Monday, March 24, 2008

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32 comments:

DEN said...

The exact definition of insanity in; "groups, parties, nations and epochs.

WAR

DEN said...

Oh yea and by the way, just in case we were a 'free' country:

WASHINGTON — Millions of residents of three states will soon face tougher and longer screening at airport checkpoints if their governors defy a federal law requiring new, more-secure driver's licenses.

Maine, New Hampshire and South Carolina have until March 31 to say whether they plan to comply with the law, which they say is costly and will inconvenience residents by forcing them to get new licenses.

If the states don't comply, the Homeland Security Department will bar travelers from using those state's licenses and ID cards to board airplanes starting May 11.

"We are not bluffing," department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.

Some fear massive confusion and delays at the 15 airports in the three states. Passengers showing unacceptable licenses will be pulled aside for additional screening, possibly including pat-downs.

@USA TDY

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUNG ARAB MALES YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND?????

Frisking little old ladies is a cowards job.

Saladin said...

Greetings DEN, check out this new and improved method being proposed to protect us all from Al-CIAda!

Will the Militarized Police State Shock You Into Submission?

www.blacklistednews.com

This is perhaps one of the most kooky and creepy Security State tactics that I have come across: the EMD safety bracelet, which is being billed as the "last line of defence." A company called Lamperd Firearm Training Systems(scroll down) is trying to commercialize this item as an "airline security product." The company’s video that hawks this device talks about the current facial recognition system called biometrics, where cameras capture photos of people and compare those images to the images of "terrorists" in its "terrorist" database. No matter how sophisticated this technology, it can all too often allow a terrorist on board a plane, and, this technology can also have the effect of creating airport bottlenecks. Ahem. The solution? The "viable, workable answer" is an electronic ID bracelet. This bracelet will replace the need for a ticket and contain all necessary information about the person, and as a bonus, it can allow the passenger to be tracked through the terminal. Crew members would be empowered with radio frequency transmitters to subdue "hijackers." The technology will override a person’s central nervous system and zap them down quicker than you can say "Homeland Security." The company assures us that being dragged through the bracelet process is a "small inconvenience in order to assure your safe arrival." In fact, its studies show that most people would "happily opt" for wearing the bracelet to "insure their own security."

Here’s the Lamperd video on YouTube - you must watch it. Here’s the patent for this device. The patent actually reads thus:

Upon activation of the electric shock device, through receipt of an activating signal from the selectively operable remote control means, the passenger wearing that particular bracelet receives the disabling electrical shock from the electric shock device. Accordingly, the passenger becomes incapacitated for a few seconds or perhaps a few minutes, during which time the passenger can be fully subdued and handcuffed, if necessary. Depending on the type of transmission medium used to send the activating signal, other passengers may also become temporarily incapacitated, which is undesirable and unfortunate, but may be unavoidable.

Lamperd even posts a series of letters on its website showing interest in the product for use "outside of airport security," which, of course, is the real reason for the product. Why it can be used for border control to subdue illegal aliens or by local law enforcement agencies to control the "criminal element!"

It even comes with a handy video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7yJXhxF1mM

Don't you feel safer already?

DEN said...

Once again, insanity defined.

micki said...

Our national shame.

One of many.

micki said...

A question for Dr. B...

If a person is a lecturer in a certain discipline at a university, but claims to be a professor in that field of study, would you agree or disagree that "lecturer" and "professor" are interchangeable or equal in their meaning or status?

{ò,ó}arol said...

Type in what you paid in federal taxes in 2006 and see where your tax dollars are spent

{ò,ó}arol said...


Mismanagement 101


This paragraph in the above Newsweek article jumped out at me and I had to share it.

"Americans abroad are constantly taunted by perceived failings of American management. America's aviation system is now the butt of jokes because 9-year-olds have become accustomed to removing their Heelys before boarding a plane. As my family and I passed through the snaking security line in Cancún's airport last month, we were harangued by a security guard who encouraged tourists to sing along with him: "Please. Do not. Remove. Your shoes.""

David B. Benson said...

Worser and worser:

Black Carbon Pollution Emerges As Major Player In Global Warming

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- The rank of lecturer in Britian is about the same as Assistant Professor in the USA. In the United States, a lecturer is a non-tenurable position at some Universities, typically with a (renewable) contract of about three years. Not a professsor in that the positiion does not include academic freedom.

What is the context of your question?

micki said...

What is the context of your question?

Well, for now... let's say in the context of "resume inflation" -- as in claiming to be a professor, when in fact, one has been a lecturer.

David B. Benson said...

Yes, resume inflation.

carey said...

Hoo boy, the racism out there. In some arenas I mean.

