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(Petunia and Pals) "Well, Obama booked the room so he had to give a speech." But at least it was in English, which compared to his predecessor is an improvement.
- Can you hear me? - A Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group promoting digital privacy rights and free speech, showed that the NSA indeed has been listening to us, illegally, for years. (Raw Story)
- Rights Denied - Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are the only states have defied a Pentagon order and declined to process applications for same-sex spousal benefits at state-run National Guard facilities. These states cite state laws and constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage.
“The military is not telling any state what the state has to do,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a gay rights group. “It’s saying for federal purposes, couples who are married should be treated as what they are: married.”
- Gun for Hire - Famous naked truck drive and former Sen. Scott Brown has joined Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GSDI) a foreign intelligence and gun manufacturing company as an adviser. GSDI bills itself as a company that does "small arms manufacturing" as well as "complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas," so I guess that makes them a sort of Blackwater-lite? Yes, we'll go with that. (Livewire)