Daily Archives: September 28, 2010

Obama obliterates privacy, again. Vegas baby, Vegas. And a very confused referee.

Another week, another reminder that the Obama administration really isn’t behaving that different from the W. administration, in a lot of ways.

Here’s a story from the terrific reporter Charlie Savage in the Times today, explaining how federal law enforcement officials are about to pass laws requiring that all forms of communication (Blackberrys, Facebook, Skype) be able to be wire-tapped.
And of course we’re all supposed to just go along, sure, fine, whatever you say, all in the name of fighting terrorism.
I think it’s a terrible decision. Glenn Greenwald, a much smarter man than I, agrees to in this scathing essay.
He basically shows that the U.S. is now doing some of the same things as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on  privacy issues.

Great, there’s a group I want America to be a part of.

**I’m a huge fan of J.R. Moehringer, the brilliant writer who penned the memoir “The Tender Bar” which I loved, and who also co-wrote Andre Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” still the best book I’ve read in the last two years.

Well, Moehringer strikes again with this brilliant and quite funny essay about moving to, and living in, Las Vegas for the past two years. He strikes the perfect tone of an outsider in Vegas, questioning things in the beginning (slot machines in supermarkets?) and then accepting them toward the end (paper towels and Lucky 7s in aisle 9!).

Check out his great piece of writing here.
**Finally, check out this NFL ref trying to explain a penalty during Sunday’s Texans-Cowboys game. He, uh, had a little trouble getting it all straight: