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Thirty-Four And Counting…

I know I’m going to catch a ton of flak for saying this, but it feels like I’m getting rather old. I’m up to 34 years on the clock now!  Yeah, I know that’s still young in the eyes of many of my friends, but it still feels like a long time to me.  Looking back, some things seem like they happened just yesterday and then I realize it was 10, 15, and even 20 years ago.

Rather than dwell on the negative aspects of all of this, I figured it would be better to look back on just the last year and pick out a few of the good times :)  Yep, it’s time for a bit of a photographic look back :wink:

2010 - It's been a pretty 'Dam' good year :cool:

2010 - It's been a pretty 'Dam' good year :cool:

I try to get to cool events when I can.  I wasn’t about to miss the opening of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge :cool:

2010 - Connie and me at Aviation Nation

2010 - Connie and me at Aviation Nation

2010 - Kristen and Steven

2010 - Kristen and Steven

2010 - Korey and me at Mr. Lucky's

2010 - Korey and me at Mr. Lucky's

2010 - Kerry and me back in high school

2010 - Kerry and me back in high school

While heading out on my own is fun, I much prefer to have friends along :D

2010 - Tommy gun fun in the desert!

2010 - Tommy gun fun in the desert!

It wasn’t until this year that I finally got my hands on automatic weaponry, but it was worth the wait!  Here’s a big THANK YOU to Adam at Infinite Arms and everyone in Nevada Shooters and Vegas Shooters for some great times and for making me feel so welcome :thumb:  I’d always wanted to shoot a real Tommy gun and I got my chance a few months ago.  Great fun!

Glenn on the flight line at Edwards AFB

Glenn on the flight line at Edwards AFB

2010 - One of my favorite contributions from Kath :)

2010 - One of my favorite contributions from Kath :)

I can’t tell y’all enough how glad I am that I brought Glenn and Kath on board :thumb:

112010 - Joe and Darryl on the flight line at Nellis

112010 - Joe and Darryl on the flight line at Nellis

Airshows are even better when you’ve got photographic airplane nuts as friends :wink:

2010 - View towards Mt. Charleston from the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - View towards Mt. Charleston from the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Fabulous Las Vegas as seen from the Hard Rock Hotel

2010 - Fabulous Las Vegas as seen from the Hard Rock Hotel

I still have times when I miss San Diego’s weather and beaches, but I really do love living in Las Vegas :cool:

2010 - Cove Creek Fort in central Utah

2010 - Cove Creek Fort in central Utah

2010 - Corral near the San Rafael Swell in central Utah

2010 - Corral near the San Rafael Swell in central Utah

2010 - Flash flood waterfall during a thunderstorm on the San Rafael Swell

2010 - Flash flood waterfall during a thunderstorm on the San Rafael Swell

2010 - Picnic in the mountains of central Utah

2010 - Picnic in the mountains of central Utah

2010 - Visitor center at Capitol Reef National Park

2010 - Visitor center at Capitol Reef National Park

2010 - Sunset on the red rock near Lake Powell

2010 - Sunset on the red rock near Lake Powell

2010 - Utahraptor at the CEU Prehistoric Museum

2010 - Utahraptor at the CEU Prehistoric Museum

2010 - Doyle and Stevie at the dinosaur quarry

2010 - Doyle and Stevie at the dinosaur quarry

2010 - SR-71C Blackbird at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - SR-71C Blackbird at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - B-29 Superfortress at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - B-29 Superfortress at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - Kyleigh at Margaritaville

2010 - Kyleigh at Margaritaville

My trip to Utah was a real highlight of the year :)  Seeing Kyleigh, Cindy, Doyle, Cindy, and all the rest of the family was a really good time.  The rest of the trip was wonderful, but good people made the destinations icing on the cake :wink:

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Lisa shooting in the desert

2010 - Lisa shooting in the desert

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

Oh yeah, I somehow found time to go shooting in and amongst all the rest of everything else :P  I’ve known Uly for a while now, but I met Lisa at one of the Nevada Shooters’ shoots in the desert.  Quality people are who I’ve found at desert shoots and at the Clark County Shooting Park for the most part.

