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Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

March 31st, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Another twofer for you this afternoon. First up, Jacqueline Leo from the Fiscal Times says that ♡bamaCare!!! “institutionalizes” the divide between rich and poor and medical care:

Corporate insurance in those days was the great equalizer. I had what the CEO had, as did everyone in the mailroom. That “equalizer” is doomed with Obamacare. So says one of the chief architects of the president’s health care law, Ezekiel Emanuel. He told The New York Times that companies will move away from providing insurance and offer stipends for employees to buy insurance on the health care exchanges. Emanuel said the “Cadillac tax” imposed on high-cost full service plans will push companies to make that choice. “By 2025, few private-sector employers will still be providing health insurance,” Emanuel told The Times.

The idea of course is to dump as many millions as possible onto the exchanges.

How bad are the actual services? While I’ve never had a peek at Ann Coulter’s net worth, it’s a safe bet that she’s socked away a little something for a rainy day, and it’s for sure her annual income would be envied by most. Nevertheless, here’s what her self-employed self had to deal with on Healthcare.gov:

With zero help from the Obamacare website, I eventually figured out that there was one lone insurance plan that would cover treatment at a reputable hospital. The downside is, no doctors take it.

So my only two health insurance options — and yours, too, as soon as the waivers expire, America! — are: (1) a plan that no doctors take; or (2) a plan that no hospitals take. You either pay for all your doctor visits and tests yourself, or you pay for your cancer treatment yourself. And you pay through the nose in either case.

That’s not insurance! It’s a huge transfer of wealth from people who work for a living to those who don’t, accomplished by forcing the workers to buy insurance that’s not insurance. Obamacare has made actual health insurance “illegal.”

It’s not “insurance” when what I want to insure against isn’t covered, but paying for other people’s health care needs — defined broadly — is mandatory.

To sum up, bullet-point style:

• The poor and middle class will get crappy care when they need it most, but will enjoy the dubious benefits of free birth control and coverage for acupuncture. The policy hope is that the latter will distract them from the former.

• The upper-middle class and the nearly-rich get left holding the bag like William Hurt in Body Heat. The policy hope is that they’ll fall into line behind the Democrats who will offer them relief.

• If you’re rich enough to pay cash for the finest services at the finest hospitals, you’ll do just as well as you did under the old system. Odds are, you’re already a Democrat.

That Means It’s Working™.

Ve Vant to Pump You Up!

March 31st, 2014 - 11:46 am

Meet the new Fed Chair, same as the old Fed Chair:

“This extraordinary commitment is still needed and will be for some time, and I believe that view is widely shared by my fellow policymakers at the Fed,” [Fed Chief Janet] Yellen said. “The scars from the Great Recession remain, and reaching our goals will take time.”

Stocks rose as Yellen highlighted the Fed’s commitment to spur the economy and put 10.5 million unemployed Americans back to work. Share prices fell on March 19, when she said in a press conference that the Fed might start raising the benchmark interest rate above zero about six months after ending its bond purchase program. Yellen didn’t mention a timetable today.

“It is an indirect pushback,” said Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies LLC in New York. “I don’t think she could directly contradict what she said at the press conference, so she did the next best thing, which was to paint a picture of a Fed that is going to be accommodative for a long, long time.”

ZIRP today, ZIRP tomorrow, ZIRP forever!

Or was I supposed to do the gag this time using QE instead of ZIRP? It’s so hard to remember these days.

Whatevs — it’s free money to infinity and beyond!

An Open Letter

March 31st, 2014 - 10:32 am

Dear Everybody,

Please stop giving foreign policy advice to President Barack Obama, or as I nicknamed him during last year’s Syria Red Line Crisis, Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom. I’m not saying you’re all giving him bad advice — far from it. Let’s look at some of the advice submitted in recent days.

Robert Spalding III is, I’m sure, more hawkish than I am regarding Ukraine, but I certainly endorse his idea of deploying a credible force of F-22 Raptors to the region. Read:

Without firing a shot, such a deployment would immediately change Putin’s invasion calculus. Faced with F-22s, Russian aircraft would not survive, and thus could not support a Russian ground invasion. Ukrainians would feel more confident about their ability to defend their country, since any Russian invasion would be subject to attack by Ukrainian aircraft protected by F-22s.

