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Posts by muffaletaman

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  • Imagine President Ted Cruz

    03/25/2015 12:53:30 PM PDT · 46 of 47
    muffaletaman to gfbtbb

    It doesn’t matter if Ted Cruz was born in Canada. It is the same deal as with McCain being born in Panama while his father was posted there. If a child is born of a US citizen while they are overseas, the child is a natural-born US citizen.

    Cruz is a natural-born US citizen.

    US citizens born overseas are, in some countries, also citizens of the country they are born in. In this case they are known as dual nationals. This is what you are referring to. Note FYI that Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship a few years ago.

    Note also, without this being the case, every member of the US military posted with their families overseas who have children during their tour of duty, would have their children NOT be US citizens. Obviously this wouldn’t fly.

    As to my factual knowledge, I have a daughter that was born in Argentina when I was working there in the mid-80’s.

    We had to file a “Report Of Birth Abroad Of A Citizen Of The United States Of America” form FS-240 Rev 3-80 with the US embassy.

    Accompanying documentation was the Argentine official birth certificate, the parents marriage certificate, a statement from the attending physician, a statement from the hospital, the parental evidence of US citizenship (US passports in our case), and a listing of the periods of parental residence in the US.

    The embassy issued a US Birth Certificate Form FS-54S Rev 1/73, issued by the Dept. of State, Foreign Service of the United States of America, “Certification of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America”

    It was stamped with an embossed stamp and signed by the Consul General of the US embassy.

    She was subsequently also issued a US passport, which she entered the US with as an infant when we returned to the US from Argentina.

    She is not a naturalized citizen. She never had a visa for entry. She never had a green card.

    She has a US birth certificate and a US passport. Under the law, she is a natural-born US citizen.

    My daughter can run for President, and so can Ted Cruz.

  • Ted Cruz appeals to Christian conservatives in 2016 kickoff

    03/25/2015 12:28:00 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    muffaletaman to nascarnation

    Sorry, but this actually does not need to be sorted out in the courts. There is no question in this issue to be resolved. “Just the facts...” per Dragnet... :-)

  • Ted Cruz appeals to Christian conservatives in 2016 kickoff

    03/25/2015 11:56:59 AM PDT · 21 of 27
    muffaletaman to Canedawg; Jim Robinson; nascarnation; CatherineofAragon; trisham; Carpe Cerevisi
    Wasn't he born in Canada.

    Doesn't matter if Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Same deal as with McCain being born in Panama. If a child is born of a US citizen when overseas, they are natural-born US citizens.

    I have a daughter that was born in Argentina when I was working there in the mid-80's.

    We had to file a "Report Of Birth Abroad Of A Citizen Of The United States Of America" form FS-240 Rev 3-80 with the US embassy.

    Accompanying documentation was the Argentine official birth certificate, the parents marriage certificate, a statement from the attending physician, a statement from the hospital, the parental evidence of US citizenship (US passports in our case), and list the periods of parents residence in the US.

    The embassy issued a US Birth Certificate Form FS-54S Rev 1/73, issued by the Dept. of State, Foreign Service of the United States of America, "Certification of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America"

    It was stamped with an embossed stamp and signed by the Consul General of the US embassy.

    My daughter can run for President... and so can Ted Cruz.

  • Audio Editor Needed

    03/18/2015 12:27:21 AM PDT · 19 of 21
    muffaletaman to ducttape45

    Audacity...

  • Report: Removing US Oil Ban Would Create Jobs Beyond Drilling

    03/17/2015 12:46:12 PM PDT · 29 of 53
    muffaletaman to Rashputin

    Unfortunately, we pretty much have to import a certain portion of foreign oil. Most of the new production from the horizontal / fracking technology is “light, sweet” crude, but most US refineries require “sour” crude. (Sweet and Sour refers to sulfur content mainly...)

    BUT we are better off if we can sell the sweet stuff we have to pay for the sour we must import.

