Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wondering what to get your favorite Soros funded socialist for Christmas?

Mao's Little Red Book of course!


The Obama's will be hanging them on the White House Christmas Tree.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

George Will on Wagging the Dog

TSA Trouble Shows Disproportionate Reach of Govt

By George Will
Fifty years ago William F. Buckley wrote a memorable complaint about the fact that Americans do not complain enough. His point, like most of the points he made during his well-lived life, is, unfortunately, more pertinent than ever.

Were he still with us he would favor awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in 1991, to John Tyner, who, when attempting to board a plane in San Diego, was provoked by some Transportation Security Administration personnel.

When Buckley was asked how he came up with topics for three columns a week, he jauntily replied that the world annoyed him that frequently. The fecundity of the world as an irritant was on display one winter evening in 1960 when Buckley found himself in an insufferably hot car on a New Haven Railroad commuter train from Grand Central Station to his Stamford, Conn., home. Everyone was acutely uncomfortable; no one was complaining.

"In a more virile age, I thought, the passengers would have seized the conductor and strapped him down on a seat over the radiator to share the fate of his patrons." But he had "nonchalantly walked down the gauntlet of eighty sweating American freemen, and not one of them had asked him to explain why the passengers in that car had been consigned to suffer."

Buckley, who was gifted at discerning the metaphysical significance of the quotidian, thought he saw civilization tottering on its pedestal. He was not mistaken:
It isn't just the commuters, whom we have come to visualize as a supine breed who have got onto the trick of suspending their sensory faculties twice a day while they submit to the creeping dissolution of the railroad industry. It isn't just they who have given up trying to rectify irrational vexations. It is the American people everywhere.

Happily, not quite everywhere today. Not anywhere where Tyners are.

When TSA personnel began looking for weapons of mass destruction in Tyner's underpants, he objected to having his groin patted. A TSA functionary, determined to do his duty pitilessly — his duty is to administer the latest (but surely not the last) wrinkle in the government's ever-intensifying protection of us — said: "If you're not comfortable with that, we can escort you back out and you don't have to fly today."

Tyner: "I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying."

TSA: "This is not considered a sexual assault."

Tyner: "It would be if you weren't the government . . . "

TSA: "Upon buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights."

Oh? John Locke, call your office.

The theory — perhaps by now it seems like a quaint anachronism — on which the nation was founded is, or was: Government is instituted to protect pre-existing natural rights essential to the pursuit of happiness. Today, that pursuit often requires flying, which sometimes involves the wanding of 3-year-olds and their equally suspect teddy bears.

What the TSA is doing is mostly security theater, a pageant to reassure passengers that flying is safe. Reassurance is necessary if commerce is going to flourish, and if we are going to get to grandma's house on Thursday to give thanks for the Pilgrims and for freedom.

If grandma is coming to our house, she may be wanded while barefoot at the airport because democracy — or the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment; anyway,something — requires the amiable nonsense of pretending that no one has the foggiest idea what an actual potential terrorist might look like.

But enough, already. Enough trivializing important values — e.g., air safety — by monomaniacal attempts to maximize them. Disproportion is the common denominator of almost all of life's absurdities. Automobile safety is important. But attempting to maximize it would begin (but by no means end) with forbidding left turns.

Bureaucracies try to maximize their missions. They can't help themselves. Adult supervision is required to stand athwart this tendency, yelling "Stop!"

Again, Buckley: "Every year, whether the Republican or the Democratic Party is in office, more and more power drains away from the individual to feed vast reservoirs in far-off places; and we have less and less say about the shape of events which shape our future."

The average American has regular contact with the federal government at three points — the IRS, the post office and the TSA. Start with that fact if you are formulating a unified field theory to explain the public's current political mood.

CBS reporter Peggy Fox taunts TSA protestor



Media Sheepledom: CBS reporter Peggy Fox

taunts TSA protester (exclusive)

The current scanning and pat down procedures being used
to regiment Americans are for show, not security.  They do
not image internal body cavities, and they are used in lieu
of actual intelligence about who is planning criminal or
terrorist acts.  Most tellingly, they were instituted after the
Obama regime suffered an electoral revolt, and not after the
underwear bomber or Times Square bomber raised public
awareness of plots against our safety (and of the State's
 incompetence to ensure it).