Spalding seems to think that Russia’s Crimea annexation is somehow reversible, but that in my mind is a bridge too far. But if we want to prevent the annexation of the Sudetenland Crimea from becoming the annexation of Bohemia-Moravia eastern and southern Ukraine, we could do worse than moving into place our most potent air assets.

Leslie Gelb see Spalding’s redeployment and raises one threat of real action:

The boldest and riskiest course would be to dispatch 50 or 60 of the incredibly potent F-22s to Poland plus Patriot batteries and appropriate ground support and protection. Russian generals and even Putin surely know that the F-22s could smash the far inferior Russian air force and then punish Russian armies invading eastern Ukraine or elsewhere in the region.

There’s no sense at all in making this move unless Obama unambiguously resolves to use the F-22s. The worst thing to do is bluff.

Trudy Rubin advises the Professor to shift the playing field to Syria:

The only thing that might grab Putin’s attention and compel him to bargain would be a shift in the playing field – if it looked as if Assad’s fortunes were declining. Achieving that would require you to green-light delivery of portable antiaircraft systems that vetted Syrian rebel groups could use to shoot down Assad’s planes and helicopters – which rain missiles and “barrel bombs” on civilians. (Even if Putin failed to respond, empowering vetted rebel groups would strengthen their hand against jihadis, as well.)

Yet your team is still haggling over whether to approve delivery of even a handful of such weapons.

The problem of course is keeping our weapons out of jihadi hands, but the point remains that there are things we could do to up the pressure on Assad, and via proxy on Putin, too. (Our chemical weapons deal with Damascus would fall apart as a result, but the Syrians and Russians were already dragging that one out into the 22nd Century.)

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News You Can Use

March 31st, 2014 - 8:25 am

CLOSED

You know you’re not supposed to do that, right?

Just to be clear, I’m referring to bathing in milk to be sold at grocery stores, and not to the plant closing.

You Can’t Win for Winning

March 31st, 2014 - 7:19 am

Here in Colorado, we had a lackluster GOP Senate candidate, Ken Buck, to run against Democrat incumbent Mark Udall. Buck ran and lost in 2010 against Michael Bennet, in a campaign mostly noteworthy for Buck’s ability to piss everybody the heck off — including the Tea Party, which formed his core support. Buck wasn’t expected to fare any better against Udall in this fall than he did against Bennet four years ago. It’s a pretty safe bet that even Buck recognized he would be little more than his party’s sacrificial lamb.

A few weeks ago, GOP Congressman Cory Gardner executed a very nice maneuver in which he was able to get Buck to step gracefully aside, along with two other even weaker GOP contenders. Gardner now has the Republican primary to himself, something like party unity for the first time in a decade, and a real shot at knocking off Udall. Of all the currently “Leans D” or “Safe D” senate races as rated by the pros, Colorado might now be the one mostly likely to shift to “Tossup.”

How did Politico play up its behind-the-scenes report of Gardner’s ascension?

It was a “bloodless coup” in the “GOP civil war” by a candidate whose “staunchly conservative record” might “disqualify him” even though his party’s prospects have “brightened” thanks in part to “a barrage of TV ads by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.”

And that’s just the opening salvo.

The long, hot summer began in March and it won’t end until November.

Fill it to the RIM — With Fail

March 31st, 2014 - 6:13 am

BlackBerry might not have made a dent with its new phones and mobile OS last year, but lovers of their older phones kept the company afloat. Until now:

The manufacturer’s financial health has actually been propped up this whole time by sales of its older classics, Bolds and Curves running on BB7. It’s pretty incredible how long those models have lasted, but BlackBerry’s latest earnings report reminds us that nothing lasts forever: BB7 sales have fallen 50 percent year-over-year to 2.3 million units, which is double BlackBerry 10 sales but not nearly enough to help the company stay in profit.

BlackBerry was smart — if late — in outsourcing their manufacturing. But at some point the company has got to come up with a new salable product.

And that time is 2008.

