Archive for November, 2010

November 24, 2010

TSA Part #3 ???


I’m Sorry, I may come across as a little Hard and Unfeeling…. I am not as Callous as this sounds.
But maybe It’s time too look at Flying Safety from the Airlines point of view….Which is Bottom Line…

Dollar

Not counting the Loss of Life, this affects the Airline a small amount…Pilots and air crews…
The Real cost is in the Planes
These can cost anywhere from 8.5 to 20 Million each…
And when something does happen…the restricting of flights and refunds, when planes can not fly…
The loss of income is staggering…these companies loose money by the Hour…
So as we know, the Government can and ultimately will screw things up..
Agencies tend to go to extremes and get Top Heavy with Management…
And we the people End up the Loser…
What I propose is put the Airlines in Charge of Passenger Screening and Safety…
The Technology is available…
They do NOT want to see their Planes brought down or Exploding in the Sky…
I am sure that if the Airlines were in charge there would be Better and Faster Screening and Searches
if Necessary…
Time is Money and Keeping the Planes Flying is the #1 Priority… 

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November 23, 2010

TSA Part #2


OK, I guess everyone is sick about hearing about TSA…But I just have a few thoughts on this Subject.

One of the First things that comes too mind, is the fact that TSA employees are referred too as Officers.
We see things writen or spoken about them and they are TSA Officers.

When I was growing up I knew there were Police Officers and Military Officers…These were people you were taught to Respect and listen too also take direction from. Most of them Earned the Title after years of Service or Schooling.

Now don’t get me Wrong but why do we call or Introduce people from other Federal Units as Agents: FBI, CIA, NCIS, ATF and Secret Service AGENTS….

Well I am sorry but I just can not Respect these so called TSA ‘OFFICERS’ most of the Airport Screeners
do not deserve this title, there are several other jobs that the TSA Officers do.

The TSA is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and they over all control.

Transportation Security Officer: Also known as screeners, they screen people and property and control entry and exit points within an airport. They also watch several areas before and beyond checkpoints.

Federal Air Marshal: A federal law enforcement officer, a FAM blends in with passengers, to detect, deter, and defeat terrorists and other criminals targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, crew, and when necessary, other transportation modes.

Transportation Security Inspectors: These inspect, assess, and investigate passenger and cargo transportation systems to see how secure they are. TSA employs roughly 1,000 aviation inspectors, 450 cargo inspectors, and 100 surface inspectors.

National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program: These trainers prepares dogs and handlers to serve as mobile teams that can quickly find dangerous materials. As of June 2008, the TSA had trained about 430 canine teams, with 370 deployed to airports and 56 deployed to mass transit systems.

Budget $ Millions Share
Aviation Security 4,809 71%
Federal Air Marshals 767 11%
Transportation Security Support & Intelligence 524 8%
Aviation Security Capital Fund 250 4%
Checkpoint Screening Security Fund 250 4%
Transportation Threat Assessment & Credentialing 164 2%
Surface Transportation Security 47 1%
Total 6,814 101%

The starting salary for a TSO is $24,432 to $36,648 per year,

For fiscal year 2008, the TSA had a budget of roughly $6.8 billion. Congress appropriated $4 billion and law mandated an additional $500 million, while fees brought in the remaining $2.3 billion.

TSA oversees security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines, ports, and 450 U.S. airports. However, the bulk of the TSA’s efforts are in aviation security. The TSA employs around 45,000 Transportation Security Officers, colloquially known as screeners.

Back in 2002 I requested an Application Package too become a TSA Officer…But after Reading over the Requirements I decided not to Pursue the Application…This may have changed but at the time all that was required was a High School Education or Equivalent….To Be an ‘Officer’ well I’m kind of Glad that I did not.

As for the Highly Trained Screeners…..

For some reason most of them do not Instill any Trust…
At times I think we would be a lot safer with out them…. 

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November 22, 2010

The 1st Thanks Giving


As you probably know that here in the United States we Celebrate Our Day of Thanksgiving for all the Bounty that Puritans that came to this land and Survived…Gave Thanks to their God and invited the local Natives the American Indians to partake in this Feast…

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The Indians invited the Magnificent Turkey…
The Puritans/Pilgrims had never see such a Silly Bird…It could barley fly and made this strange noise..

