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Holiday Wishes from the TSA

The police arrest you for reading the Constitution in a public space during an Occupy demonstration. Later, you get a letter saying that reading the Constitution in a loud voice, in that place, at that time, broke a small statute of the law, and therefore you will be fined $1,500. If you disagree with this assessment, you can plead your case in a letter to the Chief of Police at the station where the arresting officer works. If they don’t hear from you in, oh, I don’t know, 20 days, then they will assume you agree with the fine.

Oh, and by the way, everything in their letter is top secret and you have to get the Chief of Police’s permission to share it with your lawyer, your husband or your…well let’s say readers.

What? You have a problem with that?

So do I…

Tales from The Edge of a Revolution #3: The Goddess of Travel

The hotel shuttle pulls up to San Francisco’s airport half an hour late. I push a dollar into the driver’s hand and grab my bag. Less than an hour remains to negotiate San Francisco’s ever present chaos to make my flight. I join the line snaking back and forth through an infinite channel of nylon belts and down the backs of airline ticket booths, tapping my finger impatiently on the handle of my bag. There are no other flights to Albuquerque until late tonight and that would mean missing work.

I make it past the first ID screening and still the line crisscrosses for a mile in front of me. Then, the Goddess of Travel intercedes. Right in front of me, a TSA officer unclips the nylon belt holding us at bay and announces they are opening a new screening area. I thank the Goddess, and follow the woman beckoning with her hand.



Like a pied piper she leads us past the rows of ticketing desks and into a lonely corridor. We walk forever and I wonder if I actually saved any time.

“Can we get to United’s gates from back here?” a man asks, mirroring my own growing unease as we travel well past the last ticketing booth.

“Yes, all gates from here,” our guide replies with confidence.

Finally, we round a bend in the deserted hall and stop. I suck my breath in and curse the Goddess of Travel.  That witch, she’s tricked me again. The Rape-U scans have finally come to San Francisco.

The Constitution Breaks Bad in Albuquerque

Oct. 17, 2011

Albuquerque International Sunport Security Checkpoint:

I pass a camera crew filming the ticket counter. I stop and consider telling them what I am about to do, but decide against it. They probably won’t care. Instead, I wheel my baggage to the security area.

I can feel my heart beat in my chest. I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve always said “Yes sir,” even when I didn’t agree. Even this simple act fills me with conflicting emotions.

New Mexico is far warmer than my native Pacific Northwest. I’m sweating by the time I reach the first inspection of my ID. I’m sure I already look like a terrorist. The TSA agent, perched on his stool, takes no notice. I look enough like my driver’s license and I have a valid airline ticket. He black lights my ID and lets me pass with hardly a glance.

I’ve come here to moonlight from my real job. My daughter had an operation, and I had to come up with thousands in deductible. She’s in college and, so far, I’ve managed to keep her from becoming a debt slave, like her mother. I took eight extra weekends of work in the Land of Enchantment to cover the cost. I’m lucky, I guess, I can do that. Others, with fewer job opportunities, have no choice but to go bankrupt.

My heart kicks it up another notch when I get to the conveyor belt. Shouldn’t have had that coffee this morning but thank God I didn’t eat anything, or I’d be hugging the trash can right now.

Come on, I tell myself, what are they going to do? Confiscate your toothpaste? Say something mean to you? So what. Relax. You can do this. You should do this. You have to do this.

I take off my shoes and strip my backpack of computer and the baggie of incidentals. I stand in line while my armpits grow embarrassingly moist and I feel my heart race. I think, Get a hold of yourself. You’re being a drama queen.

When it is my turn, I decline to go through the monitor that scans under your clothes, as I always do. The TSA agent starts his spiel about how safe it is. I’ve done my research. His statements are questionable, but that is not why I am doing this. I start my own spiel.

“The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, an particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

On Doing Better Than 50%, Or, Could More “Made In USA” Mean More Jobs?

We gotta grow some jobs, and that’s a fact, and we probably aren’t going to be able to do it with big ol’ jobs programs funded by the Federal Government, what with today’s politics and all, and that means if this Administration wants to stay in the jobs game they’re going to have to find some smaller and more creative ways to do it.

They are also going to have to come up with ideas that are pretty much “bulletproof”, meaning that they are so hard to object to that even Allen West and Louie Gohmert will not want to be on record saying “no no no!”; alternatively, solutions that work around the legislative process entirely could represent the other form of “bulletproof-ery”.

Well, I have one of those “maybe bulletproof” ideas for you today, and it has to do with how “Made in USA” the things are that our Government buys.

Make War out of the Osama Thing

The wife want’s to know if “they” are going to make a war out of the Osama thing.  One of those “broken arrow” lost nukes in a major city and overnight martial law.  Not beyond their scope given recent history.

James Corbett documents Osama’s nine lives.

http://www.corbettreport.com/o…

Even a former Ray-gunite promotes Osamas second death

http://www.globalresearch.ca/i…

Osama dead? Really?

http://cryptogon.com/?p=22108

The sheeple PR value of bin ladens death.

http://www.informationliberati…

The Bush/bin laden connections are well known.

http://www.infowars.com/forget…

Took Japan nukes out of “the news” didn’t it.

On second thought is Osama Obama’s climategate!

