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    Filed at 7:16 am under by dcobranchi

    A couple of stories in the local paper today prove, once again, that the government is not your friend. The first is an example of TSA idiocy:

    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration said Friday its officers at a Texas airport appear to have properly followed procedures when they allegedly forced a woman to remove her nipple rings — one with pliers — but acknowledged the procedures should be changed.

    Mandi Hamlin, at center with attorney Gloria Allred, demonstrates how she removed her nipple ring.

    The woman involved — Mandi Hamlin — told reporters earlier Friday she was humiliated by last month’s incident, in which she was forced to painfully remove the piercings behind a curtain as she heard snickers from male TSA officers nearby. The incident occurred at the Lubbock, Texas, airport.

    Is there a federal law that you have to be a fucking moron to write TSA regs?

    The second story today in the Governmental Hall of Shame is an example of the police being pwned by a group of teens:

    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Cars lining the street. A house full of young people. A keg and drinking games inside. Police thought they had an underage boozing party on their hands.

    But though they made dozens of teens take breath tests, none tested positive for alcohol. That’s because the keg contained root beer.

    The party was held by a high school student who wanted to show that teens don’t always drink alcohol at their parties. It has gained fame on YouTube.com.

    Dustin Zebro, 18, said he staged the party after friends at D.C. Everest High School got suspended from sports because of pictures showing them drinking from red cups.

    The root-beer kegger was “to kind of make fun of the school,” he said. “They assumed there was beer in the cups. We just wanted to have some root beer in red cups and just make it look like a party, but there actually wasn’t any alcohol.”

    Zebro purchased a quarter-barrel of 1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer, and by 10 p.m. Saturday, the scene outside his rural Wausau home had all the makings of a teen drinking party — cars, noise and kids.

    Kronenwetter Police Chief Daniel Joling said an officer was dispatched to the home March 1 on a complaint of cars blocking the road.

    Juveniles began coming out of the house after the officer used his squad car’s loudspeaker to warn that cars would soon be towed, Officer Jason Rasmussen wrote in his report.

    Nearly 90 breath tests were done, and officers even searched locked rooms for hiding teens.

    “It was a tremendous waste of time and manpower, but we still had a job to do, and our officers did it,” Joling said. “If one kid had come there, even hadn’t drank there, but had come there and had been drinking and had left and crashed and burned, then what would the sentiment be? Why didn’t the police check everybody out?”

    Yeah, it was a huge waste of time and money, but it was worth every second and cent to cover the police chief’s ass.

    2 Responses to “OUR GOV’T AT WORK”

    Comment by
    March 29th, 2008
    at 2:44 pm

    I can’t imagine that it’s legal for them to have made that woman take her nipple rings out. I could understand them needing to prove they were what she said, but I can’t possibly imagine forcing anyone to remove what are obviously nipple rings and could not be used for any possible purpose that would endanger anyone ever. This is just disgusting to have done this to anyone, and I’d say all the TSA people involved should be punished. I just can’t see any legal justification for this, nor can I see any possible reason they can justify it on any grounds whatsoever.

    Comment by
    March 29th, 2008
    at 4:59 pm

    That settles it. I’m not flying an American airline ever again.

    The next time I want to travel a longer distance than i can drive, I’m driving to Canada and flying from there.

    My s-i-l had a female inspector ask if she could pull the elastic waistband of her pand and look down. Meanwhile, her toddler was wandering away, because the inspectors had separated them, and no one bothered to keep an eye on him.

    (I have metal plates in one foot. What would I have to go through to prove I wasn’t carrying a gun?)