“US President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday he was not allowed to have an iPhone owing to security fears — explaining why he is sometimes seen with a bulky super secure BlackBerry,” Agence France-Presse reports.
‘I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,’ Obama told a group of young people at the White House for an event promoting his health care law,” AFP reports. “He added that his daughters Sasha and Malia spend a lot of time on their iPhones.”
AFP reports, “The White House says the president’s personal email address was strictly limited to a small list of senior officials and personal friends, but will not detail the encryption devices that are used to secure his communications.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: My security is paramount, but yours is not. We’ll just choose not to enforce the Fourth Amendment, m’kay?
Double standards. We call ’em like we see ’em and we’ll never stop. (And your phone sucks, too, Mr. President.)
United States Constitution, Amendment IV:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Sign the petition via The Electronic Frontier Foundation calling for a full congressional investigation of U.S surveillance overreach here.
U.S. citizens, contact your senator electronically to oppose S.1631, the FISA Improvements Act and stop the NSA “Fake Fix” Bill here.
Everyone, join EFF in calling on the CEOs of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, YouTube, Apple, and the President of Skype to demand a full Congressional investigation into NSA spying here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]
NSA spying risks $35 billion in U.S. technology sales – November 27, 2013
Apple iPhones phased out of German government in favor of encrypted phones to block U.S. NSA spying – November 22, 2013
U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – October 30, 2013
Obama administration decides NSA spying is ‘essential,’ but oversight of NSA is not – October 8, 2013
Apple’s iPhone 5s with Touch ID seen as protection against U.S. NSA – September 16, 2013
German government: Windows 8 contains U.S. NSA snooping back doors; too dangerous to use – August 23, 2013
Report: NSA can see 75% of U.S. Web traffic, can snare emails – August 21, 2013
NSA can read email, online chats, track Web browsing without warrant, documents leaked by Edward Snowden show – July 31, 2013
Momentum builds against U.S. government surveillance – July 29, 2013
U.S. House rejects effort to curb NSA surveillance powers, 205-217 – July 24, 2013
Obama administration scrambles to shut down imminent U.S. House vote to defund NSA spying – July 24, 2013
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013
Apple, Google, dozens of others push Obama administration to disclose U.S. surveillance requests – July 19, 2013
Secret court agrees to allow Yahoo to reveal its fight against U.S. government PRISM requests – July 16, 2013
How Microsoft handed U.S. NSA, FBI, CIA access to users’ encrypted video, audio, and text communications – July 11, 2013
DuckDuckGo search engine surges 33% in wake of PRISM scandal – June 20, 2013
Yahoo: Since December 2012, we have received up to 13,000 U.S. gov’t requests for customer data – June 18, 2013
Apple: Since December 2012, we have received U.S. gov’t requests for customer data for up to 10,000 accounts – June 17, 2013
Nine companies, including Apple, tied to PRISM, Obama to be smacked with class-action lawsuit – June 12, 2013
U.S. lawmakers urge review of ‘Prism’ domestic spying, Patriot Act – June 10, 2013
PRISM: Do Apple, Google, Facebook have an ethical obligation not to spy on users? – June 8, 2013
Plausible deniability: The strange and unbelievable similarities in the Apple, Google, and Facebook PRISM denials – June 7, 2013
Google’s Larry Page on government eavesdropping: ‘We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday’ – June 7, 2013
Seecrypt app lets iPhone, Android users keep voice calls, text messages away from carriers, government eyes and ears – June 7, 2013
Obama administration defends PRISM data-collection as legal anti-terrorism tool – June 7, 2013
Facebook, Google, Yahoo join Apple in sort-of denying PRISM involvement – June 7, 2013
Report: Intelligence program gives U.S. government direct access to customer data on Apple servers; Apple denies – June 6, 2013
I wouldn’t be surprised if the NSA is intercepting all of Obama’s Blackberry email.
I think that POTUS wan’t his e-mails in Canada where they are not obligated to violate the United States’ Fourth Amendment anytime the NSA wants the e-mail data. He could just use an iPhone with an e-mail server in Russia, Iran, … and keep his e-mail safe from our Federal Government’s illegal “unreasonable searches and seizures” of our personal documents, “papers, and effects”. Someone in the IT department should explain this to him after they are done fixing that broken half written Obamacare web site that was not ready in October when it went on line.
