Friday, January 31, 2014

TSA to USA: We see you naked, and worse, try to make your life hell

Our friend at Taking Sense Away, about whom we've written several times, and who up to now has remained anonymous, has just revealed his identity. In a very public way.
Our buddy "N. J." is really Jason Harrington. And his tell-all about life as a TSA screener was published last night by Politico.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Holder the Hypocrite

Russell Mokhiber is Editor of the invaluable Corporate Crime Reporter. I'm reprinting his column on Department of Justice (sic) head Eric Holder, which appeared first in Corporate Crime Reporter and then in Counterpunch. I'm reposting it in its entirety, with the Counterpunch title, "Holder the Hypocrite":

Ted Rall Strikes Again

Will somebody give this guy a McArthur already?!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Take me out to the ball game" -- so I can be groped?

Ah, well, it was only a matter of time. Anybody with a brain knew it was only a matter of time.

American Police Brutality and Clueless Judge

Behold the words of an American judge, who, upon discovering the type of police brutality that goes on in this country every day, is shocked:
“Defendant’s motion describes facts so extreme and unusual that this can truly be deemed sui generis,” Judge Statsinger wrote.
Sui generis?? Are you kidding me? What rock has he been living under?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Congress, unwilling to stop TSA from abusing passengers, wants it to be polite

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly has your back. The Democrat from Virginia is threatening the TSA. And boy, he means business.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Denver police initiate sexual assault investigation after TSA pat-down


Finally! Someone in law enforcement is taking seriously the charge of sexual assault by TSA workers.
Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, was accompanying her 13-year-old daughter to the gate for the daughter’s flight. Steenhoek “alarmed” when she went through the metal detector. Then her hands were swabbed and they “alarmed.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Americans and Their Hypocrisy Over Football

I'm 56 years old. Like most people my age, I've had to endure my share of bores at dinners and cocktail parties blathering on endlessly about their personal obsessions, not noticing the glazed look in the eyes of their interlocutors. These bores are often men. And no subject gets them going quite like the testosterone-soaked game known as American football.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Talk Nation Radio: Lisa Simeone on How the TSA Trains Us in Obedience

I did a phone interview a few weeks ago with longtime political activist David Swanson on the TSA and its many and sundry abuses of our civil liberties. Yeah, I should’ve Skyped ’cause my portion of the audio isn’t so great, but c'est la vie.

"I Wear the Badge of 'Socialist' with Honor"

Newly elected Seattle City Council member -- running on a socialist platform -- Kshama Sawant just took her oath of office. You can watch the video at this link, but here's the full text of her speech after her swearing in. I've bolded certain passages:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Psychopath of the Week

Another in our continuing series, Psychopath of the Week. It's always a tough call, because there are so many of them. This week, however, there's no contest.

Because we have the smarmiest of the smarmy, the personification of a sophist, which is to say someone who twists language and meaning and decency and his own soul beyond limits to justify the unjustifiable:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Onion Strikes Again!

Quoting the friend who sent it to me, "hilarious and heartbreaking" video from The Onion: "Judge Rules White Girl Will Be Tried As Black Adult."

(For my non-American readers -- and even, god help us, some American ones -- this isn't actual news; it's satire. That's what The Onion does. Satire. Farce. Sick humor to make a political point.)

Friday, January 3, 2014

CBP: just as vile as the TSA

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency that greets you when you return to this country. Or, if you're a foreign tourist, when you enter it. And like the TSA, it can be capricious, ruthless, and abusive.

The latest outrage comes from JFK airport in New York, where a Canadian musician named Boujemaa Razgui was returning with his 11 rare, handmade wooden flutes. What did the brilliant minds of CBP do when confronted with these nefarious instruments?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Great News: Lynne Stewart Finally Released

In a rare bit of good news, perfect to start the new year, wrongly jailed lawyer Lynne Stewart has finally received compassionate release. Democracy Now reports:
The civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart has returned home from prison after a federal judge ordered her compassionate release. Stewart is 74 years old and dying from late-stage breast cancer. Viewed by supporters as a political prisoner, she had served almost four years of a 10-year sentence for distributing press releases on behalf of her client, Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian cleric known as the "blind Sheikh." Stewart arrived to a group of cheering supporters in New York City on Wednesday. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Renée Feltz were at the airport to cover the homecoming and speak with Stewart about her time behind bars and her plans to continue fighting for political prisoners — and for her own life — now that she's free.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from the Hypocrites

The great Ted Rall, once again speaking the truth. But the Obamabots still don't want to listen. (And for the umpteenth time, no, the Republicans aren't any better. When will you get it through your heads that "Red Team! Blue Team!" is a farce? Both teams are screwing you, people. When are you going to effing learn??)