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  1. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    Is that the sister’s wheelchair as well ?

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    • November 11, 2010 at 9:46 am
  2. Profile photo of Diane Ellis Contributor

    And her name is probably something like Sister Mary Gallagher. Ugh. The failure of the TSA to exercise even a dose of common sense is not only exasperating, but it’s frightening. I don’t have confidence that they can actually keep us safe.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 9:52 am
  3. Profile photo of Tommy De Seno Contributor

    Hysterical.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 9:53 am
  4. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    The simpler solution is to ask sister to recite an article of the Catholic faith from memory. If she’s a jihadi plant, well, game over. If she’s not wearing a traditional habit, she’ll probably start ranting about Pope B16 and JPII repressing women.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 9:57 am
  5. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    I am surprised the person taking the photo wasn’t arrested. Law enforcement around the country have harassed and confiscated property from people lawfully recording their actions. It’s one of the few instances where I actually find myself agreeing with the ACLU.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 10:13 am
  6. Profile photo of Jason Hart Inactive

    Where’s the appalled response from CAWNR, the Council on American – White Nun Relations?

    Thank God my job requires no travel. This is nonsense I would not stand for, and I’ve never heard a good thing about a TSA holding cell.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 10:20 am
  7. Profile photo of r r Inactive
    r r

    Is there any data that says such insulting practices actually help keep us safe or do they just make us feel better and provide jobs for government minions?

    New rule, no searching nuns in habits until one of them hijacks a plane. Until we start educated profiling we won’t be ‘safe’. It’s just statistics.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 10:23 am
  8. Profile photo of Tommy De Seno Contributor
    EJHill: I am surprised the person taking the photo wasn’t arrested. Law enforcement around the country have harassed and confiscated property from people lawfully recording their actions. It’s one of the few instances where I actually find myself agreeing with the ACLU. · Nov 11 at 9:13am

    I have represented quite a few people who were arrested for voicing their opinion about someone else’s arrest they witnessed.

    Worst one ever was a guy who sat quietly and waited for the other incident to be over as the police began to leave. He then began complaining about what he saw from his own sidewalk, and was arrested for not listening to the officer who ordered him to go back in his house (the officer was free to leave himself as the other matter was over).

    The Judge said the arrest was OK as part of the officer’s “peace-keeping function.”

    That one never sat well with me.

    Someone mentioned it on another thread and it’s true: The lower levels of government can exercise the most power over you.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 10:42 am
  9. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive
    Jason Hart: Where’s the appalled response from CAWNR, the Council on American – White Nun Relations?

    Thank God my job requires no travel. This is nonsense I would not stand for, and I’ve never heard a good thing about a TSA holding cell. · Nov 11 at 9:20am

    I hear they’re brutal with gingers.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 10:55 am
  10. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    There are several organizations that are advocating a National Opt Out Day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the idea being to overwhelm the TSA at the 65 airports where full body scanners operate.

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    • November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
  11. Profile photo of Cas Balicki Inactive
    Jason Hart: Where’s the appalled response from CAWNR, the Council on American – White Nun Relations?. · Nov 11 at 9:20am

    Nuns don’t have relations.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 1:13 am
  12. Profile photo of Jonathan Matthew Gilbert Member

    When they threw away my 4oz bottle of conditioner, I realized that they don’t actually KNOW how to keep us safe…but I’m pretty sure frisking nuns isn’t the way. Which is unfortunate, cause I was hoping my nun costume would help me get through security quicker on all the upcoming holiday flights. Here’s a question, though: will a burqa work a little better for me? After all, it’s got to be a violation of the wearer’s religious “freedom” to be groped in public by strangers…

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    • November 12, 2010 at 1:37 am
  13. Profile photo of flownover Inactive
    EJHill: Pat, I’d like a “G,” please…. · Nov 11 at 11:48am

    I’ll solve please.

    G overnment G one Awry G oldarnit !

    Three hundred bucks and a one way ticket to a strip search. What are those 4 S’s on my boarding pass anyway ?

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    • November 12, 2010 at 1:46 am
  14. Profile photo of aLohaTim Inactive

    It’s easy to snicker at something like this but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Printer cartridges using PTEN instead of ink comes to mind.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 2:07 am
  15. Profile photo of Frozen Chosen Thatcher

    Am I imagining things or is that TSA agent wearing a headscarf? If she is Muslim that would move this picture from the ridiculous to the sublime…

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    • November 12, 2010 at 2:30 am
  16. Profile photo of Songwriter Member
    Frozen Chosen: Am I imagining things or is that TSA agent wearing a headscarf? If she is Muslim that would move this picture from the ridiculous to the sublime… · Nov 11 at 1:30pm

