Taking a Break From Blogging Politics

by Ben Hoffman

I have too much going on with work these days (which is good) so I need to take a break for a few weeks. But I’ll be back. :)

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19 Comments to “Taking a Break From Blogging Politics”

  1. Well, don’t be gone too long fella! Depend on your to keep my debating skills sharp.

  2. That’s OK, Ben, just give me your login and I will be happy to post things on your behalf in your absence. haha :)

  3. Then you miss one of the best stories ever.
    Remember all the feigned outrage and day-in-day-out drum beating and chest thumping madness over the Patriot Act.
    That Bush was a dictator, a fascist, and he was “spying” on the American People unconstitutionally and he was shredding the Consitution and on and on and on…
    It was nearly endless.
    The Democratic Congress re-authorized it last year to very little notice from the Media.
    Now comes Round Two of “You too can be a Hypocrite”.
    Not that I ever believe anything else, mind you, that’s the advantage of cynicism and pessimism. I am never surprised when politicians lie or “misspoke” or were “misquote” or become massive hypocrites.
    But this one made me laugh.
    CNET: On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices.
    In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.
    Those claims have alarmed the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, which have opposed the Justice Department’s request and plan to tell the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that Americans’ privacy deserves more protection and judicial oversight than what the administration has proposed.
    “This is a critical question for privacy in the 21st century,” says Kevin Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing on Friday. “If the courts do side with the government, that means that everywhere we go, in the real world and online, will be an open book to the government unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.”
    The ACLU is going to file an opinion opposing Obama.
    Surely, the universe will end because it’s seen everything!!

    • It will all be blamed on Bush, just watch. This Administration will squeeze every benefit out of the Patriot Act all the while continuing to blame Bush for its existence as to appear more compassionate.

      Strolled over to your blog, Indy, and have been enjoying your posts, especially the “PC” ones! Glad to see another cynical independent out there. :)

    • [The ACLU is going to file an opinion opposing Obama.
      Surely, the universe will end because it’s seen everything!]

      The ACLU filed a brief in support of Rush Limbaugh in Florida back when. They’re not partisan. Reporting on them is partisan. Probably because they always come down on the side of civil rights, which this case seems to be about.

    • [The Democratic Congress re-authorized it last year to very little notice from the Media.]

      That would probably be because they voted for it the first time.

    • [The Democratic Congress re-authorized it last year to very little notice from the Media.]

      No, actually it got a bit a coverage, and it’s wrong. Obama has continued a lot of Bush policies, as well as caving to corporate interests. He’s not at all the progressive we thought we elected.

  4. Verne,

    ” It will all be blamed on Bush, just watch. This Administration will squeeze every benefit out of the Patriot Act all the while continuing to blame Bush for its existence as to appear more compassionate. ”

    Everything that goes wrong is Bush’s fault because even though Obama was in the Senate for 2 years before becoming President, he had no idea things were so bad. Everything that by dummm luck goes right, is Obama’s doing.

    Except that everything that goes wrong with the health care bill is the Congressional minority party’s fault. Those dastardly Wepublicans won’t help Obama run the country down the drain.

    Mr. Hoffman,

    ” Obama has continued a lot of Bush policies, as well as caving to corporate interests. He’s not at all the progressive we thought we elected. ”

    Actually what I have to laugh at is Obama saying he did not have a problem with the heads of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase & Co getting obscene bonuses. This is the same Chicago THUG who sent his peasant street mob with pitch forks to scare other Wall Streeters at their homes for getting bonuses.

    Your hero tacked way to the left for a year. Do not be surprised now, if he tacks to the right and sounds like Ronald Reagan. You lefties are going to get thrown under the bus until after the midterms. Enjoy, enjoy.

  5. Just be sure to come back…. I took what I thought was going to be a short break back in October – and it turned into 4 months…..

    — ho

  6. Ben,
    If you’re on a politics break, I vote we talk football. I do miss it so. Already. Yup, that’s sad I know. I’m on the record now for predicting the Detroit Lions go 8-8 next year. I was a whopping 62% on predictions this season so I wouldn’t place any bet with shady type folks with that tidbit of wisdom.
    -POTR

  7. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” Football? I live in Denver where the coach traded away a potential hall-of-fame quarterback! ”

    I live north of Philadelphia. For 8 years I’ve said the coach needed to trade McNabb. He will not do it.

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