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~ Get ready people, they have declared war on us:

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TSA Blasts Planned Boycott of Body Scanners on Thanksgiving Eve as ‘Irresponsible’

The growing backlash over the government’s use of high-tech body scanners finally comes to a head Wednesday, the day activists have urged airline passengers to opt out of what they call a virtual strip search and submit to an “enhanced” pat-down.

National Opt-Out Day arrives the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year. More than 24 million people are expected to fly on U.S. airlines over 12 days ending Nov. 30.

The boycott has not been organized beyond a website — a weakness that will likely undermine the goal of organizers to cause headaches at airports across the country.

Yet TSA Administrator John Pistole still called the boycott “irresponsible.”

“On the eve of a major national holiday and less than one year after Al Qaeda’s failed attack last Christmas Day, it is irresponsible for a group to suggest travelers opt out of the very screening that could prevent an attack using non-metallic explosives,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a written statement.

~This joker had to be Gestapo in a past life!

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Don’t touch my junk: TSA workers face a tough job (Awww)

TAMPA, Fla. – They’ve been called molesters, threatened with violence and ordered not to touch “my junk.” One woman headbutted a TSA officer who was searching her laptop. Other screeners report being punched, kicked and shoved during pat-downs. Security officers know the new searches are more invasive but want Thanksgiving travelers to keep in mind they are just doing their jobs to keep people safe.

~Can you even believe how MSM reports?! Smacking self on forehead…

“We just want the public to understand that we’re not perverts,” said screener Ricky D. McCoy, who heads a local TSA union for Illinois and Wisconsin.

TSA chief John Pistole has heard the complaints and seemed more open to trying to balance safety with invading people’s privacy with the pat-downs.

AP

Despite the firestorm of controversy over the use of high-tech body scanners at airports, the hundreds of millions of dollars that the Transportation Security Administration is spending or looking to spend on them makes it unlikely that they’ll be getting shelved anytime soon.

~HERE is the kicker, the whole ball of wax…

Each scanner costs about $130,000 to $170,000, the agency said, and President Obama’s budget request for this year calls for $88 million to buy and install 500 new scanners.

The TSA already has already spent $80 million on body scanners, including $73 million received in stimulus funds.

Needless to say, the technology is big business, and the two companies that supply the scanners to the TSA, L-3 Communications and Rapiscan Systems, have a record of using high-powered political operatives and lobbyists to influence lawmakers. A number of other companies also are vying for future government contracts.

“TSA competitively bids technologies and makes selections through a comprehensive research, testing, and deployment process,” the agency said in a written statement. “Technologies must meet detection standards and TSA tests these technologies in both laboratory and field environments

Here’s the breakdown friends:

L-3 Communications, which has sold $39.7 million worth of machines to the TSA, has spent $4.3 million on lobbying the federal government thus far this year, though it is not clear how much of that money was spent on lobbying the TSA. Among the key figures lobbying on L-3’s behalf is Linda Daschle, wife of former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat.

Rapiscan, which has sold $41.2 million worth of body scanners to the TSA, has spent $221,500 on lobbying the federal government. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff worked briefly last year as a consultant for Rapiscan, but the company said the work was unrelated to the federal government.

“Mr. Chertoff and his staff of experts provided Rapiscan with advice and analysis with respect to a limited set of well-defined subjects unrelated to aviation security,” Peter Kant, executive vice president of the company, said in a written statement. “Chertoff Group’s activities in that engagement were advisory, and neither Mr. Chertoff nor his staff has ever represented Rapiscan in any communication with the U.S. government.”

An official with L-3 Communications told FoxNews.com that it has a $16 billion defense contract and that most of its lobbying money is spent on defense and service branches.

The official said that any company certified to sell body scanners to TSA goes through a two-year process of having the machines tested in a laboratory and a pilot program before they are accepted.

L-3 Communications began its contract with TSA nearly a year ago.

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying expenditures on Capitol Hill, said it’s common for these companies that have or hope to have contracts with the government to invest in lobbying that can lead to “make or break moments.”

“In this case, $4.3 million is an enormous amount of money but a small price to pay for the potential profits they could reap,” she said, adding that without the money, companies may not be able to make their case “forcefully enough.”

