Friday, November 26, 2010

The Thought For Today

"The majority never has right on its side. Never, I say! That is one of the social lies that a free, thinking man is bound to rebel against. Who makes up the majority in any given country? Is it the wise men or the fools? I think we must agree that the fools are in a terrible overwhelming majority, all the wide world over. But, damn it, it can surely never be right that the stupid should rule over the clever!" - Henrik Ibsen (And a big hello to the TSA!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

And hello "I don't need to go through the sensors and you do". During an appearance on CBS, the TSA's Pistole expressed "great concern over anybody who feels like they have not been treated properly or had something embarrassing" happen. HA!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Hard Truth From Orlando


I don't know about everybody else in the world, but I'm already sick of the beat-to-death news of the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and what's-her-name. I don't care where he proposed to her. I don't want to see the pictures of the bed they slept in, the cabin they stayed at in Kenya, the ring on her finger or the cafeteria table where they met. I don't want to see the photos of the bikini she was wearing at the fashion show when Prince William "noticed" her as more than an acquaintance. I don't want to know if the Queen Mother thinks she's a good match for her grandson or if what's-her-name was extremely nervous meeting the royal family the first time.

I don't care.

Mind, I understand that as people, this young couple is newsworthy by virtue of the history they represent. I understand that there's always a fascination with "royalty" among people who are curious about those who live in the rarified atmosphere of inherited privilege, luxury and power. But what I really understand is the media is going to spend an inordinate amount of money and airtime to absolutely hammer the hell out of everyone at every level of communication with every bit of minutiae and speculation about the trivialities of this couple's romance and marital escapades.

It's going to be the mind-numbing, never-ending subject on every network, every entertainment show, every talk show. You'd think nothing else is happening in the whole world, when we've got countries teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, natural disasters claiming thousands of lives, pending global depletion of fossil fuel with the resulting catastrophic consequences for civilization as we know it, global warming, civil unrest in our own nation, and daily scientific advances which were sheer fantasy not five years ago to talk about. There's a lot of news -- good news -- that we could be watching instead.

But we're going to peruse the inconsequential silliness of a very public couple's private life for hours and hours and hours every day; a kind of ultimate reality show for a generation that can't get real.

I think I'll disconnect my cable and just watch movies from NetFlix for the next two years and tune back in when it's all over but the flashbacks.

Florida Cracker

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Thought For Today

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” - Sinclair Lewis

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

"Airport body scans just latest TSA window dressing."

"An act of terrorism is committed, and TSA issues a new directive aimed at preventing the very crime that already occurred. It's like the U.S. wagging a finger and saying, "Now, don't try that again." And the terrorists try something else." I feel so much safer now, don't you? Don't forget, the 24th is National Opt-Out Day. Just say no to being microwaved or X-rayed. Your body may thank you - though not for the TSA fondling you'll get.

Idiots In Charge

"William Bordley, an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, acknowledged in the letter that "approximately 35,314 images...have been stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine" used in the Orlando, Fla. federal courthouse. In addition, Bordley wrote, a Millivision machine was tested in the Washington, D.C. federal courthouse but it was sent back to the manufacturer, which now apparently posses the image database." I have absolutely no problem with the TSA's outright lies to us about our privacy being preserved, do you?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Idiots In Charge: TSA Full-Body Scanners: Protecting Passengers Or Padding Pockets?

From Gizmodo: "Sorry pro-naked scanner people, but I'm with the pilots, the flight attendants, disgruntled passengers and Ben Franklin on this one. We need to put things into perspective.
If we're going to spend hundreds of millions on something, I'd rather it be something effective that's truly benefitting my fellow passenger, not some lobbyist and their current client."

And TSA's excuse:
I've heard better excuses from a 3-year old child.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Idiots In Charge

Napolitano met with the U.S.Travel Association and 20 travel companies "to underscore the Department's continued commitment to partnering with the nation's travel and tourism industry and fuck with people just because we can."

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Idiots In Charge

"Blogger Bob said...
Anon, I'm posting about this because it is relevant. One of the top questions on this blog is about AIT safety.Also, there is no fondling, squeezing, groping, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports. You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe.Please keep pat-down discussions in the Enhanced Pat-down post and let's keep on topic with AIT safety here."
Thanks,Blogger BobTSA Blog Team"

And, just for laughs:
The comments are a Must Read!

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Someone remind me - why did we outlaw napalm? It's so good on pests.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

All the jury members and all members of the RIAA, should be given a free trip to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. And greatly encouraged to swim home. All of you have fun now! Idiots.

P.S. And because we're such nice people, let's give a free trip to everyone in the MPAA too!

Friday, November 05, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Those Stupid Assholes (TSA) strike again: "Federal authorities have arrested 34 suspected illegal immigrants who've been attending a flight school in Stow, Mass., The Boston Globe reported. Strict security controls put into place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks ban illegal immigrants from taking flight lessons and require background checks on all foreigners training to fly in the United States.
Thiago DeJesus, the owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field near Boston, was among those arrested in the sting. A Brazilian immigrant and licensed pilot, DeJesus was charged in July with being in the U.S. illegally, but continued to give flying lessons until this week. Although DeJesus denies being in the states illegally, he is scheduled for a deportation hearing in February.
All of the arrested students were Brazilian nationals who were taking classes to learn to fly small single-engine planes, WCVB-TV reported. Officials at the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration could not explain why the students had received federal clearance to take classes and obtain pilot's licenses.
No link to terrorism has been found in connection with the flight school, and the arrested immigrants are free pending deportation hearings in federal immigration court."

Now, if they had only made them take off their shoes, this would have never happened.

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Those Stupid Assholes (TSA) are at it again. And, of course, nothing will happen to the guy responsible - or his co-workers who didn't report him.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Thought For Today

"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Let's see - explosives were discovered last week in cargo parcels so they damn near strip search passengers to hide the fact that they fucked up. TSA: Those Stupid Assholes.

The Thought For Today

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy