the Kommisariat's Kontinuing Kronicles: more right-wingery in the USA, 2k11-12

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Always one to detest the TSA's intrusion on people's privacy, Sen. Rand Paul has been detained himself by officials with the agency at Nashville's airport this morning, according to Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley. As CNN and Politico report, Paul, ever the libertarian, refused to be patted down when asked by airport officials in Nashville. "Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, Bagley said. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused," says CNN. This isn't the first time Paul's been irked by the TSA's pat-down procedures. The Daily Caller reported in June how Paul criticized TSA head John Pistole for the pat-down of a 6-year-old Kentucky girl, chosen at random per TSA policy. "It makes me think you’re clueless, if you think she’s going to attack our country and you’re not doing your research on the people who want to attack our country," he said in Congress at the time. So presumably, Paul believed he (white, male, U.S. senator) wasn't enough of a threat to be patted down either.

Famous porn scenes like "shake that bear" (Phil D.), Monday, 23 January 2012 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Good ol' Max:

...That sound you just heard was my eyes rolling so far back in my head that they fell out. We don't love the TSA security procedures, but if let's please not embarrass ourselves by pretending that Paul did something brave or noble here, or that the TSA reacted in an unexpected or particularly troubling way. Rand Paul wasn't "detained"; the TSA is not Agent Smith; you are not Neo; and if the worst way your civil rights have ever been violated is by having your body touched by a government employee while you wait to board a plane, you are pretty lucky.

Libertarians are a people constantly in search of issues to be self-righteous about. This is the problem of a political movement about "freedom" peopled largely by white men with college degrees and above-average incomes: there's not a lot of freedom they don't already have, and not a lot of situations where their civil rights are being potentially trampled. The TSA is a wonderful thing for contemporary American libertarianism; it's one of not many places where a upper middle class Linux engineer can actually stand off against an invasive government...

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Monday, 23 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

haha OTM

Bam! Orgasm explosion in your facehole. (DJP), Monday, 23 January 2012 19:19 (five years ago) Permalink

now he's claiming the machines might be rigged

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

or he really wants to investigate to see if it's possible that TSA agents can pull a funny one

"I think was mine probably random, I doubt I was picked on," he said. "But I would like to know: does the screener have the ability to push the button and randomly get someone to set off a screener?"

bonus accurate and then inaccurate use of "random", very 21st century

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

youre kidding

max, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

its kind of odd to me that there isnt a congressional exemption from tsa screenings

max, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

tbf rand paul fits the demographic of domestic terrorist pretty well

iatee, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

"But I would like to know: does the screener have the ability to push the button and randomly get someone to set off a screener?"

Definitely speculate to the press about a completely manufactured concern that no one has ever voiced, in order to deflect derisive laughter from/ validate your hysteria about being held equal with other people and subject to the same inconveniences as us norms.

I have a paranoid daughter and a son who is addicted to internet (Laurel), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Srsly I don't know how Rand got elected he has no charm or charisma and is kinda thick.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't see why bitching about TSA is necessarily right-wingery.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Charles Murray endorses paternalism (lol no really) and... new urbanism?

The [solution] that I have in mind has to be defined in terms of individual American families acting in their own interests and the interests of their children. Doing that in Fishtown requires support from outside. There remains a core of civic virtue and involvement in working-class America that could make headway against its problems if the people who are trying to do the right things get the reinforcement they need—not in the form of government assistance, but in validation of the values and standards they continue to uphold. The best thing that the new upper class can do to provide that reinforcement is to drop its condescending "nonjudgmentalism." Married, educated people who work hard and conscientiously raise their kids shouldn't hesitate to voice their disapproval of those who defy these norms. When it comes to marriage and the work ethic, the new upper class must start preaching what it practices.

