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Laughs: Daily Show smacks Clapper and the NSA program … very funny.

June 12, 2013

First, you lose Leno … then you lose Jon Stewart (or more precisely, Stewart’s temp replacement John Oliver) … not good.

Monday night, the Daily Show skewered Clapper and the Prism program.

The fish-in-a-barrel shot was DNI Clapper’s boldface lie to Congress.

The humor isn’t in the content, it’s in the way the dude delivers the lie … like he had taken drama lessons on acting guilty.

Wouldn’t you love to play poker with this fish?



The  best line, though, has to do with the sophisticated algorithms used to to ID somebody as a foreigner: if the nums say there’s a 51% likelihood, then it’s ok to listen in … that passes the NSA “foreigner test”.

As Oliver said: “51% … that’s flipping a coin“


Click to view the video  … very funny

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The curse of the “two rogue agents in Cincinnati” defense …

June 10, 2013

Team Obama would still like us all to believe that it was just two rogue agents in Cincinnati were responsible for the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Well, that defense seems to be working against them in the phone flap and internet snooping bruhaha.


Specifically, the President argues that his and the other branches of government provide adequate safeguards to preclude any abuse.

Well, what if tow rogue agents decide to go IRS on the security data?


Peggy Noonan states the case more elegantly in her blog … here’s an excerpt …


Laughs: Leno smacks “Snoop Dog Obama” … very funny.

June 9, 2013

When you’ve lost Leno, well …

Great Leno monologue on the phone flap and IRS …. transcript is below or click to watch the video (recommended).

Favorite line: “if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS.”



Click to watch the video (recommended).


Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.

Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.

How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans – now we have one. Yeah.

Actually, President Obama clarified the situation today. He said no one is listening to your phone calls. The president said it’s not what the program is all about. You know, like the IRS isn’t about targeting certain political groups. That’s not what it’s about!

I mean what’s going on? The White House has looked into our phone records, checking our computers, monitoring our e-mails. When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? When did that happen? When did that happen? When did that happen?

You know, I’ll tell you, if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS next time they throw a $4 million party. Why don’t you do that one? Yes, exactly, exactly. Find out about that. Yeah.


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