    ALSO lots of overseas buyers would much rather start buying from the US in lieu of Russia and OPEC. Gives them a bit of security and diversification, and pokes a little bit of a stick in Putin’s and OPEC’s eyes. Also helps secure some US power, when we are shedding so much by our leader-from-behind’s actions (or lack thereof).

  • FREEP A Poll: The Iran Letter and the Logan Act (lefty site)

    03/17/2015 12:29:24 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    muffaletaman to tellw

    The 47 didn’t negotiate with anyone. There was no exchange of views nor dialogue of any type.

    An open letter in a newspaper, stating constitutional issues in the current context, is at best a modest rear-guard action against subversive elements.

    It MIGHT have been better if they had addressed it “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:”.

    Maybe they should re-issue it with this addressee, as a sort of mulligan to clear the air on the message’s intent.

  • For 3 months Hillary Clinton’s email access was unencrypted, vulnerable to spies

    03/17/2015 12:21:28 PM PDT · 10 of 21
    muffaletaman to servo1969

    “Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” - Lily Tomlin as Ernestine, SNL

    https://voicegal.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/is-this-the-party-to-whom-i-am-speaking/

    From Voicegal’s blog...

    “Nowadays, corporations are all too sensitive to the fact that astute measures must be taken to ascertain that the person on the line really *is* the person who should be listening to their automated message or outbound IVR — especially when it comes to sensitive, confidential matters such as debt collection, medical issues, school district issues, insurance companies and legal firm matters — areas in which consumers have the expectation of certain measures of privacy.”

    She should have consulted for the clueless Dept of State under HDRC.

  • US military satellite explodes above Earth

    03/02/2015 11:32:22 AM PST · 22 of 101
    muffaletaman to PeteB570

    Indeed.

    Someone is sending a signal, but who and to whom?

    It would be VERY bold for another country to shoot one of ours down.

    But OTOH it would be one heckuva signal.

    OR WE SHOT IT DOWN?

    Hmm, likewise a strong signal.

  • US military satellite explodes above Earth

    03/02/2015 11:24:01 AM PST · 1 of 101
    muffaletaman
    Either the satellite just got hot by itelf and kablam, or someone shot it down via advanced technical means.

    Space War?

  • None Dare Call It Islam

    02/19/2015 4:28:08 PM PST · 13 of 15
    muffaletaman to Rummyfan

    Mohammed - the L Ron Hubbard of his time...

  • Judge rules federal interstate handgun transfer ban unconstitutional

    02/11/2015 11:19:35 PM PST · 4 of 13
    muffaletaman to going hot

    Hmm, relative comfort as a local minimum is perhaps appealing, but what if you begin to suspect that the grass is indeed greener on the other side of the surrounding hills?

    And what about diet and exercise? That is certainly an apt question vis-a-vis relative comfort.

    Or is it?

    :-)

  • Governor Palin Pens Energy Op-Ed for Houston Tribune

    02/11/2015 11:02:22 PM PST · 20 of 41
    muffaletaman to Bratch

    This is NOT the “Houston Tribune” -— this is from “The Texas Tribune”. Founded five years ago, it is an online org, not a brick-and-mortar paper like the Houston Chronicle.

    http://www.texastribune.org/about/

  • Judge rules federal interstate handgun transfer ban unconstitutional

    02/11/2015 10:42:38 PM PST · 1 of 13
    muffaletaman
    The article still needs clarification on the implications and explicit results of the judges' ruling.
  • Conservative activist launches boycott of Firefox browser

    04/05/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT · 124 of 142
    muffaletaman to zeugma

    Do you save/sync your bookmarks using the XMARKS extension (was Foxmarks)? This of course is to be safe, and then anytime I go to a different computer I just sync with XMARKS and then all my bookmarks are there.

    So I am going to be using Comodo Dragon which - while not a big player - looks to be pretty secure as well. XMARKS synced all my bookmarks there just fine, and is a good app regardless of browser.

    My choice - maybe different from yours - but you have to realize that the people who WERE Firefox 1.0, 1.5 whatever, are NOT these people anymore.

    Just my 2-1/2 cents worth... :-)

  • Conservative activist launches boycott of Firefox browser

    04/05/2014 3:44:10 PM PDT · 122 of 142
    muffaletaman to SeekAndFind

    I will be uninstalling Firefox shortly, and I have been using it for years, since 1.5!

    I looked around and decided on Comodo Dragon browser to replace it.

    Install the XMARKS extension first on Firefox, to sync your bookmarks (I have over a thousand in various folders), and then install XMARKS onto Comodo Dragon and make sure you get a good sync there as well.

    Then - Firefox - adios muchacho... for pulling a bone-head jerk move like this.

  • Tesla takes on car dealers in a fight to the death

    03/13/2014 9:19:54 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    muffaletaman to Ben Ficklin

    You are right.

    Supposedly their next iteration is more family-friendly capacity at a better price point.

    But they are indeed headed in the direction of being a game changer compared to the others. We will see if they end up doing so.

    A big factor might be whether they can break the auto dealership monopoly.

    Quien sabe... ;-)

  • Tesla takes on car dealers in a fight to the death

    03/12/2014 8:44:13 PM PDT · 7 of 17
    muffaletaman to minnesota_bound

    Slight correction - Tesla sold 6900 in the fourth quarter, about 20% above the projections for the quarter.

    They sold about 22,500 for the year vs a plan for the year of 21,500.

    Not a lot on one hand, but starting from zero, we will see what the future holds...

  • The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up) [San Fran]

    03/09/2014 10:37:59 PM PDT · 24 of 34
    muffaletaman to funfan
    My brother bought their home, brick ranch style, off 1960 in NW Houston three years ago. 2800 ft^2 in a nice established and well-kept neighborhood, for $175,000. Nice courtyard, two-car attached garage, big trees, quiet and comfortable.

    California is ridiculous. Texas is excellent.

  • Missing MAS flight: Imposters captured on CCTV, DCA chief confirms

    03/09/2014 9:59:33 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    muffaletaman to tophat9000

    Just to clarify a few points...

    You don’t need to apply for a tourist or business visa into China “weeks” in advance. A week will do as long as a holiday doesn’t ensue.

    Secondly, saying “you actually have to surrender your passport” while accurate, is phrased as though this is unusual.

    ANY country which requires an actual visa before entry - not visa-free countries which simply stamp your entry and exit - requires that you submit your passport with the application, so they can place the issued visa physically in your passport.

    I have traveled to Brazil, Russia and China and they all require actual visas placed in your passport before traveling to the country.You turn in your passport with the application documents.

    There are several countries which require visas but issue these visas on arrival. If going to Australia, you can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization which is then tied to your passport number and allows entry when you arrive at passport control.

  • Celebrities' SAT scores revealed amid controversy over regrading

    03/07/2014 5:23:31 PM PST · 96 of 101
    muffaletaman to kiryandil; ameribbean expat; defconw; barmag25; KarlInOhio; Lx; yarddog; Labyrinthos; rarestia; ...

    I took the SAT and ACT in 1969 in the fall, so it was pre- anything changing or adjusting.

    Verbal 745, Math 782 for 1527.

    I also took the separate “Achievement Tests” with a Math 769, and Physics 784.

    On ACT my composite was 31, not so bad, but I really nailed the Natural Science test for a 35 - the third dash mark above 99.9%ile... :-)

    I did no prep for any of these tests. The main thing I did do though was read while growing up. A lot, as soon as I COULD read.

    I read every single science fiction book in our parish (county) library in the card catalog, front to back. Also lots of nature/adventure books (Jim Kjelgaard for example), and also my high school English and American lit reading lists - not just what was assigned, and not everything, but more than half of each list.

    Reading is the thing kids these days miss out on that I believe really develops so many mental abilities.

    AND let’s not even bring up spelling, or the ability to compose and write intelligible sentences or paragraphs, let alone reports and papers.

