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Republicans are predictably jumping up and down criticizing the agreement brokered by John Kerry for Iran to curb its nuclear activity. Of course they are. Not only are they owned by the Israeli lobby (as are many Democrats) but the Obama administration brokered it so it has to be bad because everything Obama does is bad.
That said, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) was one of the first to criticize the agreement, claiming it’s a ruse to “distract attention from O-care.”
Really? If that’s the case, Obama must be super-dooper man because he just pulled off a world-wide conspiracy involving five other countries. The guy have amazing powers if he can make the likes of Russia, China and Germany agree to go in with him to “distract attention” from Obamacare:
After four days of negotiations, representatives of the so-called P5+1 group of nations – the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – reached the agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday.
Cornyn: You’re a moron who I’m sure doesn’t believe your own tweet and that sir, is conduct unbecoming a United States senator.
Do people who phub drive you nuts? You know, you never see their eyes or their entire face because they’re always — always! — looking down at their phone? Drives me nuts too. Join the Stop Phubbing movement.
Love this poster restaurants can download:
Thursday I posted this: Lavabit’s Balls of Steel, about how the small email services supposedly used by Edward Snowden folded and ceased to exist after its founder, Virginia-based Ladar Levison, refused to comply with the U.S. government requests to spy on and/or turn over information as to its customers. Bravo. Great minds think alike
Yesterday we learned, via Forbes, that another small email provider, Silent Circle, has done the same thing:
Hours after Lavabit announced its shutdown, encryption app Silent Circle said it was preemptively shutting down its email service. Silent Circle founder Phil Zimmermann, who created email encryption software PGP, said the company deleted all of its customers’ existing email when it did that. “We’ll try to do something nice for them to numb the pain,” he said. It’s not obstruction of justice if you do it before justice comes calling.
Bravo to these two (three, counting Snowden) for protecting the rights of American citizens unlike ah, Constitutional lawyer Barack Obama.
Back to Levison:
If the shutdown is a permanent one, Levison would be walking away from $50,000 to $100,000 in annual revenue, his primary source of income. He also walked away from his personal email address, which was shut down along with all the other Lavabit accounts.
“I’m taking a break from email,” said Levison. “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either.”
Folks. These people are under a gag order,
“In America, we’re not supposed to have to worry about watching our words like this when we’re talking to the press,” Levison’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall said.
but they obviously want us to read between the lines which I suggest we do. Let’s listen — carefully — to what they’re trying to tell us.
Someone has opened a parody FISA Court account on Twitter:
Not bad. That’s pretty much what a real FISA account would look like.
See the original here.
Read Matt Taibbi’s thoughts on Andrew Breitbart’s death here and then scroll down and read his update as to how, via their comments to his post, Breitbart’s fans have confirmed that Breitbart’s legacy is one of hate and vengeance.
Here’s the update:
UPDATE: Well done, Breitbart fans, well done! In less than 24 hours you’ve hacked into my Wiki page, published my telephone number on Twitter, called the Rolling Stone offices pretending to be outraged “advertisers” (anonymous ones, who hung up before we could figure out which “ads” to pull), and then spent all night calling and texting my phone with various threats and insults, many of them directed at my family. “Better grow eyes in the back of your head,” was one; “I’m going to take a shit on your mother’s grave,” was another; a third called my wife a “piece of shit like you,” and many others called me a “pile of human excrement.”
Those last ones to me were the most interesting because that quote is lifted directly from Breitbart’s own obit of Ted Kennedy, which like me Breitbart ran just hours after his subject died. So that means the writers of these letters knew that what I did was exactly the same as what Breitbart had done, and yet they still found a way to be unironically outraged on Breitbart’s behalf. I thought: “These people don’t even get their own jokes.”
The really crazy thing is that I was sort of trying to be nice to Breitbart – the obit was at least half an homage. Not that I liked the guy, but he did have a few attractive qualities, one of which being the fact that he got a kick out of the nasty things people said about him. He even once had a plan to set up a website encouraging anti-Breitbart abuse, and was going to let it ride for a while, even spending six figures to hire an Obama p.r. flack to make anti-Breitbart posters, until finally revealing that he’d sponsored the whole thing. Would a person like that really expect someone like me to send flowers when he croaked? No way: he’d be insulted if I didn’t give him one last kick in the balls on the way out the door.
But I guess no homage is complete without a celebration of the whole man, and the whole man in this case was not just a guy who once said, “It’s all about a good laugh,” but also someone who liked to publish peoples’ personal information on the internet, hack into private web sites, tell lies in an attempt to get his enemies fired, and incite readers to threats against his targets and their families, including death threats. I left all of that stuff out of my obit, but now, thanks to you readers, that’s all in there as well, leaving, for posterity, a much more complete picture of the man.
Just got a tweet from Sam Feist at CNN touting a “sneak peek at the set for tomorrow’s AZ #CNNDebate. Note table not podiums.”
