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a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without […]

consider the symbology

Uniformed, badged personnel, operating under the authority and power of an authoritarian set of laws granting them extra-Constitutional capacities, instruct you – an American citizen who has broken no laws and done no wrong – to adopt a position of submission – hands above your head – before entering a chamber that could, on quick glance, resemble a high-tech shower stall.  After that, you will be "allowed" to enter the secure side of the area […]

the tsa does not care about your health

This is me, not being surprised:

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big deal, right?

Oh, wait, the Thousands of […]

that ugly "need" hydra

A few months ago, I happened to have a rather… interesting*… conversation with the warped and benighted mind behind the Twitter account of @1StopCity. A recurring theme in this particular conversation is that unless you have a particular "need" for something or to do something, you have absolutely no right to that thing or to do that thing, or, in his very own words, "Odds against you "needing" a gun negate your right to own […]

you are cordially invited to pucker up and…

I have an increasingly nagging suspicion I am not going to make it to wherever I am going the next time I try to board a commercial air flight, which is unfortunate, because I have not seen my parents in a while.

Why? Because flying across the country is neither affordable nor easy any more.

Oh, the other why? Because if some spineless, high-school drop-out tells me to "Freeze", I am just going […]

be smarter than the equipment you use

So far, we, the American people, have spent somewhere in excess of sixty billion (yes, with a "b") dollars on a "security" farce that results in mind-bending idiocy such as this:

The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The […]

i think you are going to need a bigger image

One of the more amusing exchanges I have had with the anti-rights cultist behind the @everygun Twitter profile was regarding "gun free zones" and their complete and total inefficacy. Predictably, this particular individual was dancing in the blood of the recent Chardon school shooting, and using the victims’ deaths as a reason to spread the idea of "gun free zones" to more locations. Yes, you read that right – the complete and total failure of […]

should have sprung for the run-flats

… Because something tells me trying to run one of these will not go over too well with the power-tripping high-school drop-outs hiding behind their blue uniforms and tin badges:

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Tuesday partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and several other federal and state agencies for a safety enforcement and awareness operation on Tennessee’s interstates and two metropolitan-area bus stations.

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one cannot escape the government

One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.

Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:

McGhee Tyson Airport will […]

hopefully the start of a trend

Until more parents start pulling more "stunts" like this one, the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters at airports around the nation will continue intentionally violating our Fourth Amendment-protected rights:

Andrea Fornella Abbott yelled and swore at Transportation Security Administration agents Saturday afternoon at Nashville International Airport, saying she did not want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately or have her “crotch grabbed,” a police report states.

After the woman refused to calm down, airport police […]

speaking of the tsa

Around seven months ago, almost to the day, I wrote the following words:

There is no safe level or threshold of ionizing radiation exposure.

… in response to the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ new "backscatter scanners" and the x-ray radiation those devices will be flooding users and observers with.

I am not a nuclear engineer. What little knowledge I have on the topic comes from purely recreational reading and no first-hand experience or […]

disgracing america, one granny at a time

Back when the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters announced their nudity-scanners / cancer-cannons (otherwise known as "backscatter x-ray machines"), I concluded that unless there were no other option available to me (visiting parents across the country, business travel, etc.), I would never be flying ever again. The upside of this is that we have a positively beautiful country, with all manner of awesome and intriguing things between point A and point B, and having to drive […]

zapping your rights, one foot at a time

Owing to Better Half’s feet being a bit larger than the apparent national average, we have started purchasing her footwear online when we cannot find them in physical stores – we do our best, of course, to figure out her size beforehand, and minimize the number of returns we will have to make to ensure a proper fit, but given that so many companies allow for free returns, things have gotten a lot easier. 

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just when you think they could not get worse…

Remember how the Transportation Security Administration was created and installed in order to guarantee, or at least improve, the safety of the American public as they availed themselves of our comprehensive airplane transportation network?

Yeah, neither do I, actually, but you can witness just how much your “safety” takes a back seat to the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ agendas, whatever the hell they are, when you read about how they inflicted ten times the intended […]

talk about a deficiency

Everyone remember the brand-spanking new backscatter scanner systems the Transportation Security Administration Thousands of Sexual Assaulters are using at airports now? You know, the ones that photograph you electronically nude, can and will eventually cause cancer, and violate our Fourth Amendment-protected rights (a crime that the former Assistant TSA Administrator has already confessed to)? Those scanners?

Yeah… those backscatter scanners cannot detect dangerous amounts of PETN, as long as you form it right:

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abandon the tsa

For those Knoxvillians who are unwilling to play “grope-a-thon” with the TSA, but who still want to get to D.C. and points beyond, Megabus.com has an interesting proposition for you:

Megabus.com will operate from the Knox Area Transit’s new transit center at 301 E. Church Ave., and will run three buses to Washington and three back to Knoxville, each day. A one-way trip takes about 10 hours.

These are double-decker buses with rest rooms […]

transportation ‘security’ administration, in review

Just a few things for you to keep in mind for this upcoming holiday season:

Now, you and I both know that three-year-olds are subject to throwing earth-shattering temper-tantrums at the drop of a proverbial hat, however, do you think it is at all appropriate for a complete stranger to be feeling up an atrociously under-age minor like that? Is there any doubt that the “complete stranger” in question would have been justifiably […]

human-sized radar ranges

If you did not already have enough reasons to “opt out” of the Transportation “Security” Administration’s blatantly privacy-invading full-body scaners, here is an even better one: they can, and statistically will, cause cancer.

U.S. scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.

They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get […]