Popularity Contest: Snowden v. Obama

| June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

My  cell phone has a setting for Notifications to turn certain ones off. So, I don’t have them come up for the 14 sex hookup apps that I have on my phone, but I do get weather alerts and such. One app, CNN, I intentionally turned off in every way possible, but guess what kept popping up every morning at 8 a.m.? CNN BREAKING NEWS.

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It was so very annoying. (The sex app thing was a joke, btw. There aren’t even 14 of them available! I just have the 8 popular ones loaded and active to make my rent money every month.) So, on this good morning that Jehovah Jireh provided us, CNN decided that the leading news story was about how President Obama’s approval ratings declined due to this Edward Snowden’s NSA “scandal” and people’s feelings about snooping, particularly the younger population. And this is where I started to hate everything.

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When I was younger, I thought I knew it all before I turned 25. However, something major happened in my 25th year of life and I realized that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. I started having to take a back seat in order to learn and process things properly and not just assume stuff.

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Life was looking at me like this when I assumed stuff.

Based on Twitter responses and Internet buzz, it seems that young people are reading the scandal story, but aren’t putting two and two together. They don’t know much about algebuh. Look, the U.S. snoops and spies, even on countries with whom we we aren’t at war. I think if many young people would sit and think about it, and think about who is spying on us too, they’d walk away with less angried up blood. Either that or they’d be enraged at the world and fall into a deep depression. In any case, again, if one is to think about this “scandal” (if only for just a second) that is only revealing that the U.S. spies on people to get information to protect the country, I think everyone would be in a better mental place. Do I like the Patriot Act or the secrecy of FISA? No. Does the line between privacy and security need to be redrawn or redefined? Yes. Does this “scandal” help fuel that debate? No, not in its present form.

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Which brings me to Edward Snowden’s antics today. He hosted a live chat with The Guardian newspaper today. People could ask him what he knew. He ain’t answer my questions, tho. I used the #AskSnowden hashtag and everything. I’m hurt.

  • Why China? Why run there of all places? To make a point? I really want to know.
  • Did you intentionally take the job to leak secrets to make a point? Was this a plan?
  • What is the purpose of telling China about spying, when they do the same? What would you like to see happen in the U.S.?
  • Snowden: “(Obama) refused to spend the political capital to close Gitmo.” Me: Congress reauthorized it. How could he have stopped it?
  • Why not stay in the U.S. and face the music for what you’ve done?
  • Why did you hitch your story to Glenn Greenwald? Why him out of all others?
  • Did you contact Glenn Greenwald about this story in February, but not start working with BAH until the following March?

I guess I’ll never know. In any case I have legitimate questions about what Snowden is doing now. He’s in China, leaking information about NSA operations that don’t really reveal anything. He’s not answering questions by intentionally answering them like this:

How is this an answer? I need specifics.

How is this an answer? I need specifics.

He says he has a list of CIA safe houses and agents. Again, he’s in China giving them inside information (like, dude, how is this not treasonous?). He keeps saying that the U.S. is violating the Constitution. On the Patriot Act, I can more than likely agree. However, the other forms of snooping need to be explained, in detail, and defined for the public and the lines redrawn between privacy and national security. There are little words missing from responses from companies and the government that show that information is collected, but it’s not like someone is just reading every email someone sends. Most information, it seems, is collected and aggregated to show trends that are used with other systems to generate a plan of protection against someone or a group/nation. If there is more going on here than that, they need to show it specifically, deliberately, and clearly.

They need to show what part of the Constitution is being violated and not just a general accusation. This is what Snowden is not doing, which is why this story isn’t outraging people as he’d hoped. He’s also insinuating that the U.S. wants to throw him in jail (probably) or kill him (maybe) and I’m just like, “Sis, it might not be all that deep.” I find it intriguing that the government isn’t in a panicked PR mode to clean up this stuff, but is responding to things somewhat openly and explaining things that are wrong and things that are right. We’ll see how much longer this holds up – on both sides.

But Snowden, hon, you need to get specific (and soon) about what is going on, violations of law, and what you want the U.S. to do. Otherwise we’ll be talking about Michelle Obama’s new bangs and how much better they look than the old ones because LOOK ->

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LOOK AT THEM! SWOOPED TO THE SIDE WITH GRACE, STYLE, CLASS, AND FLAIR! We live! And is that color? Hat tip to her gay stylist. C’mon…you know she has a gay stylist. Has to.

As for my vote for national hero and most deserving of popularity today? It goes to President Obama. Snowden’s looking a li’l treasonous. I’m willing to hear him out, but he has to do a better job than depending on an attention-seeking glutton expatriate like Glenn Greenwald to guide his statements and just answer some questions directly. Who gets your vote for the popularity contest today?

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