Thursday, December 13, 2012

Daily Dose of Lefty Cognitive Dissonance

Ho banal is it to point out lefty hypocrisy?  THIS banal!  Anyway, it must be done, kind of like here goes.  How many on the left are going to go into high dudgeon over the ever creeping surveillance state and the death of privacy as they did under the Bush administration?  Answer:  crickets.
Through Freedom of Information Act requests and interviews with officials at numerous agencies, The Wall Street Journal has reconstructed the clash over the counterterrorism program within the administration of President Barack Obama. The debate was a confrontation between some who viewed it as a matter of efficiency—how long to keep data, for instance, or where it should be stored—and others who saw it as granting authority for unprecedented government surveillance of U.S. citizens.
The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.
Now, NCTC can copy entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others. The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. Previously, both were prohibited. Data about Americans "reasonably believed to constitute terrorism information" may b.
And a bonus DDLCD, this whole debate over Right to Work in Michigan shows us, yet again that lefties like choice, except when they don't.  Choice to terminate a fetus = awesome, crucial, empowering, the very essence of womanhood.  Choice to send your kid to a non-public school with public monies otherwise earmarked for that child = terrible, awful, destructive of the fabric of society.  Choice to have a job and not be coerced into paying union dues = again, terrible awful, freeloading, destruction of the middle class.

UPDATE:  Extra bonus...of course, only elitist lefties can display an unbecoming judgmentalism without nary a thought about the prejudice behind it.  But make the same suggestion about one of the cherished minorities, and watch out...

UPPDATE:  And more (it's Bonus City Baby!)...
 “If getting employer benefits without paying union dues is BAD, why is getting government benefits without paying taxes GOOD?”


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