The Police State Retreateth (A Bit) – TSA To Change Procedures After Nipple Ring Flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it will change they way its officers search passengers with body piercings after a Texas woman complained she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane.Mandi Hamlin, 37, had demanded an apology and her Los Angeles-based attorney sent a letter to the TSA this week requesting a civil rights investigation.

Hamlin said she was trying to board a flight from Lubbock to Dallas on Feb. 24 when she was scanned by a TSA agent after passing through a larger metal detector without problems.

The female TSA agent used a handheld detector that beeped when it passed in front of Hamlin’s chest, the Dallas-area resident said.

Hamlin said she told the woman she was wearing nipple piercings. The agent then called over her male colleagues, one of whom said she would have to remove the jewelry, Hamlin said.

Hamlin said she could not remove them and asked whether she could instead display her pierced breasts in private to the female agent. But several other male officers told her she could not board her flight until the jewelry was out, she said.

This is why robots don’t have nipples.

When Babies Run Countries

N.Korea threatens to cut off dialogue with South | Reuters

SEOUL, March 30 (Reuters) – North Korea threatened to suspend dialogue with the South over comments made by a South Korean military official and said it was ready to attack its wealthy neighbour, the North’s state media said at the weekend.

Over the past several days, the North has lashed out at the new conservative government in Seoul and its ally the United States by test-firing missiles, expelling South Korean officials at a joint factory park in the North and threatening to slow down a nuclear disarmament deal.

“The Korean People’s Army (KPA) will counter any slightest move of the south side for ‘pre-emptive attack’ with more rapid and more powerful pre-emptive attack of its own mode,” the North’s KCNA news agency quoted one of its military officials as saying.

I can almost see Kin Jong throwing his tantrum from here.

Wrongo, Hiliary

Obama Gets Boost; Clinton Urged to Quit

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Barack Obama got a surprise boost in the last big state of the long Democratic campaign Friday with an endorsement from Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr., while another Obama supporter sought to nudge Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race.Clinton leads by double-digits in Pennsylvania polls, and Obama hopes Casey’s endorsement will earn him a second look from the state’s white, working class and Catholic voters—groups that have leaned toward Clinton in other Democratic contests this year.

Clinton, on the other hand, is hoping a victory in Pennsylvania will help persuade party “superdelegates” to support her and allow her to catch Obama in the race for National Convention delegates.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont senator who endorsed Obama in January, said she was never going to win enough delegates, and he suggested she should throw in the towel in “the interests of a Democratic victory in November.” A number of Democrats have expressed concern that Republican John McCain is getting a head start while Obama and Clinton fight on.

Undeterred, Clinton said the competition would only strengthen the party in the long run.

It’s time to go back to serving the good people of New York as well as humanly possible. Humanly.

She would make *has made* a good robot. And a bit of a pirate. Now it’s time to become a Senator….long-term.

It’s a Race Race (part 2)

Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck News – NDSU investigates skit

FARGO — North Dakota State University officials are investigating after complaints about a skit in which a black-faced white student portrayed Barack Obama receiving a lap dance.Presidents of the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and sorority Alpha Gamma Delta publicly apologized for the skit at an NDSU town hall meeting this week.

The skit was performed March 18, for 500 people at the Mr. NDSU Pageant, which raises money for diabetes research.

People who attended said a pageant contestant from Saddle and Sirloin dressed as a woman from the Internet video “I Got a Crush on Obama” and performed for another student who was wearing dark makeup and an afro wig.

In the background, two male students dressed as cowboys simulated anal sex while holding an Obama sign that one student ripped at the conclusion of the 30-second performance.

Malika Carter, an NDSU assistant director of multicultural student services, said students complained the skit was racially insensitive and homophobic.

That bolded stuff is kinda like Sinead with the Pope, eh? I don’t know about this one, a hard core artist would get their face tattooed black.