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  • Evan Thomas: 'White Men Dropping Out of Workforce' -'Going Hunting, Fishing'

    12/29/2012 2:57:05 PM PST · 26 of 126
    TexasGreg to drewh

    Why work? If you work, then you have to pay taxes against your will for programs you don’t support initiated by people for whom you didn’t vote. Since the society has decided to vote itself bread and circuses, why not just opt out and refuse to pay for the circuses by not earning taxable income?? Life is too dear to waste it working to pay for other people to enjoy a life of leisure.

  • Please, GOP, No More Bushes

    11/09/2012 10:47:09 PM PST · 30 of 43
    TexasGreg to SquarePants

    So, you think it runs in his genes or something?
    Why not examine what the guy actually thinks and believes?
    Look at what he says and actually DOES.
    It looks like he’s going for Texas office of some kind ... fine ... let’s see what he actually does in government before he’s rejected out of hand.

    Looking at his educational path, it’s certainly different from the other Bushes ... Rice and the University of Texas Law School. Both are excellent programs, and not part of the Ivy League world and all the connections that brings. Who knows???

    I’m willing to watch and wait and see what he says and does. If he gets into office and serves ably and holds solid positions and articulates a vision and agenda with which I — as a Conservative — can agree ... and if he serves at the National Level (House or Senate) and has a good Conservative Voting Record ... WHO KNOWS? Just because he’s a “Bush” doesn’t mean that, by 2024 or 2028 he won’t be a possible contender for the Presidency.

    And, who knows, perhaps by 2024 the Democrats will have stopped claiming all their messes on GWB.

  • Predictions for 2013...

    11/06/2012 11:35:20 PM PST · 8 of 29
    TexasGreg to dps.inspect

    I predict that the President will be plagued by the Embassy attack in Libya, and the investigation will eventually result in questions being asked that bring down his presidency before the end of 2013. President Biden’s attempt at the Democrat nomination in 2016 fails.

    Meanwhile, republicans continue to collapse into obscurity, their failure to achieve victory given the circumstances dooming them to mediocrity. No single group can rise to oppose the Democrat Party, so Hillary Clinton is elected in 2016.

  • Treasury Secretary Blames Congress for Economy, Excuses Obama

    04/01/2012 2:58:23 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    TexasGreg to John Semmens

    While a cute April Fool’s Day joke, this is so CLOSE to the kind of arguments coming out of the Administration right now that it could be easily mistaken for fact.

  • Hey Mr. President. Where's my phone call?

    03/07/2012 6:01:29 AM PST · 7 of 9
    TexasGreg to radioone

    The difference is that he and his minions did the name-calling of the Republican women ... they don’t need a phone call from him now, they just need to be bludgeoned some more.

  • Hey Mr. President. Where's my phone call?

    03/07/2012 6:01:23 AM PST · 6 of 9
    TexasGreg to radioone

    The difference is that he and his minions did the name-calling of the Republican women ... they don’t need a phone call from him now, they just need to be bludgeoned some more.

  • Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel

    02/14/2012 9:57:17 AM PST · 11 of 14
    TexasGreg to Mr. K

    The MB are trying to blackmail the wrong president. Don’t they know that Obama doesn’t give a rats ass for Israel?? He’ll cut the aid to Egypt in HOPES THAT the MB in Egypt to wipe out Israel. Obama supports Palestine, not Israel.

  • Should we make Congress a Part time body?

    11/20/2011 8:44:31 AM PST · 30 of 31
    TexasGreg to TexasGreg

    CORRECTION:

    9. Reduce session to 3 months a year, split evenly between 1.5 months in the Spring and 1.5 months in the Fall. Emergency sessions to be called only in cases of national emergency (natural disaster or threat-of-war).

  • Should we make Congress a Part time body?

    11/20/2011 8:41:33 AM PST · 29 of 31
    TexasGreg to Thad Lost

    Cut all compensation to the following:

    1. Reimburse travel to and from DC from Home District.
    2. House in Dormitories while in DC.
    3. Feed them in a Cafeteria while in DC.
    4. Provide a stipend equal to the Military Pay-Chart (O-grade), with Representatives starting at O-1 and Senators starting at 0-2, and ALL topping out at O-6. Grade indexed by years of service, NOT leadership position (in any).
    5. Set term limits: Maximum of 8 years of House service (4 terms) and 12 years of Senate service (2 terms), for a theoretical combined total of 20 years absolute-maximum.
    6. Retirement within Social Security System, with 401k-equivalent option for further retirement.
    7. Healthcare: within Medicare system.
    8. All laws apply to all members of House and Senate.
    9. Reduce in-session terms to 3 months in the fall, 3 months in the spring. The rest of the time House and Senate members are to be in their Districts, meeting with constituents.

