Justice Antonin Scalia
The future of privacy is in the hands of a guy born in 1936, who thinks a chip is something a defendant has on his shoulder and a motherboard is something The Founders used to beat their wives.
“I don’t know how serious the danger is in this NSA stuff, I really don’t.” ~Justice Antonin Scalia.
He really doesn’t know. His words; not mine.
Scalia is more clueless on tech than I was in algebra and french. He doesn’t even know where to begin to ask a question so he vomits poobah cliches like: “Very few freedoms blah, blah are absolute, blah, blah. Whether this represents a blah, unreasonable, blah, blah search of your blah, blah effects…next thing ya’ know they’ll be sending sound and pictures through the air.”
The Supreme Court is assisted living with pay. If you want to see what an recently appointed Federal judge — who unlike Scalia, walks fully erect — thinks about NSA’s unconstitutional wiretapping, Judge Leon devotes 68 pages to ripping the executive branch a new one in Klayman v. Obama.
The Government could have requested permission to present additional, potentially classified evidence in camera, but it chose not to do so. Although the Government has publicly asserted that the NSA’s surveillance programs have prevented fifty-four terrorist attacks, no proof of that has been put before me….Records that once would have revealed a few scattered tiles of information about a person now reveal an entire mosaic—a vibrant and constantly updating picture of the person’s life….I cannot imagine a more “indiscriminate” and “arbitrary invasion” than this systematic and hightech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single 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. Indeed, I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware “the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,” would be aghast.
Comedians Mark Whitney and Alonzo Bodden, backstage at the Carlsbad Village Theatre on April 19, 2014.
CARLSBAD CA – Backstage last night with internationally touring, registered killer, Alonzo Bodden. What a great way to mark my 55th birthday with a fellow member of the over 50 funny club!
My out-sized ego compels me to note that I am not only six feet tall, but have dubious taste in shirts. It looked better on Randy Jackson when I decided I just had to have one. I can tell you this: the total absence of any button-induced malalignment on that serpent-like, paisley apparatus spanning my chest does not come cheap.
Alonzo delivered a tight forty-five that was 80% super-smart social and political comedy, wrapped around equal parts humorous, personal anecdotes and drop-dead brilliant crowd work primarily at the expense of a hapless 31 year old grown ass man in the front row who goes by “Teddy” not “Ted.” “Teddy’s” girlfriend doth protested too much that her Teddy is an original, thereby prompting Alonzo’s closing line: “There are nine million bears named ‘Teddy.’”
The occasion was one more Lamont Ferguson Production of West Coast Funnies. Besides myself, the cast included my longtime pal and short-time writing partner, Aaron Hughes, who fascinated the nearly sold-out theater with his classic “Seven In The Front” walk-on during fake news, the lovely and talented Laura Bohlin (who has officially agreed to direct my third one man play, The EDucation of Dianne” premiering this summer at The Lyceum in proud partnership with the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival), Natalie Bohlin (who worked every sketch and remarkably is no relation to Laura), fellow comics, the lovely and talented, Dewey Bratcher and Kurt Swann. A good night was had by all and we’re gonna’ do it again May 24th –same venue — The Carlsbad Village Theatre.
As part of my background research and due diligence for my third one-man play “The EDucation Of Dianne” I crudely clipped several absolutely fascinating snippets — totalling 15 minutes — from The New York Theatre Workshop’s 2-1/2 hour panel discussion following a performance of “Top Secret,” a play about the First Amendment implications of the release and publication of the Pentagon Papers. “Top Secret” dramatically explores the relationship of two great institutions: the free press and the judiciary. “EDucation” hilariously explores the fractured relationship between two additional great institutions, The People and their Legislature.