The next fiscal “crisis” — plus four National Security stories to leave you sleepless

I’m embedding this because Matt Filipowicz and I had a great discussion about the fiscal deal, looking forward to the next crisis opportunity — the debt ceiling “crisis” coming two months from now. You can listen to that segment starting at 17:50 in the clip.

But before you do, listen to the show’s intro — it’s excellent. Note the four news items Matt mentions:

1. Executive assassination. A federal judge rules that the Obama administration doesn’t have to tell you what the legal justification is for … ready? … executive branch summary execution — assassination by the king, in other words. Executive assassination is a kingly right, and you can’t know why the executive branch asserts that authority; you can just know that they do. Successfully, it seems.

Your ignorance, blessed by the judicial branch.

2. The NDAA which authorizes executive-ordered detention (and which we’ve written much about, for example here) was reauthorized and signed by President Obama. His dabs on this bill. Nice going.

3. The same NDAA now allows the government to propagandize its citizens — meaning you. This has been illegal (supposedly) since 1948. Now violations of that law are now made legal. Get ready for even more Pentagon psyops (psychological propaganda operations) along with that football game drive-by para-drop. U-S-A dude — revel in submission, if you’re so inclined.

4. FISA extension — the law that allows unlimited digital and electronic spying by the government has been extended. This was Obama’s first progressive betrayal, by the way, which Matt appropriately notes. Obama, Betrayer of Hope & Change. Wonder if Will-I-Am is available for comment…

A truly righteous rant. Lovely, and a great listen. (Obama, Betrayer of Hope & Change … did I mention that? Legacy tour? I think we’re onto you, sir.)

About the fiscal “crisis” discussion — the “Petit Bargain” — the reference post is here  and again, the discussion starts at 17:50. Please listen through. The second segment of this show (or the third) is a great discussion about Rape Culture. Well worth your time as well (for the very obvious reason). Thanks.

(UPDATE: Embed fixed. Also, in my discussion with Matt, I mention the importance of rebranding. Click to see that argument made more fully.)

GP

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  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    I voted against Claire McCaskill’s reelection precisely because she supports all of these outrages. Republicans and Democrats aren’t so different, at least in Missouri.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I, for one, love Big Brother and all these double-plus ungood thoughtcrimes need to be reported speedwise to Minitrue. Perhaps some time spent in Joycamp will help you all bellyfeel goodthinking.

    (end satire…)

    Just remember: These unlimited powers of life and death will be kept and expanded upon by this and every future President, which can even be right-wing GOP executives.

  • Ford Prefect

    Well, that’s the way our ruling elites view us, so why not them as well?

  • Ford Prefect

    I seriously doubt there will be any impeachment proceedings. It would obviously fail in the Senate anyway. BO is giving them 95% of what the GOP wants anyway.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Obamanator the 1, America’s new King.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The more McChrystal opens his mouth, the more appalling is the specter of American colonialism.Let’s us remind Gen. Jerk that Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.smith.3914207 Zachary Smith

    Those Republicans – being as you say, fumbling idiots – would surely botch the charges. They’d likely try something like “forged birth certificate”.

    But you know what, it’s a trade-off I’d take. Biden might turn out to be a similar lawless and corrupt character, but it’s difficult to imagine him being any worse.

  • GaiusPublius

    Thanks. Fixed.

    GP

  • nicho

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/08-3

    Gen. McChrystal says we need to stay in Afghanistan, because the Afghans are like “teenagers” who need our parental guidance. And the problem with drone strikes, he says, is that it’s a PR problem.

  • nicho

    The problem is that Republicans — being idiots — might try to impeach him — but it would be for the wrong thing. They won’t go after the imperial presidency, because they want that too.

  • caphillprof

    where is the embed?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.smith.3914207 Zachary Smith

    I know of nothing whatever I can do to restrain or redirect BHO. But there is one thing I won’t do – support him if the Republicans attempt to impeach and convict him. I made that mistake with Clinton, and won’t repeat it.

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