On Jan. 4, 2010, The New York Times ran an opinion piece by TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington titled, “To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas.”
This caused Harrington’s supervisor, the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare, to have a meeting with him; a meeting that Harrington explained was usually followed by termination.
The supervisor told him, “The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee.”
Harrington explained his reaction and the ensuing conversation:
“[I knew] self-identifying as a government employee in a public forum may be grounds for termination.”
“I was shocked. I had been sure the letter would fall under the aegis of public concern, but it looked as though my boss wanted to terminate me.”
I scrambled for something to say. “I thought the First Amendment applied here.”
She leaned back in her chair, hands up, palms outfaced. Now she was on the defensive.
“I’m not trying to tread upon your First Amendment rights,” she said. “All I’m saying is: Couldn’t you have run those First Amendment rights past the legal department first?”
Harrington wasn’t fired, and continued working for the TSA for 3 more years. see more…
In fact, I’ll let Chad Ginsburg introduce himself with this fantastic video presented at Liberty First earlier this month. It gets a little long with the Q&A going on towards the end, but it’s one of the best examples of the Colorado Springs political scene (Liberty First is a bi-monthly meeting often frequented by GOP candidates seeking votes and “buzz”). Chad’s a genial libertarian and a natural showman and I’m eager to
exploit nurture that.
Welcome aboard Chad, and thanks for being a rock star by helping hand out a bajillion Hammer of Truth stickers already.
We took a break from covering the SOTU address this year. Don’t hate, we really just didn’t have the time, what with hanging out with Colorado’s next governor (maybe) and generally not caring what new imperial decrees or broken promises The NSA’s Teleprompter wants to scare us with next.
Honestly, there was some hope for one of those new tea party guys to be blitzed, hopped up on the resurgence of libertarianism, and start heckling him about his tie, but it was fleeting when we realized it turned them into those kind of people… the kind that just talk and talk and talk.
The State of the Union right now is cold, icy and largely immobile, much like the economy… go Broncos.
I thought I’d share my response to a piece by Darrell Cheney on The Blaze. In his “conservative” ignorance he uses abortion as an issue when rampant authoritarianism and government involvement in personal decision is what people are actually pissed off about.
Many in the right don’t understand this and that does nothing but exacerbate the anger.
To save space this is just my response.
You may want to read Cheney’s original post so this all makes sense. see more…
A recent opinion poll from Quinnipiac University shows that Americans are split when asked which Party they want to control the US Congress after the mid-term election.
Though respondents prefer the Democratic Party by a percentage that is less than the margin of error.
Respondents also prefer Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party Presidential nominee by a wide margin, while there is no clear favorite for the Republican Party Presidential nominee.
Clinton is also favored, by margins between 8 and 15%, to win the general election against the top four Republican hopefuls.
In the midst of the questions about Presidential hopefuls and which Party is doing a better job in Congress was a question that asked “How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?” see more…
Over the years, especially as of late, I have heard many people from many different political sides and affiliations, argue their specific point, belief, notion, whatever, in the name of Democracy.
Republican party, Democratic party, Libertarians, Anarchists, Socialists alike, explaining that their points of view, and their ability to share them, are part of the fabric of the Democracy that makes America so great!
Just one problem…
America is NOT a Democracy. We are and always have been a Republic!
President Obama recently gave a speech about possible reforms at the NSA. Obama began his speech by invoking the name Paul Revere.
He stated that Revere and the Sons of Liberty “would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots.”
While, this did happen, there is one major difference between the Sons of Liberty and the NSA. Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post points out, “Paul Revere’s surveillance was conducted by private citizens against the soldiers and partisans of an occupying government they felt was infringing on their rights and liberties.”
Which is the complete opposite of what the NSA is doing to individuals around the globe. see more…