Democrat Thugocracy: The TSA

I’ve written before about our governmental thugocracy, here,  here, here, here, here, and here. These examples are just from the last four months.

Well, here is the latest example of government by intimidation and extortion.  There have been an increasing number of incidents of the TSA groping infants and in some cases what can be termed as rape by TSA agents. One of the most recent was the harassment of two wounded veterans.

The State of Texas has proposed a law to criminalize such actions by the TSA when it exceeds certain limits.  The TSA responded by threatening to shutdown all air travel in Texas if the Texas Senate passed the bill.

Touching Texas’ Junk

National Security: The Lone Star state’s efforts to protect its citizens from the wandering hands of the federal behemoth fail as the administration says the Constitution gives it the right to touch our “junk.”
Once leaders such as Patrick Henry proudly proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Now our government offers us the choice of scanning our bodies in an arguably unsafe manner or submitting to an enhanced “pat down” usually reserved for law enforcement officers apprehending criminals.
The Texas of Gov. Rick Perry has objected — as it has in other areas of federal encroachment or neglect, such as with ObamaCare, EPA regulations, border security, etc. — that grandmothers and grandchildren flying from Dallas to Houston had to submit to this without what the courts would call “probable cause.”
A bill passed by the Texas House of Representatives 138—0, HR 1937, explicitly made it a felony for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private parts — even outside their clothing — “as a condition of travel or as a condition of entry into a public place” unless the agent could show probable cause.
The initiative was prompted in part by the widely publicized pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport of former Miss USA Susie Castillo.
Miss Castillo was fondled in a manner that suggested they were not looking for something that might bring down an aircraft. Then again, you never know when al-Qaida might start recruiting beauty queens.
The bill even gave a nod to the Fourth Amendment by prohibiting searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.” The Fourth Amendment protects citizens “against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
When the bill was on its way to the state Senate, U.S. attorney John Murphy, acting on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration, drafted a letter, which was sent to Texas lawmakers, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Strauss, the House Clerk, and the Senate Secretary.
The letter stated that if the Texas Senate passed the bill the TSA would halt all flights leaving Texas.
Federal intimidation of a state challenging the authority of a federal government created by the states held sway.
Republican Dan Patrick, who was the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, withdrew it, telling the Texas Tribune: “There was a time in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up to the federal government and we did not cower to rules and policies that invaded the privacy of Texans.”

I’ve said it before, the TSA must go.  The biggest mistake of the Bush administration, when this bill was originally passed, was allowing the democrats to make the TSA union operated.  There is NO agency or group operated by unions that don’t use thuggish tactics.  Tyrants must use such tactics or find themselves out of power.

I’m beginning to believe we should just do a blanket repeal of every government act since, oh, maybe 1900, and start all over.                  

Memorial Day

This time of year evokes many memories.  One of mine is of a high-school friend, Mike “Tater” Tate. He was a 6′ 2″ farm boy from eastern Franklin County, graduated with me from high school, entered the Army in 1965, went to Viet Nam and didn’t come back.

Who’s Who in the current Libyan Air War

Obama said the US is doing little in the Euro War against Gadaffi.  Liar.  Take a look at this graphic to see who is more involved, the US or the Euros.
Click on the image to see it in its original size.  Then compare the number of Men, Ships and Aircraft involved and the number of sorties flown and cruise missiles expended.  Like I said, Obama is a liar.


Friday Follies for Friday, May 27, 2011

My Tahoe is back in my garage.

I feel like Linus when his blanket is returned to him.

The political sphere is all agasp!  Palin is on the road again in her Red-White-Blue tour bus.  What does it mean!?!?

She’s not saying at the moment.  The tour will start with the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally. From there it will travel the east coast visiting historical sites—and meeting folks all along the way.

