I was a speaker at one of the many 9-11 events in New York earlier this month. The theme of my presentation was that after ten years, there are aspects of the story we will never agree on. The time has come to unite around that which we DO agree on, which is that the US Government has lied to the people of the United States, and to decide what We The People will do with a government that lies to us.
The Constitution does not authorize the government to lie to the people and the Tenth Amendment prohibits the government from arrogating that right to itself. When the government lies, it acts illegally and unconstitutionally. When the government lies, it ceases to be the legitimate government of this land.
A government that lies to the people does not respect the people. They do not respect you as a human being and certainly not as an equal. You are merely assets, the crowd, the herd, the throng, to be managed and herded, not treated with honor and respect as you deserve.
Ten years after 9-11, with the government's lack of repentance for the lies well-established, the next step is to decide what to do with a government of the liars, by the liars, and for the liars.
Out looking for that solar eclipse, again.
You gotta be shittin' me! TRUTHERS? LOSERS!
I found the well-written column interesting and entertaining although I have no idea what is a "swamp cooler." It has a really bad sound to it though.
The word swamp does not go with the word cooler.
They are opposites. Swamp cooler sounds impossible, desert cooler sounds reasonable...that is called air conditioning.
Something that fails at cooling might be called a swamp cooler and it might also make an unpleasant sucking sound. And overflow on the floor? The imagination tends to run wild at how horrible this might be. Could involve mold.
Then again, swamp cooler might be a very refreshing drink. Something like a Pimm's Cup.
Randy, maybe next week you could tell us all about your SOCK DRAWER??!? That sounds MUCH more exciting.
The only reasoning to do such a thing would be to upgrade from swamp to AC. A (and the ONLY) reasoning you obviously failed to recognize.
TSA has employed the “Big Lie” strategy in their effort to convince Congress and the public that the organization is not as corrupt and arrogant as it actually is. This method relies on an endless of streams of lies, obfuscations and denials of facts in an attempt to persuade people that they did not see or experience that which is plainly obvious. There have been dozens of instances where victim or witness accounts have been disputed by TSA only to later to be confirmed after being captured on video, which explains their aversion to perfectly legal attempts to record them at checkpoints.
When an ABC producer reported that a TSA screener reached inside her underwear and made direct contact with her genitals, Pistole denied that it saying” that never happened” which he later changed to “that never should happen” when the woman went on national television and recounted the incident. Again another lie. Then in December when reports that of a young boy being essentially strip searched in Salt Lake City, TSA again denied categorically that he event took place until video surfaced on You Tube documenting the original account. Again TSA lied and was forced to recant their earlier statement.
The same has been true in the wake of every child pat down that has been reported, TSA states they are revising their screening procedures but continues to grope and traumatize innocent children. This happened after the 3 year old girl was recorded screaming while the screener molested her, again after the Salt Lake City incident, and yet again after the 6 year old girl in New Orleans and most recently after the infant groping in Kansas City. Other similar incidents have been reported including the Tennessee mother who was arrested for trying to prevent TSA from groping her adolescent daughter. Security video later revealed that they did in fact molest the young girl just as her mother feared.
Under Pistole’s policies, TSA screeners have been turned into de facto child molesters and sexual assailants. They have admitted that the pat downs involve direct contact with passenger's penises, testicles, breasts and vagina including those of children, which meets any reasonable definition of sexual assault. By their own calculations, TSA gropes over 60,000 passengers every day.
Much like the childhood story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, some Americans have refused to acknowledge that the Emperor is indeed naked, even though their eyes tell them he is. Fortunately, many have begun to realize that this agency and its management are corrupt and operating against the interests and will of those they supposedly serve. It is long past time to dismantle this agency and prosecute those responsible for this travesty.
I fly almost every week. I refuse to go through the pedoray machine. I get frisked in order to monopolize the suspectors, requesting that they go through the speech three times.
The only thing the TSA is good for is reducing unemployment. If they were not employed, the unemployment rate would be 15%.
If there is ever a terrorist on a plane I am on, either they will be hurt and possibly dead, or I will be dead. In my view, that is a better defense than being told to be vewy, vewy afwaid.
I'm definitely on the same page as Randy. I put up with all the "show screening" until they put the Rap-e-scans in. You know that doctors, nurses, and flight crews won't go through them for the most part. In fact, even though TSA said they "changed" the pictures, they really only changed what the public sees. I've avoided air travel completely since the "enhanced patdowns" began. If I were inappropriately touched, my reflex would be to physically strike out--then I'd end up in jail and paying $10,000 instead of going on my trip. I don't know if citizens lobbying their members of Congress for changes even helps, but I will continue to complain to my own members of Congress.
