Thursday, June 27, 2013

Obama: Under My Plan, Electricity Rates Will Skyrocket

Listen to this Ass Clown.

His excellency's hubris is gonna make me puke.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jay Carney: How Do I Lie to Thee? Let Me Count the Ways


Jay Carney - you gotta love this guy.  He can refuse to answer any and all questions in nearly 10,000 ways.

Over the course of 444 briefings since taking the job, the White House press secretary has dodged a question at least 9,486 times.

Here are his answers to those questions from the Fourth Estate:

I don’t have the answer (1905 times)
I would refer you to someone else (1383 times)
You already know the answer (1125 times)
I’m not going to tell you (939 times)
Not that I know of (927 times)
I don’t want to (588 times)
I’m not sure (549 times)
I won’t speculate (525 times)
No comment (429 times)
I’ll get back to you (387 times)
It’s a good question (381 times)
See yesterday’s non-response (231 times)
The President won’t tell me (117 times)

And now, my ode to Jay Carney (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning):

How do I lie to thee? Let me count the ways.
I lie to thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I lie to thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I lie to thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I lie to thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I lie to thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I lie to thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I lie to thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but lie to thee better after death.

In 1776 They Had a Name For Gun Control Supporters

The British

The Boston Massacre - Murder of Disarmed Americans by British Troops - October 1768

Saturday, June 22, 2013

These 11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!


From Forbes magazine - Nov. 2012

The Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.

What’s the problem with that much support?

Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

  • Oh, by the way, yes, we do check the facts before a post is approved for publication here at The Badger Lake Observer.  For example, Snopes claims that all of the above is false, then they go on to explain in detail that (surprise) these 11 states do indeed have a higher population of moochers than providers.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Obama's Excellent African Adventure

I’m not upset that President Obama and his family are going on safari in Africa.

The $100 million or so that it will cost will be worth every cent.

I will, however, be very disappointed if they come back.

Do svidanya, comrades - don't bother coming back.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Obama says NSA spying is “transparent”

You're not gonna believe this one folks!

 Our fearless leader actually says that spying, wiretapping, IRS intimidation, ad infinitum is  - get this - TRANSPARENT!




Well, I don’t know what more assurance I could need.
From an interview with Charlie Rose that airs tonight (6-17) on PBS:

  • Charlie Rose: Should this be transparent in some way?
  • Barack Obama: It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court…. The whole point of my concern, before I was president — because some people say, “Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney.” Dick Cheney sometimes says, “Yeah, you know? He took it all lock, stock, and barrel.” My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather are we setting up a system of checks and balances? So, on this telephone program, you’ve got a federal court with independent federal judges overseeing the entire program. And you’ve got Congress overseeing the program, not just the intelligence committee and not just the judiciary committee — but all of Congress had available to it before the last reauthorization exactly how this program works.

You keep using this word transparent. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Right before this exchange, Rose asks how often FISA actually turns down a request. The answer is almost never, bringing into question how much of a check or balance it can realistically be. Behold the dodge:


  • Charlie Rose: So I hear you saying, I have no problem with what NSA has been doing.
  • Barack Obama: Well, let me — let me finish, because I don’t. So, what happens is that the FBI — if, in fact, it now wants to get content; if, in fact, it wants to start tapping that phone — it’s got to go to the FISA court with probable cause and ask for a warrant.
  • Charlie Rose: But has FISA court turned down any request?
  • Barack Obama: The — because — the — first of all, Charlie, the number of requests are surprisingly small… number one. Number two, folks don’t go with a query unless they’ve got a pretty good suspicion.

Regardless of whether you like or dislike the NSA’s programs, can’t we all concede it and the secret FISA court of secret rulings that govern it are not “transparent?” It’d be a more honest argument for the president to say they can’t be transparent in order to work correctly, but that the FISA checks and balances are sufficient. To claim they’re “transparent” just sounds silly.

Obama’s just repeating speeches from 2008, paired with demonstrable proof that he’s not interested in acting out the beliefs in those speeches, and expecting us all to move on, satisfied that his guiding hand will prevent abuse. His assurances have held great power in the past, but exactly what would make us think they’re worth anything now? Sure, it’s politically advantageous for him to declare on Benghazi, NSA, IRS (not to mention ERA and State Department), “We have noted your concerns and there’s an investigation underway, now let’s get back to exactly what I’d like to talk about, and don’t I give an awesome speech?”

But that’s not good enough. Obama has allowed abuses to happen on his watch, his administration has floated somewhere between malice and utter incompetence letting them go on, and none of the institutional backstops or failsafes have worked to prevent them or punish those responsible.

According to news out of the State Department, the inspector general process has been actively prevented from doing its job policing agencies. But we’re all supposed to move on with the assurance that Eric Holder is investigating Eric Holder, the IGs will get everything straight, and Obama’s watching over all of it with a trustworthy moral compass. Um, those are the promises that got us here.

And, when someone who trusted in that promise and sees it broken steps out of line?

  • The State Department investigator who accused colleagues last week of using drugs, soliciting prostitutes, and having sex with minors says that Foggy Bottom is now engaged in an “intimidation” campaign to stop her.
  • Last week’s leaks by Aurelia Fedenisn, a former State Department inspector general investigator, shined a light on alleged wrongdoing by U.S. officials around the globe. But her attorney Cary Schulman tells The Cable that Fedenisn has paid a steep price: “They had law enforcement officers camp out in front of her house, harass her children and attempt to incriminate herself.”

There are two of them:

  • Kerry Howard says she was bullied, harassed and forced to resign after she exposed US Consul General Donald Moore’s alleged security-threatening shenanigans in the Naples, Italy, office…
  • “It’s cover-up after cover-up. It’s absolutely hideous,” she told The Post. “When our diplomats disrespect the Italians by hiring and firing them because they have seen too much — or use them for ‘sex-ercise’ — we have to question why we have diplomats abroad at taxpayer expense.”
  • So that’s another whistleblower bullied by Hillary’s State goons for speaking up about misbehavior.
  • In addition, the underlying misconduct is about abusing people in the host country of a consulate. Our diplomatic corps is there to make us look good, right?

Transparent does have another meaning, I suppose.

Found at Hot Air

Elbert Lee Gilroy: Abandon the Government Plantation

Elbert Lee Gilroy, a Louisiana State Senator, recently Abandoned the Government Plantation of the Democrats and became a member of the Republican party.

Listen to his reasoning.

Great God Almighty - I'm free at last!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Arming Syrian Rebels: Background Checks not Required




The Obama Administration’s decision to arm Syrian “rebels”: “These guns (at the moment, only small arms like AK pattern rifles) will be handed out without any background checks, registration or other hallmarks of the gun control plans that president Obama says are necessary in the United States.”

 
Obama’s Boyz don’t want polite, tax-paying Americans without a criminal record to buy black rifles but they’re OK with handing out fully automatic firearms to religious/tribal fanatics in a land where the last time they had an extended period of peace was . . . never. There’s another, equally galling aspect to this . . .
The President of the United States has openly and condescendingly mocked Americans who say they need “assault rifles” to protect against the possibility of a tyrannical government. Yet he’s intent on providing assault rifles to “rebel” forces who oppose a “legitimate” (i.e., UN recognized) government. The President does so in the name of ending the slaughter that accompanies tyranny.

Even The New York Times. Seems to be telling Obama to butt out and let Allah sort out the details . . .
  • "For nearly two years, the Obama administration has described the Syrian regime as having “lost all legitimacy” and “clinging to power.” And yet, it has surprisingly endured. That’s because neither assertion is really accurate. Mr. Assad still has strong support from many Syrians, including members of the Sunni urban class. While the assistance Syria receives from its external allies, like Iran and Russia, is important, it would be inconsequential if the Assad regime were not backed by a significant portion of the population."


The paper’s editorial concludes “Syria is like Iraq, except worse.” When it comes to Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, Obama is like Clinton, only worse. Something to keep in mind as the civilian disarmament industry continues its endless campaign to promote tyranny.





ref: The Truth About Guns


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Post a Photo On Facebook? Get ready for the Storm Troopers.

The Bill of Rights is being torn to shreds and burned by the very peiople that have sworn to protect it. The Founding Fathers would not only turn over in their graves, they would rise up out of them, grab their guns and exterminate the vermin infesting Washington D.C.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Zombie Attack Thwarted in Washington D.C.


NSA Data Vacuum: BOHICA


uncle sam
Broken glass covers an armed forces recruiting poster at the scene of an explosion outside the U.S. Armed Forces Career Center in New York's Times Square, March 6, 2008.


REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

It's becoming increasingly difficult to give the government the benefit of the doubt in regards to dragnet domestic surveillance.