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The only thing it could be used for …EATING…
At the time these Birds were very plentiful in the Wild..
And they started hanging around and eating the corn and other grains that
the Pilgrims had planted…
Soon the people started Domesticating the birds like this Male and feed them to Fatten them up…
Also the smalled Females….
Soon there were large Turkey Farms all over….
Through Genetic Engineering they have come up with Larger Breasted and more Meat
on the Farm Raised Turkeys…
Of course these Breasts need better Basting
 But then people started getting fancy…
Adding Breast Enhancements…
So have a…..

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And don’t forget too Brush your Teeth afterward….
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November 16, 2010

TSA (‘Airport’ Transportation Safety Administration)


I wish I had to Fly somewhere, I want to go to one of those backscatter x-ray devices.

And tell the nice TSA person that I am not going to Go through one of those…
Because It is Against my Religion.
And that I am a CARD carrying member of the AANR and SFFB…
In other words I am a NUDIST and Spiritualist there is NO Reason to pat me down…
I’ll just Disrobe…. 
No Reason too touch My Junk as they say…you can see it…LOL
I wonder if I will get Arrested and for what…just making their job a little Easier…

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November 11, 2010

Vetrans Day 11 Nov. 2010


I created this Video a few days ago…more for myself but also too Share…
The Day is almost over…I received  a few E-Mails and a lot of Thank Yous on FB….
But One thing will Stay with me for the Rest of my Life…

Today I went food shopping wearing this hat…It was very busy at the Winn-Dixie and I know that at least a hundred people seen me and a few looked me right in the Eyes…and what did they see…just a foolish old white man with an Oxygen tube in their way…or they just looked right through me…BUT on the way out, there is a Black Gentleman about my age sitting in a Wheelchair…we just kind of looked at each other and nodded…he smiled a toothless grin and so did I…without any prompt we both Saluted each other…That made My Day….One Vet to Another…

The only thing Wrong about that Picture is that he was sitting alone…kind out of the way…
My thoughts on this are…Is this what happens to my Generation…Will this Happen too Me…I live here by my self…my kids are all up North…I hope not, but the way things are going in this Country the rise in prices.
The cost of living goes up and my COLA stays the same…I am Disabled all I get is what I put into the system….

Ah but enough about me and my problems….

AND
YOU WILL BE
TAPS or DAY is DONE
                                               Fading light
                                               Falling night
                                               Trumpet call, as the sun, sinks in fright
                                               Sleep in peace, comrades dear,
                                                     God is near.

                                               Day is done, gone the sun
                                               From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies
                                               All is well, safely rest;
                                                     God is nigh.

                                                Then goodnight, peaceful night;
                                                Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
                                                God is near, do not fear,
                                                     Friend, goodnight.

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November 5, 2010

Official Language of the Unites States


Almost 400 years ago the English Language was brought to the North American Continent…In 1620 the Pilgrims, English Separatists at Plymouth Rock. And through the use of  Primitive Sign Language the Pilgrims were able to communicate with the Native People that inhabited this land…At that time the English settlers spoke what is known as the Kings English.

The Birth of American (English) Language was Born.
The English for their part learned the Native Words…Most of the Names of Places in New England carry the Native American Names….
Some of the names, remain the same as in those times and others have been Bastardized.
The same as the Kings English has been Americanized…
As more people arrived in this country and brought their Native Tongue the American Language Evolved..
Someone asked well what about the Native American Language…Should that not be ‘The American Language’….
For the most part many Native American Tribes did not even speak a common language….not even the Basic Sign Language was the same…
And then I am asked ‘Well what about Spanish’…
Yes, Spanish was spoken in the New World before English, in the Islands of the Caribbean and into Mexico..
And from Mexico it moved North into North America along the West Coast as the Spanish enslaved the Native North Americans…There was some small cross of Language but the Spanish were not there to learn the native language…They were the Conquerors and they only wanted Gold…
So enough History…Well maybe a little more. Today as we are Reading this and Speaking to our Friends in American English….our cousins across the Big Pond are Reading English as we are, with slight variations…
But they do not Speak the same as us….Why is this….?
People of a similar Heritage separated by a common Language….To me and this is just my humble opinion..
That somewhere around “The Industrial Revolution”  the Kings Spoken English in England changed as their inner city population changed….This can be seen in the representations, in books and in films as their society changed…I have no problem speaking and being understood by Canadian English or Australian English…or understanding them….But someone from England, I have to keep asking what they mean…
I even understand the Scots…a little easier…The English as far as I can tell the understand me…
So back to why I think American English should be Americas Official Language…
Through out the World English is Taught as a second Language…for Business and Engineering applications,
most if not all Countries of the world have a Official Language…
So what is holding the United States of America back from having a Official Language…
Can someone Please Tell Me….

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