TSA releases cartoon animation to introduce kids to warrantless checkpoints



I have already written 3 posts on my experiences as a TSA instructor back in 2002.

I saw this cartoon about introducing kids to the TSA experience and it just feels wrong to me.

In an effort to condition children to accept the police state, the TSA has released a cartoon depicting an animated family enduring a warrant-less federal checkpoint at an airport.

The video casts the the travelers and government agents as cute doggie characters that show how fun it can be to go through a checkpoint.

From http://www.policestateusa.com

Animated travelers show how easy it is to comply with federal checkpoints. (Source: YouTube) Animated travelers show how easy it is to comply with federal checkpoints. (Source: YouTube)
“Its not scary,” explains the father, as he hands his papers to the blue-shirted sentry.  “TSA officers are here to keep us secure!”

The children are taught the phrase, “Stop, Screen, and Go!” as their persons, papers, and effects are searched without cause.

“Vrrrrroooom!” exclaims the child as he excitedly steps through the TSA scanner.

“Thank you TSA!” the family praises, as their baby’s milk bottle is returned to them after a search.

According to the TSA, “passengers who know what to expect during screening will benefit from a more positive screening experience.”  After all, those who expect to be treated with dignity and in observance to their rights are unlikely to have a pleasant experience getting groped, scanned, and searched.

The cartoon is part of the launching of a new page called “TSA Kids” designed specifically to propagandize children about government checkpoitns.  It includes coloring book activities, word searches, pictures, and the first cartoon episode.  The TSA Blog explains how much fun checkpoints can be:

TSA’s new website for kids offers children and parents of young travelers important security information in a fun and engaging way and encourages children to learn more about TSA procedures prior to traveling. The website features travel security activities as well as security related videos and information to teach children and their parents about the security process. This website will not only keep young travelers informed, it will make traveling more enjoyable for the entire family.

One might wonder why the video avoids mentioning the manual pat-downs which travelers frequently endure.  One might also wonder why some more fitting species were not chosen to represent the characters, such as sheep and swine.

Children exhibiting signs of Stockholm Syndrome. (Source: TSA Blog) Children exhibiting signs of Stockholm Syndrome. (Source: TSA Blog) Its unknown how many tax-dollars were spent on improving the image of the unconstitutional federal checkpoints.

Children who grow up in this age are exposed to police state activities on all fronts.  They witness warrant less searches in schools, during travel, on television, at public events, on the streets, and more.  When an entire generation has been brought up to accept these behaviors as normal, they are conditioned to offer no resistance in the face of the police state as an adult.

Why Duck Dyanasty Threatens the Liberal left

Reblogged from http://thefederalist.com


Freddy’s Note: I never saw this show until a few months ago, I was on the road someone in a hotel and it was on and I watched a few episodes and it was actually entertaining.  This article has some good points, the left can’t stand it when Religious Mainstream views are expressed anywhere.

Liberals Can’t stand the Success of the Robertson Family

It was only a matter of time before the left complained about Phil Robertson. His actual quotes in GQ are almost insignificant – at some point, someone was going to go after him for his views on guns, women, and even his much-hated “yuppie” comments.

The surprise should be how liberals dismissed the rise of Duck Dynasty until this fall, when it was too late to stem the show’s popularity. Once it became evident that this family held so much influence, the left suddenly realized they faced the first threat to their decades-long monopoly on popular culture.

Anyone familiar with the show knows Phil Robertson, the philosophical patriarch of the Monroe, La. family, always says exactly what he thinks. Due to the popularity of their Duck Commander duck-call whistles and his football prowess while a student at LA Tech, Robertson regularly speaks at hunting and fishing events, and videos of his on Creationism, American Exceptionalism and abortion are available on YouTube.

A&E knew about the Robertson’s beliefs before the show

There is no way that A&E decision makers weren’t aware of his views, nor is it likely that these comments came as a surprise to groups like GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign.

Between their record-setting season 4 premiere in August, the success of their influence in the election of Vance McAllister in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District and their domination of popular culture, as seen by having a top Halloween costume for 2013, it’s clear the Robertsons won over America before the liberals were able to undermine their potential their success.

With an average of 13.3 million viewers per new episode, this was the year of beards and camo. While “redneck” culture is currently trendy on cable networks, Duck Dynasty grew even larger. In one year, A&E’s viewership is up 10%, and Duck Dynasty was the top 3 show on television among all categories according to Nielsen ratings released on Thursday.

For the first time in reality TV history, the Christian characters are cool – or at least worth watching. If the Robertsons broke the “Christian” ceiling in reality TV, will others follow?

Lessons in Entertainment
Before Duck Dynasty, attempts to infiltrate reality TV failed on the right because the focus was on “infiltrating” rather than producing good entertainment. With a grasp of pop culture and capitalism that puts Kris Kardashian to shame, the Robertsons are the first conservative family to understand how reality TV works.

The emphasis on family, faith, God and guns isn’t subtle, but in general, they don’t use an “in-your-face” attitude that reality TV has associated with most Evangelicals, such as the Duggar family on 20 Kids and County or the pointed political snark seen in Sarah Palin’s America.

At its core, Duck Dynasty is a show about family, faith and the American Dream. The show combines the nostalgia of Father Knows Best with the humor of Jackass. Each episode ends with the family gathering in Phil and Miss Kay’s double-wide as Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander, narrates in the same style as John Boy from The Waltons. Most shockingly, Phil ends each episode with prayer, which has been a known point of contention with A&E since the show debuted in 2012.

