Donald Trump a living reductio ad absurdum of Republican rhetoric

Donald Trump a living reductio ad absurdum of Republican rhetoric

It’s time to stop likening Donald Trump to an alien parasite who has seized control of the GOP host body. Trump’s candidacy spawned from Republican DNA, with the only truly substantive difference between him and many more traditional Republicans being that he puts in in bold all caps what used to be thin fine print.

I last changed the theme two years ago, and it was looking stale. So I figured, as I was moving the site over to LiNode so I wouldn’t have to deal with shared hosting nonsense, I would also swap templates. After a fair bit of customization, here we are.

The parent theme I’m using is GoodInc from ThemeForest.

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Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria

Look what we’ve gotten ourselves into this time.

The proverb, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results,” applies to American foreign policy. When will we learn not to take sides in other countries’ wars? When will we return to the credo for America articulated by John Quincy Adams:

Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

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Why “I Have Nothing to Hide” Is the Wrong Way to Think about Surveillance

Police already abuse the immense power they have, but if everyone’s every action were being monitored, and everyone technically violates some obscure law at some time, then punishment becomes purely selective. Those in power will essentially have what they need to punish anyone they’d like, whenever they choose, as if there were no rules at all.

Via Aaron Ross Powell.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

By V in V for Vendetta | June 9, 2013

Captain Picard and NSA surveillance

As someone who grew up watching Star Trek, I have always admired the intellectual integrity and moral courage of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. In an episode from season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Drumhead,” Picard demonstrates why when he shields a crewman from the witch hunt of a paranoid admiral. The NSA’s PRISM program made me think of the stirring speech Picard gave against compromising civil liberty for any reason.

“With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” … The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.