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Homeland security is homeland stupidity!
June 28, 2011
2:48 am
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They would be locking me up in jail, if they did this to my relative, 95 years old. Any agent who could not see this was a old, frail, and harmless doesn't belong in that job. They wouldn't know a real threat if it bit them on the ass.

Elderly woman has to remove diaper for pat-down
ShareretweetEmailPrintBy MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Melissa Nelson, Associated Press – 1 hr 19 mins ago
DESTIN, Fla. – A gravely ill 95-year-old woman had to remove her wet diaper at an airport so that she could be patted down by security screeners and nearly missed her flight, her daughter said Monday.

During the pat-down, Transportation Security Administration inspectors found a mass on Lena Reppert's upper thigh, her daughter Jean Weber said. The mass was a hard spot on the diaper that had become heavy and concentrated in that place because it was wet. Reppert, who is in a wheelchair, had to be patted down because she couldn't go through a scanning machine, and the TSA agents said they could not search the diaper while she was still wearing it, Weber said.

Reppert couldn't board a June 18 flight from Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Fort Walton Beach to Detroit until she was cleared by security, Weber said. Reppert, who has leukemia and had been living in the Florida Panhandle, was returning to her native Hastings, Mich., where she wants to be buried.

Weber, a waitress, said she was told the diaper would have to be removed so the agents could finish their pat-down. They had not packed any extra diapers in their carry-on because her mother has never needed backups before.

"She had to remove them," Weber said. "She would not be cleared with those Depends on."

TSA officials said the agency's inspectors did nothing wrong and followed proper procedure. Spokesman Nick Kimball also said the officers did not force Reppert to remove the diaper.

"While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner," Kimball said.

Officials offered to pull their luggage off the plane so Reppert could change into a clean diaper, but Weber said she feared her mother, a retired nurse, would miss her flight.

"She is frail. I had arranged for these times because it's the time she was the strongest every day," Weber said. "I just did not want to put her through some kind of wait."

However, Weber said the agents would not allow her to remove the diaper in the screening room — so she had to take her mother to a restroom outside the security area, and then wait in line to be screened again. The second time, Weber said she triggered an alarm herself because she was upset and crying.

They tested her purse for chemicals while her mother finished her pat-down in private, she said. By then, she had lost her pass allowing her to escort her mother to her gate and asked airport workers to take the woman.

"It was a traumatic moment for me because I know my mother is very ill and hopefully I can get up to see her before anything happens," Weber said.

TSA has tightened security after a Nigerian man was charged with trying to ignite explosives he had hidden in his underwear on a flight to Detroit from Europe on Christmas Day 2009.

However, the full-body scans and pat-downs have been criticized by travelers and been the brunt of jokes on "Saturday Night Live."

Earlier this year, for example, the agency was criticized for patting down a 6-year-old girl at the New Orleans airport. Last week, TSA officials said that security workers would now be told to make repeated attempts to screen young children without resorting to the pat-downs.

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June 28, 2011
5:27 am
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um..that actually has more to do with the TSA
http://www.tsa.gov/

Also it is ridiculous.these pats downs need to stop..it's an abuse of our civil rights..it's the kind of thing a police state does..the USSR comes to mind..Venezuela comes to mind..not the USA..sad..hopefully it will stop and things will start turning around... sooner than later, ne hopes..I mean, now Osama is dead, certain countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East are..well..transitioning..The Afghan occupation is being pulled back a bit..The Iraq occupation, too
hope springs eternal
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Why? Are you having fun?
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June 28, 2011
5:38 pm
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There was a time not long ago when I would have much to say about this, but not now. However I will say this. IN MY OPINION- Homeland Security isn't about keeping you safe, It's actually about keeping you confined and controlled while making a few hundred million dollars off the backs of the paying public in the process.

It's as simple as that: How do I know? HEHEHE...

Here...google this outfit.." Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program "....I think they are meeting as I type.... Take a few minutes and browse through the speakers as well as the members.... See if you can spot the DEMOGRAPHIC that is conspicuously absent!!!!

