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America: The nanny, nanny, boo-boo state

In case there was any doubt, the nanny state is alive and well.

For those traveling by air this holiday weekend, the Transportation Security Administration has unveiled its latest middle finger to the world: a new high-tech body scanner that projects a nude image of the traveler to a TSA agent. Those who refuse the body scan or whose scan appears suspicious are given a special frisk treatment as if they are about to enter a maximum security prison. The new security measures have led to a surge of irritation and outrage, with some planning a boycott set to take place today — one of the busiest travel days of the year. Read more

O’Malley: Call me Mr. President

Martin O’Malley is running for president.

No, the governor hasn’t made any announcement and probably won’t for another four or five years. But the good-looking Irish lad, who was born in Washington, appears to be on the path to national politics. Read more

Temporary Blues

As President Barack Obama said in a press conference Wednesday, Democrats took a “shellacking” in this week’s midterm election. With Republicans firmly in control of the House of Representatives and John Boehner set to take the reins as speaker of the House, progressives face an uncertain future. Read more