Leprechaun Laughs #240


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<Lethal appears passing the doorway to the conference room dressed head to toe in what appears to be a high voltage insulating suit pushing a handcart with several long handled white wash brushes, a 25 pound tub of lard and a bucket labeled “Carpet Tacks Qty: 5000”. He stops and looks in>

Ah yes, almost forgot about you guys. I’m a wee pressed for time at the moment so you’ll have to get yourselves started on your own this mornin’. Now give me nae grief about it, you know where the bloody coffee and pastries are and if ya don’t, well just be following your nose or the soon ta be ensuing stampede for them. I should be back in plenty of time ta meat up wit’ the like o’ ya for me Leprechaunish Rant in a wee while.

Right now I’m off ta grease the down slope on this side of the Bifrost Bridge to Midgard and spread these tacks about the area where some Asgard arses are sure ta’ be landing. Ya see Thor opened a can of whoop ass and I’m for covering him in it because, <Pulls out a small gong and hammers it several times> IT’S ON NOW!

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Just because I had to make reference to it and now half of you are now distracted trying to remember the song, how it went and who sang, it here it is to get you back on track with your attention on the issue not early 70’s tunes

 

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Nope not a Rangers fan Thor, but can’t fault you bolting them they do suck and you do bet the hell out of them.

Cows, the Constitution, and the Ten Commandments

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington. And they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

CONSTITUTION

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it’s worked for over 200 years and we’re not using it anymore.

TEN COMMANDMENTS

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse: You cannot post “Thou Shall Not Steal”, “Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery” and “Thou Shall Not Lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians! It creates a hostile work environment.

Important Notice

PSA Recall

Tyson Foods recalls chicken nuggets sold at Sam’s Club

According to the Tyson Foods Inc. website, the company is recalling 5lb. bags of chicken nuggets sold at Sam’s Club.

A press release posted by the company states: “Tyson Foods, Inc. has announced it is voluntarily recalling 5-pound bags of frozen Tyson® white meat chicken nuggets that were sold at Sam’s Club locations nationwide. A small number of consumers who contacted the company indicated they had found small pieces of plastic in the nuggets, prompting the company to issue the recall. The affected product lots were produced on two days on a single line at one of the company’s 40 chicken production facilities.

Products sold in smaller packages or at any other retailer are not affected by this recall.”

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Best Shift Ever – Waitress Receives Life-Changing Tip

 

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Seriously? Taking pot shots at the USS Texas? WW I nearly sinking on its own Battleships are a threat to you huh? You’re getting colder!

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Mexicali Hashbrown Taco Casserole

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Shepherd’s pie has moved south to Mexico! 
The base of this casserole is a creamy taco-flavored ground beef mixture.  You can leave the taco seasoning out or use other spice blends if you’d like.  My recipes are never carved in stone…make them your own.
Top all this off with a crunchy-cheesy-peppery layer of hash browns and you’ve got a complete dinner in a dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (80%)
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) tomato soup
  • 1 pkg (3 oz) low-fat cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, divided
  • 2 cups Mexican-style shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 bag (30 oz bag) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease or spray a 2 or 2 1/2 oblong casserole dish.

Brown ground beef and onion in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Drain fat from pan, reduce heat.

Add the undiluted tomato soup, corn and the cream cheese. Stir until well combined and no chunks of cream cheese are visible.  Stir in taco seasoning and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.  Turn mixture into prepared pan, spreading mixture evenly across the bottom.

In a separate bowl, combine the defrosted hash browns, the peppers, salt, pepper and remaining 1 cup shredded cheese.

Top ground beef with potato mixture, pressing it down slightly.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until topping is browned and crispy on top.

Serves 6

 

Because this is supposed to be TexMex/Mexicali recipe I substitute a well drained can of Rotel (fine diced tomatoes & green chilies) for the red & green bell peppers. However if you don’t want to got that route I suggest looking for a frozen OreIda Hash Brown product called ‘Potatoes O’Brian which already has the peppers in it. Also I use green onions in this, the white in the meat mixture and the green in the potatoes.

