Key Patriot Act Provisions Used To Target Ordinary Crime, Not Terrorism | In honor of the Patriot Act's 10th birthday, the ACLU has an infographic demonstrating that key provisions of the supposedly anti-terrorist law are rarely used to investigate terrorism, and much more often used in routine criminal investigations. Here's a taste:
Brought to you by the most pro-life candidate in the business of pretending to run for president, Rick "The Frothy" Santorum.
The Republican presidential candidate told supporters in Greenville, South Carolina that it was a "wonderful thing" when scientists in Iran lose their lives.
"On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead," he explained. "I think that's a wonderful thing, candidly." [...]
"I think we should send a very clear message that if you are scientist from Russia or North Korea or from Iran, and you are going to work on a nuclear program to develop a nuclear bomb for Iran, you are not safe."
What happened to "every life is sacred?" Isn't human life a wonderful thing?
Does an unborn fetus have greater rights than a scientist doing work for his country? Those scientists may even have families and children. Who knows?
I'm sure the average conservative agrees with him. Maybe they can send him their praises after their protest outside the abortion clinic is over and before they attend the next GOP debate to cheer for record numbers of executions.
Pro-life my ass.###
Warren Buffett isn't the only rich guy who wants to higher taxes on the rich.
A new survey from Spectrem Group found that 68% of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more) support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income. Fully 61% of those with net worths of $5 million or more support the tax on million-plus earners.
Buffett, as you might recall, has proposed raising taxes on million-plus earners, saying the ultra-rich pay lower rates than everyday workers.
Rich people's opinions of Buffett remain fairly positive in the wake of his tax-me-more crusade. More than a third of millionaires and ultra-high-net-worths said they have a more positive opinion of Buffett after his tax proposal. Only 19% of millionaires and 22% of the $5 million -plus group said they had a more negative opinion of him after the proposal.
More than 40% of both groups said their opinion hadn't changed.
In other words, Buffett's proposal had more supporters than detractors among the rich — though that support declines slightly as you move up the wealth ladder.
The GOP just doesn't give a f*** what you think because they signed a tax pledge with Grover Norquist, and tax pledges are forever.
Woot-woot! At last a GOP Candidate has entered the 2012 Goat Rodeo, one who will unite all the factions and march triumphantly into the
White House! Please welcome our next preznint:
Terry "Quran Burner" Jones
Here's his platform: deport all "illegals", bring all military back on American soil, get America's finances in order, and reduce corporate taxes.
Oh, and probably burn more Qurons, for Jeebus.
I think he's got the US South locked in, and Arizona is smiling at him.