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November 2010

Attractive woman "randomly" selected by TSA full body scan, detained, cuffed, humiliated

Even if she was truly selected by chance, is this a reasonable way to treat someone who refuses to submit to the full body backscatter x-ray?  Meg McLain, a co-host of this radio program, was made a public spectacle, handcuffed, her plane ticket torn up, not to mention the very intrusive pat down. 

Warning: sample images have been used in a slideshow format, some of which show the output from the scanners in more detail than you might want to see.  This is what the TSA operators have access to when you walk into the box.

Can you say abuse of power, boys and girls?

Mystery missile launched off the coast of L.A.

Perhaps the mystery isn't quite solved.  Contrary to the update below, the FAA said there were no flights in the area at that time and day.  Hmm...  Chinese missile?  This video has more:


Mystery solved?  I can accept this answer, especially since a very similar contrail was seen and photographed in the sky about 24 hours later.  Curvature of the earth plus being in just the right position reletive to the flight path of a plane at altitude seems to be the combo.  via :

On his blog "Time to Think," Liem Bahneman on Wednesday pinpointed as the likely cause -- backing up an explanation offered by a senior military official to Fox News Channel that the contrail caught on video by a news helicopter “was more likely caused by an airplane than anything else."

Tweeting the end of an unborn - sanctity of life no more: #ihadanabortion

The pride they take in the destruction of a life, the life of their own child, is astounding.  How sad.  :

Pro-abortionists love to give lip service to the “right” to privacy, especially when it concerns fancy wombs. Except for when they wish to take to Twitter and boast about their abortions publicly, apparently. This week, they did just that using the hashtag #?q=%23ihadanabortion" target="_blank">ihadanabortion. The alleged reasoning behind such a campaign was to promote empowerment and to take the “stigma” out of, you know, the killing of unborn children. Because, wing nuts won the elections. And The Patriarchy ™. Or something. Never mind that elections themselves are, by definition, all about choice. Facts are hard.

Facts are hard for the press, too, who are ever ready to toe the pro-abortion. The Washington Post furthered the “OMG, radical extremists who hate lady bits were elected!!!111? narrative with their article “#.” Their bias was clear from the first two paragraphs:

With Tuesday’s (including a handful of ‘‘ who say they would outlaw the procedure in all circumstances), some pro-abortion rights activists took to Twitter under the hashtag .

reported that the campaign began with a : ‘Time for us to come out. Who’s had an abortion? Show antis we’re not intimidated by scare tactics. Use: .’

Oh, yes, people were forced to boast about their abortions due to a sweep of hardliners threatening them. Apparently super scarily threatening them with the fact that abortion is legal in this country. Sigh. Hey, what about the hardliner who started this “campaign”? What kind of extremist does one have to be to choose Dr. Tiller as their idol? A man who killed thousands and thousands of unborn babies and harmed thousands and thousands of women.

Republican Senator-elect will not be seated for lame duck session... but two Democrats will

How convenient is this?  The Republican Senator-elect Mark Kirk won't have his paperwork processed in time to seat him for the last session of the current Congress even though two other Democrats will take their place on time.  via :

Illinois Republican Mark Kirk won't be seated in the U.S. Senate in time for the start of the lame duck session of Congress this month - unlike two other newly elected senators.

The session begins Nov. 15. But state officials say the paperwork officially declaring Kirk the winner of the Senate race won't be delivered until Nov. 29.

That should still allow Kirk to participate in two weeks of the session in December. He argued strongly during the campaign that voters needed to send him to the Senate quickly so he could help block spending and tax increases.

Two Democrats are expected to be sworn in at the start of the lame duck session. Chris Coons of Delaware will fill the remainder of Vice President Joe Biden's term, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia replaces the late Robert Byrd.

senseFly swinglet CAM autonomous flying camera

is cool.  Throw it to launch, flies a predefined flight path, takes arial photos, lands by itself.  Sweet!


U.K. Army cadets banned from carrying rifles in Remembrance Day parade because it "glamorises weapons"

Oh brother Rolling Eyes It goes to show how pathetically PC Europe has become when the mere sight of the military carrying <gasp> rifles in a parade would upset the delicate sensibilities of the onlookers.  From :

Army cadets have been left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after being banned from carrying rifles on a Remembrance Day parade - amid fears the weapons might 'upset' onlookers.

The young cadets have proudly marched with rifles for decades and around 100 had spent months fine-tuning the drill where they would showcase their skills.  

But the cadets were left 'gutted' just days before the big event when military top brass cut the rifles from the display following complaints from members of the public.

They were warned the rifle display during the march in Plymouth, Devon, could be deemed as 'glamorising' weapons.  

Cadets were left 'bitterly disappointed' by the late change, which organisers today branded 'political correctness gone mad'.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell: "I am a Socialist... I live to the extreme left of you mere Liberals."

There is no guessing where this guy stands politically and, err, socially.  Originally seen at via .

Salon's Glenn Greenwald faced off against MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell on "Morning Joe." Greenwald had recently of "trying to blame 'the Left' and 'liberalism' for the Democrats' political woes."

O'Donnell, who noted that he was, himself, a "socialist," tweaked Greenwald by saying: "I'm not a liberal who's so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to 'progressive.' "


What We Believe, Part 5: Gun Rights

In Part 5 of the What We Believe series, Bill examines to role of gun ownership as a bulwark against the power of the Big State, and deals with some of the logical problems of the gun control movement.  , , , and .


Lawsuit to overturn new Oklahoma ban on Sharia in the courtroom

A U.S. District Judge has placed a temporary restraining order on the new OK amendment.  :

A federal judge has placed a temporary restraining order on Oklahoma's newly approved constitutional amendment prohibiting state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled this morning that the amendment, which was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters through a ballot initiative known as State Question 755, should be put on hold until a Nov. 22 hearing over a possible preliminary injunction.

, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state ballot measure, contending it violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause protecting freedom of religion.

"Today's ruling is a reminder of the strength of our nation's legal system and the protections it grants to religious minorities," responded CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad. "We are humbled by this opportunity to show our fellow Oklahomans that Muslims are their neighbors and that we are committed to upholding the U.S. Constitution and promoting the benefits of a pluralistic society."

This past week, Oklahoma became the first state to put before voters the proposition that Islamic courts, Islamic law – known as Shariah – and Shariah-based court decisions should be banned.

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Fed to spend $600 billion buying government bonds

I ran across another commentary about this subject.  I missed something in the first one that is spelled out here: $600B is just the beginning.  In the end, it will be more like $850-900B, which comes to around $110 billion per month.  Yikes!  This is just an exerpt, you can read the whole thing at .

The thing that has sent me into Mogambo Panic Mode (MPM) over the terrifying inflationary implications is the latest outrage from the Federal Reserve, reported at as, “The Federal Reserve will buy an additional $600 billion of Treasuries through June, expanding record stimulus and risking its credibility in a bid to reduce unemployment and avert deflation.”

It turns out that the announced $600 billion, in six measly months, as perfectly horrific as it is, is not the whole story, as we later find out when Bloomberg later in the article reports, “Including Treasury purchases from reinvesting proceeds of mortgage payments, the Fed will buy a total of $850 billion to $900 billion of securities through June, or about $110 billion per month, the New York Fed said in accompanying statement.”

$110 billion per month! Per month! Per freaking month! Gaaahhhh!

by Dr. Radut