Just on CNN. The FBI’s terrorist watch list has 300,000 entries with 15,000 citizens. They get 100 calls a day and 65% of those are positive IDs. What they don’t say is what they are being identified for. The first audit of the system has been released – after how many years?
What I wonder is if this is the big list or does Homeland Security have a different list…?
Also absolutely no coverage of how it is nearly impossible to get yourself off the list. Or examples where IDs have led to abuse or harm to innocent civilians.
But as they tell me on CNN, ‘Even one mistake can mean lost lives.’
I love Glen. I want to be Glen. I wish I was as smart and awesome as Glen. He is close to reaching my heroes list:
The right-wing Republicans in Congress have an affinity with their base and share the same basic values. By very stark contrast, most (though certainly not all) Democrats in Congress — particularly the most influential and longest-serving ones in the Senate like [Dianne] Feinstein — have contempt for their base and share virtually none of their values.
Jonathan Chait with an excerpt of his book The Big Con:
I have this problem. Whenever I try to explain what’s happening in American politics-I mean, what’s really happening-I wind up sounding a bit like an unhinged conspiracy theorist. … So please give let me a chance to explain myself when I tell you the following: American politics has been hijacked by a tiny coterie of right-wing economic extremists, some of them ideological zealots, others merely greedy, a few of them possibly insane.
From E-Finance Directory:
Now is perhaps the best time in US history to be a renter. You are far better off paying high rents for the next few years than buying a home and watching your equity disappear while the market takes a freefall. The home prices that we are seeing today are artificial and not sustainable. This is because home prices have deviated from the fundamental formula that has always ruled the real estate market. Nationally, median home prices increased by nearly 50 percent in the last decade. The median income, on the other hand, has gone up 10 percent in the last ten years–a very meager increase compared to the change in home prices.
Everybody’s favorite Nazi-pope told everybody’s favorite frustrated pianist:
Pope Benedict XVI refused a meeting request from Condoleezza Rice to meet this past August and discuss issues pertaining to Iraq and the Middle East in general. The first reason is that back in March 2003 — just before the Iraq war began — Rice met with a special papal envoy from Rome and told them that the Bush administration didn’t care about the views of the late Pope John Paul II on the immorality of its planned military actions in Iraq.