22 Nauseating Quotes From Hypocritical Establishment Politicians About The NSA Spying Scandal

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Establishment politicians from both major political parties are rushing to defend the NSA and condemn whistleblower Edward Snowden.  They are attempting to portray Edward Snowden as a "traitor" and the spooks over at the NSA that are snooping on all of us as "heroes".  In fact, many of the exact same politicians that once railed against government spying during the Bush years are now staunchly defending it now that Obama is in the White House.

But it isn't just Democrats that are acting shamefully.  Large numbers of Republican politicians that love to give speeches about "freedom" and "liberty" are attempting to eviscerate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The government is not supposed to invade our privacy and investigate us unless there is probable cause to do so. 

Apparently many of our politicians misunderstood when they read the novel 1984 by George Orwell.  It wasn't supposed to be an instruction manual.  We should be thanking Edward Snowden for exposing the deep corruption that is eating away at our own government like cancer.  Now the American people need to pick up the ball and start demanding answers, because without a doubt we are going to see establishment politicians from both major political parties try to shut this scandal down.  Establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans both love the Big Brother surveillance grid that the U.S. government has constructed, and they are both making it abundantly clear that they will defend the NSA to the very end.  The following are 22 nauseating quotes from hypocritical establishment politicians that show exactly how they feel about the NSA spying scandal...

#1 Barack Obama: "I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society."

#2 Barack Obama in 2007: "This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand… That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists… We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary."

#3 Speaker Of The House John Boehner on what he thinks about NSA leaker Edward Snowden: "He’s a traitor."

#4 U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham: "I hope we follow Mr. Snowden to the ends of the Earth to bring him to justice."

#5 U.S. Senator Al Franken: "I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people."

#6 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "For senators to complain that they didn’t know this was happening, we had many, many meetings that have been both classified and unclassified that members have been invited to"

#7 U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell: "Given the scope of these programs, it’s understandable that many would be concerned about issues related to privacy. But what’s difficult to understand is the motivation of somebody who intentionally would seek to warn the nation’s enemies of lawful programs created to protect the American people. And I hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

#8 U.S. Representative Peter King on why he believes that reporters should be prosecuted for revealing NSA secrets: "There is an obligation both moral, but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something which would so severely compromise national security."

#9 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper making a joke during an awards ceremony last Friday night: "Some of you expressed surprise that I showed up—so many emails to read!"

#10 Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper about why he lied about NSA spying in front of Congress: "I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner"

#11 National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden: "The president has full faith in director Clapper and his leadership of the intelligence community"

#12 White House press secretary Jay Carney: "...Clapper has been straight and direct in the answers that he's given, and has actively engaged in an effort to provide more information about the programs that have been revealed through the leak of classified information"

#13 Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee: "There is no more direct or honest person than Jim Clapper."

#14 Gus Hunt, the chief technology officer at the CIA: "We fundamentally try to collect everything and hang onto it forever."

#15 Barack Obama: "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls."

#16 Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency: "We do not see a tradeoff between security and liberty."

#17 An exchange between NSA director Keith Alexander and U.S. Representative Hank Johnson in March 2012...

JOHNSON: Does the NSA routinely intercept American citizens’ emails?

ALEXANDER: No.

JOHNSON: Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?

ALEXANDER: No.

JOHNSON: Google searches?

ALEXANDER: No.

JOHNSON: Text messages?

ALEXANDER: No.

JOHNSON: Amazon.com orders?

ALEXANDER: No.

JOHNSON: Bank records?

ALEXANDER: No.

#18 Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino: "The intelligence activities undertaken by the United States government are lawful, necessary and required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks"

#19 U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss: "This is nothing new.  It has proved meritorious because we have gathered significant information on bad guys and only on bad guys over the years."

#20 Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on NSA leaker Edward Snowden: "Let me ask, who died and made him king? Who gave him the authority to endanger 300 million Americans? That's not the way it works, and if he thinks he can get away with that, he's got another think coming."

#21 Senior spokesman for the NSA Don Weber: "Given the nature of the work we do, it would be irresponsible to comment on actual or alleged operational issues; therefore, we have no information to provide"

#22 The White House website: "My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration."

Right now, the NSA is building a data collection center out in Utah that is so massive that it is hard to describe with words.  It is going to cost 40 million dollars a year just to provide the energy needed to run it.  According to a 2012 Wired article entitled "The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)", this data center will contain "the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches" in addition to "parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases" and anything else that the NSA decides to collect...

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

The goal is to know as much about everyone on the planet as possible.

And the NSA does not keep this information to itself.  As an article in USA Today recently reported, the NSA shares the data that it collects with other government agencies "as a matter of practice"...

As a matter of practice, the NSA regularly shares its information — known as "product" in intelligence circles — with other intelligence groups.

So when the NSA collects information about you, there is a very good chance that the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS will have access to it as well.

But the U.S. government is not the only one collecting data on American citizens.

Guess who else has been collecting massive amounts of data on the American people?

Barack Obama.

According to those that have seen it, the "Obama database" is unlike anything that any politician has ever put together before.  According to  CNSNews.com, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters says that this database "will have information about everything on every individual"...

"The president has put in place an organization that contains a kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life," she added. "That’s going to be very, very powerful."

Martin asked if Waters if she was referring to "Organizing for America."

"That’s right, that’s right," Waters said. "And that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before."

Waters said the database would also serve future Democratic candidates seeking the presidency.

Perhaps this helps to explain why so many big donors got slapped with IRS audits immediately after they wrote big checks to the Romney campaign.

We are being told to "trust" Barack Obama and the massive government surveillance grid that is being constructed all around us, but there has been example after example of government power being grossly abused in recent years.

A lot of Americans say that they do not care if the government is watching them because they do not have anything to hide, but is there anyone out there that would really not mind the government watching them and listening to them 24 hours a day?

For example, it has been documented that NSA workers eavesdropped on conversations between U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and their loved ones back home.  Some of these conversations involved very intimate talk between husbands and wives.  The following is from a 2008 ABC News story...

Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of "cuts" that were available on each operator's computer.

 

"Hey, check this out," Faulk says he would be told, "there's good phone sex or there's some pillow talk, pull up this call, it's really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, 'Wow, this was crazy'," Faulk told ABC News.

 

Faulk said he joined in to listen, and talk about it during breaks in Back Hall's "smoke pit," but ended up feeling badly about his actions.

Is this really what we want the future of America to look like?

Do we really want the government to watch us and listen to us during our most intimate moments?

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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:10 | 3656899 IndyPat
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Glad we cleared that up, I was worried I wouldn't be able to say shit like

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:26 | 3656949 knukles
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Nah, you can say anything you want... just be prepared to have your ashes wafting out the chimney.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:30 | 3656962 IndyPat
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Soap or soylent green this time around? What's the over/under?

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:28 | 3657083 AlaricBalth
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I am curious to know how often they are recording our conversations even when we are not on the phone. The technology to activate cell phone microphones has existed for a few years and is known as "roving bugs". I am willing to bet all conversations are recorded.

From CNet in 2006: The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone." An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call."

I am certain that 7 years after this article was written, the technology has advanced to where the activator need not be in the vicinity of the phone.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:31 | 3657117 IndyPat
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I think you solved my battery chargé problem. Now it seems I have another one. And I have my doubts if an iPhone is ever really off. Might lock it in a 50 cal ammo can when I'm home or tape the mic.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 02:05 | 3657350 philipat
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Crapper was given two choices to answer the question "Is the NSA collecting ANY information on US citizens": Yes or No.

He answered "NO, Sir" which he now qualifies was "The least untruthful answer".

IMHO, actually, the "least untruthful answer" would have been YES!!

 

Congressional oversight? What a joke. The Government is TOTALLY out of control.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 05:45 | 3657470 0z
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Why are people losing their time compaining about the State?

ANY State, by definition, is a monopolist of violence and  "legislation."

So, all of these Statesmen are behaving exactly as they should, by expending their monopolies.

Nothing surprising there, just like water flows down ...

