Author Archive: Brynn Jacobs

is a full-time wage slave and part-time philosopher, writing and living just outside Omaha with his lovely wife and two feline roommates.

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Breaking news: Washington D.C. in chaos as president, leadership of both parties arrested

| September 18, 2013 | Reply
Breaking news: Washington D.C. in chaos as president, leadership of both parties arrested

[Washington, D.C.] Satire: The nation’s capital was plunged into chaos this morning as President Barack Obama was taken into federal custody, along with major factions of both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as officials from the NSA, CIA, FBI, and other agencies. Under arrest along with President Obama are believed to be large […]

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Obama- hoist by his own terrorist petard

| September 18, 2013 | Reply
Obama- hoist by his own terrorist petard

But what happens when President Obama aids the enemy?  Will we as a nation insist that the President should also be subject to the law?  Are we a nation of laws, or corrupt banana republic which only enforces the law against those powerless to resist?

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Obama administration tries running Bush’s WMD play to beat war drums

| August 31, 2013 | 3 Replies
Obama administration tries running Bush’s WMD play to beat war drums

Continuing the many ways in which the Surveiller-in-Chief is resembling George W. Bush, Obama is now pushing for military action in Syria, using the retread justification of Weapons of Mass Destruction (gasp!). [More]

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The most transparent administration strikes again

| July 25, 2013 | 4 Replies
The most transparent administration strikes again

In regards to the Amash amendment which would have de-funded the portion of the NSA earmarked to spying on American citizens (which was narrowly voted down last night), the office of the President’s Press Secretary :

In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens…we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools. This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.

My irony alarm was so overloaded by this statement that I had to turn it off because all the neighbors were complaining.

To show just how much the President values an informed, open, process, he sent the head of the NSA to brief members of Congress:

NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander scheduled a last-minute, members-only briefing in response to the amendment, according to an invitation distributed to members of Congress this morning ...The invitation warned members that they could not share what they learned with their constituents or others. “The briefing will be held at the Top Secret/SCI level and will be strictly Members-Only,” reads the invite.

Ha! How’s that for open and informed?

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Watch Candidate Obama debate President Obama on Civil liberties

| June 11, 2013 | 2 Replies

I have tried to point out the disparity between the policies that “Hope & Change”® Candidate Obama advocated and those pursued by “Look Forward, Not Back”® President Obama.

Now, a new video by Reddit’s “Restore the Fourth” movement highlights those differences. Watch and marvel as Candidate Obama debates President Obama on the proper role of civil liberties in our fight against terrorism:

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4th Amendment reminder

| June 7, 2013 | 1 Reply
4th Amendment reminder

Congress insists that the massive, invasive, unprecedented spying that they have authorized the government to perform is legal and necessary to stop terrorists. I didn’t notice any exceptions written into the Bill of Rights that nullify the rights in cases of terrorism . . .

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Obama then, Obama now. Media then, media now.

| June 6, 2013 | 3 Replies
Obama then, Obama now.  Media then, media now.

Candidate Obama, 2008:

“My job this morning is to be so persuasive…that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack,” he told a crowd of about 300 Ivy Leaguers–and, by the looks of it, a handful of locals who managed to gain access to what was supposed to be a students-only event.

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How can consumers choose without informed consent?

| August 16, 2012 | 4 Replies
How can consumers choose without informed consent?

A summary of California’s Proposition 37:

“Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.” Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

Essentially, it requires a label on foods that are genetically modified.  That’s it.  A label indicating whether or not the food one is considering buying has been tampered with at the genetic level.  It doesn’t ban or tax such products, it just offers you, the consumer, the chance to know what is in the food you are purchasing.

Here is a list of the companies opposed to this Proposition, and the amount they have spent just this week to defeat it:

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Bonus clawbacks and fair play

| May 15, 2012 | Reply
Bonus clawbacks and fair play

Businessweek is reporting that JP Morgan is considering moving to “clawback” bonuses which had been awarded to executives and others responsible for Morgan’s recent $2 BILLION dollar loss.:

The lender can cancel stock awards or demand they be repaid if an employee “engages in conduct that causes material financial or reputational harm,” JPMorgan said in its annual proxy statement. The company will claw back pay if it’s appropriate, said one of the executives, who asked not to be identified because no decisions have been made.

But wait! These big Wall Street firms told us that bonuses were untouchable after they blew up the economy in 2008. Am I the only one that remembers that? There was all sorts of bullshit about how these employees were simply too valuable, that if they didn’t get their massive bonuses they would leave to seek other employment, that contracts and bonus structures were sacrosanct and untouchable (untouchability does not extend to unions and teachers, by the way). Oh, but I guess that was when taxpayers were paying the bonuses. Now that JP Morgan took a big hit in their own shorts, they want their money back. Funny how things change.

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