Thought for the Day

March 31st, 2014 - 5:07 am

The Dune Movie That Never Was

March 30th, 2014 - 12:12 pm

GIGER DUNE

Avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried in the mid-’70s to make a movie version of Frank Herbert’s Dune starring Salvador Dali and Orson Welles, with concept art by HR Giger and Jean Giraud, and special effects by Dan O’Bannon who went on to write Alien.

Wow.

Just.

Wow.

Jodorowsky’s goal was to “fabricate” on film the effects of LSD, and I’m not sure he couldn’t have done just that.

I’m a big fan of Giger’s work, having been allowed to see Alien on the big screen at far too young and impressionable an age, but this Dune would have been a million time better or a million time worse — or maybe both. The whole thing fell apart because, really, what studio would have touched it with a ten-foot maker hook?

For sure it would have made David Lynch’s 1984 version look like a Shirley Temple feature.

Full story, video interviews, and tons more concept art at The Verge.

Chart of Doom

Public support for ♡bamaCare!!! is in free fall:

The AP noted that support for the law has dropped 13 points since 2010, when 39 percent favored the law. Opposition also has dipped 7 percentage points from 2010, when it stood at 43 percent. The number of people on the fence, the AP reported, has tripled from 10 percent to 30 percent.

That Means It’s Working™.

Feel Free to Move About the Cabin, Comrade

March 30th, 2014 - 8:02 am

Seven years and $3.5 million in legal fees later:

A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list. Malaysian college professor Rahinah Ibrahim sued the government back in 2006, after Dr. Ibrahim’s name mistakenly ended up on a federal government no-fly list.

Last month, US District Judge William Alsup ruled that Ibrahim must be removed from the government’s various watchlists. At Tuesday’s hearing, a Department of Justice lawyer said that the government did not intend to appeal the ruling. The ruling in Ibrahim v. DHS calls into question the government’s administration of its controversial no-fly list as well as other terrorist watch lists, but it leaves no clear roadmap for other people wrongly placed on such lists.

Ibrahim’s pro bono attorney, Elizabeth Pipkin, has asked for the government to pay more than $3.5 million to cover her legal fees and costs. Alsup didn’t rule on that motion, but said that the issue was “not easy,” while indicating that Pipkin is unlikely to be entitled to such a large payout.

DHS has been the world’s least funny and most expensive joke since Day One. End it.

Which Democrat Are You? [LINK FIXED!]

March 29th, 2014 - 7:05 pm

WINNER

I took the quiz and got Nancy Pelosi — but I lied a lot.

Who did you get?

Do It for Denmark

March 29th, 2014 - 11:32 am

Cute ad, but it’s a tragedy it needed to be made.

F/A-18G Jambox

March 29th, 2014 - 7:38 am

GROWLER

Why does the Navy want 22 more Growlers when they have all those F-35Cs coming on line (we hope) soon? It’s all about the electronic warfare:

The F-35 is targeted against a narrower array of frequencies and emits only in a fairly narrow swath in front of the aircraft, according to Manazir. (The F-35 is the only US aircraft designed to defeat the most advanced Russian anti-aircraft systems such as the S-400 so the guess is that the JSF emits in frequencies designed to confuse and disable the radar systems that feed those.) The Growler can engage in electronic warfare not only as it flies forward but continues to emit even after it begins to return to base. I asked Manazir whether the F-18′s lack of stealth meant the Growler would have to fly separately and far behind the stealthy F-35, but he said the Growler generates enough power to blanket the area ahead of the F-35s so they can act in a complementary fashion.

I believe it was Mr. Lion saying here in the comments the other day something about more airframes being better — and it’s nice to have a healthy variety, too.

Friday Night Videos

March 28th, 2014 - 10:44 pm

I had planned on writing another FNV mini-essay, this one devoted to just how cool and nearly godlike ’70s FM disc jockeys were. Rebels with turntables and a deep love for and knowledge of the music they played. Then came segmentation and computer-aided music directors and program directors who might not have ever even visited the cities where half of their stations broadcast. And worst of all: Clear Channel.

But then I figured I’d sound like an old fogey, and I already do enough of that at home.

