“Don’t touch my junk”

From Charles Krauthammer in Washington Post today: 

…In a stroke, the young man ascended to myth, or at least the next edition of Bartlett’s, warning the agent not to “touch my junk.”

Not quite the 18th-century elegance of “Don’t Tread on Me,” but the age of Twitter has a different cadence from the age of the musket. What the modern battle cry lacks in archaic charm, it makes up for in full-body syllabic punch.

Don’t touch my junk is the anthem of the modern man, the Tea Party patriot, the late-life libertarian, the midterm election voter. Don’t touch my junk, Obamacare – get out of my doctor’s examining room, I’m wearing a paper-thin gown slit down the back. Don’t touch my junk, Google – Street View is cool, but get off my street. Don’t touch my junk, you airport security goon – my package belongs to no one but me, and do you really think I’m a Nigerian nut job preparing for my 72-virgin orgy by blowing my johnson to kingdom come?

Isn’t it amazing what we Americans will tolerate when the methods used are slowly, but are changed over time from a simple idea of security to a pretense of “fighting terror”.  At the airport security gate, we’ve gone from simple electronic scans of luggage to sexual assault in a matter of nine years.

And to what end?  Our Homeland Security and other government-run or regulated organizations refuse to secure our borders and deport those most likely to attempt another act of terror on an domestic airliner.  In addition, they refuse to profile passengers and look more closely at those who fit the target descriptions and actions of those who would commit such acts. So we all endure the veiled suspicion of guilt when travelling through an airport.  Have any 89-year old grannies blew up any buildings lately?   Or how about that 3-year old with the Teddy Bear subjected to a TSA pat down…how many 3-year olds are guilty of terrorist attacks in this country? 

What ever happened to our 4th amendment rights against illegal search and seizure?

Here’s what happened to those rights, for example:

Americans must demand a halt to full body scans and groping at airport security terminals.

Krauthammer again said it best:

The junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? Okay. We will swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are randomly distributed in the population.

But now you insist on a full-body scan, a fairly accurate representation of my naked image to be viewed by a total stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body pat-down, which, as the junk man correctly noted, would be sexual assault if performed by anyone else?

This time you have gone too far, Big Bro’. The sleeping giant awakes. Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don’t touch my junk.

(UPDATE: Thanks for the link from Marathon Pundit.)


Obama Corruption now tied to BP oil spill?

BP Oil rig explosion in Gulf 4-22-10 (AP Photo)

Of course, Obama gets a pass from the media and kool-aid drinking left when it comes to this BP oil spill.  The timelines of events surrounding the non-action of the Obama administration regarding the oil spill are well documented.

On a day when revelations that the president’s administration partnered with BP in withholding  from the American people damaging pictures/video of the amount of leakage, Obama is off playing basketball this morning (and not attending church, like the “good Christian” example that he is) a day after playing golf.

Would Bush have gotten such a pass?  NO.

Today it was revealed that the Obama administration worked with BP to withhold the video of the plume of oil being discharged into the Gulf.  Estimates for the amount of leakage apparently were clearly underestimated (on purpose?).   These videos have been available for over 3 weeks.

But is there more to this coverup than just withholding video?  Some suspected it shortly after the spill…and today’s information seems to lend credence to the idea that Obama has been colluding with BP to cover up the extent of the damage and hide the incompetence of the Obama adminstration on this issue.

From OilPrice.com’s article , The Cover-up: BP’s Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster“:

WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton, are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP’s liability for damage caused by what can be called a “mega-disaster.”

Obama and his senior White House staff, as well as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, are working with BP’s chief executive officer Tony Hayward on legislation that would raise the cap on liability for damage claims from those affected by the oil disaster from $75 million to $10 billion. However, WMR’s federal and Gulf state sources are reporting the disaster has the real potential cost of at least $1 trillion. Critics of the deal being worked out between Obama and Hayward point out that $10 billion is a mere drop in the bucket for a trillion dollar disaster but also note that BP, if its assets were nationalized, could fetch almost a trillion dollars for compensation purposes. There is talk in some government circles, including FEMA, of the need to nationalize BP in order to compensate those who will ultimately be affected by the worst oil disaster in the history of the world.

Nationalization of BP?  Makes one wonder, even at the risk of being accused of wearing a tin foil hat, just how accidental this spill was!  Especially considering that BP’s largest recipient of campaign cash was Barack Obama.

Either way, I guess Rahm Emanuel’s creed “never let a crisis go to waste” may very well be in play here.

More cover-up:

Plans by BP to sink a 4-story containment dome over the oil gushing from a gaping chasm one kilometer below the surface of the Gulf, where the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and killed 11 workers on April 20, and reports that one of the leaks has been contained is pure public relations disinformation designed to avoid panic and demands for greater action by the Obama administration, according to FEMA and Corps of Engineers sources. Sources within these agencies say the White House has been resisting releasing any “damaging information” about the oil disaster. They add that if the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond. At best, some Corps of Engineers experts say it could take two years to cement the chasm on the floor of the Gulf.

And why hasn’t much of this been made public?  Some believe that it was declared a National Security Issue so that much of the information could be contained:

Only after the magnitude of the disaster became evident did Obama order Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to declare the oil disaster a “national security issue.” Although the Coast Guard and FEMA are part of her department, Napolitano’s actual reasoning for invoking national security was to block media coverage of the immensity of the disaster that is unfolding for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and their coastlines…..

…….There is other satellite imagery being withheld by the Obama administration that shows what lies under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public, according to our sources.

But that’s not all….Obama tries to blame Bush for all of the woes of the world, particularly where oil is involved.  But the Obama adminstration, approved the drilling plan for this rig and many others without proper permitting.  From the New York Times:

The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.

Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day…..

…… It (NOAA) has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

Who became President in January 2009?  Oh, yes, Obama….these plans were approved on Obama’s watch, not Bush’s!

So when you see Obama feign anger about the spill and chastise BP for the spill and damage, just remember the lack of permitting, video cover-up with BP, using “national security” to cover up the issues, and the cold, hard campaign cash Obama received from BP!

(H/T: Michelle Malkin)

Because sometimes pictures are great reminders….

I’ve seen this picture before, but came across it again today and felt the urge to post it.


According to Snopes.com, "the occasion of this photograph was a Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall on 11 November 2004. The veteran pictured is Houston James, a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and the Marine is Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr., a member of an ordnance-disposal team who lost his left hand, one leg, and an eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July 2003."

It is sad to see our very own President and many in Washington and their supporters who have forgotten that there are REAL men who have gladly given health, time, and life for our freedom. 

 Our history has been written by honorable men and we have nothing for which to apologize –we don’t need a “change” nor a series of policies that begin with  “we can no longer” ….

As the Obama administration seems to remove a freedom a day, please remember those who are the true warriors FOR freedom….those who have fought against the very ideologies abroad that President Obama now wants to implement here.

And never forget that these are our heroes, they are not our enemies.  Those are the faces of true valor, honor, courage, loyalty and duty.  Never forget them.

Cartoon of the day: Sad, but true, for some

In light of half of the country now being considered “extremists” by the Obama Administration and, more specifically, US Veterans tagged as likely to move toward extremism, this cartoon is spot-on—sad, but true.

(H/T: The Virginian)