Snow cone machines for homeland security

Snow cone machines for homeland security

A federal- and state-designated homeland security agency in Michigan recently purchased 13 snow cone machines at a total cost of $11,700. A spokesperson for the agency explains why the purchase was essential:

“It is used to attract people so they can be educated and prepared for homeland security,” Dey said from his office in Muskegon. “More importantly, they (homeland security officials) felt in a medical emergency the machine was capable of making ice packs which could be used for medical purposes.”

A double punch at the war on terror!

(Via Boing Boing.)

Carbon cop handed tough new powers

Carbon cop handed tough new powers

A NEW carbon cop will be given sweeping powers to enter company premises, compel individuals to give self-incriminating evidence and copy sensitive records under a carbon tax package that will force about 60,000 businesses to pay 6c a litre extra for fuel.

The tough new powers of the Clean Energy Regulator were included in the fine detail of the carbon tax package released yesterday, which enshrines national emissions cuts of 12 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year after 2016, if the government of the day rejects targets proposed by its Climate Change Authority.


Government raids dangerous Raw Milk Source

Government Brown-Shirt Goons Crack Down on Raw Milk Source

This is just going to get worse before it gets better. And I’d like to find some investigative report on this.

A multi-agency SWAT-style armed raid was conducted this morning by helmet-wearing, gun-carrying enforcement agents from the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Rawesome Foods, a private buying club offering wholesome, natural raw milk and raw cheese products (among other wholesome foods) is founded by James Stewart, a pioneer in bringing wholesome raw foods directly to consumers through a buying club. James was followed from his private residence by law enforcement, and when he entered his store, the raid was launched.

Law enforcement demanded that all customers (members) of the store vacate the premises, then they demanded to know how much cash James had at the store. When James explained the amount of cash he had at the store — which is used to purchase product for selling there — agents demanded to know why he had such an amount of cash and where it came from.
James was handcuffed, was NEVER read his rights and was stuffed into an UNMARKED car.

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)

E-mail gets Ex-Marine on No-Fly List

E-mail on Marriage gets Ex-Marine on No-Fly List

Abe Mashal, a 31-year-old dog trainer from St. Charles, says FBI agents told him he ended up on the government’s no-fly list because he exchanged e-mails with a Muslim cleric they were monitoring.

The topic: How to raise his children in an interfaith household.

Mashal said he has never had any links to terror or terrorists and is a “patriotic,” honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran.

He found out he’d been flagged last April, when he tried to board a flight to Spokane, Wash., to train dogs for a client. Since then, his family members and friends have been questioned, and he said he has lost business because he isn’t allowed to fly.

Mashal is one of 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union over the list.

FBI agents questioned him at Midway Airport, then at his home. Finally, he was summoned to a hotel in Schaumburg, where more FBI agents told him he’d been placed on the no-fly list because of an e-mail he had sent to an imam — a Muslim cleric — whom they’d been watching.

Mashal said he had sought the imam’s advice about raising children in a mixed-religion household. Mashal is Muslim; his wife is Christian.

He said the agents offered to get him off the list — if he would become an undercover informant at mosques. He refused and said he feels he was being blackmailed.

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)


Street Art of the Day

A group of girls claiming to be affiliated with controversial Russian art collective “Voina” (of penis bridge fame) thrust kisses on female law enforcement officers as part of a bizarre statement of protest against the Russian police’s attempt to soften its image through re-branding.

(Via Adam Curry’s Gitmo Nation News Feed.)

See Something Say Something

statehate:This is a bit disturbing. If you think that’s…

If you think that’s creepy, ride the DC metro and listen to the friendly messages from Janet Napolitano on the same subject.  It is so 1984 I almost think she’s a secret hipster doing it for the irony.

(Via The Hipster Libertarian.)

Security theater tees

Security theater tees

Big Brother Tees, sporting a variety of slogans relevant to airport security: “Nobody is safer when you take my water,” “Cast Member of Airport Security Theater,” “You can only detect and respond,” “Technology can’t solve security problems,” “Franklin’s Essential Liberty,” “What airport security procedures miss.”

Someone will come along any moment in the comments to explain that if you get hassled for wearing one of these, it’s your own fault for antagonizing them.

But let’s be clear: the TSA’s job is to keep airplanes safe. Criticizing the TSA does not undermine the safety of airplanes. Hurting a screener’s feelings does not endanger our skies. Refusing to believe in the pseudoscience of binary explosives made in airplanes from the contents of your toothpaste tube does not constitute noncompliance with the magic-anti-terror-baggie rule.

Big Brother T-Shirts

(Via Boing Boing.)

National ID Number

Teachers not consulted over ID plan:

Education union reacts angrily to the Federal Government’s plan to give every school student an identity number.

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update: google news results

Teachers not consulted over ID plan – ABC Online

Google News Australia – Top Stories 24/02/10 10:17 PM Top Stories

Special Broadcasting Service

Teachers not consulted over ID plan
ABC Online
School children across the country will be given their own ID number. ( Vicky S) Teacher unions have reacted angrily to the Federal Government’s plan to give every school student an identity number.
School ID numbers could lead to
Schoolkids’ new identity numbers to be linked to My School programHerald Sun
People’s Daily Online –Radio New Zealand –Sydney Morning Herald
all 48 news articles »

(Via ABC News : Australia.)

School Locked Down Over Child’s Science Project that has “Wires”

Idiots at School Go on Lockdown Over Child’s Science Project that has “Wires”:

School sees science project of 11-year-old as threat — This is incredible. Exactly how stupid are these people? No wonder the kids learn nothing in California schools.

Students were evacuated from Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School in the Chollas View neighborhood Friday afternoon after an 11-year-old student brought a personal science project that he had been making at home to school, authorities said.

Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, said the student had been making the device in his home garage. A vice principal saw the student showing it to other students at school about 11:40 a.m. Friday and was concerned that it might be harmful, and San Diego police were notified.

The school, which has about 440 students in grades 6 to 8 and emphasizes technology skills, was initially put on lockdown while authorities responded.

Luque said the project was made of an empty half-liter Gatorade bottle with some wires and other electrical components attached. There was no substance inside.

When police and the Metro Arson Strike Team responded, they also found electrical components in the student’s backpack, Luque said. After talking to the student, it was decided about 1 p.m. to evacuate the school as a precaution while the item was examined. Students were escorted to a nearby playing field, and parents were called and told they could come pick up their children.

A MAST robot took pictures of the device and X-rays were evaluated. About 3 p.m., the device was determined to be harmless, Luque said. Luque said the project was intended to be a type of motion-detector device.

found by Kevin Terminella via Twitter

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)