Celebrating a ‘God-written’ union of man and woman….

A look at a marriage between a man and women in Alabama…..

Their belief in God….and the uniuon of Marriage

And the people at that wedding, who are calmly accepting America’s changes….

Even though many may NOT agree with those changes….

…from the Washington Post…..

The happy pair, Randall Jared Wilson, 24, and Amanda Joy Horsley, 23, stood arm in arm at an altar woven with leaves. The Rev. Brent Philips held a gilded Bible in his left hand and a microphone in his right.

“Hello!” he said, and just then the mike began to malfunction. “Hello? Check, check?” A truck swooshed by along a two-lane road beyond the pines and crepe myrtles. “All right,” he said, smiling, deciding to discard the mike and raise his voice. “Here we go!”

And so, three days after the U.S. Supreme Court legally bolstered same-sex marriage and at a time when a majority of Americans accept the idea, a wedding was underway among people who do not.

The place was a horse farm in Wilsonville, a town that advertises itself as “family-centered,” which is understood to be husband-and-wife-centered. The county was Shelby, one of the most conservative counties in the country. The state was Alabama, where the constitution denies recognition of same-sex marriages or any union “seeking to replicate marriage,” which it defines as a “a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman,” which is exactly what the couple and most of their guests believed it was.

“For Randy and me, marriage is about our commitment to each other as one man and one wife,” Amanda Joy, who prefers to be called A.J., had said before the wedding. “Even with the decision of the Supreme Court, for us, this union is just a picture of the love God has for us. And to explain that to the world as a husband and wife, that is our heart.”

“People think that I don’t want people to be together because they’re homosexuals, and that’s not it,” Randy had said. “People have a right to be together — that’s fine. I just believe marriage is religious, and I want to keep my religious things sacred. I don’t know if that’s mean or not, but I don’t want my religious beliefs to be diluted — not by heterosexuals or homosexuals. I don’t know, is that controversial?”

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Anthony Weiner outdoes Christine Quinn at the Gay Priode Parade?

That’s what a piece in the Observer’s Politicker site points to….

Wait ?

How can THAT be?

Christine Quinn IS a gay Married Female…..

Yea ….But she’s got a few problem’s…..

New Yorkers LIKE Anthony Weiner…..

And he’s always been a great campaigner….

Christine Quinn is trying to live down a abrasive style…And the fact that she helped Mike Bloomberg gain a third term AFTER New Yorkers voted that DOWN….

And today it looks like her campaign made quite a few people unhappy….

Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.

Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.

Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon, decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city’s annual gay pride parade. Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case which ultimately led to the dismantlement of DOMA, was among three Grand Marshals who oversaw the proceedings.

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who was also on hand, sent the crowd into a fervor as he approached the historic site of the Stonewall Inn at the end of the route. Carrying a megaphone and a massive rainbow flag, Mr. Weiner exuberantly rushed down the street engaging the crowd with his energy and championing gay rights.

“Weiner, Weiner!” the spectators chanted as they pushed against metal fences flanking the parade route while the former congressman walked down Christopher Street.

“We love Weiner and you can quote me on that!” shouted 25-year-old Justin Curtis after Mr. Weiner passed, flanked by a slew of supporters who followed in his footsteps, holding a “Weiner!” sign that stretched the length of the street itself.

“You guys know that’s my name right?” Mr. Weiner offered at one point. “We’re not just saying that.” …

Christine Quinn exuberantly greeting the crowd on the parade route.

Christine Quinn exuberantly greeting the crowd on the parade route.

“This year, it was the most political it’s ever been,” said 39-year-old Adam Leskinen, who said he felt that Ms. Quinn had won over the crowd most, in large part thanks to the massive group of supporters that marched with her.

“Her followers were huge. She’s very personable. Most of [the candidates] are. It’ll be an interesting race,” Mr. Leskinen said.

But others said they were put off by the actions of some members of her camp.

“I don’t like Quinn because they just came up and stickered me. They didn’t even ask if I wanted it,” said Mr. Curtis, who told Politicker that someone had plastered a Quinn sticker on his body without his consent. He also said Mr. Weiner’s camp was more lively than Ms. Quinn’s.

Melissa Mazlin, 24, also took issue with Ms. Quinn’s supporters.

“The Quinn people left all their signs and upset all the cops,” she said, pointing to a pile of signs left on the corner of the road at the end of the parade route. “That looks really bad if everything is laying out. If they took signs with them, it’d be much more organized and professional. So unprofessional right there.”

