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Scathing street art highlighting scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration popped up in Silicon Valley during the president’s fundraising tour to California.

The first series of posters co-opted the logo of ABC’s Scandal while Obama met with donors at the home of showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Against a backdrop of references to scandals like NSA surveillanceDOJ seizure of AP phone recordsBenghaziIRS targeting of political groups, and more, the President’s face is captioned, “Don’t be an #asshole.”

Soon, more art appeared. A play on the classic iPhone ads shows Obama, silhouetted, and labeled “iSnoop.” And a mock invitation to “A Feast in Time of Plague” — Obama’s $32,000 per plate fundraiser — was delivered to the neighbors of the event’s host. [C]heck out a full gallery of the second batch of street art, viewable on Imgur here—Bonnie Kristian


New details are coming out this morning on a shooting inside a doctor’s office at a Philadelphia-area wellness center. While meeting with his female case worker and psychiatrist, the patient opened fire, killing the woman.

Jonathan Hunt reported on America’s Newsroom that the doctor, Lee Silverman, suffered a graze wound to his head, but was able to pull out his own gun and wound the shooter, who was identified as 49-year-old Richard Plotts.

Workers outside the office reportedly heard an argument before the shots rang out. Plotts is in critical condition after being wounded three times.

After Plotts was wounded, workers ran into the office and held him down until police arrived.

The police chief told Hunt that without a doubt, he believes Dr. Silverman saved lives with his actions. Hunt reported that the doctor did not need a permit to keep the gun in his office.

But the hospital’s policy prohibits anyone other than law enforcement officers from carrying a firearm in its facilities. It’s unclear whether the doctor will face disciplinary action.

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"Snowden was the one person in the fucking NSA who did what he absolutely should have done."


Moment of silence for those who think Hillary Clinton represents a politics that isn’t every bit as disgusting as the neo-conservatives.

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On Thursday evening, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Chicago to spend big on Democratic candidates in the midterm elections. At the same event she used the bully pulpit to decry Republicans’ use of large donations in previous election cycles, remarking:

So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections.

The first lady also said:

There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not. I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.

Okay, you know what you do? You buy yourself a tape recorder, you just record yourself for a whole day. I think you’re going to be surprised at some of your phrasing.


Thanks to Tom Palmer’s lawsuit, DC’s ban on carrying handguns for self-defense was just struck down by a federal court.

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.



On May 30th, 2013, Edward Snowden left behind his family, his country, and his lucrative job as a contractor for the National Security Agency to blow the whistle on the most far-reaching and invasive spying programs in human history. A year ago today journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden were combing through the millions of documents Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong to reveal for the first time the inner workings of the most secretive government agency of the most powerful and monolithic government in history. The year that followed shed an unprecedented amount of light on some of the most egregious abuses of power ever committed against the citizens of a supposed free country. Below you will find the list I have compiled of more than one hundred news articles detailing the extent the NSA has gone to effectively eliminate privacy in the 21st century.

Some takeaways: You can’t trust a single thing the government says. While it is spending tremendous amounts of resources attempting to eradicate privacy, it is working just as hard to shroud its own actions in secrecy. The surveillance state is not being erected around us for our own safety. It is a tool to crush dissent. The NSA’s mantra has been to “collect it all.” The programs are capable of seeing your very thought processes. Every keystroke you make, every link you click, every article you read, where you were and more. They have the capacity to know more about you than your therapist or your significant other. They know not only whom you associate with, but also who your associates associate with. It could be said they can know more about you than you know about you.

And the end result of this is that when people feel that they can be watched at any moment, they begin to police their own actions. It’s Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon transposed to the 21st century. When the government can know everything about a person, when privacy is effectively eliminated, it creates a subservient class. The telescreens of George Orwell’s “1984” exist today in the form of personal computers and smartphones. Big Brother is always present in our lives, capable of knowing the most intimate details of our lives. And the government treats the exposing of this fact to the general public as treason.

Such broad powers cannot be trusted with anyone. The NSA’s surveillance powers elevate the executive branch to a level unimaginable by the Founders. The president can and likely does track the communications of members of the legislature and judiciary. The checks and balances of the Constitution are rendered hollow and irrelevant by the size and scope of the NSA’s powers. It poses a threat to the liberties and freedoms of everyone in the world.

Since education is the whole point of Edward Snowden’s leaks I want you all to reblog this post and to tweet it on Twitter and share it on Facebook. Spread this list far and wide. The more people know the more likely they are to engage on the issues and actually bring about substantive reform.

Photo credit to the great amphigoryglory.

I started reading Glenn Greenwald’s book “No Place to Hide:  Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State” earlier this evening and I’m already about a third of the way through. I thought it would be a good time to repost this given that my follower count continues to grow by the day. Spread this far and wide people. This is something that matters to all of us.


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"Monarchy, democracy, communism, all useless forms to control the human mind. But a mind cannot be controlled. It cannot be restrained. It has no boundaries. It has its will. Anarchy is the true nature of all things."
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