That attempted terror attack on Northwest Airlines was not a terror attack according to Conservative politicians, pundits and bloggers. Nope it was a good reason not to let TSA employees form a union. The logic? Everyone that belongs to a union loves to let people blow up stuff and hates the United States of America. Would Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) or Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) lie. They’re conservatives dammit and when they say America workers are anti-American it must be true. Right? DeMint is serious about not letting these pro-terrorist American workers organize. So serious he will not let President Obama’s nomination for administrator of the Transportation Security Administration go through. Now that’s taking terrorism seriously. Unless Uber Demigod DeMint gets a guarantee from the president that TSA employees will not be allowed to join a union, no Transportation Security Administration administrator for you. DeMint does appear to be at a loss to explain what a guy with explosive underwear on a flight started in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit has to do with unions. Currently TSA employees are not allowed to be part of a federal employees union and Mr. Exploding Pants got on a plane anyway.
Pete “lives in constant fear” Hoekstra (R-MI), ironically an immigrant by the way- formerly head of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence . While Pete was playing security expert we had the Egyptian gunman opens fire at an El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles International Airport, the D.C. snipper attacks and a shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Nut jobs seem to be immune from Pete’s magic shield of tough talk. Pete was in office on Sept. 11, 2001. What with Pete’s super terror fighting powers, could someone get him to explain how that happened on his watch. I’ve barely touched on the number of Americans that have been killed while Super Pete has held public office – he’s been peddling around on the tax payers dime for about 28 years – so won’t everyone please help Pete continue his abysmal career living off working Americans – Hoekstra Uses Airline Attack To Raise Money For Gubernatorial Campaign
In the United States where we’re supposed to have government by and for the people who do conservative bed wetters like DeMint and Hoekstra think is allowed to form organizations: Republicans of course – who have a literal welfare network of organizations. Tea baggers are organized by well-funded conservative astroturf groups. Working Janes and Joes, sorry they’ll be no freedom to organize for you in Con-America.
I’m sure it was a scary experience to be on that plane. An experience that we all wish no one would ever have to go through. The fact is that it is not an experience anyone is likely to go through. The Odds of Airborne Terror – by Nate Silver
Over the past decade, according to BTS, there have been 99,320,309 commercial airline departures that either originated or landed within the United States. Dividing by six, we get one terrorist incident per 16,553,385 departures.
[ ]…Therefore, the odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade. By contrast, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about 1 in 500,000. This means that you could board 20 flights per year and still be less likely to be the subject of an attempted terrorist attack than to be struck by lightning.
On December 25th, the same day as the terror debacle a man was stabbed to death in Utah, a man stabbed a guest at his Christmas party in Maryland, a man was stabbed but managed to get help in Michigan today. The Today Show this morning devoted its entire first half hour to a picture of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab underwear and question begging with a banner about whether we need better airport security. People that have died over the past four days from stabbings and gun shot wounds from their fellow citizens – not a mention.
Obama condemns Irans violent and unjust suppression of citizensPresident Barack Obama on Monday strongly condemned Iran’s crackdown on protesters and called on the Islamic regime to immediately free those “unjustly detained.”
“The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens,” Obama said in Hawaii where he is on vacation.
“We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran,” Obama said.
Obama promised to stand behind Iranians during the “extraordinary events,” saying that he was “confident that history will be on the side of those who seek justice.”
But he said that the events were “not about the United States,” which is vilified by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or “any other country.”
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“It’s about the Iranian people and their aspirations for justice and a better life for themselves,” Obama said.
If the U.S. had followed the wisdom of neocons like Dick Cheney and John Bolton those reform protesters wouldn’t be protesting now, they would be buried under a pile of rabble from yet another shock and awe campaign.
New fact: conservatives have very big erasers and very bad memories, On CNN, Matalin falsely claims “Bush inherited” 9-11 attacks and recession
On the December 27 edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Mary Matalin falsely claimed that President George W. Bush “inherited a recession from President Clinton, and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history.” In fact the 9-11 attacks occurred eight months into Bush’s presidency and more than a month after he had received a Presidential Daily Briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” and the recession began in March 2001.
That August 2001 redacted memo is still on-line. Matalin could read it, but that would require some reading comprehension skills. She appears regularly on the librul media..