Can there be any doubt what so ever that these grateful corporations which are going to make billions more as a result of TPP passing, will "repay" Obama after he leaves office by filling his pockets with a very high fee to appear at their functions as a speaker?
Perhaps now his desperation makes a little more "cents".
He disturbed the sensitivities of the recording industry.
This resulted in much hand wringing and wailing on their part. In turn this caused their political water carriers to rustle the jimmies of the Justice Department resulting in a torturous twisting of questionable laws and great pressure being brought to bear on the "suspect".
I'm certain had the recording industry thought they could get away with it, they would have asked for the death penalty plus the seizure of all his worldly assets and the indentured servitude of his entire family for life plus 70 years or so.
Politicians: They don't want to be the ones blamed if another attack gets through. The only thing they can do as a collective body is to throw money at the "problem" and make asinine speeches about something they know little to nothing about.
They happily spend taxpayer money like a drunken sailor on shore leave.
Thanks to them the various government agencies are spying on everything and everyone while proclaiming they have special secret laws that allow them to completely ignore the Constitution.
Politicians sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution stand by and do nothing.
Meanwhile everyone become less safe as the spy agencies drown in data they cannot possibly process.
Lobbyists: Their livelihood is tied to getting politicians to make laws and award contracts that favor their particular industry. They are under no obligation whatsoever to tell the truth... so they whisper terrifying lies into the ears of the politicians who in turn recoil in horror at the prospect of not appearing proactive in the fight against terror.
Thus more bad laws are created and wasteful contracts are awarded.
Corporations: The companies aligned towards information gathering and processing get huge contracts to help in the fight against the elusive terrorist. They have the ability to gather every form of electronic emission on the planet.
Of course there is no way to process all of that data, but never mind as the corporations are raking in billions of dollars as a result of their lobbyists appealing to the politicians to do something before another disaster strikes (not to mention the hefty campaign contributions that are handed out to those same politicians to "help" them reach the proper decisions).
American citizens are the only ones not benefiting from all of these idiotic actions by corporations, lobbyists, and the politicians.
We are far less safe and our Constitutional rights are becoming vague memories.
It seems as if there is no sane or honest person left in politics. If some lobbying group decided to pay politicians to create a law making Bozo the clown the next Czar against terrorists, you can bet it would get done.
Politicians don't need any common sense, knowledge about the laws they are asked to create, or oversight of the intelligence agencies monsters they have created. They just need to appear to do something against terror (and to collect the campaign contributions they really care about).
Ferguson chief tells me @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly's arresters were "probably somebody who didn't know better."
Am I the only one that finds the above statement (from the chief of police, no less) deeply disturbing?
Members of a SWAT team are supposed to be very seasoned officers which receive extra training in weapons and tactics.
The fact that the police chief thinks they are "probably somebody that didn't know better" speaks volumes about the type of officers and their qualifications that have been put on a SWAT team.
No wonder the situation is getting so out of control. Based on these recent revelations, I would not be surprised if at some point the police completely lost their composure and started firing into the crowd at random (Kent State ring a bell for anyone (although that was the National Guard in that incident)).
In the face of the backlash, the company quickly amended its policy, which as of now reads:
Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our Inn, your friends and families may not. This is due to the fact that your guests may not understand what we offer—therefore we expect you to explain that to them.
This is an improvement over "don’t give us negative reviews or we’ll fine you," but it remains oddly stilted—there’s still a weird threatening undertone to how the hotel "expect[s] you to explain" the inn’s "vintage" condition to other members of your party.