TSA – Tyrants Scaring American kids, the elderly…

Editor’s NoteTSA should stand for “T”yrants, “S”caring “A”merican kids, the elderly, and everyone for that matter. No they are not all bad people, but we sure do hear a lot of bad stories – who designed these procedures, and who trains these morons?

Its just gone way to far – TSA agents, and we use that term generously, along with their administration have gone over the edge. How many stories do we have to see, witness, hear, or endure ourselves? Last we looked, every single terrorist in the air was a Muslim. ALL OF THEM!

Funny, these two little girls don’t have beards, are not chanting Allah hu Akbar, they are not young middle eastern men in the 20 or 30 something category, so why? On top of this lack of brain matter, the TSA screeners are often the people you would not allow to baby-sit your child anyway. Anyone who would defend this is even more callous – they followed procedure?

Well, so they followed procedure, that was the response – well, the procedure line is not a panacea, it just means the procedures are WRONG! The people who designed the procedures are WRONG also! Is anything the federal government doing working well?

Its not just the kids, the elderly, the infirmed, its everyone, like U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco in San Antonio who was basically assaulted. (Read Below)

TSA defends pat-down of 4-year-old at Kansas airport

By ROXANA HEGEMAN – AP/Yahoo News

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.

4 Year old girl patted down by TSA - "No common sense"

The incident has been garnering increasing media and online attention since the child’s mother, Michelle Brademeyer of Montana, detailed the ordeal in a public Facebook post last week. The Transportation Security Administration is defending its agents, despite new procedures aimed at reducing pat-downs of children.

The child’s grandmother, Lori Croft, told The Associated Press that Brademeyer and her daughter, Isabella, initially passed through security at the Wichita airport without incident. The girl then ran over to briefly hug Croft, who was awaiting a pat-down after tripping the alarm, and that’s when TSA agents insisted the girl undergo a physical pat-down.

Isabella had just learned about “stranger danger” at school, her grandmother said, adding that the girl was afraid and unsure about what was going on.

“She started to cry, saying ‘No I don’t want to,’ and when we tried talking to her she ran,” Croft said. “They yelled, ‘We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.'”

But she said the family’s main concern was the lack of understanding from TSA agents that they were dealing with a 4-year-old child, not a terror suspect.

“There was no common sense and there was no compassion,” Croft said. “That was our biggest fault with the whole thing — not that they are following security procedures, because I understand that they have to do that.” (Read the rest here.)

Family Misses Flight After TSA Gives Pat-Down To Girl With Cerebral Palsy

CBS News DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Transportation Security Administration is once again the subject of national scrutiny, this time after aggressively screening a 7-year-old female passenger with cerebral palsy which caused her family to miss their flight.

The girl, identified as Dina Frank in a report by The Daily, was waiting with her family on Monday to board a flight departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York headed to Florida.

Since Dina walks with the aid of leg braces and crutches, she cannot pass through airport metal detectors, and must instead submit to a pat-down by TSA agents.

Photo of Dina Frank. (Photo by CBS 2)

Dina, who is also reportedly developmentally disabled, is usually frightened by the procedure. Her family reportedly requests that agents on hand take the time to introduce themselves to her.

However, the agents on duty at the time began to handle her aggressively instead.

Air travel is difficult to the family due to Dina’s disabilities, but the nature of Monday’s inspection was especially traumatic for the child.

“They make our lives completely difficult,” her father, Dr. Joshua Frank, a Long Island pediatrician, told The Daily. “She’s not a threat to national security.”

Frank taped the encounter, which ended when a supervisor inspected her crutches and let them pass. But agents followed up and insisted upon doing a full inspection of Dina.

Ultimately, the family missed their flight.

“They’re harassing people. This is totally misguided policy,” Frank told The Daily. “Yes, I understand that TSA is in charge of national security and there’s all these threats. [But] for her to be singled out, it’s crazy.”

Dina, from Long Island, had recently experienced triumph after Botox and phenol injections helped her to gain control of her legs, enough to take several unassisted steps.

After being born prematurely and suffering from bleeding in the brain, Dina struggled for years to get around, even enduring a double hip replacement to assist in her recovery, CBS New York reported.

