TSA’s Bigotry Towards Wicca

The TSA – apparently deciding it wasn’t doing enough to earn the active hate of the public – has decided to indulge in a little anti-Wiccan bigotry.  And come on, who hasn’t wanted to spend a lazy Sunday hating on “those witches” and their evil witch powers?  We’re only human for heaven’s sake.  MSNBC via Jesus’ General:

Here’s a situation for all you aspiring managers: If you were the boss at a U.S. government agency and one of your employees complained that she was afraid of a co-worker’s religious practices, what would you do?

Would it change your decision if the religion were Wicca, and the employee feared her co-worker because she thought she might cast a spell on her?

Here’s how the Transportation Security Administration handled it:

It fired the witch.

NICE.  As seems to be the usual luck in prejudiced firings, they took out one of their best employees:

She was in the top 10 percent in Albany at catching weapons on the X-ray machine.

As a patriotic god fearing Christ warrior American, I’d rather fly with a few more deadly weapons on board than know there’s an evil witch parading around the airport – not believing in Jesus.  Turns out the TSA is firmly in my corner there.  Good on them.


Transocean has Big Oily Balls

Transocean, one of the companies behind the BP Oil spill, has awarded its executives cash for “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history”.

Now I know you might be thinking this is the mark of hubris taken past the gates of psychosis into Elysian fields of PR, but Transocean is just being honest.

2010 was their safest year ever.  Here’s a partial timeline of past Transocean incidents:

2009 – Transocean executives launch holy war against baby seals and lolcats – “They are after our cheezeburger gentleman.  THEY SHALL NOT CAN HAZ.”

2008 – Transocean experimental “Oil Ray” depopulates large stretches of Alaska.

2007 – Transocean partnership with Umbrella corporation leads to temporary crowd control issues in Arizona.

2006 – Records from this year were entirely expunged except for part of a recovered burnt diary with the words “2nd Moon” and “Oops”.

2005 – Transocean accidentally blows up the entire country of Hezeckastan, dries up the emergency PR fund erasing the country’s existence from history books, maps, google.

2004 – Transocean executives mistakenly fought US troops in Iraq after “deciding to see what oil REALLY tastes like”.

You Don’t Matter (Sorry)

US Politics is owned by the monied class.  The political spectrum only matters for superficial issues.  For anything deep both parties are full on corporate cheerleaders:

Yes, one of the two parties will win and one will be even more subservient to business than the other. But both parties are completely under the thumbs of the wealthy, they know it, and most of them don’t have a problem with it.

What we’ve got to look forward to in 2012 is feeling increasingly like a sham.  A joke election to be decided between tea partiers cracked out on racism vs liberals who aren’t pissed off at Obama yet.  Where does that leave the rest of us?  Aside from staying home to watch reruns of Arrested Development.

Lessons from the Goldstone Report

Israel is right to be happy that Richard Goldstone is withdrawing his claim Israel targeted civilians as a matter of policy.  However they would do well to observe their own closed nature exacerbated the problem:

Goldstone said he may have drawn different conclusions had Israel cooperated with his inquiry; Israel refused to do so, seeing the U.N. Human Rights Council as irredeemably biased.

Israel’s hostility towards the press and openness only hurts Israel.

Making the Political Personal

crunktastic asks a great question:

Can I feel safe in the softness of your touch if you don’t feel led to question a culture where other men routinely touch other women violently?

Its a great question, and one worth considering beyond gender politics as well.

ps – Note to crunktastic, throwing in a historically inaccurate cheap shot doesn’t bolster your arguments:

In addition to accompanying their men to the polls to monitor their votes, Black women banded together and encouraged each other to withhold sex from any man who voted against the community’s interests. These sisters knew how personal the political was long before white women said it.

Using sex to influence politics has been around as a tool for ages across world cultures.

UPDATE: I totally goofed the ps note due to utterly missing the historical reference!  Oops.  So please disregard the post script above.