Ceili Fey’s new boyfriend

Ceili Fey was “asked out” today by a boy she met at the start of the year. I’m not sure how I should feel about this.

My initial, though useless, is to yell, “Stop it! You’re not supposed to grow up so fast!” *sigh* It’s hard to believe she’s 13 already.

More TSA-based stupidity

I found this on Global Domination Through Applied Inactivity. If you get a chance check it out.

As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:

When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards

Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That’s where the STUPIDITIES started.

First, everyone was forced to get off the plane-even though the plane wasn’t refueling again. All 330 people got off that plane, rather than let the 100 people from the ING get off. We were filed from the plane to a holding area. No vending machines, no means of escape. Only a male/female latrine. It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was carrying an M-4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also carrying an M-9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of course, the weapons weren’t loaded, as we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.

The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it re-inspected. Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S. Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area, the TSA decided not to re-inspect our Cargo – just to inspect us again: Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already been inspected, re-inspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Okay, whatever.

So we lined up to go through security AGAIN. This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols. So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:

TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.

Soldier: What ? I’ve had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

To top it off, the TSA demanded we all be swabbed for “explosive residue” detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home from a war zone], because we tested positive for “Gun Powder Residue”. Who the F**K is hiring these people? This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns – But nothing like a nail-clipper that could have been used as a weapon…

Can someone please tell me: What the F**K happened to OUR country while we were gone?

Sergeant Mad Dog Tracy

Yeah, we need TSA alright. We need them like we need more holes in our heads.

TSA is a joke and a violation of our rights

I really do try not to get too political on here, but every once in awhile I just cannot resist. I’m sure most of my readers are aware of the (insane) new security measures that TSA is engaging in. As though taking off your shoes wasn’t enough, now they get to either a) look at free porn you naked whilst submitting you to god-knows-how-much-cancer, or b) sexually assault grope you. As one who has been raped before, I cannot believe that I should have to submit to something that is such a violation of my person just to travel. I do liken it to sexual assault. And the price to refuse all this? A fine of $10,000 and possibly (probably) jail.

I recently became aware of a little thing called “Security Theater“, a phrase coined by Bruce Schneier in his book “Beyond Fear“, the gist is this: Security measures that are taken to make you feel safe, whilst in actuality, doing little or nothing to really improve safety. Yep, I said doing little or nothing to actually make you safe. In the words of the aforementioned Bruce Schneier: “You can’t defend. You can’t prevent. The only thing you can do is detect and respond.”

Of course, I think it’s completely absurd to give most of these so-called terrorists so much credit. Why? Because, if you haven’t noticed, the vast majority of them manage to either get caught pretty quickly or blow themselves up before they ever harm anyone else. It’s like being afraid of stupid people. They probably won’t harm you in any real manner. There’s just not enough of a risk to justify groping men, women, and children.

But, as long as the sheeple keep submitting to this violation of their persons, it will continue. As long as there are people that truly believe this is “for our own good”, it will continue. Where do we go from here? After all, some plastic explosives could be fashioned in a phallic shape and put around someone’s penis, or perhaps inserted into a rectum and not show up on these ridiculous new scanners that the TSA holds so dear. Are full body cavity searches next? Or perhaps we should all be forced down to our skivvies upon entering the airport and not be allowed to dress until we arrive at our destination. Where will it end??

People also don’t stop to realize that, when we lose a freedom, when one of our liberties is taken away, we will NEVER get it back. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”. In this country, we have the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures. Yet, every time we submit to a scan or a feel, we might as well just light a match and burn that baby.

Does anyone else think that this reeks of 1930s Nazi Germany??

Additionally, I teach my children that their genitals are theirs and no one else is to touch them, yet what sort of bizarre message does TSA send to our children as they grope them?

My husband, who served in the Army Reserves up until they decided they were done with him due to his diabetes and his ankle injury, both a direct result of his time with the military, did not fight in Afghanistan for his family and others to be sexually assaulted by an organization that is supposed to protect us. He did not fight for citizens at home to lose their freedoms, rights and liberties. Likewise my uncle didn’t die in Vietnam for all of this to go on.

As a result of the TSA constantly trying to play catch up, we must now take off our shoes, place our little liquids in Ziploc bags, and choose between potentially harmful, irradiating naked porno-scanners or a sexual assault that strips us of what dignity we have left.

As with other massive federal government overreaches, the TSA thinks telling us this is necessary for “our safety” allows it to do whatever it wants to us, including shredding our Fourth Amendment rights.

The government spends tens of billions on the TSA, our foreign intelligence gathering, and creating “No Fly Lists.” Yet it was the flight crew and passengers, not a wasteful bureaucracy, that stopped the “Shoe bomber” and “Christmas Day Bomber,” even though the Christmas Day Bomber’s father tried to warn the American government about what his son was doing well in advance. Not to mention the fact that the TSA are barely trained, barely functioning, clueless, minimum wage buffoons who have no real idea what “protecting citizens” actually entails.

It is beyond time to restore Americans’ dignity when they travel. In a free country, we should never have to choose between total exposure or assault just to get on a plane. And we should never stand idly by while fellow citizens like cancer patients and survivors are humiliated into submitting to a bureaucrat’s idea of “security.”

I refuse to give up my and my family’s liberties and I have had it with the TSA!