Need the dish to serve a few more people? No problem! Just toss a can of drained rinsed Pinto Beans into the meat mixture! Or use only 1.2 the can of tomato soup and toss in a can of chili beans sauce and all.

Hummingbird Cake

Here is another Easter Dinner Recipe for you to consider.

Full of delicious banana, pineapple, and roasted pecans, Hummingbird Cake is one of those cake recipes that is just a Southern classic.

As with so many Southern recipes, I’m not certain where the name of this cake originated. Although it is certainly filled with such sweetness that you can only enjoy just a little bit of it at a time, which makes it perfect for serving at large gatherings like church socials and potluck dinners. Thankfully though, no birds are harmed in its making or consuming. [However a few diets and waistlines might bite it!]

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Hummingbird Cake is perfect for serving at so many special occasions or when entertaining. Get this heirloom Hummingbird Cake recipe for your next event.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Serves: 12

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3 (about 2 cups) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup roasted pecans, finely chopped
  • Cream Cheese Frosting [see below]

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the eggs, oil, vanilla extract, pineapple, mashed bananas, and finely chopped pecans in another large bowl. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Evenly divide the batter between the three prepared pans and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Turn cakes onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 – 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method

1 With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness.

3 Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag to decorate your cake or cupcake.

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

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Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 6

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Muffins have just the perfect amount of sweetness for an easy and delicious breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup milk
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 (6-ounce) package of buttermilk cornbread mix, I use Martha White
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, stevia or honey
  • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or dried
  • zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º F. Spray muffins tins with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Pour milk into measuring cup. Add lemon juice to milk and allow to sit while preparing other ingredients.
  3. Pour buttermilk cornbread mix into medium bowl. Add sugar, blueberries, and lemon zest. Slowly pour milk mixture into bowl with dry cornbread mixture and stir slowly and gently until well combined.
  4. Fill muffin tins ¾ full and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before removing from muffing tin. Serve warm.

Here is a tip for you- See how all the blueberries sank to the bottom of the muffin while baking?  I use 2 Tablesp0ons of flour and 1 teaspoon of confectioners sugar or super fine sugar mixed together and I toss my fresh blue berries in it then remove them with a slotted spoon or one of those wire ladles  you use for draining stuff you fried in hot oil so I get just the coated blueberries. DO it just before you add them to the mix. The dry coating on the out side of the blueberries will grip the batter and prevent them all from going to the bottom. IF your blueberries are not real tart or you have sugar issues you can forgot the sugar in the mix plain flour works fine.

Double Chocolate Cereal Balls

A new update twist on the old Rice Krispy Squares recipeimage just in time for Easter and easy sure to please homemade treat that also solves the problem of what to put in those little plastic eggs! 

Just wrap one is a little colored cellophane for a sure to be welcome egg hunt surprise.

Prep Time: 30 min | Total Time: 30 min |# Servings: 12

Ingredients:

3   cups miniature marshmallows

2   tablespoons light whipped butter or light butter spread

4   cups Multi Grain Cheerios Dark Chocolate crunch cereal

3   tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

12 paper lollipop sticks, if desired

Directions:

Step 1: Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper.

Step 2: In large microwavable bowl, microwave marshmallows and butter uncovered on High 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stir until smooth.*

Step 3: Immediately stir in cereal and chips until evenly coated. Let cool for 10 minutes, or until mostly cool. Press mixture firmly into 12 two-inch balls (if necessary, lightly spray hands with cooking spray to prevent sticking; wash hands occasionally, and re-spray). If desired, insert paper lollipop sticks into center of each cereal ball, pressing firmly around each stick. Store loosely covered. Best if served the same day.

Expert Tips:

  • *You can make the marshmallow mixture on the stovetop. In 3-quart saucepan, melt marshmallows and butter over low heat, stirring until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and continue as directed in step 3.