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 09:41 | 3657851 franzpick
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Saying that the messenger should be shot, says everything about the declarer and nothing about the messenger, let alone the message.

 

Sat, 06/15/2013 - 12:00 | 3660863 Widowmaker
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"Government" bought and paid for.

Fascism owns the USA.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 00:15 | 3657187 Things that go bump
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I don't have a cell phone. I have never had a cell phone. I don't like them. If I am out, I don't want people to get in touch with me. Sometimes I find now that when I am visiting with someone, they take calls on their cell phone and text and it is so rude. We are going to pay a big price for this interconnectedness and it is going to get bigger as time goes on. I expect that if it hasn't been done already, they will next be putting devices in our TVs so they can watch us in our homes and in our beds. If the government has the capability to do a thing they will use it. There is no going back from this. Welcome to surveillance planet. 

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 06:27 | 3657488 imaginalis
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My Sony TV has a camera built in which we covered up with black electrical tape due to shyness. They are probably watching us through the TiVo or my Blu-Ray player regardless.....

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:14 | 3657527 S5936
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Yeah , how about recording device in every new energy efficient climate change global warming friendly smart stove, refrigerator , microwave etc made by big brother GE

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:56 | 3658234 Lost Word
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Everything with hidden Wi-Fi built into the item ?

Everything with hidden cellular phone system built into the item ?

Something like the new Electric Grid "Smart Meters" ?

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 08:56 | 3657714 Bryan
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You mean there are two of us in the world??  lol

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:39 | 3656986 johnQpublic
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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:52 | 3657019 Groundhog Day
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 Barack Obama: "I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society."

 

I'd like you to stay out of my life and i'll take my chances with an imminent attack

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:00 | 3657042 IndyPat
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What's this "we" shit, homeboy? That gerbil squeaking in your ass again?

I don't know about the society and I won't speak for them as you do, but....I've made my choice.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 08:33 | 3657661 dontgoforit
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What-if some anti-American regime (take your pick - there's more than a few) really wanted to screw things up?  Say they got a nuke, say they set something up like in Clancy's The Sum of All Fears and there's no security agency that picks it up.  What do you think people would say then?  So, if you're in D.C. as an 'official' - would you not be focused on trying to find this plan out before it was put into place?  If any of the major capitals goes up in smoke, D.C., Moscow, Beijing - again, take your pick - then we all most likely will go up in smoke, too.  So what would you do?  We see the potential problems with all this though: using information for good and for illegal or for bad purposes, political purposes, or to persecute people.  Walking on a razor blade's edge.  But what would you do?

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 08:59 | 3657718 Financial Cold ...
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It's called a subpeona, and probable cause....then fire away.  Something inside me tells me a judge would likely sign off on the request if its as dire as you claim. 

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:23 | 3657973 TheMeatTrapper
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The only way this country can be saved is for DC to go up in smoke. Where is Al Qaeda when you need them?

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:56 | 3658055 Kirk2NCC1701
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Hope & Pray?

There's a whole industry around that, which swears by it. And we keep 'saying' that "In God We Trust".

Of course He might advise us in our prayers, that we should mind our own fornicating business, do less of it, and let Him handle his agents in other countries.

He might also suggest turning some swords (titanium plane parts) into plows.

Apparently we don't trust in God as much as we proclaim and pretend, given our MIC, CIA, NSA, DHS...

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:26 | 3658149 JimBowie1958
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Since 2001, more Americans have drowned than were killed by terrorists. The response is at least disproportionate if not frought with police state ideology.

We should try to snoop on terrorists or legit suspects that a judge is willg to sign on public warrants available after arrests have been made. But this is out of anyones fevered imaginations twelve years ago.

Time to put the geni back in the godamned bottle.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:59 | 3657581 SteveNYC
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Nice list of narcissistic sociopaths.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:12 | 3656900 One And Only
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"I welcome open debate on this"

Fuck all of you cunts.

I can't believe any of you are allowed the privlege of speaking on my behalf.

