"Let me be clear: If blame should fall on the executive branch, I am prepared to claim any level of incompetence, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid culpability."

-President Obam— errrrr umm I mean, black president from this SMBC comic.

Coincidence? I think not.

"

Dear Barack Obama,

While you try to trick people into thinking the spying will stop, we’ll be working in the states to turn off your water and power.

Soon, the whole world will be watching the states take on the NSA - and you - head on.

Peace

"

Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center (via tenthamendmentcenter)

I really doubt that this is going to work, but there’s still a sliver of hope inside me…

(via antigovernmentextremist)

"Everybody here just does their job, right? If you’re working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said ‘you know what, I want to get something, but I don’t know exactly what I’m gonna get. I’m just going to stop working till I get something - I’m just going to shut down the whole plant until I get something’ - You’d get fired, right?

‘Cause the deal is, you’ve already gotten hired. You’ve got a job. You’re getting a paycheck. And so you also are getting the pride of doing a good job, and contributing to a business, and looking out for your fellow workers. That’s what you’re getting. It shouldn’t be any different for a member of Congress.”

-Barack Obama talking about how much he hates Labor Unions Republicans and the entire mentality behind them, while coincidentally sounding exactly like a Union-hating Republican o.o

[No, seriously, close your eyes when you press play on that video and tell me he doesn’t sound like Dubya. Not, like how dumb he is, or the words he’s saying (those too I guess) but his voice, it’s fucking cray.]

#NeverForget

"To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough."

-President Obama, clearly referencing drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Liby—

Wait, what’s that?
Oh he’s talking about Syria.
To get support for bombing them, you say?
Oh.
Well.
Well, yeah, sure.
I guess that makes sense…

"The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of methods in their systematic and ongoing assault on what they see as one of the biggest threats to their ability to access huge swathes of internet traffic – ‘the use of ubiquitous encryption across the internet’.

Yeah, how dare we encrypt our information! We’re making it so hard for our friends in the NSA to steal it.

Those methods include covert measures to ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards, the use of supercomputers to break encryption with “brute force”, and – the most closely guarded secret of all – collaboration with technology companies and internet service providers themselves.

Welp.

Where Congress Stands on Syria

As of Sept. 1, lawmakers appear to be tentatively dividing into four camps over military action in Syria. Each dot represents a lawmaker who has indicated how he or she might vote…

Look at at all those blues… it’d be hilarious if it wasn’t so disgustingly hypocritical.

"The failure to act, I think gives license to the Syrian President to use these weapons again" -Barbara Boxer, Democrat."I remain very skeptical that the kind of attack they’re contemplating, this ‘limited attack’ is going to actually achieve that goal of preventing Assad from using chemical weapons in the future." -Marco Rubio, Republican."I agree with Secretary Kerry that the world cannot let such a heinous attack pass without a meaningful response, and I hope the international community will take appropriate action." -Dianne Feinstein, Democrat. "It may sound real easy when people like Secretary Kerry say this is going to be quick and we’re going to go in and we’re going to send a few cruise missiles and wash our hands and go home. It doesn’t work that way." -Jim Inhofe, Republican.

Hold on, you guys. This is Republicans being the voice of reason against warmongering Democrats.
I take it back; this is hysterical.

Where Congress Stands on Syria

As of Sept. 1, lawmakers appear to be tentatively dividing into four camps over military action in Syria. Each dot represents a lawmaker who has indicated how he or she might vote…

Look at at all those blues… it’d be hilarious if it wasn’t so disgustingly hypocritical.

"The failure to act, I think gives license to the Syrian President to use these weapons again" -Barbara Boxer, Democrat.

"I remain very skeptical that the kind of attack they’re contemplating, this ‘limited attack’ is going to actually achieve that goal of preventing Assad from using chemical weapons in the future." -Marco Rubio, Republican.

"I agree with Secretary Kerry that the world cannot let such a heinous attack pass without a meaningful response, and I hope the international community will take appropriate action." -Dianne Feinstein, Democrat.

"It may sound real easy when people like Secretary Kerry say this is going to be quick and we’re going to go in and we’re going to send a few cruise missiles and wash our hands and go home. It doesn’t work that way." -Jim Inhofe, Republican.

Hold on, you guys. This is Republicans being the voice of reason against warmongering Democrats.

I take it back; this is hysterical.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
 
As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action…"

-Barack Obama (2007)

He forgot to mention, “Unless that president is me, and the military attack is on Yemen, Libya, Pakistan, and soon Syria.”

"

At the time the “security official” called me, David had been detained for 3 hours. The security official told me that they had the right to detain him for up to 9 hours in order to question him, at which point they could either arrest and charge him or ask a court to extend the question time. The official - who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 - said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him…

They obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying…

Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day - as every hour passed - worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute…

Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.

"

Glenn Greenwald, on the 9-hour detainment of his partner “under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000”.

I recommend reading the full article, but be prepared to be infuriated.

I had started a post very much like this to address the inconsistencies in Obama’s surveillance speech, so I was happy to find that Conor Friedersdorf had already written a thorough one for me.

Probably the best Vice article you will ever read. Excellent, in-depth account of a journalist’s visit to Gitmo. Highly recommended read.

anarcho-americana:

subterraneanbunnypig:

rewind-button-girl:

Anytime someone questions my support for President Obama I’m just going to pull up my Tumblr and show them this. 

