Friday, February 17, 2006

Funny how that works

The Patriot Act and it’s ugly stepsister, the NSA spying folly, do not in my opinion make anyone safer. They both make all of us more vulnerable to this administration. I don’t know about you but I’m not feeling the love. The last people on earth I want sneaking into my life is this present administration. Just listening in to terrorist ringing up their friends in the US? I don’t think so.

While there will be no real, grownup, serious, legally sound investigation into the vice president’s shooting a man while on a hunting trip, there will be lots of investigations into your life if Osama dials your phone number my mistake.


Blogger Carl said...


I'm not convinced that our security has been enhanced by ANYTHING this bunch of lying weasels has done in the past five years. I think the only reason we haven't had a terror attack on American soil is that Osama has been playing a shell game, trying to keep us guessing.

I don't wish an attack on anyone, but damn, if he has to do it, I hope he has the good sense to do it while Bush is still in office, so we can all say "see, we told you!"

February 17, 2006 6:55 AM  
Blogger okieblonde said...

I read this morning that the bush administration has given its blessing to the sale of 6 or 7 of the largest ports in the US to a company from Saudi? What in the hell is going on? Is that keeping us safer? Why even bother with the illegal wire taps - lets just move them in to control our ports with no scrutiny as to what or who enters this country.
By the way PoP, I read your blog blow regarding the shooting of th lawyer by cheney. I realize that most people intensly dislike lawyers until they really need one (I am not crazy about them either) but I am one of those low down scoundrels! :)

February 17, 2006 9:04 AM  
Blogger MadMustard said...

Carl, I agree with you completely, but I am afraid that Karl Rove & Co. has this issue sewed-up.

If we aren't attacked they will say, "See we know best, we must snoop". If we are attacked they will say, "See we need to snoop more."

These slimeballs know how to spin.

February 17, 2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Okie, I joke about lawyers but more than once the help of a lawyer has protected me from being taken advantage of. Like going through a divorce for example. :)

February 17, 2006 9:09 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

February 17, 2006 9:11 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I think historically things like the Patriot act have very little to do with security and everything to do with politics. They are mostly about the illusion (something that has real value at times) that the government is doing something about a threat for which the government has very few actual effective measures.

I see the Japanese internment as something like that, with Americans on the west coast wanting to feel safer. The alien and sedition acts came from a time when the US had very limited real power in the world.
The whole Patriot Act thing is just an old technique that covers over the fact that the administration itself has done nothing in fact to minimize the threat of terrorism.

February 17, 2006 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a company from Saudi?

It's from one of Saudi's neighbors, the United Arab Emirates. Whamstress of Green Knight has a post up on it.

- oddjob

February 17, 2006 12:03 PM  
Blogger okieblonde said...

Can someone, anyone explain to me why the government would allow such a sale? Why are we allowing the United Arab Emirates to take control of 6 ports?

February 17, 2006 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's the government of the UAE (although I haven't checked to be certain), I thought I'd read it was a company based in UAE. (Granted, I fully expect that the owner of said company has close ties, likely familial ones, with at least one of the emirs.) If so then it wouldn't be a sale of operations to another government, but rather to a multi-national corporation,

and we all know what a hard-on the folks in the Oval Office get over fixing things for their friends in the multi-nationals.....

- oddjob

February 17, 2006 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Roger Bondy said...

I am trying to reach okieblonde

Do you have her e-mail or IM address?

December 13, 2006 7:38 AM  

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