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Ain’t That America?

Here’s a headline and a news story you could only see in a corrupt and degenerate empire in its dying throes:

Two TSA officers fired for scheme to grope hot men at Denver Airport

Two Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired and two others reassigned after they allegedly set up a system to allow a male screener to pat down attractive men going through security at Denver International Airport, authorities said.

The employees were not identified, and there will be no criminal charges because no victims have come forward, according to a police report.

Denver Police got involved in March, after a tipster brought it to the attention of the TSA in November, which conducted an investigation and contacted police.

The male screener would give a signal to a female employee when a male passenger arrived that he thought was attractive, and she would falsely enter the sex of the passenger as female, so the machine would report an anomaly that triggered a pat down of a passenger’s groin, police said in a report.

She told the TSA investigators she did this for the other officer at least 10 times in the past, according to the report.

That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? You’ve got a police state that ignores the 4th amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. You have an all-powerful Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — heck, the name alone should give you the creeps. Government power is ALWAYS abused, so it’s no surprise that power is placed at the service of a sicko who gets his kicks kneading the genitals of helpless, unsuspecting victims.

Pardon me while I throw up. And pardon me if I do not pledge allegiance to such a sick regime.

Don’t insult me by objecting that these are just two bad apples. The TSA — which used to stand for Totalitarian Search Administration, but could now stand for Total Sex Abuse — is an agency of the federal government created by that great conservative George W. Bush. The agency’s purpose is to violate the privacy rights of Americans. And there’s no escape from it, as this official gloated:

“TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte, N.C., told the paper, “We are not the Airport Security Administration. We take that transportation part seriously.”

And the peculiar sexual tastes that screener indulged now have the official stamp of approval of the same federal government, whether the people of the once-sovereign States like it or not. The only reason the Denver Deviant got in trouble is because he didn’t get informed consent from the hot men he fondled.

So take it away, John Cougar Mellencamp:

Ain’t that America for you and me
Ain’t that America hey somethin’ to see baby
Ain’t that America oh home of the free
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Li’l Lindsey Graham would sic the military on Congress

What could we expect from the Graham administration? For one thing, there would be a LOT more discipline in DC. A lot more. For starters, President Graham would reverse Obama’s “budget cuts” to the Pentagon’s bloated budget — never mind that the current base military budget of $534 billion will be the largest in the history of the United States. The Pentagon’s bottomless pit already receives 55% of all federal spending. But that wouldn’t be enough for President Puss in Boots:

And here’s the first thing I would do if I were president of the United States. I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.

Oh, goodie. A military dictatorship to force Congress to appropriate even more taxpayers’ dollars for the Pentagon. That would also be a boon for the Democrats since the NAACP has called for a return to military rule to enforce even more aggressive Civil Rights laws. I can see Graham’s campaign slogan now: Win-Win with Lindsey!

Gen X Crashes Veterans Day in DC

Ethan Epstein, over at the Weakly Standard, had his panties in a bunch over the grouping of Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown. He can get away with it because of course, Bruce is a Leftie who hates America as all good conservatives agree upon, dontchaknow?

But at 65, or whatever, with a Democrat in office, would Bruce really come up with the idea?
Dave Grohl is a different animal however, and for all anyone knows, the one who suggested they play “Fortunate Son” in Washington DC on Armistice, err—Anyone Ever Who Served in the Military in Any Capacity Day. Grohl was part of the power trio, Nirvana, whose lead singer still haunts a generation. After the death of Kurt Cobain, Grohl formed the quite successful, Foo Fighters. He has been an ambassador for forgotten, if trendsetting acts, like Quiet Riot and Celtic Frost—Frost being a major influence on what would become Black Metal and largely unknown in the United States, accept among Metalheads.  Grohl is gonzo.

Fortunate Son: Springsteen, Grohl, Brown.
Whatever the case, getting a thumbs down from an Epstein over at the Standard, for a song about the reality of poor whites, the draft, and Veitnam, only strengthens the case of the ultimate againstists found in Gen X.

And worth noting, to prove the point about Epstein, Metallica, a thrash Metal outfit out of San Francisco, played one of their anti-war songs, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Epstein wants no trouble with such people, clearly.

State legislatures matter

How much do State legislatures matter these days? A lot. DC is so bogged down by its own dead weight that it can’t get anything done — that is, other than launch another useless war. So who’s solving problems at home these days? The answer, increasingly, is the people of the States through their closest representatives. The trend is so robust that even the left-leaning Salon Magazine can’t help but notice it:

If there’s one truth of divided government, it’s that the most significant legislative action often happens on the state level instead of in gridlocked Washington. While the U.S. Congress has been bogged down in a morass, state legislatures with single-party rule have been hopping. In the last few years, for instance, the Republicans who control Texas’ legislature and governorship have passed bills banning abortion after 20 weeks, tightening regulations on abortion clinics, reducing the number of required standardized tests for students, running the table on tort reform, and requiring photo ID to vote.

And just like Republicans running for federal office are expecting a wave or wavelet of sorts next week, their state-level counterparts are aiming to take control of a few more legislative chambers—potentially with substantial policy consequences.

As DC sinks into obscurity and irrelevance, power will necessarily devolve to the local level. It happened in the USSR, and it’s happening in the USSA.

The Answer to Empire

Bill Kaufman describes the problem:

We are, today, subjects of an empire, not citizens of a republic. The idea of “citizenship” has been diluted from one of membership in an organic body in which each person matters, takes part in civic affairs, to the current condition, in which you are a cog in a machine, just another brick in the wall. The role of an American citizen, as viewed by our rulers in Washington, D.C., is to pay your taxes, cast a meaningless vote every four years, and shut the hell up. You have almost—almost—no say in U.S. foreign policy. As Dick Cheney once replied when told that the vast majority of Americans wanted our soldiers home from Iraq: “So?”

And, being the brave soul that he is, Kaufman outlines a response to the problem. Anything we can do to decentralize, to devolve, to reclaim local control of our lives — since we all live locally, not globally — is a step in the right direction. The good news Kaufman seeks to share is that those of us who grasp what the great problem of our time is and have an idea about how to tackle it are no longer alone. There are a number of movements afoot coming from different directions but heading toward a similar goal:

Wendell Berry, one of our age’s sages, has noted that hopeful signs are sprouting everywhere: life-giving, life-affirming movements… everything from community-supported agriculture to homeschooling to the New Urbanism to the return of the natives that is going on all over this homesick land. People are rediscovering—reclaiming—citizenship. Berry calls this a “redemptive” movement, though he acknowledges that “in terms of standing and influence [it] is hardly a side at all. It doesn’t have a significant political presence. It is virtually unrepresented in our state and federal governments. Most of its concerns are not on the agenda of either major party.”

As I’ve noted previously, the breakup of the DC Empire is inevitable. It has already begun in the minds of its subjects. As the administration of Barack Obama has made clear to all who will see, it makes no difference which organized gang is in power. The Empire will go on dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the name of spreading democracy, subsidizing billionaires in the name of prosperity for all, and illegally spying on us in the name of protecting our liberty.

As the man said, “Every day the bucket goes down to the well. One day the bottom will drop out.”