TSA threatens Texas legislature
House Bill 1937, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would make it a misdemeanor offense for a federal security agent to â€œintentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touching the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.â€
Two TSA officials visited Patrick at the Capitol earlier today to discuss the legislation. They warned him that the legislation â€œcould close down all the airports in Texas,â€ he said. After their departure, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst saying the bill would â€œconflict directly with federal lawâ€ and that if it became law, â€œTSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crewâ€ until the agency could seek a court order stopping the measure from being carried out.
The article describes Bill 1937 as “legislation by Tea Party conservatives.” Wait… am I on the same side of a fence as the Tea Party? Am I rubbing elbows with libertarians and states’-rights excitables? I HAVE TO GO TO A PUBLIC LIBRARY AND BURN A REBEL FLAG NOW RIGHT NOW NOW.
Do the fringes meet in a circle? If so, can we convince the middle we’re not just mixed nuts?