Christie Dead Wrong About NSA Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American’s digital communication.

Standing in front of flowing waters at the Portsmouth, N.H., shipyard, Christie strongly delivered a litany of lies:

Christie: “The vast majority of Americans are not worried about the government listening in on them.”

Reality: Nearly all polls reveal the vast majority of Americans believe the NSA program of spying on Americans goes too far. The majority of Americans in most polls say they want the collection of their personal and professional digital communications to stop.

Christie: “It hasn’t happened.”

Reality: Christie is pretending we don’t understand how the program works. The NSA records and collects all digital communication and stores the millions of gigabytes for future searches. He’s not fooling anyone by pretending NSA agents aren’t actually “listening” 24/7. This is Clinton-style weasel-wording.

Christie: “What happens if we don’t catch the bad people who want to harm our country? So here’s how we catch ’em. We need to toughen our terror mechanisms to do their job.”

Reality: The NSA program has caught no domestic terrorists. None. Nada.

Christie: “Over the last couple of years our allies including Great Britain, France, Canada and Australia have announced plans to toughen their laws to better detect terrorism and extremism.”

Reality: Christie is using the liberal reasoning that “everyone else is doing it, so we should, too.” This is the foot-stomping, childish logic used to argue for a failing government-controlled national health care policy.

Christie: “This is a big debate in congress right now and courts have expressed their views.”

Reality: True. The program has been ruled “unconstitutional” by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who said the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of metadata – simply phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content – violates privacy rights.

Judge Leon famously declared, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Christie: “Right now that debate is dominated by intellectual purists worried about theoretical abuses that have not occurred.”

Reality: The NSA’s Inspector General was compelled by Republican Charles Grassley to admit numerous agents have been caught using the NSA surveillance tools to spy on their lovers and spouses. Some resigned, some were fired, others reprimanded and demoted.

These include cases of NSA employees actually listening to their paramours’ conversations in addition to listening to recordings and reading emails. Yes, they can be doing this right now with your communications.

Christie: “If you’re an ordinary, hardworking American, this law has no effect on you..”

Reality: Unless it does.

Christie: “It could prevent the next attack from taking place and killing our fellow citizens.”

Reality: Former NSA Director Keith Alexander admitted he lied when he said surveillance data collected by the NSA program provided the initial tips to “unravel the threat stream” of 53 plots.

When presented with studies that showed no plots were uncovered by the NSA program, Alexander mewled, maybe “one or two” plots were uncovered. No, none were. Not one, not two. None.

Researchers analyzed cases involving 225 people recruited by al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups and charged in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The majority of cases started with traditional techniques, such as use of “informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations.”

Bulk collection of American communications has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group,

Christie has succeeded in differentiating himself from House Republicans who have come to recognize the program’s unconstitutionality.

He now stands with Hillary, Mitch McConnell, and Obama.

Not good company.

This commentary appeared at CagleCartoons.com.

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The Weirdest Republican Candidate Merchandise

Here are some decidedly odd products for sale relating to the Republican presidential candidates:

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There are some who say that Rand Paul fans are fanatics. I would never call them fanatics. I would just say that some of them like to go to sleep at night wrapped up in a giant photo of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul flip-flops. I think the bottom of the left one (the “left” one, get it?) says “Cut the military,” and the bottom of the right says, “Build up the military! More drones, we need more drones!”

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Ok, I’m guessing this dart board probably isn’t an official product from his campaign. Do you think they got that photo from drone footage? Just wondering!

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Is Ted Cruz really hot? Perhaps a woman can speak to this in the comments section!

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Ok, I’m seeing a LOT of ladies clothes here with Ted Cruz’s name on them. Is he some kind of Latino heartthrob, like a modern day Marc Anthony?

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This is a bargain at only $500. Who would pay $500 for this? Do you think it’s valued so highly because it’s written in English?

