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politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

So now domestic spying is a good thing?

Greenwald Slams Media for Backing Obama’s Domestic Surveillance When They Opposed Bush’s
June 16, 2013 Noel Sheppard

GLENN GREENWALD: Well, remember, Howard, I first started writing about politics in late 2005. I focused almost exclusively for the first year on the NSA scandal back then, which was revealed by “The New York Times” a year late, but better late than never, that the Bush administration was eavesdropping on Americans without the warrants required by law.

And the way that I developed a platform was because almost every progressive liberal, Democratic blogger, media outlet, person with a platform would promote the work I was doing. I was using my expertise as a constitutional lawyer and my interest in these issues. And they were all cheering for the condemnations that I was issuing.

There were all kinds of controversies back then the same as now. Alberto Gonzalez threatened to prosecute “The New York Times” for publishing that story. There were calls for the source that turned out to be Thomas Ham (ph), a midlevel Justice Department lawyer, to be prosecuted.

Uniformly, I bet you cannot go back and find a single liberal, progressive or Democratic pundit back then taking Alberto Gonzalez’ side or condemning the source who blew the whistle on that program.

KURTZ: And now you think they have flipped?

GREENWALD: They have completely switched gears.

KURTZ: Yes.

GREENWALD: Yes, you can even look at polling data. Overwhelmingly, Democrats opposed NSA surveillance programs back in 2006 and overwhelmingly they now favor them because it’s a Democrat in power who’s doing it rather than a Republican.

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Death Panel stopped, this time

The Obamacare Death Panels Have Begun
June 8, 2013 by Kristan Hawkins

When working to educate Americans on what the future of medicine would look like in an Obamacare world, our coalition of concerned parents warned of the effects of rationing and government red-tape for those most vulnerable among us. Now, sadly, even before it’s in full implementation next year, we’re seeing first-hand the result of this government beaucracy.

One Woman Death Panel: Sebelius Won’t Allow Dying Girl to Have Transplant
June 4, 2013 by Steven Ertelt

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is refusing to intervene in a case of a young girl who needs a lung transplant as doctors have only given her weeks to live.

Judge saves 10-year-old from Kathleen Sebelius – the one-woman death panel
June 6, 2013 by DAN CALABRESE

Not that she’ll get credit for it, but when Sarah Palin warned of “death panels” resulting from the constructs of ObamaCare, this is exactly what she meant: Someone needs something or they’re going to die, and some government bureaucrat who values the systemic ramifications of the matter above all else, gets to decide what will happen.

In this case, DHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made her decision: She would not intervene to save the life of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, a cystic fibrosis patient from Pennsylvania. Sarah is, as I write this, weeks away from death if she doesn’t get a lung transplant. That, you’d think, would serve as a call to action for anyone who might be able to make the transplant happen. But not Kathleen Sebelius, because adults are also waiting for lungs, and the rules say no one under 12 can be prioritized over adults.

CELEBRATION: Sarah Murnaghan Receiving Lung Transplant
June 12, 2013 by Fox News

Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan and her family received the news they’ve been hoping, praying, and fighting for in their fight to save Sarah’s life. Sarah, who battles cystic fibrosis, will receive a lung transplant shortly, her family confirmed, saying they were notified Wednesday that a set of adult lungs had become available.

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Some really inconvenient truths

Just a couple articles this time showing the facts don’t line up with alarmist prediction. The idea that climate change is actually a natural phenomenon holds true.

Newsbytes: Polar Bear Population Growing Despite Declining Sea Ice
June 11, 2013 by Anthony Watts

New York Times Shocker: Global Warming Plateaued Last 15 Years Despite Rapid CO2 Rise
June 10, 2013 by Noel Sheppard

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