Something tells me that the ACLU won't even buck these people! Otherwise.....well you'll get it!

In bed with the Times, just don;t ask to see what's behind the curtain. 😉 😎

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July 3, 2011
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And that's a big part of why this nonsense is so enraging to me - not only that this stupidity continues, but they're using taxpayer money to carry on with this absurdity. It's bad enough they through money down the drain on useless programs like studying the atomic weight of raisins or whatever, but degrading and embarrassing the public using the ridiculous excuse of security, all the while using the same people's money to do it with...I DK how every single red-blooded American is not just absolutely LIVID with indignation over this..., this BULLHOCKEY!!

JUST KEEP ON SNOOZING AMERICA, IT'S SURE TO ALL WORK OUT BY ITSELF :crazy:

Sure Secr. Napolitano and gang will catch all the bumbling shoe bombers and underwear bombers there are, but what happens when a worthy opponent enters the fray. One that not only has the training and resources to carry out an act of terror, but the determination, iron will, and talent to see it through (a true believer, if you will). God help us all if/when that day arrives.

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison

July 3, 2011
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Facing the Future

Every journey begins
With but a small step
And every day is a chance
For a new, small step
In the right direction.
Just follow your Heartsong.

It is good
To have a past
That is pleasant
To reflect upon.
Take care
To create
Such a gift
For your future.

I have a song, deep in my heart,
And only I can hear it.
If I close my eyes and sit very still
It is so easy to listen to my song.
When my eyes are open and
I am so busy and moving and busy,
If I take time and listen very hard,
I can still hear my Heartsong.
It makes me feel happy.
Happier than ever.
Happier than everywhere
And everything and everyone
In the whole wide world
Happy like thinking about
Going to Heaven when I die.
My Heartsong sounds like this:

I love you! I love you!
How happy you can be!
How happy you can make
The whole world be!

And sometimes it's other
Tunes and words, too,
But it always sings the
Same special feeling to me.
It makes me think of
Jamie, and Katie and Stevie,
And other wonderful things.
This is my special song.
But do you know what?
All people have a special song
Inside their hearts!
Everyone in the whole wide world
Has a special Heartsong.
If you believe in magical, musical hearts,
And if you believe you can be happy,
Then you, too, will hear your song.
-Matthew "Mattie" Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
(July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004)
("and a little child shall lead them")

Seeds for Thought

The sword is heavy,
And piercing sharp.
Stronger than rock,
It yields a mighty blow
To the foe
With each assault.
The bow and arrow
Are light and swift.
Silent war implement,
It yields a surprise attack
To front or back,
From a distance.
And yet,
Stronger than the sword,
Swifter than the arrow,
Are words ---
Among the most powerful
Of all weapons.
Words can tear and hurt
And cause pain and strife.
Words can heal and comfort
And sow peace in life.
Heed the wisdom, and
Use words with care.
-Mattie S.

Thank You Mattie

by
Dave Czach

Thank you for your wonderful words...
The elegance of a poet,
The message of a messiah,
The tenderness of a child.

Thank you for your compassion...
The caring of a teacher,
The patience of a priest,
The enthusiasm of a child.

Thank you for your positive outlook...
The vision of a leader,
The coach of life,
The exuberance of a child.

Thank you Mattie.
Your purpose was divine.
Your message was clear.
All we have to do,
is look in our spiritual mirror.
-Dave Czach

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Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

July 3, 2011
6:43 pm
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One big hidden cost that noboy considers in our budget is how much money has been spent since 911 for security in this country. All the terrorists need to do is sit back in a resort, and make all kinds of threats, and they will break this country ecomonically by the added security for everything. Every single event, meeting, movement of elected people, transportation, building security, school and pubic building security, powerplant, military base, just add it up. How much did the superbowl, world series, and Rose Parade add to what use to me normal security 2 years ago? Disneyland, Vegas, every touist attraction, you name it, we are spending out the nose and its a totally hidden budget.

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