Regardless of the sentiments of the MSM and the ‘Pub establishment, Palin is a money raiser and vote getter.  When word began to be leaking that Palin was running for Prez, her poll ratings jumped.  Dramatically.  Earlier polls placed Palin well down in the pack of potential ‘Pub candidates.  Now, when it appears that she is really going to run, she bounces to within two points of Romney, the current leader.

Despite all the dissin’ she gets from the establishment of both parties, no one can deny that her name has drawing power.

She has my vote.  I’d have preferred she ran for Prez the last time instead of that worthless RINO from Arizona.


Speaking of Romney…

He has a 20-ton Albatross hanging around his neck called Romney care.  Yes, he has a business background. Yes, he did well running the Salt Lake City Olympics.  But when it came to governing Massachusetts, he revealed his RINO core—then denied it.

Let me count the ways.  From the Washington Examiner.

The Massachusetts plan was a free market approach, but ObamaCare is a government takeover:
In December 2009, when the so-called “public option” went down in flames in the U.S. Senate, so too did Romney’s ability to distinguish the structure of his plan from President Obama’s in any meaningful way.
Both plans force individuals to purchase insurance under the threat of a penalty, expand Medicaid, and provide subsidies for individuals to purchase government-designed insurance policies on a government run exchange.
One of the main architects of the Massachusetts plan, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, went on to be a paid consultant for Obama and a booster of his health care plan. He recently told the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin that Romney’s plan “gave birth” to ObamaCare.
It’s the Democrats fault:

The attempt to shift blame to Massachusetts Democrats normally has several iterations. One argument is that Romney used his line-item veto to remove many of the mandates and other objectionable items from the bill, but was overruled by the Democratic legislature. Another is that it fell on Democrats to implement the plan because he left office before the law went into effect, and they messed it up. Neither of these arguments stands up to much scrutiny.

While Romney may have used his line-item veto to reject certain provisions of the law, this was purely symbolic because he knew he was dealing with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature that would override him. Whatever his frustrations were with the final bill, it didn’t stop Romney from holding a high-profile signing ceremony with Sen. Ted Kennedy at his side five years ago today, or from boasting of his accomplishment in the WSJ op-ed quoted above, entitled, “Health Care For Everyone? We found a way.” (Emphasis mine. – Crucis)

Trying to deflect criticism by pointing to flawed implementation is an even weaker argument. To start, the version of the health care law that he signed had the key features that have drawn the most criticism. Beyond that, Romney announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in December 2005 – months before he signed the health care law. Thus, he signed it knowing full well that he wouldn’t be there to implement it, and that it would almost definitely fall on a Democratic successor. If it was so important to him that the health care law be implemented properly, he should have sought reelection.


It’s the best he could have done in Massachusetts:
This argument, a close relative of the blaming Democrats defense, suggests that given the overwhelmingly liberal legislature, he got as good a deal as could be hoped for. This is a bizarre argument for Romney defenders to advance for several reasons.
To start with, it’s not as if, sometime in the spring of 2006, the Democratic legislature plopped down a health care plan in front of him and Romney had the option of either signing it, or getting what he could in exchange for his support. By Romney’s own account in the WSJ op-ed, he decided to take on health care after the CEO of Staples urged him to do so weeks after he was elected in November 2002, and soon he “assembled a team from business, academia and government.” In other words, this was to be his main legislative ambition in office, something that he spent years developing. Once it was obvious that the end result would be a liberal, government-dominated plan, he could have decided that it was no longer worth doing. But he ploughed ahead anyway.
He didn’t raise taxes to pay for it:
Depending on whether or not you consider the penalty for non-compliance with the mandate a tax, Romney could argue that technically, his health care plan didn’t raise taxes. However, what it did do was lead to massive cost overruns that ended up triggering future tax increases.  As the New York Times reported in 2008, “The legislature and (Gov. Deval) Patrick filled a health care spending gap that approached $200 million for this fiscal year by increasing the tobacco tax by $1 a pack, levying one-time assessments on insurers and hospitals, and raising more money from businesses that do not contribute to their employees’ insurance.”
RomneyCare was right for Massachusetts, but ObamaCare is a one-size fits all Washington solution:
This is the argument that we’re likely to hear the most. Romney himself has come out and said that he wouldn’t use the Massachusetts plan as a national model for reform and that he would sign a repeal of ObamaCare if elected. Although, it must be said, this wasn’t always so clear. In a February 2007 speech, Romney said, “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” And here was the exchange he had with Charlie Gibson in the ABC debate also cited above:

