Don’t Worry about Big Brother

Obama-looking-at-computerYes, it’s true that the Obama administration has been intruding more and more into the private lives of our citizens, with electronic surveillance and the like, but don’t blame them. They are just picking up where George W. Bush left off. They don’t really want to impinge on the civil liberties of Americans, but because Bush did it, they have no choice.

To give you an idea of how all this works, consider this chat that took place recently on the Internet. It seems that one evening two girls were enjoying a private tete-a-tete on an Internet bulletin board.

JULIE69: So anyway, are you ever going to hook up with Jason?

NANCY008: I don’t know. The more persistent he gets, the more he turns me off.

JULIE69: I think he really likes you.

NANCY008: OMG, tell me about it. But don’t you think I am too young? Twelve years old is pretty young.

JULIE69: OMG, what planet have you been on? There’s a 12-year-old Hispanic girl at my school who has had two abortions.

NANCY008: Doesn’t that gross you out? Violating her faith and all that.

THEBIG’O’: Hi, girls!

JULIE69: WTF! I thought this was a private chat room.

NANCY008: Yeah, same here.

THEBIG’O’: Don’t be alarmed, girls. I am just minding the store for Comcast. Trying to ensure customer satisfaction.

JULIE69: I don’t have Comcast. My Internet provider is Verizon.

NANCY008: I have Earthlink.

THEBIG’O’: Uh, that’s right, I keep on eye on things for them too.

JULIE69: Where do you live, TheBig’O’?

THEBIG’O’: Let’s make things easier. Call me Barry.

NANCY008: Where do you live, Barry?

THEBIG’O’: In Washington.

JULIE69: Oh, cool, I have an aunt in Seattle.

THEBIG’O’:  No, the other Washington – in D.C.

NANCY008: How old are you,  Barry?

THEBIG’O’: I never tell a lie, so I will have to admit that I am fifty-one years old.

JULIE69: Uh-oh, Nancy, I think maybe we have a perv in the room.

NANCY008: Don’t be rude, Julie, I like older men. They have experience. Did I tell you about the time I was approached online by a very sexy New York congressman?

JULIE69: Yes, like maybe eight times.

THEBIG’O’: Girls, girls, I don’t have anything like that in mind. I am married and if I tried anything my wife would knock me through the wall. You should see her. I was just wondering if you want to buy any smoke. I have about a ton of it left over from my college days. I can’t smoke it at home – my wife again; she won’t let me smoke anything.

NANCY008: From your college days? That shit must be pretty old. Is it any good?

THEBIG’O’: I think so. There is no expiration date.

JULIE69: OK, send it along. We’ll  do the deal subject to our approval of the merchandise. I guess you’ll need our addresses.

THEBIG’O’: No. I already know where you live.

NANCY008: I suppose that’s to be expected if you work for the Internet provider.

THEBIG’O’:  I even know what you look like. I can see you as we are chatting. You are both nice-looking young women. But, Julie, maybe you should put on some clothes.

JULIE69: OMFG!!!

NANCY008: ROTFLMAO!!!

Author Bio:

Arthur Louis spent more than forty years as a print journalist, with the Philadelphia Inquirer, McGraw-Hill, Fortune magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, but he is not asking for sympathy. He is the author of two non-fiction books: The Tycoons, and Journalism and Other Atrocities, as well as a novel, The Little Champ. In retirement, he has decided unilaterally that he is a profound political pundit.
Author website: http://bernardgoldberg.com
  • soundnfury

    This is a childish way of making a serious point. Note to the author… grow up.

    • artlouis

      What serious point?

  • the Hankster

    All these scandals will blow over, or get band-aid treatment. Benghazi can bring the administration down, and make it very difficult for the Democrats in 2016. What would you do? Think about it…

    • Roadmaster

      Yeah, blow over. If the dhimmicrats only learned one thing during Clinton’s impeachment, it was that if they stuck together, stood behind their guy 100%, the weepubicans would eventually get tired and “move on.” Heck, the people’s attention span is only about ten seconds – why would a congresscreep waste any time on something his constituents forgot about almost immediately, IF they were even aware of it in the first place.