OOOhhhh, check out the german titles on the right side of Tarpley’s page.  I know Tarpley can be a neo-con yet I love the german titles.

http://tarpley.net/2011/05/03/…

Arrrrrghhh !!!

As Lieberman deliberated, the new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), told HuffPost that the party would consider supporting Lieberman if he returned to the fold.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

Joe Lieberman,Senator Joe Lieberman

Joe & George the President


The feeling of ill will is mutual: Lieberman said during the health care debate that one reason he opposed a Medicare buy-in compromise was that progressives were embracing it.

Joe Lieberman and John McCain

Joe & John the Presidential Candidate




March 20, 2003

” What we are doing here is not only in the interest of the safety of the American people. Believe me, Saddam Hussein would have used these weapons against us eventually or given them to terrorists who would have. But what we are doing here, in overthrowing Saddam and removing those weapons of mass destruction and taking them into our control, is good for the security of people all over the world, including the Iraqi people themselves.”

http://www.lobelog.com/lieberm…

John McCain Joe Lieberman,McCain,Lieberman

Joe and John in Iraq


September 29, 2011.    10 years and 18 days after 9-11 attacks on NYC



” It is time for us to take steps that make clear that if diplomatic and economic strategies continue to fail to change Iran’s nuclear policies, a military strike is not just a remote possibility in the abstract, but a real and credible alternative policy that we and our allies are ready to exercise.

It is time to retire our ambiguous mantra about all options remaining on the table. It is time for our message to our friends and enemies in the region to become clearer: namely, that we will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability — by peaceful means if we possibly can, but with military force if we absolutely must. A military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities entails risks and costs, but I am convinced that the risks and costs of allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear weapons capability are much greater.

Some have suggested that we should simply learn to live with a nuclear Iran and pledge to contain it. In my judgment, that would be a grave mistake. As one Arab leader I recently spoke with pointed out, how could anyone count on the United States to go to war to defend them against a nuclear-armed Iran, if we were unwilling to go to war to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran? Having tried and failed to stop Iran’s nuclear breakout, our country would be a poor position to contain its consequences.

I also believe it would be a failure of U.S. leadership if this situation reaches the point where the Israelis decide to attempt a unilateral strike on Iran. If military action must come, the United States is in the strongest position to confront Iran and manage the regional consequences. This is not a responsibility we should outsource. We can and should coordinate with our many allies who share our interest in stopping a nuclear Iran, but we cannot delegate our global responsibilities to them.”

http://www.lobelog.com/lieberm…

http://lieberman.senate.gov/in…

Social Engineering

Why normalize something which is NOT happening.

http://beforeitsnews.com/story…

http://www.govtrack.us/congres…

So when you Google geo-engineering the top featured sites are these “wack job” new age spirituality types or this one from the equally “wack job” Bible thumpers from someplace called “Godlike Productions”.

http://www.godlikeproductions….

If I was a “normal” American citizen should I report all of this to Homeboy Security as a national security threat?

Oh, wow, you learn something new everyday.  It’s not NEW, here is a link from 2007!

http://www.mbta.com/about_the_…

Yes, indeed citizens need to spy on each other.

http://www.ibtimes.com/article…

How else would we catch such villians like Levi Detweiler.  Possesion of alcohol and “overdriving” an animal?  Is that “illegal” or did they just make that up.

http://www.comcast.net/slidesh…

WWL Radio #91 Atty Kurt Haskell on Rape Scanners

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WWL Radio had the honor of interviewing Atty Kurt Haskell last January 8th, following his eyewitness accounts of the attempted “underwear bombing” on Flight 253 into Detroit.

He returns tonight, to update us on what, if anything, resulted in his reporting at the time: The well dressed man walking Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab around security. He has since attempted to see Umar in Prison, perhaps offer his services as a Lawyer, to a complete roadblock. Most importantly? Kurt has much to say about the “Rape Scanners” being sold to an unwilling and unwitting Public as a money-making scam that has nothing to do with our safety.

Here’s Kurt’s hilarious spoof on the Scanners, which can be found, along with more of the Haskell’s commentaries on “Lori’s Liberal Realm”.

Video Kurt created discussing the Underwear Bomber with Michael Chertoff.

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Obama stonewalls superstar scientists’ urgent warnings on airport x-ray scanners

The President’s advisor on science and technology, John Holdren, would have been well-advised to listen to Elizabeth Blackburn and colleagues at UCSF, one of the world’s premier teaching hospitals and medical research institutions.

It appears to be Obama’s final “Is Obama Bush?” test.  Rather than siding with our best and brightest scientists, Obama and Holdren have sided with discredited ex-Bush officials turned lobbyist hacks like Michael Chertoff, aka “Skeletor,” who have significant conflicts of interest in selling this harmful technology and all the unconstitutional security theater that goes with it.

I didn’t see this letter when it first came out dated April 6, 2010 and hosted by the White House web page.

XXX Body Heat XXX – The TSA in Editorial Cartoons

Crossposted at Daily Kos and The Stars Hollow Gazette

Nick Anderson

Grope a Dope by Nick Anderson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Houston Chronicle

Friday night and the lights are low

Looking out for the place to go

Where they play the right music, getting in the swing

You come in to look for a king…

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen

Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life

See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen

Dancing Queen by ABBA (YouTube)

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