‘Idiot’ barb gets passenger detained by airport retard thugs..I mean the TSA

Wow, they must be really stupid. Free speech is everywhere, not just outside “secure” zones at airports. I hope people will wake up and realize how much freedom has been lost in the name of safety.

Idiot’ barb gets passenger detained

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Wisconsin man who wrote “Kip Hawley is an Idiot” on a plastic bag containing toiletries said he was detained at an airport security checkpoint for about 25 minutes before authorities concluded the statement was not a threat.

Ryan Bird, 31, said he wrote the comment about Hawley — head of the Transportation Security Administration — as a political statement. He said he feels the TSA is imposing unreasonable rules on passengers while ignoring bigger threats.

A TSA spokeswoman acknowledged a man was stopped, but likened the incident to cases in which people inappropriately joke about bombs. She said the man was “a little combative” and that he was detained only a few minutes.

The incident has ignited some chatter on Internet travel Web sites. More than 83,000 people have clicked on a FlyerTalk.com forum devoted to the episode, and the forum has grown to include 30 pages of comments.

Bird, the vice president of a company that manufactures industrial equipment, said the encounter occurred at Milwaukee Airport on Tuesday, the day the TSA eased restrictions on carry-on liquids, gels and aerosols.

Bird entered the airport checkpoint with a see-through resealable bag containing small containers of toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and hair gel — in keeping with new TSA requirements.

“My level of frustration with the TSA and their idiotic policies has grown over 2 ½ years,” he said. “I’m frustrated that poorly trained TSA people can pull random passengers out of line and pat them down like common criminals. The average traveler has no recourse.”

Bird put the marked bag in a plastic tray along with his shoes and cell phone. A TSA screener saw the bag and went to get a supervisor, who grabbed it and asked Bird if it was his.

“It was obvious that he was already angry,” Bird said, adding that the screener told him, “You can’t write things like that.”

The supervisor told Bird he had the right to express his opinions “out there” — pointing outside the screening area — but did not have the right “in here,” Bird said.

The supervisor called a sheriff’s deputy, who checked to see if Bird had any warrants for his arrest, Bird said. Bird asked the officer if he was under arrest, and was told that he was being detained, he said.

A supervisor said he was going to confiscate the bag, but after Bird refused, he just photographed it, Bird said.

Bird said he filed a complaint about the incident with the TSA.

A TSA spokeswoman said she could not confirm whether Bird had filed a complaint, but described the incident as insignificant.

Screeners looked at the bag to “make sure it wasn’t anything like a bomb threat,” she said. She said the man was “a little combative” and that a law enforcement officer came over, briefly interviewed him and determined that he hadn’t broken any laws.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” she said.

A spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the TSA did call the sheriff’s office to report an upset customer at the checkpoint. A deputy went to the scene, interviewed all of the participants, ran a wanted check on the man, and referred it back to the TSA after determining no crime had been committed, Deputy Darice Landon said.

Landon said the original call came at 2:21 p.m., and it was unclear how long the man was detained. There is no indication that he was combative, she said.

Slave Descendants Want Companies To Pay Up

Society is reaching a new dumb low.  Slavery was wrong.  But asking for money now saying it will solve all the problems is complete bullshit. 100 years ago, maybe.  140 years later?  Get serious.

TheKansasCityChannel.com – Money – Slave Descendants Want Companies To Pay Up

Lawyers for slave descendants asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive a landmark reparations case that demands 17 of the nation’s insurers and banks publicize and pay for their roles in the country’s slave trade.

The case, which names Wall Street behemoths JP Morgan Chase & Co., Aetna Inc., Bank of America, Lehman Brothers and others, says the companies’ predecessors issued loans to slave owners and, in some cases, owned, insured and transported slaves — – all at a financial profit that helped ensure their success today. “We were left in poverty. My family’s hardship and free labor was not in vain,” said Antoinette Harrell, a genealogist from Kentwood, La. who clutched raw cotton as she spoke inside federal court Wednesday.

But lawyers for the companies told a panel of judges at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that the case is without merit and the corporations did nothing to harm the current-day descendants. “These are inherently speculative claims,” lawyer Owen Pell said. The three-judge panel seemed to agree. “If you think you’ve been wronged, it shouldn’t take 100 years to investigate the conduct of Aetna, Lehman Brothers and the like,” Circuit Judge Richard Posner said. “There are a lot of people living today whose parents were wealthy in the 19th century who have nothing.”

The case made its way to the appeals court after the lawsuit was dismissed last summer by a federal judge, who said the debate about reparations should be decided by the legislative or executive branch. If the reparations advocates succeed, the companies will have to account for the income they earned from slavery, produce historical records and give up the profits earned from slavery. The damage awards would be used to create a court-supervised fund to help fix problems in the black community. Wednesday’s hearing comes at a pivotal time for the reparations movement. This summer, the Moravian Church and the Episcopal Church apologized for their roles in the slave trade and a North Carolina commission urged the state to repay descendants of a violent 1898 white supremacist campaign in Wilmington, N.C. And corporations have begun to acknowledge their ties to slavery, in part because of a series of state laws requiring companies to do so.

Several cities — including Chicago, Detroit and Oakland — also have laws requiring businesses to make such disclosures. JP Morgan Chase has acknowledged it owned 1,200 slaves in Louisiana and accepted 13,000 others as collateral before slavery was abolished in 1865. Lawyers pushing for the compensation said Wednesday the current day “market value” of the company-owned slaves would be at least $850 million. The company has since apologized for its role in slavery and funded a $5 million college scholarship program for black students from Louisiana. Company spokesman Tom Kelly declined to comment on the litigation.

Suit blames video game for N.M. slayings

It sounds like the kid would have gone crazy even without a video game for help. Lets stop blaming companies and start putting the blame where it really belongs; lazy parents and a passive society that doesn’t beat children for fear of hurting them. They end up making psychopaths that don’t know how to fit into the real world, and don’t understand that if they do something, they have to deal with the repercussions.

Parents, beat your kids often, if they need it.

Suit blames video game for N.M. slayings
Sept. 25, 2006, 6:58PM
Suit blames video game for N.M. slayings

© 2006 The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Family members of three people slain by a 14-year-old on newsman Sam Donaldson’s New Mexico ranch sued the makers of the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” on Monday, claiming the crimes would not have occurred had the teenager never played the violent game.

The $600 million lawsuit names several companies and Cody Posey, who it alleges played the game “obsessively” for several months before he shot his father, stepmother and stepsister in July 2004. Posey, now 16, was sentenced earlier this year to state custody until he is 21.

The games and others in the “Grand Theft Auto” series depict police killings and other acts of violence. The lawsuit calls various editions of the game “virtual reality murder simulators.”

“But for Posey’s use of these products … he would not have killed,” the lawsuit claims.

The game trained him “how to point and shoot a gun in a fashion making him an extraordinarily effective killer without teaching him any of the constraints or responsibilities needed to inhibit such a killing capacity,” according to the suit.

According to the suit, plaintiffs’ lawyer Jack Thompson was told by a sheriff’s deputy that the game and a Sony PlayStation 2 were found at the ranch.

Posey had told police he shot his family after his father, the ranch foreman, slapped him for not cleaning horse stalls fast enough. Prosecutors described Posey as a ruthless killer, but his lawyers claimed his father had abused him for years.

The plaintiffs accuse the corporate defendants _ Sony Corporation of America, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and its subsidiary, Rockstar Games _ of a “civil conspiracy,” saying they should have foreseen their entertainment “would spawn such copycat violence.”

“We believe the suit is without merit and we will strongly defend the company,” Take-Two spokesman Jim Ankner said.

