Posts Tagged ‘Orwellian’

If Democrats Weren’t Dishonest Hypocrites, They Would Spread The Orwellian Body Camera Wealth To All THEIR Sacred Cow Jobs

April 6, 2016

I came across this article and the sheer, common-sense logic and the gigantic hypocrisy of the left flabbergasted me:

Body cameras have become the solution of the day for stomping out discriminatory behavior against minorities by police officers. Cameras provide a neutral record of events, so we have a better idea what happened during an encounter. Some research even suggests that the presence of body cameras steeply reduce the use of force by officers and the number of citizens’ complaints.

But that raises a question: what’s to limit this type of solution only to police officers? It’s a slippery slope to an Orwellian future, where Big Brother could be watching all of us — for our own good, of course.

Consider health care, another interaction which produces potentially life-or-death outcomes. In general, African Americans and other people of color receive inferior medical treatment, leading to higher death rates. David R. Williams, a professor of public health at Harvard, who has researched this issue writes that blacks and other minorities receive fewer diagnostic tests, fewer treatments, and overall poorer-quality care — even after adjusting for variations in insurance, facilities, and seriousness of illness.

Leaving aside patient outcomes, there are also highly credible accusations that medical staff have groped and sexually abused sedated patients. Body cameras on doctors and nurses might well prevent such incidents, or provide evidence if they did occur.

If the doctor’s office is off-limits, what about the classroom?

U.S. Department of Education data shows that black students are suspended or expelled at rates three times higher than whites, even though no studies examining the relationship between race, behavior and suspension have proven that black students misbehave more often. Currently, parents who insist their children are innocent or are being excessively punished for minor offenses have no evidence.

Make teachers wear body cameras, and parents would see and hear exactly what the teacher heard and saw. An overreaction? Keep in mind, a growing body of evidence shows that school punishments do long-term damage Students who are expelled or suspended are less likely to graduate, and more likely to end up involved with the criminal justice system.

Perhaps even our politicians should be required, by law, to wear body cameras at all campaign and fundraising events while they’re in, or running for, office. If that sounds unnecessary, recall that it was only because of a surreptitious recording that voters found out that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney thinks there are 47% of Americans who “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

But this isn’t partisan. Personally, I’d welcome video or audio of what Hillary Clinton has to say to the people paying $353,000 to sit next to her and George Clooney at an upcoming fundraising dinner.

Sure, the officials, professionals or politicians could simply turn off their cameras — but that break in the recording log will be interpreted as evidence that the person was hiding something, and probably up to no good.

A recent article in an American Bar Association magazine summed up the legal landscape: “The battle for workplace privacy is over; privacy lost.” Employers have a right to monitor employees (provided the employees are aware of it) to measure productivity, prevent theft, promote workplace safety and so on. Advances in digital technology that vastly reduced the cost of cameras just accelerated this trend. Mass monitoring has begun where the need is critical (e.g., police stops) but also where the workers are least able to resist (sanitation workers, truck drivers, Amazon warehouse employees, and so on).

Higher-paid professionals mistakenly assume increased workplace surveillance will be confined to the hoi polloi. In reality, given the technology is available (and improving) all it may take is a high-profile incident or two. Imagine something analogous to the police shooting an unarmed person happening in a school or hospital, and how quickly that could trigger for demands for wider personal surveillance like body cameras. Already the ubiquity of smartphones has made ad hoc recording by employers, customers or colleagues almost effortless.

I simply state this as a categorical fact: IF you are a Democrat, YOU PERSONALLY are a pathologically dishonest hypocrite liar, because you support Hillary Clinton who is the FIRST government official to do all her “business” on a secret private server and then PURGED thousands of emails so that no one could see what she was up to.  But because you are just flat-out hypocrite depraved, it’s “Body cameras for thee, but never for me.”

You want cops to wear body cameras?  I want to know what Hillary Clinton is up to such that this hyper-secretive, paranoid fascist witch resorted to a secret server: I don’t just want her to wear a camera that reveals everything she’s typing, everything she’s hearing and everything she’s saying, I want a body camera shoved right up her A$$ so I can know her proctologic status 24/7.  I want to know what is going on inside “the vast, criminal conspiracy” otherwise known as the Clinton Foundation.

