Who pays the piper, calls the tune

I’ve got a great idea:  let’s borrow a few more trillion from the Peoples’ Republic of China, and then WE can boycott the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, too.  Am I the only one in this country who thinks this is a bit much?


“Comply with me”

Iowahawk’s lyrics have been made into a music video:

Apropos of all this searching and probing, Mrs RandomTexan asked me this morning, “Aren’t these TSA searches supposed to be same sex?  With so many people of indeterminate gender out there, how do you know that TSA agent is really the same sex as you?”  A-r-r-r-gh!  I just knew this whole GQBLT thing was going to cause problems…

Update (18 November).  A sign of the times:


Unreasonable search?

A lot of folks, including some airline pilots, aren’t too happy with the TSA’s new body scanners and pat-down procedures.

Nevertheless,  Princess Napolitano persists.  Doc Hsieh says the scan is the lesser of two evils, and some folks are doing protest tees:

Update (16 November). Well, that was fast.  The first leaked photos are on the web.

Update (17 November). Why am I not surprised that the scanner contract went to a company that employs a former Homeland Security bigwig?  Who says the Obama Administration is hostile to business?  They purely LOVE some businesses, like The Goldman Sachs.

Update (18 November).  Keep me away from this thumbsucker

The changes close gaps identified both by would-be terrorists and by government investigators who covertly try to smuggle weapons through to test the effectiveness of screening, said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

“If you have two planes, one where people are thoroughly and properly screened and the other where people could opt out of screening, which would you want to be on?” he asked.

This reminds me of the days when smoking was allowed on commercial flights. While I wasn’t a big fan of cigarette smoke, I knew that I’d rather be sitting with the smokers during bad weather or flight delays; they took everything in stride and could be readily cheered up with a free drink. Meanwhile, the nonsmokers would bitch and whine about everything from air pockets to scratchy blankets, and try to scam a free meal. I’d guess “Pisser” Pistole for a non-smoker.  Nowadays, I want to sit with the OptOuters.

What happened to “equal protection under the law?”

Sorry white folks, you can’t play your Race Card during a Black Presidency.

“There are career people who feel strongly that it is not the voting section’s job to protect white voters,” the lawyer said. “The environment is that you better toe the line of traditional civil rights ideas or you better keep quiet about it, because you will not advance, you will not receive awards and you will be ostracized.”

Read the whole thing.

Tip from  J.C.Adams at Pajamas Media.

Finally, a Nobel Peace Prize worthy of the name…

…goes to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.  The Chinese government has validated his qualifications in the strongest possible terms.

Liu is currently enjoying an 11-year sabbatical sponsored by the Peoples’ Republic.

Update (10 October). The folks at Language Log help us Foreign Devils pronounce our hero’s name.

Update (23 October)The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee explains the selection.  My only quibble is with the work “inadvertently” in his first paragraph.  Tyrants can act in no other way.