Also, it POTUS buys his campaign buses from Canada and his Obamacare web site programers are from Canada, … Why would he not also buy his smart phones from Canada too!
The only thing POTUS will not buy from Canada by way of a pipeline is Canadian oil.
This maps shows half a dozen major pipelines that already serve existing US refineries as much as they can handle. Now of course Canadian oil producers would love for US taxpayers to subsidize yet one more outlet. But aside from short-term construction jobs from your big bad government, can you tell us what long-term economic benefit that would be gained? What’s the ROI for US taxpayers? What if, as this article promotes, the Canadian government promotes national energy sufficiency by refining locally instead of continuing to export its oil?
Do you forget that Canada is also building a pipeline due west to export its oil to China, which would likely make any new extra flow capacity to the Gulf of MX unused?
Did you know that there is an underused natural gas pipeline (Enbridge) running parallel to the proposed Keystone pipeline that could be converted to oil transport at a fraction of the cost of building Keystone?
Have you bothered to understand all the issues, or are you just clamoring for more corporate welfare from the incumbent president?
Oh here we go agin, somebody intelligent who understands reality trying to speak to somebody who is a blathering idiot
Oh well somebody will always respond to blathering idiots
No matter how intelligent they are they think they can affect the afflicted
I only point out your waste of time with this useless person
Yeah, you are right. Guy’s retarded — thinks he’s a genius. Probably still calculating how many tons of C02 are being saved by Solyndra. (Hint: Zero). He can’t grasp that the pipeline to the West is exporting jobs that could be in USA. Meanwhile the federal reserve continues to amass debt on it’s balance sheet (our balance sheet) and the economic recovery remains slowest ever. FAIL! And if he thinks that economic failure is good for the environment, he is wrong about that, too. Done wasting time on person who chooses not to understand.
Hey smart guy, read this s-l-o-w-l-y:
1. Keystone XL is an EXPORT PIPELINE, it will compete with US companies, not help them.
2. The company that wants to build and “manage” it has a history of corner cutting, spills and environmental destruction.
3. Solyndra has fuck-all to do with it. Enjoy your straw ass…
Join us eMo, I intend to to attack them every time they start the shit. I hope others will too. I am sick of it, MDN doesn’t care because they share their twisted top ideology. MDN can choose to solve the problem, or can continue giving the reich-wingers a pass and we can make the place so awful site visits dry the hell up.
Botvinnik, First never-then whenever, twiloon, imaki, jersey trader the list goes on. Always with the partisan political BS these clowns, always..And when that doesn’t work they stick to belittling differing opinions, a bunch of chapped-assholes they are…
I do hope that’s a joke
sadly this person is the joke, a bad one that tasteless people might laugh at, but a bad joke nonetheless.
please go to the dregs of the internet and allow us to rise above.. please!
I doubt if they are intercepting it – no need- It probably is routed directly through their servers.
Could this be any funnier?
Similar to our situation as Americans: We’re stuck w/ a loser in the White House.
Agree. He deserves getting stuck with a Blackberry. Lovin’ it.
I take a little comfort in him also having to deal with leaders making uninformed decisions on his behalf.
Did the NSA embed code into blackberrys OS like they did to android?
Is iOS not secure enough without the NSA code?
He cried to keep his blackberry when he came into office. Presidents are not allowed to have a cell phone “for security reasons”
gee, he’s improving.
How many world wide economic depressions did he start? How many illegal wars did he start. How many countries did he give to Haliburton? How many innocent people did he torture? How many lies did he tell about weapons of mass destruction?
When all you have are hyperbole, outright lies, and attempts to shift blame and to change the subject, you have nothing.
Kind of like the republican’s alternative to the affordable care act.
You lie. Or you’re uninformed. Try a channel other than MSNBC once in a while.
Here’s what needs to be done:
1. Repeal Obamacare. It has done more to hurt the economy and its prospects for meaningful recovery than anything.
2. Enact medical liability reform
3. Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines
4. Expand health savings accounts
5. Ensure access for patients with pre-existing conditions by incentivizing states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.
6. Cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels
7. Immediately to cancel unspent “stimulus” funds
8. Adhere to the U.S. Constitution
9. Permanently stop all job-killing tax hikes
10. Give small businesses a tax deduction
11. Repeal job-killing small business mandates
12. Pass clean troop funding bills
13. Fully fund missile defense
14. Require tough enforcement of sanctions against Iran
15. Establish operational control of the border
16. Work with state and local officials to enforce U.S. immigration laws
The list above is the position of the Republican Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives: gop.gov/indepth/pledge/healthcare
Here’s my addendum:
17. Stop electing “community organizers” who lack practical experience, suffer from crippling narcissism, who have never held a real job, who have only been on their wife’s healthcare plan or had one provided to them by the U.S. taxpayer and who’ve never had to buy a plan themselves, yet who feel qualified to sign ill-conceived laws that meddle with and disrupt every citizens’ healthcare situation (including significantly degrading what was once the world’s healthcare gold standard), and whose main interests, beside lying to the American people, appear to be having parties, taking vacations, and, above all else, scheduling tee times.
Now, fulfill your destiny, Libs, and call me a “racist” in response as if that solves everything or anything.
You just made some reasonable points: so I’m willing to engage you in debate you instead of just calling you racist.
1. Repeal Obamacare, and replace it with what? In my view, health insurance in the country was (and currently still is) a terrible mess. It’s a massive and growing drain on the economy. More importantly, that system failed to provide health care to many who needed it – including people with preexisting conditions and the children of poor people. So my question is, are you really taking about repealing Obamacare as if that itself is an actual solution? I sincerely hope you are saying “repeal Obama” as a step 1 of an actual plan to fix healthcare. Thinking that health insurance in this country was great – or even acceptable – before Obamacare ruined it – that to me sounds extremely misinformed, if not revisionist or delusional.
I’d be satisfied with just #8.
That is the longest parade of Magic Unicorns I have seen recently. Nothing but fluff and talking points. That the House Republicans are trying to ride those Unicorns is not surprising, given their preference for ideology and greed over reasoned conclusions and widely beneficial solutions. They should learn that the pointy bit on a Unicorn is not the seat.
1. The ACA train has left the station, it will cost more to stop it than it will to let it go and make amendments in the future. The CBO calculates it will save money in the long run. Where do you come up with your BS economic doomsday FUD?
2. What, precisely, does an executive have to do with medical liability reform? That’s the job of Congress, which is gridlocked by two corrupt parties.
3. Great idea — so will you also drop the BS arguments about “states rights” for all other national issues that are blockaded in Congress by libertarian obstructionists?
4. No one is preventing consumers from having more health savings accounts now.
5. How does the federal goverment go about “incentivizing states” when many states are mismanaged by corrupt officials who believe in corporate welfare but do nothing — in fact, currently reject federal aid — for health for its citizens today?
6. Why stop there? We should cut military spending to pre-cold war levels too. It’s over, you know. The US can defend its borders without trapsing all over the planet and droning religious extremists into even greater anti-American fervor.
7. Indeed. Let the bankrupt states fail, shall we? Truth is, the fed buoys all states in one way or another. Always has. A family doesn’t let one of its members drown.
8. Sure, and let’s clarify some language for the 21st century while we’re at it, now that we have international electronic communication, aviation, spacecraft, datamining, multinational corporations, financial shenanigans, and all sorts of legal entitities that were not envisioned with the 18th-century Bill of Rights was drafted.
9. As soon as you identify a job killed by any specific tax, I’m sure Congress will immediately get to killing it. You see how effective Boehner has been at doing that, don’t you?
10. Why not drop the special tax breaks altogether, slowly and predictably lower nominal income tax rates, and force big businesses to pay what they owe, just as small businesses do now?
11. Please specify one federal “job-killing small business mandate”
12. Indeed. One that returns the troops to domestic duties immediately
13. Already done. Too much, in fact.
14. In the works now — much more progress than in the last 40 years, in fact.
15. Already done. Borders are more secure than ever before. Makes paranoid people feel safe.
16. Already happening. Current administration has deported more than his predecessors by far.
17. Indeed. Nobody who has any qualifications remotely similar to Jesus, or Ghandi, or any of dozens of successful world leaders should ever be chosen democratically by their people. In fact, we should actively disparage Queen Elizabeth since she was too young and inexperienced to play any role in English leadership when she was thrust into her role — undemocratically to boot.