      • plsilverman

        yeah, the GOP never had to worry about Reagan’s impeachment over the “Beirut 241″ or Iran-Contra or planning trips to Nazi cemeteries. Or Bush II’s Slam Dunkers and letting his VP play commander-in-chief and run his own energy commission.

  • PinckleyToros

    You mean to tell me that this is a fictitious run around–Damn, Soetoro is always on the wrong side of the tracks!

    • artlouis

      It COULD have happened.

      • plsilverman

        WHAT “COULD have happened”?

  • http://theromancatholicvote.com/ catholicvoter

    Pretty clever, Mr. Louis.

    • artlouis

      Many thanks!

  • joepotato

    That’s some funny Shiite…

    • artlouis

      Thank you.

  • the Hankster

    We still don’t get it – All this stuff – security leaks, IRS scandal, AP scandal, military scandal – are just smoke screens and diversion tactics for the REAL scandal, Benghazi. And the media is totally aware of, and comfortably complicit with, all of it – Unbelievable…!

    • artlouis

      Interesting theory. But these new scandals are making the administration look really bad. The stuff about the IRS and the phone monitoring hits home for a lot of citizens the way Benghai, unfortunately, does not.

      • allen goldberg

        murder does not hit home?

        • http://twitter.com/KarlQuick Karl Quick

          What… in Chicago? …rain means more to some people than any other life but their own. Rain is cold. They think they are Hot. It is sad and very sick…. and it is about half of our nation according to the news.

        • artlouis

          Allen, I know that it should. But most Americans probably consider it unlikely that they will be murdered in the Middle East, while they can easily relate to IRS persecution.

        • plsilverman

          your post must be reported to the webmaster a.s.a.p. and hopefully beyond.

          • allen goldberg

            As usual, you pulled a remark concerning the four murders at Benghazi, and they were murders, from context, directed to Mr. Louis, concerning the discussion of why the IRS scandal under the Obama administration was catching peoples attention rather than the four murders. It was not then, nor now directed at you. Nor was I asking for your shallow, ill-informed liberal opinion. But inserting oneself into a discussion, seems what you do best. Please go elsewhere and bother other people.
            Thank you.

          • plsilverman

            …how about: there is no evidence of a “scandal” as it relates to decisions made by Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Directed at me? What??
            My “shallow, ill-informed Liberal opinion”?>>>Inserting myself in a blog discussion..yeah, that’s pretty gruesome. If you are gonna blog here, be prepared to defend your case..and not simply call people “Liberal”, or whatever. By the way…now that you are so interested…I was a registered Republican until 2010.

          • allen goldberg

            I simply am not interested in you, your opinions at all. And the scandal of leaving four men to die, telling the military to stand down, lying about some video that spawned a event is total nonsense. The attack was planned, orchestrated and watched for 7 hours , as the gun battle took place, and this POS and his administration did NOTHING! But to you, I guess that’s okay.

          • plsilverman

            There is no proof anyone was TOLD TO STAND DOWN, from the executive level, ok? If ANYONE is guilty of that, it is (1) pinhead mid-level bureaucrats at the state dept. OR (2) the GOP at the capitol cutting security funds at the embassies. yes, the Dems went along. Got it? the “scandal”, if any, is not at the executive level, nothing from 1600. so it remains a Rupert Murdoch wish list item.
            I don’t care what you think of what I think…but we have other readers here, too. The attack may have been planned…but nothing surprising considering the volatility of that region and the history going back to 2001, at least. The “adm. did nothing” is very bizarre. Read up on what happens at the embassies. By the way, do you expect President Obama (and no other President) to sit at the controls a la Captain Kirk and direct the Tripoli embassy to send by helicopter who ever is left there?

          • allen goldberg

            that’s right, to a libtard like you…no proof at all. A seven hour gun battle. No help sent. Only one consulate being attacked. Huge LIES FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, about some obscure video, COVERING UP the real event. An election cycle. Our U. N. ambassador lying five rimes on TV that fateful Sunday..continued lying in front of Congress, Clinton’s what does it matter how they died comment, and YES, AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, I DO EXPECT SOME ACTION, WHEN OUR PEOPLE ARE DYING WHILE BEING WATCHED ON DRONES VIDEO FEEDS FOR 7 hours.