So since you Democrats love Orwellian fascism so damn much, let’s go for it.  Just be honest and consistent for ONCE in your miserable, loathsome lives and apply the same damn “logic” to everyone that you apply to your enemies.

Which is why we have Donald Damn Trump right now.  Donald Trump’s core support comes from liberal and moderate factions.  His strongest supporters are REGISTERED DEMOCRATS.  In fact, the primary indicator of whether or not you support Donald Trump is whether you love the AUTHORITARIAN approach of people who believe that government ought to become more powerful and be used in a more activist manner.  Because Democrat crap is going to ultimately coat absolutely everything.

So wear your cameras, Democrats.  So we can start seeing how utterly evil and vile you are.

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Orwell’s 1984 Comes Alive Under Big Brother Obama’s Regime

December 10, 2013

Well, congratulations are in order, Barack Hussein.  I mean, sure, you screwed up your hijacking of what was once the finest health care system in the world in just about every way one could possibly screw it up, but there is one thing you’ve truly excelled at: and that is making pretty much every single nightmare that George Orwell ever had come to life.

Let’s see what Orwell said about the future:

Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of pig-iron. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.

And:

Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

Let’s see how Obama brought that vision to fulfillment:

The FBI Can Turn On Your Webcam Without You Even Knowing
By Dell Cameron on December 08, 2013

Not only can the FBI activate cameras on civilian computers, but the agency has been doing so for several years. That’s according to Marcus Thomas, a former assistant director with the bureau, who spoke to the Washington Post about the controversial computer hacking technique used by law enforcement in the United States.

Most webcams come equipped with an indicator light, which alerts users when they’re being recorded. However, the FBI supposedly has the ability to disable this feature.

The tactic has been utilized “mainly” against suspected terrorists but is also used in non-terrorism related investigations, Thomas said. One issue highlighted by the Post is the difficulty law enforcement agencies face in determining jurisdiction while intercepting online communication. For instance, state or local law enforcement officers may only have the authority to perform surveillance on an individual within their state or municipal boundaries.

In April, a federal magistrate judge in Texas refused to sign a warrant because the location of an individual, who was suspected of bank fraud, could not be determined, the Post reported. While the FBI may not face the same jurisdictional limitations, it has implored Congress in the past to allow for the sharing of technical expertise with state and local law enforcement officials.

Legal limitations placed on online surveillance have long been considered a hindrance to the FBI. Compared to the National Security Agency, the FBI has been extraordinarily vocal about its intentions. The agency’s primary goal in 2013, as stated by Andrew Weissman at the American Bar Association, was to expand wiretapping capabilities to include all forms of real-time online communication, such as conversations that take place over Google chat.

Valerie Caproni, a former FBI general counsel, previously outlined the agency’s concerns before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. “The challenge facing our state and local counterparts is exacerbated by the fact that there is currently no systematic way to make existing federally developed electronic intercept solutions widely available across the law enforcement community,” she told members of Congress.

Caproni’s testimony included descriptions of two criminal investigations, which she said illustrated the need for increased surveillance powers. The first case cited involved a narcotics investigation; the second, the distribution of child pornography. Both of these crimes, while serious violations of the law, do not constitute a threat to national security.

In 2012, the FBI was allocated $54 million by the U.S. Senate to establish the Domestic Communications Assistance Center (DCAC or NDCAC), a secretive unit charged with enhancing the U.S. government’s Internet-based wiretapping capabilities. While the exact nature of NDCAC’s operations are hidden from the public record, what is known is that customized wiretapping hardware is developed at their Quantico, Va., headquarters.

New wiretap technologies developed by NDCAC are implemented through the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), a law that requires telecommunications carriers—including Internet service providers—to accommodate government surveillance by retrofitting their equipment. In coordination with other agencies, the FBI has continuously sought to expand the authority granted to it by CALEA.

