by Michael Grabell | ProPublica
It was the end of a four-hour congressional hearing, and Florida Rep. John Mica was fuming at Transportation Security Administration officials.
The TSA had begun deploying hundreds of body scanners to prevent suicide bombers from smuggling explosives onto planes. But Mica, the Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee, had asked the Government Accountability Office to test the machines. The results, he said, showed the equipment is "badly flawed" and "can be subverted."
"I've had it tested, and to me it's not acceptable," Mica said at the hearing earlier this year. "If we could reveal the failure rate, the American public would be outraged."
Mica's comments received almost no press coverage. But his outrage, together with other reports by government inspectors and outside researchers, raise the disturbing possibility that body scanners are performing far less well than the TSA contends.
The issue is difficult to assess since the government classifies the detection rates of the devices, saying it doesn't want to give terrorists a sense of their chances of beating the system.
As every Olympic athlete knows, size matters. The London 2012 medals are the largest ever in terms of both weight and diameter - almost double the medals from Beijing. However, just as equally well-known is that quality beats quantity and that is where the current global austerity, coin-clipping, devaluation-fest begins. The 2012 gold is 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper and... 1.34 percent gold, with IOC rules specifying that it must contain 550 grams of high-quality silver and a whopping 6 grams of gold. The resulting medallion is worth about $500. For the silver medal, the gold is replaced with more copper, for a $260 bill of materials. The bronze medal is 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin. Valued at about $3, you might be able to trade one for a bag of chips in Olympic park if you skip the fish.
Thank you Ms. Julie Newmar, the OG CatWoman!
Original Post(?): 01-12
Last update: 06-27-12
I trust our youth. I also I find Ron Paul the youngest thinking of all the candidates. Young people don’t carry the baggage of years of careless decision making. Many of us didn’t like Romney’s rise to power and prestige on the backs of workers, all the time further disenfranchising the powerless, the underdog. Nor are we happy with Obama who saved his skin at the expense of the entire middle class by not standing firm and tough against the avaricious gamblers in our financial markets. Would that have been too big a maneuver to correct? Would something worse have happened? It’s still not right.
[US News:] A fight is brewing between tea party groups ahead of the GOP convention.
Some say the "Ron Paul Festival" will be the legitimate tea party event at the convention. Others say the Michelle Bachman-Herman Cain headlined "Unity Rally 2012" is the real deal. Tea partiers attending Ron Paul's event say the Texas Rep. is the only rightful tea party candidate for president while those attending the Unity Rally think Mitt Romney deserves their endorsement.
And both sides have some heated words to share with the other.
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The Maine Delegation to the RNC is being contested. Here is the email I received.
Dear Maine resident:
Pursuant to RNC Rule 22 and the Procedures for Contests adopted by the RNC Committee on Contests, please find attached the Notice of Contest to your right to be seated as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
A copy of the attached Notice has also been sent to you and the Secretary of the RNC via registered mail.
Peter Cianchette, Contestant
Cianchette served two terms as a Maine State Representative (1996–2000) from South Portland and Cape Elizabeth and was the Republican candidate in Maine's 2002 gubernatorial election, making a credible showing. He served on the National Republican Committee and as the Maine General Chairman of the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.
Cianchette was appointed ambassador by President Bush and sworn in on May 8, 2008. He presented his credentials on June 12, 2008 and served until June 19, 2009. He was the 56th person to hold the position.
Idaho's "Making Statism Unpopular" Billboard cuts through Media BS: Holmes killed 12, Obama kills THOUSANDS!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:20
Freedom Activists, the only sane ones in the country.
About damn time someone told the truth:
An Idaho news station wants to know if the billboard pictured below goes too far.
“A Caldwell billboard is raising questions in the Treasure Valley as it compares President Obama to accused Colorado killer, James Holmes,” reports KBOI, a television station in Boise.
“The billboard on Franklin Road [in Caldwell, Idaho] equates the actions of the president’s foreign policies to the acts of Holmes, who’s suspected of killing 12 people in the theater shooting.”
The DHS has hired extra men and is buying more riot gear to be used in Tampa at the convention. I think they will declare the area close to the convention off limits by way of the no tresspass act and all hell will break loose if any of Ron Paul supporters get anywhere near the convention. Until a few months ago I actually believed we had free speech and the right to assemble in this country. I makes me sad to find out the truth. I think the only way to overcome the security forces is with sheer numbers. If 100,000 show up the govt. will have to listen, much like what happened in Egypt.
Romney Advisor Video: "If We're Going To Solve By Raising Revenue It Will Mean Tax Increases On Everyone"Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Sat, 07/28/2012 - 06:03
Reality Check: Does Rapper Ice T Know More About The 2nd Amendment Than Journalists?
Published on Jul 25, 2012 by BenSwannRealityCheck
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at statements by rapper Ice T about the historical context of the 2nd amendment
This is infuriating to read if you know the truth and have seen the videos, but Brent deserves to have us all pulling for him.
ST. PETERS • A local leader in Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign was arrested because he tried to "reorganize and reopen" the unruly St. Charles County GOP caucus March 17 after it disbanded, a St. Peters police officer testified Tuesday.
"He was attempting to keep the people from leaving," Sgt. Tim Hickey said on the opening day of the trial of Brent Stafford, 45, of O'Fallon, Mo., who faces a trespassing charge in municipal court. The trial resumes next Tuesday night.
Stafford maintains he did nothing wrong. He has said he left the caucus site, the Francis Howell North High School gym, with other participants as ordered by police and then exercised his free-speech rights on the sidewalk outside by trying to reconvene.
The police order didn't apply there, argued Stafford's attorney, David Roland. City officials contend that it did.
(CNN) – The Ron Paul 2012 campaign is preparing to challenge the entire slate of Louisiana's 46 delegates selected to attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Florida.
The timing of this is great. With so many now thinking that Romney is a tax cheat, chances are Romney may exit the race. Having Dr. Paul clearly still working to win gives the GOP a runner up who will step in to take the White House for them. Oorah!
NEW YORK, July 24, 2012
Harvard University researchers' review of fluoride/brain studies concludes "our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children's neurodevelopment." It was published online July 20 in Environmental Health Perspectives, a US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' journal (1), reports the NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)