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February 21, 2013

Travel writer thrown off United Airlines flight for taking one photo of his seat

Never fly United. Thrown Off a United Airlines Flight for Taking Pictures! - Live and Let's Fly
I looked at the FA, smiled, but said nothing, putting my iPhone away. To be clear, I did not take any more pictures—not a single one. Meanwhile, another passenger was taking pictures behind the curtain and the FA ran over to him and demanded that he stop as well. This passenger had a lively discussion with the FA, though I did not hear the resolution. Naturally, the FA's warning bothered me and I felt the need to explain myself. I signaled for her to come back and asked her to hang my coat. I then said this verbatim— "I want you to understand why I was taking pictures. I hope you didn't think I was a terrorist. Here is my business card [offering her one]. I write about United Airlines on an almost-daily basis and the folks at United in Chicago are even aware of my blog." She took my jacket but refused to take my business card saying, "No, that's okay," then saying, "I did not know that" after I explained my reason for taking pictures. I again emphasize, I took no more pictures. A few minutes later a Global Services rep came onboard and asked to have a word with me, motioning for me to follow him. As I walked up front, I noticed the FA who had reprimanded me earlier ducked into the front galley and out of sight. He was direct—"The captain is not comfortable with you on this flight. You'll need to gather your things and we'll find another way to get you to Istanbul." I was flabbergasted. My first thought was that they had the wrong passenger—they must have wanted the passenger who was arguing. The GS rep stepped into the galley, around the corner, and asked the FA to verify it was me. She leaned forward, our eyes briefly meant, then she quickly hid herself again. Yes, she meant me. I asked to speak to the captain—surely this was a ridiculous misunderstanding. The GS rep would not let me approach the flight deck but offered to talk to the captain on my behalf. He stepped into the cockpit for a few minutes and a few minutes later the captain emerged. He would not look me in the eyes as we spoke.

February 15, 2013

Politician moves to make vulgar Photoshopping illegal

Politician moves to make vulgar Photoshopping illegal | Technically Incorrect - CNET News
You see, some devious, twisted human being placed His Earnestness's head on the body of a porn star. He did this for public consumption on the blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered. The porn star has a very nice body. He is a porn star, after all. And he is not Ron Jeremy. The human being behind this affrontery has come forward. His name is Andre Walker. It is unknown if he was moved by the boast on His Earnestness's own Web site that says he is both "accessible" and "audacious." However, Walker told Fox News: "The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects all forms of speech, not just spoken word." His Earnestness is undeterred by this almost pornographic argument. He fulminated to Fox News: "No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It's not a First Amendment right."

February 01, 2013

Guy sentenced to three years in prison for downloading a drawing of underage sex

Remind me: when HSBC bank was found to have laundered billions for murderous narco traffickers, how many of their executives went to prison? And this guy who downloaded a comic (and was ratted out by his wife? WTF?) from the internet gets three years? Well I'm glad this dangerous man who looked at a drawing is behind bars. Who *knows* what kind of drawings he might have looked at next? Maybe he would have looked at a drawing of someone being murdered or having their head torn off--if he read DC or Marvel comics, for example. I think we can all agree that murder and beheadings are worse than underage sex. So it should stand to reason that drawings of murder are worse than drawings of underage sex are also worse, right? Monett Times: Local News: Monett man sentenced for obscenity (01/30/13)
A Monett man has been sentenced in Federal District Court in Springfield to three years in prison for possession of obscenity. Christjan Bee, 36, of Monett, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to three years in federal prison without parole, followed by five years of supervised release. On Oct. 15, 2012, Bee pleaded guilty to possessing an obscene image of the sexual abuse of children. The pornographic cartoon, which depicted children engaging in sexual behavior, is categorized as "obscene" and therefore illegal. The original indictment, which charged Bee with receiving child pornography, was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. On Aug. 8, 2011, Bee's wife contacted the Monett Police Department and reported that she had found files she believed to be child pornography on a computer used by her husband. Police officers executed a search warrant at Bee's residence and seized his computer. During the forensic examination of Bee's computer, a collection of electronic comics, entitled "incest comics," were discovered on the computer. These comics contained multiple images of minors engaging in graphic sexual intercourse with adults and other minors. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher, the cartoons "clearly lack any literary, artistic, political or scientific value."