DeLay Indicted; Successor just as Corrupt

DeLay indictedRep. Tom DeLay is no longer the House majority speaker, due to a pesky fundraising fuckup that might land his ass in jail:

The grand jury accused the men of conspiring to route corporate donations from DeLay’s Texas committee to the Republican Party in Washington, then returning the money back to Texas legislative candidates. It was a scheme intended to evade a state law outlawing corporate donations going to candidates, the indictment said.

Criminal conspiracy is a Texas felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The potential two-year sentence forced DeLay to step down under House Republican rules.

Of course, his replacement as speaker — Rep. Roy Blunt — might as well toss the gavel in the air and hope a decent Republican catches it (*cough* Ron Paul *cough*), because he’s just as mired in the corruption:

A consultant under indictment with Rep. Tom DeLay has been paid roughly $88,000 in fees by the political committee of Rep. Roy Blunt, who is temporarily replacing DeLay as House majority leader, according to federal records.

Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show the fund linked to Blunt retains Ellis’ firm, J.W. Ellis Co., and has made periodic payments for services. Political Money Line, a nonpartisan Internet tracking service, places the total at about $88,000.

Ellis is one of three political associates of DeLay, R-Texas, who have been indicted in an alleged scheme to use corporate political donations illegally to support candidates in state elections. Ellis also runs DeLay’s national political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority.

Face it, Democrats and Republicans are both corrupt, the Libertarian Party can’t stop acting like a debate club, and we’re stuck in the middle, fucked.

Update: Bill Frist is also under investigation for insider trading. From IO Error:

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Frist is being accused of insider trading for divesting himself of Hospital Corporation of America stock just before the company announced its second quarter earnings were less than expected, resulting in a drop in the stock price. Frist claims he sold the stock to eliminate a potential conflict of interest, as his father is one of the company’s founders and his brother one of the company’s board of directors.


Update on Operation Clean Sweep

clean sweep pigAs previously covered here at the Hammer of Truth, Pennsylvania residents are pissed off with their state legislators… and they are not going to just sit back and take it this time.

They recently organized a ‘Rock the Capital’ rally to protest the exorbitant pay raise that the officials gave themselves at 2 a.m. on the last day they were in session, right before they left on vacation. Well do you like that? It’s funny how tax cuts can take years of debate before implementing, but a pay raise can be done in a single day!

Anyway, the protest drew in approximately 1500 people and of course, a 25 foot tall pig. They served a 129,000 signature petition to repeal the pay raises, which ranged from 18 to 54 percent and made them the second highest paid state legislators in the country (behind California).

Kudos to all of those that made it happen. It looks like the campaign to vote out every incumbent has been started quite successfully… I wish them the best of luck and applaud their activism.

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The Snuff for Porn Photo Trade

Soldier SnuffDespite what others may say, I’m generally very supportive of our troops but not the Iraq war (there’s a difference between supporting our own people and supporting our cause). But it’s this kind of activity which makes it harder to sympathize for SOME of our troops.

NOTE: I know this is probably the exception and not the rule, but it’s still despicable . Basically, here’s what happened in a nutshell. US Soldier kills insurgent and leaves him extra crispy. Soldier then decides to photo op with his kill, as if he was big game hunting. He then shows it to a friend who says “wow, now that’s fucked (and NSFW). A small deal is then made to trade more of these “prize shots” for access to a site with “money shots” of barely legal teens.

Now, I’m all for capitalism. And certainly, these soldiers are providing some gruesome pictures for a company that needs them for their customer base (aka sick fucks). But, shouldn’t the army not condone such behavior? I know these guys are under a bit of stress, but come on. And besides, it’s not like it’s hard to find free porn on the web.

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NASA Admits They Blew It

The MoonNASA chief Michael Griffin recently admitted that the change of direction from lunar missions to international space stations was a bad idea.

So what’s the cost of this mistake? Well, from the article.

“It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path,” Griffin said. “We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can.”

The shuttle has cost the lives of 14 astronauts since the first flight in 1982. Roger Pielke Jr., a space policy expert at the University of Colorado, estimates that NASA has spent about $150 billion on the program since its inception in 1971. The total cost of the space station by the time it’s finished — in 2010 or later — may exceed $100 billion, though other nations will bear some of that.

