Tag: Transportation
Cluelessness Continues at the TSA
In further support of Sen. Rand Paul’s challenge to TSA head John Pistole that the TSA is “clueless,” TSA agents have recently added humiliating a 29-year-old “special needs” adult (pictured at right) and a 95-year-old cancer patient to their less-than-stellar record of profiling. Yesterday, the TSA defended its patdown of 95-year-old cancer patient forced...
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Rand Paul to TSA Head: “I Feel Less Safe”
John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), thinks flying is a privilege, and therefore, apparently, those of us “privileged” to be doing it ought to be subjected to whatever humiliations his agents can dish out. Sen. Rand Paul, during his questioning of Pistole in Senate hearings this week, quoted the Supreme Court’s...
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The TSA: A (Minor?) Complaint
There is lots to be concerned about regarding the way the TSA is trampling on our constitutional rights. So, my complaint here may seem minor within the context of all of the TSA’s activities. But... Last night I was on my way home to Tallahassee, flying through Atlanta, as I often do. Prior to...
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Land Use Planning Takes a Step Back in Florida
Florida’s new Governor Rick Scott promised to cut government and make Florida more business-friendly when he campaigned. In addition to overseeing a reduction in state spending, which I wrote about here, he also dialed back the state’s land use planning by cutting state oversight, and abolishing the agency that was the overseer. The bill...
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Backlash Builds Against TSA
In the aftermath of my own encounter with the TSA Thugs, I submitted complaints to “my” representatives: Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. To paraphrase a favorite poet, I didn’t get no satisfaction, and Dianne Feinstein had the gall to include this line in her emailed response: As a frequent traveler, I understand...
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Robert Higgs Speaks on the U.S. Government’s Ethanol Scam
Here is Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaking on “Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences,” from the Mises Circle seminar, “Agricultural Subsidies: Down on the D.C. Farm,” held May 14th in Indianapolis. [audio:2011_05_14_higgs_indianapolis.mp3] Download audio file (27:51 minutes) Please also see the following books: Plowshares & Pork Barrels: The Political Economy of Agriculture,...
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Bin Laden’s Revenge
I just returned from a conference. The guy sitting next to me on the plane had with him a laptop computer, an iPad, an iPod, and a phone. Yep, four “portable electronic devices.” I figured the guy was probably a terrorist. Because they keep announcing it to potential terrorists on aircraft, I know that...
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The U.S. Surveillance State: Big Brother on Steroids
This Thursday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a case brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) use of body scanners. The case asserts “that the federal agency’s controversial program violates the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the...
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GM Is Profitable Again, but Taxpayers Are Still in the Red
Last Summer, as General Motors was preparing to make an initial public offering of stock, President Obama said the federal government had made an investment in GM, and that the taxpayers would get all their money back from this investment. I was skeptical, because for taxpayers to recover all their money meant that GM...
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TSA Thugs
I am frequently stopped on the street and asked for directions. In my volunteer stints I quickly establish an easy rapport with the diverse people with whom I come in contact. I get warm returning smiles in shops and restaurants. In short: most people apparently view me as non-threatening. It has thus been surprising...
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