UPDATE: The TSA issued a statement defending their decision to pat-down the girl.

“TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child,” the agency said.

Congressman Canseco says he was assaulted during TSA pat-down

by Brian New / KENS 5

U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco said he was assaulted by a TSA agent at the San Antonio International Airport.

The Texas Congressman said the security agent went too far during a pat-down earlier this month.

“The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” said Canseco.  “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away.  That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else.”

Canseco told the KENS 5 I-Team the agent said he too was assaulted when Canseco pushed his hand away. (Read the rest here.)

Progressive – the re-branding of Communism/Scocialism

Editor’s Note – Progressives – the re-branding of Communists. Plain and simple, and we all know it. Changing names is the tactic of those who wish to hide something. They want to hide it because it is that nefarious and they know it. At SUA, we like to remind people that when Lemmings jump off the cliff, they are progressing from one place to another – where are we progressing?

The “Progressive” brand — for what does it stand?

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Allen West appears with Soledad O'Brien on CNN

Yesterday we learned that Representative Allen West (R-FL) was disinvited from an NAACP fundraiser in his home state of Florida. Last week, West had commented that “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.”

West, who came under fire for his controversial comments, responded by penning a piece inThe Hill:

My colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have taken umbrage with my equation of their ideals with those of communists. Why? Why shouldn’t we have this discussion? What part of their agenda are they trying to hide?

We must be able to openly discuss how our fundamental freedoms are being slowly chipped away by an over-reaching nanny state that has bit by bit slipped its tentacles into every aspect of our lives, from the types of light bulbs we can use to the size of our toilet tanks.

In a follow-up interview with TheStreetTV, West commented that “…when you look at the history of the Communist Party, when it came to the United States of America, back at the turn of the century, they rebranded themselves and called themselves ‘Progressives’”:

Allen West Interview:

In response, elements of the Left from Rep. Barney Frank to Rolling Stone Magazine and the Progressive Caucus wrote off his comments as “McCarthyite” and worse than McCarthy.Soledad O’Brien–the CNN host who notably fumbled over the definition of Critical Race Theoryapplied her now-signature sarcastic style to her coverage.

Does West’s assertion that today’s Progressive brand is simply an evolution of yesterday’s Communist label hold up? It helps to take a look at the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The Progressive Caucus includes Democratic party luminaries like Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Jared Polis, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Rep. Danny Davis. The Progressive Caucus also shares several board members in common with Progressive Democrats of America (PDAmerica), which has explicitly stated its support for Occupy Wall Street becoming a permanent encampment.

Progressive Caucus member Schakowsky, profiled in 2011 on Progressive.org, has repeatedly come under fire from her Jewish constituents for her connection with the Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Democrats of America, which supported the Hamas-led flotilla into Gaza. The Progressive brand supports this action against Israel, and for a member of the Caucus it is difficult to walk the line between defending Israel and being affiliated with Hamas’s flotilla.

Danny Davis, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, was recently exposed receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Communist Party USA headquarters in Chicago. This is the same congressman whom President Barack Obama had introduced by saying “he shares our values.”

While Allen West’s assertion may have been met with derision and some uneasiness on both the Left and the Right, his questions as to the origins of the Progressive brand and whether members of the Progressive Caucus share values with communism is worth exploring.

West writes:

When I was studying for my two master’s degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day.

Time for some due diligence.

Who are the real "Fat-Cats"?

SUA Staff – The mantra is constant from this White House, and throughout the Democratic Party talking points – Republicans are ‘fat-cats’ who just support get-rich millionaires and billionaires. The Democrats are for the ‘working families’.

Everyday it echos throughout the internet and in the media. No speech of late goes without some statement about ‘fair share’ or similar leftist slogans. Even the Occupy Wall Street people echo this, and now they are preparing for a May Day event.

There is one major problem with their mantra – its the left who is in bed with “Big”-this, and “Big”-that, and so on.

When you look at the names that have the most access to the Washington elites and power, including the White House, it’s a far different story. We all know both parties do this, or so that too is part of the mantra, but why, because to a great many of them, its not about ‘public service’, it was always about power and riches. Serve a post in DC, reap the benefits later.

