Tag Archives: Civil Liberties

Very Metal Friday Night Update: Iggy, Zombies, And 4:20 Fever Officially Hits Seattle

And just like that, it’s Friday again. And that means tomorrow is Saturday, which means it’s time for another episode of the Movies About Girls podcast. Episode #156 to be exact. Life is good.

Iggy Pop sings White Christmas. That’s all.

Speaking of Iggy Pop, his version of White Christmas also appears on a new holiday comp from the very metal Cleopatra Records called ‘An All`Star Salute to Christmas, that features everyone from LA Guns to Leif Garrett.

New York record company, Norton Records, needs your help after Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of their catalog stock. More info here.

Every wanted your shit to come out looking like gold glitter? Yeah, me neither.

Dave Mustaine went on an anti-Obama rant. Again. Blah, blah, blah…

I’m excited to now be blogging for the vinyl loving folks over at Purple Dog Records! Check it out here.

Chronological comic of every zombie kill, how and by who, from the Walking Dead to date.

Larry and Randy 4-EVA!

As of midnight 12/6, most all things 4:20 are now legal. Here’s what you need to know.

Speaking of pot, During an 11+ hour AMA on Reddit, Snoop Dogg Lion admitted to smoking 81 blunts a day.

And Then There Were 25: Washington State Has The Votes To Pass Marriage Equality Bill…


GO WASHINGTON!

In the words of the late, great Etta James, AT LAST!

Source.

A Nipple is Not a Dangerous Weapon…

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Nipple ring removal with pliers. The old fashioned way…

Mandi Hamlin, the woman who was forced to remove her nipple ring with pliers at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Texas, has engaged the legal council of celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. Hamlin, who has both nipples pierced, said that she was forced to remove both piercings behind a curtain at one of the security gates at Lubbock. One of her piercings had to be removed with pliers after the male TSA agents refused to let Hamlin board the plane until she removed all of her jewelry.

Hamlin and Allred are demanding an apology from the TSA:

“I wouldn’t wish this experience upon anyone,” said Hamlin, 37, said at a news conference in Los Angeles. “My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”

Pliers? What in the name of Janet Jackson was this chick wearing? Anyways, TSA spokeswhore Dwayne Baird had this to say in response to Hamlin’s nipple debacle at Lubbock:

“If an alarm does sound, “until that is resolved, we’re not going to let them go through the checkpoint, no matter what they’re wearing or where they’re wearing it.

I’d be really curious to know what this woman had in her nipples,” he said. “Sometimes they have a chain between their nipples, or a chain between their nipples and their belly button. It would have to be made of heavy metal to be detected.”

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Jane Child circa 1990 nose-ring chain madness. Still making music for some reason…

Man, someone needs to tell Dwayne that nobody does the piercing/chain thing anymore. Except maybe Jane Child (90′s flashback photo above). At any rate, Cherrybomb smells TSA bullshit. Besides, when was the last time your nipple or cock ring set off the metal detectors at the airport? I mean, even Tommy Lee has to fly. So why are we still waiting for the “Tommy Lee Forced to Remove his triple chrome cock & ball ring” at LAX news story?

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Rikki Rockett cuffed and stuffed at LAX

In other weird maybe take the train next time, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was arrested at LAX on a rape warrant on Monday. The warrant, issued from Mississippi, was served as Rockett returned from the Rock2Wellington Festival in New Zealand. I guess the song #1 Bad Boy wasn’t about Brett Michaels afterall. Yikes.

Thanks to G for the nipple-link…

Vanity Fair Banned from Denver Airport…

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David Byrne wants his Boing-Boing unblocked…

…but that’s if you try to log into Vanity Fair’s website while at the Denver Airport. And they pissed off David Byrne in the process. But not because he was reading Vanity Fair. Byrne was trying to get his daily boingboing…:

“Give people some credit,” said David Byrne, founder of the legendary art-rock band Talking Heads, who was blocked from boingboing.net while connecting through Denver to an Aspen workshop last month. “And the more credit you give them, the more they respond. It’s just trusting people’s discretion.”

There are Internet filtering laws in over 20 states (Washington State s not on that list) that apply specifically to Libraries and Schools. Denver is the only airport in the US (that we know about) currently using Internet filters in conjunction with their “free” Wi-Fi service. While the airport can safely be considered a mostly public place, it should also be safe to assume that most people are not going to pull up their favorite porn site while waiting for their plane. While sitting next to you and your kid. People who have to surf for porn, ahem, Vanity Fair articles at the airport do that in the bathroom for five minutes. Quite frankly, we should be more concerned about the content on CNN that is blasted out on the hundreds of TV screens in every terminal. If the goal is to prevent minors from being exposed to adult content that is. And since your laptop or web-enabled phone isn’t really your business anymore, this guy told the Feds they can now open your mail if they want to. Not because they think they need to.

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George Bush with his Devil Signs OUT…

Here’s more from the actual bill H.R 6407 that was signed into law in 2006. Yeah, 2006:

“The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the Act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection.”

Whoa. That was a lot of words. So you know, the word exigent means the same thing as urgent. Only in this case sung like Slayer, not Foreigner. But the following 11 words are the ones you should be most concerned with:

“opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed.”

