U.S. acting like bully, not a democracy - politics Edward Snowden – high school dropout, National Security Agency contractor, patriot, traitor, felon and whistle-blower – has triggered a rapid response to the call for reform of the NSA surveillance program, which was triggered by Snowden's revelations. Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted asylum to Snowden and asked for assurances he will not be tortured or executed should he be returned home. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has assured Putin that Snowden will not be executed; we do not do torture, except for enhanced interrogation, waterboarding and Guantanamo Bay. We may have well-earned the title of global bully with the Obama administration's insistence that the plane bearing Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, be forced down in Vienna because it had been rumored that Snowden was aboard. Isn't Bolivia a sovereign nation? Are we still a democratic nation?
Swampy Kool-Aid - politics With every passing day, I become more convinced that Washington, D.C. is just a swamp that sucks in incompetent people who then proceed to make careers out of creating messes while claiming to have the answers to fix them. The media and others who are supposed to be the watchdogs of our government have abdicated their assigned role in recent years and are now as much a part of the problem as are the politicians. The recent flood of Washington scandals is a case in point. Just like those career politicians who have so thirstily drunk of the D.C. Kool-Aid, the media hammer away at the whistleblowers while doing everything in their power to protect and defend lawbreakers within the government.
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