TSA – Getting to Second Base Version – Part VII

Hat Tips: Brian B./Jean Stoner

Nuff said?

Airport security: The new Checkpoint Charlie?

From Bookworm Room:

“Gate Rape” of America

DHS & TSA: Making a list, checking it twice

Big Sis : Next step for tight security could be trains, boats, metro

Fliers Claim TSA Turned Off Body Scanners to Ease Flow

Newark airport scanners ‘barely used’ on busiest travel day

Woman: Agents Singled Me Out For My Breasts

AAA: Traffic on roads up 12%

TSA: Some gov’t officials to skip airport security

DHS to install 100s of surveillance cameras in Houston

Blaze Exclusive: Rep Demands TSA Correct Account of Boy’s Strip Search

TSA Chief: No Intel Pointing to Terror Threat This Week

Airport Protest Fizzles: Most Opt Out of Opt-Out Protest

Holiday Roadblocks – What You Should Know

Obama’s Airport Security Strategy Dictated by CAIR

Janet Napolitano Demonstrates How to Enjoy TSA Groping Technique (Photoshop)


A NoisyRoom Thanksgiving…

Hat Tips: Brian B.

All of us at NoisyRoom, New Zeal and KeyWiki wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! I want to share with you some of the things that have been sent our way on turkey day… 🙂 Will be updated throughout the day as I cook, clean and watch our second blizzard this week!

From The Radio Patriot:

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy! – Psalm 126.3

The Ghost of Thanksgiving Yet to Come (Hat Tip: Wayne Leeper)

From Blogs Lucianne Loves:

From The Black Robe Regiment:

1798 Thanksgiving Proclamation

A PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:

As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness can not exist nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty or of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity, are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at Present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation by the unfriendly disposition, conduct, and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow-citizens while engaged in their lawful business on the seas – under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants.

I have therefore thought fit to recommend, and I do hereby recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next, be observed throughout the United States as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens of these States, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming; that all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation, beseeching Him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; that it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages; that the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts, and manufactures be blessed and prospered; that the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.

And finally, I recommend that on the said day the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent thanksgiving to the Bestower of Every Good Gift, not only for His having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favors conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation.

Given under my hand the seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this 23d day of March, A.D. 1798, and of the Independence of the said States the twenty-second.

By the President: JOHN ADAMS.


Account of the First Harvest Feast and Thanksgiving

Sarah Palin’s Thanksgiving A must see to appreciate… Go Mama Grizzly!


Who Benefits? The Food Safety Bill Will Centralize and Regulate Food Production

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson.

This Founding Father would be rolling in his grave if he knew of the draconian measures to restrict food production the Senate is seeking to bring in. Under the deceptive title of the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” the bill if passed into law will crack down not only on large corporations, but also on “small businesses and entities that sell directly to consumers,” and will give authorities power to further regulate “growing, harvesting, sorting, packing and storage operations, minimum standards related to soil amendments, hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, animal encroachment and water.”

The Food Safety Bill (S. 510) is being heralded as more dangerous than even the Health Care Reform which passed earlier this year. Section 404 makes it clear that the bill seeks to conform to the requirements of the World Trade Organization and grants new authority to the Department of Homeland Security to oversee food production. Here’s the key catchphrase from the proponents of this bill, responding to criticisms that the bill will cripple small-time farmers. This comment from Sandra Eskin of the Pew Charitable Trusts:

“Rather than telling peo­ple they don’t have to meet these basic safe­ty re­quire­ment that will be scale and size ap­pro­pri­ate, rather than ex­empt­ing them we think you should be giv­ing as­sis­tance in help­ing them meet the re­quire­ments of the law.”

Because that’s what we want, isn’t it? We want the Government to protect us with the likes of this highly regulative “food safety” bill and then to very kindly help us to meet the requirements of the law. Eskin also applies the tired “progressive” argument that the law is too old:

“The last time that the FDA’s law re­lat­ed to food was changed in any ma­te­ri­al way was 1938… Over the course of the fol­low­ing decades, we’ve seen our food sup­ply ex­pand and change marked­ly but the law has not kept up.”

