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Law Enforcement Wants Carriers To Store Text Messages For Two Years


We certainly live in an age of high tech communications. Most everyone has a cell phone with the ability to make calls, send emails and text message.

Now, law enforcement wants laws that would require cell phone carriers to store every text message from every customer for two years.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress.

CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

Big Brother, or not?

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Just another reason for me to hate texting.

December 4, 2012 at 16:41 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

First of all, "text" is not a verb.

And secondly, this sort of invasive behavior is unlikely to abate, so the best course of action is simply to watch what you say, post on Facebook, or send in text messages. Same deal as it has been throughout history, with not putting things in writing that you don't want discovered.

Did Oceania win the war?

December 4, 2012 at 18:16 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

And then there's this.

December 4, 2012 at 21:27 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

When armed police come to arrest and imprison me for not "participating" in "what made this country great" so says Dear Leader, we’ll know the liberal fascists have really arrived.

December 5, 2012 at 06:55 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

As long as a text message's admissibility as evidence in a court of law is still dependent on law enforcement obtaining a warrant, then I've no complaints.

December 5, 2012 at 11:39 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

It used to not be a verb RB but, "I'll text you" has become a pretty common use of the word. Won't be long I imagine before Webster lists it as, "commonly used as a verb" methinks.

I use Tracfones 50 mins a month doubled to 100 with a rollover every month of all unused minutes. $10.83 a month. I am now up to 446 mins. available. Every time a text message is sent or received it deducts 30 seconds. You think I'm "texting" much. NOT.

As for Big Brother, he is protecting us from too much soda, second hand smoke and fatty foods and is now going to top it off with a "free" health care package. Sheeez, what more could person want? Oh, I forgot, obamaphones. To text with. :-)

December 5, 2012 at 14:48 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Sorry this jewel couldn't wait for a new post.

"Maxine Waters to replace Barney Frank as the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Financial Services."

Bwa, bwa, bwa, bwa, bwa, oh' man we're all familiar with the phrase “a deep bench?" When the best you can do is replace one guy investigated and convicted for ethics violations with a babe who skated by on bank fraud; that's the epitome of idiots, nerdowells and losers as your choices on the dem side. Maxine Waters; this babe is so dumb she literally thinks there is a unicorn somewhere shitting gold bars.

December 5, 2012 at 15:51 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Detroit City Councilwoman Joann Watson said the city of Detroit’s overwhelming support for President Obama implied a “quid pro quo” that now requires Washington to deliver some “bacon” in the form of a bailout."

Pretty ballsy, maybe illegal but at least she was honest. Now what was that about people only voting for Obama because they expected "gifts" and this was somehow racist to bring it up?

December 5, 2012 at 18:29 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

The Big Government/Big Business revolving door goes round and round: Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job

December 5, 2012 at 20:19 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

Liberalism strikes again! A threatened lawsuit cancels a Christmas concert in Hawaii that benefited charity. The crime, a church sold the tickets to the event that would be held on school property. Over the last six-years the charity has raised over $200k. I'm sure liberals will step-up to replace the lost donations. Oh' that's right; not unlike it's better for other people to pay higher taxes these lost donations will be made up somewhere else. Thanks assholes.

December 6, 2012 at 06:09 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Thanks to passage of Proposition 30 last month, high-income Californians would pay the nation's highest marginal income tax rates -- nearly 52 percent -- if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to make a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to a new study."

My only objection to this article is whether we go over the fiscal cliff or not high earning Californians will pay the 52% rate. My questions to libs, what's a fair amount of taxes to pay the government? In California, New York and Hawaii those making over $250k will be paying 50% or higher in taxes. Is that still not “fair” enough? All three states are dem run government ghettos so that may at least tell successful people not to live there, just visit.

December 6, 2012 at 06:34 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

The Big Government/Big Business revolving door goes round and round: Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job

And still, the mindless Obama-voting drones, the useful idiots, buy into the crazed narrative that the lefties are "standing up" against the eveeeeel corporate culture. No wonder Obama got re-elected, given the sickening level of political ignorance across the land.

