Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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Updated! A New TSA Logo and Legislation

The cartoonist SooperMexican has created a very apropos logo for the new TSA:

[T-shirts and sweatshirts featuring this spiffy logo are available here, just in time for your Thanksgiving flight or under the Christmas tree. There’s a size for everyone in your whole family—including the baby.]

Update ALERT! All products featuring SooperMexican’s cartoons can be gotten for 50% off during the 4-hour Friday Zazzle sale, which runs today, Friday 11/19 from 3pm ET to 7pm ET. Use code ALLFFHSDEALS at checkout. (If you miss the four-hour window, you can still get 20% off until Sunday night with the same code.) Sorry, but the sale has ended. However, check the Zazzle site frequently. They often have quick sales. Or follow @SooperMexican on Twitter for sale announcements.

It’s been quite amazing to watch even conservative commentators and anchors say they have no problem with having their groins inspected, all in the name of false, placebo security. Wouldn’t Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade be creeped out by having someone who watches them on TV, who thinks he knows them, feel their crotches and be able to tell his friends and families about it? Especially when it will have no effect in stopping a suicide bomber from secreting bomb materials in body cavities, or in cargo stored under the plane, or in a car in Times Square? Where is their dignity when they submit themselves to this invasion?

If this is no big deal, why doesn’t Janet Napolitano have an enhanced patdown done in public. Let us see her go through the experience and say it’s no biggie. Let us watch all of the Obamas, and all cabinet members, and Supreme Court judges, and all of Congress subject themselves to the patdowns. If it’s supposed to be okay for all of us, show us how unoffensive it is, how Constitutional it is. And ladies, no fair wearing pants during the procedure. Show us you have no problem having someone’s hands under your skirt, separated from skin by just a thin layer of fabric, if you wear more than a thong.

At least one legislator gets it. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced legislation: the American Traveler Dignity Act (HR 6416). That’s the perfect title, with the key word being “Dignity.”

Here’s Paul’s short speech on the floor of the House announcing his bill:

The text of Paul’s legislation:

A BILL – HR 6416

To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.

No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual’s body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.

It doesn’t ban the procedures, unfortunately. But at least any and all TSA agents will be subject to criminal and civil penalties if they do anything wrong—and you know they will. We can hope that should this pass, enough TSA agents would refuse to open themselves to such legal ramifications and the policies will be forced to change.

Stand up, America. Do more than just ordering a set of body scan pasties. Engage in civil disobedience on November 24 and refuse the full-body scans and enhanced patdowns. Resist unreasonable search and seizure that Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill calls “love pats.” [Note: McCaskill is up for reelection in 2012.]

Update: Former Senator Rick Santorum takes a stand against the “enhanced screenings, as well as Mary Katherine Ham.

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