Embarrassing America makes him feel relevant? Via Weekly Standard: Vice President Biden addressed Ukrainian legislators Tuesday in a committee room of the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, where he began his remarks by thanking the legislators for “making me feel relevant again.” Biden is in Ukraine to show support for the Ukrainian government as that country faces continued pressure […]

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Conor Friedersdorf: In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent a civilian aircraft* over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality. Compton residents weren’t told about the spying, which happened in 2012. “We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he’s trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren’t watching in real time. Friedersdorf says: that’s a firing. Sgt. Douglas Iketani acknowledges that his agency hid the experiment to avoid public opposition. “This system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,”he said. “A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so to mitigate those kinds of complaints we basically kept it pretty hush hush.” That attitude ought to get a public employee summarily terminated. Summarily terminated , you say? OK. Let’s work with that logic for a moment. There is undoubtedly some loss of privacy when a camera is able to record and play back all of your public movements. I think there’s a greater loss of privacy when the federal government can read my email. After all, a person’s movements in public are still public. You can be surveilled while you’re in public. While one does not expect to have all those movements tracked by technology, one still recognizes that the actions are public. By contrast, most people still think of their email as private. But a lot of people do have a problem with their email being read — the Big Brother thing, you know — so to mitigate those kind of complaints, Barack Obama basically kept it pretty hush hush. Should that get Obama summarily terminated? Is Friedersdorf calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama?

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Enduring Love

On April 20, 2014, in Barack Obama, by iscciaglewstrone123

[guest post by Dana] For those in the faith, today is Resurrection Day – the make-or-break moment of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, there would be no manifestation of a divine living Love – so personal and perfect and whole that He pierces the heart with laser-like precision, laying it bare before our Maker as the amazing and arduous process of transformation begins. The Resurrection is the hope of the believer, the heart of faith, and the assurance that at the end of this earthly journey where we often find ourselves struggling through a vale of tears, there will be rest, there will be joy, and there will be peace. We are but pilgrims passing through. And without hope, what is one left with? This morning, I considered posting on the unique gift of free speech we enjoy in America – in spite of how cynical, cowardly, and offensive it may be. I considered posting about Google’s decision not to have an Easter doodle , but decisions like that have become cliche. Let’s just be glad Serbia National Day and Turkey Election 2014 and Britain’s First National Park weren’t ignored, okay? Because that would have been really awful. But, given that it is a day to recognize Hope and Love, I decided to do a simple post on what really matters in this life: Enduring Love . And if for some reason, one is fortunate to find another to share the journey with, it becomes all the more unique. This love is the difficult love that calls one to walk through sorrow as well as joy while holding on to each other – no matter what seeks to tear apart. It is to believe in the united power of shared love when all might seem lost. It calls, even demands to put the other’s needs and well-being before one’s own, as well as to share in the victories, defeats, struggles, heartache, loss, and golden moments in between – while never letting go of each other. A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple’s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart The pair had known each other for several years when they eloped in Newport, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, on Feb. 20, 1944. At two days shy of his 21st birthday, Kenneth was too young to marry in Ohio. ‘He couldn’t wait,’ son Jim Felumlee said. Kenneth worked as a railroad car inspector and mechanic before becoming a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was active in his Nashport-Irville United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher. Helen stayed at home, not only cooking and cleaning for her own family but also for other families in need in the area. She taught Sunday school, too, but was known more for her greeting card ministry, sending cards for birthdays, sympathy and the holidays to everyone in her community, each with a personal note inside. ‘She kept Hallmark in business,’ daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked. When Kenneth retired in 1983 and the children began to leave the house, the Felumlees began to explore their love of travel, visiting almost all 50 states by bus. ‘He didn’t want to fly anywhere because you couldn’t see anything as you were going,’ Jim Felumlee said. Although both experienced declining health in recent years, Cody said, each tried to stay strong for the other. ‘That’s what kept them going,’ she said. Note: The views of faith expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of management here at Patterico’s. These are the author’s alone. –Dana

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Hilarity Ensues

On April 18, 2014, in Barack Obama, by luciolynn7078

[guest post by JD] Yesterday we learned of Paul Krugman, aka the demonic midget, getting $25,000 a month to not do much of anything except yammer on and on about income inequality. Today, we learn the MediaMutterz For America, home of such keen intellects like Oliver Willis, is resisting attempts by SEIU to unionize their workforce . The levels of hypocrisy and comedy are too numerous to count. A look at MMfA funding would likely produce some uncomfortable conversations. In other leftist nonsense, we also learned today that air pollution can be racial. Judd Legum is reliably and consistently a mental midget, and vomits forth leftist pablum as predictably as Old Faithful. Some things you cannot make up. —JD

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DSCC Email Mentions Koch Brothers 9 Times…

On April 17, 2014, in Barack Obama, by QPEFredrick

Second DSCC email of the day attacking the Koch brothers. In this one almost every sentence has a Koch reference. NY Times: “To Strike at Kochs, Democrats Revive Tactic That Hurt Romney” Drew — The New York Times reveals our new strategy to neutralize the Kochs’ unrelenting attacks: tell America the truth about their disregard […]

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