18. What about all the obvious stuff? end the voter district gerrymandering, force political funders to identify themselves, reform the political system to allow ALL candidates (not just those from the two biggest and most corrupt political parties) to participate in elections, establish constitutional requirement for long-term balanced budgets, end corporate welfare and establish a fair playing field for businesses of ALL sizes, properly restrain Wall Street from conducting risky investments with federally-insured deposits, properly restrain lenders & creditors from charging exorbitant rates for services that are now conducted with a click of he mouse, legislate “payday” and other sub-prime parasites to prevent preying on financially illiterate customers, establish and publish measures for national heath / well-being / educational achievement / etc in addition to all the short-term financial results that have become the national religion…. and so on.
Keep it up Mike, I am tired of these partisanbots ruining this forum. Keep speaking truth to the idiots, you sir win the internet today..
18. Just GO AWAY like a bad national dream.
Sorry I voted for him the first term. Didn’t fall for it the 2nd term.
my God, you’re an idiot.
you are defending the crimes of the current president you support by quoting the crimes of his predecessor that you did not support…son, that’s mental illness.
Or maybe he is simply reminding people with short memories.
but Dubya is no longer president, there aint a helluva lot anyone can do about crimes committed five years ago…that was then, this is now. You deal with what is NOW, it’s this new thing they got out called reality.
You’re right. We don’t know those numbers yet, do we? GITMO was closed so . . . wait, no that’s still open. At least he didn’t send more troops to Afghanistan . . . wait, no, he did that too. At least he didn’t allow a doctor who helped us capture Osama Bin Ladin to be arrested and tortured . . . no, wait, he did that.
You have some confusion there. The Halliburton giveaways happened during the Cheney/Bush reign.
do you even know what Halliburton does?
Rather well, actually.
no, I don’t think you do.
Then perhaps you would like to enlighten us all with your wisdom and insight.
I think that would be a good homework assignment for you. I expect a 10,000 word analysis on “Halliburton Services: What We Do,” on my desk in the morning. Thank you in advance.
this is going to be an alien sentence for you, but here goes anyway: “get to work.”
PS: I worked for Erle P’s great company for four years.
no, senior illustrator…but I’d rather push a broom for Halliburton than be suckin’ on the gubbamint tit @ $300k in the present administration. Thanks for asking.
it’s 9 am, where’s that report?
The doG ate it.
“How many worldwide economic depressions did he start?”
Well, he started the current and growing apocalyptic depression. The orchestra is only now just getting warmed up. Curtain’s about to rise.
“How many illegal wars did he start?”
The one in Libya, and nearly one in Syria, until Putin played Obama like a cheap fiddle.
“How many countries did he give to Haliburton?”
Let’s ask instead how many “green” companies (Solyndra) he showered with American taxpayer money, only to watch it go under anyway.
And let’s ask about the Canadian company that got hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars to build the word’s worst socialist website for Obamacare.
Let’s ask about all of the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of American taxpayer dollars that went POOF (to his cronies) into the “shovel-ready jobs” which, as it turns out, were not quite as shovel-ready as he lied about and led stupid people to believe.
“How many innocent people did he torture?”
You mean like all of those white American children with deadly diseases that are now being deprived of treatment because they lost their coverage?
“How many lies did he tell about weapons of mass destruction?”
Obamacare is a weapon of mass destruction. If it is not repealed, it will be the nail in our coffin. And as everyone now knows, HE LIED, and HE LIED, HE LIED, and HE LIED, and HE LIED through his LYING TEETH about it…ad infinitum.
You got any other smart questions you’d like to ask, hotshot? I’ve got lots more answers. It all depends on whether you’re a glutton for punishment.
He is the first president the Secret Service allowed to carry any cell phone. It’s no surprise they don’t let him have an iPhone – with all those built in sensors, network capabilities, motion sensors, GPS, cameras, microphones, and a full UNIX operating system – it’s unreasonable to try to secure such a sophisticated device against all theoretical threats to the president.
My security is paramount, but sign up for my Obamacare boondoggle by entering all of your personal information where security is a joke, if it even exists at all.
TrustedSec CEO David Kennedy: No security ever built into Obamacare site
…the cartoon continues.