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Shit dude that’s what 4? 5? cliffs off target? I even left the place lit up for you! Seriously? Odin has only one eye and his aim is better than that! You couldn’t hit the backside of a dragon!

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OK nice rebuttal Thor and point taken but even a blind dog occasional manages to find a bone!

Good Girls …and Bad Girls

Good girls blush during love scenes in a movie.
Bad girls know they could do it better.

Good girls loosen a few buttons when it’s hot.
Bad girls make it hot by loosening a few buttons.

Good girls only own one credit card and rarely use it.
Bad girls only own one bra and rarely use it.

Good girls pack their toothbrush.
Bad girls pack their diaphragms.

Good girls prefer the missionary position.
Bad girls do too, but only for starters.

Good girls say, “No.”
Bad girls say, “When?”

Good girls think they’re not fully dressed without a strand of pearls.
Bad girls think they’re fully dressed with just a strand of pearls.

Good girls wax their floors.
Bad girls wax their bikini lines — or more….

Good girls wear high heels to work.
Bad girls wear high heels to bed.

Speaking of ‘Bad Girls’…

Limerick 2

Singing to the tune of Auld Lang Sine:

Be true, my love, be true my love,
It’s only for an hour.
Don’t screw, my love, don’t screw, my love,
And the ship and cargo’s ours.

She sang back to him:

Too late, my love, too late, my love,
He’s got me round the middle,
He’s screwed me once, he’ll do it twice,
And you’ve lost your damned old fiddle!

There was a young lady named Gay,
Who was asked to make love in the hay.
She jumped at the chance
And took off her pants,
She was tickled to try it that way!
 

A woman who spent her last pound
Bought a plaything to tickle her mound.
When the batteries failed
“La Dee Da,” she exhaled.
“For the milkman will soon be around.”

There was a young woman in Dee
Who stayed with each man she did see.
When it came to a test
She wished to be best,
And practice makes perfect, you see.

There once was a man from Boston
Who drove around in a green Austin
He had room for his ass
And a gallon of gas
But his balls hung out and he lost them.
 

A fellow would frequently play
The field, to his girlfriend’s dismay.
So she got him a date
With a transvestite mate,
And thus made him a queen, for a day.
 

There once was a lady from Wooster
Who dreamt that a man had seduced her
She awoke with a scream
To find it was a dream
And a bump in the mattress had goosed her.

 
She gave the poor doctor a kick
That laid him out flat as a brick.
She completely forgot
He was giving a shot
When he said, “You may feel a small prick.”

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OK while I admit you at least found the right airport- judging by the wind turbine, you still missed. Looks like you need a hint…Shamrock One is EMERALD GREEN with GOLD METALLIC LETTERING. Cheer up though hothead at least all this practice is getting you closer…more or less.

A white guy is walking along a beach when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand.  He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub.

   Two Blonde Genies appear, and they tell him he has been granted three wishes.  The guy makes his three wishes and the Blonde Genies disappear.

   The next thing the guy knows, he’s in a bedroom in a golf course mansion and surrounded by a dozens of beautiful women.  After he finally makes love to all of them, he begins to explore this fabulous mansion.

   Suddenly he feels something soft under his feet and he looks down and all the floors are covered in $100 bills several inches deep.

   Then there’s a knock at the door.  He answers it and standing there are two persons dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfits.  They drag him outside to the nearest tree, throw a rope over a limb and hang him by the neck until he’s dead.

   As the Klansmen are walking away, they remove their hoods.  It’s the two Blonde Genies.  One Blonde Genie says to they other one, “I can understand the first wish having all these beautiful women in a big mansion to    make love to….I can also understand him wanting to be a multi millionaire….but why he wanted to be hung like a black guy is beyond me.”

Response and Follow Ups

OK there has been a lot of speculation (at least in my Inbox) regarding who was the front runner to have replaced Impish as my Sidekick and Chief Minion.