  • Is the British Royal Navy aiming for Michelle Obama?

    10/15/2011 8:18:31 PM PDT · 7 of 27
    TexasGreg to 2ndDivisionVet
    Fearing the First Lady might be in danger, minders ordered the captain of the HMS Edinburgh stationed in Cape Town, South Africa, to switch them away from her five-star suite.

    I would like to know by what authority did the US Secret Service do this? This was in South Africa. This was a Royal Navy (UK) war ship. The CO of that British vessel answers to the Admiralty of the Royal Navy, NOT the US Secret Service. Had this happened in the US things might have been a little different, but since it was in South Africa the US Secret Service has not standing in the Line of Command relative to a British Warship. Had I been the CO of that British ship I would have told the US Secret Service agents to go "pound sand." And, if that agent gave me the "attitude" that the reports indicate he gave to the CO of that ship, I would have ordered my ship's security to arrest him and throw him in the brig.
  • WATCH LIVE: President Obama on the economy

    08/08/2011 11:13:17 AM PDT · 13 of 82
    TexasGreg to Nachum

    He is sounding belligerent and disbelieving. He claims that we can’t cut any more spending. He’s calling for more taxes on “those who can afford it.” What a load of nonsense.

  • Gay Student Crowned Prom Queen at Va. High School

    05/31/2011 3:21:11 PM PDT · 18 of 46
    TexasGreg to TxDas

    I’ve gotta ask ... was a Lesbian elected Prom King?

  • Jordan Battles to Regain 'Priceless' Christian Relics

    03/29/2011 9:01:42 AM PDT · 11 of 67
    TexasGreg to marshmallow
    A group of 70 or so "books", each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings ....

    About 70 Codices comprised of lead leaves, bound by lead rings, is most probably not going to be an early Christian collection. The early church didn't have the kind of financial resources to produce such a work. What one would expect from the first 3 centuries of the church would be Papyrus manuscripts -- probably prepared as codices -- and not something made from lead. Anything later and you're into the imperial period of Christianity, and we know a great deal about that period already.

    For manuscripts to contain anything about Jesus that might be different from the New Testament, they will need to come from either (1) the first century, (2) a minor sect that had divergent views from the mainstream, (3) a less minor heretical sect, like the gnostics. If these are gnostics writings, then what we're looking at would be something from the mid-2nd through the 4th centuries and largely useless for determining anything about the historical Jesus. If these are the writings of some minor sect, then how they were prepared in lead and bound with lead rings becomes a major mystery ... minor Christian sects didn't have the resources for a major and expensive undertaking like that. And, finally, if the collection comes from the first century, then it's almost certainly NOT Christian for every reason stated in point 2. Besides, for the most part Christianity was just barely into the process of codifying a a book of Scriptures even by the end of the first century (all we had by then were the collected letters of Paul and each region had its favorite Gospel). It wan't until the mid-2nd Century that the 4 canonical Gospels and the Letters of Paul and the Catholic Epistles were generally recognized as being authoritative, and it wasn't until the mid 4th century (the 360s AD) that what we now have in the NT was accepted across the church as being the Christian Canon.

    My guess is that what they have is a collection of Jewish -- probably late Second Temple period -- Priestly commissioned manuscripts that were spirited out of Jerusalem just prior to the Roman's sacking of the city in 70 AD. This would make these mss of extreme importance for Israel and for those interested in the religious history of the period (including Christians), however they would also be prime targets for destruction amongst the Palestinians who assert that Israel has NO historic claim to the region.
  • Ahmadinejad calls for Mideast without Israel and US

    02/11/2011 12:09:29 PM PST · 4 of 11
    TexasGreg to 444Flyer

    How about a Mideast — and a world — without Mecca or Islam??

  • Judge Holds Interior Dept. in Contempt Over Ban (Gulf drilling moratorium)

    02/02/2011 7:00:11 PM PST · 8 of 52
    TexasGreg to coaltrain

    Contempt?
    Usually when someone is found in contempt of court they’re put in prison for a little while.
    Perhaps the Secretary of the Interior — Ken Salazar — should be jailed?

