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John Deering

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  1. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “O” meaning “Original”?

  2. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    The only group denied tax-exempt status due to IRS investigations during the Obama administration was a liberal group. It’s OK, that one flustered Karl Rove too…

  3. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago


  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    It started under a Democratic administration-Carter, 1978, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

  5. STLDan

    STLDan said, over 3 years ago

    apparently you have never heard of the patriot act…

  6. STLDan

    STLDan said, over 3 years ago

    Hey look.. another right winger making statements with ZERO facts to back them up..gee what a suprise

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    Still waiting for just ONE example from the “hundreds” you stated were denied.
    At a certain point it cannot be blamed on ignorance, deliberate lies are what you tell.

  8. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    If I recall correctly, Superman originally did not fight for “truth, justice and the American way”

    From my link above:
    "However, when the “never-ending battle for…” phrase originally appeared, it was in the popular Adventures of Superman radio series that ran from 1940-1951. It was not until the middle of 1942, with the United States firmly entrenched in World War II that the term “the American Way” was added to the opening of the series. But later in the decade, by the time the war ended, it was dropped once again.
    The phrase has become ingrained in the world of popular culture through its use in the popular Adventures of Superman television series which ran from 1952-1958, where it was part of the opening of every episode…
    …, and that has become the way the phrase has been known ever since (Christopher Reeve even explicitly says it in the 1978 Superman film). Now you know, though, that omitting “the American Way” is only taking the phrase back to its origins!

    In Action Comics #900 Superman announces that he is going to renounce his U.S. citizenship so that he could be a “citizen of the world” and not have his actions construed as being part of U.S. policy.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more.
    No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more.
    Well, he hands you a nickel,
    He hands you a dime,
    He asks you with a grin
    If you’re havin’ a good time,
    Then he fines you every time you slam the door.
    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “….but trying to paint this as a Democratic program is either partisan hypocrisy or just stupidity.”

    Be careful what you post, Gary. From your first post in this forum: “Yes, of course this stuff would’ve never started under a Republican administration. Oh wait, that was how it started.” which is not true. The FISA was introduced by Ted Kennedy and signed into law by Jimmy Carter in 1978.

    And, you are correct about it being greatly expanded under Bush. Whereas the FISA is the basis for all of this stuff, it is only 16 pages (pdf) long. The Patriot Act is 132 pages (pdf) long and contains many, many amendments to the FISA.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Folks need to go back and look starting in ‘81 about what the "Acting President’s" people were up to, including those who went to prison, and those who were convicted, but pardoned by GHW Bush. They used the movie star to play out mythical scenarios that MGM wouldn’t buy, but “conservatives” did.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “…. result in the domestic collection of data on American citizens ON American soil?….”

    I am not definitively able to say whether American citizens were spied secretly upon between the FISA and the Patriot Act. That information is not publicly available. None of the warrants are available; however, from the FISA page 3 :
    • ((f) “Electronic surveillance” means—
    (3) the intentional acquisition by an electronic, mechanical, or other surveillance device of the contents of any radio communication, under circumstances in which a person has a
    reasonable expectation of privacy and a warrant would be required for law enforcement purposes, and if both the sender and all intended recipients are located within the United States;

    From page 8:
    (5) the application which has been filed contains all statements and certifications required by section 104 and, if the target is a United States person, the certification or certifications are not clearly erroneous on the basis of the statement made under section 104(a) (7) (E) and any other information furnished under section 104(d).

    Anyway, yeah, they could spy on American Citizens.

    Just as general information, Since the FISA’s inception, there have been 33,949 FISA applications with only 11 rejected. There is something that I haven’t seen brought up is a thing called a “National Security Letter” of which 304,862 have been issued since 2003. These are issued by the FBI (mostly, but can be used by other agencies) to get around subpoenas and warrants. When issued they come with a gag order. These NSL’s are what have been used to get personal information from Google, Facebook, etc., and are currently in the court system as to legality. They can be issued by personnel as far down the chain of command as a Special Agent in Charge in a Bureau field office.

    There is a ton more on this out there of the nature of what I’ve posted. I’ve truncated way to much to give all of the exceptions and provisos trying to keep this “unsuccessfully” short so please don’t beat me up with any that I left out that you run across.

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