Jefferson warned us that government would not be safe except when in the hands of the people, but his crucial caveat was that the people must be educated. Thanks to the Billy the Bomber Ayers-style co-opting of education, and the resultant deliberate dumbing down of the population, Jefferson's warning can be viewed as prophecy being fulfilled.

December 6, 2012 at 06:38 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

J.C. Watts, delivering a much needed message. Will it be received, or will the Republican national "leaders" continue down the self-defeating path of nominating the next non-charismatic guy in line? Dole, McCain, Romney -- the "it's my turn" crapola doesn't work.

Not sure how to embed this kind of link, so it's copy-and-paste time

I'm still steamed at the NRSC good-old-boy party "leaders" for the abominable way they treated Marco Rubio, as they pushed the candidacy of liberal turncoat Orange Charlie Crist instead. Stupid, stupid, stupid people. Thankfully, the voters had other ideas that time.

December 6, 2012 at 07:21 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

Behold what the morning brings me: the transporting music of angry frustrated wingnut rants; the lip-smackingly delicious wine of wingut tears of impotent rage.

Christmas comes early.

December 6, 2012 at 09:18 | Registered CommenterWinston

Hahahahahahaha! Congressman Terrabaybeez gets on Grayphony’s bad side.

The Retardican brand is irretrievably f***ed.
The comical part? They did it to themselves.

December 6, 2012 at 09:23 | Registered CommenterWinston

You're really a sick one, aren't you Winifred? Take the meds that the nice doctor gave you, and have a nice lie down. It'll be better once the diazepam kicks in.

Oh, and no, this isn't hyperbole; I am sincerely questioning your mental health. Your vile and irrational behavior warrants such concern.

But in the meantime, before you get your brain chemistry balanced again, feel free to shut the hell up.

December 6, 2012 at 09:46 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Ah, Redneck's standard go-to elementary-school insult when he's just got nothing left: "You're mental, Winston."

You'd think Grayphony would object to his insulting the disabled this way. But you'd be wrong. These people could not be bigger or more obvious phonies. It's the sociopathy.

Unhappy wingnutz. It's what's for breakfast. Every morning for the next four years. I couldn't be happier.

December 6, 2012 at 09:56 | Registered CommenterWinston

First-up, those mental midgets who link to the Jon Stewart show thinking well "TPM and Media Matters gets me laughed at as an idiot" may not realize that Jon Stewart is a smirking, scowling one-trick dumb-ass that will also get you laughed at as an idiot if you link to his show. Two, to put it mildly anything crawling out of the U.N. whether it's on two legs or a Treaty is shit. Sorry, the reliable saying goes if your waiting for the U.N. to save you your fuc*ed is so true. It's den of snakes and liars. If there is some part of any treaty that would be a of benefit to the United States, put it in a bill and try to get it passed. I see the "long face” disappointment of John Kerry that it didn't pass. There’s hope Lurch, maybe Harry Reid can break a few Senate rules and get U.N. Treaties passed on a voice vote.

December 6, 2012 at 10:08 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Hey windy, what do you think would/will happen -socioeconomically - if the Republicans set back and gave obama full reign on everything "he say's" he wants to do?

December 6, 2012 at 10:40 | Registered CommenterTijuana

what do you think would/will happen -socioeconomically - if the Republicans set back and gave obama full reign on everything "he say's" he wants to do?

Obama's words are meaningless. His actions tell us what he really wants: Hugo Chavez-like powers.

December 6, 2012 at 11:06 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

what do you think would/will happen -socioeconomically - if the Republicans set back and gave obama full reign

Why, the Fourth Reich, of course. I'm eagerly anticipating the Hawaiian Debbil Baby seizing dictatorial powers, the New American Totalitarian Order, and the end of western democracy and civilization as we knew them.

December 6, 2012 at 11:13 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

Indeed. I'm sure Dem Party shills like yourself will be handsomely rewarded for your mindless loyalty.

