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  • School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines

    09/07/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | September 3, 2014 | Susanna Song
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students. In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus...
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The court’s ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Federal law says you CAN opt out of Obamacare and CAN NOT be penalized if you do

    01/09/2014 8:58:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    The DC Clothesline ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    Ever heard of a federal law 42 USC § 18115: Freedom Not to Participate in Federal Health Insurance Programs? I haven’t either.But thanks to FOTM reader Joseph, now we all do!This is how Cornell University Law School’s website describes 42 USC § 18115: No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act(or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such...
  • Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/25/2013 10:31:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 25, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to “opt out” of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate. “For many Americans opting out of Obamacare is the best decision they can make, but it's important that they do it the right way—just refusing to buy health insurance and not having another way to pay for catastrophic medical expenses is a mistake,” Sean Parnell, author of the newly-released The Self-Pay Patient, told Breitbart News. “People who want to opt out...
  • Thumbs up to Generation Opportunity and Evan Feinberg!

    12/13/2013 6:57:01 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 2 replies
    12-13-13 | johnwk
    SEE: Are young Americans paying attention to Obamacare ads?Jennifer Smola,USA TODAY November 20, 2013"On the other side of the issue is the Opt Out campaign, a product of the non-profit organization Generation Opportunity.”Opt Out has employed Web videos and events on college campuses — like the University of Miami — featuring "Creepy Uncle Sam,"who is the visual tool the campaign is using to demonstrate the"creepy" and "intrusive" nature of Obamacare, Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg says."Uncle Sam is a symbol of patriotism," Feinbergsays. "Creepy Uncle Sam is what happens when the government oversteps itsbounds."”And why shouldn’t Generation Opportunity not promote...
  • How to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/11/2013 12:57:27 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 57 replies
    The Self-pay patient ^ | 12-3-13 | Sean Parnell
    December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working somewhat better than before, although there are still problems with the federal site and several of the state sites as well. At the same time that people are being urged to sign up for health insurance by the Obama administration and its allies, others are urging people to ‘opt out’ of Obamacare, particularly the young who are generally being asked...
  • Opt out of Obamacare is conservative group's message to young people

    10/13/2013 6:28:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 13, 2013 | Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
    WASHINGTON — As the battle over the health care law was grinding on — Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown — a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside Sharkey's, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away. Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal and you should opt out. With enrollment in the insurance marketplaces under way, and tens of millions...
  • More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    09/08/2013 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 8, 2013 1:45 PM EDT | Katie Zezima
    While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway. Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are ensuring their children do not participate in standardized testing. They are opposed to the practice for myriad reasons, including the stress they believe it brings on young students, discomfort with tests being used to gauge teacher performance, fear that corporate influence is overriding education and concern that test prep is narrowing curricula down to the minimum needed to pass...
  • Obamacare Fallout: More Doctors Opting Out of Medicare

    07/29/2013 11:13:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 29 Jul 2013 10:06 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Three times more doctors are refusing Medicare patients than three years ago, many citing Medicare's increasing rules and lowered payment rates. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the program, even doctors who still see some Medicare patients are limiting the number of Medicare patients they will treat, reports The Wall Street Journal. … The numbers of doctors refusing both Medicare and Medicaid payments won’t completely undermine Obamacare, health experts say, but some patients may have problems finding doctors who will accept their new coverage under the healthcare reform law. …
  • As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters

    05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks
    BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members. Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.” The reaction...
  • Smart Meters – Not a Smart Idea Health & Safety Risks of Wireless Utility Meters

    05/07/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 28 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Rick Haymow
    There are now 322 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. and 4 billion worldwide with over 5 million cell towers and antennas scattered across the planet. 20 million Americans currently use wireless laptops, tablets, and routers, and according to the Wireless Association, that number has increased by 50% in just the last two years. Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation (RFR) that consists of low intensity high frequency radio waves of non-ionizing radiation in the microwave range of approximately 900 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Wireless RFR now permeates most cities and rural areas and is spreading at lightning speed...
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Federal immigration enforcement is mandatory, memo says