Instead, just enjoy the title song to the movie that inspired me to spend four years of my life playing records for strangers.

16 Terabytes and Nothing On

March 28th, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Drobo has brought back its four-bay BeyondRAID storage solution, upgraded with USB 3, better Time Machine functionality, and faster rebuilds — at a “budget” price of $349. The lack of Thunderbolt is kind of a bummer, because you’ll need to spend twice as much money for the faster connectivity and just one extra drive bay. If it had Thunderbolt, or even just an SSD slot like it big brother, the 5D, this would be a no-brainer upgrade decision for me.

But my second-gen Drobo has been going strong for four years now holding my iTunes library, and I couldn’t be happier with it. If you have big backup or storage needs, and are good with USB 3 speeds, this ought to suit you just fine.

Matt Yglesias: Stop freaking out about the debt.

VodkaPundit: No.

I don’t actually recommend clicking on the Yglesias link — brought to you by GE! hosted by Ezra Klein’s Vox! — which is a video containing lobotomizing tidbits like “The US government can never run out of dollars.”

He says that. I swear.

Low-information voters, meet low-information punditry.

Remeet the Author

March 28th, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Readers™ already know Will Collier, as VP’s official permanent guestblogger before the site became a wholly-owned PJM subsidiary. He also happens to be a damn fine writer of fiction — and he’s been profiled on the Lifestyle page after the publication of his story, Comandante Eternal, by Liberty Island.

I have the Kindle edition and it’s a devilishly entertaining read.

The latest ♡bamaCare!!! figures from the White House should have come with a disclaimer – so here’s the one they should have provided.

Well, no. Civil wars are always brutal, especially when a minority ruling class feels they’ll be exterminated should they lose. The old formula for Middle East domestic “peace” is for a minority to hold power so they won’t feel threatened by the majority, and for the minority to be too small to run totally roughshod over the majority. Hence historically Sunni rule in Shi’a-majority Iraq, and Alawite rule in Syria. When Syria blew up, the only foregone conclusion was that it was going to be awful beyond imagining.

But don’t miss Robert Kagan’s take on the headline question:

The argument in favor of early intervention in Syria takes something for granted that is far from clear: that such an early intervention would have gone smoothly, or relatively smoothly. It may well not have. It is easy to design an intervention scenario on a newspaper opinion page, where none of the details have to be explained beyond the 1,000-word article limit. It is another thing to actually have to plan and carry out such an intervention, even if it does not involve the insertion of troops. Advice was legion on the op-ed pages about intervention in Libya. Libya is now a failed state. And Libya was simple compared to Syria. To say that intervention in Syria in 2011 would have been easier than in 2014 is to miss the point: Even intervention in 2011 would have been fraught with great risks.

Three years ago, there was a significant likelihood of an American-led intervention leading to a circumstance where Obama would have midwifed to power a jihadi state — if not immediately, then eventually. For while jihadi fighters were not as numerous in Syria as they are now, the “moderate” opponents to Bashar al Assad were distinctly unimpressive in their organization, even as Sunni extremist attitudes to al Assad’s Shia-trending Alawite rule had been building for decades behind the scenes.

The Israelis, who actually have to live next door to Syria, rather than merely deal with it as an issue from thousands of miles removed, have always been deeply uneasy about toppling al Assad for the very reasons I have outlined.

Bingo. “Hands off” was always the best policy. The problem for us was when Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom drew a red line in Syria’s sands regarding chemical weapons, but lacked the will, the means, or the allies to enforce it. He then had to allow Vladimir Putin to pull his bacon out of the fire, and must continue to rely on Putin if Assad is ever going to turn over more than a tiny fraction of his chemical weapons.

Whatever remains of Wiggleroom’s reputation lies among the 146,000 of Syria’s dead.

Six Brave Sir Robins

March 28th, 2014 - 9:28 am

And so it begins:

Several Democratic senators moved Thursday to “improve” parts of ObamaCare, proposing numerous changes to the law amid concerns that it could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November.