2010 - Storm chasing in the Nevada desert

2010 - Storm chasing in the Nevada desert

Let’s not forget storm chasing in the desert!  Yes, I love a good thunderstorm and the night this was taken looked like something out of a movie with the veils of rain and bolts of lightning in an absolutely black night.

2010 - Cindy's excellent gift to me

2010 - Cindy's excellent gift to me

2010 - Several guns on the table Cindy painted for me

2010 - Several guns on the table Cindy painted for me

Cindy’s birthday present from last year is something I really cherish :)  Knowing my favorite shirt and one of my favorite pastimes, she gave me one of the most useful and coolest gifts I’ve ever received :cool:

2010 - Silencerco Osprey!

2010 - Silencerco Osprey!

Another wonderful addition to my experiences in firearms has been a rather quiet one.  Suppressors!!!  Yep, that’s a Silencerco 45Osprey on the end of an FN FNP-45 pistol in the picture :)  The Osprey is one of the most advanced and quietest suppressors on the market today and something I wouldn’t have had the chance to try out if it weren’t for my move to Nevada and the generosity of my friends :wink:

2010 - Fire in the sky over Las Vegas

2010 - Fire in the sky over Las Vegas

Yet another sight you don’t get in San Diego – Gotta love the sunsets here in Vegas :D

2010 - Andrew Breitbart in Laughlin, NV before the Tea Party rally

2010 - Andrew Breitbart in Laughlin, NV before the Tea Party rally

2010 - Tea Party rally in Searchlight, NV

2010 - Tea Party rally in Searchlight, NV

San Diego has a more conservative population than many places in California, but you won’t find this size of crowd at a Tea Party rally in the formerly Golden State :)

2010 - That PSL sure is fun!

2010 - That PSL sure is fun!

My PSL may be up for sale, but it’s not due to a lack of fun factor.  In a sea of AR-15s and AK-47s, the PSL stands out with the long barrel, fat magazine, unique stock, and side mounted scope.  It certainly looks lethal and this is one machine that lives up to appearances :twisted:

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

Driving up to Mt. Charleston doesn’t take too long and it’s something I enjoy doing year round.  I really enjoy seeing snow as it’s something I really never had the chance to play around in back in San Diego.  Beach, yes.  Snow, no.  Mountains in the summer are something I’m used to.  This looks like something from a painting to my eye :cool:

I can’t help but throw in a Buffett reference here and this is the one I’ve thought of every year since it was released.  “Trip Around the Sun” really hits how I feel this year and the video is almost as good as the song :)  The lyrics can be found over at Margaritaville.com :cool:

That’s all for this post, but it’s nowhere near the end for me or my blog :wink:  Have a wonderful December First everyone :mrgreen:

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Picture(s) And Video A Day – 27 November 2010 – Vegas Shooters!

Saturday was a very fun day :)  I managed to have the chance to shoot machine guns and suppressors twice in one month :D  This time it was Vegas Shooters who got together, but I’ll tell you both they and Nevada Shooters know how to have a good time :thumb:

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Who better than a snow man to greet you at the shoot?

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Who better than a snow man to greet you at the shoot?

I don’t know who was responsible for placing this snow man at the turn off to the shooting site but whoever they are, they got a smile out of me :)  I must confess that I’m still a bit surprised the snow man wasn’t blown up with an exploding target.  Maybe next time…

27 Nov. 2010 - Browning 1919 machine gun courtesy Battle Born Arms

27 Nov. 2010 - Browning 1919 machine gun courtesy Battle Born Arms

Machine guns are not cheap to feed as a rule, but they’re easier if you can get surplus ammo for them :)  This Browning made quite a bit of noise!  Yes, those shell casings all came from this one gun.

27 Nov. 2010 - Semi-auto AR-10 and Remington 700 in .308 for long range shooting

27 Nov. 2010 - Semi-auto AR-10 and Remington 700 in .308 for long range shooting

By no means are the machine guns the only reason we head out to the desert!  These two .308 rifles are a lot of fun to shoot at much longer ranges than you’ll see us going for with the AR-15s, AK-47s, and submachine guns :)