In just four years, the Robertsons have gone from hosting a hunting and fishing show on the Outdoor Channel to starring in the most popular reality TV show in history. This astonishing growth – and their ability to merchandise practically any product sold at Wal-Mart – demonstrates how the show’s primary focus on humor combined with their beards, camo, and frat boy antics can push messages supporting traditional marriage, church, masculinity, and gun rights.

The appeal of the show comes from the surprising normalcy and likability of the family. The men might dress like the cast of Easy Rider, hunt almost daily, and make millions in their business, but the show emphasizes the Real America part of their lives rather than only focusing on the cast as developing celebrities. The conflicts on the show emerge from issues average Americans face: helping your parents with their will, teaching your kids to drive, losing weight for your high school reunion, sibling rivalry among brothers, and struggling to find the right Christmas present for your wife. Ask any fan why they love the show, and you’re likely to hear, “The Robertsons remind me of my own family.”

This is the odd thing about current reactions to the show from those who don’t typically watch it. While the Duggars preach and Sarah Palin shoots in the wilds of Alaska, their actions seem calculated to make a political or religious point. By comparison, the Robertson’s Christian faith is just one component of the show. Like many Americans, the lives of the Robertsons revolve around their church, kids’ activities, work and family get-togethers. Because of their honesty about struggles with alcoholism, drugs and overcoming poverty, the Robertsons demonstrate that it is possible to have a close, traditional family unit in modern times without relying on government handouts.

The threat of the Robertsons isn’t in Phil’s politically incorrect comments. The threat is that this family has figured out how right-wing politics and Evangelical Christianity can influence pop culture without being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades making conservatives look like idiots and Christians look like bigots, Duck Dynasty reminds average Americans that these views are mainstream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advantage of what the Robertsons have created?

Shooting with Google Glasses Looks like a video game

Here’s what it looks like to fire a weapon. Oh? You’re not impressed? Right. I understand. Because every first person shooter video game that kids play these days looks exactly like this. Hell, to be honest, the video games might look even more realistic than real life (if that makes any sense).

YouTube user cheekflapperer took Google Glass to the gun range and showed it firing various weapons. It’s frightening (and totally unsurprising) how much it looks like a video game.

Freddy’s Note: I have some glasses on order. I will start making videos with them when they arrive.

Building a secure Gun Room



I started collecting guns a few years ago without a proper place to put them.  I ended up with guns and equipment everywhere. Now I don’t have young kids, so that was not a problem.  But it bothered me, So I decided to use some extra space in my basement and build a gun room.

It’s not that big.  I only had about 12 feet by 8 feed available in a part of the basement.  The rest of the basement is finished. My office is right across from where the gun room would be.  I teach courses over the internet there, when I am not on the road.

There is one window that will have to be secured


Framing up

during the process.  I decided to use wooden framing components.  Some cities make you use aluminum or metal.  Now I have built walls and done wallboard before.  I have already finished the rest of the basement, so pretty much now what I was doing.

I decided to use a 1 inch 4X8 plywood inside the walls.  I then bought metal sheets and screwed the metal sheets into the plywood. Then hung wallboard up.  I did this to make the room more secure. My dog has chewed his way through a wallboard wall once and it doesn’t take much to kick your way through wallboard. These walls are strong. It will take a lot of time and effort to get those these walls. And it the time it takes a thief to do that. I would have noticed and shot him repeatedly.

Then I thought about what I wanted for the walls of the gun room. Many people use that cheap white peg board, which I just think looks terrible. I was looking at Home Depot’s website when I found stanless steel metal pegboard.  It was not that expensive.  I ordered a few sections. They come in 2 feet by 4 feet and I liked the look.  So one whole wall was covered with this pegboard. It looks great.

Then I was looking around and found a pre-built small worktable at the local home depot. It was around $60 on sale. This would be the place I work on and clean guns.

I decided that I wanted the ability to use the internet in the gun room and bought a 32 inch flatscreen monitor and attached it to the wall facing the pegboard. Right above where the workbench is now.  The TV has You-tube and Netflix built into it. So I can watch gun building videos or watch movies without a computer. The workbench shelf stores boxes and other components. And there is a Xbox here in case of emergencies.


The bought some shelves for the ledge next to the window and I store magazines and holsters in these shelves.IMG_6593

For ammo storage, I bought two large ammo storage boxes at a flex market.

Instead of using hooks to hang the guns, I used peg board accessories designed to hold garden tools.  They work better then standard pegboard hooks.

Lastly, I installed track lighting pointing at the wall of guns.  I installed a sub floor and carpeting.  And I got a metal security door and two locks. One with a key. One with a combination.  The door has re-enforcement so some cannot use brute force to the door to get in.  Lastly, I installed Cast Iron metal security grades over the windows in by basement. Both the gun room and my office next door, to make the basement more secure.

Now my whole collection is on display.  I have a room to work on guns and hang out in.


panoramic photo


Some of the pistols


Some of the rifles


More rifles



For those that notice details.  The rocket is a training rocket that was already fired and legal to own. The rocket launcher tube is empty. Also legal to own. Since I did all the work, it was relatively cheap at around $1200 complete.  If you can’t do your own framing, drywall, and electric, it would probably cost three times that price.