Barney Stinson would be first in line for a TSA job. Especially when looking at this picture. (I didn’t feel it fit in with the “family fare” we try to dish out here on Hammy’s Comfy Couch, so I’m hiding it behind a link.) Our Texas legislature tried to deny this opportunity for sexual perverts to legally touch us in places that would make Hammy’s Grammy blush, but the feds came down hard on our brave would-be protectors, forcing the legislators to back down.
Could the TSA have shut down air travel through Texas? I suppose the airlines would not have been able to fight the ban, since the federal government has so many regulations on them that the government effectively “owns” them. I found this brief article at TownHall.com, and despite the seriousness of the subject, some of the comments were thought provoking and others were just truly funny:
I hate to instigate, but it is about time for states to start considering whether or not the TSA can physically enforce their edicts. The TSA is limited in its number of personnel and their firepower. There are obviously more police in the state of Texas than there are TSA personnel. TSA personnel cannot cancel flights if they are being escorted off the premises.
At the very least, the suggestion of this should incentivize the TSA to back down from the brink. Are they really willing to risk their total delegitimization for the prerogative to carry out an irrelevant security procedure? Are they willing to fall on their sword for random passenger gropings? Especially if more than one state does this.
We have reached a serious juncture when I even have to suggest this. The requirement to have one’s sexual organs groped as a condition of flying is such an egregious and obvious violation of individual rights, I do not think the country can survive over the long term if it allows it to continue. A people who view themselves as rights-less pieces of meat will not defend themselves or their country.
The proper strategy for delegitimizing these out of control federal agencies is to force them to act in such an unreasonable manner that their lawlessness cannot be hidden and cannot be denied. That’s when we’ll make some progress rolling back this nonsense.
I saw somebody at the airport named Pat Down.
Where do you apply for one of those TSA jobs? I can’t even get away with that here at home and I’ve been married to the same woman for 25 years.
I was wondering what they would do if a passenger suddenly began the Meg Ryan routine from the restaurant scene in Harry Met Sally? Would that passenger then be arrested for indecent behavior, but the pat-down specialist be exempt???
We really do need to address the very real issue of serious abuse of power by the executive branch of our government.
The TSA is being unreasonable. Obviously someone’s got their panties in a bunch and this has turned into a competition of wills. The TSA can do everything it needs to do to insure flight safety without groping passengers. They could change their procedures to accomodate Texas but this is a precedence setting issue because if Texas is successful, all the states will probably do it. This is LE management at it worst. Groping is caveman thinking. TSA management should be better than that. I think Texas should pass the law and see what happens.
I read an article that claimed the TSA was part of a effort to accustom air travelers to invasive treatment, as is the custom is other parts of the world. According to the article, pats downs, x-rays, etc, aren’t necessary for safety but they are necessary to break the will and spirit of the people. Throw in an occasional failed bomber and the sheeple will reluctantly accept any indignity for the ‘priviledge’ of flying. Although the psychology seemed sound based on the theory of Obama working to subvert freedom and circumstances like the panty bomber seemed to support the conclusion, I’ve found no support for the underlying conspiracy theory. Nor have I heard stories of the TSA actually stopping terrorists. I don’t fly either when driving or going by train is just as convenient and more enjoyable. When Obama loses the presidency, the next president must reform the TSA.
If the stakes weren’t so high, it would be nice to play chicken with the TSA.