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Two comments about this: (1) It’s a paper plate. When you’re done with it, you crumple up and throw out Jeb Bush’s face. And (2), if you’re eating a medium rare steak, when you’re done, you have blood all over Jeb’s face. How weird is that?

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We can only envy the inroads Bobby Jindal has made with the African-American community.

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Ok, this is very weird. Marco Rubio underwear? As a man, I would feel more than a little homosexual wearing Marco Rubio underwear. They don’t look like they’re made for women; what kind of audience do you think he’s going after here?

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A Chris Christie doll, stopping traffic at the bridge! Just remember, though, that this is a doll doing this; the real Chris Christie has no knowledge of it.

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An interesting sticker!

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I think this is Lindsey Graham’s #1 constituency. I just hope it’s not meant to be taken literally.

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Ok, this is just weird. For one thing, Huckabee has a short Hitler moustache every day at 9 o’clock.

A closing note: I tried to find interesting products related to Scott Walker because, as many of you know, he’s my top favorite from my list of least favorites. However, all his products were decidedly ordinary and boringly normal. A harbinger of things to come?

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Did The Big-Spending Koch Bros Just Drop A HUGE Clue That Could Signal A GOP Game Change?

There’s no doubt that big money will play a big part in the 2016 presidential election. With Hillary Clinton and her Democrat support groups and political action committees planning to raise something like $2.5 billion in the former secretary of state’s quest for the White House, the Republicans certainly need their deep-pocket donors to step up. And among those with the dollars to make a difference in the election, few are more significant or sought-after than the Koch brothers.

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — the targets of frequent and vicious attacks by the Left, including Sen. Harry Reid — are highly influential in Republican politics, largely because of their generous financial donations to conservative candidates. As The New York Times reports: “Few donors have been courted as aggressively as the Kochs, whose network of political nonprofits, ‘super PACs’ and like-minded donors plans to spend almost $900 million over the next two years advancing conservative candidates and policies.”

So, when a Koch talks, people listen. And that’s exactly what happened Monday in Manhattan, when David Koch dropped what some are calling a huge clue about the GOP contender he and his brother would like to see secure the party’s nomination and go on to win the presidency. The Times article reports on what David Koch told the crowd at a fund-raiser for the New York State Republican Party, where the apparent Koch favorite, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, had spoken earlier in the evening:

“’When the primaries are over and Scott Walker gets the nomination,’ Mr. Koch told the crowd, the billionaire brothers would support him, according to a spokeswoman. The remark drew laughter and applause from the audience of fellow donors and Republican activists….”

Though Mr. Koch was reportedly explicit in denying that he was endorsing Walker, he described the governor as “terrific.” A Koch spokesperson indicated to the Times that the big-spending brothers would remain officially neutral during the primary campaign.

Still, as the article makes clear, major players in the GOP presidential field, including Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, have made a point of seeking private meetings with the Kochs. A certain Kentucky senator also made sure his praise for the Kochs was very public.

“Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote an opinion article for Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ issue last week, praising the two men for their ‘passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas.’”

Given what the Kochs and their political associates reportedly spent during the 2014 election cycle, according to a post on National Journal, it’s no wonder GOP hopefuls are making every effort to be on the brothers radar.

“The two groups at the heart of the Koch brothers’ political network spent a combined $100 million on competitive races in 2014, spokesmen for the organizations tell National Journal.”

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It’s Easy As ABC: Anybody But Bush Or Christie

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With 21 months until the 2016 presidential race, the GOP field of candidates is large and impressive. Approximately two dozen prominent Republicans have expressed an interest in running for President. Most of the candidates are strong conservatives with solid credentials. Unfortunately, the field also includes two well known moderates, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who both have the ability to raise large sums of money and become a major factor in the upcoming election.

The most serious establishment candidate is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is the odds on favorite to secure the presidential nomination. Bush is actually leading in the polls with the most name recognition. With a brother and father who served as President, Jeb Bush will be difficult to beat.