I know Impish has been trying to figure it out as well (I know this because I watched him burgle my office on 3 separate occasions looking for clues).

While the speculation on the part of those readers asking, to say Impish’s fruitless antics have proven quite interesting (to say nothing of having given me a few new candidates I had never considered approaching) ‘tis high time to end the torment for all of you.

I give you Impish’s Almost Replacement- Audrey 2!

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Yuppers- Impish was almost replaced by a blood guzzling, sentient, talking potted plant!

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What makes Fort Hood a target again?

(CNN) – It’s a scene that’s becoming all too familiar at Fort Hood: flag-draped caskets for soldiers who’ve survived war, only to be killed at home.

A shooting Wednesday left four people dead, including the gunman, who committed suicide. It also sent ripples of fear across a military installation still on edge following a previous massacre.

Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and injured dozens in November 2009.

Two years later, an Army private tried to detonate explosives at fellow soldiers from the same facility — but was foiled.

Now authorities say Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood last Wednesday, killing three people before fatally shooting himself. Sixteen more people were injured. .

What is it about Fort Hood that makes it a target for soldier-on-soldier attacks? Is it more dangerous? More vulnerable than most?

Not so, experts say.

“First of all, when it comes to a military base, this is where a nation’s war fighters are being trained. So, by nature, they’re being prepared for combat or they’ve returned from combat zones around the world,” said Thomas Fuentes, a former FBI assistant director.

“So they come back and you’re asking people to turn that switch on or off,” he said. “To now return to a peaceful civilian life — you know get along with your neighbors and your families — that’s often easier said than done with some people.”

The large Fort Hood population makes it susceptible to gun violence, just like any other city in the U.S., Fuentes said. Fort Hood is the nation’s largest Army post.

“You’re talking about a small city with a population of about 50,000 people,” he said. “So there are acts of violence that occur in cities and towns … by sheer population. You hope it doesn’t occur at a controlled environment like a military base, but unfortunately it does.”

Changes after 2009

In the wake of the 2009 massacre, authorities launched various investigations and reviews.

“The tragic shooting of U.S. military personnel at Fort Hood in November 2009 underscored the need for the Department of Defense to thoroughly review its approach to force protection,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in a memo shortly after that shooting.

Authorities put in place a series of changes.

They included creating a kind of “neighborhood watch” to teach the Army community to recognize and report suspicious behavior.

Gates also called for a plan to educate commanders on signs of workplace violence and an enhanced 911 systems on military installations to enable emergency dispatchers to effectively determine a caller’s location.

Other recommendations included upgraded health care to service members and the hiring of additional providers especially in mental health to help meet that goal.

The Army must transform how it protects its soldiers, collects information about internal threats and communicates with the FBI and terrorism experts, investigators said at the time.

But some residents said there have been no major changes.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot of extra protection on base,” said Lynn Adams, a Fort Hood resident.

Adams said authorities check identification and other things, but there has been no visible extra security.

While why does Ft. Hood seem to be a continual target for this sort of thing is the question most oft being asked right now.  I have a better question which addresses the root issue not the branches of the problematic tree which has sprung forth from it.

Who Is To Blame For This Never-ending Woeful Fiasco?

Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush, Sec Def. Richard B. Cheney, Dep. Sec Def. Donald J. Atwood – All architects of the original D.o.D. order disarming specifically the Army but not the other Branches of the military while on base.

(See the original order here:  http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a272176.pdf )

Arguably former Sec Defs Leslie Aspin, William J. Perry, William S Cohen, & Donald Rumsfeld as well as former Presidents WIlliam Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush bear some degree of culpable guilt and responsibility for failing to even attempt to revisit/redress the issue of this grievously bad policy during their time in the office.

