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TSA: Joke About Our Security Measures & We’ll Arrest You

TSA-pat-down-2 It’s got to be tough working for one of the most despised and worthless agencies in the U.S. government. It must be hard putting up with all the jokes, the comments, the bad press. If only everyone understood that the TSA is there to make sure everyone is safe and secure. They’re just trying to make sure that passengers aren’t hiding anything on them or in them that could pose a threat to the rest of the passengers. Their job is about ensuring national security. And since their job is so Read more [...] Continue reading →

NSA Data Center Falling Apart; Opening Delayed One Year

good enough for government work Obamacare exchanges aren’t the only things that have proven to be train wrecks. The number of people actually applying for polices is so embarrassingly low that the White House won’t say how few around the country have signed up. Of course, part of the reason is that the websites had glitches and were crashing, and I’m sure people just gave up. It led Boehner to ask, “How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work?” Well, it looks like a similar thing Read more [...] Continue reading →

Shutdown Austerity: No Money for Kids’ Cancer Treatments; PBS, NPR Still Get $445 Million

big bird obama I wrote the other day that I was waiting for Big Bird to make the headlines amid this government shutdown, lamenting to his young viewers that due to the Republican-led shutdown, he wouldn’t be able to be on the TV anymore. Well, he’s made headlines, but not for that reason. The headline is that he’s still getting paid big bucks while children’s cancer treatments get halted. You can’t get more “political leverage” than kids with cancer. (Well, I suppose what would top that would Read more [...] Continue reading →

In Spite of “Shutdown,” National Park Service OK’s Immigration Reform Rally

immigration reform rally If you’re a World War II Veteran, you won’t be able to visit the War Memorial that might bear the names of some of your old and fallen war buddies. If you’re a Vietnam Vet, you might get arrested for trying to visit the Vietnam Memorial in New York City. If you want to jog on a national park trail, you might get ticketed $100. If you live in a house that sits on federal land, you might get booted out. If you own a business that sits on federal land, park rangers might block the Read more [...] Continue reading →

Park Service Tries To Shut Down Private Businesses Due To Government Shutdown

national parks closed sign I keep waiting for Big Bird to make the headlines again, appearing on PBS and telling kids that he won’t be able to do any more shows because of the government “shutdown.” He might tell his young viewers that he hasn’t been able to get a paycheck because there isn’t enough money, and as a result, he hasn’t been able to pay his rent or put food on the table for his little bird kids. He would tell his viewers that if they want him to continue to be able to air shows on public TV, they’ll Read more [...] Continue reading →

White House On Government Shutdown Game: “We Are Winning”

GOP Dems dome John Boehner was responding to reporters when he said of the faux government shutdown, “This isn’t some damn game.” Apparently, the White House thinks that it is a game, and they think they’re winning. According to the Wall Street Journal, a White House official said they don’t care how long the shutdown lasts, because it’s all about the “end result”: Terry Holt, a longtime Republican strategist, said Mr. Obama's strategy rests on a cold-eyed calculation that Republicans are Read more [...] Continue reading →

High Schooler Arrested And Suspended For Having Fishing Supplies In His Car

fishing Cody Chitwood apparently loves fishing. He says he fishes once a week, sometimes twice a week. What he probably didn’t think about, however, is that his fishing supplies were considered weapons, and were therefore not allowed inside his school’s “safety zone.” Weapons like knives used to scale and gut fish. Officials at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Georgia have police perform drug searches in the parking lot once or twice a year using drug-sniffing dogs. When they came to Chitwood’s Read more [...] Continue reading →

Obamacare Fail: Not One Person Signed up In Louisiana

obama train wreck Obamacare hasn’t progressed as the liberals anticipated—kind of like global warming. Day one of Obamacare may have seen a few interested people logging on to their respective state’s health insurance exchange websites and “shopping” around for policies, but very few actually ended up taking the plunge and signing up. And also like global warming, the numbers have to be inflated to make people believe that Obamacare’s first day was a resounding success. In California, it was initially Read more [...] Continue reading →

Government Shutdown Apocalypse: KKK National Park Rally Canceled

kkk If you don’t see the world ending all around you, then you’re not paying attention. It’s happening just as Obama and his team of spin-doctors had predicted. A government shutdown means the destruction of the global economy. It means the suicide bombers, the kidnappers and arsonists working in the GOP have succeeded in blowing everything up. That’s why you see the very foundations of the world buckling under the slightest pressure. That’s the reason for all the carnage and chaos that Read more [...] Continue reading →

Al Gore: Global Warming May End Civilization As We Know It

gorefire As we’ve been reporting in the recent past, global warming just hasn’t progressed the way the priests of the church of climatology had hoped. No one is able to explain the blaring 15-year hiatus in warming that’s coincided with allegedly record CO2 emissions. How did that happen? I thought CO2 emissions are what has been causing the earth to warm up at the alarming rate of less than 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past century. They can offer their speculations, but that’s about it. Maybe Read more [...] Continue reading →

Credit Card Processor Drops Gun Shop for Selling Guns

rifles The credit card processor Authorize.net, a subsidiary of Visa, has decided to drop one of its clients for being in violation of their service agreement. What was their “violation?” They sell guns. Something that could never be known just by looking at the name of the company:  Hyatt Gun Shop. Apparently, it’s the nation’s largest gun shop. So, Authorize.net claims that Hyatt Gun Shop is in violation of their service agreement, which both parties signed over four years ago, by being a Read more [...] Continue reading →

Boy Suspended For Having Tiny Gun Key Chain

gun keychain At an arcade, 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos won a small gun key chain not much bigger than a quarter, and he put it in his backpack. At his Rhode Island school, the toy apparently fell out of his bag, and another student picked it up and showed it to others. A teacher got wind of the incident and confiscated the toy weapon. School officials were able to run the serial number on the gun and trace the gun back to Joseph, who ended up getting suspended for three days. (OK, the part about the serial Read more [...] Continue reading →