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    Facebook was fined $5 billion for violating our privacy but I didn't see a penny of that money.

    The Obama administration kept feigning surprise that Big Brother was abusing their power. He made them promise not to do it again, 4 separate times.

    Google knows more about you than your wife does.

    Our last elections were tampered with by large tech companies controlling "public information".

    The NSA data center in Utah, which spans 240 acres, mysteriously keeps catching fire. Dubbed by some as "the world's largest spying lab" the repeated fires seem to have no identifiable cause. Maybe it's some sort of Liberty Karma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMARTIA View Post
    Yeah. I know. Messenger. Doesn't make it less true.

    THE MESSAGE itself is what you have missed in your dislike of the messenger.
    Of course, it does. You have no evidence that what Amash says is true. I don't accept his words at face value any more than I do Adam "I have hard evidence" Schiff or idiot Smalwell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMARTIA View Post
    Okay. he's a scumbag. Now, what about all the other scumbags working to keep that "Patriot" act up and running?
    It's called the Deep State, the unconstitutional fourth branch of government.

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    Only 5% of all proposed bills actually become law.

    That 5% should really, really scare you. The other 95% should really, really scare you too.

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    The Milkbill

    95% of proposed legislation is never intended to pass. It is, however, intended to milk donations from interested parties. Using the phrase "Milking The Public" is putting it nicely, but extortion is much a more accurate term.

    Here's how it works. You have one of your staffers contact the Cattlemen's Association, for example, and let them know you're working on draft legislation that may affect the cost of feed. Wouldn't they like to have some input into the draft since they are the experts after all. This is nothing but code words for, "Get your checkbooks out, it's that time again."

    The Cattlemen's Association understands the game, they've been "milked" many times before. If they pay up the legislation is guaranteed to go nowhere, and besides, they just can't take the chance some hairbrained law might actually get passed someday. Then they'd have to really pay. Better to pay a little now than pay a whole lot more later.

    The theatrical part of this process is the Democrats yelling and screaming and calling everyone names. The Republicans reply that they've gone off the deep end again, isn't it a shame they don't understand how business works. Well they understand all right, they know exactly how business works in Washington D.C.

    It's exactly like professional wrestling. Dingy Harry the Democrat is in this corner pointing fingers and threatening to come off the top rope if those dingleberry Republicans don't get in line. And then you have the Kingpin Turtle in the other corner shaking his head and calmly stating he's never witnessed such unruly behavior before in his lifetime. At the end of the match the crowd is entertained, everyone gets paid and goes home.

    Another night, another milking.

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    Just earlier this week, as the drama of Trump’s impeachment heated up and while all eyes were on the hearings, Congress slipped an unqualified renewal of the PATRIOT Act into an emergency national funding bill. It passed almost unanimously, and without so much as a whisper to the public.
    Yes, Democrats and Republicans came together, bridged the aisle, looked past one another’s philosophical and moral differences and renewed one of the most egregious violations of American privacy in US history, extending it into 2020. They know their priorities — and making sure that they have the power and authority to peer into our lives with impunity is at that top of the list.
    The PATRIOT Act, for those who might be unfamiliar with it was legislation passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It gave the US government full license to indiscriminately mass-collect and analyze its citizens’ communications and data. Essentially, it makes all of our private information and communication available to the government. It’s what makes the NSA’s mass data collection enterprise totally legal, and even “necessary for national security.”
    When the PATRIOT Act was created in 2001, it wasn’t meant to last forever. It was drafted with a “sunset clause” built into it that would have allowed the bill to expire, to die naturally and fade away. But both Democrats and Republicans have worked hard to avoid that outcome. They’ve renewed the bill every time it’s been set to expire — essentially keeping the PATRIOT Act on life support for their own utility.
    And this time, they were extra sneaky about how they did it. As the government was (once again) approaching a federal shut-down, and Congress was scrambling to approve a new Continuing Resolution bill that would extend federal funding for another year, Democrats unanimously voted to waive the rule that gives the public 72 hours to read the new Continuing Resolution bill. Why? Why did they feel the need to keep the American People in the dark on the government’s annual funding extension? ...

    More at link - https://therooster.com/blog/while-co...he-patriot-act

    I see now that Amash has taken to wholly placing the blame on Trump for this.

    They all deserve to hang.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMARTIA View Post
    Just earlier this week, as the drama of Trump’s impeachment heated up and while all eyes were on the hearings, Congress slipped an unqualified renewal of the PATRIOT Act into an emergency national funding bill. It passed almost unanimously, and without so much as a whisper to the public.
    Yes, Democrats and Republicans came together, bridged the aisle, looked past one another’s philosophical and moral differences and renewed one of the most egregious violations of American privacy in US history, extending it into 2020. They know their priorities — and making sure that they have the power and authority to peer into our lives with impunity is at that top of the list.
    The PATRIOT Act, for those who might be unfamiliar with it was legislation passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It gave the US government full license to indiscriminately mass-collect and analyze its citizens’ communications and data. Essentially, it makes all of our private information and communication available to the government. It’s what makes the NSA’s mass data collection enterprise totally legal, and even “necessary for national security.”
    When the PATRIOT Act was created in 2001, it wasn’t meant to last forever. It was drafted with a “sunset clause” built into it that would have allowed the bill to expire, to die naturally and fade away. But both Democrats and Republicans have worked hard to avoid that outcome. They’ve renewed the bill every time it’s been set to expire — essentially keeping the PATRIOT Act on life support for their own utility.
    And this time, they were extra sneaky about how they did it. As the government was (once again) approaching a federal shut-down, and Congress was scrambling to approve a new Continuing Resolution bill that would extend federal funding for another year, Democrats unanimously voted to waive the rule that gives the public 72 hours to read the new Continuing Resolution bill. Why? Why did they feel the need to keep the American People in the dark on the government’s annual funding extension? ...

    More at link - https://therooster.com/blog/while-co...he-patriot-act

    I see now that Amash has taken to wholly placing the blame on Trump for this.

    They all deserve to hang.
    'blame trump first.'
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    Great post. We must always look behind the curtains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAMARTIA View Post
    Okay. he's a scumbag. Now, what about all the other scumbags working to keep that "Patriot" act up and running?
    They are also scumbag politicians. If they want to impress me they will stop doing patriot acts and start bringing federal government to a more manageable, affordable size. Let them continue the dog and pony show. At least it is less expensive than what congress could be doing. All hail gridlock.

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