Archive for November, 2010

TSA did not properly ‘sell’ this to Americans

1) All pilots and all flight attendants are excluded from pat-downs and scanners??  What’s the friggin’ point, then?  Either we all are subject to the rules or we’re going to have an issue.  So the rationale is that it’s impossible for a terrorist to be disguised as a flight-attendant? It’s impossible to fake an ID badge? 

2) A bomb on a plane is not the only method terrorists have to kill 200 people.  But it’s the only one where very excessive scanning is used.

3) We’re not in any more danger of an air-based attack than we were in 2000 or even in 1990.  Yes, danger is there – but there is a privacy issue here that appears to have not been properly vetted and a process that was not properly sold to the American citizens. 

Can this issue be sold to Americans?  I think so.  Market it a little better.  Mainly…illustrate how much more effective it is.  If it’s SO much more effective, buy-in is more likely.  Address the concerns about privacy. What if the screener is someone we know?  How can we be sure the system isn’t keeping images or that there is no way an individual screener can circumvent the system to keep images (or simply take photos of the screen – cameras can be very small).  What is the punishment for anyone who is caught – is it considered as a severe misuse of power that carries mandatory jailtime?  While the shock will wear off and it’s likely something that we’ll simply get used to – the name of the TSA has been forever soiled because of the poor (completely absent) method of selling this to Americans.  A portion of the issue at hand is that the TSA said “Here’s what you’re going to do as a condition of traveling by air and there is nothing you can do about it!”  Well – Americans don’t like being told there’s nothing we can do.  It’s a challenge to us.  Why the TSA wanted to ‘dare us’ to do something about it is beyond me.  Whoever is running that show should be replaced. 

Here is a good report on showdowns between citizens and screeners:

November 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

Laundering Corporate Funds:Tom Delay faces up to life in prison

More unethical and fiscal irresponsibility representing big-business. 


AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

Prosecutors said DeLay conspired with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to use his Texas-based PAC to send $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee, or RNC. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under Texas law, corporate money can’t go directly to political campaigns.

November 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm 2 comments

GOP Earmark Ban

From the “can’t change your stripes” department –  today’s headlines: 

PROMISES, PROMISES: GOP leader reaps $200 million

Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks was short-lived
One Senate GOP leader reaps $200 million for his state

What earmark ban? GOP leader reaps $200 million

Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl [Arizona…of course Arizona], the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million.

Kyl slipped the measure into a larger bill sought by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate on Friday to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government.

Kyl’s office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn’t deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year. But it meets the you-know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say. [Or the ‘If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…’ test].

Under Senate rules, an earmark is a spending item inserted “primarily at the request of a senator” that goes “to an entity, or (is) targeted to a specific state.” Earmarking allows lawmakers to steer federal spending to pet projects in their states and districts. Earmarks take many forms, including road projects, improvements to home district military bases, sewer projects, economic development projects. A key trait is that they are projects that haven’t been sought by the administration in power. 


November 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

4 bullies stomp a kid to death

More from the bullying epidemic and from ‘when assholes have kids’:

Monique Rivarde’s son, 18-year-old Bobby Tillman, was killed Nov. 6, allegedly stomped to death by four teenagers in a random attack at a party in Douglasville, Ga., while nearly 100 others looked on.

And now, Rivarde says it’s her job to speak out so that nothing like this ever happens to any mother ever again.

Police say Tillman was simply walking toward the door when four teenagers he didn’t know jumped him. Tillman, who was only 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed just 124 pounds, was punched, kicked and stomped to death as scores of teenagers looked on.

This certainly wasn’t these kids’ first act of bullying, but nothing was done.  How can kids expect to stop them when they’ve watched their teachers/administrators be afraid of handling the bullies in the school?  And where are the parents of these loser kids?  In denial or are they afraid of them, too.

It’s just too bad they didn’t do this in Texas.  This is a horrific and needless act of violence.  I think there should not be 1 less teen in the world today.  I think there should be 5 less teens.  I think this says it best:

If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back. That’s our policy.

They’re trying to pass a bill right now through the Texas legislature that will speed up the process of execution in heinous crimes where there’s more 3 credible eyewitnesses.

If more than 3 people saw you do what you did, you don’t sit on death row for 15 years…you go straight to the front line.

— Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour)

Way more than 3 people saw it.  It’s especially heinous. 

Georgia does have the death penalty.  But…they don’t use it.  Since 1976, they have killed 39 people.  In that same time period, Texas has killed 357. 

And Texas has 413 more who have been given the death penalty and are waiting on Death Row.

In the meantime, here are 4 names we should commit to memory, in case we see them.  Here are the names of 4 cowards who are so gutless that the FOUR of them figured the biggest kid that they could handle was a 5′ 6″ kid to kill. 

Quantez Devonta Mallory, 18, Horace Damon Coleman, 19, Emanuel Benjamin Boykins, 18, and Tracen Lamar Franklin, 19, have all been charged with murder

November 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

Exorcisms in the US….Really?

Are we really still doing this??

NEW YORK (Nov. 12) — Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. 


November 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

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