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The discarded signs from Quinn's camp.

The discarded signs from Quinn’s camp.

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As the strongest Non-Incumbent Ever (Nate Silver)…How long can she wait to announce?

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Those here KNOW that have argued for Hillary giving a wink or nod as soon as possible to clear the Democratic field for 2016 and to seriously start the ball rolling….(I said the by THIS Summer’s end)

The regulars here have taken me to task arguing that she really doesn’t have to do anything for a while…..(The guys also feel that she has ALREADY sorta winked  and IS running)….

Nate Silver, the polling analyst (from the NY Times 538 Blog) had made the statement that Hillary Clinton is in a  position that NO OTHER incumbent has been before in history….

So , while some feel she can wait….

I’m sticking to the call that sooner she gives a definitive nod/wink …..

The better…..

On the Democratic side, the big question is what does Hillary Clinton do. She is, New York Times polling analyst Nate Silver said last night at the Aspen Ideas Festival, in an extremely strong position as a primary candidate — and that means she can get away with waiting to declare longer than some others. But if she waits too long to say she’ll run, she won’t be able to clear the field of competitors. And if she waits too long to say she won’t run, she could potentially hurt the prospects of whoever the future Democratic nominee is, since less experienced and well-connected candidates will need more time to polish their performances on the stump and raise money and build a national campaign.

“From the standpoint of the party primary, it’s almost as though she’s an incumbent president, right, where she even trumps, kind of, the VP, who very often wins nomination after a president is term-limited,” said Silver, who was interviewed by Katie Couric in an evening session. “If you look at polls, you know, 60 to 70 percent of Democrats say they prefer Hillary to be the nominee. There’s no kind of non-incumbent in history with those types of numbers.”

“She’s has decide at some point or it’s going to disadvantage other Democrats who would want to run.”

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Earthquakes tend to fix themselves afterwards…Really…

This another one of those things that are destructive…Like Forest Fires…..

But in the end are simply natures way of getting things done….

And in the end are actually beneficial in a way…

On May 12, 2008, a powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Wenchuan district of Sichuan province in south central China. It was the most powerful quake to hit China in at least 50 years, killing more than 69,000 people, creating thousands of orphans and leaving millions of people temporarily homeless.

Given the depth of the suffering, it verges on thoughtlessness to use the words “silver lining,” but a study in the latest Science has relied on the Wenchuan quake to add a small but possibly important clue to the mystery of why and how earthquakes happen. “Everyone who studies earthquakes would love to be able to predict them,” says Emily Brodsky, a seismologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a co-author of the new study. “This is one piece of that.”

In this case, the piece wasn’t the quake itself, but the geological healing process that took place afterward. Like the great quakes that periodically rattle California’s San Andreas Fault, this one was triggered by a sudden, sideways slip of one huge slab of underground rock past another. Above ground, the energy released by this geological spasm was enough to shake the landscape for hundreds of miles in all directions and send buildings tumbling.

But down below, the quake also shattered rock on both sides of the fault itself, out to a distance of  1,000 ft. (304 m) or more, opening up a network of cracks. Over time, geologists have learned, those cracks gradually repair themselves. “We think it’s some combination of the rocks fusing back together,” says Brodsky, “along with water flowing through the cracks bearing minerals that crystallize. But we don’t really know.”

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Forest fires actually burn off decaying vegetation and sparks new growth in the area’s effected….

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Edward Snowden Update 6/30/13…Stuck in Russia…

Forget all the passport bullshit…..

Snowden CAN be sent anywhere ….A Passport or Visa isn’t the problem….

The problem folks is the US has made it plain and simple that ANY country accepting him is gonna have a shitstorm rain down on them from America….

That includes Ecuador….The Chinese WHERE smart….

They shipped him out….

The Russian supposedly haven’t let Snowden leave the Moscow Airport….

Meanwhile his father has tried to float a trial balloon asking for a deal with the US…..

I haven’t heard a thing about that and don’t expect to…..

Finally, Julian Assange , of Wikileaks , who is holed up in the London Ecuadorian Embassy now admits that Snowden is running out of places to go…..(Just like Assange)

Stay tuned….

The story has stalled….

But Glenn Grandhall is trying to keep it alive by releasing stuff now in the UK’s Guardian , thus assuring that paper and the Washington Post some headlines and increased readership…..

