the worst love

i love you. 

that’s the hard part.

i don’t want to love any more.

loving. loving is the hard part.

letting go. letting go is easy.

letting go is hard.

loving is worse.

i don’t want to let go any more.

i don’t want to love you any less.

that’s the hard part.

i don’t love you.

i can’t.

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Guardian rolls over for UK government

If the recent Guardian reporting is to be believed, after weeks of pressure by UK officials, the newspaper – rather than defend its right to protect its sources and its obligation to report to its readers – rolled over under pressure and turned over copies of information for destruction.

A little over two months ago I was contacted by a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister. There followed two meetings in which he demanded the return or destruction of all the material we were working on. The tone was steely, if cordial, but there was an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.

Notice in the above quote that there wasn’t a direct threat … rather an implicit one.

During one of these meetings I asked directly whether the government would move to close down the Guardian’s reporting through a legal route – by going to court to force the surrender of the material on which we were working. The official confirmed that, in the absence of handover or destruction, this was indeed the government’s intention.

Okay, so, basically, the government said, ‘Hey, if y’all don’t hand over the secret documents, we’re gonna sue you.’  And, rather than be sued for the information, and defending their right to hold the documents, report on the documents, and protect their sources … the Guardian said, ‘Okay.’  Fine, they had backup, but there’s little doubt that the UK government would know that they had backup and copies of the info.   Then, straight out of a Hollywood movie

And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. “We can call off the black helicopters,” joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

Am I the only one unmoved by their acquiescence, by their weird fear of appearing in court to defend the right to a free press? Who the hell lies down for something like that … symbolic or not? I guess the Guardian does.

POTUS who signed FISA into law supposedly decries fall of democracy

Hi Y’all.

If anybody can tell me what “Atlantik-Brücke” in Atlanta, Georgia is, I’d be really grateful.

I’ve googled in German and English.  I’ve searched for events and locations.  I’ve had a peek at the Carter Center’s website and events and cannot find ONE SINGLE CORROBORATING REFERENCE that lines up with this statement … and I mean not ONE:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in the wake of the NSA Spähskandals criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.

I’m a pretty damn good sleuth and I can find nothing.  What I did find Jimmy Carter speaking about in Atlanta that same week was something quite important, however.

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that unchecked political contributions are “legal bribery of candidates” and denounced a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made possible unlimited spending by outside groups, including corporations and labor unions.

“It’s accepted fact,” Carter said during a speech in Atlanta. “It’s legal bribery of candidates. And that repayment may be in the form of an ambassadorship to someone who has raised three or four hundred thousand dollars to help a candidate get elected.”

the story continues: Carter said that while elections in the United States once set an example for the world, the country’s reputation diminished in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in a Florida vote recount, effectively deciding the election in favor of Republican George W. Bush. He also criticized GOP-led state legislatures for changing polling hours in ways that Carter said were meant to frustrate likely Democratic voters.

So, while that’s a really interesting bit of news … I’d really like a clarification from Der Spiegel and would really like to know why not another single news outlet is reporting on it.  And now, because everybody and their Mamma is copying and pasting what was written in Der Spiegel’s post, finding proper news references is all the more difficult.

A little bit of help? Was anyone there? Does anyone know of this ‘Atlantic-Bridge?’  Is it a group, is it an organization, is it an actual bridge, is it an orthodontia clinic, is it an event, is it a knitting circle? Who knows?  The author doesn’t explain.

It’s also worth noting that the ‘Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was introduced on May 18, 1977, by Senator Ted Kennedy and was signed into law by President Carter in 1978.’

Section Four Play

I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to write about soon as the southern states scuttlebutt to ruin every ounce of progress the nation has made when it comes to voting rights just hours after the Supremes have decided racism doesn’t exist anymore. In states like Texas, that has had more than its fair share redistricting craziness, (along with constant lawmaking shenanigans), we already have seen what a disaster it can be.  And it’s just going to get worse. From NPR:

“It looks like Congress’ last reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in 2006,” said an audibly frustrated Nina Perales, civil rights litigator with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “Look at the Congressional Record.”

Perales told me Congress proved with 15,000 pages of documentation in 2006 that discrimination was still happening in the jurisdictions the coverage formula designated for pre-clearance. In other words: No need to fix what isn’t broken. Perales said every redistricting attempt in Texas (a state that was subject to pre-clearance) over the past five decades has been deemed discriminatory toward Latino voters. Perales had to rush off the phone because shortly after the SCOTUS ruling, Texas’ attorney general announced that the Lone Star State’s controversial voter ID law would take effect immediately. “Now we’re in meetings, figuring out how to respond to that!” she said.

Get ready for more of this, and don’t say you haven’t been warned:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-30-2012/exclusive—lou-dobbs-extended-interview-pt–2

Transcript thanks to this person.

Stewart: …Here’s the thing: here’s what I believe it is. It’s funny: when you criticize multi-millionaires — and I’m one of ‘em, and God bless me — but when you criticize that, they say that that is somehow “anti-capitalist,” and I think what you’re […] criticizing is [not] capitalism, what you’re criticizing is the idea that there’s almost like a wealth incumbency in this country. Let’s look at it in the way that incumbents get to Washington and then change the rules around to make it so that they get to stay in Washington as Congresspeople and Senators. I think the idea in the country is, very wealthy people have gerrymandered certain districts to create a wealth incumbency. Is that attacking capitalism, or is that attacking a perversion of capitalism?

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How much did Forbes get paid to publish this?

Because the article below, my friends, is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read:

Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck has transcended television and proven that with a big enough personality you can outplay big media. After leaving Fox in 2011, Beck cracked the Internet content puzzle and managed to make money with his website The Blaze, where subscribers are willing to pay $100 per year for his online videos. The $90 million he raked in this year earned him the number 34 spot on FORBES’ Celebrity 100.

“The secret is can you have more than 15 minutes of fame,” Beck says. He should know. Next up for the conservative commentator is his own cable network with Dish, and there are plans to venture into movies, as well scripted television. But Beck swears his company won’t become “what we’ve just left.”

 

Annnnnd, We’re Off!

I suppose this is my first post on my brand-new blog.

While the intention of it is to be about quite a lot of things, it likely will center around news and politics.

That said:

I have quite a lot of respect for journalists and professionals of all kinds, but NO ONE is perfect and it is the best thing for everybody to remain skeptical. So, while a current debate rages over who’s a hero or villain, I say, “I’m with Carlin.”