“From our perspective, we want to put a spotlight on the money,” she said. “It’s big bucks, big business. Where it has an impact on policy decisions, we need public oversight. We need the public to take the time to understand the players involved, the money involved and what the outcome is involved.”

~Oh, believe me you arses we comprehend & that is precisely what you are angry about! ~JP

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Nov 202010
 

If you have not heard about the cancer survivor in NC who was forced to remove her prosthetic breast during the TSA cope & feel, then your about to blow your top.

Cathy Bossi, a Charlotte-area flight attendant, told WBTV, a local CBS affiliate, that in August, two female Transportation Security Administration agents took her to a private room for what she calls an aggressive pat-down.

They stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast, the one where she’d had surgery, said Bossi, a three-year breast cancer survivor.

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?'” Bossi told the station. “And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well you’ll need to show me that.'”

Bossi said she removed the prosthetic breast from her bra.

“I did not take the name of the person at the time because it was just so horrific of an experience, I couldn’t believe someone had done that to me,” she said. “I’m a flight attendant. I was just trying to get to work.”

A TSA spokesperson told the station that agents aren’t supposed to remove any prosthetics but are allowed to ask to see and touch any passenger’s prosthetic. The agency said it will review the matter.


As reported by FOX news, Bossi’s story is just one of many fueling a backlash against passenger pat-downs and high-tech scanners that produce digital images of the body’s contours. Florida Rep. John Mica is pushing for airports to consider ditching TSA agents altogether in favor of private contractors. Some travelers are using the Internet to organize protests aimed at the busy travel days
surrounding Thanksgiving next week

Adding insult to injury,the Sun Sentinel reported today you get to play spin the tail on either a $11,000 fine, or risk arrest for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs. Can someone PLEASE wake me the hell up?! Have we gone back in time & taken over by the Third Reich?!

If you don’t want to pass through an airport scanner & put the coin the slot for the Chertoff group, allowing the security agents to scope pornographic stills of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

“Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process,” says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.

Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned “until it is determined that they don’t pose a threat” to the public.

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union was urging Americans to petition the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, to change the new policies.

“All of us have a right to travel without such crude invasions of our privacy,” the ACLU said in a statement. “Tell DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to put in place security measures that respect passengers’ privacy rights. You shouldn’t have to check your rights when you check your luggage.”

The ACLU outlined ways for citizens to respond to TSA demands at checkpoints and also provided a form letter for filing complaints.

But the TSA stuck to its guns. Testifying before Congress Wednesday, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said inspectors at the nation’s airports would enforce the new policies despite complaints that the search methods are too invasive.

But I don’t recall seeing photos or video of John Pistole having his groin groped by one of his 67,000 employees. That spectacle would undermine the authority or offend the dignity of our betters.

* Send this jackwagon some fan mail! TSA’s John Pistole

In summation we once again are being played & the winner are those involved with the Chertoff group & who knows how big that goes! We refuse body groping & tadaski we get ‘modern’ masheens. Bah! We have the Doh President with these assinine remarks:

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Nov 202010
 

~I say we draft Issac Yeffet to run the TSA! ~JP

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Nov 202010
 

~Again on his Bully Pulpit! Intimidation not working. He’s like a little child threatening this & that to get his own way. He is creating chaos on every issue & with the election loss it will magnify with each thing he tries to get passed. Did you know he snuck one in? He is battering us friends & the TSA uproar worked now, didn’t it?…~JP

{Snuck it in!} Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

He Says Republicans Stalling Ratification of START Treaty Impacts National Security; McConnell Talks Taxes

~ Now he’s dishonoring Reagan…blowhard teleprompting live forever as I post this…

(AP) President Barack Obama took aim Saturday at Republican senators standing in the way of a nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia, saying they were abandoning Ronald Reagan’s lesson of nuclear diplomacy: “Trust but verify.”

Meanwhile, the Senate’s top Republican accused his Democratic counterparts of wasting Congress’ lame-duck session on issues from gays in the military to environment regulations. Sen. Mitch McConnell didn’t mention Mr. Obama’s push to ratify the new START weapons treaty with Russia, but said extending expiring Bush-era tax cuts needed to be the top priority.

