Friday, January 10, 2014

Something to Know - 10 January

1.  Edward Snowden.   The NSA would really prefer that we quit talking about him.  It makes them uncomfortable.   My take, so far, is that Snowden is the modern-day embodiment of "civil disobedience" in the way that H.D. Thoreau describes.  This is the short-form from Wikipedia (edited) - "Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is commonly, though not always, defined as being nonviolent resistance. It is one form of civil resistance. In one view it could be said that it is compassion in the form of respectful disagreement.":

2.  David Brooks offers up a column that would seem to try and nudge the current GeeOpie into returning itself to the status of the GOP.  With this proposed change, maybe the "conservative" members of Congress (the House in particular) would get off of its agenda of shutting down government and doing nothing.   There is a need for government to function, and it needs to address the inequality that exists today:

3.  The New Jersey governor bloviated yesterday, almost as good as a John Goodman gasbag movie character, about his innocence.   The fact is that he fired his top aides who did the dirty deeds "without his knowledge of the affair".  He never questioned them about how it happened, and who knew about it, and were there others involved - he just fired them because "he did not feel any need to keep them around any longer".  "They were guilty of abject stupidity".  Is that the extent of the investigation of an able and capable administrator?   Hell No!  If it is the Feds who start an investigation and find even the slightest taint of a Mr. Christie false claim - this guy is toast - enough toasted bread to feed all the hungry for a week:

There should be at least one leak like the Pentagon Papers every year.
-- Daniel Ellsberg

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