  • Daily Beast Column: 12 Reasons Obama Wins in 2012

    01/21/2011 10:04:44 AM PST · 11 of 30
    TexasGreg to SeekAndFind

    1. True, except that most Presidents with an economy in the pits as this one is fail to be re-elected. See Carter.

    2. VERY true.

    3. True, though Republicans will manage to raise a Billion, too.

    4. Partly True. The difference, this time, is that they have to run on his record.

    5. Partly True. There are other factors involved that were not in play in the prior elections cited. i.e., Economy.

    6. FALSE

    7. FALSE. White flight will not be reversed. Obama has to run on his record, and that record stands squarely against him being able to retain anything more than the ardently partisan. Independents are not likely to break his way.

    8. FALSE. Obama’s “moderte” rating — weak, even by the polls cited here — will be unmasked as a the lie that it is when he starts Vetoing Republican legislation and with his rhetoric against Republicans and other Conservatives on the Campaign Trail. His own mouth and party will be his downfall here.

    9. Could happen, but more likely its wishful thinking on the part of the left that Republicans will self-destructe. The massive sparring match between Obama and Hillary didn’t keep Obama from being elected. And, there’s no guarantee that Obama won’t be running for nomination unopposed.

    10. True

    11. True. This is one of the problems with illegal immigration, which leads to voter fraud via illegal voter registration.

    12. True. But, similarly, there are several paths to 270 for Republicans. The Mid-terms demonstrate that Democrat control of certain states is not as much of a “given” as it once was when one takes into consideration the fickle attitude of the Independent voters relative to the economy.

    In short, while several of the points made in the article are True, several are false and where they are false tends to undermine the weight of even those that are true. The economy and his own broken promises to his far-left constituency will be the elephant in the room at the Dem Convention. It will also be the elephant in the voting booth that will keep independents and some of his core base from voting for him. Many won’t vote, other will vote for 3rd party candidates, and still others will vote Republican (as happened in 2010). Don’t underestimate the impact of the Tea Party, nor the impact of the hyper-criticism of Tea Party or the Dems attempt to blame Republicans for the shootings in Arizona, etc.

  • Obama exhorts Republicans to put politics aside

    01/04/2011 1:09:24 PM PST · 4 of 56
    TexasGreg to Free ThinkerNY

    When did he EVER put politics aside!!???

  • Stop Offending Mohammad By Calling Terrorists “Extremists “

    12/30/2010 7:21:19 PM PST · 23 of 27
    TexasGreg to Tucker39
    As someone else has already said: Osama bin Laden, the 9-11 highjackers, the Christmas Day underwear bomber and every other raghead attempting to commit mayhem are actually MAINSTREAM MUSLIMS. You are a reprobate and are living in disobedience of the Koran if you truly ARE non-violent.

    Isn't that what the author of the article was saying ... in a around-about way? Muslim Terrorists are NOT extremists ... they're mainstream, faithful Muslims, obeying the rules of way of life of Islam and following the example of Mohammed.
  • Aerojet Propulsion Remains Operational as Voyager 1 Approaches Interstellar Space

    12/24/2010 11:31:05 PM PST · 11 of 28
    TexasGreg to ErnstStavroBlofeld

    Actually, they don’t really know how long they’ll be able to maintain the spacecraft in “operational mode.” Current projections indicate that the decline in power output from the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators will necessitate a phased powering down of each spacecraft’s scientific platforms over the next 10 - 15 years (+/- 3.5 years).

    According to the latest reports from JPL the Voyager Interstellar Mission Science Platform on each craft will be able to continue operation at full power least until 2020. They will have to power down Voyager 1’s Data Tape Recorder operations around 2015. The gyroscopes will have to power down sometime late in 2016 on Voyager 1, and probably toward the end of 2015 on Voyager 2. This will be a major event, for after this there will be no way to rotate the spacecraft.

    The sequence of shutdown of Interstellar Mission Science Instruments has not yet been determined, but sources at JPL predict that they will probably begin by powering-down the larger power-hogs so-as to allow longer operation of the more passive, lesser-demanding instrumentation. Sources indicate that the last of the VIM instruments to be turned off will probably be the Cosmic Ray Subsystem, though even authoritative sources at JPL admit it’s still all a guess. It is suspected that they’ll be trickling out power to fewer and fewer instruments plus the computer and the communications systems until eventually they’ll have to power the last science instrument down. The current estimation is that they won’t reach this point until sometime in 2025 or, maybe, 2026 (depending upon the sequence of science instrument shut-down).

