Monthly Archives: November 2011

Yet Another Woman Comes Forward to Accuse Herman Cain

Oh, wait…it was a TSA agent. Sorry; it’s hard to tell the difference between what happened to Tabitha Hale yesterday at the Houston airport and what Herman Cain’s been accused of.

She started by asking me to take my cardigan off. I said I’d rather not. She seemed put out, but didn’t make me remove it and began the pat down from behind. She made me lift up my cardigan to check my back, went into my sleeves, and touched every inch of my hair.

Then she got to my waist band. I had on black tights under my dress, which I’m certain is not uncommon. She asked me to lift my dress so she could check the waistband of my tights.

I felt my stomach drop. I said “I’m not lifting my dress for you. No way.” She was obviously irritated with me now and said that she would take me to the private screening area if I would like.

I said “No, absolutely not. If you can’t do this in front of everyone, you should not be doing this to me.”

She then called a manager over. The manager approached me and explained what they were going to do and that if I failed to comply, they would escort me from the airport. I told her I saw no reason that they should have to lift my dress to clear me to get on a plane. I would have, however, allowed them to escort me out of the airport before they got me to lift my skirt and stick their hands down my tights. I was bracing myself to spend another night in Texas.

She sensed the rebellion in me, and it was almost like they were punishing me for not just lifting my dress and making their lives easier. She checked every inch of my neckline, sticking her fingers between my breasts because she needed to “clear” the (very slight) ruffle.

They cleared the waistband of my tights through my dress, then made me put one leg forward at a time so they could get better “definition of my thigh.” She then proceded to pat down every inch of me, all the way up to my crotch. And yes, she used that word. Twice.

You  have to wonder about the thought process of the TSA agent. Why did she find the waistband of a pair of tights so problematic? Seriously, what could you conceal under this waistband?

It’s not as though the waistband is bulky; on the contrary, it’s comparable to the waistband on a pair of panty hose and much less so than that of a pair of granny panties. Are TSA agents reaching down inside the pants of elderly women to check those out? I doubt it; I mean, where’s the fun in accosting old people unless you can leave someone soaked in urine?

Moving on from that, did she really expect that Tabitha would lift her dress in public? Have other women done so when requested?

Speaking as the mother of a (dare I say it?) beautiful and shapely young woman who flies across the country several times a year, I find this very disturbing. I fail to see any pressing security concerns centered around the almost non-existant waistband of a pair of tights. TSA refuses to take steps that would actually improve airline safety, such as skipping over toddlers of the WASP persuasion to focus on people who might actually be terrorists.

Instead, U.S. citizens are being systematically desensitized to clear violations of their 4th Amendment rights and told it’s for their own good. Personally, I don’t see what good can come of it.

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If Cats And Dogs Could Blog

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Now Playing: 1965

I turned 10 years old in August of 1965*. I wasn’t much into popular music yet. I was far too busy with my books, but my sister turned 16 that year. Accordingly the radio was often tuned to one of Seattle’s two two most popular radio stations – KJR or KOL – so  while I may not have been actively listening, I did come to love many of the songs simply through osmosis.

King of the Road – Roger Miller

Seventh Son – Johnny Rivers

Eight Days a Week – The Beatles

Same Old Song – The Four Tops

For Your Love – The Yardbirds

I’ll Never Find Another You – The Seekers

California Girls – The Beach Boys

I Know a Place – Petula Clark

Ticket to Ride – The Beatles

Baby, I’m Yours – Barbara Lewis

Yesterday – The Beatles

Baby, Don’t Go – Sonny and Cher

Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire

Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry and the Pacemakers

Can’t You Hear my Heartbeat – Herman’s Hermits (Side note: My first vinyl album purchase was Herman’s Hermits on Tour)

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

Stop! In the Name of Love – The Supremes

Tracks of My Tears – The Miracles

Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun) – Del Shannon

We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Animals

*Spotify required to listen to the playlist.


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Jay Inslee: Not Even Empty Promises

Jay Inslee announced his 2012 gubernatorial bid on June 27th, 2011. By my calculations, that was four months ago, yet a quick visit to his website turns up a short announcement video, a placeholder for a graphic with a broken link and buttons to click if you want to follow him on Facebook or Twitter. You can also make a donation, but even that’s not easy; you have to click on the Al Gore event button.

Yes, this is the sum total of Jay Inslee's campaign website.

In contrast, Rob McKenna’s website is bursting with information.

Even Shahram Hadian, a long shot, first time candidate has a better website than Inslee.

You have to wonder, does Inslee have any vision at all for Washington, other than it would be really cool to be governor? Does he have an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our state? Does he have any ideas for solving them? Does he even care?  Heck, at this point, I’d almost be willing to settle for knowing he has a vague idea of what some of the issues are.

Inslee is running his campaign like (a) a rank amateur or (b) he believes he’s so sure to be elected that he doesn’t need to try very hard. Inslee is nothing if not a shrewd politician so I’m going with (b); it dovetails nicely with his arrogant, condescending demeanor.

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