In response to questions about NDCAC, an FBI official told reporters, “The NDCAC will have the functionality to leverage the research and development efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement with respect to electronic surveillance capabilities and facilitate the sharing of technology among law enforcement agencies.“

Law enforcement techniques generally advance to remain proportional to methods of criminals, who may be aided by new technologies while committing crimes or evading capture. However, since disclosing capabilities could weaken operations targeting dangerous criminals, critics warn that the state’s authority is subject to abuse. That’s only heightened by the digital nature of these tactics, which could prevent citizens from knowing of rights violations.

If police were to inadvertently perform a search on the wrong house, for example, the owner could take legal action against the department responsible. In contrast, if that same individual’s rights are infringed when police hack the wrong webcam, the violation is far less likely to be exposed.

The debate over state surveillance powers isn’t likely to end anytime soon. If you’d prefer to not get shy while standing in front of your appliances, you can always slap duct tape over your webcam.

What was that last sentence from Orwell?  Oh, yes:

You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

And voilà:

NSA Collected Info on 125 Billion Phone Calls in 30 Days
Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 03:17 PM
By Courtney Coren

The National Security Agency collected information on 124.8  billion phone calls in one 30 day period earlier this year, including about 3  billion phone calls made from the United States, according to documents  initially released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Data on  NSA’s Boundless Information program shows that the phone calls made during  January 2013 were monitored from all over the world, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The top five countries where phone calls were monitored by the NSA are  Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, with the United States  coming in sixth, and Egypt and Iran taking the seventh and eighth spots,  according to information compiled by the intelligence website Cryptome  using a heat map from the  Boundless Informant program it acquired from The Guardian.

Other  countries that are consider U.S. allies such as Mexico and France are demanding answers as to why they have been  included in the United States monitoring activities.
The Foreign  Intelligence Surveillance Court gave the NSA the okay to continue collecting U.S. phone call records on Oct.  11.

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New NSA Spying Allegations Enrage European  Allies

Obama is the only man in the history of the world – Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon included – who EVER used the IRS as a thug to bully, harass and intimidate his political opponents.  The crime was “anti-Obama rhetoric.”  And, yes, there is NO evidence that any progressives were targeted.

Orwell would have probably come up with a nice euphemism like “thoughtcrime,” but “anti-Obama rhetoric” is probably the best Obama’s thugs can do at this point.

I know that liberals would like to drag Bush into this hellhole that is the Stalinist little world of Obama, but I don’t remember Bush ever sanctimoniously claiming that his administration would be so “transparent” and how he would do so damn much to ensure our civil liberties and prevent executive overreach (unlike the devil Bush).  We can go back now and see those words from Obama and see what an incredibly cynical and dishonest hypocrite Obama was from the very beginning of his presidency.  We can count the damn ways that Obama was a lying hypocrite straight from hell.

It’s not like “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what” was this liar-in-chief’s only lie.  My favorite version of Obama’s lie repeated at LEAST 37 times is: “if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan — you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan.  Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”  Because we now know that, yes, the White House WAS talking about taking that away from you.

And we now know that Obama’s “political advisors” were telling Obama to go on lying to the American people regardless of what the policy advisors said because, well, “in the midst of a hard-fought political debate “if you like your plan, you can  probably keep it” isn’t a salable point.”  I mean, Obama HAD to lie to you, right???

The Nobel Prize people already gave Obama the Nobel Prize when he hadn’t actually accomplished Jack Squat.  So in that spirit let’s agree to give Obama the Stalinist of the Century Prize right now.  Because while there’s technically still another 87 years to go in this century, we should just give Obama all the accolades anyway, right???  And Barack Hussein has – as it is rather easy to document – done FAR more to earn the Stalinist of the Century Award than he ever did to earn his Nobel Peace Prize.

Unless they gave it to Obama for being the Best.  Fascist.  Ever.

Let’s not call things “Orwellian” anymore.  That term is outdated now that we’ve got the more accurate term “Obamian.”