            But you stick with your BS. I am sure if your son were left to die, you would be just fine with that. We abandoned them, and this Adminstration. did nothing. We had assets in the area, did nothing at all, lied covered it up, while the POS in the WH kept campaigning, and made one single phone call…budget cuts had nothing to do with it.

            There are only two people with the authority to tell the military to stand down. But like the Clinton POS said, what does it matter?

            Are you really this deluded? Wow. no wonder you make no sense.

          • plsilverman

            It was a CIA site and the CIA was on the scene within 25 minutes. The only help would have come from Tripoli where their own protection would thus be compromised. Keep shuffling your Foxnews full-time host memo cards until something works for you.

  • D Parri

    Although we may or may not be able to change the course of our future, it is simply fair to allow people to see the ship that we have built for ourselves, and to be aware of the tides as we set sails.

  • plsilverman

    “12 year old Hispanic girl”?

  • D Parri

    You see, the problems begin to really show up later on after we become complacent about the cloud storage arrays that they now have in place–which will eventually grow so large that peta-, exa-, and yottabytes will be replaced with terms designating an even greater unit of storage. Gigs and Teradata? Long gone by that time.

    If so much data is stored, who will be able to handle a legal request via subpoena for evidence in support of YOUR defense against a charge of terrorist activity and treason? Your local attorney? Please…. The point is, those
    in control of the data will have the capability of controlling reality in the world of facts and evidence–the presidual legal environment that we all have to deal with. Subsequently, those of us without functional capacity to understand and verify the data presented in support of potential charges against us will be vulnerable to the manipulation of that data into whatever structure of evidence, or even the statement of specific facts to the point of not being able to adequately defend ourselves from the “Big Brother” entity of whatever organization which may be identified or unidentified.

    This is a crucial time in our nation that every individual needs to consider,
    because there is a point in following this path in which it will virtually be beyond our grasp to change directions. That is when the “Big Brother” abuses will become more than simply apparent. The U.S.–as we now feel that we know it to be–will exist no more.

  • Doug

    I’m not only worried, I am scared! I had some respect for Former President Bush, I have ZERO for the entire Obama administration!

    • plsilverman

      why? he has continued most of W’s programs. I guess it *is* depressing to consider 40 months of job creation despite 450 filibusters; telling healthcare insurers to quit denying coverage to cancer patients because they cost too much; getting BL and his thug buddies after W. gave up in ’06 (and no, enhanced integration had zero to do with it). student loan, credit card reform, repeal of DA-DT, restoration of the auto industry, now selling and hiring all over.

  • Shane

    Big Brother Barry is watching us all!

    • artlouis

      How comforting. Obama seems to have found more enemies among Americans than in all the Middle East.

      • plsilverman

        really? he’s gotten more al caeda than Bush II could dream of getting. he got BL after Bush II gave up in ’06. he got Gaddafi without one drop of American being spilled.

        • allen goldberg

          you really have your head placed where the sun does not shine don’t you? this nonsense you spew, direct from the Democratic publicity department?

          • plsilverman

            what makes it worse than the RNC media wing, Fox? >>>just once, I’d love for one of you guys to actually identify one statement I made here and then, in a civilized way, explain WHY you disagree and provide a fact. explain WHY any of it is “nonsense” and no referring to Roger Ailes’ memo cards.

          • artlouis

            Mr. Silverman, you seem to be under the false impression that this Web site is about you. Try as you might, that just isn’t so.

          • plsilverman

            ……plus, what is this obsession with a certain part of my anatomy?

    • plsilverman

      too bad Cheney and W. slept thru the 9-11 warning and we are stuck with this mess.

  • rbblum

    But, Art, give credit where credit is due: Rare Earth – Hey, Big Brother
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm9lF8aZxNk

    • artlouis

      Not a bad choice for our next national anthem.

