In efforts to be a good father to Ripley, my personal guide is just do the complete opposite of anything my own father did.
Feinstein voted for the extension of the PATRIOT ACT (and was actually the first Democratic cosponsor of it) and the FISA provisions. She sponsored PIPA. She introduced the first Assault Weapons ban and has been quoted saying she would like to go door to door and seize all guns from all citizens. She used to carry a gun now has armed body guards. This woman has no respect for the constitution, no respect for private citizens and clearly endorses a world with one set of rules for the privileged few, and another set of rules for everyone else. She’s the definition of Aristocracy.
Can we please stop reelecting her? Seriously, WTF.
Oh this thing on my dashboard is awesome I’m going to reblog it.. oh wait… it’s got 20k+ notes already? Forget it.
OMFG. New vegan fish tacos. – at Veggie Grill with Tara Tiger – See on Path.
I, and I suppose many others, am perfectly aware that this NSA program is not *new*. I’m also perfectly aware that the program is probably legal under every existing rationale applied to the Fourth Amendment by our nation’s courts.
…consider the backdrop of these revelations. This week, the Supreme Court announced that law enforcement could collect DNA samples from non-criminals provided there was an arrest. There are thousands of pre-textual arrests a day, and a speeding ticket could lead to your DNA being logged and your being held in jail for 24 hours without trial, arraignment or access to counsel. We are a nation of mass incarceration, often for non-violent crimes like drug possession. So for many many Americans it is only ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ that they aren’t in jail, with the loss of autonomy and voting rights that entails. We have spent the last decade debating whether it’s OK for the government to visually inspect our genitals to determine whether we’re going to blow up a plane. This story is not merely about a single program, though that’s how the discourse has treated it so far. This thing is about a state whose relationship to its citizenry is out of balance. This is not the state the Founders envisioned.” —TPM reader ML (via wilwheaton)