Amazingly, even the quite leftist legal scholar Jonathon Turley now has this to say about the cancer of the Obama presidency:

“I have great trepidation of where we are headed, because we are creating a new system here – something that is not what was designed. We have a rising fourth branch in a system that was tripartite. The center of gravity is shifting and that makes it unstable. And within that system, you have the rise of an Uber-Presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. I really think that the Framers would be horrified by that shift, because everything they dedicated themselves to was creating political balance – and we’ve lost it.”

I laugh now when I read the horror of the New York Times when they described the “Imperial Presidency” of George W. Bush.  Because Obama’s executive overreach makes George Bush look like Ron Paul at his most libertarian moment EVER in comparison.  And Obama’s imperial presidency makes Bush’s look humble and meek by comparison.

Thanks for nothing, Big Brother Obama.  At least, until one of your many thugs sticks a cage with a rabid rat in it over my face, anyway.

Democrats Livid Over ‘Manufactured Outrage’; Those Evil Republicans Are Stealing OUR Tactic

August 6, 2009

“Democratic National Committee’s press secretary Hari Sevugan said nationwide protests of democratic health care town hall events were “manufactured outrage” today on Washington Unplugged.”

That’s the talking point repeated all over the mainstream media.

Crap like this:

These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests who are desperately trying to stop the agenda for change the President was elected to bring to Washington. Despite the headline grabbing nature of these angry mobs and their disruptions of events, they are not reflective of where the American people are on the issues – or the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful discussions taking place around kitchen tables, water coolers and in homes.

Why are people showing up to town hall meetings in droves and shouting down Democrat politicians and White House officials over the Democrats’ multi-trillion health care takeover?  It’s manufactured outrage ginned up by some vast, rightwing conspiracy.  Let’s ignore the fact that Democrats routinely bus in their people, or that no one was more “well funded” and “highly organized” than the Obama political machine.

But a snippet from a Politico article that is describing the vitriolic town hall meetings is telling:

Within an hour of the disruption, police were called in to escort the 59-year-old Democrat — who has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he was elected in 2002 — to his car safely.

“I have no problem with someone disagreeing with positions I hold,” Bishop said, noting that, for the time being, he was using other platforms to communicate with his constituents. “But I also believe no one is served if you can’t talk through differences.”

A registered Democrat confronting New York Democrat Steny Hoyer at a town hall in Utica said:

“Why would you guys try to stuff a health care bill down our throats in three to four weeks when the President took six months to pick what he wanted for a dog for his kids?!?!  What are you doing?  What are you doing?  Are you willing to have your family members sign on to every bill that you pass?”

Pundits are now using the term “Town hell” to describe the outrage with which voters are confronting Democrats pushing for Obamacare.  And it is by no means just Republicans who are utterly outraged and confronting their elected officials.

The latest Quinnipiac poll on health care is telling:

American voters, by a 55 – 35 percent margin, are more worried that Congress will spend too much money and add to the deficit than it will not act to overhaul the health care system, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. By a similar 57 – 37 percent margin, voters say health care reform should be dropped if it adds “significantly” to the deficit.

By a 72 – 21 percent margin, voters do not believe that President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the deficit, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University national poll finds.

American voters disapprove 52 – 39 percent of the way President Obama is handling health care, down from 46 – 42 percent approval July 1, with 60 – 34 percent disapproval from independent voters. Voters say 59 – 36 percent that Congress should not pass health care reform if only Democratic members support it.

Heritage points out:

The White House is losing the health care debate. Polls from National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/NBC News, The Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show that the American people do not support President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The White House wants people to believe they are losing the health care debate because “scary … videos are starting to percolate on the internet” that are spreading “disinformation” about Obama’s health care plan.

Obama and Democrats are not just losing the argument among Republicans called in by insurance companies to raise havoc.  They are in fact losing the debate with the overwhelming majority of the American people – as every single poll on health care shows.  It is as disingenuous as hell to try to make the angry “mobs” as being Republican plants.  Yet that is precisely what the Democrat Party is doing, and the mainstream media is helping them do it.

A message from the Obama White House shows just how Nixonian – and frankly Stalinist – this administration truly is:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

This is an example – unprecedented in modern American political history – of a President of the United States seeking information on political opponents who are exercising their 2nd Amendment-protected rights.  Imagine the appalled and angry outrage if George W. Bush had solicited the White House to create such an “enemies list.”