    Once they reach this point, JPL will send a signal to power down the computer and place the communications systems into a passive omni-directional-beacon mode. This will enable the communication system to continue pinging on a set frequency and with a predetermined cycle until there simply is no power left in the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators to maintain the ping. How long this will last no one knows. Thus far the rate of depletion of the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators has been significantly slower than originally anticipated, and it is suspected that when they power down the last of the VIM Science instruments they’ll still have sufficient power to operate the communications systems for an indeterminate period of time. It is conceivable that the omni-directional-beacon could go on pinging for several decades, and we should be able to detect that ping.

  • Harry Reid pulls $1.1 trillion spending bill from floor

    12/16/2010 7:03:26 PM PST · 6 of 30
    TexasGreg to Mozilla

    All that paper wasted ... when a 1 page continuing resolution is that that they “need.”

  • Biden scolds GOP on treaty: 'Get out of the way'

    12/16/2010 7:16:08 AM PST · 23 of 32
    TexasGreg to Red Steel

    If this treaty were so important to National Security why wasn’t it presented for ratification the instant it was signed????????????

  • Concrete Walls Put up Around Iraqi Churches to Prevent Christmas Attacks

    12/15/2010 9:29:42 AM PST · 2 of 7
    TexasGreg to marshmallow

    And if this were happening to Muslims, with attacks on the Mosques, the outcry from all Muslims would be deafening and the hand wringing on the part of the Left would be nauseating.

  • Dems signal push for filibuster reform

    12/15/2010 9:20:28 AM PST · 21 of 33
    TexasGreg to heiss
    If dems are dumb enough to do this, it is not too bad. In 2012, we can simply continue it and repeal every liberal piece of legislation. We can easily get 51 votes then (I expect GOP to have around 57 votes then along with GOP president).

    There is NO WAY the Dems would leave it in-place for Republicans to enjoy. Indeed, If the Dems try this they'll be brazen enough to put a conditions-limitation on it so that any filibuster "reform" exists ONLY for when control of the Senate is in their hands. I can see it now ... the change in Senate Rules might read something like this:

    "(1) When the Senate Leadership is held by the Democrat Party, a Republican instigated filibuster can be overridden by either a 1/3 minority vote or by administrative determination of the Majority Leader. (2) When the Senate is held by the Republican Party, a Democrat instigated filibuster can only be overridden with a 4/5th majority vote and with the approval of the Minority Leader. (3) This rule is only revokable by a 4/5 majority vote when Democrats are in power. (4) When Republicans hold the Senate Leadership no change in this rule will be entertained or allowed."

    Given their arrogance, I wouldn't be surprised to see such a brazenly audacious and unfair rule actually passed, published, and defended as "reasonable" by the current Democrat and Media pundits, with blame for it being laid squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. And, I would expect that the RINOS would whimper and accept the blame because they weren't "bipartisan enough."
  • Man held in molesting of 8-year-old girl in store

    12/14/2010 2:38:13 PM PST · 21 of 56
    TexasGreg to Wile E Coyote Genius
    ... a man had grabbed her from behind and had put his hand down her pants, police said.

    When this happens at an airport security checkpoint by a TSA screener it's considered legal. When it's not at a TSA Airport Security checkpoint it's a violation of USC Title 18, Chapter 109A.

    Note to future molesters ... get a job with the TSA and you can fondle to your heart's content.
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/13/2010 4:14:06 PM PST · 80 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ditter

    Sure. Turduckin is a turkey stuffed with a duck which, itself, is stuffed with a chicken. I don’t think any of them have internal bones.

    I remember John Maddon talking about ‘em again and again on Sunday Night Football. I’ve never had one, though.

  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/13/2010 3:59:12 PM PST · 78 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ditter

    I’m very sorry that you took my most recent response to you as me calling you an “idiot.” I didn’t realize that this was what I was doing, and I’m very sorry that you perceived this in my post.

    Given the negative responses from several here, including the severe name calling now being directed my way on the thread and in the threats I am receiving in private e-mails, I’m going to bow out of this discussion.