Who’s the moderator? Will CNN let the candidates lie, or not? That’s what matters.
Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on CNBC: “Why is it that when Republicans and Democrats need to solve the budget and the deficit, there’s deadlock, but when Hollywood lobbyists pay them $94 million dollars to write legislation, people from both sides of the aisle line up to co-sponsor it?”
You probably heard about the Kansas high school student, Emma Sullivan, who sent a tweet Governor Sam Brownback didn’t like and the ensuing effort to get her to apologize. Well, she refused to apologize (YOU GO GIRL!) and now Brownback is walking the incident back:
“My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms. I enjoyed speaking to the more than 100 students who participated in the Youth in Government Program at the Kansas Capitol. They are our future. I also want to thank the thousands of Kansas educators who remind us daily of our liberties, as well as the values of civility and decorum. Again, I apologize for our over-reaction.”
So ironic that this happened during a “Youth in Government Program.” Those kids got a lesson in government all right. The Joe McCarthy form of government.
As an aside, I just spent a good five minutes looking around at FoxNews.com and I can’t find one single article about this incident. They don’t want their audience to know how unAmerican Republicans can be.
Is freedom of speech dead in Kansas? I ask because Governor Sam Brownback (R) sicked the authorities on a high school girl who sent a tweet he didn’t like. Yes, unfortunately, you did read that right:
A Kansas teenager got in some trouble with her school for comments she posted on her Twitter account — in which she claimed to have trashed Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to his face during a field trip.
Emma Sullivan, an 18-year old high school senior, was at an event in Topeka this past Monday for Kansas Youth in Government, which was addressed by Brownback. During the event, Sullivan posted to her Twitter account:
Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalotBut as it turns out, Brownback’s office watches Twitter for comments about him. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag told the event organizers about the comment, “so that they were aware what their students were saying in regards to the governor’s appearance,” the Wichita Eagle reports, also adding: “We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies.”
Brownback’s office flagged the tweet to the event organizers, who in turn passed the complaint on to Sullivan’s school. This got her called to the principal’s office.
Is Brownback so insecure he’s willing to trample a high school senior’s First Amendment rights in order to intimidate people into only saying nice things about him? Apparently so.
Our Tweet of the Day: A heartbreaking quote from a protester at OccupyWallStreet:
This would be CNN “journalist” Alison Kosick explaining the OccupyWallStreet movement on her Twitter feed (she has since deleted this tweet):
Per OccupyWallStreet’s website, this is their mission:
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
I wonder if Kosick knows now to use The Google, or if she just doesn’t care to, you now, do what a journalist is supposed to do.
Ah yes. The “liberal media” strikes again.
concluded with Boyd reading the text of this Tweet by Patrick Schwarzenegger from
minutes ago earlier today:
Boyd concluded her report with: Patrick “signed the Tweet, Patrick SHRIVER.”
He did? Anyone see that?
I don’t know where Boyd got her information but obviously, she didn’t confirm it. It would have taken five seconds.
I know what’s going on with the Schwarzeneggers isn’t Earth shattering but this is indicative of how “journalists” have lost their way around here.
Bottom line? Don’t trust a thing you see on teevee. Rumor, hearsay and gossip is now reported as fact. “Journalists” are apparently too busy or too underpaid or too whatever to do their basic job.
(I will post video if I can find it. I didn’t have my DVR on when this happened.)
Rightie spin on the death of Osama bin Laden in 140 characters or less:
Makes total sense huh?
Dumb is cool.
Cable news isn’t the place to go anymore for breaking news. Last night was a case in point:
Twitter spokesperson Jodi Olson reports that between 10:45 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. EST there was an average of 3,440 tweets per second. Compare that to an average of 3,000 tweets per second during the highest traffic period of this year’s Super Bowl.
Sunday night, Twitter traffic reached its peak approximately 30 minutes after Keith Urbahn tweeted that bin Laden had been killed. At exactly 11 p.m. EST, there were 5,106 Tweets per second.
Last Friday’s Royal Wedding saw a peak of only 3,966 tweets per second at 4 p.m. London Time. The record for tweets per second remains midnight New Year’s Eve, 2011.
And there’s this:
I first saw tweets about Bin Laden’s death start sometime around 10:30pm(EST). At first no one was sure if this was true or just an internet hoax that was taking off, but by about 10:45pm(EST) most of the TV channels had switched to some sort of coverage about it, so I knew it was real. From there, the tweets just kept on coming. By 11:30 Barack Obama had come on TV to address the world and tell us all what had happened.
It was funny watching the cables trying to get up and running last night after they had settled in for what they thought would be a sleepy Sunday evening. They obviously had only skeleton crews hanging around so it took 15-20 minutes for the big kids to take the stage.
I thought CNN’s Don Lemon looked particularly out-of-place and stunned while he was manning the desk after it was announced Obama would speak at such an unusual time and with so little notice.
Twitter was the place to go while the cables fumbled.