You are all pieces of shit.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:28 | 3656953 knukles
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"Debate" that which is being done illegally in contravention of the Constitution... Gee, that's gracious of you fuckers, to say the least.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:52 | 3657020 Mad Mohel
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The more they try to smear that kid, the more his credibility goes up.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:52 | 3657153 Anusocracy
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#16 Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on NSA leaker Edward Snowden: "Let me ask, who died and made him king?"

Good question, Johnny. Where did anyone get the right to be a king, or a president, or to form a government? There are no such rights. It was by force and, ever since, by force - the same mechanism as any form of slavery.

Government has always been evil, it can't be anything else.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:24 | 3657541 S5936
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Bolton and his ilk have red faced tantrum shit fit when anyone goes outside their circle of control and intimation. Can't handle exposure to the light.
Snowden a BIG time hero !!
Bolton can go fuckoff !!!!!!

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:13 | 3656906 Jam Akin
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Retchid

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:14 | 3656910 astroloungers
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Pols,Talking heads,spooks. Give me a used car salesman in a cheap polyester suit any day over these crooks.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:20 | 3656927 nmewn
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Its for your own good!!!

(Coming from the very same people who habitually fail to read the law they're voting on)

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:30 | 3656958 krispkritter
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Silly nmewn, they have to pass it before they can read it. I got that right from the horse's mouth. OK, it was a jackass but still, it has to be true right?

Late evening viewing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf87gloRGb0  

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:52 | 3656999 Taku
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trai·tor

Noun - A person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.

I would add, done, often times for personal gain.

Let's see Mr. and Ms. Politician, who does this most sound like?

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 04:47 | 3657447 Renegade Though...
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In contrast...

 

John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

Let the fucktart statists suck on that for a moment.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:35 | 3656973 mademesmile
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My fav has to be "If it saves just one life..."

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”
? Adolf Hitler

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:49 | 3657011 IndyPat
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4th Stoog is partial to the "for the kids sake" bit, if I remember correctly. I'm with him on that one. I chose the "not gonna bring kids into this mess in the first place" route, so I take exception to being pestered about little Johnny snot noses' delicate sensibilities and what we have to do and no do for a bunch of mind altered psychotropic rug rats.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:39 | 3657130 XitSam
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(Coming from the same people that exempt themselves from every law they're voting on)

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:23 | 3656929 Evil Bugeyes
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Edit: Dear NSA-bots. That was NOT a secret message ordering a coordinated set of terrorist attacks. It was simply a keyboard malfunction.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:46 | 3657140 Schmuck Raker
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+1 for sneaky

I read that as "Fuck You Bernanke". But I'm new to cryptology.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:00 | 3657917 franzpick
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Obammy might call it "Workplace digital violence".

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:22 | 3656931 Cistercian
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All lies all the time.

  They do whatever they want...murder,theft and mayhem writ large.

 How much longer will we allow the Super-Villains to run everything?

 

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 23:31 | 3657114 Ignatius
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#5 U.S. Senator Al Franken: "I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people."

I used to think this guy was funny.  Not laughing now.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 00:10 | 3657180 Spanky
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Apparently Franken's performing for a different audience now.

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 00:35 | 3657215 bilbert
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Al used to abhor Rush Limbaugh - now he sounds like him..............

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:20 | 3657534 augustusgloop
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Franken: "Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them" got a little too close to the material, I see. 

 

But hey, Angela Merkel used to be a communist youth leader and now she's the iron fist of capitalism and the masters of the modern surveillance state are calling US companies Stasi informants. 

 

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:22 | 3656934 stant
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google main core

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:33 | 3656967 IndyPat
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Oh, I got their main core right here

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:26 | 3656946 booboo
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I especially enjoy the reliance on "polls" as a standard of what rights we should enjoy, as if some fat chick in spandex waddling around a mall in Stinkin Creek Ohio can vote my Constitutional rights off Dancing with the Tards. What the government has not given the government cannot take away. Suck it Barack and your gang of 535 Merry Fags, you lose.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:26 | 3656948 Overfed
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Can we please get a lynch mob together? I'll bring some rope.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:27 | 3656951 RideTheWalrus
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James Gonorrhoea about why he lied about NSA spying:
"I responded in what I thought was the most .. untruthful manner"

 

 


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