The Associated Press left a message Monday at Sony’s New York headquarters seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed by Verlin Posey of Texline, Texas, representing the estate of the teen’s father, Delbert Posey; and Pat and Leona Basham of Elephant Butte, parents of Tryone Posey and grandparents of Marilea Schmid.

Thompson also is the attorney in a $600 million Alabama lawsuit against Rockstar, Take-Two and Sony that blames “Grand Theft Auto” for the 2003 murders of two police officers and a dispatcher at a rural police department. Devin Moore, now 20, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in that case.

The coming election and gas prices

U.S. suspicious about gas prices – Oil & Energy – MSNBC.com

and

http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/politics/9935397/detail.html

Both are the same AP wire story…. Lame. 🙁

I myself find it very odd that even with “tight supplies” and “reduced capacity” and of course “emergency maintenance” which had to happen just a few days after forecasters said there was going to be a slower Atlantic hurrican season that for some unknown, mysterious reason gasoline prices, which were shaping up to be a major issue in the coming election, started to plummet.  Not just drop to 2.50 a gallon, but to below $2 a gallon.  Of course, the end of the summer reduces the demand for gasoline.  The price of a barrel of oil did not fall to match the drop in price of gasoline though.  Did it move lower?  Yes.  Did it drop as dramatically?  No.

Analysts and politicians are both saying that market forces are driving this drop in prices, not the government.

The same government that has been bending over backwards to hand out billions of dollars in tax cuts to giant oil companies.

Think, then think again.

P.S.
Go vote.  And when voting, think 10 or 15 times about where you want to be in a couple of years.   I am sure that not many people imagined in 2000 and 2002 that we would be stuck in Iraq losing soldiers to a false war when they voted for a certain Republican president.

Pectorals targeted.

The Onion

Pectoral Muscles Targeted By Fitness Fundamentalists

SANA’A, YEMEN—A videotaped statement shown Monday on Yemeni television provides the most conclusive evidence yet that the Muslim…

Classic…

Wal-Mart to Test Price Cuts on Generic Drugs

By MICHAEL BARBARO
Published: September 21, 2006

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, will test a program to sell generic prescription drugs to its workers and customers at sharply reduced prices, according to people briefed on the plans.
The giant discount chain, which has used its size to knock down the costs of toys, clothing and groceries, will sell generic versions of about 300 widely prescribed drugs for as low as $4 for a standard prescription, these people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details of the new program. On average, generic drugs cost between $10 and $30 for a 30-day prescription.

The company, which is frequently criticized for its employee health benefits, is expected to announce the program today. A company spokeswoman declined comment.

Wal-Mart will test the lower prices first in the Tampa, Fla., area and, depending on consumer response, may expand the program around the state and the country, these people said.

The experiment appears to mark the first time that Wal-Mart has used its unrivaled influence in the American economy to lower the cost of health care for its customers.

In the past year, the company has introduced several programs to improve its benefits for workers, like extending insurance coverage to the children of part-time workers and starting a benefit plan with monthly premiums as low as $11.

Still, critics complain that at Wal-Mart health insurance is out of reach for many of its 1.3 million employees in the United States, forcing thousands of them to turn to state-sponsored programs or forgo health coverage altogether.

Several states even considered legislation that would force the chain to increase its spending on health care but only one such bill, in Maryland, became law. The law has since been struck down by a judge and its future is in doubt.

For Wal-Mart, the lower generic drug prices could blunt criticism of its health care coverage and prove a boon to business. Wal-Mart’s chief executive, H. Lee Scott Jr., has identified the chain’s pharmacy business as an area that needs improvement, and $4 generic drugs could turn the chain into a destination for those seeking the best prices on prescriptions.

It is unclear exactly how Wal-Mart obtained the lower prices. The chain has at times sold products like toys at a loss to entice consumers. But given its size it is possible the company has negotiated lower prices with health care providers and drug companies, industry experts said.

The new generic drug program is expected to be announced this morning at a Wal-Mart store in Florida, with senior company executives and elected leaders in attendance.

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