reject immigration reform even is it builds a "World War Zero" size fence.

Unrestricted assault weapons and no background checks.

Maybe I'm just surrendering my civil liberties, but I am more afraid of the clear and present danger of this kind of pre-enlightenment lunacy and malice (replicated in many other states and the House).  It sends many more chillls down my spine than what Snowden has disclosed.

And the administration and Democrat bashing that has accompanied a lot of the NSA critics does not help stem the bloody, lunatic tide that already has power in too many places.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:31:49 AM PDT

  •  It's not to say that Snowden's revelations are (8+ / 0-)

    unimportant, but it's that there are other things going on as well that remind us that there are clear differences between the parties.

    Well said.

  •  Snowden in perspective (9+ / 0-)

    Snowden is annoying, like a cold sore. The rest of your list is in the blood stream.

  •  you'd think... (3+ / 0-)

    the White House could do a better job dealing with the GOP with all the info the NSA has collected on them. It's time to use this evil shit for good.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:40:34 AM PDT

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    k9disc

    Unrestrained voter suppression. The NSA could easily create an app for that - literally to suppress not to stop suppression.

    The Koch Brothers "anti-climate pledge" the koch brothers could access data about activists working against them through the power elite and target - thanks to the NSA's massive database.

    NC passing abortion restrictions as amendments to a bill prohibiting Sharia law. Privacy is unimportant until you accidentally get your girlfriend pregnant?  

    Trying to get an abortion "off the grid" might be really difficult if the NSA is able to track your every thought and every move.  Religious activities also would obviously be easily monitored.

    WI taking away collective bargaining.  Union meetings - no duh - can be easily monitored with the NSA surveillance apparatus - it need only be directed to do so by the President whomever he or she may be at any given time.

    Ohio and TX sneaking through anti-abortion legislation.  Again if these laws stand, anyone attempting to skirt them will be easily tracked by NSA.

    Darrell Issa fabricating a phony IRS scandal.  He doesn't need the NSA to get creative with his fabrications - he has Fox News.

    Taking the debt ceiling hostage.  Stupid is as stupid does.

    Maintaining a sequester that kills cancer patients and firefighters.  Destruction of country is all the rage in GOP Members' offices.

    Thinking that views $4.50 per day as excessive for a family's food.  You'd think that those people were the ones who suffered from brain damage that comes from malnutrition more than their victims will.

    States that kill and impoverish their people by rejecting Medicaid expansion.  Sarah Palin's death panels were always ever the exclusive domain of her and her Republican Tea Party.

    People who reject immigration reform even is it builds a "World War Zero" size fence.  Forget about immigrating here - this is not the country that offers the shining promise of freedom that it once was.

    Unrestricted assault weapons and no background checks.  A constituency many of whom support the NSA domestic spying, but haven't a clue that the government doesn't really need a registry or background when they have the powers at the NSA to track every citizen's moments, purchases, internet queries, etc.

  •  All I can say is (1+ / 0-)
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    Upper West

    it's a wonder we need air-conditioning with all the chills going down our collective spine.

    He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

    by Publius2008 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:00:31 PM PDT

  •  Not sure about chills, but (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    couldn't we be simultaneously outraged, or whatever the right adjective is, about any or all of those?  I can multi-task, or at least give several things serial attention.

    Not necessarily mutually exclusive, or a required order of importance.

    YMMV.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:13:42 PM PDT

  •  Your list points out to us that the teabag-masters (2+ / 0-)
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    Upper West, serendipityisabitch

    are engaged in the equivalent of looting during a riot.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:21:44 PM PDT

  •  all issues/events in which RW radio plays major (1+ / 0-)
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    part. and that's a secret!

    since climate change is an national security issue and RW radio is being used to deny climate change maybe the NSA should be monitoring talk radio and making a written record available to the public- that would be doing something useful. otherwise its overall content - the coordinated repetition and lying on behalf of GOP friendly think tanks, is secret.

    that list is a list of RW radio successes, largely possible because there is no organized opposition to it by the democratic party or the left's major organizations.

    all these are or have been regular topics on 1200 radio stations with little or no real time challenge. the result is that democracy-loving americans end up reacting after it's already been pounded into the earholes of 50 mil americans a week. over and over and over, on radio stations licensed to operate in the public interest, often piggybacking the community standing of our major universities.

    and i still hear activists insisting RW radio is irrelevant.

    Unrestrained voter suppression.
    The Koch Brothers "anti-climate pledge"

    NC passing abortion restrictions as amendments to a bill prohibiting Sharia law.

    WI taking away collective bargaining.

    Ohio and TX sneaking through anti-abortion legislation.

    Darrell Issa fabricating a phony IRS scandal.

    Taking the debt ceiling hostage.

    Maintaining a sequester that kills cancer patients and firefighters.

    Thinking that views $4.50 per day as excessive for a family's food.

    States that kill and impoverish their people by rejecting Medicaid expansion.

    People who reject immigration reform even is it builds a "World War Zero" size fence.

    Unrestricted assault weapons and no background checks.

    and if RW radio was used to attack the NSA's abuses instead of snowden we'd have some hearings and action pretty quick.

    actually, team limbaugh, not issa, created the IRS scandal. like with everything the GOP does, RW radio does the groundwork repetition to make it all possible.

    thanks for the opportunity to rant!

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:23:58 PM PDT

  •  With total surveillance (0+ / 0-)

    by organizations like the NSA, DHS or in the fusion centers around the country, changing all other aspects of society through non-violent resistance become irrelevant.

  •  You seem to be saying we should... (1+ / 0-)
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    Upper West

    ...take things in perspective.

    Sorry, we don't do that here.

    Non futuis apud Boston

    by kenlac on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:38:06 PM PDT

  •  Can't think of anything worse than (1+ / 0-)
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    Upper West

    voter suppression.

  •  it's all part of the same configuration (0+ / 0-)

    i feel this is making excuses or making light of the formation and intensification of police state infrastructure. the destruction of the possibility of investigative journalism when it's inconvenient for people in power is a serious thing, and if you don't see it, you are helping it along.

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