      • hihoze

        If you’re looking for some lyrics that sums up Prism and Big Gov;s spying, give a listed to The Moody Blues, “In the beginning” from their Threshold of a Dream album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLhnRg2QVM

  • hammockbear

    It is no longer ‘Big Brother”. It should be ” Bad Brother”. just saying.

    • artlouis

      We need something even stronger, I’m afraid.

      • plsilverman

        can U elaborate? say what??

    • plsilverman

      you mean W.?

      • allen goldberg

        now i know you cannot read, and analyze..wow … you are on the wrong site..visit the Huffington Press they will be more your ‘style’

        • plsilverman

          Well, pal, YOUR style is quite obviously Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michele Malkin, Ann Coulter…Hannity, Corsi….ok, if you are hung up on style, fine. But find one inaccuracy in Huffington or Media Matters, yes, those adversaries of Bill O’Reilly….I would be surprised. STYLE? ok, I can understand that.

        • plsilverman

          …I can’t analyze…well, pal, it seems you cannot identify a source of your discontent…name one statement I;’ve made here and let’s..analyze. :) Or is it more fun 4 U to violate Bernie’s House Rules and get personal and sarcastic?

  • hihoze

    How about this: Supreme Court Justice #1 and General David Petraeus were commiserating in a private tete-a-tete in an email exchange….GenDave: Yea I thought the video excuse for the Al Queda attack on Benghazi was ridiculous and told them no one would believe it. I told them I wouldn’t support those talking points so they made an example of me by revealing my affair with Paula Broadwell out of a phony FBI investigation. SCJ#1 : Yeah well they called me in and told me to re-write ObamaCare and call all their fees, fines and penalties just a bunch of taxes or else…well…let’s just say they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse….so I lied and complied. GenDave: I wonder how many votes and decisions are based on blackmail now? SCJ#1: You should know Dave. You ran the CIA. GenDave: Well yes but the NSA works for the dictator now. You should have guessed that. SCJ#1: I guess we should have told the truth. GenDave: No one can afford to do that anymore. SCJ#1: You’re right…I prefer to remain a blind justice over a justice in a bind.

    • artlouis

      You should be contributing articles here.

      • hihoze

        I’ll take that as a compliment Art. Wish I could.

    • legal eagle

      I’m sure Justice Scalia is worried about being blackmailed…..LOL

    • plsilverman

      explain one action of Obama since 01-20-13 that is “dictatorial” or something a Republican would not do.

      • hihoze

        @Plsilverman: You are stuck in a Red/Blue juvi fight. You still seem believe there is a difference between the Donkey and the Elephant. If your only explanation of Obama’s bad behavior, (and there is plenty of it), is Bush did it, Bush did it, Bush did it to-ooo, then you’re not a student of history past the last 12 years of your life and not grounded in the time tested principles of liberty and freedom, if you’re principled at all. When you learn enough about good old fashioned tyranny to recognize it in today’s good old fascism tyranny you’ll have an epiphany an enlightenment and love of individual freedom and dreadful fear of the false security offered by an elitist Big Government, controlled by the DonkeyPhants & DC’vers to their distracted collective.

        • plsilverman

          U have a very active imagination: I have never excused anything by any adm. because a previous adm. did the same or worse. But for perspective I like to mention thing slike the Reagan “Beirut 241″. Never mind about me not being as “principled” as you are. ?
          I see zero Fascism coming from the Obama adm. I see an affirmation of socialistic programs we all love and enjoy, soc. sec. and medicare; I see a lot of achievement against historic obstruction.
          I see tyranny in a lot of Cheney-Bush II. With Reagan, just an over-rated, impulsive juvenile…did a lot of damage but a good guy and a patriot. Welfare Reform was his best, maybe only achievement plus allowing the poor to skip paying Federal tax. Too bad he let Thatcher lead him around by the nose. Clinton moved to the right and the country benefitted, yes. I like Eisenhower, Nixon, Bush I, Clinton, and Obama.

          • allen goldberg

            what you see is through a LIBTARD FILTER. stop embarrassing yourself.

          • plsilverman

            “libtard”…now THAT is NOT from Bill Sammon memos!!

