Your Airport Can Always Just Opt Out of TSA, and Other News

11.19.10 Lauri Apple

Florida Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida has been writing letters to America’s airports telling them they should get rid of their Transportation Security Administration touchy-feelies and hire private security guards instead.

He gets donations from private security contractors all the time, so you know where this is going. Also, going with private contractors would be a good way to mess with the American Federation of Government Employees, the union that represents TSA workers. And it’s not their fault that these new pat-downs are happening (though a lot of them are dumb and dickish and could act otherwise). |The News Fox|

More National News:

  • A NY Times editorial on America’s broken stressful unemployedness brings up some scary new data: not-quite-retirement-age people are taking their social security early. This means they might not have enough to live on when they get super-duper old. And then what? Oh, who knows. We can worry about it then. |NY Times|
  • T.I. says he’s “tired of going to prison,” which is where he is, right now. “”I’ll be God damned if I’ve come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this!,” he writes. “F**k that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my motherf**kin’ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in… ASAP!!!” Stay out of jail.|Showbiz Spy|
  • More proof of America’s sad banana republic status: The Bristol Palin ballot-stuffing controversy. |ABC|
  • The U.S. military is deploying armored tanks in Afghanistan for the first time since we started warring there nine years ago. These things pack a “lethal punch” that blows the fuck out the Taliban real good. |Washington Post|
  • Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller is suing to stop winner Lisa Murkowski from becoming the certified winner. He’s been challenging thousands of ballots even though he wouldn’t win if all the ballots went in his favor. Eh, he probably just likes the attention. |NY Times|
  • Dave Talley, who’s homeless, found a backpack containing more than $3,000 and returned it to its owner, an Arizona State University student.  Why is a student carrying around more than $3,000 in a backpack? |Neatorama|
  • The world’s tallest couple got married. They’re so big! |BBC|
  • California’s trying out something innovative: having ordinary people chosen via lottery to redraw voting districts, instead of legislators themselvs. They are all rich except one of them, and will make $300 a day. |LA Times|


  • Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced plans to lay off more than 10,000 city employees by 2012, just after befriending Spiderman the Job Counselor on behalf of New Yorkers. Look for Spiderman to take the fall. [NYDN]
  • Bloomberg, Rachael Ray, and a kangaroo. Which one is the smartest? |Twitter|
  • But at least the city experienced a big big job increase in October! |WSJ|
  • The Olsen twins are doing what they can to boost the economy with their new shopping website, DiscountsforPoors.com. [Just Jared]