Monday, November 29, 2010
What have we become?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tho, I do have one question?
What is the perfect Thanksgiving meal?
Monday, November 22, 2010
I'm at a loss for words. What has our country come to??
The TSA,Transportation Security Association, has implemented a new security measure in airports across this nation. Over 150 "full body scanners" have been installed and 450 more are on the way.So here is what I did. I went and researched this thing thoroughly for 1 and a half hours. I went to news sites, Liberal and Conservative, you tube(found very good videos), I went and just Googled it, and read stories and reports and opinions. And I decided to put several of these reports on here, from websites like Fox News, CNN, and Politico(with links to the stories). And at the end link to a few other stories as well.
First, I put on here the 4th amendment of our Bill of Rights. Keep it in mind as you read.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Now here are the stores, form your own opinion.
"If you plan to travel by air during the upcoming holiday season be ready to undergo a new, more thorough pat-down search procedure at the airport.
The new search technique used by the Transportation Security Administration allows airport security screeners to use their fingers and palms to feel and probe for hidden weapons and devices around sensitive body parts, such as the breast and groin areas.
In the past, TSA officers brushed along those body parts with the back of their hands to feel for hidden objects.
The TSA tested the more assertive pat-down technique this summer at airports in Boston and Las Vegas and has expanded the use of the procedure this weekend to airports nationwide.
"TSA is in the process of implementing new pat-down procedures at checkpoints nationwide as one of our many layers of security to keep the traveling public safe," the TSA said in a recent statement.
The manual pat-down procedure will be used on passengers who refuse to be screened using the 317 new full-body image scanners deployed at 65 airports nationwide. The new technique may also be used on passengers who evoke suspicion when undergoing other traditional screening procedures, including walk-through metal detectors.
The ACLU has complained about the full-body scanners and the new pat-down procedure, saying both violate the privacy of airline passengers.
The full-body scanners use low levels of either radiation or X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of the passengers to find weapons hidden under the clothes.
"Americans now must choose between a virtual strip search and a grope," said Chris Calabrese, a legislative counsel at the ACLU."
The uproar over new TSA screening procedures expanded from airport checkpoints to Capitol Hill on Monday, as the Democratic and Republican House caucuses convened a rare House-wide staff briefing on the new procedures this morning in the Capitol basement, I report in a piece
tonight:.The briefing came as a new Washington Post poll shows that half the American public opposes the controversial enhanced pat-downs, the paper reported Monday. The poll also showed that almost two-thirds of Americans — down from 80 percent earlier this month according to another poll the administration has widely cited to defend the policy — support the use of digital scanning machines at airports.
The enhanced pat-downs that have sparked passenger complaints are used as secondary screening as part of a new TSA policy that went into place earlier this month. ...
[A House staffer who attended the briefing] said that several House staffers were so uncomfortable they averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.
“The dumbest part: They did two pat-down demonstrations — male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch that people were averting their eyes.”
“They shot themselves in the foot,” the staffer continued.
Obama administration and TSA officials have been trying to downplay public horror stories that have exploded on the Internet and in the media in the past few days at the controversial screening procedures, suggesting that some of them are exaggerated or even fabricated. ...
But TSA officials have not explained why an ABC News producer reports that a TSA officer put her hands inside her underwear and touched her extensively at Newark Airport on Sunday in an experience the producer called demeaning and inappropriate.
"The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around," ABC producer Carolyn Durand told ABC. "It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate."
TSA Administrator John Pistole told ABC that that incident should not have happened. ..."
"Airline passengers can expect to see as well as feel new pat-down procedures at U.S. airports over the coming weeks in an effort to provide another layer of security for travelers, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.
"Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives," according to a TSA statement sent to CNN.
The TSA said passengers should continue to expect "an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others."
Rosemary Fitzpatrick, a CNN employee, said she was subjected to a pat-down at the Orlando, Florida, airport on Wednesday night after her underwire bra set off a magnetometer. She said she was taken to a private area and searched, with transportation screening officers telling her the pat-down was a new procedure.
According to Fitzpatrick, a female screener ran her hands around her breasts, over her stomach, buttocks and her inner thighs, and briefly touched her crotch.
"I felt helpless, I felt violated, and I felt humiliated," Fitzpatrick said, adding that she was reduced to tears at the checkpoint. She particularly objected to the fact that travelers were not warned about the new procedures.
Fitzpatrick sent an e-mail complaint about her experience to the TSA that said the agency needs to get the word out so that travelers know their rights.