However I find that in addition to the original homegrown threat enhancing trio that instituted this ridiculously absurd ban in the first place, former Sec Defs Robert M. Gates, Leon Panetta, current Sec Defs Chuck Hagel & President Barrack Hussein Obama, all of whom have held their office since the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting rampage of would be Jihadist Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and injured dozens in November 2009, bear the preponderance of the blame and guilt for culpable negligence in failing to do anything to undo this policy after it has (on multiple occasions in multiple military facilities) shown to be a bad and dangerous policy to deprive our military personnel of the ability to protect themselves on duty on base.

For more on the ludicrousness of this ban I refer you to this excellent editorial in The Washington Times:

EDITORIAL: End Clinton-era military base gun ban

Aside from the common misconception that it was Clinton who ordered the gun ban when it was in fact:

A change in U.S. Army regulations issued in March 1993 (just two months after President Clinton assumed office) did affect the issue of personnel carrying firearms on military bases, but that change in regulations was issued by the Department of the Army and was not implemented by President Clinton via an executive order. Moreover, that change in regulations came about in response to a U.S. Department of Defense directive issued in February 1992, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, and not at the sole behest of President Clinton.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/baseguns.asp#qH0h6mJfHcPYFRZB.99

I think you’ll find the editorial makes spot on well supported arguments why in our current geo-political climate of terrorism this ban unduly places military personnel in harm’s way.

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ALMIGHTY GOD, We humbly beseech thee, in thy mercy protect our troops as they protect us. Especially from the politicians and our own military and gun hating liberal Government! Amen.

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OK now you’re just being a prissy lil bitch Thor! That’s not even close to anywhere hear where I am! Do you REALLY want to take on the Elder Fae by zapping a Major Faire Circle and pissing them off?

I’ve got to tell you their idea of what constitutes a practical joke is way meaner and probably much more deadly than mine. They don’t have an business interests with your Father or Honor Debts holding them back either Thunder brains!

Viral Videos

HOUSTON (KABC) — A daring rescue was caught on video during a massive fire that destroyed an apartment complex under construction near downtown Houston, officials said.

Strong winds rapidly spread a small rooftop fire across the 396-unit, 4 1/2 acre Axis Apartments project in the city’s Montrose district [a week ago] Tuesday. A construction worker was saved just before the blaze took down a portion of the roof and eventually much of the large structure.

 

And here is the same structure 1/2 hour later-

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All construction workers were accounted for, and no injuries were reported.

More than 200 emergency personnel fought the fire for 2.5 hours before bringing it under control, fire officials said.

How to Scramble Eggs Inside Their Shell

A perfect mind blowing prank just in time for Easter Egg making!

Works pretty well with a clean tube sock too, you just might have to do it a few more times.

Bumper Snickers 2

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US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency’s top lawyer insists

Underlining, highlighting and any comments in green colored text and this font are mine for the purpose[s] of emphasis, clarification or additional information.

NSA general counsel Rajesh De says big tech companies like Yahoo and Google provided ‘full assistance’ in legally mandated collection of data

Spencer Ackerman in Washington theguardian.com, Wednesday 19 March 2014 14.40 EDT

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data.

Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested by the NSA under a 2008 surveillance law occurred with the knowledge of the companies – both for the internet collection program known as Prism and for the so-called “upstream” collection of communications moving across the internet.

Asked during a Wednesday hearing of the US government’s institutional privacy watchdog if collection under the law, known as Section 702 or the Fisa Amendments Act, occurred with the “full knowledge and assistance of any company from which information is obtained,” De replied: “Yes.”

When the Guardian and the Washington Post broke the Prism story in June, thanks to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, nearly all the companies listed as participating in the program – Yahoo, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and AOL – claimed they did not know about a surveillance practice described as giving NSA vast access to their customers’ data. Some, like Apple, said they had “never heard” the term Prism.

De explained: “Prism was an internal government term that as the result of leaks became the public term,” De said. “Collection under this program was a compulsory legal process, that any recipient company would receive.”

After the hearing, De added that service providers also know and receive legal compulsions surrounding NSA’s harvesting of communications data not from companies but directly in transit across the internet under 702 authority.