27 Nov. 2010 - My Century Arms PSL - It's up for sale right now :wink:

27 Nov. 2010 - My Century Arms PSL - It

27 Nov. 2010 - My Century Arms PSL - It's up for sale right now :wink:

27 Nov. 2010 - My Century Arms PSL - It

As I said in my last post, I’ve decided to sell my PSL to raise funds for an AR-15.  It’s not that I don’t love this gun because I really do!  The PSL is sleek, sexy, and rather intimidating and I like all of that.  But I’ve decided to get the AR-15 for the reasons that it’s about as cheap to feed as the PSL is with surplus ammo, I can quickly convert the AR from 5.56mm to .22 LR for inexpensive practice, and the AR is much lighter and more portable.  On top of that, magazines for the AR can be had for much less cost than PSL magazines and I can get ammo for the AR-15 at Wal Mart, Bass Pro, or just about anywhere.  The PSL’s 7.62x54R rounds can be had in plenty of places, but unless you know where to get surplus ammo (and that’s assuming it’s available), you’ll pay about $.75 to $1.00 per round.

27 Nov. 2010 - How many of you have ever seen a bowling ball mortar?

27 Nov. 2010 - How many of you have ever seen a bowling ball mortar?

One of the guys brought out this bowling ball mortar and it’s a real hoot!  Not even using close to maximum powder charges, the balls were landing about350 yards away and getting quite a bit of altitude :D

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Beautiful weather with a gorgeous sky

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Beautiful weather with a gorgeous sky

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Looking off to the south

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Looking off to the south

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Looking north toward the firing line

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Looking north toward the firing line

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - The sinking sun casts an amber glow across the desert

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - The sinking sun casts an amber glow across the desert

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Warm colors masked the chill wind which nipped at us

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Warm colors masked the chill wind which nipped at us

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Clouds smolder in the sky while still molten near the horizon

27 Nov. 2010 - Panorama - Clouds smolder in the sky while still molten near the horizon

You didn’t think I was going to leave you without some scenic panoramas, did you?  No, it was much too beautiful for me to leave these out of this post :wink:  It sure does get dark quickly this time of year, but at least we’re not baking on the rocks :)

Last, but definitely not least we have something I’ve been promising for the longest time – VIDEO :D  Yes, I’m in this one with some pretty interesting firearms :wink:  I really can’t thank everyone enough for making Saturday a truly spectacular and fun time :cool:

Stay safe and have a blast, everyone :mrgreen:

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Picture(s) A Day – 26 November 2010 – Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I wasn’t really in a mood or in financial shape to do much shopping on Black Friday.  Rather than go out and deal with crowds in the normal stores, I stayed home for most of the morning before heading over to Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory to say hi to all the people there and to discuss a few things with Adam.  Vegas Shooters had a shoot in the desert scheduled for that day, so I wanted to check a few things before the big day.

26 November 2010 - Diamondback Firearms DB380

26 November 2010 - Diamondback Firearms DB380

This is a new item to IA/NFA and it looks like a pretty good little .380 for concealed carry.  The DB380 from Diamondback Firearms looks and feels somewhat like a micro Glock.  While it doesn’t have a Glock style safety in the trigger or any other manual safety, the DB380 does have a firing pin drop safety and a long five pound trigger pull.  Just remember that if you pull the trigger, it’s going to go bang if there’s a round in the chamber.  All guns are always loaded, right :wink: ?

26 November 2010 - AR-15 rifles - I'm getting the Plum Crazy in the middle :cool:

26 November 2010 - AR-15 rifles - I'm getting the PlumCrazy in the middle :cool:

If you’ve heard rumors that I might be going over to the dark side, well, they’re true.  At least when it comes to rifles :)  Yep, I’m going to get an “Evil Black Rifle” as some people refer to the AR-15.  I’ve chosen the PlumCrazy in the middle here.  I really have given this quite a bit of thought and the Century C-15 Sporter on the bottom was a contender.  In the end factors including price, weight, an adjustable stock, and the options opened by the flat top upper on the PlumCrazy won out :thumb:

26 November 2010 - Panorama - Great selection on the AR-15 rifles :D

26 November 2010 - Panorama - Great selection on the AR-15 rifles :D

I can remember the time shortly after the 2008 election when you couldn’t touch an AR-15 in a store and most of what was out there sold for $1,500 at a minimum.  Happily, times have changed as you can see above :)  Click on the pic for full size and you’ll be able to read the signs on the wall with all the info on the guns :wink:

