Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keystone and the NSA

Republicans are just as much big-government jackasses as Democrats.  My own senator, Roy Blunt, voted to continue allowing the NSA to collect data on people who have not committed and are not conspiring to commit any crimes.

Roy, August 2016 is coming.  I'm not going to forget.

Their excuse according to Mitch McConnell:

"If our aim is to degrade and destroy ISIL, as the president has said, then that's going to require smart policies and firm determination. At a minimum, we shouldn't be doing anything to make the situation worse," McConnell said.
If our aim is to degrade and destroy ISIL, perhaps we should kill them and not waste time and money collecting emailed copies of Grandma's holiday pound cake recipe.  

This bill would really have cramped the NSA's style:

Among other things, the bill would have required the NSA to ask a communications company for records of a specific person when investigating a terrorism case, rather than indiscriminately sweeping up records.

Those used to be called "suspects" and required not just permission from Google but a court order.

The terrorists have won.  We are living in a police state.

It is a police state owned by Warren Buffett since his railroads are currently making money hand-over-fist handling crude from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, and he does not want the Keystone Pipeline to cut into his profits.  So, Harry Reid and other Democrats left Mary "Miss Piggy" Landrieu to twist in the wind and blocked passage of the pipeline bill.

Buffett continues to reinforces my belief that, no matter how nice someone seems, if Charlie Rose fawns over them, they are evil.

Keystone would do more for our national security than all the NSA snooping and spooking to date because -- weird as the Canadians may be -- they, unlike the Saudis, haven't flown any planes into the Pentagon lately.  If we decrease our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, we can afford to get out of the World Team Police business, secure our borders, shut down Homeland Security, and let the Muslims kill one another in peace.  


  1. {Sighs}

    Your President Hussein is a traitor,

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

  2. You SOB Yankees!!!

    You have had allies like NZ who have fought WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan to name a few...

    And this is our repayment???

  3. I know it won't make much difference, Jamie, but I apologize on behalf of myself and my fellow Americans for our stupidity in being so trusting of politicians of all stripes. We have been too easily herded like sheep.

  4. A Yankie who remembers his manners, a rare thing...