Randy says.....hes in the airport "and depressingly un-medicated, "
Brownies Randy...Brownies...You can eat 'em before ya get to the airport or munch while you wait (easy to get thru security)
Try it...You'll like it..
Total discrimination. Total Sexual Assault.
Your vocal and unrelenting mockery of TSA in addition to driving is much appreciated--thanks for the great piece.
The TSA is a criminal, out-of-control agency that abuses people with impunity. It hasn't caught or thwarted a single potential attacker in its multi-billion-dollar history.
Pistole and Napolitano are its sick, twisted ringleaders. They should be fired — after being forced to go through a few gropes themselves — and the entire agency dismantled.
But I’m not holding my breath. Congress is craven, the president clueless (after all, his wife and children don't have to get stripped or groped), and half the population willfully ignorant. I’ve kept track of accounts of abuse for the past 18 months, and they are legion. Since we can't post links in these comment, you'll have to search for it yourselves. Go to TravelUnderground (it's a dot org domain) and look for "Master Lists of TSA Crimes and Abuses."
Empirical evidence, risk assessment, statistical analysis, security experts, logic — none of it matters to the United Sheeple of America. “The Terrorists! The Terrorists Are Everywhere!”
So many cowards and paranoiacs. They won’t be happy until Uncle Sam is sticking his fingers up their a**es.
Entertaining article. Thanks. So true.
Thanks Randy. Being disabled (and about to embark on a cross-country flight), I am reminded why I haven't done so in several years.
Thank you for an excellent article! Thank you for pointing out the utter absurdity and offensiveness of the pathetic security theater at airports. The TSA does zero, zip, to enhance safety. In fact, here's a list of the many ways TSA makes us LESS safe:
They irradiate vulnerable populations like pregnant women and toddlers.
They cause huge backups of people all at one spot near the security checkpoint which makes an attractive (and unscreened) bombing target.
They make women traveling alone targets by forcing them to say their names out loud where stalkers might hear.
They molest children. Really, they touch childrens' genitals; they even rub the crotches of minor girls traveling alone without their parents.
They steal our valuables out of our luggage.
They take bribes to assist drug dealers in getting packages past the checkpoint. By the way, how do the agents know it's drugs in the package?
They re-traumatize rape survivors by forcing them to relive the experience of unwanted strangers coercing or forcing them into sex acts.
They create naked images of children. Seriously, convince me this isn't a pedophile's dream.
Fight! I will never stop fighting to stop the TSA from abusing innocent people. And until then, I'll take Amtrak.
Thanks for this informative comment. It provokes thinking about this evolving situation, which is a more serious matter than most of us are willing to admit.
"For true Tucsonans, the heat is our friend, chasing away pretenders and carpetbaggers—pardon me, "temporary residents"—and leaving the city to those who really appreciate it."
Hey, in some ways I totally agree with you....there is a noticeable decline in idiot drivers and some evenings it's so peaceful on my mid-town street (other than the occasional emergency vehicle), that I wonder if the world really did end 2 weeks ago!
The biggest problem about summer here (besides the insane heat, which I still haven't entirely embraced in my 30+ years here in the Old Pueblo), is that jobs seem to go when many of the "visitors" leave. Right now, I am an unemployed teacher... and I can't GIVE my skills and experience away, even on the most menial job postings. I'm willing to roll back 5 years to my pre-college wages, and still can't seem to catch a break. Hence, why I'm spending all my free time writing commentary.
"There is a magic gizmo, and it's called "common sense." You could start by redefining where you have to go. Is it really a good idea to live 20 miles from your job?"
Ha-ha! this is hilarious, because this is exactly why I HAD to leave my last position. I couldn't take the hellish commute to Green Valley (a misnomer, by the way).
Since I've been at home (about 2 weeks), I estimate I have saved about $80 in gas costs. I opt
to walk or ride my bike to the corner store (no small feat at 45 years of age).
So I guess there is something positive about summer in Tucson...you may be broke, but who needs to buy food, gas or clothes when you have no appetite, aren't going anywhere, and wear next-to-nuthin' all day?
How about the two rattlesnakes I have found in the yard so far? Add in the gila monster and it is just a pleasant little party of summer critters around here. And the locusts "singing" in the background! What could be better?
Quite the rant, Randy. I was reading for the "ample pleasures to be found in summer. " The four listed at the end sure don't do it for me. Oh, I forgot the buzzing locust! Count me in on that one. Maybe a reader contest for the "Pleasures of a Tucson Summer"??
Prizes, of course. A trip to the top of Mt. Lemmon?
Here is a link to lots of fotos from the cameras on Aribabi on the SIA website:
And videos on the same site:
And the Aribabi Facebook page foto gallery:
And a news story that has the most recent jaguar foto, and a couple of ocelots, including one from the U.S.:
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