President Obama, speaking from a NATO summit in Portugal, used his weekly radio and Internet address to focus on international affairs at a time of increased political gridlock at home as the GOP prepares to take control of the House in the new Congress next year.

Describing his nuclear efforts as part of a five-administration continuum, President Obama said the treaty to cut the permitted number of U.S. and Russian long-range nuclear warheads by a third was “fundamental to America’s national security.”

The president went to great length listing the prominent Republicans from previous administrations who back the deal, including former secretaries of state Colin Powell, George Shultz, Jim Baker and Henry Kissinger. He cited GOP Sen. Dick Lugar’s support, but suggested that other Republican senators were playing politics with national security.

“Some make no argument against the treaty – they just ask for more time,” President Obama said. “If the Senate doesn’t act this year – after six months, 18 hearings, and nearly a thousand questions answered – it would have to start over from scratch in January.”

And it would face tougher odds as the Democratic majority loses six seats.

Without ratification, Russia may be less cooperative in enforcing strong sanctions on Iran, securing loose nuclear material from terrorists or helping the U.S. equip troops in Afghanistan, Obama said. He said no agreement with Russia meant no U.S. inspectors watching over one of the world’s biggest nuclear arsenals.

~Good! Who the hay trusts the USSR anyway?

“Those who would block this treaty are breaking President Reagan’s rule – they want to trust, but not verify,” President Obama said.

McConnell, in the GOP radio and Internet address, focused on the stubbornly high unemployment rate and Democrats’ failure to alleviate joblessness. The Kentucky senator said Democrats had exploded the national debt with the stimulus and other spending programs, and were now asking Americans for more money. He said it was imperative that the Bush-era tax cuts that expire this year be extended.

“Americans don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession,” McConnell said. “But instead of giving Americans what they want, Democratic leaders plan to use the last few days that lawmakers expect to spend in Washington this year focusing on everything except preventing this tax hike, which will cost us even more jobs: immigration; a repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell'; a reorganization of the FDA; more environmental regulations.”

President Obama appears ready to compromise with Republicans on temporarily extending the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush, despite previous opposition to continuing them for couples making over $250,000. Republicans have sought permanent cuts for all, and McConnell said that the blame for inaction would fall on the Democrats when the hikes “hit every taxpayer and hundreds of thousands of small businesses at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.”

Still, he suggested that Republicans could compromise on the tax issue.

~Throw us a bone hey Barry? Keep it!

~CBS

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Nov 192010
 
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Outrage is growing at the intersection of ideology and incompetence that is the jury’s collapse in the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, declared acquitted in the murders of 224 innocents, including a dozen Americans.

The outrage is growing as Americans learn more and more about how utterly avoidable this outrageous miscarriage of justice was. John Podhoretz’s and Jennifer Rubin’s criticisms are among the most pointed and both employ the damning word “debacle” in the title, and Powerline’s Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker weigh in with “The Failure Option.” Eric Holder who repeatedly declared his confidence in this process should resign and the president should apologize to the nation and especially to the families of the victims whose killed now has been declared not guilty

An email from an individual very experienced in federal criminal proceedings comments:

This smells like a compromise verdict to me. On Monday you had the report that a juror asked to be excused, claiming she was the lone holdout and she feared continuing verbal assaults on her by the other jurors for refusing to agree with them.

I suspect the 11 jurors wanted to convict on all counts, and this one juror refused.

In order to reach a verdict, the 11 jurors agreed to join her in acquitting him on all counts but one, in exchange for her agreeing to convict him on the one count — which sounds the least serious based on its description in the indictment.

But, the potential sentence for that count is a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life. Its up to the district judge to determine how much time he will give him, and the judge can consider all the evidence at trial, including the evidence on the acquitted counts.

To take those counts into consideration in determining what sentence to impose, the judge is only required to find by a preponderance of evidence that the defendant was involved in the criminal conduct for which he was acquitted. He’s not being punished for the acquitted conduct, rather, that conduct is to inform the judge about the nature of the defendant’s character.

I expect the judge will give him life when all is said and done.

~Townhall

~Relevant:

This Clinton Retread

Attorney General candidate Eric Holder played a key role in the much-maligned pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. (Also, Roger Kimball on Eric Holder, Radical)

Troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration…

WaPo Obama’s Attorney General Pick Faces Growing Criticism

Vetted the Clinton administration’s 176 last-minute pardons in January 2001

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Nov 162010
 

President Obama told Hispanic lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he wants the lame-duck Congress to pass immigration reforms before the end of the year.