December 6, 2012 at 11:56 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

The daily roar of miserable, carping wingnutz complaining bitterly is reward enough for me.

December 6, 2012 at 12:27 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

The daily roar of miserable, carping wingnutz complaining bitterly is reward enough for me.

The mark of a true cult believer. Your future destiny as a sadistic gulag prison guard is calling.

December 6, 2012 at 12:52 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

True believer, yes, definitely. But beyond that, Winston is a borderline sociopath, or perhaps not so borderline at all. But then, it does take a warped mind to hold to the notions that Winston spouts, in his quieter moments between his loud, deranged and vituperative posts.

I suspect serious bipolar issues, in addition to all the rest of his problems. But I'm just a layman, so I must leave open the possibility that Winston is just a highly accomplished asshole. He certainly works hard enough to be one.

December 6, 2012 at 13:30 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Yaaaay! Another great victory for leftism in America! Stand up, lefties. Take a bow. You sure did a good job here. There's nothing so satisfying as ruining Christmas for a bunch of old folks.

December 6, 2012 at 13:47 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

The Hill;

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it. Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Timothy] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor, “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.”

LOL, I love it. McConnell routinely pins that mental dwarf Reid in a corner on votes Reid knows not even regular demwits can stomach.

December 6, 2012 at 14:08 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

We were overdue for a little War On Christmas.

The daily roar of miserable, carping wingnutz complaining bitterly. Was ever a finer symphony written?

December 6, 2012 at 14:08 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

The WH has gotten into the spirit of Christmas with the nightly parties, "54 trees" and the anticipated $4 million dollar Christmas vacation to Hawaii. It's good to be Obama and the 50 million or so souls who find it better to not pay taxes and be on welfare rather than work. Life's good. Cheers!

December 6, 2012 at 14:28 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October's rate"

For the 51% who voted for Obama and read this paragraph think so what? Where's my "free" shit. I voted for you; keep it coming.

December 6, 2012 at 14:47 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

A little continuity in arguments would be nice.

Are these folks in the senior apartment complex righteous patriots who are demanding an end to the War on Christmas or are they nasty takers content to live off the government dole who should be told if they want a Christmas tree they should get off of the dole and pay for their own place to live?

We liberals just can't get anything right can we? We're creating a lazy underclass of senior citizens content to live off the government teat and then by forcing them to live there we're corrupting their right to celebrate Christmas as they're entitled to in the public commons.

I guess we can take heart that nowhere in the article does it say that anyone in government has said they couldn't have their Christmas tree, which ofcourse, wouldn't make sense considering the White House is displaying how many of them?

That sure is a lot of Christmas trees in one building. Obama is over doing it obviously. He's trying to hide the fact that he is a closet muslim by over compensating with too many trees. And taking a $4 million trip to Hawaii proves that he must have been born in Kenya, cause who the hell would want to go to Hawaii in the winter time? He's not fooling anyone!

Update: Sorry, I missed it right there in the Republican Party Platform where Mitt Romney signed a pledge to Grover Norquist never to take a vacation anywhere except Camp David and Blair House.

December 6, 2012 at 15:39 | Registered Commenterkwawk

And really, $4 million for a vacation for the first family? Is the answer to your grievance....

A) Obama shouldn't take a vacation?

B) The US government's executive branch should shut down for the holidays as surely our foreign enemies and domestic criminals will respect the holiday break?

C) Obama should submit his vacation plans in advance to the RNC to ensure they find the plans acceptable?

D) You don't really have a grievance, you just want to complain about anything Obama does?

December 6, 2012 at 15:43 | Registered Commenterkwawk

Drop dead, Winston.

KwAwk, are you again missing the point? The culture of leftism is to blame for the senior home Christmas tree debacle, whether a government bureacrat or a leftist property manager is responsible.

December 6, 2012 at 15:57 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Well obviously Christmas trees are a symbol of people who are lazy and want to live off of the government teat! We should take away all of their luxuries ala Christmas trees until they self-evict and move back home.