          • hihoze

            @PLSilverman: John Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”…50% of our citizens are not paying federal income taxes and damn near no taxes while they continue to ask their country for more and more in exchange for their votes for the Democratic National Socialist Party which brings me to quote Margaret Thather: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” …and… “Socialistsare happy until they run out of other people’s money.” Which brings me to my personal favorites and I’ll be brief: “Socialism Kills” …and… “We need More Madison and Less Marx”.

          • plsilverman

            half the country you see as takers, a la Romney. which is wrong. they include veterans, medicare recipients, and all those unemployed blue collar workers thanks to the ndew extremist GOP h*llbent on Never compromise with Obama. who fights the manufactured wars? the takers??

          • plsilverman

            will you return to portion of your soc. sec. you did not pay for? would you reject medicare? what particular action of Obama since 01-20-09 is something like what I think you are implying? what action is not what a GOP would do. Well, W. did give up on Bin Laden in ’06.

          • plsilverman

            50% pay either no Fed. taxes or “d*mm near no taxes”? who are you talking about? not me. those horrible takers, who fight the manufactured wars, like Vietnam and Iraq, pay state, local taxes, pay retail tax. Major corps often pay no tax; the top 1% pay little by the time their accountants get thru. (no, they have NOT created jobs). But maybe you’re right…it must be terrific to be too poor to pay Federal tax.

          • hihoze

            Change the subject and attack. Typical Liberal tactic and logic. Can’t discuss subject A so they change it to B, C, D and attack. It’s what passes for intelligent talk with liberals because it makes them feel better. Liberalism is a mental disorder and Silverman is another example of it.

        • artlouis

          Let me add a couple of cents’ worth here. Obama believes in the supremacy of government. We have seen that in practically everything he has said and done since entering the White House. Given that state of mind, there probably is NOTHING he would rule out doing on behalf of government. That is pretty much the definition of a tyrant, and we are starting to see bits and pieces of how that would play out
          . This is definitely somebody we should worry about.

          • plsilverman

            you have given us subjectivity. give ONE example of tyranny – active, kinetic tyranny since 01-20-09.

        • dave davies

          You are asking silverman to learn something? Don’t you know he has it all figured. I don’t know why we even venture an opinion. Just ask silverman.

          • plsilverman

            nice 3rd party sarcasm. wanna go point by point? :)

          • dave davies

            I have moral objections to shifting topics and spinning the truth. It puts me at a disadvantage. I would rather jab at your questionable replies then ignore you.

          • plsilverman

            why are they questionable? I’m easy and eager to learn. :)

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    Time to review the notion; “If you hit bottom, stop digging.”.

    • artlouis

      Please explain.

  • americalsgt

    Hey Bernie. As readers of your site, we deserve better than this drivel. I fail to see the need for cute right now.

    • legal eagle

      Didn’t your parents teach you that it might be a good idea not to complain when you’re getting something for free?

    • artlouis

      It’s interesting to see what people consider cute these days. Childhood promiscuity and drug use, unconstitutional invasions of people’s lives. Before you dropped out of school in the sixth grade, did the teacher ever mention the word “satire”? Satire is cute on the surface, but usually has a serious point. I’m sorry I didn’t get that across to you, but some people are hopeless.

      • americalsgt

        If I want satire Louie, I’ll read Steyn. I’m sticking with drivel on this one.

        • plsilverman

          Steyn’s drivel is particularly abhorrent as Roger Ailes signs off on every sentence.

  • Darren Perkins

    I guess this is supposed to be funny. Missed the mark.

    • artlouis

      Then what makes you suppose that it is meant to be funny?

      • Darren Perkins

        If it wasnt meant to be funny then you did a marvelous job. I do appreciate your effort to provide a farcical look at the erosion of privacy in the US. I believe i to be well intentioned and in the correct vain I should say. However it is such a serious problem that I fear that columns like this will lump this in with matters, that while they may be of great concern, do not threaten the very fabric of our nation. I personally don’t find it to be a laughing matter.

        • artlouis

          The problem is serious, but there is always room for satire. Sometimes it is the most effective weapon.