The TSA employees "conducted themselves in a professional manner, so my complaint is not about them professionally," Fitzpatrick wrote.
She told the TSA the agency needs to get the word out so the travelers know their rights.
"I am appalled and disgusted at the new search procedures and the fact that passengers have not been made aware of the new invasive steps prior to entering the security area," Fitzpatrick wrote. "It appears once you enter the security area, passengers forfeit their rights. There were no signs, video information, etc. at the entrance of the security area the airport. Why?"
She added: "As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!"
The TSA sent an automated initial e-mail response to Fitzpatrick saying, "Thank you for your inquiry to the Transportation Security Administration. We have forwarded your e-mail to the appropriate group for response."
In its statement to CNN, the TSA said: "Pat-down procedures are used to resolve alarms that occur at a walk-through metal detector, if an anomaly is detected during screening with advanced imaging technology or during random screening."
The statement also indicated that "passengers who opt out of advanced imaging technology screening will receive alternate screening to include a thorough pat-down.""http://articles.cnn.com/2010-10-28/travel/airline.security.pat.down_1_pat-down-tsa-statement-random-screening?_s=PM:TRAVEL
Here is a link to the foxnews story.They won't let me put it on here.
So, what do you think?
Here some other links:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"We gladley accept credit cards".
Now, is there something wrong with that sentence? You bet your overpriced-jeans-with-holes-in-them there is! The person who wrote that is still in the SECOND GRADE!!!! My next question is this one, "with that low of an I.Q., how the heck did he/she get a job"? And who's dumb enough to hire that person.....jeeez...what have we become?!?!?!
So, after a very tough day of school, I went and saw Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington with my DaddyOOO....*judge me*....and it was pretty good. It's based off a true story so that was cool. It's really nothing more than a exciting, edge-of-your-seat-drama! It's based on a runaway train. I really didn't expect much from it in the first place anyway, so...ANYHOO!!!!....
I'm off too bed, toodles!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
When an employee from Taco Bell recognises you the day after? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?!?
So, I started guitar. I'm pretty sure that I will end up with permanent indentations in the tips of my fingers.
I had a really good, double burger today(ketchup only). With...*announcer voice* THE ONE AND ONLY, WILD N' WILLY, 6'4, SAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!
Yea, he's all that.
I'm on Formspring. It's coming to this blog.
So, I talked to Aaron today. He was doing pretty good. As good as one can be in his current circumstance. One positive, he has reconnected with a friend from the old days before Montana. My bff. The miles between us don't matter. This lameOOO world can't hold us down. We are waaaaay to much for this world!!!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
And I determined in myself it remove it from it's current circumstance.....
So I ran over, picked up the twenty dollar bill, and ran back and waved it in my mom's face saying "Look what I found mom!".
So.....it figures...after all the miles my mom has run, that I'm the one that finds a twenty dollar bill on the side of the road. We were leaving some friend's house and on a whim, my mom and I decided to walk the mile or so home, and lo and behold! I found money! That has never happened to me before, tho I have seen money in the bottom of the river before(i was not going to dive in there and get it).
Saturday, November 6, 2010
If your ever out in public with a group of teens, and you can't find Alex. Go find the girls. You find the girls. You find Alex.
It's the hair. I'm telling you it's that boys hair. Nice and silky and blonde and long and.....*that's kinda weird coming from a guy huh*....anywho, you get the picture.
Friday, November 5, 2010
And then on the way back, me and Drew carried Dillon on our shoulders like all the way back, just for the heck of it. Just being crazy and stuff.
Does being a teen make you like, immune to weather extremes? Like, it seems, on a cold night, with a group of people, you can put your money on the teens dressing the lightest. And saying they're not cold and whatever. Hey, just saying!
Do you get dressed in the dark?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Two words that strike fear into the hearts and faces of many a high-school teen. And we had them last week, and I just got them back. Not too bad if I do say so myself. And of course, when we got our student I.D cards, we did spend the next 10 minutes walking around and flashing our cards while saying, "FBI"!......It was funnier for the guys......
Had open gym today. Did pretty well. Didn't fail, or even epic fail so that was a relief.
I tell you what, some chicks can't take a hint. "YOUR NOT THAT ATTRACTIVE SO STOP TRYING TO FLIRT WITH EVERY GUY YOU SEE"!!!!! OMGoodness!!!!
I made the honor roll.....yes...its a "whoopdee-doo*nobody cares" moment. It's not that big of a deal. It wasn't that hard....figures
Don't choke on chocolate pudding.