December 6, 2012 at 16:06 | Registered Commenterkwawk

No Kwawk; Obama wants the rest of us to pay higher taxes with a terrible economy and he goes on with $4 million dollar vacations. Camp David isn't good enough for Barry. I used to think he was tone deaf for this stuff but I've come to conclusion he doesn't care. The optics 'should' shame him. Not unlike other people paying higher taxes, saving taxpayers some cash is for some other stiffs not Obama. Cheers!!!

December 6, 2012 at 16:25 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Well obviously Christmas trees are a symbol of people who are lazy and want to live off of the government teat!

No, the symbol for that is the Stars & Stripes.

December 6, 2012 at 16:42 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

More priceless humor from the left, as anti-gun Illinois politician Donne Trotter was caught trying to board a plane with a pistol in his bags. Do as I say, not as I do. Good grief.

Adding to the fun, it was a piece of garbage .25, the sort of thing lefties like Trotter like to call a Saturday Night Special.

Oh, it gets better. Did I mention that this bozo is one of many hoping to take over the district of Jesse Jackson, Jr?

Chicago once again lives up to its political reputation.

December 6, 2012 at 16:43 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

If you're one of the people Obama wants to have pay more taxes, then you should count your blessings because you're better off than 98% of the people you meet.

As for Obama's vacation, if Obama was really spending $4 million on a vacation for himself I might agree with you. However, most of the cost you're allocating to his vacation is relating to Obama being able to fulfill his responsibilities as President while on vacation.

It would be more worrying if he didn't fly Air Force One, and didn't take a secret service detail, and didn't take his staff and his communication equipment and didn't take his armored vehicles. After all we're depending upon him to be ready at the drop of a hat to respond to anything that comes our country's way.

To begrudge a man who never really gets a day off having a simple vacation with his family seems a bit heartless. And it isn't as if the Obama family doesn't make use of Camp David, but who wants to spend every vacation moment on a military base?

December 6, 2012 at 16:50 | Registered Commenterkwawk

"If you're one of the people Obama wants to have pay more taxes, then you should count your blessings because you're better off than 98% of the people you meet."

It's one thing to count my blessings; never a bad idea but I hope this doesn't mean it was luck.

December 6, 2012 at 17:59 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

That 2% crapola is... well, crapola. Wait until the full impact of the Obamacommiecare cluster**** kicks in, and see how much it will cost ordinary folks.

December 7, 2012 at 06:03 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

This Simpsons clip on the Presidential election is funny. Could you ever see them doing this on democrats?NFW. The calls of racism, homophobia and list a mile long would spring forth.

December 7, 2012 at 06:38 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Tom, thanks. Funny clip.

"The Insta=Polls are in. You're just digging yourself deeper."
I'm totally stealin' that.

December 7, 2012 at 07:09 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

I thought the binders with "Women" on it and a book with “Nate Silver Can’t Add” was clever. The sign on the Statue of Liberty that read “Welcome Immigrants Please Use New Jersey” was funny but too quick. I agree with Burn’s Fiscal Cliff analogy, dammit give us the money.

December 7, 2012 at 09:15 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

7.7% Unemployment

540,000 dropped out of the workforce. With dropouts the rate is 14.4%.

We need a new way to measure unemployment. Both parties should agree on this.

December 7, 2012 at 09:18 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Hey windy, what do you think would/will happen -socioeconomically - if the Republicans set back and gave obama full reign

Why, the Fourth Reich, of course. I'm eagerly anticipating the Hawaiian Debbil Baby seizing dictatorial powers, the New American Totalitarian Order, and the end of western democracy and civilization as we knew them."

So I take it you would be alright with this?

December 7, 2012 at 10:35 | Registered CommenterTijuana


This might serve as a helpful model for you windy.

BTW, word is, tax revenue has been on the increase since the bush tax cuts. But of course never enough to keep up. Never enough.

December 8, 2012 at 12:45 | Registered CommenterTijuana

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