    01/09/2012 8:47:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    LAT ^ | January 8, 2012, 11:01 p.m. | Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
    Two years after the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program was implemented, federal officials determined that choices available to local law enforcement agencies that wished to decline or limit their participation would be "streamlined" or "eliminated," making the information-sharing program mandatory, according to a memo recently made public. Launched in 2008, Secure Communities was promoted to local and state leaders as a way to focus immigration enforcement efforts on "serious convicted criminals." But the program, which involves the FBI sharing fingerprints collected from county jails with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has come under fire because a large percentage of immigrants...
  • MINITER & MINITER: Optional government

    11/22/2011 5:55:49 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11-22-2011 | Brendan Miniter and Paulette Miniter
    November 22, 2011MINITER & MINITER: Optional government Innovative idea has sprung to life this presidential season By Brendan Miniter and Paulette Miniter Given the opportunity, what many Americans seem to want from Washington right now is an opt-out clause. From the prospect of coming tax increases to pay for a profligate federal government to a mandate to buy health insurance, we can see in approval ratings and the sustained support for the Tea Party movement that policies rolling off of Capitol Hill have been roiling voters who would rather just be left alone. So it’s interesting that a key idea...
  • Presumed consent organ donation to be Welsh law by 2015

    11/06/2011 5:48:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/6/11
    The Welsh government says it plans to have a new law in place for presumed consent of organ donation by 2015. The legislation would require people to opt out of donating their organs when they die, rather than opting in by signing the donor register. A White Paper setting out a timetable is set to be published this week. Opponents say they do not believe it will work and it will hit trust in the system but supporters claim it will save more lives. The Welsh government has told the BBC Wales Politics Show that it is planning a system...
  • GM OnStar cars will upload all data unless owners opt out

    09/21/2011 10:54:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 September 2011 | Bill Ray
    Cars fitted with OnStar's technology will be tracked even if the owners don't sign up to the service, in a change to the company's policy that will kick in come December. OnStar is a service offered by General Motors USA, which inserts a mobile phone, along with telemetry tracking kit, into cars sold by the company. Owners are then offered the option to sign up to the navigation and automatic crash reporting, but in a policy change the company will start collecting data from drivers even if they haven't signed up for the service. In the notice being sent out...
  • Some customers angered by SmartMeter opt-out plan [you pay to NOT play]

    04/07/2011 8:45:08 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 71 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 4/4/11 | Anjuli Sastry
    After being directed to create a SmartMeter opt-out proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission early last month, PG&E released a proposal that has angered customers who are frustrated with the high costs of disabling the meters, considering that they never gave their consent for installation. The opt-out proposal, which was released March 24, allows customers to disable the radios inside their gas or electric meters with the option of either paying a $135 up-front fee followed by a $20 monthly charge or a $270 up-front fee followed by a $14 monthly charge to cover the costs of implementing the...
  • Obama backtracks on health mandate, supports opt-out from start

    02/28/2011 10:06:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Obama backtracks on health mandate, supports opt-out from start By Jason Millman - 02/28/11 11:31 AM ET President Obama came out in favor of a significant change to the healthcare reform law for the first time on Monday, backing a plan that could delay the implementation of the mandate to buy insurance. The president is supporting a plan that would allow states to receive waivers to pursue their own healthcare plans, a change that would let states opt out beginning in 2014 from the mandate to buy insurance — one of the law's most unpopular elements. Speaking to nation’s governors...
  • I Opt-out of California (A High-earning Californian explains why he's leaving)

    12/07/2010 6:41:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    New Goegraphy ^ | 12/07/2010 | Robert Cristiano
    Like the harried traveler who made famous the expression, “Don’t touch my junk”, I have elected my own personal protest, California style. I have decided to OPT-OUT of California to protest my overgrown state government. I am tired of California legislators sticking their hands in my pants to pay for the European style social welfare state they have created. My work, my earnings and my taxes will go elsewhere. I am one of those evil “high-earners” in California with income over $200,000 per year. It is unimportant to state legislators that we high-earners pay most of California’s taxes. According to...
  • In Defense of Scanners and Pat-Downs

    12/05/2010 11:10:31 AM PST · by RagingBull · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/4/2010 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    Patdowngate thrust this little-known agent-turned-bureaucrat into the glare of cable lights. Sitting down earlier this week, Mr. Pistole offers good and bad news for America's frequent travelers. The former first: There will be no additional tortures. Cavity searches or other more expansive body checks are out at least as long as terrorist body bombs require, as today, an external initiator or trigger. "As far as the intrusiveness and the invasiveness of the person, based on what we know, I don't see us going further than" current policy, he says. "I don't think we can, frankly. I think we've probably reached...
  • TSA 'Opt-Out' Bags Handed Out at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    11/24/2010 11:19:58 AM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Phoenix ^ | 11-24-2010 | Ed Vallejo
    Freedom's Phoenix is reporting great interest in the TSA Opt-Out Bags they are handing out at Sky Harbor Airport - one of the first airports to "test" strip-search machines. The bags contain a clean pair of gloves for those inclined to a feel-up, so that the TSA agent won't give them whatever cooties are on the used gloves, but also a DVD of Rep. Dr. RON PAUL, the gentleman who introduced the Traveler Dignity Act in Congress, and the number of Marc Victor, esq., who will be happy to represent them in any false arrest or litigation stemming from the...
  • Saunders: Not TSA Pat-Downs, but Freedom Fondles (BARF)

    11/23/2010 8:42:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | November 23, 2010 | Debra Saunders
    The latest controversy over Transportation Security Administration body scans and enhanced body pat-downs leaves no doubt: America truly is a nation of whiners. A CBS News poll found that 81 percent of Americans support full-body airport scanning. That reasonable view is being drowned out by elements on the left and the right who love nothing better than to proclaim that they are victims. First exhibit: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who introduced the "American Traveler Dignity Act" to "protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse." Abuse? Have Americans become such babies that a pat-down designed to prevent another 9/11 causes adults...
  • Want to protest the TSA?

    11/23/2010 5:27:14 PM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Young Americans for Liberty ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | Bonnie Kristian
    YAL has put together an activism guide for you to do exactly that, complete with flyer templates and other online resources. Many students will be flying home for Thanksgiving within the next few days, so quick action is key.
  • TSA Gone Wild (Infographic) [History of airport "security"]

    11/22/2010 3:54:28 PM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 11 replies
    http://www.forkparty.com/tsa-infographic/ ^ | November 19, 2010 | Das Fork
    With the recent decision by the TSA to impose privacy-invading security measures such as x-ray scanning and physical pat-downs, there has no doubt been a wave of resistance by the jet-setting public. So what exactly has been going down? Why has the TSA taken such a highly controversial way to “keep people safe” while flying? Let’s take a look at the infographic by the people at criminal justice degree:
  • Security protest could disrupt Thanksgiving travel

    11/22/2010 8:17:30 AM PST · by FS11 · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11-21-10 | MICHAEL TARM
    Another participating organization called "We Won't Fly" features a blurb at the top of its website that says, "Jam TSA checkpoints by opting out until they remove the porno-scanners." Organizer James Babb of Eagleville, Pa., agreed many travelers would see the pat-down as equally intrusive or more so. But he's still recommending the pat-down because, he says, it would create more disruption and send a stronger message. "They won't have the manpower to reach into everyone's crotch," he said.
  • TSA chief: Body scan boycott would be mistake

    11/22/2010 5:54:31 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2010 8:30 AM (ET) | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - With one of the year's busiest traveling days fast approaching, the Obama administration's top transportation security official on Monday urged passengers angry over safety procedures not to boycott airport body scans. John Pistole said in nationally broadcast interviews he understands public concerns about privacy in the wake of the Transportation Security Administration's tough new airline boarding security checks. But at the same time, he said a relatively small proportion of the 34 million people who have flown since the new procedures went into effect have had the body pat downs that have come under withering criticism in...
  • Freep a Poll! (MSNBC. Do you approve of "opt out" protest of TSA?)

    11/21/2010 3:05:24 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 11-20-10 | msnbc
    What do you think about "opt out" day? Discuss this story I support it. TSA needs to hear an angry public's concerns. I'm against it. Disrupting holiday travel is irresponsible, not helpful. I don't care. I just want to make my flight without disruptions
  • Poway Grammy Winner Pens TSA Pat-Down Protest Song

    11/20/2010 9:44:33 AM PST · by stevevaus · 3 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | SoundDiego Staff
    <p>Grammy-winning musician Steve Vaus has used an Oceanside man's experience with airline security as inspiration for a new parody he released Friday, "Help You Make It to Your Flight."</p> <p>Like the classic country song "Help Me Make It Through the Night" the song starts off romantic.</p>
  • Grammy winner pokes back at TSA

    11/20/2010 8:40:15 AM PST · by stevevaus · 2 replies
    http://buckhowdy.bandcamp.com ^ | 11/20/2010 | SteveVaus.com
    Poking back at the TSA
  • Will Turkey Day Fliers Cry Foul?

    11/19/2010 6:11:01 AM PST · by FS11 · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-19-10 | WSJ
    The body scanners—385 of them now deployed at 68 airports—have raised privacy and radiation-exposure concerns. And the pat-downs, which started Nov. 1, have drawn fire from travel groups, lawmakers, civil-rights advocates, and pilot and flight-attendant unions. The fear is that Thanksgiving travelers—many of them students, families and older people who fly once or twice a year—will be unfamiliar with TSA procedures and slow to get through checkpoints. Full-body scanners require removal of wallets, belts, jewelry and everything inside pockets. "With people getting partially molested at checkpoints, all that is going to be a real shock for them," said Greg Wells,...
  • Airports consider congressman's call to ditch TSA

    11/19/2010 1:12:09 AM PST · by anymouse · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/19/2010 | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether. Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector instead. The push is being led by a powerful Florida congressman who's a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration and counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA's place. Furor over airline passenger checks has grown as more airports have installed scanners that produce digital images of the...
  • Opinion: 'National Opt-Out Day' a revolt against TSA pat downs

    11/18/2010 6:42:34 AM PST · by FS11 · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-18-10 | Cathy A Montville Cathy A Montville
    Need to travel, particularly for the upcoming holidays? Is flying the only way to get there? Are you OK with TSA subjecting you to a full-body scan? If the answer is no -- you can participate in a protest Nov. 24 during National Opt-Out Day. Brian Sodegren wants travelers to pass on the scan at airports everywhere. He urges fliers instead to go for TSA's upgraded body pat down in full view of other people. Is the TSA going too far with invasive screening? Just Say No to TSA Groping
  • OSI Systems CEO Joins US Presidential Visit to India (Airport Nude Scanner Machine Mfgr)

    11/17/2010 10:19:46 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    OSI (Rapiscan) Systems Inc. Press Release ^ | 12 November 2010 | Ajay Vashishat, VP, Business Development
    HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS - News), a vertically-integrated provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the Security and Healthcare industries, today announced that Deepak Chopra, Chairman and CEO, was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting, which was held by the US India Business Council (US IBC). The goal of the meeting was to promote further trade between US and India. Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am honored to be selected to play a role in this very important...
  • Don’t Touch My “Junk”

    11/17/2010 8:33:30 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 37 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 11-16-10 | Dave the Sage
    Since the new TSA touchy-feely rules are now in effect and the blog topic of the week I thought I’d share a riveting and revealing story that is quickly going viral. This gentleman’s blog post on his fun at the airport has received over 5,000 comments and his calm but brave stand against fairly invasive airport security procedures has made him a Robin Hood for a great many Americans who are just fed up with it all. Pay special attention to the multitude of threats he received and the statements about him ‘giving up his rights’ that pepper the account....
  • Just one indicator of the abusive TSA mindset

    11/17/2010 7:22:57 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 8 replies
    MB26
    Sometimes it’s the little things…… A few years ago, when TSA was implemented, all the baggage inspectors wore a simple uniform. It was an inexpensive white uniform shirt with a fabric representation of a badge embroidered sewn into the shirt over the left breast pocket. On the back of the shirt, about 8 inches below the collar line, the letters TSA were embroidered. TSA emblem patches adorned each shoulder From the front, back or side, there was no doubt you were dealing with a government-authorized baggage screener. But that wasn’t macho enough for our latest coven of government snoops. In...
  • Man arrested after punching TSA screener in Indy (colostomy bag involved?)

    11/17/2010 7:58:50 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 55 replies · 2+ views
    Link Only - indystar.com material cannot be posted due to copyright complaint. | 11/17/2010 | Bruce C. Smith
    Click here to see the story
  • 118 Australians Comment Online About US Airport Screening Procedures (AUSTRALIAN TAKE)

    11/17/2010 6:05:16 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies
    News.com.au (Australia) ^ | 18 November 2010 | News.com.au (Australia)
    Comments on this story Big Aussie Laddie of East Melbourne Posted at 11:18 AM Today Need one say any more than "ONLY IN AMERICA" My experiences with US airports makes me feel both scared and unsafe. In Transit at LAX, between terminals, it is a piece of cake to just keep on walking straight into the US unnoticed. Easy peasy to become an alien there. [Woops, Homeland Security are after me - give over, Blind Freddie can see that gaping hole in the non-existant fence]. Oh, and when there is a minute (as in tiny tiny) problem in the terminal,...
  • Fox News Shep Smith Grills TSA Chief John Pistole: "Touching Your Junk is New Sir" (Video)

    11/17/2010 5:08:55 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    HAP ^ | 11/17/10 | hap
    Shep grills TSA Chief: "If someone else were to do this [pat-downs] it would be a felony"..."Body cavities have been known to carry items illegally, is the next step body cavities?" Shep really hits this guy with some good questions.
  • TSA Opt-Out Day, Now with a Superfantastic New Twist!

    11/17/2010 4:11:06 PM PST · by FS11 · 108 replies
    The Atlantic Magazine ^ | November 14, 2010 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    November 24th, as many of you already know, is National Opt-Out Day, when airline passengers should refuse to submit themselves to those privacy-invading, genital-picture-taking, radiation-delivering back-scatter imaging machines now installed at many American airports. By telling the TSA agents in charge that you "opt-out" out of the back-scatter (at which point, the TSA agents, if my experience is typical, will yell, "We got an opt-out!," causing everyone standing on the TSA Checkpoint Coiled Line of Death to look at you funny), you will be subjecting yourself to a fairly thorough frisking, as detailed in this post. But I believe that...
  • TSA boss: New pat-downs are more invasive

    11/17/2010 8:48:22 AM PST · by rawhide · 38 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 10-17-10 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration is acknowledging that the new pat-downs are more invasive than what travelers were used to in the past. TSA administrator John Pistole says he has received the new pat-down, as has his boss, Secretary Janet Napolitano. Some travelers complain that the new inspections target sensitive body areas. Pistole says he understands those privacy concerns, but says the government must provide the best possible security for air travelers. Pistole was testifying before a Senate committee about TSA policies and procedures. The hearing was scheduled before the recent outrage about airport security pat-downs.
  • TSA chief likely to face lawmakers' questions on pat-downs, body scans

    11/17/2010 3:32:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 49 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 17 Nov 1089 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration will likely get a pat-down on air-travel security measures as he testifies before Congress on Wednesday morning. The appearance by John Pistole was scheduled before controversy broke out over the past week about the agency's full body scans and pat-downs. But protest movements about the searches make such questioning likely when Pistole testifies about his agency's security efforts before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Hero pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on Tuesday joined the opposition to heightened airport security procedures, which critics have called invasive. Sullenberger, who...
  • Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening (AIRPORTS CAN OPT OUT FROM TSA)

    11/16/2010 7:42:04 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 112 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/15/2010 | Byron York
    Did you know that the nation's airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice. Mica, one of the authors of the original TSA bill,...
  • Just Stay Home

    11/15/2010 4:20:33 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    The American Spectator | November 15,2010 | Jeb Babbin
    The trade association of U.S. airlines -- the Air Transport Association -- says that it expects that about 24 million Americans will take to the air over the Thanksgiving holiday. That would be about 3 percent more air travelers than flew last Thanksgiving. I hope they are wrong. Travelers should drive, take the train, bicycle, walk or just stay home. Just don't fly. If we stay on the ground, the message may finally get through to our government: stop harassing us and concentrate on finding the bad guys. Air travel was almost pleasant in the 1970s and '80s. The food...
  • TSA: Despite objections, all passengers must be screened

    11/15/2010 4:20:38 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 294 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2010 5:55 p.m. EST | the CNN Wire Staff
    Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- In response to a video of a California man's dispute with airport security officials, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday it tries to be sensitive to individuals, but everyone getting on a flight must be screened. The video, in which software engineer John Tyner refuses an X-ray scan at the San Diego, California, airport, has sparked a debate over screening procedures.
  • TSA promises $10,000 fine for refusing sexual assault

    11/15/2010 10:03:34 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 178 replies
    thepeoplesboice.org ^ | 11/14/2010 | Rady Ananda
    TSA promises $10,000 fine for refusing sexual assault November 14th, 2010 By Rady Ananda At the San Diego International Airport yesterday, about one-fifth of the travelers were selected for sexual assault by transportation security agents. Though TSA’s website did not list SAN as one of the airports employing the carcinogenic naked scan or a full body rub down, one man was told his refusal to submit would result in a civil law suit and a $10,000 fine. Under 49 CFR Sec.s 1540.105 and 1540.107, as summarized in these 2004 TSA Sanction Guidelines, apparently TSA has Congressional support to fine...
  • NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY OF TSA SCANNING/ ENHANCED PATDOWNS: November 24

    11/12/2010 8:20:24 AM PST · by tellw · 67 replies
    National Opt-Out Day ^ | November 12, 2010 | National Opt-Out-Day
    It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, "Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it's a government employee, then it's OK." The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying...
  • Opt Out of a Body Scan? Then Brace Yourself

    11/06/2010 3:58:56 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 84 replies · 1+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 2 Nov 10 | JOE SHARKEY
    HAVING been taught by nuns in grade school and later going through military boot camp, I have always disliked uniformed authorities shouting at me. So I was unhappy last week when some security screeners at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago started yelling. “Opt out! We got an opt out!” one bellowed about me in a tone that people in my desert neighborhood in Tucson usually reserve for declaring, “Rattlesnake!” Other screeners took up the “Opt out!” shout. I was marched from the metal detector lane to one of those nearby whole-body imagers, ordered to take everything out of my pockets,...
  • Oklahoma General Election Results [OK voters Opting Out of Obama Health Care 65-35% Early Lead]

    11/02/2010 7:47:34 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Kxii.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2010
    OK Question 756 - Health Care -- 1,158 of 2,229 precincts reporting (52%) Yes 281,710 65% (X) No 152,884 35%
  • Hands-on airport searches - National rollout of invasive pat-downs this week

    10/27/2010 2:36:25 PM PDT · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 70 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 26, 2010 | Donna Goodison
    Airline passengers nationwide will be subjected to new aggressive and controversial body searches likened to “foreplay” pat-downs under the expansion of a program tested at Logan International Airport.