    Youngster’s access to computers and the net is definitely a double-edged sword if not restricted.

    And home-schooling can certainly be better than almost all public schools, given how much negative impact the public schools can have now.

  • Ted Cruz Calls For the Abolition of the IRS!

    03/07/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · 16 of 94
    muffaletaman to Chuckster

    CPA’s and attorneys do not now do productive work when they are taking care of tax-related matters.

    There would be a huge dislocation for these folks of course, but in the long run it would be vastly better for the country as a whole.

    And likely for many of them as well over time.

    Productive work instead of wasted effort on byzantine governmental compliance. Always the better choice.

  • Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN

    03/07/2014 11:32:25 AM PST · 50 of 52
    muffaletaman to Billthedrill; Wonder Warthog

    Oh! A wise guy, huh?
    I resemble that remark...

  • Drilling rig market finally improving in U.S., Nabors CEO says

    02/19/2014 5:30:11 PM PST · 3 of 4
    muffaletaman to thackney

    I have been through this whole cycle - all three charts.

    I started roughnecking in the ArkLaTex to pay for college in 1971.

    It has sometimes been a boney ride, but OTOH it has sometimes been VERY interesting.

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell 'looks and fights like a TURTLE' says Texas U.S. Senate candidate

    02/18/2014 9:45:27 AM PST · 15 of 23
    muffaletaman to servantboy777

    I’m thinking Stovall too. The more I hear, the better I like him.

    Having new blood in the Senate, and NOT already with “legislative” experience is likely better. We don’t want more of the same.

    So Stockman having already been in the House is not necessarily a good thing. Regardless of how effective or “strange” he was.

    Stovall sounds like he has some common sense AND the spirit to fight. I love him tarring Cornyn with the turtle brush! It is too true.

    Cornyn - as part of the GOP leadership - IS part of the problem.

    Too bad Ted Cruz doesn’t have a twin brother, though! :-)

  • MILLER: Prideful (& exempt) president refuses to admit Obamacare is a disaster

    02/13/2014 7:08:00 AM PST · 15 of 16
    muffaletaman to Libloather

    My wife and daughter buy their insurance separately from me.

    First look at” renewal” the now available plan is $200 / month higher, with the deductible going from $3000 to $11,000.

    She was shocked.

  • Why Coca Cola's Multicultural 'America the Beautiful' Ad Was Offensive

    02/03/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · 25 of 107
    muffaletaman to SoConPubbie

    E Pluribus Unum

    A house divided against itself cannot stand.

  • Semper Fail: The sad reality is the majority of female Marine recruits fail fitness test

    01/10/2014 9:29:45 AM PST · 17 of 46
    muffaletaman to SeekAndFind

    You realize those women are actresses, and the photos are staged and do not represent actual physical prowess or capabilities.

    Also, an ability to do gymnastic moves in a lightweight exercise outfit, does not represent a combat survival skill.

    But they do look nice.

  • Psychiatrist who treated Adam Lanza surrendered license and is now living in New Zealand.

    12/30/2013 2:01:38 PM PST · 46 of 81
    muffaletaman to Mathews

    He murdered his mother as she was asleep in bed with a .22 I believe.

  • South Carolina Set to Block Implementation of Obamacare

    12/28/2013 1:33:59 PM PST · 53 of 53
    muffaletaman to sodpoodle

    Yes the raw data is there. It is whether the answers are the right answers AKA the ones they want.

    And again yes as far as the demographics of family size - depending on the original ethnicity and national origin, and time of entry / assimilation vs “maintaining diversity” by not assimilating.

  • South Carolina Set to Block Implementation of Obamacare

    12/25/2013 12:55:19 PM PST · 42 of 53
    muffaletaman to sodpoodle

    Actually, the life expectancy at age 65 is higher than age 78, due to earlier mortality lowering the average of the entire population.

    For those who reach age 65, the average life expectancy for men is about another 19 years, and for women another 21 years.