His buddy Tim ought to give him a call and straighten him out. Would be an interesting conversation between two failures.
Obama probably loves the smell of failure in the morning. Too addicted to the smell of failure clinging to BlackBerry to give it up.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The Declaration of Independence of the thirteen United States of America, July 4, 1776
The history of the present King
of Great Britainis a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
– He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
– He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
– He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
– He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
– He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
– He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation
– For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent
The Declaration of Independence of the thirteen United States of America, July 4, 1776
how can this post NOT receive 5 stars?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
“how can this post NOT receive 5 stars?”
you must be new here, the MDN Commenters are polluted with many who relish laws and leaders whose goals are to destroy liberty.
“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute”
“History” Prof struck out the “of Great Britain” in a weak attempt to infer that the Presidency had somehow become a royal position. Last time I checked every President has been elected in accordance with the laws of the Nation and has assumed office peacefully.
If you object to the outcomes of the elections, the proper action is to put forth a platform and candidates that are worth electing, a complete failure of the Republican Party for the last four election cycles. That the voting process was corrupted in 2000 and 2004 is a sign of problems, but not proof that when they are not corrupted we have somehow been taken over by some Royal Force.
Therefore the post is voted down because of “History Profs” attempt to be clever and alter the meaning of the Declaration.
The defense rests.
“If you object to the outcomes of the elections, the proper action is to put forth a platform and candidates that are worth electing, a complete failure of the Republican Party for the last four election cycles. That the voting process was corrupted in 2000 and 2004 is a sign of problems, but not proof that when they are not corrupted we have somehow been taken over by some Royal Force.”
What you are seeing in these posts, quiviran, is that the rabid right wingers on here support democracy only when they win and can force their ideas on the rest of us.
It is a truth that the Democratic approach to problem solving is “Let’s all discuss this and figure out what to do” while the Republican approach is “Sit down and do what we tell you”.
The problem with the Republican approach is that they think they’ll always agree with the Supreme Commander. They have no plan for solving differences of opinion. which is why the Second Amendment is so crucial to them.
Politics is like driving a car. Put it in “R” to go backwards. Put it in “D” to go forwards.
Put it in “BO” to burn out your transmission.
Indeed, just listen to the bile they spew. Their way or the highway, point out that facts and history are not on their side and out comes the straw.
They will latch on to ANY & EVERY misstep of the POTUS, yet sidestep any substantive discussion of their own leaders failures.
They act is if opposition to a policy signifies a better policy, yet are hard-pressed to produce one. Instead sticking to the failed policies of the past.
They think themselves learned and aware, yet only recite tired, spoon-fed talking points like the feeble sheep they truly are..
There are times I voted Democrat because the candidate the Republicans put up was just so freaking LAME I couldn’t bring my self to vote for him—Ex: Dole, McCaine…ugh. If Republicans don’t stop catering to the FAR right and put up a candidate that is intelligent and is more toward the logical middle they will keep losing elections. But nothing is worse than this Obama mess. Going back I’d have chosen anybody but him. Who knew? He talked a good line. Sorry I fell for it the first term, but not the second.
If you think Romney wouldn’t have been worse, it is only because Romney is more skilled at hiding his misdeeds. Ask yourself the question “Why does any American president need a Swiss bank account?” I can’t find any answer that doesn’t raise more questions and doubts than it resolves. Or this “Why was Romney afraid to reveal his income tax returns to the American people?” Most presidential candidates are very forthcoming, yet he was furtive and guarded. Why? Only Romney knows the truth behind Romney.
But, as you say, Republican catering to the far right will never produce a widely supported candidate or platform. Not many people want what they’re selling. Obamas administration is rife with far too many second-stringers in positions that can cause real public upset, like the one at the IRS and this current one in the middle of the ACA fiasco. But those are the results of amateurish good intentions. Far better than the professional bad intentions that Team Romney would have brought to the office.
OBTW, I voted Republican until the second election cycle for Bush I. Then I noticed what he was doing. And he was pretty good, as post-Regan Republicans go.