To be fair, the results aren’t all bad. Sure, 150 billion is a big kick in the pants, but at least we got some cool technologies out of it. My favorite, is my tempur-pedic pillow. Shit, this thing has cured all my neck problems. So I guess all was not lost.

And why is the next moon mission being planned for 2018? Considering how much farther we are technologically, why the hell is it going to take 13 years to plan how to get back there? Shit, we seemed to get their quite quickly in the 60’s.


$1,000 And 90 Days For Sitting

What the hell!! Yes it is true you can’t even make a mistake without getting a fine unless of course you are Michael Brown.

The Rivington Playground on Manhattan’s East Side has a small sign at the entrance that says adults are prohibited unless they are accompanied by a child. Forty-seven-year-old Sandra Catena says she didn’t see the sign when she sat down to wait for an arts festival to start. Two New York City police officers asked her if she was with a child. When she said no, they gave her a ticket that could bring a one thousand dollar fine and 90 days in jail.

Read full story.

Thanks to Rick Rajter for the link.

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Dude Where’s My Rights

In this post 9/11 world the government has been very eager to take our rights and the sad thing is many Americans are very eager to give up their rights for this so called security.

Read this article to see how the Patriot Act is still around and will be for a long time. And then read about the government terrorizing nuns. We now are going to have the Real ID in 2008.

Has it now became apparent to you that the Democrats and Republicans aren’t for smaller government and they don’t give a damn about your rights.

The government works for us, we created the government, we can take it out. They have privileges granted by the people not rights from God. So stop voting for someone (democrats and republicans) who are going to violate you rights you were born with.

Why don’t they just make this change.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Changed to

“The right of the government to use unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no lawsuits shall be issued against the government.”

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Liberty Films: Good Idea or Pipe Dream?

When I first received the e-mail from Bernard Von NotHaus, the founder of the liberty dollar, I thought this was a joke. From the e-mail:

Dear Fellow Liberty Dollar Supporters,

Swwooosh. During the 60s, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and his crew took many of us to the “final frontier” to “explore new worlds” as they sought out new civilizations and developed deep thought-provoking plots. You didn’t have to be a “trekkie” to enjoy “the voyages of the starship Enterprise.” Now, Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and members of the various Star Trek crews will star in Liberty Films, a new venture launched by the Liberty Institute and will feature Liberty Dollars!

Can you imagine, liberty themed movies using Liberty Dollars? Can you see yourself in such a movie? Can you contemplate the enormous impact when liberty based concepts are presented in a hip entertaining media like movies? While the message can be subtle, the impact is very strong. That is exactly what is happening.

Now, I’m a proud user of The Liberty Dollar and I was certainly a fan of Star Trek back in the day, but I’m a little skeptical for now. However, feel free to check out their website, Liberty Films and see what you think. They have a lot of actors from the old Star Trek series and they are already in production.


Greenspan: Holy Crap, We’re Freagin Doomed!

In a rare moment of honesty, the monetary maestro, Mr. Greenspan himself, declared triumphantly in front of millions that the “US lost deficit control”.

Well, actually that’s not quite the case. If by millions of people, I meant France’s Finance minister and by triumphantly I meant in private away from cameras and reporters, then yes – Greenspan finally said what we all knew. Deficits have been appalling. 2005 is looking to put us 781 billion more in the hole. No worries though, they’ll get the budget balanced next year, they swear!

If I were you, and you’re probably glad you’re not, I would start stocking up on all the essentials (tuna, doritos, beer), because when the FED finally starts admitting that they are up shit creek, they start tightening monetary policy to end the party. But it was fun while it lasted.

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Bush’s Plea for Cash to Rebuild Iraq Nets $600

You know support is low for your cause when a girl scout bake sale could pull in a larger hunk of cash. Obviously, the administration didn’t really push this, so it’s no surprise few donated. But still. 600 dollars? Sure, that’s enough to have a few fun days in vegas, but it’s certainly not enough to stop ‘insurgents’.

