A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

Cyberwarfare: Darpa’s New ‘Space Race’

Under a directive signed by the President — and OK’d by Congress — nearly every arm of the government’s security apparatus is starting work on a massive national cybersecurity initiative, designed to protect the United States from electronic attack (and strike at adversaries online, as well). Darpa’s role: Create a cyberwarfare range where all these new forms of electronic combat can be tried out. According to a defense official familiar with the program: “Congress has given DARPA a direct order; that’s only happened once before — with the Sputnik program in the ’50s.”

Nothing wrong with the general notion of being ready to protect the net. It has become as vital as the telephone is modern communications. The problem is that have read this excerpt from Wired you know as much about this program as your elected officials. Obviously those Americans that are still concerned about preserving the first and fourth amendments, and having lived through the presidency that decided to treat every citizen of the U.S. as a suspect see the potential for abuse. What’s Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS – If they’re not giving administrations ass kissers like Sen. Joe Lieberman all the facts then its little wonder some are a little suspicious.

Colored Dice wallpaper

John McCain Is Not a Goldwater Conservative. Most voters alive today probably don’t even know who Goldwater is. His influence on Conservatism turned out to be overwhelmed by the Republican party’s shift to soft fascism. Goldwater wasn’t exactly a a compassionate conservative, he was just less of a rabid ideologue then the hard right Conservatism that has dominated the Republican party since Nixon and Reagan.

This is no surprise to anyone who knew Goldwater. Welch sums it up accurately: “[T]he biggest differences between McCain and Goldwater were so obvious, [and] so destined to keep the two men out of each other’s arms, that McCain’s inability to identify them borders on self-denial and political tone-deafness.” The gulf is wide, and the difference fundamental: Goldwater loved America and its people; McCain loves power, and what it can do for McCain.

While their public personas are different, the more we see of McCain the more his ideas about governance resemble those of Bush. On a list of defining characteristic od the Bush/Cheney presidency it is the love of power for its own sake. Remember back in 2003 when McCain was trying to play Mr. Civility. With the presidency on the line McCain says flatly there is no limit to how low he will go to get there, We all need a little Swift Boat in our lives

John McCain may want to rethink his strategy of paying a whole stable of political advisers to run his campaign. Today, a voter gave McCain some advice for free.

During a rally in Denver, Colorado, Air Force veteran Clif Sams, voiced his support of McCain, and then said: “I hope that we have somebody called Swift Boats for McCain come out and help you. You’re damn good.”

McCain responded: “Thank you sir, and thank you for your service.”

IF it takes swimming in the Swftboat gutter of politics McCain seems not only willing to do so, but finds it amusing.

What backroom conniving are Steny Hoyer and the Chris Carney Blue Dogs up to on FISA? In which pretend Democrats Steny Hoyer and the Chris Carney ask Republicans how far they want them bend over. If Hoyer and Carney want to be spineless wing-nuts then that’s fine. Quit the Democratic Party and run for office as Republicans. Stop misrepresenting yourself to voters.

Inequalities

The Census Bureau has tracked the economic fortunes of affluent, middle-class and poor American families for six decades. According to my analysis, these tabulations reveal a wide partisan disparity in income growth. The real incomes of middle-class families grew more than twice as fast under Democratic presidents as they did under Republican presidents. Even more remarkable, the real incomes of working-poor families (at the 20th percentile of the income distribution) grew six times as fast when Democrats held the White House. Only the incomes of affluent families were relatively impervious to partisan politics, growing robustly under Democrats and Republicans alike.

Sure Republican are not elitist and water isn’t wet.

A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. ~ James Madison