Rand Paul: Dueling is as precious a white man's right as the ability to own negroes. http://t.co/OkW4fCj5Yk 19th century libertarianism.
— billmon (@billmon1) November 3, 2013
Bill E Pilgrim says:
November 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm (Edit)
@gogol’s wife: It’s even funnier because it turns out his statement about wishing he could duel her was lifted verbatim from a John Wayne movie.
In other GOP idiocy, Dubya’s Skeletor Michael Chertoff, co-author of the PATRIOT Act, is shocked and offended that we groundlings dare to tattle about — even mock! — Our Betters:
…[I]t is striking that two recent news stories illustrate a less-debated threat to privacy that we as a society are inflicting on ourselves. Last week, a passenger on an Acela train decided to tweet in real time his summary of an overheard phone conversation by Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA (and my current business partner). The same day, a photo was published of Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler at a summer party where he was surrounded by underage youths who apparently were drinking…
The ubiquitousness of recording devices — coupled with the ability everyone has to broadcast indiscriminately through Twitter, YouTube and other online platforms — means that virtually every act or utterance outside one’s own home (or, in Gansler’s case, inside a private home) is subject to being massively publicized. And because these outlets bypass any editorial review, there is no assurance that what is disseminated has context or news value…
There has been exaggerated talk about whether the government intelligence community could create a police state. But the true horror of the East German Stasi or the Maoist Red Guard was the encouragement of informants — private citizens reporting on other private citizens and even family members. No police agency could be omniscient. The oppressiveness of those police states came from the fear every citizen had that another citizen would disclose deviations from the party line…
Yes, Homeland Security’s own former “See something, say something” czar wants us non-intelligence-community citzens to sit down, shut up, and pretend we don’t see the authorized informants at work. You’d think that even if he’d never read any history, he’d at least have watched Downton Abbey!