So the logic is that no one is innocent until proven innocent,
 and all are suspects to be seized and searched, in violation 
of the 4th Amendment.  TSArina Janet Napolitano's plans to
 scan and frisk people on trains, buses and at sports stadiums
is only the beginning. Anyone in a major city could be
building a dirty bomb. There will be daily home inspections.
And you will need a government permit and 
clearance to live in DC or a state capitol.

It is the Road to Serfdom.

Each new abrogation of liberty provides the pretext for the 
next, since after all, we already allow this or that, so why 
not this next step too?  And each disaster -- that will surely 
happen, since Napolitano and the Obama regime are both 
incompetent and unconcerned with any individual piece of 
livestock in the tax serf herd (as long as the whole herd 
produces enough meat) -- will justify further regimentation 
and executive power.

As is often the case, the press is more than willing to be
 complicit, following government press releases and 
attacking dissidents.  Matt Welch at reason magazine has 
provided a compendium of flaccid and quisling headlines 
in the mainstream media.  And Glen Greenwald at Salon 
has pointed out the tendentiousness of Obama supporters 
on the "left" who have decided to defend any Obama 
policy, even when it is, as so many Obama policies are,
a metastasization of a Bush policy they were criticizing 
only a few years ago.

I was witness to such an incident this week.





I am at National Airport watching 20-somethings protest 
against TSA and for the 4th Amendment prohibition of 
unreasonable searches and seizures.  Some of the protests 
or education outreach activites around the country 
(Philadelphia, SFO-San Francisco, BWI-Baltimore, 
Salt Lake City, Wichita) were organized by the 
Campaign for Liberty.  The Reagan National leafletting 
was organized by C4L activist  Steven Bierfeldt. (Steve 
was famously harassed by TSA last year for having a box 
of Ron Paul buttons and bumperstickers and the cash from 
selling them at some midwest convention when he 
attempted to board a plane to fly back home to the DC area.)


TSA or DHS or the airport has required that the protesters 
get a permit, and did not issue them until 2:30 pm. Protester
 is actually the wrong word; they are only permitted to leaflet.  
Each leafleting protester must wear a green tag that 
designates an area they can stand in to leaflet.


They are not allowed to be in even groups of two. I just 
watched Fairfax, VA resident Brad Aefsky (not pictured in 
this blog) be taunted by the local CBS reporter Peggy Fox 
because "there was no protest" i.e. he was standing alone.

I watched him be interviewed by a series of reporters who
 asked very boring questions.  None of them seemed to see 
the obvious story in front of them, the emptiness of 
National Airport on a major travel day.  But none of them 
taunted him.

Until Ms. Fox.  Ms. Fox did not realize he was required to 
stand all by himself, and neither did I when she interviewed 
him.  But then, I am a blogger, not an Emmy award winning 
TV blond who has covered local news from Miami to DC after
 getting my BA in communications from VA Tech.  But I did 
manage to learn that about 20 minutes after she packed up 
her camera crew.  (Guess she was in a hurry to get 
back to hubby Tom Horan in her suburban Virginia home.  Ms.
 Fox taunted the protester she interviewed telling him "there 
is no right to privacy in the Constitution" and "you don't have 
to fly."  So if you know her home address please publish it -- 
after all, this gal doesn't have to be a reporter does she?)





After her interview Ms. Fox then editorialized, telling Mr. 
Aefsky: "they are just trying to protect us;"  "don't you go
 to the doctor and get examined," and, repeated a charge 
from one passer-by that using language critical of the TSA 
using words like or references to "groping" or "sexual assault"
 is (allegedly) offensive to anyone who has been sexually 
assaulted.  Her parting off-camera shots:  Ms. Fox asked the 
27 year old (male) anti-TSA leafletter "Have you ever been 
sexually assaulted?" and then said "Call me when you actually 
have a protest to cover."

Peggy Fox
CBS reporter Peggy Fox

PS  In a cursory 5 minutes of googling I discovered that Peggy Fox did a story
on the Inaugural where she discusses the attendance of a Tom Horan WITHOUT
 DISCLOSING THAT HE IS HER HUSBAND.

She also did an award winning story where she lurked on playgrounds and
bathrooms to see how easily one could be a sexual predator.  Perhaps her 
sensibilities no longer allow her to understand how TSA procedures offend
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(reposted from TSAResistance.blogspot.com)

TSA Christmas Song

Richard Epstein on Barack Obama, his former Chicago Law Colleague

Saturday, November 20, 2010

They Don't Like Black People -- November/Jay Rockefeller Edition

I update this list of major "progressives," or as I call them, pro-regressives, who can live anywhere they want who almost always choose to live in all white neighborhoods, and only on rare occasion choose to live in a gentrifying neighborhoods where upper middle class, mainly white, bureaucrats and politicos are displacing black people.