That’s it for this post, but I’ll be back soon!  Have fun everyone :mrgreen:

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Thanksgiving 2010 – Dinner at Margaritaville Las Vegas

Well, as I said my plans for Thanksgiving dinner with Cindy’s sister Missy fell through.  Thankfully, I have a place to go that’s got a few good memories associated with it – Margaritaville :)

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Gotta love the Hemisphere Dancer :)

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Gotta love the Hemisphere Dancer :)

It’s been quite a few years now since Cindy and I first dined at Margaritaville.  The place had only been open for about three days when we showed up mere hours before my flight back to San Diego.  The “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was outstanding.  Of course, liberal helpings of Heinz 57 on the meat and the fries didn’t hurt anything :wink:

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Butternut squash soup

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Butternut squash soup

That same cheeseburger has been my regular fare at this establishment on my many visits, but it’s not the only thing I order.  I’ll tell you right now that the volcano nachos are second to none and the portion size of those is enough to feed several hungry men!

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - The main course

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - The main course

Still, while the volcano nachos may be huge and delicious they’re only a small part of the menu.  Sadly, the conch fritters have faded into memory but that which remains on the list of standard selections is sure to be delicious.  And that includes Thanksgiving dinner :mrgreen:

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream

In the time I’ve lived in Las Vegas, I’ve had the chance to savor this meal on several occasions.  Once was with Cindy when her family had decided to observe the feast on a different day for practical reasons.  Another time was with my brother while he was in town.  No matter what the circumstances, the food was simply delightful.  I’m happy to report that tonight was no exception :)

I’m not normally a fan of squash, but I was tempted to ask for seconds on the soup.  I’d never heard of fried leeks before, but they were much better than anything I’d expected as well.  The turkey was succulent, the vegetables sublime, and the cranberry sauce had the flavor of cinnamon and other spices which made it different from what I’m used to, but very, very good.  I’m not used to garlic in my mashed potatoes, but it worked out beautifully as did the apple in the sourdough dressing.  Dessert was one of my favorites – pumpkin pie – and it didn’t disappoint either.  While you may think a mango margarita is unusual as an accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey, I found it refreshing and complimentary.  You might just want to try it sometime :wink:

I have to say that the service was absolutely top notch with my server, Tracy, exuding good cheer while expertly keeping track of my orders as well as many around me.  My 20% locals discount card came in handy and allowed me to leave a more generous tip than I’d otherwise be able to.  Tracy wasn’t the only person to liven up my night, either.  I received many texts, emails, and blog comments wishing me a happy Thanksgiving as well as phone calls from family and friends.  Even total strangers got into the act when the lady beside me turned and told me that she couldn’t go through the night without wishing me all the best on this holiday :D

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - A new decoration for my HHR

Thanksgiving 2010 at Margaritaville - A new decoration for my HHR

After dinner it was time to go peruse the wares in the retail shop.  Jimmy sure does know how to tie his songs and stories into his products and there was much to drool over down in the “smuggler’s hold” even if I could afford but a fraction of the merchandise.  I did purchase several of the decals you see above – one for myself and a couple more for my friends.  I also picked up a very nice T-shirt which is sure to be less confrontational than my normal attire (there’s times when I actually want that) as well as a two CD set of Jimmy’s solo acoustic encores at his shows.

Well, that’s it for Thanksgiving 2010.  I’ve had some better in the past and some that were worse – such is life.  Overall I’d say it was an exceptionally good day.  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Kath, Glenn, Buck, KC, and all the rest of my readers a very happy Thanksgiving :)  I hope yours is even better than mine.  I would also like to say thanks for my family, friends, and all the men and women who serve this great nation and sacrifice their time, blood, sweat, tears, and sometimes even their lives so that you and I can have a Thanksgiving dinner in peace and safety.  Indeed, while I may not be thrilled with everything happening in the world, there’s still very much to be thankful for :cool:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone :thumb:

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Thanksgiving Plans 2010 – Margaritaville!

