Archive for January, 2014

Obama Promises NSA Reforms, Government Looking at Credit Card Bills, and the Cloud

Posted by Troy on 18th January 2014 in Current Events, Political

Obama has said that he’s going to cut back on the spying of American citizens and allies.  Now, this is where he runs into problems.  You see, polls suggest that his credibility has taken a hit.  Why?  Because his administration has been caught lying several times.  Naturally, when you catch someone lying to you, you are going to believe them less and less.  There’s another reason why I don’t believe him.  It isn’t like the government thought we wouldn’t mind them spying on us.  That’s why they kept it hidden as possible until Snowden alerted everyone.  This just goes back to the old thing where he makes a promise, let’s time lapse, and we forget all about it.  That’s all he wants.  He knew this stuff was going on.  After someone spilled the beans, he branded them a traitor and ordered his arrest, sending Snowden to bloody Russia for asylum for crying out loud.  These are not the acts of someone that finds such spying deplorable.  It took over a year after Snowden for Obama to decide that the NSA spying on us is a bad thing?  I don’t think so.

This is all about meta-data.  If you say, “What’s the harm,” bear in mind that your purchases on credit cards are also meta-data and, in fact, the credit card reform bill that Obama signed into law (the much touted but not really useful law that we are supposed to love him for) gave the government the right to see your credit card meta-data.  In another five to ten years, we will get to revisit the NSA thing again.  Instead of being phone numbers dialed though, it will be where and how much you spent.  Be forewarned.

Also, I would like to give everyone a word of warning about “the cloud.”  All of these phone companies, credit card companies, etc apparently own your data that is on file with them.  You don’t think that the government is going to make the same claims for Google, Microsoft, and other tech firms (which have very close ties to this government and the liberal administration).  You don’t think that your files are going to be subject to one mass search warrant to be pulled at whim?  You think that they are not going to use search parameters to pulls “questionable materials” from the data you have on file?  You don’t think bored employees at these places aren’t going to go through your pictures to see if they can find naked selfies or anything?  The cloud is a trap.  Trust me on that.

Long Live the Constitution!

Chris Christie is “innocent”

Posted by Troy on 17th January 2014 in Current Events, Political

Notice the quotation marks?  Let’s be honest.  No politician is ever innocent.  At least, not once you get up to the state level.  I’m going to be brutally honest, I do not like Chris Christie.  He is an Imperial, a state-ist.  If he becomes president, he will be no different than President Obama.  He will abuse his power and refuse to be questioned.  Same as Obama.  At first, I liked Christie.  He didn’t allow reporters to take him down illusionary paths.  He didn’t allow people to take his arguments out of context.  He also didn’t allow people to take arguments to the realm of the insane.  All of these seemed like positives.  Then I realized that he never allowed ANYONE to question him.    Finally, he would be a disaster as president as he is unable to control his emotions.

All of that being said, I think he is innocent in regards to the bridge.  Why?  Well, because of the opposite reason for why I doubt Obama’s innocence in his scandals: Chris Christie fired people.  He also stepped up, admitted wrong-doing, and accepted responsibility.  How is this different that Obama’s reaction to every single scandal?  Step 1 – Deny the scandal.  Step 2 – Try to thwart any investigation into the scandal.  Step 3 – When it’s clear that the truth is known, admit that there is something wrong and you are going to investigate it and people will be held accountable.  Step 4 – Rely on the fact that people have their own lives to concern them and will basically forget about it and never hold anyone accountable.

What did Christie do differently?  He admitted the mistake.  He fired people.  These people are now subject to possible legal actions because of this.  That makes them more likely to turn on Christie if he had done anything wrong.  Obama cannot fire anyone because they would squeal on him, and he knows it.

What did the media do differently?  Wall to wall coverage of Chris Christie and full implication that he is guilty.

What did the federal government do differently?  Immediately assumed his guilt, issued a DOJ investigation, and issued 20 subpoenas.

In an afterthought, the hero of the story?  The underling that received the instruction “time for traffic problems” and responded “got it.”  Two words.  That’s it.  That guy is worth his weight in gold, and I’d love to hire him.

Long Live the Constitution.

Obama Takes Legislatve Power

Posted by Troy on 15th January 2014 in Current Events, Political

President Obama has told Congress that the need to pass the bills he wants or he would use his pen and his phone to use executive orders to do what he wants anyway.  This is further proof that Obama does not understand the Constitution.  He truly believes that being elected President is akin to being elected Prime Minister in England.  In England, the Prime Minister has a lot of directive powers.  In the United States, our Executive officer is supposed to 1 – sign bills into law or veto them and 2 – enforce the laws that are on the books.  Also, it is amazing how many times Obama feels the need to tell us that he is focused like a laser on the economy or that he is shifting focus to the economy.  He has used that phrase over 16 times at the last count.  Not to mention the fact that extending unemployment benefits obviously does NOT fix the economy or it would have been fixed by now.  Here is a recap of our Imperial President:

1 – He passes law by hook or crook (the Healthcare Law was passed with very questionable methods).

2 – He chooses which laws to be enforced, which parts of laws to enforce, and to what groups he wishes to apply the laws too.  Honestly, people, this is scary!

3 – If he cannot have his way, he uses executive orders to pass laws at fiat.

4 – He uses regulatory agencies to pass regulations (which are basically laws when you think about it).  Of course, every President does this, but the extent to which he does this is obscene.

5 – He uses agencies to target his enemies.

6 – He declares the Senate in recess so he can appoint people that he knows will not get Senate approval.

Of course, I could go on and on, but there’s no real need.  What you see now is a President that is setting himself up as dictator and morphing the office into a dictatorship.  He controls the executive branch out right.  He is abusing his powers to steal the legislative powers.  Finally, by doing away with the filibuster rules, he can appoint whoever he wants to the bench (while not stealing the judicial power, this does ease a lot of the checks and balances thereof).

Long Live the Constitution!