FLASH: TSA wants to ensure its survival?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/01/29/tsa.private/index.html?hpt=T2

Washington (CNN) — A program that allows airports to replace government screeners with private screeners is being brought to a standstill, just a month after the Transportation Security Administration said it was “neutral” on the program.

TSA chief John Pistole said Friday he has decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports, saying he does not see any advantage to it.

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MONEY: Incorrect language confuses us

http://www.vtcommons.org/blog/2011/01/19/truth-power-illusion-money-david-korten

TRUTH TO POWER: The Illusion of Money, By David Korten
Submitted by Carolyn Baker on Wed, 01/19/2011 – 9:16pm.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/david-korten/the-illusion-of-money

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The deceptions are built right into our language. We refer to speculation as “investment” and to phantom financial wealth as “capital.” Indeed, when we hear the terms wealth, capital, assets, or resources we have no way to know whether the reference is to a real asset or only to a phantom financial asset. Our language gives us no way to make this essential distinction. It is no wonder we get confused and fail to recognize that Wall Street produces nothing of real value.

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I cringe every time I hear politicians and bureaucrats blather about “investing in education”, or this, or that. They are always “investing”; I’d call it “spending”, or even “wasting”.

The biggest delusion imho is “money”. Calling intrinsically worthless Federal Reserve Banknotes “money” is self-deception. Calling anything a dollar is perversion of the definition of 24.057 grams of silver.

We have to regain control of our language.

And stop fooling ourselves.

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RANT: Drive-by comments waste resources

Someone left the following comment as a “drive by”:

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Submitted on 2011/01/27 at 22:13
Democrat Barack Hussein Obama
ILLEGAL ALIEN

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While an interesting proposition, it does nothing to advance the discussion.

While I am a “proof-er”, I can easily see an interesting thread of possibility.

  • Let’s suppose that all the papers are out in the open.
  • Let’s further suppose that there is something embarrassing in them, but NOT a smoking gun that the “birther’s presume”.
  • Let’s further suppose that there is a lot of collateral information and documentation that supports his citizenship. (For example, a copy of his birth certificate or something that is not admissible as evidence.)
  • Then, there may NOT be a birth certificate on file in Hawaii. (We all know how screwed up the Gooferment is. So why can’t they lose a perfectly insignificant birth certificate?)

So, that’s it. No birth certificate, but yet, there’d be enough proof to put the issue to rest once and for all.

It would explain what he didn’t want public. Now, you may think that is “tin foil hat” thinking, but this is the essence between being a “proofer” and a “birther”. Since we can’t even define the spectrum of possibilities, we can’t even assign probabilities. So, every theory is equally likely.

The drive-by comment is itself stupid!

Everyone knows that there is no such thing as jumbo shrimp, an honest politician, or “illegal aliens”.

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POLITICAL: NO more bailouts … … for ANYONE!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Honorable Republican Representatives,

On behalf of roughly 45 million Americans who voted for you in the November 2nd Elections,

On behalf of the more than 10 million Tea Party Supporters and Sympathizers among them…whose votes gave you victory,

For the purposes of federal government and state government fiscal responsibility, solvency, and financial common sense,

We request that all 242 Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives pledge to actively oppose and vote against all federal government bailouts for state governments or local governments.

No Funding bailouts for state or local governments.

No Loans for state or local governments.

No Loan Guarantees for state or local governments.

No cash. No loans. No loan guarantees. No co-signing.

Not for California. Not for Massachusetts. Not for Illinois. Not for New York. Not for any state or local government.

They must live within their own means. They must reduce and remove fat and non-essential spending from their budgets. They must seek and find ways to accomplish their essential duties – with lower overhead and less money.

Just like private sector businesses.

You must not enable them to continue their reckless and irresponsible spending.

You must not enable state and local governments to postpone the day of financial reckoning.

They have behaved like spending junkies, like money drunks. Now they face detox. Some are begging for ‘just one more’ drink, ‘just one last dose’ of narcotics. Tomorrow they’ll get clean and sober…

That’s the addiction talking. Ignore it.

Once state and local officials realize that you will not bail them out, they will solve their own spending problems.

Once they come to terms with economic reality, they will seek and find cheaper, better, smarter ways to do their government’s essential tasks.

They will become more responsible and accountable stewards of government.

Because almost all of you 242 Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives ran campaigns promising to roll back federal overspending, to exercise fiscal restraint, and to end federal bailouts, we ask you to notify state governments and local governments that you will vote against bailing them out.

Together, your 242 Republican U.S. House votes against bailing out state and local governments give you a “Veto.”

Promising to exercise this Republican “Veto” – and using it, if the Senate or White House demands bailouts for state or local governments – will show Tea Party supporters, fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and independents that you keep your campaign pledges.

This may create momentum for your proposed federal spending cuts.

It may create momentum for 2012 Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Senate who promise to substantially cut federal government spending, borrowing, and taxing.

Perhaps even a like-minded Republican candidate for President.

It starts with you. Now.

Will you make this pledge?

We eagerly await hearing about and publicizing your No Bailouts Pledge. It will be a beacon of hope during these crucial months of budget negotiations.

Small government is beautiful,
Carla Howell & Michael Cloud

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TAGONIST: Wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley

The DEA has apologized for the wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley. John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do with the series of drug raids that took place early Thursday in Westchester and Rockland counties. “We sincerely regret that while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for a member of this drug trafficking organization, the innocent McKay family was inadvertently affected by this enforcement operation,” Gilbride said. “Though we take many precautions to prevent this type of incident from happening, drug investigations are very complex and involve many fluid factors,” Gilbride said. “DEA will continue to pursue these criminal organizations to protect the public from the scourge of drug trafficking.”

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PRO-TAGONIST: I’m just glad they were working to stop drug traffickers. Collateral damage is often a byproduct of good yet dangerous work. It’s not like math, 2+2=4, it has many variables, is very risky and uncertainty. But in the end, the more criminals we can stop…some collateral damage along the way is acceptable, to me anyway. It’a like a drone that takes out Al-Qaida terrorists planning an attack. Sometimes there is collateral damage there too, but when compared to the potential loss of lives the terrorists could have done, it is a win. No loss of life or liberty is a good thing…but it’s a mean world out there.

AN-TAGONIST: Little hard if you’re the “collateral damage”! Argh, makes me sick. The family in the Hudson Valley had Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in the home. Sorry, but I’d PUBLICLY discipline folks. If I was the Head of the DEA, I’d put at least a Letter of Reprimand in every single file of ANYONE involved in the raid. Including my own! I’d probably reassign the “Special Agent In Charge” to where ever the North Pole office was located. Nothing will send a message to bureaucrats as a threat to their beloved livelihood of “lifetime employment”. I’d put every other SAIC that a repeat blunder will result in termination. That’s what happens in the real world. One strike and you’re out! Argh! Legalize drugs; we’re all the “collateral damage” in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.]

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