  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/13/2010 10:56:25 AM PST · 69 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ditter

    The first time I went to Israel was in 2004. That was not the first time I saw it — in graduate school I saw the Rabbis vested this way then i visited an Orthodox Synagogue. However, in 2004 that was the first time I saw it on an airplane.

    The great thing about educating oneself about such things is that then one doesn’t react idiotically when one encounters strange practices. I know what Jewish religious practices look like I know what Muslim religious practices look like. They are very different.

    each time I fly I usually cross myself and the aircraft on take off. The last time I flew the lady seated across from me thanked me for it. Some one who was uneducated on such matters might have been frightened by my making such a tiny hand motion over my head/heart and out in front of me, I suppose. But it would be their ignorance fueling their fear.

  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/13/2010 9:23:21 AM PST · 65 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ditter
    Idiots? Sorry I would have been right there with them. I have Jewish friends, I have lived around Jews all my life and this is new to me. If I saw someone wrapped in electrical tape with little boxes attached to them I think I would vacate the premises. If I was on a ferry I would be seriously worried.

    Look up Hasidic Judaism and learn something about the practices of those in Orthodox Judaism. Visit New York (where you'll find a lot of them) and observe their practices. Travel to Israel and watch what they do on the airplane for morning prayers heading to and from there. Visit the Western Wall and observe what they're wearing and how they prepare for prayer.

    Even after studying Judaism (from a distance, for I'm Christian) and even though I knew what it was when I saw it happening, it still struck me as "strange" when I first saw it on an airplane on my first flight to Israel a number of years ago. It didn't frighten me, nor did I have an over-the-top reaction, however.

    My whole point is that, rather than leaping to a judgement about it, one should actually find out what it is, study it, learn about what other people do and why they do it. As someone else on this thread wrote, the guy wasn't pulling out a rug and kneeling in prayer toward Mecca -- he was gearing up to pray as MANY Orthodox Jews pray. Unusual? For that context (as for mine), yes. But, it's not something that should occasion the kind of public reaction reported in the article.
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 7:34:28 PM PST · 52 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ronin
    LOL, and now you’re quoting Heinlein at me!

    Indeed! Another of my favorite Heinlein quotes -- which comes to mind in the midst of this thread -- would be:

    "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 7:32:13 PM PST · 51 of 83
    TexasGreg to golux
    What you mean is, DO take a flight to Israel! It’s the most amazing trip you’ll ever take, the women are the best looking women in the world, and the food is out of this world, too - even on El Al!
    I agree ... I just got back from taking 35 of the leading members of my congregation to Israel on a Pilgrimage tour. It was WONDERFUL. The only place where we felt uncomfortable and couldn't get out fast enough was Bethlehem. There and the Muslim Quarter of the old city.
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 7:26:23 PM PST · 50 of 83
    TexasGreg to pepperdog
    Never saw one, never heard of one and I would have been concerned too. But then I’m not a obviously superior, special, know it all like you.

    FOFLMHO.
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 7:20:51 PM PST · 48 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ronin
    Now that I know, it won’t bother me. Learn something new everyday.

    Excellent! Learning something new is the best way to win!
    Live and learn or you won't live long.
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 4:46:29 PM PST · 19 of 83
    TexasGreg to MrEdd
    You’ll have to excuse Gregg...

    He’s guilty of education regarding religions, and actually distinguishes between different ones.
    He might be guilty of profiling against muslims.


    Imagine that!
  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 4:40:59 PM PST · 17 of 83
    TexasGreg to Ronin

    Never take an airplane flight to Israel. Toward morning each male Hasidic Jew gets up, prepares for prayer by donning their Phylacteries and their prayer tallit, and they gather in the bulkhead space near the mid-plane bathrooms facing toward Jerusalem and they pray.

  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 4:34:59 PM PST · 13 of 83
    TexasGreg to blam

    Yes, idiots. Thankfully, the police there knew something about Judaism because they realized that he wasn’t a threat.

    Everybody should know a little bit about other religions; ignorance of other people and their practices isn’t a good thing.

  • Israeli wearing tefillin on NZ ferry causes panic

    12/12/2010 4:04:22 PM PST · 4 of 83
    TexasGreg to SJackson

    How sad ... a man is praying and because these idiots don’t now anything about Judaism they think he’s some kind of threat. Ugh.