“This is the decision of Russian authorities. He doesn’t have a passport. I don’t know the Russian laws, I don’t know if he can leave the airport, but I understand that he can’t,” Correa said. He said that the case was now out of Ecuador’s hands. “If [Snowden] arrives at an Ecuadoran Embassy, we’ll analyze his request for asylum.”

Snowden traveled from Hong Kong to Moscow on his U.S. passport. Although the U.S. had already revoked it, Hong Kong authorities said they hadn’t received the official request to cancel the passport before Snowden left.

An official at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London (where Assange himself has been holed up for a year, avoiding extradition to face sex-crimes charges in Sweden) had also issued a letter of safe passage for Snowden. But Snowden apparently did not use it for his trip to Moscow.

And it doesn’t appear that the Ecuadoran government would make a similar gesture again.

On Sunday, Correa told the AP that an Ecuadoran official at that embassy had committed “a serious error” by issuing the first letter without consulting officials back home. Correa said the consul would be punished, although he didn’t specify how.

Correa’s tone seemed to have shifted after a conversation with Vice President Biden on Friday. Where Correa had earlier been defiant, he now voiced respect for U.S. legal procedures.

“If he really could have broken North American laws, I am very respectful of other countries and their laws, and I believe that someone who breaks the law must assume his responsibilities,” Correa said, according to the AP.

Snowden’s escape plan — if it could be called a plan — was unlikely from the beginning.

After revealing himself as the leaker, he sought to hopscotch 12,000 miles from Hong Kong to Russia to Ecuador (perhaps by way of Cuba) — evading both U.S. law enforcement and the world’s news media on a trip to the other side of the world…..

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One must not forget ……

Not too long ago the US rounded up a WHOLE spying network with a very pretty woman involved….

The FBI and Attorney General Holder wanted to put them in jail….THAT didn’t hapopen…..

While Holder was talking to the media ….The State Deprtment had a talk with the Russian’s and next thing Holder knew his spys where ona airplane to Moscow…..

I’m sure the American Government is repeatily reminding the Russian’s about THAT…..

The American Governmenet wants Snowden back….

Badly….

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The Supreme’s and their own politics….

A lonk at the politcal and legal doings of the US Supreme Court for this tem…..

* Supreme Court opinions are indeed very long.

* The ideological rift between the majority and the minority is really, really strong. Judges are supposed to base their decisions on legal materials and the proper roles of the branches of government, but the current justices mostly gesture at them; they can hardly maintain consistency from one day to the next.

* I’m exaggerating a bit. There are plenty of unanimous opinions. But mainly about things no one cares about.

* Scalia really does love rules. But I can’t tell how seriously he takes originalism. Compared to the other justices’, his decisions are the least predictable based on what appear to be his ideological predilections, though they are still pretty predictable.

* Breyer is also somewhat unpredictable based on ideology. But in contrast to Scalia, I can’t tell what drives his counterideological votes. The mirror image of Scalia, he loves to decide cases by balancing things. The more things, the better.

* Kennedy is a libertarian. Meaning that he’s (somewhat) liberal on social issues and occasionally skeptical of the executive, and conservative on everything else. He almost certainly thinks that striking down UT’s affirmative action program and striking down DOMA are warranted by the same legal principles, and believes that those who celebrated him Wednesday (for gay marriage) and vilified him Monday (for affirmative action) are hypocrites. In opinion after opinion, he tries but fails to explain how he derives his libertarian holdings from the Constitution. His DOMA opinion is the opinion that dare not speak its name……

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Republicans testing out ‘she’s too old’ on Hillary run for 2016?

The GOP is already running against Hillary Clinton for President……

The new thing is that she’s too old….

That’s REAL funny since she’s probably Younger than Most of the Republican leadership in Congress .

At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” referring to Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is 70.

And Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, seizing on the Fleetwood Mac song that became a Clinton family anthem, quipped to an audience in Washington, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.”

The 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Mrs. Clinton’s age. The former secretary of state will be 69 by the next presidential election, a generation removed from most of the possible Republican candidates.

Despite her enduring popularity, a formidable fund-raising network and near unanimous support from her party, Mrs. Clinton, Republican leaders believe, is vulnerable to appearing a has-been.

“Perhaps in the Democratic primary and certainly in the general election, there’s going to be an argument that the time for a change of leadership has come,” said the Republican strategist Karl Rove. “The idea that we’re at the end of her generation and that it’s time for another to step forward is certainly going to be compelling.”

