Monday, January 23, 2012

Rand Paul Stands Up To TSA

By Jim Lagnese
Rand Paul was detained by the TSA earlier today when he refused a pat down by TSA agents. From ABC News:
The TSA version of events is that Paul triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process (pat-down) in order to resolve the issue.  Paul was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.
“When an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport,” according to an official statement released by TSA. “Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling.”
Paul’s office confirmed he set off  an airport security full-body scanner “on a glitch,” according to a spokesman.
The Paul staffer said TSA agents would not let Paul walk back through the body scanner and were demanding a full body pat-down.
The Paul spokesman said his office called TSA administrator John Pistole about the incident this morning.
The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they’re on the way to the Capital.
“The Senators and Representatives…shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same….” according to Article I, Section 6.
Senator Paul is a staunch libertarian, but unlike his father Ron Paul, has a more sensible approach to foreign policy. He is a clip of Senator Paul commenting on  the TSA:

Update: White House sides with TSA.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I voted for...

For three reasons:
One, If RP wins Iowa, he definitely won't get the nomination, Two, Paul's not winning anything, three, it was a fuck you vote. Actually, it was the first Caucus I have participated in and it was interesting, hokey, and in the end, meaningless. On the other hand, I will be a delegate. We'll see if Ran thinks that is a dangerous thing. The big surprise is Perry in the lead. WTF?

In my precinct, the top three were:
Ron Paul 43 votes
Rick Santorum 35 votes
Mitt Romney 29 votes

Huntsman got 1 vote and Newt got 14 votes. Looks like there will be a lot fewer people running after next week.

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