Recently, SUA was shown a set of pictorials called Venn-Diagrams, compiled and posted in January of 2011, but most were updated as late as last December. These are diagrams that show a name, their government association, and also where they came from in industry. Some of the names have changed, but in large measure, it totally de-bunks the mantra, the myth, that the Democrats are for the little guy, and Republicans are for the ‘fat-cats’.

SUA is re-posting them so you can talk with your peers about the truth during this campaign season. Obama and the left paint Romney as that Bain-Capital ‘fat-cat’, but by our count, in these 18 diagrams, 249 people are listed. That is a lot of powerful positions, right up to the White House and the halls of Congress. That is not a surprise, the real surprise is that of the total, 230 are working for, or were appointed by a Democrat after leaving their old posts in one of the 18 categories. Only 19 are on the other side of the aisle.

These 18 industries are common names in politics and include, Big Tobacco, Motion Picture Association of America, Social Network sites, Planned Parenthood, the AFL-CIO union, Disney, Fannie Mae, Green Energy, the Defense Contractors, Enron, Keystone Pipeline, Comcast, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Pharma, General Electric (GE), Monsanto and Goldman-Sachs.

Another set of surprises: the folks at Enron, erroneously associated with former President Bush’s cronies, has more former employees in DC working for or with Democrats. Then there is Goldman-Sachs, where Jon Corzine of MF Global infamy came from.

Madison Ruppert at End the Lies wrote:

This phenomenal series of Venn diagrams shows in painstaking detail just how corrupted our political system in the United States has become.

When I look at the the connections of Goldman Sachs, it makes me wonder how anyone thought that people actually had the brazenness to claim that those pointing out the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington conspiracy theorists.

Thankfully, as is often the case, the so-called “Government Sachs” conspiracy theorists were right all along, and when it is laid out as it is above it makes it obvious why this is the case. These are perfect visual representations of how what should be our government has become a government that serves corporate interests to the detriment of the American people.

Take the White House’s move to block the release of a Monsanto-linked lobbyist’s e-mail, for instance. This is hardly shocking when one considers the numerous connections the global corporation enjoys on Capitol Hill shown above. Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.

Just like the thoroughly reprehensible activities of the war profiteers who knowingly profit off of death, destruction and suffering, those who lobby for corporations like Monsanto are actively contributing to the problems of the many for the benefit of the few. It’s truly disturbing to see all of this laid out in such an easily comprehensible manner, especially when one observes the high level positions many of these individuals either once held or currently hold.

Of course, this is only a small portion of the individuals involved in the widespread corporatist corruption that has infected so much of the United States.

Atrocities – Samantha Power named to panel

Editor’s Note – SUA wonders what else the Obama Administration could do to shove Israel further, and further under the proverbial bus. Samantha Power is the latest slap in the face to the Israelis as she now joins Obama’s “Atrocities Prevention Board.”

The very first atrocity they may have before them will be from Hamas, who threatens to publicly execute Palestinians who collaborate with the Israelis. Power wanted to invade Israel for supposed atrocities on Palestinians, what is she going to do when she learns the atrocities come from Hamas itself.

Once again, the Obama White House is showing all that they are not friends of Israel – despite the words to the contrary, but then again, who can believe anything Obama says anymore. Lies, upon lies, upon lies…and then more lies! Watch what he does, not what he says.

Obama Selects Woman Who Wanted to Invade Israel As Chair of Genocide Panel

By Jeff Dunetz – Yid With Lid

Only Barack Obama! Today the President tried to show he was a friend of the Jews with a beautifully crafted speech Holocaust Museum. Showing his words mean nothing, also today Samantha Power began work today as chair of  President Barack Obama’s new Atrocities Prevention Board. If you don’t remember Ms Power she once called for a US force to invade Israel and force through a “peace settlement.” Powers also had some unflattering things to say about about America’s Jewish population during the 2008 campaign

How long do you think it will be before Powers uses that board as tool to de-legitimize Israel?

Samantha Power and Obama, the woman who wanted to invade Israel - Atrocities Prevention Board?

Power was a foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008 when she blamed the Jews for the criticism of then Candidate Obama’s foreign policy platform.

“There will be situations where the priority is self-defence,” she says, indicating that a preference for multilateralism only goes so far. “President Obama, like every other leader on earth, is still going to be looking out for national and economic interests. States don’t cease to be states overnight just because they get a great visionary as their new president.” But it is politically impossible for Obama to talk to Hamas, even if he wants to. She can’t say that, though, especially when vicious internet smears are making lurid allegations about his “Muslim past”….”So much of it is about: ‘Is he going to be good for the Jews?'”

In 2002 she sat for an interview with Harry Kreisler, the director of the Institute for International Studies at Berkeley. Kreisler asked her the following question:

Let me give you a thought experiment here, and it is the following: without addressing the Palestine – Israel problem, let’s say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?

Power’s response seen in the video below is her advice to the President would be

  • “Alienate” the American Jewish community, and indeed all Americans, such as evangelical Christians, who support the state of Israel, because Israeli leaders are “destroying the lives of their own people.”
  •  Pour billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money into “the new state of Palestine”
  • Stage an American ground invasion of Israel and the Palestinian territories — what else can she mean by a “mammoth protection force” and a “military presence” that will be “imposed” by “external intervention”? — Interestingly she considers the exact same thing the height of arrogance and foolishness when it was done in Iraq.

The video of the interview is below.

Samantha Power has a history of blaming Israel, even when she knows charges against her are false. Martin Kramer points us to an interesting quote from the 2003 book Ethnic Violence and Justice, in which Samantha Power, one of Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisers, asks a question of David Rohde, a reporter who covered the 2nd intifada for the New York Times. The quote is as follows:

Samantha Power: I have a question for David about working for the New York Times. I was struck by a headline that accompanied a news story on the publication of the Human Rights Watch report. The headline was, I believe: “Human Rights Report Finds Massacre Did Not Occur in Jenin.” The second paragraph said, “Oh, but lots of war crimes did.” Why wouldn’t they make the war crimes the headline and the non-massacre the second paragraph?

Here we have another look into the mind of Power.  Israel is accused in sensational press reports of a massacre in Jenin, and is subjected to severe international condemnation; HRW finally gets out a report and says OOPs there was no massacre; even the NYT reports this as its headline; but Power thinks the headline still should have been: Israel guilty of war crimes!

Today President Obama spoke at the US Holocaust Museum, his words were pretty but it is his actions that tell the tale.

In her own words Samantha Powers has attacked Israel when it had done no wrong, and blamed the Jews for Obama’s campaign troubles. The appointment of Samantha Power to head up the new Atrocities Prevention Board, which under her tutelage is sure to become a forum for false attacks against Israel, is just one more example of Obama’s  actions not matching his words.

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Hamas to publicly execute ‘collaborators’

Terror group recently arrested 10 “veteran and experienced collaborators” with Israel, Hamas Interior Minister says.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH – JERUSALEM POST

Hamas will soon start publicly executing Palestinians who are found guilty of “collaboration” with Israel, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced Monday.

Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip, revealed that his government recently arrested 10 “veteran and experienced collaborators” with Israel.

Earlier this month, Hamas hanged a Palestinian man who was convicted of working for Israel as an informant.

Another two men were executed on the same day for murder and rape.

The predawn executions were carried out inside a Hamas security installation in the Gaza Strip. Hamas did not release the identities of the executed men.

The executions drew sharp condemnations from human rights groups and the Palestinian Authority, whose representatives said that Hamas was not authorized to carry out the death penalty without receiving permission from PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Hammad advised collaborators to turn themselves in “before we lay our hands on them.” He added that his government was no longer offering clemency to informants who “repent.”

Sacrificing American Sovereignty? – the Pipe? UN permission next?

Editor’s Note – Is there no depth that this administration will sink too? To allow the Keystone XL pipeline into the USA is “Sacrificing American Sovereignty” through a pipeline from our historically peaceful neighbor and de-facto 51st state, or is it 57? What about the hundreds of billions sent to oil rich enemies of our state – is that not sacrificing sovereignty?

The nerve of Carney to chastise Congress about sovereignty…Obama and team are getting very good at chastising other co-equal branches. All this rhetoric from the very same administration that says we need to ask the U.N. for permission to defend our national interests? Simply stunning…

There is a word for this type of crap…and it comes from the other business end of males of the bovine set. The daily verbal diarrhea that now comes from Carney and crew is just insulting. They really do know that the truly stupid will buy this tripe!