A yesterday-versus-tomorrow argument against a woman who could be the last major-party presidential nominee from the onset of the baby boom generation would be a historically rich turnabout. It was Mrs. Clinton’s husband, then a 46-year-old Arkansas governor, who in 1992 put a fellow young Southerner on the Democratic ticket and implicitly cast the first President George Bush as a cold war relic, ill equipped to address the challenges of a new day. Mr. Clinton then did much the same to Bob Dole, a former senator and World War II veteran, in 1996.

A Republican approach that calls attention to Mrs. Clinton’s age is not without peril, and Democrats predict that it could backfire.

“They would go to that place at their own risk,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic minority leader and first female speaker, noting that “Age is like art — it’s a matter of interpretation.”

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For Russia Edward Snowden is a propaganda coup they probabaly won’t keep….

In the last few days the Russian Government (Putin) has portrayed NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the one that got a chance to spill the secrets of America’s ‘Big Brother’ spying programs….

But Snowden is reportily still holded up at the Moscow Airport…..

American President Obama is coming to Russia in September the same month as the United Nations annual get together….

No matter what the Russian President MIGHT want to do……

Edward Snowden probabaly will NOT be in Russia when President Obama arrived , IF he WOULD continue to make the trip….

So Snowden is the poster boy for the excessses of the American data mining program….But like the Chiense…In the end they’ll probabaly drive out to a airplane and let him go someplace else….

And give THAT place a headache….

“The N.S.A. is a global electronic vacuum cleaner, which monitors everything,” he said “Look at the top two floors of the new building of the U.S. Embassy — it’s a huge antenna, which listens to the Moscow air.”

Similar themes were sounded a few hours later on Channel 1, when the pro-Kremlin analyst Vyacheslav A. Nikonov warned that the United States, through its dominance over the Internet, could “strongly undermine the security of other states.”

“The Internet is an invention of the U.S. Ministry of Defense,” Mr. Nikonov said. “Where is the Internet? Physically, it is in the United States. What is the Internet? It’s an American nongovernmental organization which is, of course, connected with the intelligence services of the United States.”

Many speakers argued that Mr. Snowden’s case should neutralize, once and for all, Western criticism of Mr. Putin’s domestic policies. Convincing Russian citizens of this point is especially crucial now, when Russian courts have brought serious charges against several dozen Russians who led or took part in a wave of antigovernment protests.

Aleksandr Prokhanov, a nationalist ideologue who has emerged as a leader in conservative thought, called Mr. Snowden “a soldier of the information war,” stripping the United States of its right to criticize other countries.

“For Americans, human rights is a powerful tool for influencing other countries,” Mr. Prokhanov said. “A country ‘violates human rights,’ and its president becomes a devil incarnate, the society destabilizes, the human rights issue is followed by attack planes, and the country is wiped out from the face of the earth.”

Others speakers, like Veronika Krasheninnikova, urged Russians to rally around Mr. Snowden, noting the 60th anniversary this month of the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.

“I remind you that the death penalty still exists in the United States, so it’s not something impossible,” Ms. Krasheninnikova said. “One has to remember it.”

Nikolai V. Zlobin, a political analyst and writer who often appears on Russian television to articulate an American perspective and was invited to appear on both shows, said he believed Russian leaders were weighing the cost and benefit of different outcomes to Mr. Snowden’s case. In the end, he said, they can secure a propaganda coup without the participation of Mr. Snowden himself, and without granting him political amnesty.

“What happens now doesn’t matter because public opinion in Russia has already been shaped. America is lying, dishonest, and has double standards,” Mr. Zlobin said. “It’s a Christmas gift. They are trying to find the most deft way to use it, but it is unexpected, and they don’t know how to handle it.”

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Israel to be first Non-US Country to operate F-35’s

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This IS news…..

While the Brit’s have more involved in the F-35 Lightening project, and seven OTHER countries have been on the team to operate the fighter jet from the jump….

The Isreali’s will first in line….

“Israel will become the first non-U.S. operator of the F-35 in the world,” said Steve O’Bryan, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for F-35 program integration and business development in an interview at the Paris air show. The first F-35I combat squadron is expected to achieve initial operational capability in 2018.

Eight other countries have already committed to the program with firm contracts.

“The F-35 fighters going into service with these users will use different initial versions that will be upgraded later into the latest version, as it becomes available,” O’Bryan said. That mean F-35s will be tailored to individual nations, he says.