    Before Obama hit the medical industry, that is. Now, who knows?

  • Muslim Cleric Incites Children to ‘Slaughter’ Christians and Alawites in Syria (VIDEO)

    12/12/2013 11:22:20 AM PST · 8 of 14
    muffaletaman to I want the USA back

    You mean rraagghheeaadd?
    Remove the duplicate letter of course...

  • As Tensions Fall in Iran, So Do Costs of Gasoline

    11/24/2013 3:25:09 PM PST · 6 of 28
    muffaletaman to Jack Hydrazine

    Hmm, I left Texas where I bought last near Houston at 2.86 but can be up to 2.99 at the name brand and more expensive locations, and am now in Utah where I saw 2.84 today at the lowest place nearby.

  • US oil and gas boom benefits consumers

    11/19/2013 8:05:17 PM PST · 19 of 19
    muffaletaman to Bigh4u2

    New York. Upstate even. You have my sympathies...

    ;-)

  • US oil and gas boom benefits consumers

    11/19/2013 11:02:17 AM PST · 7 of 19
    muffaletaman to Bigh4u2

    Where is your area?

    $2.89 here near Houston, Texas, $2.88 a gallon according to friends in Utah, $2.88 in Shreveport, La., $2.89 in Little Rock...

    Prices have been dropping in most places...

  • The seniors getting hurt by Obamacare

    11/03/2013 6:50:03 PM PST · 32 of 47
    muffaletaman to Thank You Rush
    I personally can’t see a any insurance carrier notifying the patients of certain doctors that their doctor will not be under contract to them in another year.

    The doctors are not their customers. They are service providers. The patients who have coverage through the insurance they provide are the insurance company's customers. So it is indeed the insurance company's responsibility to notify both their customers and the doctors of cancellation.

  • A year after Romney loss, GOP woes run even deeper (o noes 4 woes)

    10/28/2013 9:02:40 AM PDT · 10 of 106
    muffaletaman to jdege

    I agree.

    The only way out is to go forward With Changes for / to the GOP.

    The USA is a constitutional republic, not a “democracy.”

    This is (supposed to be) the United States of America - not the Federal Republic of America.

    We either restore the past as the future of the US of A, or we as a nation decline.

  • Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans

    09/28/2013 7:33:37 PM PDT · 11 of 44
    muffaletaman to markomalley

    I received the following email from a friend this week.


    The health coverage we’ve had the last 3 years is being cancelled (I think it was a ‘Cadillac’ plan). We will be going to a lesser coverage that has higher deductibles, higher out-of-pocket maximums and will not cover certain name brand meds like Crestor (which is what I take). I will have to go to a generic cholesterol med that is approved. If it doesn’t work, I have to go through a step process of trying different meds with Crestor being the last resort. My bi-weekly cost for this lesser coverage is 25% higher as well.

    Many companies have their enrollment period for health care in October, so it ought to be interesting as this crap hits the fan across the country. If this is supposed to be better, why is my lesser coverage costing more? Never mind, I know why. Obamacare – a solution looking for, and creating, a problem.


    Government shut-down to stop Obamacare?

    Shut It Down!!! OK by us...

  • How to find and buy firearms, ammunition and related items online

    08/30/2013 12:56:03 PM PDT · 26 of 36
    muffaletaman to jy8z; 2ndDivisionVet; KirbDog; DirtyPigpen; from occupied ga; IllumiNaughtyByNature; Sopater; ...

    I’ve found really good prices and availability at Georgia Arms. Their “canned heat” item is 500 rounds bulk, shipped in an ammocan.

  • Mob of black teens brutally beats woman

    08/28/2013 3:30:24 PM PDT · 58 of 76
    muffaletaman to Buckeye McFrog

    Unfortunately, there may well be “Paul Kersey” reactions in these big cities, and maybe other places like Duncan, Oklahoma, etc.

    :-/

    The SHTF hour approaches on many fronts...

  • Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria [The Clown & Cameron Pretend to be Tough]

    08/26/2013 6:23:47 PM PDT · 195 of 205
    muffaletaman to Reddon

    What do you expect from someone who warns against eating our corn seed?

    I guess he hasn’t heard of Monsanto...

    :-)

  • Update: Anthony Weiner Loses His Campaign Manager (Huma now MIA...)

    07/28/2013 3:42:17 PM PDT · 102 of 152
    muffaletaman to jimbo123
    Isn’t he 49-50 years old, and she is 36 or so?

    This seems to be a bit on the weird side just from that, plus the religious differences? Maybe it was indeed a marriage of political convenience - but SHE chose poorly...

  • 'Flash mob' robbery at DC convenience store

    07/25/2013 8:14:36 AM PDT · 19 of 60
    muffaletaman to Altura Ct.

    Maybe every store should keep a couple of these behind the counter, and spray everyone in site when a flash mob attacks. You cannot do crowd control in a situation like this with lethal force.

    http://www.sabrered.com/servlet/the-Frontiersman-Pepper-Spray-cln-Bear-Attack-Deterrent/Categories

    http://www.guardian-self-defense.com/bear_spray_category.htm?gclid=CPSSx__2yrgCFadj7AodADIA3Q

    Comments?

  • Dueling Trayvon Martin protests collide in River Oaks

    07/21/2013 6:29:13 PM PDT · 32 of 54
    muffaletaman to 2ndDivisionVet

    Elwood: Illinois Nazis.
    Jake: I hate Illinois Nazis.

  • Canadian Born Gov. Jennifer Granholm Was Naturalized In 1980. When Did Ted Cruz Naturalize?

    07/21/2013 6:17:48 PM PDT · 49 of 582
    muffaletaman to Cold Case Posse Supporter

    My wife and I, both born in the US of A, were in Argentina when my daughter was born.

    We filed a Consular Report of Birth Abroad - the notice of a US citizen born abroad with the US Embassy, and got a US passport for her as a baby to come into the states with.

    She also had an Argentine birth certificate, identity card and passport, of course.

    Since age 18 she has had the option of renouncing her Argentine citizenship and being a single national.

    Were she to travel to Argentina, and were she to have been a male, she would have immediately been subject to conscription into the Argentine military, without performing said renunciation.

    Even having a single parent who is a US citizen establishes US citizenship at birth.

    BUT the natural born citizenship concept, taken to mean a US citizen at birth and with NO divided loyalty (e.g. both parents US citizens at the very least) has been pretty well demolished by recent events, it appears.

    But a naturalized citizen, at least, who was not a citizen at birth, would be excluded from running for the presidency, it would seem.

  • Chinese find 5,000-year-old writing

    07/10/2013 10:45:47 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    muffaletaman to bigbob
    Written Chinese is ALL cursive, but there are no letters.

    中国文字是所有草书,但已没有字母。

    Zhōngguó wénzì shì suǒyǒu cǎoshū, dàn yǐ méiyǒu zìmǔ.

  • Cameras in Your Cable Box? No way, says one lawmaker who introduces new bill

    06/17/2013 7:30:54 AM PDT · 18 of 34
    muffaletaman to novemberslady

    No it’s not BS.

    Virtually all patents are applied for before they are “deployed” and many are not deployed until well after they are issued. It depends on the US / International patent situation, and whether the patents are truly novel and innovative, are extension patents, or are defensive patents.

    Companies will develop a “patent thicket” around a technology, applying for numerous patents in a particular area which they have no intention of pursuing, either to block other parties from their own development, OR to have trading chips for latter business negotiations.

    And some patents are issued for “inventions” which are technically not possible to do.

  • AP IMPACT: Snowden's life surrounded by spycraft

    06/15/2013 1:59:57 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    muffaletaman to alloysteel; Perdogg; Bronzewound; gaijin; eastforker

    I don’t know about how much these disclosures have really crippled the NSA. Because with the exception of face-to-face conversation (that is not overheard?), we are all exposed, all the time, across the planet.