Because that means your mail. That means the mail you get sent to your PO box. You know, the one you use for your Hustler and New York Times? And the letters from your personal ad in the “Swingers Wanted” section of the Times. Anyways, I think you get my point. Mail is no longer a private matter between you and your Mistress. What you have now is an unwanted threesome with you, your Mistress and the Federal Government. At any rate, this is more of how this administration continues to whack away at The Constitution and our privacy.

Take that us.

Comcast Will Pay You To Like Them…

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Yesterday, Comcast confirmed that it hired and paid people to fill seats at an FCC hearing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The hearing was held to address Comcast’s practice of preventing customers from file sharing. While the practice of seat warming is not uncommon (or illegal), Comcast said they were merely acting preemptively. Media watchdogs from Free Press, publicly critical of Comcast’s recent practices, had been encouraging their members and supporters to attend the hearing. More than 100 people were turned away from the hearing, ironically held at Harvard Law School.

Thanks to the Free Press and AP for the story…

Editor’s postscript: Thanks to the Red Davy Kidd for this image (below) of some of the “seat warmers” Comcast bussed in to the hearing. Unbelievable…

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Oh No Nader and Huckabee Hearts Eggs!


Al Gore has “that dream” again…

So by now you might have heard that Ralph Nader will enter the 2008 Presidential election as either an Independent, Third Party candidate or a Green Party candidate. While Nader is exercising his right to run under an alternative Party affiliation, and is well within the August 1st deadline to do so, he may have to pay for it. You might remember Nader decided to sue the DNC for attempting to keep him off the ballot in 18 different states during the 2004 Election. Now, Democrats in Pennsylvania and Lawyers in Pittsburgh have won the support of a judge in Washington to freeze $61,000 of Nader’s assets. And while all that might make you think of Warren Zevon, the amount is what Nader supposedly owes in a lawsuit that was filed by the law firm of Reed Smith on behalf of a group of Penn. State Democrats. The suit claimed that the majority of signatures gathered by Nader to get him on the ballot in Pennsylvania were fraudulent. The suit was upheld by the state supreme court who determined that only 37% of the 51,000 signatures were valid. Nader’s 2004 running mate, Peter Camejo has already settled his part of the suit to the tune of $20,000.

All Cherrybomb can say is John McCain and Mike Huckabee are both pretty happy about Nader’s decision to enter the race. That is reason alone not to be.

Humpty Huckabee had a great fall…cracked and rotten.

Speaking of Mike Huckabee, it’s been a while since I spoke about Mike Huckabee. So let’s talk about Mike Huckabee. On a campaign stop in Colorado Springs on Friday, Huckabee endorsed the Colorado Human Life Amendment. The initiative was introduced by a right-wing group innocently called “Colorado for Equal Rights“. If passed, the amendment would legally define human life as a fertilized egg. In January, Huckabee made more comments about eggs. This time he compared the physical non-existence of WOMD’s in Iraq to eggs. Easter eggs…:

Now everybody can look back and say, ‘Oh, well, we didn’t find the weapons.’ Doesn’t mean they weren’t there. Just because you didn’t find every Easter egg didn’t mean that it wasn’t planted.

Koo-Koo-Ka-Joo indeed, Mike Huckabee. Continue reading

Maria Cantwell is Confusing…

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Like I mentioned in this post, here is the email I got from Senator Maria Cantwell in response to Cherrybomb’s email to Senator Cantwell about S. 1959. Again, I felt the need to help a little on this one because as usual, there are lots of big words. I’m also fairly certain it might have been written by a politician. Maybe even Maria Cantwell herself. I don’t know but nevertheless, here we go…:

Dear Ms. Cherrybomb,

Thank you for contacting me about the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. I (yawn) appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

As you may know, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (S. 1959) would establish the National (Spy Ring) Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism (American Civil Liberties) to study (spy on people like you) domestic terrorism and ideological radicalization, as well as the methods other nations (like North Korea) use to combat domestic terrorism (1st Amendment Rights). Senator Susan Collins (R-ME; is this starting to make sense now? Good…) introduced S. 1959 on August 2, 2007, and it was subsequently referred to the Committee on Homeland (I’m Gonna Get You Sucka) Security and Governmental (do as I say) Affairs, where it is currently pending. A similar measure (to take away more of your civil liberties) passed the House on October 23, 2007 (H.R. 1955), and it is also pending in the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs after being referred to the Senate.

I believe we must take necessary actions to defeat terrorists (look! there’s one now) , including those (liberal friends of yours) here in the United States, but we should do so in a way that is consistent with (what remains of ) the U.S. Constitution and that (now) protects (takes away) the rights of law-abiding Americans. We can protect (promote) both national security and (eradicate) civil liberties and there must be oversight of government (I was just kidding about oversight. There won’t be any ) and anti-terrorism programs (will flourish with government funding) to ensure that civil liberties are indeed safeguarded (reduced to China’s standards). I (d0) will certainly (not) keep (care about) your comments in mind (and plan to vote to approve this bill) when this issue comes before the full Senate.

Thank you again for contacting me (wasting my time) with your thoughts on this matter. Finally, you may be interested in signing up for my weekly (bullshit indicator) update for Washington state residents. Every Monday, I provide a brief outline about (how I waste) my (your) work (time) in the Senate and (care only about) issues of importance to (me, Maria Cantwell of) Washington State . If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov . Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

And please remember that the restraining order against you also applies to written communication and/or contact.


Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

Okay…I totally made that last thing about the restraining order up. But since I never open my mail or answer my door it’s entirely possible that I didn’t make it up. Take that, judicial system. I think…

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