Heads Up: President Obama in North Carolina

2:55: President Obama Speaks at Mooresville Middle School, North Carolina

3:30: Google+ Hangout: National “Show and Tell” on Connected Classrooms

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HuuuuUUUUuuuge thanks to UT for today’s posts: legend! Will be back in a while with a This & That, only seven hours late for my work deadline, I’m amazing 😎

42 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in North Carolina”

  1. 1 Layla
    June 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    hello again

  2. 4 Allison
    June 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks, Chips!

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This could help answer some questions.

    Here is how we THINK this program works, based on several calls.
    The National Security Agency, with approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, goes to the phone companies and says: Every day, pump your data about phone calls into our big government tank — only phone numbers (not names), along with other data about the calls, such as where they came from, how long they lasted, what numbers were dialed, and so on.
    The government does this for two reasons. First, the phone companies themselves retain this data only for 30-90 days. Second, having this data aggregated in one place avoids the need, when checking out a specific number, to have to go get a court order for each phone company to track a specific number, when the government does not know what company handled that number.

    Part two, however, involves the authority to dive into the government’s big tank of phone data to check out a specific number. It does this under protocols and internal controls that are approved in advance and must be reviewed by the FISA court periodically. This means that the tank can be accessed only for specific reasons — not to generally roam through.
    So, for example, when the police in London bust up a terror cell and find a U.S. number was on one of their cell phones, the U.S. government can then check that number against its big tank of phone data, without having to go to every carrier.


  4. June 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm


    Cute article on FLOTUS and the heckler (w/ GIFS)

    “How to deal with rude people and command respect starring FLOTUS in GIFs” by Zerlina Maxwell


  5. 10 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • 11 Layla
      June 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      but…stop and frisk is about blah people!

    • June 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I haven’t seen a single GOP outraged at the idea of women’s names being listed in newspapers if they’re seeking abortions, or having to withstand a lecture (or did they call it (untrained) counselling?) from some religious, right wing organization. No outrage at drug testing people seeking public assistance – which they paid into… But, post gun owners names in the paper or in a registry, or collect phone numbers for National Security purposes – or worse still, investigate tea party groups seeking to be subsidized by tax payers, despite spending millions on spreading political ideology and supporting ideological candidates – and they burst int tears, crying about their FREEDOM!

      There’s a sickness there.

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        June 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        Theo, I agree with every word of your rant. Over and above everything else, they feel free to dump their faux outrage on the president who just a short time ago talked about “Lessening” the authority given to presidents. They refused to hear this because it didn’t jibe with their preconceived prejudices about someone they hate.

  6. 14 Don
    June 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Osama bin Laden was caught using the same techniques that the NSA uses.

  7. 15 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm


    New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R), who Gov. Chris Christie (R) just announced will temporarily fill the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), supports a gun buyback program that took thousands of guns off of New Jersey’s streets and he says that reinstating the death penalty in his state is not a “good idea.”

  8. 17 Don
    June 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Who needs a reason not the vote when you’ve got the emprogs and the professional lefters pissing in your corn flakes?

    • 18 desertflower
      June 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      All the more reason TO vote, if you ask me!

      • 19 Don
        June 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Of course, but when you’re a bleeding heart liberal like I am it gets very frustrating listening to these whiny ass democrats blasting the best thing to happen to the democratic party in the last fifty plus years.

        • 20 desertflower
          June 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

          I understand:) This is why we can’t have nice things…they ALL have an agenda and selective amnesia….we just have to fight harder and get others to VOTE. Now is not the time to get discouraged and complacent…the vacuum WILL be filled, one way or the other. I prefer it be filled with like minded individuals to ourselves, so we can get down to the nation’s business and quit this happy horse shit!

        • 22 57andfemale
          June 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

          I completely concur.

    • 23 Layla
      June 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      or better yet in your Cheerios!

    • 27 a night owl
      June 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Very good and informative article; I think everyone should click on it and read the whole thing.

      Basically, it says that the collection of phone metadata by the NSA “is like receiving a box full of records but not opening it until and unless they had a good reason to do so.”

      It goes on to say that there are procedures and audit mechanisms in place to make sure that the data is not being misused.