    Man – that’s exactly what was wondering, too.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 3:25 am
  17. Profile photo of Rob Long Founder

    I don’t know. There’s something about that nun I don’t trust. Where’s she going, anyway? What’s the big rush, sister? Just seems hinky to me. Thank God TSA is on the case.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 3:39 am
  18. Profile photo of outstripp Inactive

    Sorry folks, but I’m gonna disagree. This stupid policy may be inadvertently smart. If certain classes of people were exempted, and you were a mildly intelligent terrorist, wouldn’t you consider that a weak link in the chain? Wouldn’t you choose to take advantage of that loophole? Precisely because the checks are so unthinkingly random, they are hard to outsmart.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 4:56 am
  19. Profile photo of flownover Inactive
    Songwriter
    Frozen Chosen: Am I imagining things or is that TSA agent wearing a headscarf? If she is Muslim that would move this picture from the ridiculous to the sublime… · Nov 11 at 1:30pm
    Man – that’s exactly what was wondering, too. · Nov 11 at 2:25pm

    Probably a guy dude .

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    • November 12, 2010 at 4:59 am
  20. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    They might as well take down that American Flag.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 5:00 am
  21. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member

    It’s payback time for all those broken yardsticks.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 5:46 am
  22. Profile photo of Kozak Member
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    Frozen Chosen: Am I imagining things or is that TSA agent wearing a headscarf? If she is Muslim that would move this picture from the ridiculous to the sublime… · Nov 11 at 1:30pm
    Man – that’s exactly what was wondering, too. · Nov 11 at 2:25pm

    Yeah, the TSA agent is clearly wearing a Muslim head scarf. If anything illustrates the Alice in Wonderland quality of Airport security this picture is it. I know I know most Muslims are not terrorists. But a disturbing number in Federal service from the FBI to military chaplains to psychiatrists have shown that being a Muslim trumps being American. And it HAS to in anyone who actually is an observant Muslim. The Ummah comes first. This problem hits us right in the blind spot of our body politic which demands we treat a religion as just that, when in fact Islam is a combination religion, legal system, social system and method of colonialism. Until we recognize that Islam is Religion Plus we will never manage to come to grips with its challenge.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 6:19 am
  23. Profile photo of John Marzan Inactive
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: And her name is probably something like Sister Mary Gallagher. Ugh. The failure of the TSA to exercise even a dose of common sense is not only exasperating, but it’s frightening. I don’t have confidence that they can actually keep us safe. · Nov 11 at 8:52am

    I’m glad the TSA is not racially profiling people.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 8:33 am
  24. Profile photo of Peter Christofferson Inactive
    outstripp: “Sorry folks, but I’m gonna disagree. This stupid policy may be inadvertently smart… Precisely because the checks are so unthinkingly random, they are hard to outsmart.”

    But of course the threat isn’t really random at all, is it? We know precisely where the threat originates, and we know precisely the sorts of people we should be screening. We frisk nuns, children, and guys in wheelchairs not because “anybody could be a terrorist”. Nobody actually believes that. We do so to make ourselves feel good about not “racially profiling” anybody. While we waste enormous amounts of precious time and resources with this kind of silliness, the terrorists have moved on to something else entirely, all the while snickering at our propensity to tie ourselves in pointless knots.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 9:18 am
  25. Profile photo of Talleyrand Inactive
    Pseudodionysius: The simpler solution is to ask sister to recite an article of the Catholic faith from memory. If she’s a jihadi plant, well, game over. If she’s not wearing a traditional habit, she’ll probably start ranting about Pope B16 and JPII repressing women. · Nov 11 at 8:57am

    We could also ask the nun to explain the Trinity using St. Athanasius creed. If a Jihadi practise that enough to be fluent, then he may even see the error of his ways and convert.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 10:53 am
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    flownover

    Songwriter

    Frozen Chosen: Am I imagining things or is that TSA agent wearing a headscarf? If she is Muslim that would move this picture from the ridiculous to the sublime… · Nov 11 at 1:30pm
    Man – that’s exactly what was wondering, too. · Nov 11 at 2:25pm
    Probably a guy dude . · Nov 11 at 3:59pm

    I don’t think even the TSA would have a guy feeling up a nun.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 10:59 am
  27. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Can’t be too careful that nuns might have guns. Makes you proud to be a taxpayer.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm
  28. Profile photo of Tim Inactive
    Tim

    The officer might have thought the veiled lady was just another wacky air-pirate in a burka…or maybe the officer was just seeking her sacred blessing. I always assume the best in people…especially dumb people.

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    • November 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm
  29. Profile photo of Peter Christofferson Inactive

    Somewhere in a cave in Waziristan, a grubby jihadi stares at that photo on his cell phone and laughs and laughs…

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    • November 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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