...or the July 20 conspirators to the Schutzstaffel.
Wasn't there a story about Jefferson and Franklin and the Great Seal of the United States saying Rebellion to tyrants is... something-something.
Regardless, at the point that we're blaming the messenger for blabbing something that embarrasses people in government because they were doing something naughty and not blaming the g-guys for being naughty in the first place, it means we've long since passed the point of being a tyranny.
I think, my friend, your moral compass has lost its calibration.
They're in it for the glory, to make games and tell stories for everyone to play.
This means they're in it for the long tail, and they're already past tired of selling out their vision for the best practices as defined by management who don't differentiate between video games and cheese-flavored processed-grain snack products.
Games that are unconditionally playable and moddable are the ones with tails that last decades rather than months. And while the big publishing houses push for a permission-based culture and built in experation, the developers want modders to never stop adding content, rather than seeing their servers shut down after eighteen months of tepid subscription rates.
I think her use of the Ollie North plausible deniability defense covers her butt just fine.
But I think her suggestion that the authority she wishes to retain done in the right way suggests that oversight should be in place, e.g. fourth amendment protections. Even if her implication is accurate, that the power has not been abused, does not in any way indicate that it won't be in the future.
If all the history in the world serves to inform, such abuse is, without proper oversight, inevitable. Do we fix the vulnerability now, or wait until there is a body count?
I think at this point we've exceeded the USSR generally. We're certainly approaching the levels of Nazi Germany or Stalinist Soviet Union.
When it comes to crimes against humanity, weve exceeded them both in cruelty and ruthlessness if not in numbers. We're only one step away from a Endlösung der Judenfrage. We may have a systematic genocide program already in place.
So the comparison implied by Amerika gives the United States the benefit of the doubt.
Yeah. We used the same excuse to cleverly interpret law to convict Al Capone of Tax Evasion since we didn't yet have laws to get him for what he'd done. That is, we knew he was a rat bastard so fuck the law, let's find a way to get him locked up. Right?
Except now our jail cells are impacted with right bastards the guilt of whom we've presumed, because throwing people in jail is what cops and judges like to do. Really. Some have said as much that it's better to lock up a hundred innocent Americans than let a criminal walk.
Whatever Kim Dotcom did, didn't warrant us importing a SWAT raid ti New Zealand just for him, or seizing all his assets so that he can't afford a proper defense (an action which, incidentally, belies a lack of faith in the justice system), nor constructing a rap sheet of super-ambiguous charges like conspiracy. Just conspiracy.
Dotcom isn't a hero for Megaupload. He's a hero for fighting back against a ruthless, corrupt Department of Justice. Because what they're trying to do to him, they'd gladly do to you next, if someone dislikes you enough to bury you.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
So, tell me in plain simpleton I-am-totally-not-a-lawyer english why it is right for the nation and the people that those with more money than my entire voting bloc combined should get better access to our representatives than I do.
which was to incite polarization of the conservative bloc by using anger points (what is nothing less than classical demagogy, well known as cheapskate grandstanding in ancient Athens), is an extension of the Southern Strategy used in Nixon's campaign in 1968
Though Wikipedia states that the southern strategy has roots before Nixon's campaign. 1968 is when it was laid out plainly, where targets, negrophobes were specifically identified and the recognition of dog whistle politics -- where you couldn't outright promise to marginalize and chase off the blacks but just imply it a lot -- was acknowledged as relevant and necessary.
Rove simply extended the Southern Strategy to contemporary values politics where campaigns focus on implications of getting rid of gays, minority races, slutty women and non-Christians, and the people don't care how else GOP representatives behave... which is how they can cause the US government to shut down over the ACA and still have political careers.
So it may be folly of me to try to discuss this with you, since your attitude might be incorrigibly polarized towards the GOP attack campaign ideology circa 2008 and 2012. I suspect you hate Obama not for anything you know he actually did but because he's not your guy, and so he's the person to blame when a supercell hails on your house.
If anything Obama isn't a dolt. He's hypocritical at his own convenience, pragmatic to the point of ruthlessness, advocates for policies that betray fundamental principles of the Bill of Rights, and is entirely owned by the big monies that financed his campaigns, but he is neither unintelligent nor ignorant, and to suggest so weakens not only your the credibility but anyone associated with you, e.g. anonymous commenters on the internet.
Obama isn't the first president to show a disparity between his attitude when campaigning and then when acting as President. Bush campaigned as a compassionate conservative before proceeding to set up all the policies that we now have to deal with today, such as the TSA, mass surveillance, extrajudicial detainment and torture, Halliburton's big war profiteering bonanza, employing mercenaries as standard practice, and so on.
But I don't think we can, at this point, get any president who can take any major steps towards a better America without centralizing more and more power. We're turning back into a feudalistic empire of the middle ages, only without any notion of noblesse oblige, or that we peasants have any real value. Every president from here on out is going to be a more-of-the-degenerating-status-quo kinda guy.
But I guess so long as you have someone to blame for your woes, you'll be happy.
Surely if you're willing to generalize liberals to be about control and brainwashing young, impressionable minds you have already generalized conservatives and libertarians to be meat-eaters. Yes?
Speaking of brainwashing young, impressionable minds, last I checked, it was GOP platforms that were pushing to teach creationism and abstinence only sex ed in public schools, to allow churches to present mandatory-attendance programs in to public school students, and to remove critical thinking from school curricula in order to encourage obedience towards authority.
I reckon that authority would include TSA officers who grope them excessively.