This month Senator Jay Rockefeller got jealous that Senator Schumer always gets to the camera first and released his list of stimulus projects to cure unemployment, beginning with repeal of the First Amendment. (Seems that if we abolished FOX and replaced it with a government approved network, like the one Mrs. Senator Jay Rockefeller runs, the new network would have job openings.)  Senator Rockefeller has the whitest neighborhood of all pro-regressives in DC, since he has managed to surround his $15 million DC estate at 2121 Park Road NW with federal parkland, also known as a taxpayer subsidized private forest.  Mainly white birch.


Click to view Virtual Earth Map


From MSNBC to the Washington Post to the Democratic Party, the flaks and cogs of the Obama regime all choose to live in lily white neighborhoods.  Even the few people of color among them.


I guess running the modern day slave trade, where you sell black kids to the educrat unions for Democratic Party campaign contributions, makes you feel too guilty to face your victims!  (See: "Waiting for Superman.")


Paul Begala (Democratic strategist, Clinton advisor, CNN chatterer, Freddie Mac lobbyist)
1.8% African American
1581 Highland Glen Place
McLean, VA 22101
http://www.city-data.com/zips/22101.html


David Brock (Media Matters for America)
0.53% African American
2310 California Street
Washington, D.C. 20008
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20008.html


and



The founder of the smear and distraction group Tedium Tatters has two homes, one owned with his restraunter/interior designer partner James Alefantis.  Both his Embassy Row home in DC's Kalorama neighborhood and his vacation home are as free of black people (save the help) as they can be.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (Obama regime flak)
0.53% African American
3067 Whitehaven Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20008




Anita Dunn (Obama White House)
3.2% African American
4413 Stanford Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20815.html


Karen Finney (Democratic National Committee)
2020 12th Street NW #717
Washington DC 20009
Ms. Finney's zip code, 20009, is plurality white in a black majority city, but her neighborhood, Dupont Circle, within that zip code is overwhelmingly majority white (http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Dupont-Circle-Washington-DC.html).  Her building, 2020 Lofts, are infamous for having been initially purchased largely by speculators (http://bubblemeter.blogspot.com/2005/12/lockbox-glut.html).  Her loft and many surrounding lofts of the new "U" were built by displacing lower income black homeowners.  I suspect she thinks she is living an urban, integrated life (she blogs often about her bi-racial family).  But like the other Democrats and Obama regime flaks she does not live in a historically black neighborhood like LeDroit Park or Crestwood or a working class black neighborhood like Anacostia or Riggs Park.


David Ignatius (The Washington Post)
0.53% African American
3400 Ordway Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20008.html








Michael R Isikoff
9% African American
6148 31ST ST NW

WASHINGTON,  DC20015
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20015.html






Rachel Maddow (all-white hosted MSNBC)
2.7% African American
130 Jane Street (West Village)
New York, NY 10014
http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/zip/10014


Chris Matthews (all-white hosted MSNBC)
3.2% African American
9 East Kirke Circle
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20815.html


Andrea Mitchell (all-white hosted MSNBC)
0.6% African American
2710 Chain Bridge Road
Washington, DC 20016
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20016.html




Nancy Pelosi
4% African American
3030 K Street NW #214
Washington DC 20007
http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Georgetown-Washington-DC.html




Anthony Podesta
0.53% African American
2438 Belmont Road NW
Washington DC 20008
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20008.html
Podesta funds Tedium Tatters, ThinkRegress and other websites that regularly libel the tea party movement as racist.




Harry Reid
6.8% African American
1155 23rd Street NW N2E
Washington DC 20037
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20037.html
Reid's neighborhood  has about half as many African Americans as the national average.  But since it is in a majority black city, it is viewed by local black residents as an all white neighborhood.  It has a slightly higher percentage of African Americans than those of the other Democrats because it has a transient black residents who are students at George Washington University.


Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post)
2.5% African American (i.e., his own family)
5302 18th Street North
Arlington, VA 22205
http://www.city-data.com/zips/22205.html


Senator John Rockefeller
2121 Park Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20010


Vivian Schiller (NPR)
3% African American
 7361 HEATHERHILL CT
BETHESDA,  MD  20817-4668
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20817.html


Ellen Weiss & Rabbi David Saperstein (NPR)
9% African American
5351 29th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
http://www.city-data.com/zips/20015.html