The whole affair very much reminds me of the Orwellian 1984 description of anonymous informers – including children against their own parents – spying on and reporting potential thought-criminals who might endanger The Party.

And of course it reminded me of another incredibly Orwellian statement from the Obama administration on the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program:

“This application provides access to the DoT CARS system.  When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government.  Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”

Heritage.org suggests we turn in Democrats to the White House as “the people spreading disinformation about Obamacare.”

And in point of fact, we should turn in Obama to the White House for being one of the people encouraging anger and a mob mentality:

I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican.  I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” [Obama] said.

Or consider Obama saying he had no intention of laying off his campaign to intimidate AIG executives who were literally receiving death threats:

“I don’t want to quell anger. People are right to be angry. I’m angry. What I want us to do is channel our anger in a constructive way.”

Presumably, that meant trying to limit his followers from just shouting from the streets in front of AIG employees’ houses rather than actually entering the homes and murdering families.  Which was nice of him, considering that only Chris Dodd accepted more contributions from AIG.

Hot Air provides the following list of exceptions to the Democrats’ charge of Republican extremism:

* People who want Congress to take more time debating healthcare are shutting down debate.
* Pres. Obama says the time for talk on healthcare is over, but his critics are trying to shut down debate.
* Harassing and threatening the families of AIG employees is awesome; razzing Representatives and Senators is totally bogus!
* Asking Representatives and Senators to read bills before voting on them is killing democracy.
* Sen. Specter saying “we have to make judgments very fast” is awesome. Booing him for saying so is shutting off debate.
* Healthcare protesters are “thugs” “shutting off debate”; antiwar protesters are “rowdy.”

The thing I find the most amazing is that – even if Republicans are doing EVERYTHING the Democrats claim they are (and they AREN’T), the Republicans are merely following in the example that has been set for YEARS by liberals.  FrontPage Magazine provided a list compiled way back in 2001 of liberals routinely shouting down conservative speakers and disrupting events.  Shouting and being disruptive was a tactic created by the left; how can they be angry if conservatives use it without their pointed heads exploding from containing the massive contradiction?

I found it amusing and utterly despicable at the same time to read about a 14 year old girl who – after noticing all the Obama T-shirts – decided to wear a shirt that said, “McCain Girl.”  And was utterly and hatefully attacked for doing so.  Just never forget that Republicans are intolerant and divisive, though.

The left is a group of people who come completely unglued if others do unto them as they did unto others.  Hypocrisy defines them; it is their quintessential essence.

Barack Obama was a disciple of Saul Alinsky.  And Rule 12 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is:  ‘Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.’ And as a business article pointed out,  Obama has used that rule to effect again and again.

The White House is saying that the outrage over ObamaCare “appears to be orchestrated” and “organized” by rightwing organizations.  The word “organized” should show how demonstrably ridiculous Obama’s outrage truly is, given his pride in having been a “community organizer.”  And let us realize that “orchestrate” is merely another synonym for “organize.”

This community organizer is now mad that communities are beginning to organize to stop government health care they absolutely do not want?

I’ve seen about a dozen videos of so-called “mobs” shouting at Democrats.  What I’ve noticed is that members of the audience would ask pointed questions, and the crowd only started shouting down Democrats when their elected officials give stupid and dismissive answers.  When someone asked Kathleen Sebelius and Arlen Spector why Congress wasn’t even bothering to read the bills they were voting for, for example, nobody started screaming at Sebelius until she gave the utterly ridiculous answer that she had never served in Congress; nor did they scream at Spector until he answered that they had to work very fast and didn’t have time to read the bills that are transforming our society.  And the crowd erupted in outrage at such stupid and contemptible answers.

Youtube video of Arlen Specter shouted down after saying “We have to do this fast.”

My own view is this: the Democrat establishment is trying to marginalize the huge crowds going to town halls to confront their elected representatives and telll them NOT to vote for this terrible health care bill.  They want the Blue Dog Democrats to ignore the crowds and dismiss them as “plants.”  They do so at their own political peril.