Saturday, December 4, 2010

TSA, Weird Gun Laws, and a Raw Deal.

This likely won't be the last time I talk about the TSA, though I will try to keep it from dominating the majority of my posts. According to this article, our friendly security officers haven't been changing their gloves after each sexual assault. These gloves are repeatedly going rubbing all over passengers, particularly groin, armpits and touching people who may be ill (which given the season, is likely a lot of sick people). One passenger in the article described the officer reaching into her pants to feel around. The same practice was used on the 12 year old boy so I'm betting that reaching into our pants is per regular operating procedure for our overly-friendly TSA officers. Unfortunately, despite health concerns you still can't refuse both the Full Body Scanner and the pat down, however what you can do is insist that the officer wash their hands and change their gloves before touching you. I would also suggest that you insist that you be allowed to watch them put on new gloves, so that you can be sure that they aren't just walking for a few minutes, talking to a coworker and then coming back without having changed their gloves at all.

In other news, a returning resident to New Jersey may end up spending 7 years in prison for illegally transporting guns. Brian, the man in question, was found guilty of illegal gun possession, despite having taken every precaution he could to make sure that he was in fact not breaking any laws, even having called the New Jersey police department and asking how he should go about legally transporting his guns to his new residence. The man has demonstrated that he is not a criminal threat, and is a very responsible gun owner, and yet he is still being treated like someone who robbed a convenience store and murdered everyone inside it.

I'm not familiar with New Jersey law, but the gist of it is that even though you can get a purchaser's permit to buy guns, that doesn't mean you can actually own the guns if you live in New Jersey.

Is there someone familiar with New Jersey law that can explain how this doesn't violate the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

In the final article I'll address in this post, the government is cracking down an incredibly unsafe and dangerous product, raw milk. Huh?

Apparently, even though it's perfectly legal to buy raw animal, and raw vegetables, as well as being able to have our steaks and burgers cooked to order (anything from rare to well-done) we aren't free to purchase raw milk.

The government has already maintained that a woman has a right to do with her body whatever she chooses, however this right apparently stops at the decision of whether or not to kill an unborn child. That's right, you can kill the potential of human life, but you can't drink raw milk, or smoke marijuana (at least in America).

I love my country. I'm proud of America, but sometimes the decisions of the people who help run it make me wonder if I haven't gone insane and am only imagining that these policies exist.

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