I’d had enough of Obama and was willing to take a chance on anybody else. I do admit that even though I voted Romney, he kinda lost me when he stated in one of the debates that if elected he would stop funding Planned Parenthood. I’m not pro-long term abortion by any means but early I am for. Most of those people don’t want kids, the pregnancy is an accident, and the kid suffers more being born and forced to live with these non-parenting losers (often druggies, and/or jobless) supported by the rest of us, than never being born at all.
I think there are very few people who are pro-abortion. What I am for is individuals making their own choices. That might sound Republican, but it isn’t . On this issue Republicans will suffer any size of Government, even one that keeps track of everyones sex life and spend any amount of money to do it. At the same time, they would send the progeny of their oversight to poor schools, hungry and homeless. Go figure.
If you check the stats, Planned Parenthood spends a very small portion of their funds on abortion services, and does not use public funding for them. They do provide birth control services and women’s health care to the poor for free or a very low cost, such as mammograms and pap smears. It’s a lot less expensive to do cancer screening and treat it early than to wait until the later stages and spend a lot of money fighting a losing battle. That sounds like an approach the fiscally conservative Republicans could get behind. Once again, go figure.
Bottom line, Republicans can’t sell their ideas to the mainstream, so they need the religious conservative and far right angry idiots to pitch in to get them elected. Their biggest threat is a thinking electorate.
I’m all for privacy, and I too find PRISM and the other NSA programs to be despicable. But seriously, when did this turn into FoxDailyNews?
MacDailyNews, please never stop calling out those who traffic in double standards, regardless of who it is.
A long time ago. The tiresome regurgitative postings of botvinnik, F14T16 (soon to be F16T18), et al, seriously degrade the utility of this site as an aggregator. But they sure do provide entertainment; reading their posts is like watching the bonobos at the zoo. 😆
Boy, the Libs/Dems/Progs sure go get snippy after everyone else finally realizes that their emperor has no clothes and that their ideology is still as big a failure in practice as it ever was, if not more so.
The party’s over, Democrats. Have a fun 2014 election day and beyond! Thanks for so succinctly educating entire generations exactly what not to vote for. In that regard, Obama is like Carter on steroids.
Pavlov can certainly ring your bell! 😆
Putting a laughing emoticon at the end of all of your posts doesn’t make them funny.
However,it IS infantile, so there’s that.
Ah, poor boris; you misinterpret the emoticon’s usage. It’s not the same as an identifier claiming ‘There was humour!” That last represents me laughing at F14T16. This one represents me laughing at your response. 😆 Infantilism rampant!
just shut the fuck up.
What, botvinnik, no witty riposte? You’re letting me down, son. I count on you to counter the boredom of grading exams…
those who can, do; those who can’t, teach…those who can’t teach, teach gym.
Now, now, Botty. We’ll go watch your favorite cartoon. Remember your friend Thumper… “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
Tell us, what is it you do when you aren’t in mommy’s basement Bot?
MDN’s roots have been in taking the greater mass media to task, ever since its inception. While initially this was confined to the lies, misrepresentations, and poor judgements of the computer press with regard to Apple and her products, it became clear that those who appreciated MDN f appreciated MDN pointing out the same sorts of behavior in the even broader political press, when there was some overlap with Apple or technology news.
You might find Huffington Post or the NY Times to your liking where the technology news is more often than not anti-Apple and extremely PRO-OBAMA. Weird how that seems to go together.
Fair enough. I believe MDN does a great job at squashing misinformation in the mass media. My point was simply that when the discussion becomes purely political and has nothing to do with Apple, it starts to seem a bit like the way Fox chooses what’s “important to cover.” I guess if they have no problem with dividing their reader base for the sake of pushing their political agenda, that’s fine.
So, sirdouchiegoatee, you’re all for U.S surveillance overreach and the trampling of U.S. citizen’s 4th Amendment rights?
I’m certainly glad MacDailyNews isn’t on your side.
Here’s an idea for you: Get lost.
Wow, really? I can’t imagine the reading comprehension level it takes to read what I said and draw the conclusion you did.
Obama can ask Mrs Angela Merkel for advice on secure phones…
I hope they teach him the German curse words first, because he’s going to hear a lot of them when he asks that question.
Some of you are simply ignorant of politics yet are WAY over the top with your opinions.
It’s poisonous. Like religion.
“If you like your blackberry, you can keep your blackberry.”
Can’t wait until the affordable phone care act lol