Debt Ceiling, TSA Get’s Groped Back, and Big Brother NYC,

Thomas G. Brown |

Debt Ceiling Slap Fight and the QE3 that Bernanke said wouldn’t happen

The deadline of August 2 is arbitrary as Joel Skousen’s states in his latest issue of

World Affairs Brief

(July 15, 2011). He points out that President Obama’s statement about the US defaulting on its bonds and not paying out Social Security checks will not go out is an outright lie. As the government would still have income coming in (about $200 billion a month) which would pay down on the debt as well as the SS checks and the only thing that would be stopped would be spending over the amount of money we take in which if you look at it objectively is exactly what a Balance Budget Amendment would require.Mr. Skousen also points out the poor plan set forth by Senator Mitch McConnell which would allow the President to raise the debt ceiling 3 more times before 2012 without getting permission from Congress,essentially giving the power of the purse strings to the President and castrating the Congress. All that is needed in return is to send a list of commensurate spending cuts which would be nonbinding thus unenforceable.Mr. Bernake is already changing his mind on Quantitative easing round three. Just a few weeks ago Ben Bernake stated that after QE2 there would be no QE3 (i.e. money printing). Well he has had a change of heart (hardly, he always wanted QE3) as the economy is still spiraling out of control.Republican Presidential Candidate Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) stated this Monday in his weekly newsletter what many who actually understand the debt ceiling debate that President Obama is using scare tactics to get his way instead of dealing with the debt issue.

From Texas Straight Talk
7-18-11,

Perhaps the most abhorrent bit of chicanery has been the threat that if a deal is not reached to increase the debt by August 2nd, social security checks may not go out. In reality, the Chief Actuary of Social Security confirmed last week that current Social Security tax receipts are more than enough to cover current outlays. The only reason those checks would not go out would be if the administration decided to spend those designated funds elsewhere. It is very telling that the administration would rather frighten seniors dependent on social security checks than alarm their big banking friends, who have already received $5.3 trillion in bailouts, stimulus and quantitative easing. This instance of trying to blackmail Congress into tax increases by threatening social security demonstrates how scary it is to be completely dependent on government promises and why many young people today would jump at the chance to opt out of Social Security altogether
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TSA becomes the victim, Throws fit over Cahffetz, and other shenanigans
In other news the TSA has no problem molesting your daughters and grandmothers but turn the tablesand it is a felony. According to the
Mail Online Story

A 61-year-old woman has been arrested for groping a female TSA agent’s breast.

“Yukari Mihamae was flying home to Colorado when she allegedly put her hands on the TSA agent at Sky
Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Police said she is accused of grabbing the agent’s ‘left breast through her clothing and squeezing
and twisting it with both hands without the victim’s permission’”

You have to love the irony of a government who can trample all over your rights but if you step out of line in the same manner whether it be in protest or just being an idiot they will come down on you like aton of bricks. I will be keeping an eye on this story as it develops.On a related note Jason Cahffetz (R-Utah) has been charged by Homeland Security for exposing security breaches while conducting an oversight hearing on the TSA last Wednesday. This charge according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, described Maher’s threats toward Chaffetz as “meritless”and pointed out that it was his committee’s job to address “TSA deficiencies.” Issa reiterated the fact that the information contained within the documents was not classified and declared it a “threat to the entire legislative branch that this administration will seek retribution when non-classified information is shared with the public.”

“The fact that the information in question was transmitted to the committee via an open e-mail over an open and non-secured network only underscores that this was not national security sensitive information,” Issa wrote, adding that he will open an investigation into “how and why” the DHS responded in such an aggressive manner.” As if the TSA could not sink any lower we have the story of Cubs manager Mike Quade who was detained in Phoenix after coaching the All Star Game. After serving as a coach on the National League’s squad for Tuesday’s All-Star game, Quade planned to fly home from Phoenix via a commercial flight.Instead of easily getting through Sky Harbor Airport, Quade was detained by the TSA for close to 40minutes. Quade was patted down twice and even taken into a back room, where his bags we re-screened.”I guess they thought I had a bomb or something,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “I never did tell him [my job]. I don’t do that. I was hoping they’d ask. I guess one of their alarms went off. You hear about it, but now I get the full pat down [and the question] ‘Are you sensitive in any areas?'” I guess it’s’ okay for the TSA to molest you but as shown earlier if you do the same to them it is a felony. All laws must be applied equally or they cease to be law.In addition to this injustice Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham was heading to Las Vegas this weekend and was robbed on the way. She was not held at gunpoint nor had her car broken into. Instead the fine folks of the TSA robbed her when she had her bag illegally gone through at the Newark International Airport under the rouse that it is for security purposes. I guess the fact that the 5th amendment of the US Constitution protects you from illegal search and seizure does not apply in an airport. We must put a stop to this undermining of our natural rights which the most crucial of which are outlined in the Bill of Rights.
The Daily Caller reports the story as follows: In her luggage was a small purple jewelry bag containing the cross she received at her Catholic baptism about nine years ago. “It’s from the Vatican,” Ingraham told The DC. “It was blessed by the Pope.” Ingraham told The DC she has been getting a “total runaround” while trying to track down answers about the theft and information about how to proceed. “The only people who, it turns out, were helpful, were the nice people at the Port Authority Police Department at Newark Airport,” she said in a phone interview. “After hours of trying to get somebody at Continental to even respond, the next day they [Port Authority police] helped me file an official criminal police report.” She said the process for reporting these kinds of crimes is so cumbersome that many people don’t have
the time or willpower to get to the bottom of them. For instance, Ingraham said a Continental Airlines customer service employee in Newark told her that she shouldn’t be putting jewelry in her bag in the first
place. “Blaming the victim is also a really lovely way to deal with the flying public,” she said. So it’s your fault if you put anything in your bag that is of any value as it is free game for the security staff at airports. Americans need to take a stand and say enough is enough. A bill brought to the floor by Congressman Ron Paul known as the American Traveller Dignity Act of 2011 protects us from such illegal searches of a person’s most prized property, her own body. The Bill points out
that any x-ray representation of a person’s body or physical contact of a passenger’s body is a crime. You can read thetext here; http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/C?c112:./temp/~c112Yj4EnY It is a whole two paragraphs so you should be able to read it before I finish typing this sentence. Please demand your Congressman bring the American Traveller Dignity Act of 2011 to the floor for a vote and force them tovote yes. In addition make a point to stand up against these injustices when you fly.!


Big Brother makes a lager presence in NYC

Hey everyone I can prevent traffic jams just let me watch every move you make and it will all be just fine. The EZPass tag you purchased to save money on commuting is being used to monitor your movements. As stated in the article below the readers will be used to monitor you so that they can better assess traffic jams. Sadly this is a violation of citizens’ rights as the NY EZPASS contract does not discuss anything about being monitored by the government when you sign up. (http://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/terms_ind.shtml) CBS New York: The new program is sort of big brother-ish. An array of new traffic monitoring gear,including microwave sensors, traffic video cameras and E-ZPass readers will be used to measure traffic volume at 23 intersections. The technology will allow traffic experts to spot traffic tie-ups or unusual congestion and then do something about it.

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