It’s about time. A professional airline pilot has refused to submit to one of the TSA’s full-body scans, resulting in the TSA agents detaining him and preventing him from reporting to work.
Michael Roberts says he refused to go through, not because he’s a pilot, but instead because he believes nobody should have to be subjected to “a virtual strip search.”
Roberts was traveling Friday from his hometown of Memphis to Houston, where he’s based as a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines. He says a TSA agent asked him to take off his shoes and enter the new machine. He told the agent he wasn’t willing. “I’m not going to do it,” he says. “Not once am I going to show them my naked body.”
Mr Roberts wasn’t just thinking of himself. He has explained in great detail to the press how he considers this a civil liberties issue of great importance. I agree. It’s not just a matter of bashfulness, it’s a matter of who should have control over your body. No innocent person should ever be forced to expose their naked body or be touched in certain places by a government agent. Ever.
Naturally the TSA reported the “incident” to Mr Roberts’ employer, ExpressJet Airlines, and as far as he knows his employment status is “on hold.” Which brings up several more ethical issues. Is it okay for an employer to discipline an employee for refusing to allow naked photos to be taken of him by an unseen third-party? In any other circumstance wouldn’t that constitute sexual harassment?
I certainly wouldn’t want to work for any company that would have such abhorrent expectations. And I don’t want to live in a country where the long arm of the law feels the need to reach into my underpants.
As if the thought of Coulter’s corrosive breath wasn’t enough to turn you off Sunday dinner altogether, just wait until you hear what she said!
From Talking Points Memo:
In one of a series of racially insensitive remarks that pervaded her speech, Coulter added, “Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black.”
Now this wasn’t one of Coulter’s regular Fox News appearances. This time she was speaking as the headliner at a conservative circuit party put on by “GOProud,” a right-wing activist organization for LGBT Republicans. They even called their event “Homocon.” Get it? Yeah. Continue reading
This completely freaks me out:
A gay Saudi diplomat seeking asylum in the United States says he fears for his life after going public with his story over the weekend, and will be killed “in broad daylight” if he is forced to return to Saudi Arabia.
U.S. officials have yet to make a decision on his application.
It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia is run by a handful of incredibly evil, greedy, violent people. Saudis were, if you remember, the guys responsible for the 9/11 attacks! The U.S. government, Barack and Hillary included, should be ashamed of themselves for threatening to send this man back to a place where LGBT people are tortured and murdered as an everyday occurrence.
Teabaggers are busy trying to prove that Obama is a butt-boy for Islamic extremists. If Ali Ahmad Asseri is not granted asylum, the teabaggers and the terrorists win.
We happened upon this awesomely geeky sign for a new cheesesteak shop opening up on Highland. If their sandwiches are as good as this sign is clever, I can’t wait for them to open! Check them out at http://www.hoagiesteakout.com/
Depression sucks. Owls help!