In recent weeks, he has been aggressively working to lock up big donors and key activists. His campaign organization has been growing so steadily that it forced former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to exit the race. In early January, Romney announced to a small gathering of donors that he was interested in running for President a third time. However, when he started trying to build a campaign network across the country, Romney realized that Jeb Bush has already signed up many of the top GOP contributors and consultants. Romney soon came to the realization that he could not raise enough money to seriously challenge Bush for the nomination. Thus, three weeks after floating a trial balloon expressing interest, Romney officially decided not to run for President.

Bush is a good man from a good family; but he is wrong on an array of issues such as taxes, immigration, and common core. He made the ludicrous comment that Romney lost in 2012 because he ran too far to the right. The country does not want or need another person with the last name of Bush as President. Even Barbara Bush admitted as much in an interview last year. Unfortunately, too many big Bush donors do not realize this fact, showing how seriously out of touch they are with real Americans.

For those moderates who are not enamored with Bush, they have a viable alternative: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is currently in Europe trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials. Christie met with Romney last week, as the former Massachusetts Governor left the race. Christie is considered a moderate on social issues such as gay marriage. He is soft on immigration and has supported the Dream Act. In addition, Christie is a strong supporter of strict gun laws, which may be popular in New Jersey but is likely to be very unpopular in the South. Sadly, like Bush, Christie is just wrong on too many issues.

The moderate wing of the Republican Party, otherwise known as the establishment, has controlled the GOP nomination process since the Reagan years. This wing of the party is usually at odds with the more conservative or grassroots wing of the party, which is often associated with the Tea Party movement. Most moderates view the Tea Party activists with disdain and will work tirelessly to prevent a conservative from achieving the nomination in 2016.

The problem with this scenario is that the moderates are very successful at winning the Republican Party nomination, but horrible at winning the presidential election. As evidence, we can view the failed presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. The last true conservative who won the Republican nomination, Ronald Reagan, won a 49 state electoral landslide.

If the Republican Party wants to win the White House again, a conservative needs to be nominated for President. This should be a foregone conclusion, but it is a subject of much debate within the GOP. The establishment wing of the party believes that only candidates like Bush and Christie can reach the Independent voters who are in play for every presidential election. In contrast, only a conservative nominee can reach the blue collar Reagan Democrats who are not typically Republican voters and unite the various groups within the party such as libertarians and evangelicals. Only a conservative presidential nominee will be able to draw a sharp distinction with a liberal Democrat candidate, such as Hillary Clinton, on the critical fiscal, social, and foreign policy issues that will be addressed in the campaign.

In 2016, it will take a strong conservative to win the White House for the GOP and defeat the Democrats. By the next election, our country will have suffered through eight years of a dangerously liberal President. It will be essential for a true conservative to become our next President and rebuild our economy and bolster our national security.

Conservatism works as a framework for both governing and winning elections. Hopefully, a majority of Republican Party voters will come to this realization in time to save their party and, more importantly, save their country.

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‘Morning Joe’ Defend Chris Christie From NYT Article By Highlighting The Clintons’ Royal Lifestyle

Joe Scarborough

A New York Times report about New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s lavish lifestyle stumped the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday. They wondered what said article would have looked like if it were about the Clintons.

People have talked about Hillary Clinton recently due to her potential 2016 presidential bid; last summer, her erroneous and callous claims of being “dead broke” and “truly not well off” were largely frowned down upon.

Co-host Joe Scarborough expounded on those talking points, remarking that it would be interesting to see an article placing the Clintons under the same scrutiny:

They talked about the one night that Chris Christie was around Bono. Would we like to count the nights that the Clintons have been around Bono, Beyoncé, rockstars, kings and queens? They have lived an extraordinarily lavish life that very few people, not only in America but on the planet. They have lived like kings and queens.

“I’m just curious if the New York Times is going to write a story about Hillary Clinton and the lifestyle that she has had over the past 30 years, along these lines,” he added.

h/t: Newsbusters

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