    After reading Bamford’s book “The Puzzle Palace” when it was published, I have been interested in this area and read about it as things come available.

    There is a point I would like to make about the Patriot Act during the Bush administration, versus the NSA’s “technical means” of surveillance.

    Some on the news and opinion shows are commenting “What’s the big deal, we did this under Bush after all, and everyone was OK with it then.”

    How much have the NSA’s capabilities increased since 9/11?

    When you consider what the NSA could do 12 years ago versus today, there are big differences. Likely order-of-magnitude differences.

    Obvious are gaining ever-increasing amounts of processing power.

    This is separate from setting up zetabyte data storage capabilities at the 30 or so NSA data centers, now augmented by the Utah Data Center.

    And this incredible volume of data is being made useful by new big-data processing software, by programs like Accumulo (with cell-level security) and similar.

    All this means the NSA is becoming more able to actually look at big data in a useful way.

    These capabilities Did Not Exist when the Patriot Act was signed in 2001, reauthorized in 2006, and even recently when Obama “re-upped” for us all in 2011.

    Note that the Utah Data Center project was initiated about 2008/2009, and ground breaking was Jan 2011. It opens this fall.

    The NSA’s capabilities to work with big data is reaching a critical capability.

    And considering the legacy of the ECHELON program from decades ago, what are the likely capabilities of the NSA software/bots to monitor —>content<— and not just metadata - both worldwide (and in the US “whenever the switch is flipped”) for voice/telephony and internet communications?

    I have seen comments by former NSA personnel talking about the burn bags and scrupulous behavior at the NSA years ago, and saying that this means we are safe now.

    But does the NSA continue to exercise these same scruples now, under this administration?

    Will they in the future?

    Hmm... maybe it doesn’t matter whether some folks say “We are all Breitbart.”

    Because, just maybe, someday soon, we are all Winston Smith.

    :-/

  • Favorite Summer Songs,Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 6~14~13

    06/13/2013 6:51:20 PM PDT · 139 of 295
    muffaletaman to fatima

    Groovin’ - The Young Rascals 1967

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgozdtsh_g

    Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon
    Really couldn’t get away too soon
    I can’t imagine anything that’s better
    The world is ours whenever we’re together
    There ain’t a place I’d like to be instead of

    Movin’ down a crowded avenue
    Doing anything we like to do

    There’s always lots of things that we can see
    You can be anyone we like to be
    All those happy people we could meet
    Just groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon

    Really, couldn’t get away too soon
    No, No, No...

    We’ll keep on spending sunny days this way
    We’re gonna talk and laugh our time away
    I feel it coming closer day by day
    Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly

    Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon
    Really couldn’t get away to soon
    No, No, No, No
    Groovin’
    Groovin’
    No, No, No, No
    Groovin’...


    I was working my first job pumping gas at a Texaco station.
    One Saturday two girls in a convertible pulled in for gas, followed by another car with two guys. Probably high school seniors. The guys came over and they all talked while I filled their car and washed the windshield. They were on their way to the lake for the day. The girls were in swimsuits and shorts over them, with scarves over their hair and sunglasses. “Groovin’” was playing on the radio. Off they drove.

    Made quite an impression.

  • Sen. Mary Landrieu's son arrested on DWI, hit-and-run charges

    06/13/2013 2:53:43 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    muffaletaman to DannyTN

    When I went to LSU in Baton Rouge, the legal age for alcohol consumption was 18. Coming from a tiny high school in a dry parish in N Louisiana, LSU was a big culture shock for me.

    I survived, but just barely...

    ;-)

  • Breaking: Locks Cut to Boston Water Supply Aqueduct (Video)

    06/04/2013 1:59:41 PM PDT · 86 of 139
    muffaletaman to 2ndDivisionVet

    No worries... it was probably just a dry run.

    Pun intended.

    Sarcasm intended.