GIBSON: But Government Romney’s system has mandates in Massachusetts, although you backed away from mandates on a national basis.

ROMNEY: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.

The bottom line: Political analysts keep saying that Romney will have to find a way to address the health care issue. But the reality is, he has no coherent defense to offer and it’s too late to disavow the law. As I’ve written before, Romney’s only hope is to simply survive the issue by attrition, hoping that the primary electorate’s attention is diverted elsewhere and that no viable alternative candidate emerges.

Needless to say, Mitt Romney can’t be trusted.  When examining candidates like Romney, we must realize that what is said, counts little compared to what has been done. 


I get cabin fever easily.  Really easily.  I took my Tahoe to the car doc yesterday and he kept it overnight.  I’ve been sequestered in the house for over 24 hours now.

Now you all may think that’s silly, pretty wimpy.  Well, may be.  But, it’s not the length of time involved but the knowledge that I’m stuck and can’t go if I want.  That’s the true cause for cabin fever. 

The car doc called a few minutes ago and—maybe— the Tahoe will be ready later today.  Man, I sure hope so. I’m already clawing the walls.                   

Well that was an interesting morning.

The car doc decided he needed my car all day so I got a ride back home.  About a half hour later, I started to receive weather alerts.  Raymore has an automated system that calls residents and repeats severe weather and tornado watches and warnings.  The first I heard of the impending weather was that automated call announcing a tornado warning!  

Then the sirens went off.

Mrs. Crucis was out running errands. I called her just as she was leaving the Closet to come home.  She tried to call the Daughter but she didn’t answer. The g’kids are out of school now so they were probably out somewhere.
Daughter called from her neighbor.  Cell coverage is out. They dropped their landlines a few months ago and now have only cell phones.  With cell coverage out it makes you appreciate underground land-lines. No SMS texting either except for my Android phone.  My texts are going out through our internet connection which is up and never flickered throughout all of this.

By the time Mrs. Crucis got home, reports of tornadoes and funnel clouds were on TV and the radio.  The Sprint Campus where I once worked was under lock-down and everyone moved into the interior storm shelters. A tornado was reported to be on the ground along Metcalf Avenue near the Campus. That was amended later to be a funnel cloud.

I have a weather app on my android phone.  I loaded that and watched the NWS radar loops.  There was a hook developing right where our house was marked by GPS.  Fortunately it was a funnel cloud and didn’t touch down as far as I know. I did hear from neighbors that there was some tree and roof damage occurred in and to the west of Belton.

According to radar, we here in Raymore, were right on the edge of the darkest red area.  I looove that app.  I could watch the actual radar returns on a 3-minute delay.  I pointed out the radar hook to Mrs. Crucis and we grabbed the cats, stuffed them into their carriers in case we needed to run to our bolt-hole.

It’s now passed.  The storm line has gone further north and there are now reports of tornadoes to the east around Sedalia, MO, 60-70 miles to the east.

Missouri has really been hit the last few days.  Historically, storms seem to pass around KC rather than over. Not this time.  If that funnel cloud over us had been on the ground, it would have torn right up through the middle of KC following US 71 and I-435 north.

It missed us…this time.

Sitting in the lobby of the car doc

I’m away from my home to see about getting a problem with the Tahoe fixed. It’s one of those intermittent issues where it could be a switch, sensor, computer or a mechanical part going flakey.

Oh joy.

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