Sunday, September 29, 2013

Family Photo

My, my, isn't this a charming family photo:

But of course. Those famous American "family values" in action!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lee Camp

Comedian and kick-ass social commentator Lee Camp (who was with us, by the way, at the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., in 2011):

Friday, September 20, 2013

When will people get it? Pre-Check doesn't work

Sigh. I've been writing about Pre-Check for almost two years, explaining again and again and again and again how it works, how it doesn't, and why it's a boondoggle. Yet people persist in pretending it's not.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Supreme Court Wipes Its Ass with the Constitution -- Again

I'd like to say this story is unbelievable, but alas, it's all too believable. We barely have a Bill of Rights anymore, so what's one more amendment down the crapper?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Another Goober With a Grudge

Several things to say about yesterday's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.:

Monday, September 16, 2013

TSA wrecks $20,000 cello bow

As I've said, I'm slowly transferring all my 250+ posts from TSA News over to here. I've been writing for and editing TSA News for almost two years (anniversary in November). But since it requires so much time and I have little to no help with it, plus I'm politically active in other ways, I can't keep up with managing two blogs. Here's a post from February 13, 2013:

Ted Rall's Latest on Syria

Ted Rall today:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Goodbye, Big Sis – don’t let the door hit you on the way out

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute has been doing yeoman’s work for years defending our civil liberties and calling out abuses.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It’s sexual assault in Columbia, but not at the airport

A story in my local paper caught my eye this morning. It’s about a series of sexual assaults that have taken place on a set of bucolic paths that wind through a suburb called Columbia, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Help Kickstart World War III

History repeats itself with TSA’s strip-search tactics

I have done over 250 posts for TSA News in the almost two years of its existence. I'll eventually move them all over to this blog. In the meantime, here's one of them, from December 5, 2011. Unfortunately -- and not surprisingly -- everything I wrote in it is still true:

History repeats itself with TSA’s strip-search tactics - Dec 5, 2011

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”

Saturday, September 7, 2013

LUV News Saturday 7 September 2013

Here's today's LUV News (explanation of acronym here).
Addendum: I just noticed that the 10 photographs in the last article haven't shown up. Click link to original to see them. Worth a thousand words indeed:


If I had a dollar for every person who told me that unless Obama were re-elected the world would come to an end, I'd be rich. How's that working out for ya, folks? How's Mr. Nobel Peace Prize working out for ya? Record unemploymentrecord corporate profitsNSA snooping on an unparalleled scaleevisceration of the Bill of Rightsdisregard of international law, increasingly militarized police, union suppression, more abortion restrictions nationwide, give-aways of public lands to corporations for fracking, rushing through of the TPP, continuing drone-bombing of civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, ignoring of the lessons of the 2008 economic crash by allowing banks to continue their practices unregulated and by pushing for Larry Summers to head the Fed -- in other words, lies on top of lies on top of lies, and a complacent liberal establishment that's just fine with all of the above now that a Democrat is in the White House.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

To Hell With The Little People; We've Got A War To Do, Dammit!

While our warmonger president and mostly spineless Congress go through the charade of a vote as they prepare to bomb Syria, here are a few sequester cuts to keep in mind. As usual, we don't have money for human needs, but we have money for war. After all, gotta keep the "defense" contractors happy!

$928 million cut from FEMA’s disaster relief money
$6 million cut from Emergency Food and Shelter
$70 million cut from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Fund at USDA
$61 million cut from the Hazardous Substance Superfund at EPA
$125 million cut from the Wild land Fire Management
$53 million cut from Salaries and Expenses at the Food Safety and Inspection Service
633 million cut from the Department of Education’s Special Education programs
$184 million cut from Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research
$71 million cut from administration at the Office of Federal Student Aid
$116 million cut from Higher Education
$86 million cut from Student Financial Assistance
$79 million cut from Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance $604 million cut from National Nuclear Security Administration
$232 million cut from the Federal Aviation Administration
$394 million cut from Defense Environmental Cleanup  
(H/T to Marilyn for pointing me to this list)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Last Chance for NDAA Lawsuit

The rights-busting juggernaut that is the NDAA just keeps rolling along. Thanks to the worthless wankers in Congress and an imperial president who clearly studied GWBush 101, we have a law on the books that allows the detention of American citizens, without trial, without access to a lawyer, in secret, in military prisons, or anywhere else the authorities decide to put them.