I personally thought it was a stupid plea to begin with (and this has nothing to do with being for or against the war). The spending in Iraq is on the order of 100’s of billions. What sort of cash was Bush expecting the people to donate? Even if it was on the order of millions, that’s still dwarfs the billions of dollars that were somehow got “lost” on the balance sheets.

However, people poured out their hearts and wallets to help for Katrina, Rita, and many other natural disasters in recent years. And it’s not that Americans don’t care about the lives of the Iraqis or any other group of people. It’s just that we’ve seen little to no results from the government’s billions. Throwing more money at the problem is unlikely to solve it (just like the war on drugs, the war on poverty, etc).

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Your Advice, Please

We hit our first two debates in the Birmingham race I am managing last night. Bodenhausen did fairly well in the first one, and significantly better in the second one. It was mostly an issue of the candidate getting over the jitters and regaining that competitive campaign composure in the first debate. In the second debate, he did well except for one blown answer opportunity — but we have that problem fixed now.

There are six candidates in the race. The incumbent has used eminent domain to bring a new Wal-Mart to town in the very same district in which we are campaigning. We managed to turn a general debate into one primarily about eminent domain.

In debate one, Bodenhausen spoke first, and in his first three minute block he hammered away on eminent domain. Following Bodenhausen was the most conservative of the remaining candidates. Although we have inside information to the contrary, this forced that candidate to join the “Yea, Me Too!” club. The conservative-leaning candidate stated, “I absolutely agree with Bodenhausen on using eminent domain to the benefit of private developement.”

The topic came up a few more times in the first debate. During the second debate, it came up more often, and was used to some degree by all the candidates there to challenge the incumbent’s record. Responding to the applause we drew, even the most liberal of our opposition saw and seized upon the opportunity to torment the incumbent on this issue.

The problem is that the incumbent drew applause, too. She has a great, snappy response to the issue — which we need to overcome. She used it both times to great effect, improving upon it the second time. It goes something like this: “… [same old blah, blah, blah lines about economic development and job creation you’ve certainly heard countless times]. I’m proud of what I have accomplished and stand on my record. Anyway, we only used eminent domain one time, against a bookstore selling pornography.”

Both times she used this line, she drew a lot of applause. She doesn’t have to use her remaining time after that line, and promptly sits down.

To the best of my knowledge, she is technically correct. Most of the businesses that were relocated did so “voluntarily” because they were forced to do so. An article pertaining to this same case provides:

“Chris Curran, owner of Spuds Pub, told the newspaper that the city has put a gun to owners’ heads. “Anybody who has been signing contracts with Wal-Mart is signing under duress,” Curran said. “That means: Here’s our contract, sign it and if you don’t sign it, we’ll take it. … They (city officials) just want a trophy, and they don’t mind pushing us out of the way to have that trophy.”

I don’t normally cross-post blog entries on the various sites where I write, but in this case, I’m going to make an exception. We have another debate in just a few hours, and I’d like to get as many ideas as possible on how to defeat the incumbent’s most effective line. Especially a sound-byte which combines brevity and impact. Ideas?


Busy day…

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and not had much time to rant at HoT. As I just blogged a couple of my recent activities on other sites, I’d thought I’d link them here to catch y’all up with some political activities in Alabama.

The first event on Saturday was a peace rally in Birmingham. I was able to arrange to have Lew Rockwell added to the speaker line up. Lew’s speech is here. There was a fair amount of libertarian participation, good press, and the event went very well. My blog entry at LFS, which includes a lot of neat pictures of hard working activists, is here.

From the speech:

The US believes it can starve foreign countries such as Iraq by imposing killer sanctions that a high US official said were worth the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

The US believes that it can use its weapons of mass destruction to threaten any country in the world on the very suspicion that it might be trying to defend itself. The US can then phony up intelligence, overthrow a leader, and install a regime of its choosing. Not to worry: its magical military Midas touch will transform that country into a paragon of democratic freedom – just as soon as all political opposition is silenced or destroyed.

In short, the US government believes that it operates under a different moral standard, not only from the moral standard that regular people apply to their own affairs, but even different from the moral standard that the US applies to other states.

And who pays the price for this moral hypocrisy? The victims of war.