  • Censoring Caucasian College Clubs (a debate over flyers advertising a "White Student Union.")

    12/06/2010 9:20:11 AM PST · 36 of 40
    TexasGreg to SeekAndFind

    Yep ... they did.
    And because of their actual bigotry and racism all whites, for all time, must be mistrusted and presumed guilty until proven liberal and self-loathing?

  • Censoring Caucasian College Clubs (a debate over flyers advertising a "White Student Union.")

    12/06/2010 9:08:42 AM PST · 34 of 40
    TexasGreg to SeekAndFind
    The larger matter is the subsequent apology and the fact that discrimination directed against the one group is tolerated, as well as the preconceived notion that when whites gather, under any pretext, it's for detrimental or racist reasons. Demeaning inferences that suggest white bigotry, wherever they are made, should evoke the same offense as vile stereotypes being unfairly attributed to black and Hispanic males.

    It's the point made in the above that really needs to be examined. Why is it that, when Whites gather, the assumption is automatically drawn that we're up to no good or are not to be trusted? Notice, the automatic assumption in this case -- as in other cases -- is that a "White Student Union" is, by pure definition, a racist entity ... while a "Black Student Union" is not. Why is this not being addressed by the ACLU? Oh ... wait ... I know why. Never mind.
  • Officials feel furor of airport pat-downs

    11/21/2010 8:12:47 PM PST · 12 of 28
    TexasGreg to Nachum

    A combination of Civil Rights violation law suits and criminal charges against the TSA Screeners themselves, as individuals, is what will bring a halt to this travesty.

    4th Amendment challenges on the Civil Rights front to bring an injunction against the policy and procedure. And, in cases where genitals are handled — either directly or through clothing — the pressing of criminal charges for Sexual Abuse under Title 18 U.S.C. sections 2242, 2244, and 2246. The activity is clearly actionable due to the coercive nature of the conditions and the threat of an $11,000 fine if one refuses to undergo the abuse.

  • Invasion of privacy - The TSA search policy is unwarranted, unjust, and humiliating

    11/20/2010 9:54:58 PM PST · 62 of 64
    TexasGreg to conservativegramma

    Thank you for further clarifications and substantiates of my reading of the U.S. Code on this matter. I am not a lawyer — nor do I play one on television — but I can read the code. It’s good to know that others are seeing my point.

    And thanks, especially, for 49 U.S.C. section 40103! That, right there, would be yet another track to take. By piling on their violations of the US Code, we can substantiate our legal challenge to their illegal actions.

  • Invasion of privacy - The TSA search policy is unwarranted, unjust, and humiliating

    11/20/2010 1:07:41 PM PST · 53 of 64
    TexasGreg to Girlene
    I believe sexual abuse or molestation also includes the requirement that the person carrying out the touching/etc. is doing it for some personal gratification. Do we need to have tests for the TSA workers to prove they have not been gratified in some way to determine whether it was sexual abuse (legally)?

    Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2242 is particularly helpful in this matter. Section 2242, subsection 2a states that if one is "incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct" the code is violated.

    In other words, if I'm standing there under coercion, without a lawyer present, being frisked for weaponry, and the screener takes time to squeeze my rather prominent front-side sexual organ, I am contextually incapable of "appraising the nature of the conduct." Granted, it may have been sexual, or it may not have been. What it might have been other than sexual, however, is entirely immaterial. Fondling or squeezing a sexual organ cannot, in any way, be reconciled with the STATED purpose for the "pat down," hence my suspicion as to the ACTUAL purpose of the sexual-touch is generated. That suspicion produces sufficient emotional anguish to justify the violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2242. Indeed, it is almost certain that ANY such touch is a violation of Title 18 section 2242 because of its SEXUAL nature -- i.e, the manipulation of MY sexual organ. The purpose behind the screener's touching my organ is immaterial to the fact that it was a sexual organ being intentionally manipulated.
  • Invasion of privacy - The TSA search policy is unwarranted, unjust, and humiliating

    11/20/2010 12:38:18 PM PST · 45 of 64
    TexasGreg to rawhide

    They are required, by law, to have their DHS ID on them at work, and their SIDA is to be worn and displayed at all times. Read the badge number and commit it to memory or write it down the first chance you get. That will be sufficient for your lawyer to obtain the identity of the official.

