Friday, November 21, 2014

TSA holiday pleas? Oh, please


At TSA News, a civil liberties watchdog site I run, we often call your attention not only to news reports but to other blogs and websites that discuss the TSA. Consumer Traveler is one of them. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Freak, thanks to my friend litbrit


Thanks to my great friend litbrit. And she says that the generator, if you want to make your own, is here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanksgiving air travel expands, or why we'll never get rid of the TSA


I know I sound like a broken record. That's why, as the years have gone by, I'm writing less and less about the TSA. Because I increasingly see it as pointless. And judging by the activity of our other writers here at TSA News, I'm not alone. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beauty, courtesy of Clive James


A quote for the ages, courtesy of author and raconteur Clive James:
"There is enough of heaven in a hedgerow, and enough of hell in the perfidy of man."
Sadly, Clive James is dying. But he faces his end with the grace, wit, and equanimity he has brought to so much of his writing through the years. What a wonderful legacy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Shock: Another Athlete Thug? Heaven Forfend!


So we have word of yet another athlete in the ranks of the habitually criminal college and professional football leagues. Gee, hard to believe. Who wouldathunkit?! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Overprivileged, Idiot Athletes? I'm Shocked, Shocked, I Say!


These administrators are nauseating: 
Carol Folt, the university chancellor, with Tom Ross, the university president. She said the fake classes thrived for so long because it was hard for people to fathom that they could even exist.
Really? Really?? Gee, that's funny, because I've known about them since I was in high school, and that was 40 years ago. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Obamabots on Parade: Episode 1,083

Fucking idiots. They will never learn. No wonder this country won't move forward. Copied & pasted from Facebook. Full name of "H" removed to protect his pathetic identity: 

Monday, September 29, 2014

U.S. Liberals


TSA and DHS, making a list, checking it twice


We've only been saying it for years.

In the United States of Homeland, the government keeps lists. Lists of "good guys" and "bad guys." We aren't allowed to know who's on those lists, how they got on, why they got on, if they're on in error, or how they can get off. If they're even on, which they're not allowed to know. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Americans and Their Hypocrisy Over Football Redux


Amid all the faux outrage over NFL thug Ray Rice, who clocked his then-fiancée-now-wife in an elevator and knocked her out cold, then dragged & kicked her body as if it were a bag of trash, I'm reposting what I wrote back in January, which also links to an op-ed I did in 2003. Not that any of it matters. Fans will always be fans, no matter how many criminals get in the way:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

U.S./Middle East Politics Explained (Kinda Sorta)



Wish I could give attribution for this; it was sent to me on email, and it's being posted and reposted all over the blabbosphere. It's pretty great, so I'm joining the fray: 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eternal War, or Reason #167 Why Obama is the Second Coming of George W. Bush


Well, as predicted, Obama is once again striving to prove he's just as clueless, blinkered, and warmongering as his predecessor. It's hard to tell anymore who in the stupidity sweepstakes is winning. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walking While Black -- As Unsafe As Driving While Black


"I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded . . .  All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong 'tall, bald head, black male,'" Belk wrote on Facebook. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DA won’t prosecute fake TSA agent who groped women


Remember the guy who dressed up in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and blue gloves and impersonated a TSA agent in San Francisco last month? He succeeded in leading two victims into a curtained booth and groped at least one of them. Well, we don't know exactly what he did, since he was hidden. We only know that he got away with it, and that if he had been an actual TSA clerk, whatever he did, including sexual molestation, would've been legal. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Published, Later Removed by Times of Israel: "When Genocide Is Permissible"

This is an op-ed that was published by the Times of Israel on August 1, 2014. It was written by Yochanan Gordon. It was published with this title: "When Genocide Is Permissible."

Their title, not mine.

If that's not horrifying enough for you, you're so far gone there's no hope. For the rest of you out there not living in denial, read it and weep. The Times eventually took it down, but not before publishing it and not before lots of people got screen shots and archived it. Where the hell were the editors??

UPDATE: The editors have now published this apology.

Friday, August 1, 2014

R. I. P.


From the Middle East Children's Alliance:
The staff and board of the Middle East Children's Alliance would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to our colleague Dr. Mona El-Farra, her family, and all of the Palestinian families who have lost their relatives and loved ones.

Early this morning, Israeli tanks shelled a home in Khan Younis and killed nine members of Dr. Mona's family including 5 children. Ten more relatives are injured and five of them are in critical condition. 
We are saddened by the very personal loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Mona El-Farra, and by the knowledge that her relatives were killed with the full support of our government. 

Rest in peace:
Abed Almalek Abed Al Salam El-Farra, 54 years
Osamah Abed Almalek El-Farra, 34 years
Awatef  A'ez Eldeen El-Farra, 29 years 
Emad El-Farra, 28 years
Mohamad Mahmoud El-Farra, 12 years
Nadeen Mahmoud El-Farra, 9 years
Yara Abed Al Salam El-Farra, 8 years (pictured above)
Abed Al Rahaman El-Farra, 8 years
Lujain Basem El-Farra, 4 years 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Actor Verne Troyer pawed by TSA


Since I was away for three weeks, I missed a lot of TSA stories. They didn't get reported at TSA News, either, so forgive me for being late to the party. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gaza: We Are Responsible

Our great poet and national conscience, Chris Hedges:

. . . The unanimous U.S. Senate vote in support of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the media’s slavish parroting of Israeli propaganda, and the Obama administration’s mindless repetition of pro-Israeli clichés have turned us into cheerleaders for Israeli war crimes. We fund and abet these crimes with $3.1 billion a year in military aid to Israel. We are responsible for the slaughter. No one in the establishment, including our most liberal senator, Bernie Sanders, dares defy the Israel lobby. And since we refuse to act to make peace and justice possible we should not wonder why the Palestinians carry out armed resistance.

The Palestinians will reject, as long as possible, any cease-fire that does not include a lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. They have lost hope that foreign governments will save them. They know their fate rests in their own hands. The revolt in Gaza is an act of solidarity with the world outside its walls. It is an attempt to assert in the face of overwhelming odds and barbaric conditions the humanity and agency of the Palestinian people. There is little in life that Palestinians can choose, but they can choose how to die. And many Palestinians, especially young men trapped in overcrowded hovels where they have no work and little dignity, will risk immediate death to defy the slow, humiliating death of occupation.

I cannot blame them.

-Chris Hedges