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  •  I understand people hating the TSA's (11+ / 0-)

    often basically nonsensical rules for security screening, but was a little surprised that the right in particular was so vehement about it,  since they tend to love police state approaches most of the time, until seeing their comments on this story today...I had assumed it was mainly because it was happening under Obama's watch, but didn't realize until I saw their discussions about it the the real reason is because they perceive TSA agents to be largely African-American and Latino (thus they feel "they" are getting back at whites by hassling them at airports) and this was far more the issue than any genuine privacy concerns.  Sigh...

    •  hmm good point (6+ / 0-)

      but I still think it's mostly because Obama is president, and ANY excuse to whine, bitch, moan, and complain gets a green light in wingnutland.

    •  The reason the right is upset is because it (6+ / 0-)

      happened to a repug.  If it was a Dem, the only noise from the right would be --------- crickets.

      Character is who you are when no one is watching.

      by incognita on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 10:28:08 AM PST

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    •  INOKYAR (3+ / 0-)
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      It's not OK

      I understand people hating the TSA's often basically nonsensical rules for security screening, but was a little surprised that the right in particular was so vehement about it,  since they tend to love police state approaches most of the time
      if you're a Republican.

      Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? -- Mary Oliver

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 10:34:26 AM PST

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      •  And, TSA is a republican-kind-of-thing (2+ / 0-)
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        with a budget of approximately $8.1 billion.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the safety and security of the traveling public in the United States.

        The TSA was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young in the United States House of Representatives and Ernest Hollings in the Senate, passed by the 107th U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. Originally part of the United States Department of Transportation, the TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security on March 25, 2003.

        John S. Pistole is the fifth TSA Administrator, having replaced former head Kip Hawley.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:19:01 AM PST

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