The proposals came from a half-dozen senators, some of whom are facing reelection in the fall and most of whom represent moderate-to-conservative states. Since Democrats currently control the Senate, the proposals will put Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in an uncomfortable position — forcing him to decide whether to put the bills to a vote or sideline them, despite the political risks for his party’s incumbents.

“There is more to be done,” the senators wrote in an op-ed in Politico, outlining the proposed changes.

Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Angus King, I., Maine, are behind the proposals.

This is smoke and mirrors, folks — an election-year ploy that won’t go far in the Senate and won’t go anywhere in the House. It’s nothing but an attempt to put distance between themselves and the bill each and every single damn one of them voted for, sight unseen.

We’re living with the consequences. Now it’s their turn.

Failing Up

March 28th, 2014 - 8:23 am

Trifecta: The third and final part of my weeklong look at why our politicians are getting dumberer.

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

March 28th, 2014 - 7:18 am

John Berlau details an escape hatch for small business owners caught paying the “liberty tax.” This one is news to me, even after watching the train wreck unfold for four years:

Buried in Section 1501 on page 148 of the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an exemption from the individual mandate for a “health care sharing ministry,” a group whose members “share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses among members in accordance with those beliefs.” For any member of such group, the law says, “No penalty shall be imposed.”

It’s somewhat of a mystery how those pushing the law allowed such a potentially large exemption to the individual mandate to be inserted in the first place. This is definitely a case in which the law’s supporters, four years after the law has passed, don’t seem to know what’s in it. But fortunately, many Americans are finding and utilizing this escape hatch.

Health care ministries have been around since the 1990s, but they have grown by leaps and bounds since Obamacare passed and especially since the disastrous launch of the exchanges last fall. According to FoxNews.com, “Since the launch of HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1, membership at each of the ministries has exploded, with nearly 30,000 new enrollees — more than the number of people who selected a plan through Obamacare in 24 states.”

Health care ministries are not insurance in the sense that there is no contractual obligation to cover any service. As described by CatholicVote.org, “It’s a program in which members make a monthly monetary donation which is matched with the needs of other members who face medical bills, thus covering each others’ medical costs through a program of mutual, voluntary giving.”

Membership is exploding? No doubt. There’s an old saw I’ve never been able to source, but I remember it like so: “Show me a man’s incentives, and I’ll tell you what he does.”

♡bamaCare!!! incentivizes all kinds of odd, perverse, or previously almost unheard-of behaviors.

News You Can Use

March 28th, 2014 - 6:13 am

PASSED

That’s what I call manning up.

Naturally, the stone in question has its own Twitter account.

Let My Stoners Go

March 28th, 2014 - 5:08 am

Good:

Colorado residents who were charged with cannabis possession prior to legalization are eligible to have those charges overturned, after an Appeals Court ruling on March 13. A three-judge panel determined that part of a Colorado woman’s 2011 sentence for drug possession should be undone, due to the “significant changes in the law,” that have come about since then, according to RT.com.

Possession of up to one ounce of pot became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014, leaving tens of thousands of Colorado residents convicted of marijuana possession stuck in an ambiguous legal middle ground, as what they had done was no longer a crime in Colorado, but remains illegal federally. The Appeals Court decision begins to clear away that confusion.

In the unlikely event I were to become President — it would take a scenario like King Ralph, but less believable — one of my first actions would be a mass pardon of non-violent drug offenders.

Office for iPad: Yawn

March 27th, 2014 - 4:23 pm

It looks smart, and the business plan behind it does, too:

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited version of its Office suite for iPad, bringing productivity applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Apple’s tablet lineup, requiring users to subscribe to its Office 365 service for editing documents.

Microsoft was quick to emphasize at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday that the new Office for iPad was built from the ground up for Apple’s platform. They showcased how documents can be synced to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service.

Office for iPad will use what Microsoft referred to as a “freemium model,” allowing users to install the app view documents, but requiring a subscription to Office 365 to make edits.

This might have been exciting had Redmond introduced it alongside the iPad 2 three years ago. But by now, tens of millions have discovered they don’t need Office, freemium or otherwise.

I expect Office for iPad to be downloaded like crazy, but I’m less sure how many will pay for Office 365, or even actually use the suite beyond a cursory examination.

