has really blown up, at least if one believes the international rather than US-controlled TV news. Every head of state in South America, regardless of politics, is seriously po'd, pointing out that this never would have happened to, say, Obama's plane or Putin's or Merkel's, and that this is a grave insult to South America as a whole. They're throwing the word "colonialism" around a lot.
Morales himself, interviewed on TV, seems quite bright. This could get interesting.
I'm going to chill on this story. Anybody can follow on the Beeb if they want. It is just so out there... Obama is losing it, now on Morsi's removal from office in Egypt.
Evo Morales, who is a guy. No?
Condemned to play the character in that movie who lives the rest of his life, identity- less, in the transit lounge of an airport.
Because Putin, while allowing Snowden the room to claim asylum in Russia, has warned him that he can't release any damaging documents regarding the US. Crooks of a (the US & Russia) feather bed down together...
The US, meanwhile, is tightening the screws on Snowden. As he is identity-less, and unable to move on from Moscow's airport, his list of 20 countries from which he will ask to be given asylum have all stipulated that he must be on their soil for them to entertain his request. Quite a Catch 22. But what about all the copies Snowden has given out? Not important, the Texas Rangers always get their man.
What this has resulted in is a US NSA op. to make sure that he does not leave that airport, after they came to some kind of understanding with Putin about what he could and could not do on Russian soil. What Putin got for this is not clear. Perhaps immunity for stealing Bob Kraft's Patriots Superbowl ring? (Bob, this a truly patriotic thing you are doing for your country, giving up that ring!).
The NSA op. has already produced blowback. Eva Morales, President of Bolivia, en route to Le Paz from Moscow, had his private plane diverted to an Austrian airport and searched for the fugitive. Mr. Morales went bananas. A sovereign head of state subject to an NSA shakedown? I wonder which judge from the FISA Court signed that order??
Obama said that he wouldn't scramble two jets to go after a 29 year-old hacker. In reality he has given wide-sweeping powers to the NSA to spend billions to apprehend this whistle-blower and any person's human right anywhere in the world can be trampled without consequence.
Has Obama officially taken on the mantle of Darth Vader, speaking with that heavy, nasal voice similar Dick Cheney's?
The US has now become the #1 human rights violator in the entire world. All heads of state are our vassals and must bow before us. All this for a 29 year-old whistle-blower who started the conversation Obama wanted to have in the first place...
Has Obama completely lost it? Come on dude, take your "teachable moment" medicine like a man. You sure could dish it out when it was your friend who was having his rights trampled...
In my neighborhood: Has anyone seen my Constitutional rights?
My, my. Hey hey. Live Free Or Die is here to stay,
A supernatural being in folklore and children's stories, typically portrayed as small and human-like in form, with pointed ears, part of the Mr. Spock strain I predume,
In less than a week, Kim Deal has left the Pixies and been replaced by Kim Shattuck, and the band's released a new song--"Bagboy"--and are going on a tour of Europe beginning in late September. 2013 is apparently not the death of the Pixies but instead their rebirth. The buzz on the internet is that the band has been and is continuing to work on new material. Whether this is a handful of new songs or the long-awaited new album remains to be seen, but this band is producing again for the first time since 1991 (2004's "Bam Thwok" doesn't count).
Is anyone else here a Pixies fan? Y'know, besides me...?
"Make no mistake, with the recent Supreme Court rulings, since Dubya's appointments, this country is moving in a big way toward fascism. This is not an exaggerated overstatement."
No, it's not an exaggerated statement; it's one I've been saying since before the end of W's first term.
Just came in off the press wires. Putin is paraphrased as saying that Russia has never extradited anybody and that Snowden is welcome to live out his glory years with Putin himself, the old KGB Colonel wanting to poke his finger in the eye of Uncle Sam.
Uhh, Ed? I'd rather take my chances with a layover in Havanna making small talk with Raoul over pretty latinas, cigars and cognac -- on to your next stop in Caracas. Check the Lima itinerary there in Venezuela with Nick Maduro.
The Galapagos Islands might start looking awfully tempting at that point. No more computers. Just rice & beans and okra and plaintains. Just saying -- Uncle Vladimir has been known to have a mean streak when he starts on the rails and Stoli shots. He might take a punch at you with Bob's superbowl ring.
Just keeping it real, Ed.
about Jedgar? Jedgar Hoover?