New Jersey Legislators Take on the TSA

TRENTON— Senator Michael J. Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D-Camden) today announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.

“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body. Terrorists hate America because of the freedoms upon which this great nation was built. By implementing these screening measures, the TSA has already handed a victory to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.”

The Beatles: Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964

Apple has a video of The Beatles playing one of their first concerts in the US after the Ed Sullivan appearance and it’s really something to watch. They have equipment problems galore (the mics sometimes work) and have to keep spinning Ringo’s drum platform around to face different sides of the audience. Were there no roadies in ’64?

An Update on Cooks Source Magazine

Remember the incident with Cooks Source magazine that was caught publishing an author’s article that it had lifted from the web which ultimately resulted in the entire internet offering a rebuttal on the magazine’s facebook page?

Judith Griggs, the editor of Cooks (I know, I want to put an apostrophe there too!) Source and internet supervillain, has just posted a statement on on the magazine’s website announcing that she’s throwing in the towel and closing up shop. But in a blatant attempt to become the first human illustration ever to be used in a dictionary for the word ‘obtuse’, she still is throwing blame for this entire debacle on Monica Gaudio, the author she ripped the article from in the first place.

If my apology to Monica seemed shallow it was because I was angry about the harm she has inflicted on others on behalf of her own agenda.

The entire statement is here in all its rambling glory.

According to this list compiled by other facebook users, it seems that Cooks Source wasn’t shy about snatching articles without attribution from small little known sites such as NPR, The Food Network, Martha Stewart, etc. But:

Thank you to all our readers, thanks to all our advertisers and writers… and to everyone who has been supportive and who has been a part of Cooks Source. To one writer in particular, Monica Gaudio, I wish you had given me a chance.

FIN

And Monica’s response is here.

Ok, that just about covers it. Who wants to see kittens?