“Specific capabilities developed for certain users will remain exclusive, and open to other users only with the original user’s consent. For example, the software blocks pertaining to the Norwegian anti-ship missile will not be available to other F-35 operators except Norway, unless it decides to sell those missiles to one of the F-35 users. The same goes to the Rafael Spice 1000. Similarly, the advanced electronic warfare, data links and specific software modes developed for the Israeli air force will remain unique to Israel and not delivered to any other user. These capabilities will also be fully integrated with the aircraft capabilities, adhering to the stealth characteristics of the aircraft, particularly, at specific apertures cleared for the Israeli systems integration in the lower fuselage and leading edge,” he said.

The first Israeli pilots plan to arrive at Eglin AFB, Fla., for training on the F-35A in early 2016. The first aircraft is tentatively set to be delivered to the Israel air force toward the end of that year, and arrive in Israel in 2017.

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Weiner asks Hillary Donor’s for Money….

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Anybody surprised with this?

Anthony Weiner carried the ball for Hillary Clinton in 2008…..

His wife WORKS for Hillary Clinton….

While the work was the Clinton’s would do Nothing for Weiner when he jumped into the race for New York City Mayor…..But I for one,  NEVER belived this one bit….

Anthony Weiner’s campaign is reaching far and wide in fundraising appeals – including using an email list for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign alumni to fundraise.

Weiner’s campaign manager Danny Kedem sent out a fundraising appeal this weekend to the listserv, touting the Democratic New York City mayoral hopefuls single-payer health care plan and his first-place position in last week’s Marist College poll.

“We need help keeping this momentum going. Will you help Anthony stand up for single-payer health care?” Kedem’s email said, asking, “Can you contribute something today?”

Weiner was among Clinton’s most vocal surrogates in the 2008 campaign. His wife, Huma Abedin – who has been taking an increasingly prominent role in her husband’s effort – is in charge of Clinton’s transition office and has worked for her for years….

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Changes in State Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance (July 2013)…Molly’s Middle America

….from Molly’s Middle America Blog……..

Changes in State Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance (July 2013)

Changes in state unemployment rates announced last week have resulted in changes in availability of unemployment insurance benefits in Maine, New Jersey, West Virginia, Louisiana, and the Virgin Islands.  Changes will take effect between the last week in June and the first two weeks in July as described below. 

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As unemployment insurance benefits are tied into the unemployment rate for your particular state, changes to your state’s unemployment rate may increase or decrease the number of weeks of benefits to which you are entitled.

Weeks of unemployment insurance availability are changing for New Jersey, Maine, West Virginia, Louisiana, and the Virgin Islands. 
The Department of Labor announced changes HERE for the above listed states on Thursday, June 27th, as listed below:
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Obama’s Africa Trip…Over shadowed by Mandela…But a spotlight on Progress…

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Mandela seems to be doing better and President Obama HAS visited the family….

But the stops on his trip emphasize the gains Africa has made in the last two decades and reinforce the American commitment to continue to lend help …..

His visit offers more of a slap on the back for African countries doing well than the old gesture of a helping hand. The three stops on his trip – Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania – reflect Africa’s progress since the late 1990s in curbing poverty, ending civil wars, and improving governance.

For the first time, the percentage of Africans living on less than $1.25 a day has declined. Sub-Saharan Africa is now home to 11 of the 20 fastest-growing economies. It also has both the youngest and fastest-growing population in the world, which has caught the eye of big companies (such as Wal-Mart) in search of consumers in fast-growing markets.

And instead of the 20th-century pattern of wealthy nations competing for influence with aid, rising countries from Brazil to China are vying for the new opportunities in trade and investment. It is the United States that has been slow to catch on.

Since 2009, for example, China has surpassed the US in trade with Africa. The US accounts for only 10 percent of the continent’s foreign investment. Mr. Obama’s visit is a way to play catch-up with China and others.

The US has not been idle, however, in the pursuit of one American interest. It helped fell a dictator in Libya, sent marines to hunt down the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa, helped quell Islamic militants in Somalia, and set up a drone base in Niger to track Al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali. North Africa’s struggle with violent Muslims and other militants will still need US aid, but in many cases, African militaries are doing the job….

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Egypt is NOT happy with it’s President…..

There are a LOT people who ain’t happy with their Democraticly elected President Mohamed Morsi….

Like before in Egypt….

They are taking it to the streets….

Opposition figures have been flirting with the possibility of various kinds of coups against an incompetent, unpopular — though democratically elected — president. Some, like April 6th’s Tarek al-Khouli and human rights activistDalia Ziada, have explicitly called for military intervention. Others, likeMohamed ElBaradei and Ahmed el-Borai have taken to issuing what the journalist Evan Hill calls “non-request requests” for the army to step in. Still others, including leaders of Tamarod, have called for the judiciary to intervene and “annul” Morsi’s presidency.