Changing life in the SuperZIPs [elite neighborhoods] requires that members of the new upper class rethink their priorities. Here are some propositions that might guide them: Life sequestered from anybody not like yourself tends to be self-limiting. Places to live in which the people around you have no problems that need cooperative solutions tend to be sterile. America outside the enclaves of the new upper class is still a wonderful place, filled with smart, interesting, entertaining people. If you're not part of that America, you've stripped yourself of much of what makes being American special.

am i nuts or is this a kind of "general petraeus" version of conservative culture war? the language feels very much like COIN, "the surge," etc

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Monday, 23 January 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

pro-choice rally punchline in max's piece is awesome. also quoted at length in the guardian.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Monday, 23 January 2012 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

the new upper class must start preaching what it practices

iirc, divorce is just as prevelant among the upper class as anywhere else. And trial marriages or living together before marriage is practised pretty damn widely these days, too. As it was in most centuries you might care to name.

So, which "norms" is this jerk-off talking about anyway? Does he really think that no one is vocally disapproving spousal abuse, child neglect, or any other real problems of that nature? I hate this kind of hand-waving holier-than-thou crap. It is brainless.

Aimless, Monday, 23 January 2012 23:30 (five years ago) Permalink

I think he's talking about the modern-day equivalent of holding temperance parades through slums.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 23 January 2012 23:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Aaaaand a response to me posting that bit on FB, from the same chick who's replied to me laughing at Ron Paul before, poste here for your amusement:

Well, I for one am glad that he did what he did. More people should take "a stand"- however the "language" is interpreted. I for one am sick and tired of the government getting crazier and more invasive. Every time we give them an inch they take a mile. This isn't America anymore! The only solution is to get the government out of the airport security entirely and put it in the hands of private airlines. If you want the "pat down/sexual harassment/cancer radiation/takes 5 extra years to board the damn plane/can't even bring your bottle of effing Fiji water with you" airline then fly on that shitty one. The whiny, worried little babies will be "safe" there. If you're not spooked/BRAINWASHED by any of the BS rhetoric then fly the one that doesn't require such stupid measures. Then everyone gets what they want. Libertarianism isn't such an awful thing. It's about choices. Choices are what made America a great nation. People better WAKE UP because our country is turning to absolute shit!

...cancer radiation?

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 02:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure they are doing their own medical safety testing on those machines.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 04:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Her grievances are plain enough, but the rest is just parroting empty slogans.

Aimless, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 04:25 (five years ago) Permalink

According to e-mail exchanges between T.S.A. employee representatives and Department of Homeland Security officials, airport screeners in Boston and Atlanta were concerned about growing numbers of co-workers “falling victim to various forms of cancer,” which they suspected might be caused by radiation exposure from the machines. The e-mails and other documents were obtained by the privacy center under the Freedom of Information Act as part of its own lawsuit against use of the scanners.

Ginger McCall, the center’s open government counsel, said the documents also showed that the T.S.A. had denied employees’ requests for dosimeters, safety devices that measure radiation exposure. “There is still a need for independent safety testing of these devices and for greater transparency on the part of T.S.A.,” she added.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 04:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a dosage thing, like with cops getting nut cancer from radar guns. Walking thru a checkpoint won't damage really damage you, presumably, sitting next to it for 40 hours a week has a far better chance of it.

Then again, I don't really know what I'm talking about.

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:11 (five years ago) Permalink

And there's a followup:

With the way the country is going down the toilet abortion is about last on the list of my concerns, Jeremy. The federal government now has the right to detain citizens without a trial and lock them in secret prisons. Every single day read about a new threat to my BASIC rights. WTF, do you really think I care about abortion? It's one of those issues no one will ever agree on. Some people feel it's an act of violence on another human being. Some people feel it's a freedom. The only fair thing to do here is make it a state's decision. Pretty much ALL decisions should be state's decisions: drugs, prostitution, murder, pornography, violence, seat belts- anything. The minute the big federal bureaucracy steps in everything just gets convoluted and 100x's more expensive. The only thing that the federal government should deal with is protecting our LIBERTY and the right for states to make their own decisions on hot topic x, y or z. This is the only way everyone will be happy. That way if you want abortion so bad you can be a Californian. If you don't, move to Texas- everyone wins. For me abortion is a "freedom" that I would never require (only in a case where I might die if I didn't have one and even then I would do everything I could to avoid it) because I take responsibility for my actions. Now, I would like the freedom to bring my goddamned FIJI water with me on the fucking airplane and not be felt up when I'm doing it!

