Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to whatever intelligence moronic agency or agencies that compiles the no-fly list. This definitely falls under the category of keeping on eye on Americans vs. catching terrorists. Hasn’t the Patriot Act that was passed without being read because of a rather convenient anthrax attack a freakin’ God-send? Don’t you feel safer?
In the category of “I can’t believe I’m asking these questions”, how long does it take to get a baby’s name off the no fly-list, and why is it necessary to frisk an eight year old boy? This is not about stupidity, this is about big brother. I hope that everybody continues to pay attention to what this 8 year old boy scout is doing, and y’all stop worrying about those jihadist training camps in New York state.
An eight-year-old boy scout has been repeatedly frisked at airports in America because he has the same name as a person on a security watch list.
Michael Winston Hicks, from New Jersey, was first singled out as a baby when his mother tried to get him on a flight in Florida. She was told by airline officials that her son’s name “was on the list”.
As a two-year-old the boy, who is known as Mikey, was patted down by security officers at Newark Airport, which reduced him to tears.
His name appears to be among 13,500 on the “selectee” list, which sets off a high level of security screening, after a man called Michael Hicks at some point triggered suspicion.
It is not on the much smaller no-fly list which has about 2,500 names, mostly of non-US citizens.
His mother, Najlah Feanny Hicks, a photojournalist, told the New York Times that Mikey was badly shaken returning from their recent holiday to the Bahamas when he was aggressively frisked re-entering the US.
“A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him,” she told the newspaper. “But my eight-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.
“I understand the need for security but this is ridiculous.”
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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato
This qualifies as a Daily Crime. We must do everything legally possible to stop the Obama Redistributive Nightmare. I think it is time for those Americans that still have accounts at the big banks to think about moving your money to a community bank. Send a message to the biggest banks that we did not like them almost collapsing our economy, and a message to this administration that their continued redistribution of wealth by forcing us to pay higher fees so that those risky banks can pay us back is ludicrous, and criminal.
The president, who said his resolve in recouping taxpayer funds has been stiffened by reports of “obscene bonuses,” formally unveiled his plan for a new tax on large financial firms. The tax, which the White House calls a “Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee,” is expected to raise $117 billion over about 12 years, and $90 billion over the next 10 years. Around 60% of the revenue will come from the 10 largest financial firms.
If approved by lawmakers, the fee would go into effect June 30 and last at least 10 years. It would amount to 0.15% of total assets minus high-quality capital, such as common stock, and disclosed and retained earnings. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-covered deposits and insurance-policy reserves would be untaxed because such assets are already subject to federal fees, according to the White House. The tax would hit around 50 banks, insurance companies and large broker-dealers. Of those, about 35 would be U.S. companies and 10 to 15 would be U.S. subsidiaries of foreign financial firms.
How can Obama b*tch and complain about bonuses when he rewarded failure? What does he expect? TARP has given his administration a populist bully pulpit to hammer away at his redistributive change methodology.
Is it at all possible that you, as an American consumer with the power of the purse strings, might not want to play Bambi’s game anymore? Just look at Ford who is rising from the ashes, and received no government handouts.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is moving to impose a new fee on banks to make up the deficit in the government’s $700 billion bailout program for the industry.
WHAT? How stupid is that? I swear the morons in Washington do not understand the finite concept. There is only so much money in the world (unless you are the Fed) and it is constantly in motion. When Obama fines the banks to recoup the money he took from us to bail them out, the banks charge us higher fees to pay us back for the money we loaned them. WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT? Is there an understanding NOW why so many were against the bailouts back in September, 2008?