Letter For TSA

The TSA has molested, humiliated, terrorized, and detained babies, toddlers, the handicapped, the elderly, and even beauty queens and members of Congress!

And now the TSA’s victim list includes economist David Friedman.(http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2012/05/tsa-vandalism.html)

Friedman carefully packed sourdough for use at a convention in which he would conduct cooking classes. When he opened the luggage later the sourdough was spread throughout one end. This could have been an accident. But not the sourdough that ended up inside a zipped electric toothbrush case. That looked like TSA vandalism.

Friedman notes that the TSA could easily reduce both vandalism and pilfering. Just include a note identifying the inspection agent. This would make agents more careful, and less likely to go rogue. Companies do this all the time. We’ve all seen "inspected by" tags in the products we buy. In fact . . .

Friedman says he’s seen this done by a private airline security firm. But the TSA is ten years old, and it still hasn’t figured out this basic step.

Here’s why. Statism doesn’t work.

The State doesn’t have actual customers it needs to serve, or competitors to keep it honest.

Instead, The State just takes money from us, and imposes things on us. Too bad if we don’t like it.

Even worse, The State uses its own failure as an excuse to constantly take more of our money.

Not only does The State have few incentives to perform, it actually profits from failure.

So the TSA is a perfect model of The State in miniature. It’s a coercive, arrogant, incompetent monopoly.

Of course, the TSA claims that it’s just "following orders." This excuse doesn’t work morally, but it does make Congress complicit in the crime. You guys created the "orders." You made this problem, so you need to fix it.

Be clear about this — No private airline would treat customers the way the TSA does. Instead, they would focus on measures that increase security without molesting people or vandalize their property.

Airline security was a lousy product when the airports and the FAA monopolized it. Now it’s even worse that the TSA has the monopoly. Do it the way it should have been done from the start. Let each airline handle its own security, and compete to offer consumers the best service.

It works for everything else! So take action. Sponsor legislation to abolish the TSA.

Remember, government derives its power from the consent of the governed. You no longer have my consent for the TSA. End it!


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Gunrunner: Eric Holder claims that emails about Fast and Furious weren’t actually about Fast and Furious

Perjury? Lying under oath?
Not me!!

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  Earlier today Eric Holder once again testified under oath in front of the House Judiciary Committee and once again the beleaguered Attorney General adjusted his story.

 When news of Operation Fast and Furious first became public knowledge Eric Holder claimed this operation was conducted by a few rogue agents in the field without his knowledge, but we soon learned that Bill Newell–who was in charge of Arizona’s field division of the ATF–shared information on the deadly operation with at least three White House officials, and we also learned that emails were sent to Eric Holder’s office regarding Fast and Furious. Knowing he could no longer claim this was a rogue operation Eric Holder changed his story and stated that while his office did in fact receive these emails he hadn’t actually read any of them. But just the other day Darrell Issa informed Eric Holder that he had emails to…

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Counterfeit Pleasure: Boys, Video Games and Porn

Counterfeit Pleasure: Boys, Video Games and Porn
John Stonestreet

A generation of young men is choosing fantasy over reality. At least that’s what Dr. Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University and psychologist Nikita Duncan argue in their new book, The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.

The message of the book is simple: Research is demonstrating that young men are becoming addicted to video games and online pornography on a scale unparalleled by any addiction that we’ve ever seen in history.

But unlike with drugs, alcohol or gambling, these addictions aren’t for ever-increasing quantity. Instead, they drive boys and young men to seek novelty — the next big thrill.

According to Zimbardo and Duncan, it’s the same phenomenon observed in laboratory rats which, when given the opportunity, abandoned food in order to electrically stimulate the part of the brain responsible for pleasure. In effect, the rats gladly “short-circuit” their natural means of enjoyment to get a thrill that felt new every time.

“Young men … who play video games and use porn the most,” say the authors, “are being digitally rewired in a totally new way that demands constant stimulation.”

Not only does this kind of addiction rob guys of the time, money and health they need to do other things, but it also diminishes their ability to enjoy real life, which can never offer stimulation as frequently, easily or in as much variety. As a result, say Zimbardo and Duncan, young men addicted to digital sex and digital soldiering are less able or willing to participate in those acts for real.

A recent study in Psychology Today, which I talked about last year on “The Point,” reinforces this prognosis. The study found that men who regularly viewed internet pornography actually lost their ability to perform in real-life sexual relationships.

As a consequence of this over-stimulation, boys are now growing up with “new brains.” Not only are they poorly wired for traditional learning, they lack the capacity for strong romantic relationships. Why? Because they tend to be largely unable to delay gratification or set long-term goals. They have to live for now.

And as any junkie knows, this ultimately makes us miserable. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that “regular porn users,” despite constant stimulation and excitement, are more likely to report depression … poor physical health,” and “isolation.” And we all probably know young men who could use a little more playtime with real people and a lot less PlayStation.

I’m reminded of a chapter from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, in which the distinguished old devil, Screwtape, tells his apprentice nephew how to destroy humans with pleasure: “…We always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure,” he writes, “to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever-increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure in the formula.”

But simply cursing the darkness here won’t solve anything. We need to recognize that, as Screwtape himself admits, all pleasures — even destructive ones — are originally based on God’s good design.

Young men are supposed to desire sex — within marriage. And, while all right in moderation, video games aren’t the true outlet for the male desire to be heroic and to fight for worthy causes.

We need to learn how to replace counterfeit pleasure with legitimate pleasure, encouraging young men to set aside cheap imitations and prepare themselves spiritually, morally and emotionally to pursue the real thing.

This is a place where the church can lead culture — by leading the rescue effort for this generation of young men.

Do you have any ideas? Visit BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and leave a comment or a suggestion.

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