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:16 (five years ago) Permalink

She wants to be oppressed by her state government, bcz the feds make such a cock up of it? Except, imagine if every state had different airport security regulations. Total chaos.

Aimless, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:34 (five years ago) Permalink

The only thing that the federal government should deal with is protecting our LIBERTY and the right for states to make their own decisions on hot topic x, y or z

Like slavery. And sodomy. And interracial marriage. And so forth.

Federalism is dead, and good fucking riddance, I say.

Famous porn scenes like "shake that bear" (Phil D.), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Legalize it.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

is there anywhere where we're just cyclically pasting & repasting parts of the guy's 'i may eat tacos' speech?,0,5054089.story

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Floating around on facebook now, and shared by people I know and me with equal parts irony & enthusiasm.

laudable goals listed as tho all are scaremongering

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Lol!!! Satanic cookie!

Frobisher (Viceroy), Thursday, 26 January 2012 05:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Last week, Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey introduced a bill that would ban "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses." But which foods or products use aborted human fetuses? Let's investigate.

NPR speculates that Shortey's bill has to do with a recent boycott aimed at PepsiCo for working with a company called Senomyx that "has been accused of using proteins derived from human embryonic kidney cells in its research....

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Thursday, 26 January 2012 06:51 (five years ago) Permalink

girl scouts sound AWESOME

Aesop Rizzle (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 26 January 2012 06:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Two Republican govs say Obama was mean to them in person (for things they wrote about him)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

If only he'd be so assertive with America's enemies. But then again, I suppose, an "enemy" is really in the eye of the beholder.


quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:17 (five years ago) Permalink

yes, if there's one thing Obama has been super lax on, it's enemies of America

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Number of Osama Bin Ladins killed by Republicans: 0
Number of Osama Bin Ladins killed by Obama: 1

Mordy, Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

ha that makes it sound like Obama led the charge into the house

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:21 (five years ago) Permalink

i want to make a bar graph of that superimposed over a photo of bin ladin and post it on fb

Mordy, Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

yes, if there's one thing Obama has been super lax on, it's enemies of America

Yes, he's been too soft on himself for a start

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Girl scouts getting some money from me thanks to that graphic.

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Thursday, 26 January 2012 19:12 (five years ago) Permalink


dayo, Friday, 27 January 2012 12:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Mark Oxner ad reminds me of the Subgenius MTV promo

an a drive (los blue jeans), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:04 (five years ago) Permalink

libertarians go wild for sumerian phrase they think means 'liberty' (^^tattoo gallery inside!!)

it means "debt forgivness"

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

oh no way


I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:52 (five years ago) Permalink

that's great

iatee, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Hahahah oh shit I first remember seeing that online like 10 years ago.

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Jan Brewer continues to beg for revenue from staged angry photo-op:


I need your help!

When I met President Obama this week, I really wasn’t pointing at him. I was telling him, “You have ONE more year!” The President needs to be reminded that he is the President of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state governors.

While I wanted to talk to him about jobs, our economy and visiting our border, President Obama criticized my book, Scorpions for Breakfast, and then walked away from me.
We deserve results over rhetoric, but this is a President who had the audacity to sue me and Arizona in my efforts to protect our country from illegal immigration!

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Mitt Romney will beat Barack Obama because a majority of the country already knows that the president is an epic failure at his job, and a thin-skinned, self-absorbed ideologue to boot.

All the noise about Romney's wealth and the nonsense about his "effective tax rate" won't make a lick of difference to a voter afraid of losing his or her job or fearing for their children's future.

All the left's harrumphing about Bain just isn't going matter to a country desperate for competence and character, discipline and the values of hard work, thrift and sacrifice.

Examiner Columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:59 (five years ago) Permalink

not to be thread police but that is not especially wild/funny right-wingery and it's about normal electoral politics anyway

Critique of Pure Moods (goole), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 18:15 (five years ago) Permalink

quick someone link to fr

Mordy, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

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