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Sources: Ted Nugent's wife arrested for having gun at airport

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Ted Nugent's wife was allegedly arrested at a Dallas airport for allegedly bringing an alleged gun into the airport terminal.

Allegedly.

Bullseye.

Via TMZ, according to "sources":

The arrest took place at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. It's unclear if Ted was with Shemane at the time of the arrest.

All together now:

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Video Overnight Thread- Dance Like No One Is Watching

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Seriously, that is a killer song and I would have been ponying along with her. But she has a better butt. Via.

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Supervisor: Paul Ryan campaign event, "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space," violated county rules

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One might conclude that Paul Ryan felt "entitled" to break a few county rules when he held a rally for thousands in a local airport hangar in Wisconsin.

Via JS Online:

A Nov. 5 rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at a county-owned Mitchell International Airport hangar violated county rules and lease terms for the firm that rents the space, a county supervisor said Wednesday.

Supervisor Patricia Jursik called Ryan's election eve rally "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space." She said the rally violated the county's hangar lease with Sterling Aviation, where Ryan spoke to more than 2,000 supporters.

"It turned that hangar into a big convention hall," Jursik said in an interview.

He also caused traffic jams and violated the county ethics ordinance, but who's counting?

In case anyone is wondering, Supervisor Jursik is an independent, so this wasn't about politics.

The airport manager said Ryan was originally given approval because they thought it would be nothing more than a landing and takeoff, as other national candidates have done. But it turned into something bigger and "inappropriate," you know, kind of like the Romney-Ryan campaign.

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Press Release: FBI raids GOP corporate "Airport to Nowhere"

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Yesterday I posted something I hope will make the rounds, "FBI raids CA corporate, taxpayer-funded airport offices. 'Is this the House GOP’s Solyndra?'” in which I wrote:

FBI agents and other law enforcement officers raided an airport out here in SoCal, specifically, in San Bernardino. They poked around storage units and Scot Spencer’s home and offices. Spencer is a convicted felon who got a couple of no-bid contracts four years ago to build the airport.

Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis helped push through congressional earmarks and other federal money that funded the corporate airport project to the tune of over $100 million. Yet, oddly, Darrell Issa, who likes to refer to himself as the "oversight cop", isn't investigating this, because he's way too busy chasing his tail, and our president, over the Solyndra non-scandal.

Here is a screen grab of a press release about that raid from one of the county supervisors:

Airport officials had said that commercial passenger planes would be able to use the airport, but so far, only those corporate jets that we've heard so much about have enjoyed that convenience.

Welcome to Planet GOP Hypocrisy.

Let's hope this story has legs.

H/t: Reader Sanberdoo

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VIDEO: FBI raids CA corporate, taxpayer-funded airport offices. "Is this the House GOP's Solyndra?"

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A reader linked me to this fascinating article, along with the question, "Is this the House GOP's Solyndra?"  Maybe Darrell Issa should investigate California Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

According to the piece, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers raided an airport out here in SoCal, specifically, in San Bernardino. They poked around storage units and Scot Spencer's home and offices. Spencer is a convicted felon who got a couple of no-bid contracts four years ago to build the airport.

There were enough boxes (and even a safe) seized by the officers to fill a 26-foot-long U-Haul truck and "dozens" of official vehicles. That's literally a truckload of evidence and then some. I sure hope they find what they're looking for.

Via the Press-Enterprise:

The cost to build the airport -- which includes a luxury Million Air corporate jet terminal and a four-gate passenger concourse -- has grown from $45 million to $142.5 million in local and federal taxpayer funds.

Airport officials had assured everyone that passenger planes would be able to use the airport, but so far, nothing but those pesky corporate jets that we keep hearing about have landed there since the place opened in 2010. Private companies maintain the airport as well as care for the planes. How GOP of them.

The raid Wednesday morning was performed by more than 80 investigators who are part of the Inland Valley Regional Corruption Task Force made up of FBI agents, investigators from San Bernardino and Riverside counties' district attorneys' offices and the California Department of Justice, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Affidavits that detail the goals of the searches were sealed, she said.