Although wearing a sweaty t-shirt, I had another event immediately following the rally. I managed to take a quick shower, slap on some cologne, and put on a suit and drive to the other event in less than an hour. I met Mark “Bo” Bodenhausen along with some of his staffers at the 40th Anniversary Banquet for the Alabama ACLU. National ACLU Executive Director Anthory Romero was the key note speaker, and I managed to snap this shot of Bodenhausen and Romero waiting for the valets to return their vehicles.

Romero gave a good speech. I agreed most of it — especially on voting rights and civil liberties. As he only spewed collectivist swill in my direction a bare few times and made a lot of very valid points, my applause at the end of his talk was actually heartfelt, and not the pertunctory clapping expected at a social event like that.


CNN Rita Coverage: It is Windy and Rainy

CNN\'s Rita team coverage

It takes three on-location reporters to tell you that a hurricane blows wind and rain. At the same time.

They don’t call it team coverage for nothing, folks.

Call me morbid, but the odds of flying debris decapitating one of these guys live just went up threefold (red rover, red rover, send a chunk of fencing right over…. AAAAAAAAAH!).

Guess who had the most informative news. The interviewee at NOAA sitting at his desk in a shirt and tie with a computer behind him. Sensationalism whaaaa….?

Previously: Hurricane Katrina Spares Sensationalist Media


Rita: Don’t You Try and Run Away From Me!

Rita Bus BlastIn one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t moments,” 45 elderly evacuees died in a bus explosion. And this wasn’t just any explosion, I mean look at the picture. We’re talking nothing but the frame left.

The weird part is the bus apparently pulled over before “explosions” went off. From the article

The bus, carrying about 45 elderly evacuees, burst into flames on Interstate 45 south of Dallas. It pulled over and people were getting off when a series of explosions ripped through the bus.

Peritz said the fire was believed to have started in the bus’s brake system and may have caused oxygen canisters on the bus to explode.

So let this be a lesson to everyone out there. When fleeing from a Cat-4 hurricane, do not take your oxygen tanks when riding on a greyhound. It’s a rookie mistake.

And no, I’m not giddy from this misfortune. Fate just had their numbers apparently. It was either drowned in Rita or burn in transit. Luckily, the other 1.8 million probably got out OK.

Update: I should also have stated, “don’t you New Orleans residents come back!” There are new breaks and water is already going over the levees again. Guess they’ll have to leave again.

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States To Avoid

Now we all know the Lew Rockwell can be dull and boring, but this one article caught my attention – “States to Avoid” by Al Doyle. Basically, it’s a list of 8 states that were voted “most likely to become annexed with China” in the US yearbook.

Obviously, living in Tax-achusetts, I knew what was coming. Still, I hoped that just maybe it didn’t make the list.

The author used only one criteria. Strictness of gun control/confiscation laws. The reason is simple, the more the government fucks you over, the more they want to ensure you won’t be able to fight back. I mean, all the great societies of the 20th century had strict gun laws! That is, before there was some form mass revolt and/or genocide.

I won’t spoil the results (for what’s the fun in that). But I can tell you right now, owning a gun in Massachusetts is next to impossible, so don’t be surprised.

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Operation Clean Sweep: Kick the Bastards Out

clean sweep pigThe people of Pennsylvania are pissed. And rather than just take it, a group of citizens have formed Operation Clean Sweep. There goal: To get rid of EVERY single incumbent legislator in the next election.

So why the anger? Well, the legislators, in an 11th hour move, decided to give themselves a large pay raise just before leaving office and before anyone could catch them on it. These pay raises were as large as 54 percent.

The response from the lawmakers is downright hysterical. One lawmaker, Angel Cruz, admitted the following in front of reporters when questioned:

Cruz: (Regarding the Pennsylvania Constitution) “I’ve never read it. I’d be lying to you if I said I’d read it”

So, you took an oath of office, to “support, obey and defend,” a document you claimed to have never read. Congratulations, you just gave yourself a pay raise.

Fortunately, this is an organization with teeth. They have already got funding, as well as 27 candidates. Support is growing. Perhaps it’s a pipe dream, but these people seem damn ready to go.

The picture is of the 25 foot inflatable pig that sits in front of the legislative building in Harrisburg, PA.

Hat tip to WING TV (link to thursday’s episode) for the interview with the founder of Operation Clean Sweep.


Libertarian Party should endorse PorkBusters

PorkBustersThe blogosphere is ablaze over the somehow recent news that — oh noes — the Republican led government isn’t fiscally conservative by a long shot. There’s this sentiment that the blame rests with Katrina ushering in big government, but come the fuck on. When someone like majority speaker Tom DeLay declares an “ongoing victory,” and says there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget — the shit has to hit the fan as the conservative base speaks up.

And they have. Glenn Reynolds and The Truth Laid Bear have teamed up and unveiled PorkBusters, a project to get the congresscritters to cough up all the bacon they brought home and slim down the federal budget. And it’s a great idea, because it’s going to bitchslap the bloated government right upside its fat head.

Which is why I’m surprised that once again, the Libertarian Party is silent. Hell, there should be a gigantic splash image right next to pledge image endorsing PorkBusters. Show some balls and jump feet first into the biggest conservative backlash against Republicans and ride the wave into 2006. Hell, every Libertarian candidate should endorse PorkBusters too, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

Come on Libertarian Party, do it.

Just fucking do it.

(They’re not going to do it, are they?)

Update: I would be remiss not to mention the Republican’s attempt to reel the budget in with their “Operation Offset” (because a war on accountants deserves a cool name, you dig?). With a deft knife, it appears they are ready to thinly slice the fat from the top ($5.2 billion in reduced corporate welfare) and work hard to get to those tendons holding the meat to the bone. Total FY2006 savings: $139 billion.

I await a smart juxtaposition of this document with any of the taxpayer pork groups’ proposals.

Another Update: From (a very conservative news outlet) [via Instapundit]:

What happens here is important, not just for recovery efforts in the Gulf, but for the future of conservatism and the relationship of fiscal conservatives with the GOP. If the Republican majority can’t prioritize spending now, there is no reason to believe it ever will.

Uh, earth to national LP… the true conservatives are restless, where are your open arms?


Spreading Democracy, Embracing Hypocrisy

You gotta wonder if the Bush administration thinks people won’t notice it when they do stuff like this:

President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.

In June, the State Department listed 14 countries as failing to adequately address trafficking problems, subjecting them all to possible sanctions if they did not crack down.

You know, if you’re gonna have a ideology of spreading democracy and freedom, it’s pretty damned duplicitous to create different standards of conduct based on how much money money is changed hands by private business.

Entangling alliance indeed.


Rita: Category 12; Almost a Black Hole

Daily ShowThe Daily Show strikes again. But this time, the focus is more on how the administration plans to deal on picking up Katrina’s tab from the Big Easy.

Basically. New Orleans had a one night stand with Katrina that has left this city with a hangover and an empty wallet. Because no one expected a hurricane to hit and damange a below sea level city, New Orleans needs money… badly. How much? As Jon Stewart says:

It’s still unclear how exactly how much will be needed to help the gulf coast recover. But this week’s Newsweek puts the price tag at $200 billion dollars.

Damn. That’s a hefty sum of money. One could take over another country with those funds. So how did Bush say he was going to help pay for it?

Bush: It’s gonna cost whatever it’s gonna cost. Therefore, we should not raise taxes.

Wow. So what is your solution then? Basically, it’s the accumulation equation (for all those fellow geeks out there). In economic terms it is:

Money saved = tax dollars in – money spent + dollars printed

So if you’re not taxing, and you are paying money out, we’re either A) going more in debt or B) printing shit loads of money.

The tour de force of the clip comes from Rob Corddry, who explains this quirk in Bush’s conservative nature.

Rob Corddry: Everything the president is doing is perfect in keeping with the conservative ideal with limited government. This government believes government should be limited not in size, but effectiveness. In terms of effectiveness, this is the most limited administration we’ve ever had…

Jon Stewart: How is his record spending conservative?

Rob: Because it’s paid for by supply economics. It’s a faith based accounting approach.

Big thanks for The Daily Show for helping to show just how “conservative” the neo-cons actually are.


When the Gulf Coast is a Rockin…

hurricane crying game

Furthur proof that god is a comedian. Hurricane Ophelia also had phallic imagery.

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Bush/Iraq Approval Rating Drops to 32 Percent

Unless something changes drastically in the near future, public pressure may force the administration to actually create a timeline (you know, one of those things that says you’ll do A and B by dates C and D) for leaving Iraq.

The data for the approval versus time for the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll is here. Now fortunately we don’t live in a democracy (we have a Republic), so merely tipping the scales to past 51 percent in support of or against something does not give a leader carte blanche to do whatever it is they want to do. However, this administration used numbers and polls as their justification that the american people supported this war. Now that the numbers are totally the other way around, we hear nothing. I’m not shocked by this, as it’s merely a marketing technique. It’s an argumentum ad populum or “appeal to the majority” to convince everyone that you’re right simply because everyone thinks you’re right.

My question is, how low will the numbers go? 30? 25? 20? Just imagine if only 20 percent approved of the war. In this divided left versus right political spectrum that we always here about, there are hardly ANY issues that have become that lopsided.

I’m curious to see how this plays out and which way the numbers will go from here. The republicans are surely getting upset as well… perhaps libertarians can use this as an advantage and give these people a better alternative. I’m sure they are getting sick of the non-converative neo-cons.

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Daily Show: FEMA Preparations for Hurricane Rita

The Daily Show - Rita\'s DigestFresh off the heels of Katrina, The Daily Show gets jiggy with Hurricane Rita (WMP video). Jon Stewart jogs right around the curve should another disaster hurricane hit the U.S. and predicts just how FEMA and the White House will respond to this category 2 hurricane:

Jon Stewart: At the very least, is the government better prepared to deal with Rita than perhaps we were with Katrina?

Rob Corddry: Yes, absolutely Jon. Whatever their shortcomings in the past, the federal government has learned the lesson of Katrina: start blaming state and local officials now. [laughter] I’ve already been assured by FEMA that the mayor and governor… will have failed. And this time, the president will not be detached. There are already plans to helicopter him in to save a baby trapped in raging floodwaters. [laughter]

Jon: That seems to be taking a bit of a chance, no?

Rob: No… no they got five babies spread out, around… [laughter] …the area. Jon, they’re confident Bush will get one. [laughter[

Jon: Who would give… who would give their baby to be used in that type of fashion?

Rob: You’d be surprised Jon, the GOP has a classification for that level of donor… [laughter] …uh, I believe it’s called the Ranger Elite… [laughter] …there are people who have donated $250,000… and of course, a baby.

More info on Hurricane Rita:

Update by Rick Rajter: Rita has moved up to a Category 4 hurricane. Hopefully it’ll die down a bit before hitting a coastline.

Update Again by Rick Rajter: Well fuck. We’re at Category 5 now. Yippee.

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FEMA: Awesome at this Geography Stuff

We’re not sure we get the punchline to this joke (via Hit & Run):

Q: What do you do when you have nearly 200 trucks of ice for hurricane victims on the Gulf coast?

A: Send them to Maine.

Now, not to jump to conclusions, but smart money says someone at FEMA is gonna be eating lobster and clam chowder this weekend.


The Baby – Al Qaeda Connection

It’s a sad day when a family has to miss a flight simply because their 2 year old kid appears on the no-fly list.

I can’t imagine the conversation being something like this.

Airport TSA employee: Excuse me ma’am, but our database shows that little Johnny here is on the no-fly list. Apparently, he’s been involved with money laundering since 9 months old.

Johnny’s Mom: Oh no! But we’re going to miss our flight to [insert some dumb amusement park in another state]. We got to get on!

TSA: I’m sorry ma’am. But we have to search him for weapons. Can you please remove his diaper.

Personally, the only “bomb” I think they would discover would be a result of too much broccoli. While it would certainly be upsetting, it’s hardly worth making the family miss the flight. Why aren’t TSA employees reasonable enough to realize that the baby isn’t going to hijack the plane? And why does the no-fly contain 100,000+ names? Are we to believe their are 100,000 terrorists in the country? Jeez, why bother then. Or are people just being randomly placed on it? Seems to defeat the purpose of the list if so many people are on it.