The disclosure of Prism resulted in a cataclysm in technology circles, with tech giants launching extensive PR campaigns to reassure their customers of data security and successfully pressing the Obama administration to allow them greater leeway to disclose the volume and type of data requests served to them by the government.

Last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he had called US president Barack Obama to voice concern about “the damage the government is creating for all our future.” There was no immediate response from the tech companies to De’s comments on Wednesday.

It is unclear what sort of legal process the government serves on a company to compel communications content and metadata access under Prism or through upstream collection. Documents leaked from Snowden indicate that the NSA possesses unmediated access to the company data.

The secret Fisa court overseeing US surveillance for the purposes of producing foreign intelligence issues annual authorizations blessing NSA’s targeting and associated procedures under Section 702.After winning a transparency battle with the administration in the Fisa court earlier this year, the companies are now permitted to disclose the range of Fisa orders they receive, in bands of 1,000, which presumably include orders under 702.

Passed in 2008, Section 702 retroactively gave cover of law to a post-9/11 effort permitting the NSA to collect phone, email, internet and other communications content when one party to the communication is reasonably believed to be a non-American outside the United States. The NSA stores Prism data for five years and communications taken directly from the internet for two years.

While Section 702 forbids the intentional targeting of Americans or people inside the United States – a practice known as “reverse targeting” – significant amounts of Americans’ phone calls and emails are swept up in the process of collection.

In 2011, according to a now-declassified Fisa court ruling, the NSA was found to have collected tens of thousands of emails between Americans, which a judge on the court considered a violation of the US constitution and which the NSA says it is technologically incapable of fixing.

Renewed in December 2012 over the objections of senate intelligence committee members Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, Section 702 also permits NSA analysts to search through the collected communications for identifying information about Americans, an amendment to so-called “minimization” rules revealed by the Guardian in August and termed the “backdoor search loophole” by Wyden.

De and his administration colleagues, testifying before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, strongly rejected suggestions by the panel that a court authorize searches for Americans’ information inside the 702 databases. “If you have to go back to court every time you look at the information in your custody, you can imagine that would be quite burdensome,” deputy assistant attorney general Brad Wiegmann told the board.

De argued that once the Fisa court permits the collection annually, analysts ought to be free to comb through it, and stated that there were sufficient privacy safeguards for Americans after collection and querying had occurred. “That information is at the government’s disposal to review in the first instance,” De said.

De also stated that the NSA is not permitted to search for Americans’ data from communications taken directly off the internet, citing greater risks to privacy.

Section 702 is not the only legal authority the US government possesses to harvest data transiting the internet.

Neither De nor any other US official discussed data taken from the internet under different legal authorities. Different documents Snowden disclosed, published by the Washington Post, indicated that NSA takes data as it transits between Yahoo and Google data centers, an activity reportedly conducted not under Section 702 but under a seminal executive order known as 12333. 

[This order signed by Regan prior to the advent of the Internet has since been amended multiple times, most recently and on point with this discussion in 2008 under Executive Order 13470 by Obama. The complete revised version of 12333 can be found here: https://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/eo-12333-2008.pdf ]

De and his administration colleagues were quick to answer the board that companies were aware of the government’s collection of data under 702, which Robert Litt, general counsel for the director of national intelligence, told the board was “one of the most valuable collection tools that we have.”

“All 702 collection is pursuant to court directives, so they have to know,” De reiterated to the Guardian.

Rather than going through the effort of writing up my opinion of this issue which will wind up being either preaching to the choir or largely ignored by the close minded Obama is our God shadow skulking liberals, I’m going to express my opinion with a few choice graphics I came across.

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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2 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs #240

  1. Ray Wagner says:

    What is a 2 2 1/2 oblong casserole dish

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Sorry I apparently forgot to save after that correction Ray it should read a 2 to 2-1/2 quart oblong (oval) casserole dish.

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