Other agencies involved in the raid included the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General and a regional group that conducts computer forensics. [...]

A veteran member of the House Appropriation's Committee, [Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis] has helped push through congressional earmarks and other federal funding to steer more than $100 million to improvements at and around the property, and a host of defense-related projects centered there in an effort to redevelop the base, according to figures supplied by his office. [...]

[San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, a member of the Inland Valley Development Agency board since 2008 said] construction at the airport progressed beyond the point where officials could pull the plug on the project. Now officials are left with a costly airport that has little hope of ever making money, Derry said.

So Darrell, what are you waiting for?

Much more here, including photos.

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"I didn't go through all of that just to flash my boobs at a stranger...Security is an illusion."

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By GottaLaff

One of our commenters wrote something very personal under the post about the airport scanner invasion of privacy ("Airport worker photographed screen as female passed through scanner"). She has generously allowed me to use her heartfelt comment as a post.

Please take the time to read the whole thing:

I am a sexual assault survivor and I have been told by the TSA that while we can request a wanding (to avoid a pat-down), if we opt out of going through the body-scanner, they cannot guarantee the personnel or a wand would be available. The TSA rep told me that she could not guarantee that if I refuse to go through the scanner, that I won't be subjected to a pat-down. This is totally unacceptable to me and this incident in the UK only reinforces my fears.

I fought my attacker off, who had a gun by the way. I got out of it without being raped and with only a bad burn on my forehead where he tried to shoot me (either the gun didn't fire properly or it was a blank, but as soon as I realized I wasn't dead I went berserk on the guy and he gave up). I didn't go through all of that just to flash my boobs at a stranger who might have a camera in his or her pocket, or to be touched by a TSA agent, every time I have to fly. The lack of control over who sees or touches my body is what is bothering me, and sexual assault victims like me, the most.

I am starting a consulting project in Chicago in a few weeks and I am seeking therapy for the trauma just thinking about this is making me go through. I feel violated all over again. I know I got off easy because I was not actually raped or hurt badly like other sexual assault victims. I can only imagine what they are going through, if it is making me feel this horrified.

Security is an illusion. This technology is not even proven. Our government should not force its citizens to comply with such an egregious form of violation of our constitutional right to privacy if there is not guarantee it will work.

I have decided to take a stand. On my first return flight home, I will wear a one-piece bathing suit through security. I am a former competitive swimmer and while my body is not as toned as it used to be (having twins will do that to a woman) I feel comfortable being in front of people in my bathing suit (not a bikini - and for those of you who would like to make racy comments - please refrain because it is people like you who make me want to jump through my computer and commit bodily harm).

I want to take back control over what I will allow people to see and this is the only thing I can think of doing. My racing suit will show everything a scanner or a pat-down would detect and it would provide me with a way to control who sees what parts of my body. I will respectfully ask that they perform a visual scan, without touching me. If they will not comply, I will not fly, but I will take a stand.

Thank you for sharing that with us. You are a survivor, and security is indeed, an illusion.

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Airport worker photographed screen as female passed through scanner

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By GottaLaff

All those jokes about having to get in shape, work out, and diet before going to the airport these days aren't too far off. Virtual nudity can be awfully intimidating.

So can illegal photos of virtual nudity.

Check out this little invasion of privacy:

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police received an allegation regarding an incident that happened at Heathrow Terminal 5 on March 10. A first-instance harassment warning has been issued to a 25-year-old male."

The BAA employee took a photo of his co-worker, Jo Margetson, when she inadvertently went through a scanner.

"I can't bear to think about the body scanner thing," she told the Sun. "I'm totally traumatised. I've spoken to the police about it. I'm in too much of a state to go to work."

I'd be traumatized, too, only with a Z.

The incident is likely to reignite privacy concerns over the scanners by civil liberty groups.

There's much more here.

H/t: BoingBoing

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