“Progressive” Democratic Sen­a­tor for Montana, Jon Tester, proposed amend­ments which would ex­empt small pro­duc­ers and pro­duc­ers that sell pri­mar­i­ly di­rect­ly to con­sumers, ho­tels and restau­rants from new reg­u­la­tions. Mark Kastel, co-founder of The Cornucopia Institute explained the need for the Tester amendment:

“We want to make sure that consumers have the right to choose between these two alternative supply systems (large scale farms and small farmers). Since nothing is 100 percent sure, I for one will gamble with my health, and the health of my family, by continuing to patronize local organic farmers. Weighing the risks, and the benefits of superior quality and nutrition, I think I am making a good investment. The concern is that this bill, without the Tester amendment, will competitively and economically injure these farmers, probably the safest farmers in our country, and deprive some consumers of this option in the marketplace.”

On Nov. 18 the bill passed with a compromised version of Tester’s amendment. Rady Ananda at Food Freedom has stated that the amendment is simply “lipstick on a pig” and lists the shortcomings in the bill as it currently stands:

  • It does not address the real causes of food safety issues stemming from the centralized, industrialized food supply chain;
  • It ensures that international trade agreements have supremacy over local laws;
  • It destroys States’ rights to define a culturally-appropriate legal platform under which food is produced and distributed;
  • It transfers authority over food regulation enforcement from the FDA to the Department of Homeland Security, which brought us the liberty-killing, child-molesting TSA, which disastrously handled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which has genocidally turned its eyes away from the ongoing BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico;
  • It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – it eliminated small and medium-sized meat packers; and
  • It significantly increases FDA’s power, an agency which has stated on public record that the American people have no “fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health” and “do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.”

It is particularly important to note that claims that the Tester amendment will now:

“…exempt small farmers who make less than $500,000 a year in revenue and sell directly to consumers, restaurants or grocery stores within their states or within 275 miles.”

Are false, because it only exempts these small farmers from having to submit food safety plans. It does not exempt them from inspections that they get billed for, licensing requirements with expensive quality controls and product confiscation. And anyway, as the dollar crashes, how much is $500,000 a year going to be worth? In response to the arguments being made in favor of the bill with advocates touting the “5,000 deaths occur every year as a result of food-borne illness,” David E. Gumpert, health and food issues reporter, makes the following important point:

“…Some of the injuries that have resulted from food-borne illness aren’t necessarily a result of an absence of legislation. They are the result of the FDA not doing its job. For example, the FDA knew for years about the problems with the Iowa egg producers, yet didn’t go after them in anything like the aggressive way it has gone after small food producers who have made no one ill.”

Off the Grid News explains what will happen to seeds if the bill passes:

“The big agriculture giants want to make you dependent on them for any seed, even if it’s heirloom seed. They know that they need the regulatory heft of Big Brother in order to accomplish this. First they need to eliminate seed cleaning equipment. They get the FDA to set minimum “food safety” standards for seed cleaning so that any farmer would need at least a million dollars in structure and equipment to meet the new requirements. And that’s per line of seed.”

Harsh regulation of seed handling will of course, result in larger corporations such as Monsanto consolidating the production of seeds. Interesting to note that George Soros’ hedge fund has just bought 897,813 shares (valued at $312.6 million) in Monsanto. It is Soros’ second biggest investment. More on conflicts of interest within the FDA here.

The bill also increases the costs of the FDA, with $825 million set aside for 2010 and “such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2011 through 2014.” The bill then stipulates that no fewer than 1,200 additional staff must be employed at the Office of Regulatory Affairs of the Food and Drug Administration, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The sponsor of the bill is Council for a Livable World-endorsed (CLW) Senator for Illinois Dick Durbin. The bill is co-sponsored by several mainly “progressive” Democrats and some Republicans.

CLW-endorsed Senators:

Republican Senators:

  • Richard Burr (NC)
  • Saxby Chambliss (GA)
  • Michael Enzi (WY)
  • Judd Gregg (NH)
  • Johnny Isakson (GA)
  • Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • David Vitter (LA).

A letter to the editor of Anchorage Daily News was titled, “Pry my turnip from my cold, dead hand,” in which the author wrote, “I’d like to see who’s going to stop me from growing a turnip or two.”

You can roll your eyes and say “that’s never going to happen” – but if you want to ensure that it doesn’t, then write to your Senator – in particular the Republicans who voted to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate.

Update – Nov. 24, 11:10 pm: Removed Orrin Hatch’s name from list of co-sponsors, as original list taken from an older copy of the bill.