According to Article 174 of Egypt’s (admittedly outdated) penal code, “incitement to overthrow the government” is a punishable offense. In most established democracies, there are similar clauses prohibiting “advocating overthrow of government,” as I pointed out here in The Atlantic last August. But, as revolutionaries themselves will be the first to point out, revolutions are, by definition, illegal. Something illegal can, at the same time, be right or legitimate, particularly if one is operating according to revolutionary rather than democratic legitimacy.

Opting for a revolutionary course this late in the game — after more than two years of transition and five elections — means starting from scratch with little guarantee that the second time will be much better. At some point, the past cannot be undone, except perhaps through mass violence on an unprecedented scale. If the first elected Islamist president is toppled, then what will keep others from trying to topple a future liberal president? If one looks at Tamarod’s justifications for seeking Morsi’s overthrow, the entire list consists of problems that will almost certainly plague his successor. They have little to do with a flawed transition process and a rushed constitution that ran roughshod over opposition objections and everything to do with performance (“Morsi was a total failure in achieving every single goal, no security has been reestablished and no social security realized, [giving] clear proof that he is not fit for the governance of such a country as Egypt,” reads the Tamarod statement of principles). Legitimacy cannot depend solely or even primarily on effectiveness or competence. If it did, revolution could be justified anywhere at any time, including in at least several European democracies.

That said, there is little doubt that Morsi suffers, perhaps more than anything else, from a legitimacy deficit, which, in an un-virtuous cycle, undermines governance, and so on. The key, then, is finding a way to bring disaffected Egyptians back into the political process — a process from which they believe, with good reason, they have been excluded. This will require major concessions on Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s part, including guaranteeing a fair electoral law with robust international monitoring, revising the most controversial articles of the constitution, and the formation of a caretaker national unity government until parliamentary elections are held later this year. Some in the opposition, of course, see the continuation of Brotherhood rule in near-apocalyptic terms and are unlikely to be satisfied with such concessions……

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Krathhammer analyzes DOMA decision. Gets it absolutely right…Whatever Works…

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When he is bad, he is very very bad, but when he is good, he is very very good.Here in his Washington Post column Charles Krauthammer (also senior serious intellectual, FOX News) looks at SCOTUS’ DOMA decision and explains quite well what it means.

He’s not particularly judgmental about either the issue or about the Court’s action. He breaks the decision down to its essentials and says – as I believe – that Federal recognition is now inevitable. Because, as he noted, the Court used the rationale of ‘equal protection under the law’. By saying so in the decision, he says, they pretty much guarantee that full recognition is on the docket next session and it will happen.

. . . if the argument is equal protection, one question is left hanging. Why should equal protection apply only in states that recognize gay marriage? Why doesn’t it apply equally — indeed, even perhaps more forcefully — to gays who want to marry in states that refuse to marry them?

If discriminating (regarding federal benefits) between a gay couple and a straight couple is prohibited in New York where gay marriage is legal, by what logic is discrimination permitted in Texas, where a gay couple is prevented from marrying in the first place?

Krauthammer finds none. He notes the broad smile on the face of David Boise who argued for the Prop 8 ruling and says:

He understood immediately that once the court finds it unconstitutional to discriminate between gay and straight couples, nationalizing gay marriage is just one step away.

Yup. I think Boise and Charles have it exactly right. This week’s half measure is temporary. The fat lady hasn’t quite finished singing yet.

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Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald says NSA can store a Billion calls a day…

I believe him….

His information comes from Edward Snowden….

But Greenwald gets it’right by pointing out the obvious…..

It is NOT humanly possible for the National Security Agency to LISTEN to all those calls….

They just file them away for when they might need to find a specific one someday in the future….

Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald says he has another big scoop about the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices up his sleeve.

Speaking over Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, Greenwald claimed that the NSA has the ability to store one billion phone calls each day.

Greenwald’s reporting earlier this month sparked the scandal over NSA surveillance practices that is currently plaguing the Obama administration. The stories were based on classified documents leaked to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and Greenwald indicated Friday night that he’s sitting on several more — one of which he decided to talk about even though his story on it hasn’t been published yet.

“It talks about a brand new technology that enables the national security agency to redirect into its own repositories one billion cell phone calls every single day. One billion cell phone calls every single day,” he said.

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