    Refusing to self-identify betrays their own acknowledgment that they are acting over the line in illegal territory. Unless they properly identify themselves, how do we know that they are who their uniform claims they are and are authorized to be doing what they’re doing? They are in a catch-22 on that matter.

  • Invasion of privacy - The TSA search policy is unwarranted, unjust, and humiliating

    11/20/2010 12:22:41 PM PST · 36 of 64
    TexasGreg to J Edgar
    The line has been drawn. How are you and I going to respond? It is clearly a direct violation of the 4th Amendment prohibition of “ ... unreasonable search ... “

    Where is Congress? where are the courts? where are all those who have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution?


    It is not only a Civil Rights Violation of the 4th Amendment, it is also a violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2242. One should file not only a civil rights case in order to hit the TSA and Homeland Security, one should also file CRIMINAL charges against the TSA Screener. They can't get out of that by claiming "I was just following orders." Not since Nuremberg.

    The claim has been erroneously made that the 4th Amendment is too vague, but the USSC has clearly indicated in the past that searches which involve the intentional touching and/or manipulation of sexual organs constitute unreasonable unless certain, specific circumstances are in place (i.e., a Warrant, a Court Order, or some other legally prescribed circumstance). In certain standing situations body-cavity searches are enabled within the prison system and in the presence of someone charged with overseeing the process. None of this is present in the current circumstances. No law has been passed by congress authorizing these procedures, no court in the land has ruled on them either. By ANY definition one wishes to apply, they are violations of the "unreasonable" test within the 4th Amendment.

    As for the searches being criminal violations of Title 18 U.S.C., Section 2242, the question becomes the nature of the touch, its being intentional and not incidental, and the perception of the person being touched relative to the coercion of the situation involved. The recent "upping-of-the-ante" by telling people they can't leave until questioned, etc., places the TSA in an even worse legal situation by increasing the coercion levels even further beyond where they were before that aspect of the situation was publicized.

    The TSA cannot just claim that their searches, which involve the intentional touching of sexual organs, are not violations of Title 18 Section 2242. That is for a Grand Jury and a criminal court to determine. Keep in mind, despite what they seem to think, they are NOT above the Law.
  • Invasion of privacy - The TSA search policy is unwarranted, unjust, and humiliating

    11/20/2010 12:05:49 PM PST · 31 of 64
    TexasGreg to sten

    When the TSA Screener’s hand goes over the person’s crotch, the person should should say: “Oh yes ... do it again about 300 more times. You’ll know when to stop.” Embarrass the CRAP out of ‘em.

    Then, take their badge number and name and contact your DA, telling them you want to press criminal charges under Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2242.

  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:38:30 AM PST · 49 of 77
    TexasGreg to brytlea
    I can tell you, having had an extended *discussion* on my FB page the past couple of days, that they will say it is for our safety and that you can just choose to drive yourself.

    You can't always just drive yourself ... I'm flying to Israel next week. One can't drive oneself to Israel. In Israel they don't do this nonsense, they PROFILE. And it WORKS.
  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:36:10 AM PST · 48 of 77
    TexasGreg to MaxMax
    Carrying out illegal orders does not exempt anyone from law. Nuremberg Trials come to mind as an example.

    PRECISELY!
  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:32:07 AM PST · 41 of 77
    TexasGreg to MamaB

    It’s necessary to touch skin instead of undies because, in touching skin, they generate the highest level of negative response from you short of actually going into your body via body-cavity search.

  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:29:35 AM PST · 38 of 77
    TexasGreg to indubitably

    Yes, they do. At least, that’s what I’ve been told since I’ve never been subjected to such an intensive pat-down. What I think should be remembered, however, that some of those creases and folds are often VERY ticklish and are also sometimes found in erogenous zones.

    Oh, fun!

  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:26:29 AM PST · 34 of 77
    TexasGreg to AmericanInTokyo

    Based upon what we’ve heard in the past the TSA has, in such cases where passengers are causing trouble, threatened to summon and have actually summoned airport security and/or local police. Since this is a violation of the U.S. Code, one might also want to have them call the FBI. They would also have jurisdiction.

  • Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

    11/19/2010 8:23:43 AM PST · 31 of 77
    TexasGreg to FS11

    Indeed! This is an example of a DA being willing to apply Title 18, section 2242. I think we’re going to see a LOT more of this. If we can’t get at Big Sis and her little brother, who runs the TSA, we can get at the goons who do the dirty deed.