Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Partial kinda sorta victory for Shoshana Hebshi


We’ve written about Shoshana Hebshi twice here at TSA News and about the hideous, Kafka-esque injustice she suffered at the hands of the United States government, via our friendly abusers at the TSA, Frontier Airlines, and law enforcement, aka the police. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

United States of Rape


These rapes on college campuses happen so often they've become mind numbing. I used to get outraged almost beyond words, but by now I've become inured. 

It's the same shitty story, over and over, with the same shitty outcome: males, usually athletes or fraternity pigs, gang-rape a drunk girl, taking turns doing it and standing around watching and laughing as the next guy does it. In this day and age, we have the added brutality of picture-taking on cellphones and then the sharing of said pictures to futher humiliate the victim. And then, the school administration sides with the rapists -- usually so the criminals won't miss playing any of their precious football games, which, of course, mean so much in the grand scheme of things. Besides, the rapists are always "nice boys" from "good families."

After all, we all know about the "value" of sports

Then most of the school administrators and students -- women included -- blame the victim, ridicule and harass her on campus, if she has the fortitude to stay at the school (I wouldn't), and the cycle repeats, again and again, all over the country. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fake TSA clerk gropes women at SFO; but hey, no harm, no foul


Ah, I love waking up to stories like this! It's like living in absurdist theater, only the people running the theater are too stupid to see it for what it is. 

Ted Rall on Hawk Hillary


As always, click to enlarge. The great Ted Rall on Hillary Clinton, whom many people support simply because she's a woman. Let that sink in. The logic is: "She has breasts and a vagina; therefore, I'll vote for her." That's what millions of Democrats are thinking. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DHS Keeping A List, Checking It Twice


It's pretty common these days to have your resumé/curriculum vitae publicly available on a website. Most people use LinkedIn, which I can't abide (it plunders your private email account, sends invitations without your knowledge to everybody under the sun to "link" to you, pretends to get you jobs, and other things not worth going into), so I use a site called Brand Yourself instead. 

My profile there contains my resumé, the briefest of biographical info, and a contact link. It's also more visually appealing than LinkedIn, which, if you appreciate aesthetics, is a plus. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bigots: As Stupid As They Are Racist


"No illeagles here." "Illeagles." Yep. That's the wit and wisdom of racists on display in Westminster, Maryland. You can't make this shit up.
(Photo: Christian Alexandersen, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

United States of Depravity


In a perfect corollary to the entry I posted earlier today, we have the following story from the Washington Post. It's impossible to imagine the depravity of this country anymore. Reality surpasses the most sick, twisted thing you could ever come up with: 

"Jane Doe" Raped by CBP and Hospital Personnel Settles Part of Lawsuit



The case of a woman who was raped -- repeatedly -- by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and by medical personnel at the University Medical Center of El Paso has been partially settled.

I first wrote about the case here. Though this kind of thing goes on all the time at borders (and in prisons and detention centers), this particular case was so egregious that even the mainstream media reported on it. 

Jennifer Abel at Consumer Affairs on the TSA


Jennifer Abel is a freelance writer who's been an eloquent -- and scathing -- TSA critic for years.

She wrote many columns for the UK paper The Guardian, in the section called "Comment is Free," where she did yeoman's work trying to wake people up to what was going on in the U.S. And she took no end of shit for it from know-nothing readers who didn't want to believe what she was saying. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Be afraid, be very afraid! TSA (and its ilk) to the rescue!


Well, I'm finally back from three weeks away. Judging by the lack of posts at TSA News, the civil liberties watchdog site I run, I guess it was a quiet time on the TSA front. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Goober with a Grudge and a Gun #7,682 (or is it 8,276?)


Ho, hum, another day in the USA, another goober with a grudge gets a gun and shoots up a school. Who can keep up anymore? I've already lost count of how many of these have happened in the past week alone. It's almost every day now. Other countries look at us like we're insane. And they're right.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TSA Blog: the Energizer Bunny of the Blabbosphere


As regular readers here know, the TSA Blog, a.k.a. Propaganda Central, is the official on-line mouthpiece of the Transportation Security Administration. (There are, of course, lots of other, humanoid mouthpieces, as well.) 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

On the Avenue, Hon!


A beautiful, sleek, avocado-green 1961 Dodge (with a Chrysler front, according to the owner) on The Avenue in Hampden that had us gasping from a block away (click pic to enlarge). 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fiddling, Fracking, and In General Fucking Things Up


Fracking is not only causing toxic contamination of aquifers and setting faucets on fire, it's also causing earthquakes. So what is the U.S. doing? Doubling down, of course. When you find a failed policy, when you have incontrovertible evidence that what you're doing is harming people, why of course you do more of it! 

Just as with Prohibition. More people were dying of alcohol poisoning during Prohibition than had been dying of it before, so of course the U.S. government made Prohibition laws even more stringent. Better yet, it made alcohol more poisonous!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Junked Rapiscan scanners get second life

Since the radiation-emitting, independently untested Rapiscan strip-search scanners were removed from airports last year -- at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers -- what's happened to them? 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TSA forces woman to disrobe at checkpoint


I've been meaning to post this woman's account for a while, but with so many TSA stories to keep track of (and more in the pipeline), it got away from me.