They are counting on it…at some point, even a blind squirrel finds a nut, time for all those blinded voters to see that this administration is just nuts!

CARNEY: KEYSTONE PIPELINE WOULD ‘SACRIFICE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY’

by WHITNEY PITCHER at Breitbart

In a press conference on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to the recent new Keystone pipeline bill passed by Congress earlier this week, as the Washington  Examiner reports:

“It would be preemptively sacrificing American sovereignty” to approve the pipeline, White Hosue [sic] Press Secretary Jay Carney said, because a route for the northern portion of the pipeline has not been established.

“The United States Congress — a very important body, takes American security and sovereignty very seriously, or should — is saying that we will, in advance — blind — approve a proposal for a pipeline, a proposal for which does not exist,” he also said.

The Keystone XL pipeline has undergone 3 years of review, but the State Department refused to grant a permit after pressure from environmentalists demanding the route through Nebraska be changed.

The bill passed through Congress earlier this week with a veto proof majority that included 69 Democrats voting for the newest measure. The latest route running through Nebraska has already been approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor in that state.

Beyond the fact that President Obama is at odds with many House members in his own party, Carney’s charge is ludicrous.  The northern portion has not been established because the State Department is requiring a completely new review process for the proposed new route. Additionally, aligning with an ally like Canada would not “sacrifice American sovereignty” as Carney claims.

What sacrifices American sovereignty is when our nation is beholden to unstable nations for our energy rather than aligning with allies and developing our own natural resources. For example, the oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), if it is tapped, could produced a million barrels of oil a day—enough to replace what we import from Iraq.

Additionally, by not developing our natural resources here in America and not taking advantage of resources from our allies, President Obama is leaving us at the mercies of dictator led nations like Venezuela and unstable regions like the Middle East. Three of the top ten oil importing nations—Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia– transport their oil through the Strait of Hormuz (through which 20% of the world’s oil is routed ). Iran has threatened to block off this waterway in response to sanctions placed on the country.

Were this to happen, oil prices would subsequently increase—a problem that would be mitigated if stable supply were readily available in the market—such as sources like ANWR and the Keystone pipeline.

America’s sovereignty has also been sacrificed to the god of government largesse.  It isn’t sacrificed when Congress paves the way for a symbiotic agreement with an ally to provide energy security and jobs. During his tenure, President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt in just over three years—more than President Bush added in eight. $5. 1 trillion of America’s debt—nearly 1/3 of our total debt– is in the hands of foreign countries; over a trillion dollars is held by China alone. That’s roughly $3500 that each American owes to China. Yet, Jay Carney feigns concern about America’s sovereignty over an abundant source of energy from an ally, but seems to have little to no concern about the fact that the nation is grossly indebted to foreign countries.

Additionally, as has been pointed out by Governor Sarah Palin on numerous occasions including in a recent essay, there is a link between energy independence, the debt, and the value of the dollar:

Obama doesn’t understand this[the link between national security and energy independence]—just as he doesn’t understand the dangers of his wasteful spending. Our energy policy is also linked with our fiscal and monetary policies. In light of America’s unsustainable $16 trillion debt, there’s more talk about dumping the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, which is the currency used to buy and sell oil. If that happens, we’ll feel the pain of inflation everywhere—especially at the pump. That, in turn, will trickle down to everything in our economy. Those living on fixed incomes and retirement pensions and annuities will feel the pain especially hard. So, this is one more reason to get government debt under control with sound monetary policy that doesn’t try to “inflate away” our debt with currency manipulation and gimmicks like quantitative easing.

How an administration acts on those three policy areas—energy, fiscal, and monetary– will determine whether or not they strengthen or weaken America’s sovereignty. This administration’s poor fiscal management—deficit spending leading to even more massive debt and two rounds of quantitative easing that have devalued the dollar—along with continued dependence on unstable regions for energy has been complete capitulation of national sovereignty. Contrary to Mr. Carney says, aligning with an ally to achieve a mutually beneficial goal is not surrender of American sovereignty. This administration’s continuance down a destructive path of failed policies, however, is nothing but a white flag.