Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
The Front Page - June 6, 2013
1. Obama Defends Spying on Your Calls: Apparently, the Obama administration’s go-to response when it comes to scandals is simple: “We did this for you.”
2. Woman Rescued from Philly Rubble: A 61-year-old woman was pulled from the debris of a collapsed Philadelphia building, bringing the toll of survivors up to 14.
3. West: Holder Scarier Than Al Qaeda: Who poses a bigger threat to U.S. security: Attorney General Eric Holder or Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current head of Al Qaeda? According to former congressman Allen West, the answer is easy.
4. U.S. Condemns Syrian Army: The Syrian Army is wreaking havoc on a number of villages surrounding Qusair, a strategic border town it seized from rebels after two weeks of fighting that reportedly left no building undamaged.
5. Girl, 10, Moved to Adult Transplant List: A 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis has been moved to an adult transplant list after a federal judge in Philadelphia granted the temporary request due to her severe condition.
Photo: Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistanis are silhouetted against vehicle headlamps while walking on street darkened by power cuts, on the outskirts of Islamabad. By Muhammed Muheisen/AP.
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My opinion on the font used in the president’s speech. I recreated it as well as I could in the 5 minutes I have. If the image quality is bad, I’m sorry; I can’t get tumblr to make it nicer on dashboards. It looks better on my blog.
In my non-professional opinion: The font is good old Times New Roman, with line spacing increased. The reason it looks different is because it also has tracking - the spaces in between the letters - increased, and the kerning - the relationship between specific letters to make the word flow better - is changed.
I could be wrong, though. I wouldn’t swear to it in court…
And there we have it. Nice job, bibliospork!
Kind of disappointed?
A hunting buddy of mine emailed me from the waiting room of his doctor’s office in Columbus, Ga., a few days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He was cringing in embarrassment as an old redneck spewed racially divisive rhetoric in front of African-American patients. Then my friend’s embarrassment turned to astonishment as that same redneck (almost certainly a gun owner, given the region and his demographic profile) said, “I never cared much for Obama, but that speech he gave about those little kids—I give him an A for that. He’s gonna try and get more gun control, and I hope he gets it.”
President Obama reacts to the news of the Sandy Hook school shootings, delivered by deputy national security adviser John Brennan, on Dec. 14, 2012 — a day he has called the worst of his presidency. (Photo: Pete Souza / The White House via The New York Daily News)