Even before Glenn Greenwald published a top secret court order compelling Verizon to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems and interviewed NSA whistleblower Eric Snowden, there were credible reports that the NSA was intercepting U.S. communications.

The most significant of those occurred in July, when the court that was established to "hear applications for and grant orders approving electronic surveillance," called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), found that the NSA violated the Fourth Amendment's restriction against unreasonable searches and seizures "on at least one occasion."

Here's the letter from Senator Ron Wyden:

"… on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment."

We don't know the details of the classified order, but it's clear that it's a very important aspect of the domestic spying apparatus that even the court overseeing the program found it straying into illegal territory.

Here's the relevant text of the amendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

So in violating that law, the NSA is violating the constitutional right to privacy provided to Americans.

Here's a rundown of the other reports that corroborate Snowden's claims:

  • Former spy Mike Frost told 60 minutes about a secret government surveillance network called Echelon, in which all electronic communications are captured and analyzed for key words by super computers.
  • William Binney — one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history — has been very vocal since building the original program that crunched that data to identify, in real time, networks of connections between individuals based on their electronic communications.

Individually, each one of those claims is both stunning and damning. Taken together, they suggest that America is a full-blown surveillance state where the government has decided to violate the fundamental rights of its citizens.

Uncle Benghazi's Half Baked Susan Rice

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Obama: If You Don't Trust Us, We're Gonna Have Some Problems

Well, I finally agree with Barack Obama. We have problems, and it is because we can’t trust him, the Congress, or the Judges.  He says one thing and does the opposite.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Obama and his minions: CTL-ALT-DEL



Don't be surprised folks, the Badger Lake Observer warned you about this last year (it seemed like 1984 to me).

(Reuters) - Reports of sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans' phone and Internet activity put the Obama administration on the defensive on Friday, adding pressure on President Barack Obama to explain why such tactics are necessary.

The Washington Post reported late on Thursday that federal authorities have been tapping into the central servers of companies including Google, Apple and Facebook to gain access to emails, photos and other files allowing analysts to track a person's movements and contacts.

That added to privacy concerns sparked by a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been mining phone records from millions of customers of a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.

Obama, who pledged to run the most transparent administration in U.S. history, did not mention the surveillance furor in two meetings with supporters on Thursday evening.

He may be forced to broach the subject during his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California summit on Friday, in which U.S. concerns about alleged Chinese hacking of American secrets were expected to be high on the agenda.

Members of the U.S. Congress are routinely briefed by the NSA on secret surveillance programs, but it is not yet clear how much they knew about the widespread surveillance of private Internet activity reported by the Washington Post.

Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said on Friday he thought the administration had good intentions but stressed the program was "just too broad an over-reach."

"I think there ought to be some connection to suspicion, otherwise we can say that any intrusion on all of our privacy is justified for the times that we will catch the few terrorists," Waxman told MSNBC. "Good intentions are not enough. We need protections against government intrusion that goes too far."

"PRISM" SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

The Washington Post said the surveillance program involving firms including Microsoft, Skype and YouTube, code-named PRISM and established under Republican President George W. Bush in 2007, had seen "exponential growth" under the Democratic Obama administration.

It said the NSA increasingly relies on PRISM as a source of raw material for its intelligence reports.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said the report contained "numerous inaccuracies," and some of the companies identified by the Washington Post denied that the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) had "direct access" to their central servers.

Microsoft said it does not voluntarily participate in government data collection and only complies "with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers.

Erwin Chemerinsky, a law professor at the University of California Irvine, said the program was "deeply disturbing" and went beyond what was constitutionally acceptable.

"It is a huge gathering of information by the federal government. The argument that it protects national security is unpersuasive," he said.

The White House sought on Thursday to defend the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans as a "critical tool" to prevent attacks. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said the data was only used in specific investigations of non-U.S. citizens.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Obama's in-your-face Wiretaps. Killing the Bill of Rights one Amendment at a Time.

See - We told you so.  The hubris of Obama and his liberal Gestapo is apparently without bounds.

See what they're doing here?  It is all for national; security.

Ask Susan Rice - she'll give you the real scoop.  A scoop of what is the only question





Obama Defends Phone-Record Tracking as 'Critical Tool'


WASHINGTON—The Obama administration called government review of complete phone records of U.S. customers a "critical tool" in protecting the public from terrorists.

The information "allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States," a senior Obama administration official said Thursday. The official stopped short of confirming the practice.

