Thursday, June 16, 2016
Suspicion and fear are omnivores.
Oh So Sorry: Following the Orlando massacre, Congress held a “minute of silence” to give members time to remember the money and votes the NRA has given them to make these moments possible.
Be Even More Afraid: Hillary Clinton promises to “make sure our law enforcement and intelligence professionals have all the resources they need to get the job done.” Donald Trump wants to increase surveillance of mosques. A federal judge says it would be illegal to tell people which utility poles have cameras the FBI is using to watch us. Your friend Mark Ackerman has figured out a way to let Facebook advertisers keep track of which stores you shop in. And the US Director of National Intelligence wants to develop an interconnected network that would – apparently automatically – identify suspicious behavior in real time. Nothing new here, mass surveillance is nothing new.
Reasonable Doubt: The NY senate took a few moments off from enriching themselves and their patrons and passed a bill creating a terrorist registry modeled after the sex offender registries, except only suspicion, not conviction, would be required to harass someone for life.
Party Time: Now's a good time to lock in a good deal; Wells Fargo is offering 30 year mortgages at 3.75% with 30% down if you have excellent credit. If you have bad credit you can get the same 30/3.75 deal with only 3% down. Better yet, go over to BofA where they have a subprime loan program that offers an even better deal, but only if you have a below-average income. How can they do this? Well, short memories helps, but not as much as having Fannie Mae pick up the slack. Right, we the taxpayers will be on the hook for these bad loans. Again.
Privacy: While Russian government sponsored hackers have broken into the server at the DNC, as well as hacking the White House, State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, they have never been able to get into the private email server in Mrs. Clinton's basement. Right?
Clarification: When law enforcement officials in Florida speak of plans to arrest alleged accomplices of the Orlando gunman, they are not talking about the NRA leadership.
Beating The Drum: The US Senate has approved a bill that would require women to register for the draft. PM Justin Trudeau is planing to deploy Canadian troops to Europe because Russia is “mobilizing for war.”
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:22 AM