      This reminds me a lot of the debate over gun background checks. The proposed law made it illegal to create a database of gun purchasers. But NRA types were not comforted by that, believing that their persecution by government would be inevitable. In today’s debate, libertarian types are not comforted by the strict procedures and audit mechanisms incorporated into the FISA law. Not surprising, since both types believe the government is the enemy.

  9. June 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I don’t know this guy. Figured some here might:

  10. 29 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  11. 30 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  12. June 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Ok, I REALLY wasn’t planning to write anything, but I have a new post ready to go.

  13. 32 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Another day when President Obama is governing, the Republican Party is obstructing and the media is looking out the window.

  14. 34 desertflower
    June 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm


    Far right Republicans in the House are not just at risk of taking the blame for killing immigration reform. It’s potentially worse than that: They are at risk of taking the blame for killing the immigration overhaul over health care reform, something that is broadly popular among Latinos.
    Consider what is happening with the negotiations among the House “Gang of Eight” over their own immigration plan right now. Here’s what we know: GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, a key voice in the House on immigration, walked away from the House Gang of Eight talks last night because of differences over health care. In the statement Labrador released last night, his office said he could no longer support the emerging House compromise unless it required “that illegal immigrants would be responsible for their own health care costs, principally through requiring them to purchase health insurance.”
    A source close to the talks tells me that Labrador wanted undocumented immigrants who don’t cover their own health care costs to face deportation. What this would appear to mean, in effect, is that any undocumented immigrant might face a choice between not seeking, say, emergency room care (which would ultimately be covered by government) and potential deportation. (A Labrador spokesman didn’t immediately comment.)


    All of this illustrates the depth of hostility among House Republicans towards immigration reform. And the health care angle adds another dimension, one that underscores that Republicans are seriously at risk of setting back their efforts to repair relations with Latinos even further. After all, Mitt Romney recently diagnosed his own 2012 loss by flatly admitting that his campaign had underestimated the appeal Obamacare has for minorities. Now Republicans are at risk not just of killing immigration reform, but of killing it in part because of their hostility towards Obamacare. As Labrador himself put it yesterday:

    “What might be the story at the end of this year, at the end of this session, is that Obamacare killed immigration reform.”

    These are selfish, evil, vile people.

  15. 35 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    This is freaking FANTASTIC news.

    • 36 Ladyhawke
      June 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I wonder if any of the network and cable stations will bother to mention this important initiative. I won’t hold by breath.

      Bringing America’s Students into the Digital Age


      Today, in Mooresville, North Carolina the President is announcing a bold and transformative education initiative to breathe life into the classroom of the 21st century. The goal of the President’s ConnectED initiative is to bring high-speed Internet connections to 99 percent of America’s students – which he is calling on the FCC to do within five years.

      This is not connectivity for connectivity’s sake. It is laying the foundation for a vision of classrooms where students are engaged in individualized digital learning and where teachers can assess progress lesson by lesson and day by day. It’s about creating learning environments where students can both succeed and struggle without embarrassment, where barriers for children with disabilities are removed, and where we can bring the most modern, innovative, and up-to-date content into the classroom.


      Read more here ….


  16. 37 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm


    The Scandal Is Congress, Not the NSA

    By Joshua Foust


    So this latest outcry over expansive surveillance is really the culmination of over a decade of lawmaking. All three branches of government – the court order was approved by a FISA court – and both parties, in two administrations, have agreed consistently to enable and protect the practice.

    An action’s legality does not make it wise. While extensive datasets are useful for doing pattern analysis, there is a legitimate fear that the government is expanding the terms of its surveillance unreasonably. That is an important debate that should have happened publicly already – back in 2001, or 2008, or 2012. Neither Congress nor the White House helped its cause by doing everything so secretively.

    But the place where this broad, legal surveillance can be reined in is Congress, since they passed the laws to begin with. Congress created this mess, and they should be the ones to clean it up.



  17. 39 Bill R.
    June 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The Verizon story is a non-story, nothing new or scandalous except to emoprogs and libertarians. What is good about it is that President Obama is increasingly known as the ‘National Security President.’ That’s good for him and the Dem. Party. The NSA is actually doing a lot less surveillance than the internet companies and the credit and banking system. So tough tamales, people. If you don’t like it, better make up your mind whether you want to use the internet and the credit system, or Facebook, or your mobile phone.

  18. 40 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  19. 41 utaustinliberal
    June 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Two very good reads about the NSA. They provide good facts.

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