Monthly Archives: September 2006
This lovely little interactive tool was culled from TomPaine.com. It was developed by the students of the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. Just click on the bottom question and it will roll up to the next question..the government culls data on us from a whole lotta places..wonderful isn’t it?
And you thought you were just a citizen…NOT!
Some of the ways our information is obtained and stored are:
Student loan application..even if you didn’t get one..they keep your info
Large deposits or withdrawls from your bank
Have you ever gotten a parking ticket? Well the Homeland Security boys know about you then.
Does your neighbor hate you and think your a terrorist? the FBI encourages this type of thinking with their online TIP website.
Good stuff folks..our tax dollars at work..keeping track of all citizens under the banner of keeping us safe.
Is Kip Hawley an Idiot? Even if you think so..don’t write it on a plastic bag in Milwaukee’s airport.
I belong to a forum called Bring it On. There is a story up over there today about a frequent flyer, who was tired of the extra rules regarding liquids being carried on. He is not just some kid, he is a business person that seems intelligent and I do have to agree with him, it was his opinion,written on a clear plastic bag…nothing more. why are they busting our chops over this stuff. Anyway..you have to read his story. Its here.Its a short story..take your time..I will wait…
For me, its not so much that the airport employee had the nads to say his “freedom of speech” ended when he entered the airport, its the fact that the flyer was “detained”. They chose to harass him because he didn’t like the rules and voiced his opinion of them.
He didnt’ scream about a hijacking, he didnt’ have anything written about a bomb..he wrote that the head of the TSA was an idiot. We can carry placards saying any official is an idiot.Its not the same as screaming “FIRE” in a crowded movie theater now is it? It was an opinion, written on a clear plastic bag..which btw..they wanted to confiscate.. the EMPTY bag, not the contents.
Feel free to post this link on your blog, my dear reader..it shows the length morons will go to give you a hard time when you think the “new rules” are a waste of time, and you evidently have no right to complain. Hey, even the Wonkette is posting about this story!
Slate does a blog roundup at the end of the day, covering the blogs that covered the major stories. Today it was about Virginia’s George Allen and his purported use of the “N word”. Apparently WaPo searched long and hard to find friends and acquaintences that could recall Allen’s use of this disgusting term. Out of the 19 people they interviewed, they found 3 that would corroborate Allen’s use of the word. I don’t know alot about Allen the Senator, but I do know about his daddy. Daddy talked down to people and if you didn’t agree with him or dared to question him he went off like a roman candle at press conferences while coaching the Rams before their move eastward. But I digress, this isn’t about George Allen, the coach.
George Allen the Senator from the commonwealth of VA is also a dick. And homophobic,racist(macaca) and a sexist sumbitch. I say this because one of the blogs Slate highlighted was a DailyKos blogger by the name of CoolWaterOverStones. She had the displeasure of meeting and attempting to ask Allen the then Governor of VA, a couple of questions when she was a cub reporter for a small town in VA. The title of her piece over on Kos: George Allen spit at me.
Now, I just had to read that blog post..the title did its job, it drove me to click the link and read it. She starts the post with a little history of herself as a young reporter sent out to cover a story about the Governor of the State coming to town to tout a major defense contract that would provide jobs to this little town. She realized she was the only woman in attendance, but that didn’t bother her..and it shouldn’t right? She was very excited and listened as Allen spoke, never mentioning the new jobs coming to their town, just shucking and joshing with the menfolk as he took out his smokeless tobacco and put a large pull into his jaw. He ended his short and uneventful visit with the workers and town folks standing around and started towards a building with his buddies. She needed to ask a question, to get some kind of quote about the new jobs coming to town, so she went towards him. She had her press badge, her pen and notebook and she asked him a question.
Georgie Allen sized her up and down..and then spit tobacco juice on her shoe, and without saying a word or answering her question…the sumbitch walked into the building.
Read her post, think about it. Do you want a bag of batshit like Allen as President? We have a cocky, worthless, homophobic sumbitch sitting in the oval office now. We don’t need another one to whom we can also add racist and sexist to his title. We don’t need another rich boy sitting in the oval office, especially one that has no respect for people, female or otherwise.
S2590 is the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which will require the full disclosure of all companies and organizations that receive federal funds by directing the Office of Management and Budget to create a user-friendly database, searchable by the public, that would include information regarding each entity that receives federal funding, the amount received, how the money is being used, and where the entity is located.
This bill will help citizens keep tabs on who is getting what and how much of our tax dollars. This is a great law, and I do have to give the republican-led senate credit for its passage.
Thanks Guys! Now if you could just get our troops out of Iraq, and quit letting the Federal Government eavesdrop on our phone conversations I might vote for some of you.