Obama tells Hispanic Caucus immigration reform still possible


UPDATE:

President aims to get lame-duck Congress to pass legislation giving children of illegal immigrants path to citizenship by working toward a college degree or military service.

President Obama met privately in the Oval Office Tuesday with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss immigration reform, and aides say his hope that Congress will approve the DREAM Act during the lame duck session.

The legislation would give children of illegal immigrants an opportunity to earn their citizenship by working toward a college degree or military service.

Critics say it is the first step on the path toward amnesty, although the issue does have some bipartisan support.

~Hey we took names & showed the GOP that! WHOEVER in our party that supports this bill will go down ASAP! You can bet your bippy on that! ~JP

President Obama, Hispanic Caucus Members Talk Dream Act by Mike Emanuel FOX News

From Numbers USA:

We Forced a Delay on Amnesty Bill Until After Thanksgiving; Now Let’s Defeat It!

FAX, Phone!

On Saturday, House Democratic leaders announced that they aren’t going to deal with the amnesty this week. They will be out of town for Thanksgiving the week after that. So, we are now fighting to prohibit the vote the first week of December when Congress returns.
Every day (and especially week) that we delay the vote, the less likely the amnesty will get a hearing. There are at most three weeks left in which it can be raised after Thanksgiving. It still is a real danger. But Congress also has some major business it absolutely has to handle before Christmas.

THE AMNESTY LEADERS KNOW THAT THIS LAME DUCK SESSION IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE CHANCE THEY HAVE FOR AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS. THE AMERICAN VOTERS LAST WEEK CHOSE A NEW CONGRESS THAT IS STRONGLY ANTI-AMNESTY.

From FAIR:

DREAM Act Looms Over Lame-Duck

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Nov 122010
 
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~This is one poker game you won’t see Poker Face playing at…

* by DanMcManis

IF communists have a reputation for anything, it is seriousness. (And if you have seen old photos of Karl Marx, you know that he did not smile much.) But at the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound.)

While Mr. Balagun waved me out the front door, I imagined Marx’s ghost floating in the hazy light of the evening, watching over the poker players. Behind his famous thicket of a beard, I could almost see a grin.

Where Marxists Pontificate, and Play By CHANNING JOSEPH
Published: November 4

by Jonathon M. Seidl The Blaze

We’ve already brought you glimpses of your friendly neighborhood communists (watch them introduce themselves here). In sum, they want you know they’re just like you and I (minus the slaughter of millions, of course). Now, the New York Times is making sure you know some other things about your communist neighbors: they smile and have game night, too.

“[A]t the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street [in New York City] where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound),” the Times writes in a recent piece. Amid conversations about labor theory and worker exploitation, the article says, “there is also the monthly Game Night, when regulars put down their copies of ‘Das Kapital’ [Karl Marx’s manifesto] and immerse themselves in table tennis, foosball and a complicated Marxist version of Monopoly called, appropriately, Class Struggle.”


What is “Class Struggle” all about? Naturally, revolution. The game’s description explains:


“Class Struggle” reflects the real struggle between the classes in our society. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO WIN THE REVOLUTION . . . ULTIMATELY. Until then, classes—represented by different players—advance around the board, making and breaking alliances, and picking up strengths and weaknesses that determine the outcome of the elections and general strikes which occur along the way.

Like your other friendly neighborhood communists, Brecht Forum regulars are also pretty normal folks. They get together, talk, have speakers, and sometimes oh, you know, “conspire”:

The Brecht Forum began in 1975 as the New York Marxist School. It is named after long-time Marxist and German playwright Bertold Brecht, who once wrote “MUTTER COURAGE UND IHRE KINDER,” which one biography calls “an attempt to demonstrate that greedy small entrepreneurs make devastating wars possible.”

Its website describes the forum as “a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first.”

In between rounds of “Class Struggle” the forum does find time to invite guests to speak, such as this gentleman, who likes to call Glenn Beck a “fascist whore”:

Yup, just like you and me.

(H/T: Hot Air)

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