Thanksgiving menu at Margaritaville

Thanksgiving menu at Margaritaville

Well, it’s not what I’d originally planned for Thanksgiving dinner, but plans sometimes fall through.  I’d planned to have dinner at Cindy’s sister’s house.  Unfortunately everyone in Missy’s family is really under the weather.  Therefore, it looks like I’ll have Thanksgiving dinner at Margaritaville :)  I’ve eaten there on Thanksgiving before and the food is excellent :wink:

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone :thumb:

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TSA – Buy Your TSA Checkpoint T-Shirt Now!

TSA Checkpoint - Image courtesy of Oleg Volk

TSA Checkpoint - Image courtesy of Oleg Volk

If you’re even half as pissed off by the current TSA line of BS “security theater” as I am, you should definitely go buy the perfect T-shirt with which to express your disgust.  Oleg Volk’s satirical TSA checkpoint design is being added to T-shirts and will be available via Life Liberty, Etc. These are the same people I got my Shooter Jack shirt from.  It’s under $20 and it’s a much better investment than many things I can think of :)  The estimated in-stock date is sometime in early December so this would make a wonderful Christmas present :wink:

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TSA – Congressional Staffers Hate Groping Too

From Politico:

The comprehensive briefing of House staff, by a TSA deputy, covered everything – the threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, screening procedures, pat-downs (standard and enhanced) – “the whole works,” one House staffer who attended the briefing told POLITICO.

He said that several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.

“The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations – male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes.”

“They shot themselves in the foot,” the staffer continued.

Yep, it sure looks like the TSA pulled a Wile E. Coyote on themselves. Again. Sadly, it appears they don’t have the capacity to actually learn from their mistakes.

Thankfully, some of the Congressional staff are a bit more intelligent:

One staffer who attended the House briefing this morning asked the TSA officials, essentially, why are we doing all of these intelligence operations if we are going to treat the entire traveling American public like terrorists, the staffer relayed. “Why fund this huge intelligence operation if we are going to treat everyone like terrorists?”

I only hope some of that intelligence transfers over to the people who actually hold elected office.  Sadly I know of no recorded instance of intelligence transmission by osmosis.  One can hope and pray, right?

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TSA – What About The Butt???

I’m going to put the rest of this post below the fold.  If you’re a “sensitive” reader, you probably shouldn’t go there :wink:

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TSA – 20 Quotes From The Current Unpleasantness

It’s not often that I copy an entire article from anywhere.  I felt this merited such action due to the importance of the subject matter and I didn’t feel like I was stealing as it has been requested that this receive wide distribution.  This blog ain’t that big, but it’s the best means of mass communication I’ve got.

From market-ticker.org:

From Pete Blome on The TSA

As this is not cited as an official Libertarian Party of Florida communication, I will take this as a personal transmission, albeit with a request for wide distribution.

Consider it distributed.

All 22 quotes are attributed.

Are we going to sit for this?  If we are, then we’re no longer citizens.  We’re cattle, and the stun gun is right around the corner.  Mark my words.

(ed: In response to the question in the subject line below, our President has never seen a piece of the Constitution he’s not willing to wipe his ass with… oh, and speaking of which, you will be happy to know that he’s “making a list” of all who “resist” this new Neo-Nazi crap.  Assuming that report is accurate (and I have no reason to believe it is not) I stand proudly on it along with Ron Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz and millions of other red-blooded Americans who believe in the Constitution, The Rule of Law and our unalienable rights – rights given by our Creator.  Government may not grant that which it never possessed; rights and privileges are often confused as I noted yesterday on Blogtalk. I, for one, will not go willingly into the gas-filled showers of the American version of Auschwitz.)

Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 16:48
Subject: Violations of the 4th Amendment

Or doesn’t that matter anymore?

The following are 22 quotes about enhanced pat downs and TSA groping.  They are presented without commentary because they speak for themselves.  Please share these quotes as widely as possible.  If Americans do not wake up now, when will they ever wake up?….

#1 Blogger Erin Chase:

I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.

#2 ABC News producer Carolyn Durand:

“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.”

#3 Wendy James Gigliotti:

“She said ’spread your legs.’ And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice.”

#4 Female air traveler Ella Swift:

“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels.”

#5 Flight attendant Cathy Bossi:

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’.  And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”

#6 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

“I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that.”

#7 A 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor:

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

#8 An anonymous TSA worker:

“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. …These comments are painful and demoralizing.”