ON SECOND THOUGHT: This just occurred to me. Corporate IT buys far more iPads than Android tablets, and they’ll probably preinstall this on company machines without a second thought. That might not add new paid users to Office 365, but it could certainly help slow the rot.

Crying All the Way to the Bank, Comrade

March 27th, 2014 - 3:16 pm

In Russia as it is anywhere, follow the money:

While the West keeps talking of “costs” for Russia – whether they be economic or social-freedom – it appears one company is benefiting from the post-sanctions period. OAO Moscow Exchange, the Russian stock exchange, is up 40% from Match 13th lows just before voters in Crimea voted to join Russia. As Bloomberg reports, daily equity trading volumes at the exchange surged to a record 72 billion rubles ($2 billion) in the first three weeks of March, compared with an average of 35 billion in February, the bourse said yesterday, as the exchange is “clearly benefiting from the current volatile environment.”

If that’s “weakness,” then Putin can suddenly afford lots more of it.

Just Take un Little Off the Top

March 27th, 2014 - 2:09 pm

KIM

I decided to wait a day before writing anything about that report claiming all men in North Korea would be forced to sport Kim Jong-un haircuts, just to see if it would bowl over — and that turned out to be a smart move. The story looks as bogus as a three-won bill:

Let’s first consider the source. For example, the BBC picked up the story on its News from Elsewhere blog, sourcing much of the story to the Korea Times, an English-language paper published by the Hankook Ilbo group. The Korea Times, meanwhile, appears to have gotten the story from Radio Free Asia, a non-profit funded in part by the United States government. Radio Free Asia’s story only appears on the Korean-language version of its Web site, though a representative says that it will be translated soon.

Regarding the second question, most North Korean experts I reached out to seemed inclined to believe that the story couldn’t be true.

“This sounds like BS to me,” said Aidan Foster Carter, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology & Modern Korea at Leeds University in Britain. “For a start, no one else in North Korea seems to sport a Kim Jong Un hairdo!”

Anyway, what would you call the thing? The Li’l Hitler? The Fashion Ration? The Prison Camp Cut? Please submit your entries below, for the chance to win a free haircut from my eight-year-old son.

Listen to What the Rand Says

March 27th, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Just how stupid is the Wiggleroom Administration decision to cease Tomahawk cruise missile production? So stupid even a self-described non-interventionist says it “makes no sense.” Here’s Senator Rand Paul:

Now President Obama wants to get rid of them rather than do the harder work of finding the waste and fraud in our bloated Pentagon bureaucracy. This is a mistake and will weaken our defenses.
Obama’s fiscal year budget for 2015 would make significant cuts to the Tomahawk program and would eliminate it completely by 2016. There are reportedly no plans to replace it with another comparable weapon, or any weapon, for that matter.
If President Obama had plans for next-generation weaponry that might take the place of Tomahawks that would be one thing, but giving up such an essential combat tool without such a plan is dangerous and quite frankly, baffling.
Nobody wants to cut spending, including Pentagon waste and abuse, more than me. I agree with former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen who has said that the greatest threat to our national security is the national debt.
But I don’t want to cut weapons that have been integral to maintaining a strong military.

A-freaking-men, brother.

The more domestic spying changes, the more it stays the same:

According to the legislative proposal that President Obama publicly endorsed Tuesday before a foreign audience at the Nuclear Security Summit, the systematic collection of users’ data would no longer remain as a responsibility of the National Security Agency. If the proposed legislation were to be enacted, phone companies would retain all the data.

This move would take the focus from the NSA as the main collecting agent to the companies, allowing NSA agents to still gather info on phone user records by obtaining permission from a judge. This permission would include the need of a mandate, which can only be acquired using a yet vague court system, much like the FISA courts.

The administration has asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to renew the collection program as it exists for more 90 days. If the bill passes, changes to the FISA system would have to be considered.

The only change Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom has proposed is whose hard drives would hold your metadata. FISA courts are a rubber stamp on a fig leaf over a justification.

“Let’s make’em squeal.”

March 27th, 2014 - 10:47 am

I think I’m in love.

(H/T, the lovely and talented Tabitha Hale.)