Okay, Katrina Van Heuvel is floating the idea of Bill Richardson as VP candidate for Obama.

She just proposed it on MSNBC. I think yes, besides all the reasons she provided, like Latino votes, a western state, etc.

There was a feeling Friday at the endorsement rally, with the two standing on the stage together, Richardson and Obama, of peak excitement and sublime joy at the thought of the partnership. It was palpable. This idea of Richardson as a VP candidate had not been formulated yet, though. It was a wonderful undefined feeling for me of something quite important happening

David B. Benson said...

If they can win the nomination and then whip McCain the Same...

tytandanmar said...

Obama/? beats Hillary/? any day.
Hillary/? is the only reason this conservative will participate in this November's election. I will not vote for McCain v Obama. I will vote for McCain v Hillary, donate money, display signs, knock on doors, make phone calls etc. John McCain thinks he can get by without conservative support. Better think again John.

DEN said...

OK gals, Video: George Clooney and Renee Zellweger visit the Depot in Duluth

Movie about football in the old days.

Carey said...

Hmmm.

DEN said...

ty, it does not matter who you vote for in a 'hill vs. geezer' race, they both have the same bosses.

Obama makes those bosses nervous.

tytandanmar said...

That is why I will not stand in the way of an Obama presidency. I think he can and will beat McCain on his own. But if McCain thinks he can beat Hillary without conservative backing, he is sadly mistaken. And, truth be told, if it comes down to McCain v Hillary, America loses.

DEN said...

America is already lost, they will never let Obama win.

Do not underestimate the power these fascists have.

Innocence is gone in America and was when they killed 3000 Americans to frighten the people into accepting submission to them, the good times are behind us, tribulation dead ahead, fasten your seat belts, it will be getting a bit rough.

DEN said...

Study the willfull disregard this chickenhawk has toward those that sacrificed for their little war to understand who we are facing and the coldness of their hearts.

DEN said...

McHillary or Clincain , two sides of the same coin held in the hand of that evil man.

*flip*

tytandanmar said...

As bad as this may sound, not that I would, but more Republicans would vote for Cheney for president than McCain.

micki said...

With all due respect (Carey), Bill Richardson's campaign was always about running for vice president or Secretary of State. He's a smart, savvy political being who knew he had ZERO chance of nabbing the presidential slot on the ticket. He'd be a great asset to Obama, but I doubt if David Axelrod would "allow" Obama to pick him in case the decision backfired for his chances in 2012, given that the Hispanic vote hasn't been overly generous to Obama -- nor did he win New Mexico! What an embarrassment, if they picked him and LOST! (Oh, that's right, Michelle Obama has said there won't be a next time -- it's this time or never.)

But, the Repugs can play the game much better than the Dems do -- John McCain might pick Michael Steele (Maryland lt guv, African-American). But, there's also Condoleezza Rice -- talk about a two-fer!

Gawdalmighty. Dems, liberals, progressives, and hate-filled Hillary bashers are so sure that with the "right" vice presidential pick that Obama would have it in the bag.

No one has a clue how this will all turn out. If the chaotic, disheveled, disorganized Democratic Party holds their "mini-convention" before the national convention to nail down the nominee ahead of the national convention, they may as well kiss their sweet asses good-bye.

Will Rogers was right.

Alan said...

I just watched part 1 of "Bush's War" on PBS. I've seen it before, but was thoroughly engrossed watching it again (2½-hrs). Tomorrow night is part 2 (2 more hours).

Hajji said...

McCain/Liverman...

Liverman's already feeding his lines!


-T

Hajji said...

I got "Bush's war" part 1 on DVD...


Should I feel vindicated, since they're publishing every single thing we've been saying about it?

When do the "mea culpas" start?

-T

Hajji said...

Hmm...Seems Hillary got 14 New Mexico Delegates to Obama's 12...

I wonder if Obama had the governor campaigning for him, at the time, would the outcome be different?

I'm thinkin' yep.

-T

Hajji said...

I can't thing of a time when Will Roger's WASN't right!

Hajji said...

Den...

Clooney and Zellwig have agreed to come back to town for a local "opening night" for "Leatherheads".

They shot most of the film here, and even inspired a local dinner theater to produce Chasing George Clooney a madcap farce about the endless pursuit of George's 'Ottergraf"...

-T

Hajji said...

So far...SC is obstinately refusing to go "real RFD"...


My license de-laminated into 3 parts recently.

I always carry my passport, when traveling...

Doesn't expire until 2013...

The look on the state troopers' faces are priceless...when you hand them 3 pieces of plastic when they ask for your license.

-T

Hajji said...

Well, then...

I came, I blogged, I went nitey nith!

Vini Bleachy Blah!

-T