#9 Robert Colella:

If some total stranger walked up to you in the street and said “I am either going to see you naked or touch your genitals”, What would be the likelihood of that person walking away from that encounter?

#10 CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick:

“As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!”

#11 Meagan Quinn:

I will not board an airplane in America until the TSA body scanners are gone. No one is seeing my naked body unless I let them. I will also not settle for being GROPED in public as an alternative.

#12 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a female college student from Amarillo Texas:

“As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area.”

#13 Bruce Sargent:

The sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib is not so very different then the sexual humiliation being heaped on American air travelers at airports. Why is TSA torturing us to protect us?

#14 A 37-year-old Texas woman who had her nipple ring removed with a pair of pliers before she was allowed to pass through security:

“My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”

#15 A soldier returning from Afghanistan:

“So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers.”

#16 A flight attendant named Megan:

The agent went up my right leg first and then met my vagina with full force….the same on the other leg with the same result. She then used both of her hands to feel my breasts and squeezing them. At this point I was in shock.

#17 Jay Glover:

I spend on average $30K per year on business travel. The airlines get the bulk of this but hotels, car rentals, meals and miscellaneous expenses add up as well. Where I can cut travel, I will. When those associated with airport travel feel the financial pinch just watch how fast this all will change.

#18 Paul Craig Roberts:

It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowded subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion.

#19 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when asked if she would like to go through the new pat-downs:

“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”

#20 TSA Administrator John Pistole during a Congressional hearing:

“If you are asking me, am I going to change my policies? No.”

#21 U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller to TSA chief John Pistole:

“I Think You’re Doing A Terrific Job.”

#22 Congressman Ron Paul:

I introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. If you would face criminal prosecution or a lawsuit for groping someone, exposing them to unwelcome radiation, causing them emotional distress, or violating indecency laws, then TSA agents should similarly face sanctions for their actions.

Is this the nation you want to live in?  If not, are you willing to do anything to change it?  If so, what do you like about it?  I’m not asking anyone to damage property, harm other people, or even march in the streets here.  All I want you to do is think this over and let those who have the power to make changes know what you’re thinking.  Contact your Senators and Representatives.  Write the President.  Yes, do it all even if you think they’ll disregard your opinions out of hand.  At least you know you’ve done what you can and they know your position on the matter.

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TSA – Watch Lists For Those Who Object

I found this over at the Northeast Intelligence Network.

23 November 2010: Following the publication of my article titled “Gate Rape of America,” I was contacted by a source within the DHS who is troubled by the terminology and content of an internal memo reportedly issued yesterday at the hand of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Indeed, both the terminology and content contained in the document are troubling. The dissemination of the document itself is restricted by virtue of its classification, which prohibits any manner of public release. While the document cannot be posted or published, the more salient points are revealed here.

The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”

The terminology contained within the reported memo is indeed troubling. It labels any person who “interferes” with TSA airport security screening procedure protocol and operations by actively objecting to the established screening process, “including but not limited to the anticipated national opt-out day” as a “domestic extremist.” The label is then broadened to include “any person, group or alternative media source” that actively objects to, causes others to object to, supports and/or elicits support for anyone who engages in such travel disruptions at U.S. airports in response to the enhanced security procedures.

Am I surprised by this?  Y’all know me too well to think I would be.  Disgusted yes, but not shocked.  Not even mildly surprised.

While this would surely not withstand a challenge based on the First Amendment you should remember that there has to be someone to make that challenge.  Someone must first be violated.  Living in Vegas, I’ve been known to make a few bets.  I’d be willing to bet it will happen.

Am I on a government watch list?  I really would be shocked to find out that I’m not.  It’s not like I hide my opinions.

I’d just ask one thing of the people who make and maintain those lists.  Please go back and read the Constitution.  Re-read the history of the United States.  Think about what you’re doing.  These pleas may fall on deaf ears, but at least I have the courtesy to ask.

One last thing before I go.  To all those out there who complained about President Bush’s wire tapping and all of that, where the F**K are you these days?  If that was so bad, how is this not worse?

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this story, but I’d ask all of my readers to consider something.  Do you doubt that the current government is capable of doing such a thing?  Would it surprise you if they did?  Finally, how does it make you feel if you answered yes to either of the last two questions knowing that you’re still in the United States of America?

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