This is why I voted for him. He gets it.

cult of personality [expression; noun] arises when an individual uses mass mediapropaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized, heroic, and, at times god-like public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.

So let me get this straight, Obama said rape is bad, and that makes him some sort of hero and justifies millions of people supporting him regardless of any atrocity he commits?

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. The bare, the absolute bare minimum of humanity is all it takes, huh? Not all the civilian casualties, not all the minorities crammed into over-flowing prisons for non-violent drug crimes, not all the indefinite detention and torture of 166 people [most of whom have never been charged with a crime, and even some who have been cleared for release for several years], not the regularly ignored torture, rape, abuse, and death-by-torture of detainees, not the callous silence regarding the drone strike on a teenage American boy, NOTHING can convince you morons that Obama is anything less than a heroic leader with a heart of gold.

Good job. I am thoroughly convinced that I could show you an HD video of Obama raping a Pakistani girl, and you would indignantly shove these obnoxious GIFs in my face and respond, “He said politicians should stay out of women’s healthcare. He gets it. That’s why I voted for him. It doesn’t matter what he does as long as I agree with what he says.”

(Source: beybad)

"Tragic Occurrences"

[Rebloggable by request]

Anonymous asked: Also it has nothing to do with “pretty words.” he just has the fucking decency to address a tragic occurence here in the united states. People are talking about their respect for that and yet you have the nerve to get angry because of it?

Actually holy shit, yes it has everything to do with pretty words. Where is his decency in addressing Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki? Where is the speech for the tragic occurrences of innocent people (yes, people. Real, living, breathing people with families and lives just like you. Think on that for a second before you come at me telling me I’m the piece of shit here) having their whole lives turned to ash right before their eyes?

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It looks like this, in case you were wondering. Which I’m sure you weren’t because actually yes, all you care about are pretty words and whatever stupid speech is broadcast in front of your slack-jawed face. Nothing that’s not in the immediate vicinity of your narrow-mind can even register as something that matters. This is a five year old who had her parents murdered by US soldiers while they were driving her sick brother to the hospital.
Kids like her are being murdered every day thanks to the drone strikes ordered by *your* president—which, fun fact, are 4x more than Bush.
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This is what they look like. But I suppose their tragedies don’t matter much because Obama doesn’t make pretty speeches about them because whoops he’s the murderer in these cases. You hit the nail on the head, Anon. “A tragic occurrence here in the United States" which is the only place tragedies can happen I guess.

If he wanted to address this “tragic occurrence” he should have done just that. But no, he had to go into the Drug War—something he has done exactly nothing to alleviate, but has instead allowed the exacerbation of; he had to admit he has influence as the President (no fucking shit) but that he uses that influence only to further his own agendas and whenever anything comes up that people don’t like he falls back on, “What can I do? I’m just the President.”

So FUCK NO I do not respect that motherfucker for anything he has to say ever, because none of his WORDS can make up for the BLOOD ON HIS HANDS. And FUCK YES I am angry about his hypocrisy and the fact that people like you keep eating it up and standing behind him. Because crazy as it may be, my heart fucking breaks for those people whose tragedies just aren’t quite tragic enough for you.

Anonymous asked: Also it has nothing to do with "pretty words." he just has the fucking decency to address a tragic occurence here in the united states. People are talking about their respect for that and yet you have the nerve to get angry because of it?

Actually holy shit, yes it has everything to do with pretty words. Where is his decency in addressing Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki? Where is the speech for the tragic occurrences of innocent people (yes, people. Real, living, breathing people with families and lives just like you. Think on that for a second before you come at me telling me I’m the piece of shit here) having their whole lives turned to ash right before their eyes?

image

It looks like this, in case you were wondering. Which I’m sure you weren’t because actually yes, all you care about are pretty words and whatever stupid speech is broadcast in front of your slack-jawed face. Nothing that’s not in the immediate vicinity of your narrow-mind can even register as something that matters. This is a five year old who had her parents murdered by US soldiers while they were driving her sick brother to the hospital.
Kids like her are being murdered every day thanks to the drone strikes ordered by *your* president—which, fun fact, are 4x more than Bush.
image

This is what they look like. But I suppose their tragedies don’t matter much because Obama doesn’t make pretty speeches about them because whoops he’s the murderer in these cases. You hit the nail on the head, Anon. “A tragic occurrence here in the United States" which is the only place tragedies can happen I guess.

If he wanted to address this “tragic occurrence” he should have done just that. But no, he had to go into the Drug War—something he has done exactly nothing to alleviate, but has instead allowed the exacerbation of; he had to admit he has influence as the President (no fucking shit) but that he uses that influence only to further his own agendas and whenever anything comes up that people don’t like he falls back on, “What can I do? I’m just the President.”

So FUCK NO I do not respect that motherfucker for anything he has to say ever, because none of his WORDS can make up for the BLOOD ON HIS HANDS. And FUCK YES I am angry about his hypocrisy and the fact that people like you keep eating it up and standing behind him. Because crazy as it may be, my heart fucking breaks for those people whose tragedies just aren’t quite tragic enough for you.