Being Most Uncivil With Our Liberties: The War on All of Us

With the Patriot Act debate raging in Congress, there has perhaps never been a better time to consider what’s at stake. And what is that? Most of us never really knew. But this documentary, from Executive Producer Robert Greenwald and Earl Katz, directed by Nonny de la Peña, whose work has been funded by a MacArthur grant and shown at TriBeCa Film Festival, spelled it all out a decade ago, and is as relevant as ever.

Rand Paul and Political Rand-standing

Rand Paul is, as John McCain once labeled him, a ‘whacko-bird’. No, it’s not because of his opposition to NSA. That actually has a lot of bipartisan and populist support. And no, it’s not because many Republican leaders think he should be running as a Democrat. What makes Paul a whacko-bird is his views on Read More

Rand Paul and the Party of None 

Controversial views place you in, well, controversy. See below…: “Rand Paul has now decided he wants to be a liberal Democrat — undercut necessary intelligence collection, weaken the police officers and our intelligence services.” – Bill Kristol “[A]n aide might want to remind Senator Paul which party’s nomination he is seeking” – WSJ Editorial Board Read More

Jeb Bush thinks Rand Is ‘Wrong’ About Patriot Act

“I think he’s wrong in saying that this is unconstitutional or saying that people’s freedoms have been violated by the Patriot Act,” Bush said in New Hampshire. “I think we need to reauthorize the Patriot Act, and put aside who’s speaking where. The simple fact is that it’s been an effective tool to keep us Read More

Jeb and George, brothers to core. Except in budgetary matters…

How they differ?: “I think that, in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money,” Jeb Bush said when asked to describe where there was a “big space” between himself and his brother George W. Bush. Don’t worry – they still agree on another hot topic: “Mr. Bush also remarked on another aspect Read More

Rand Paul + filibuster = Populist love, Establishment opponents

Rand Paul wins the day — but does it put him more at odds with the Establishment…and voters?: “But big moves carry big risks, as supporters of Paul’s GOP competitors pointed out. Rival campaigns and other Republicans note that times have changed since Paul burst onto the national scene with his filibuster. Now, they say, Read More

Worth Reading: Headline Grab Bag

Headlines—Greenwald explains how Ed Snowden got to him; the ugly truth about Dallas’s paper on 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination; establishment to fact-check establishment pundits; Patriot Act Author now hates his handiwork; new movie fiction on Boston bombing; permanent climate change mid-century; some blunt talk about failed drug policy