Former officials described the practice after a published account on the gathering of complete phone records from all Verizon U.S. customers, including landline and wireless accounts, was published Wednesday.

The official said all three branches of government are involved in reviewing the collection of data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The official said intelligence gathering under the law would be subject to strict controls and procedures.




In a rare test of a tool expanded in the U.S. Patriot Act, a telecom company is fighting the government's use of a secretive tool called a national security letter to get access to customer records without a court order.

WSJ's Jennifer Valentino-DeVries reports.
The telephone-data collection is likely to prompt outrage from privacy groups and others about the Obama administration's efforts to fight terrorism. It comes as the administration is separately under fire for collecting phone and other records from journalists as part of investigations into the leaking of classified information.

Verizon is required to provide the National Security Agency with "all call detail records" of customers, including all local and long-distance calls within the U.S., as well as calls between the U.S. and overseas, according to a court order labeled "top secret" published Wednesday by the Guardian newspaper.

The senior Obama administration official said, "On its face, the order reprinted in the article does not allow the government to listen in on anyone's telephone calls." This person said the information doesn't include the content of calls or the names of any subscriber, but "relates exclusively to metadata, such as a telephone number or the length of a call."

Verizon officials declined to say whether the order appearing on the Guardian's website is authentic. Verizon's traditional landline business connects about one billion calls a day. The company has nearly 100 million retail customers. Verizon spokesman Ed McFadden declined to comment, as did officials with the NSA.

Lawyers continue to debate whether collecting so-called metadata is an invasion of privacy. The FISA order depicted by the Guardian shows the government is obtaining the information under a secret order, which would give it stronger legal foundation. The order doesn't provide any legal reasoning as to why such extensive data collection wouldn't be an unreasonable search or seizure.

The document in question is described as an "order requiring the production of tangible things."

In 2005, Congress said the standard for obtaining such records from businesses was "a statement of facts showing that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the tangible things sought are relevant to" an international terrorism investigation.

The standards required for such orders have drawn criticism from civil-liberties groups because they are below the standard for search warrants, usually defined as "probable cause" to believe a crime has occurred.

In the wake of the 2005 revelation of the NSA's warrantless-surveillance program, Congress for three years debated the legality of NSA's surveillance, though that debate focused largely on the activity the government admitted to, which was monitoring calls between the U.S. and abroad.


Story from The Wall Street Journal.



 

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Susan Rice as National Security Advisor vs. Sucking Your Thumb.



Other than Obama, who will be more secure with Susan Rice as National Security Advisor?

Was Susan rice completely clueless about the National Security implications of the terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi?

If so, what the hell use will she be as Obama’s National Security advisor?

On the other hand, if she was functioning as Obama’s stooge by lying about the brutal torture and murder of American Ambassador Stevens, and three other American Patriots in the filthy streets of a third world cesspool, sucking your thumb will make you just as secure. 


You have no Choice. You have Owners. Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinking.



"There's a reason education SUCKS, and it's the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better, don't look for it, be happy with what you've got. Because the owners of this country don't want that.

I'm talking about the REAL owners, now. The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions -- forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON'T. You have no choice.

You have OWNERS.

They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING.

They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they've got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.

They gotcha by the BALLS. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want.

Well, we know what they want -- they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They DON'T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them.

 That's against their interests.

 That's right. -  They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting FUCKED by system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They don't want that.

You know what they want?

They want OBEDIENT WORKERS.

OBEDIENT WORKERS.

People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.

 And now they're comin' for your SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY. They want your fuckin' retirement money. They want it BACK. So they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it ALL from you sooner or later -- 'cuz they OWN this fuckin' place. It's a big CLUB. And YOU AIN'T IN IT. You and I are NOT IN the big club. By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long, beating you over the in their media telling you what to believe -- what to think -- and what to buy.

The table is tilted, folks.

 The game is rigged.

 And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-workin people -- white collar, blue collar -- doesn't matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-workin people CONTINUE -- these are people of modest means -- continue to elect these RICH COCKSUCKERS who don't GIVE a fuck about them. They don't give a fuck about you, they don't GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU -- AT ALL. AT ALL. AT ALL.

 You know? And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care ... that's what the owners count on, the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that's being jammed up their assholes every day. Because the owners of this country know the truth -- it's called the American Dream ... 'cuz you have to be asleep to believe it."
George Carlin