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Our New National Anthem [Mar. 11th, 2011|05:38 pm]
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skreidle
A bit of positivity for a change--I thought this group would appreciate this bit of creativity. :D

Yours for a song: Gene Weingarten rewrites the national anthem | The Washington Post -- [Last week, I promised you a new national anthem. The first challenge in writing one was to find a tune more appropriate than ours, which was, after all, an old barroom song written by a Brit around the time King George III was impolitely taxing our tea. Plus, the music is so stupidly difficult to sing that getting it right was viewed as a sobriety test, warranting another round of drinks.
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I started to write the lyrics, jotting down the best things about America. That's when I realized that they're already compiled in one place. We already have a better national anthem; it's just never been recognized as such. It was a masterpiece written in 1789 by a short man with long hair and black tights. His name was James Madison. I'm talking about the Bill of Rights, those 10 simple guarantees of individual liberty that - unlike any chauvinistic, militaristic, jingoistic, overwrought, self-celebratory song - are truly great.

Cramming the entire Bill of Rights into a containable whole demanded that it be sung in a gallop, and so "Clementine" lost out to Rossini's "William Tell Overture."
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Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans [Jan. 8th, 2011|06:53 pm]
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robby
Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans
STANFORD, Calif. - President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.


It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20027837-501465.html
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Worth reading [Dec. 9th, 2010|11:54 am]
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filkerdave
[mood |busy]
[music |Film School, "Lectric"]


debgeisler writes a piece that you should really take the time to read. It's on her LJ.

I especially like this bit: "How utterly repulsive you are, Joe Lieberman. You claim to uphold the Constitution of the United States, but you only want to keep track of the bits you like."
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Two Of Today's New Government Abuse Revelations [Dec. 3rd, 2010|07:02 am]
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robby
Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/

CNN Reporter Put On Watch List After Criticizing TSA

http://www.prisonplanet.com/cnn-reporter-put-on-watch-list-after-criticizing-tsa.html
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Actor On Terror List For Promoting Gas Drilling Documentary [Nov. 29th, 2010|07:43 am]
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robby
Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.

The "Zodiac" actor arranged showings for "GasLand" earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies.

But his efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling reportedly attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security - and he recently discovered it had landed him on a terror alert watchlist.

But Ruffalo is taking it all in his stride and has laughed off the idea he could be a threat to security.

He tells GQ magazine, "(It's) pretty fuckin' funny."



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dailydish/detail?entry_id=77671#ixzz16gcFrrqK
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Security theater [Nov. 24th, 2010|11:22 am]
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filkerdave

However, public anger at the searches is likely to be heightened today after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed tightened security could also be introduced on trains and boats.

She said lat night: 'I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime.'


h/t to james_nicoll

Crossposted to my own LJ and sos_usa
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American flag banned to reduce racial tension. [Nov. 12th, 2010|11:35 am]
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robby


Here's a story that's going viral, about an eight grader that has been told not to display an American flag on his bike at school. The school is on shaky constitutional ground, according to this analysis:

Under the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, school officials can prohibit student expression if they can reasonably forecast that the speech or display will cause a substantial disruption.

But something is wrong with this Denair picture. The school administration apparently reasoned that because of some racial tension in the past stemming from Mexican flags displayed at school on Cinco de Mayo, it could ban the American flag. Yet other parts of the Tinker ruling should give officials pause before they engage in heavy-handed censorship. The Court proclaimed in Tinker: “But, in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression.”


http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=23594

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The school administration has lifted the ban, which they say was meant to protect the boy. They instead have decided to counsel the students that were threatening the boy. Case closed, and another win for our Bill Of Rights and the people who spoke out.
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Everyone Should Stop Flying! [Nov. 10th, 2010|05:47 pm]
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robby
A good looking young woman was the one person singled out for the TSA's new airport "naked body scan". When she declined, all hell broke loose. She was handcuffed, publicly humiliated by the police and inspectors, and finally they decided she had asked too many questions and ripped up her plane ticket and removed her from the airport.


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Phony Democracy In Action. [Oct. 11th, 2010|12:20 pm]
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robby
There was a time when a Town Hall meeting was grassroots democracy in action. Citizens could address public officials and let their will be known. ABC News is reporting that MTV has put out a casting call for actors to play American citizens on TV, and asked carefully crafted questions to the President. Will he also have scripted replies scrolling over his teleprompter? Wake up people, the Obama administration is replacing free speech and genuine democracy with slick propaganda.
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/10/casting-call-for-audience-of-obamas-mtv-town-hall.html
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And after the event, it turns out that the questions for Obama WERE carefully crafted. http://gay.americablog.com/2010/10/mtv-wants-light-questions-for-obama-at.html

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=39404
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The creeping surveillance state [Sep. 28th, 2010|09:30 am]
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filkerdave
First seen via Digby, here's something that should make every person who flies nervous:

At what point does an airport search step over the line?

How about when they start going through your checks, and the police call your husband, suspicious you were clearing out the bank account?
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