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Texas Lawmakers Fail To Pass TSA Pat-Down Ban

July 5, 2011 by  

A bill that would curtailed TSA pat-downs died in the Texas Legislature.A special session in the Texas Legislature came to an end without a vote on a bill that would have banned certain parts of the Transportation Safety Administration’s pat-down procedure.

The legislation would have made the touching of a passenger’s genitalia by a TSA agent a criminal act, reports The Hill.

According to the news source, the bill had been watered down by lawmakers, who allowed the session to expire without taking a vote on the measure. However, the bill’s sponsor, Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), said that he would continue to try to pass the legislation.

“We will never give up the fight for liberty,” the lawmaker said on Facebook. “Though we were not successful in passing the TSA bill to protect travelers’ dignity, I am continually encouraged by the efforts of so many Texans who have fought hard to see the Constitution upheld.”

Simpson has said that he proposed the bill to preserve the rights of travelers in the United States, reports The Los Angeles Times.

“In any other situation, touching of private parts is sexual assault unless you have probable cause, are in a marriage or other relationship that is consensual,” he said.

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  • C130 Gunship

    Perry wanted the anti groping bill to be considered during the Texas special session while he was out hitting all the media hubs he could during his 2 week silly political season tour. As soon as the silly season tour was over, the bill died without a whimper. This is the REAL Perry folks, all hat no cattle as they say here. Perry is a full blown RINO and I won’t support him for governor or president (if he runs).

    Also, the other political ass clown from my state who’s initials I wont’ mention, but his name is Ron Paul has introduced his American Traveler Dignity Act, which establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation emitting from machinery on another person. Don’t get your hopes up folks, this bill will go nowhere, just like the TSA bill he introduced last November. As a matter of fact, can someone name one bill this political hack has introduced that ever got passed that was of any political significance?

    • Carlucci

      Ron Paul is not a clown. As someone has already pointed out on this blog, he is considered to be a “loose cannon” by the politicos in D.C., because of his suggestions for way smaller government and fiscally conservative, Libertarian ideas. Here’s a great analogy to describe the cesspool called Congress, but I would never describe Dr. Paul as one of the “alligators” – far from it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It4HtPVr7iY

      • Vance Qualteri

        Ron Paul has no problem with Iran having nukes! Apparently he has been pushing his QTips into his ears too far!!!

        • Bob C.

          I’ll tell all you anti Ron Paul guys something.
          he has done a hell of a lot more for liberty that you jokers ever have.
          just because a bill doesn’t pass does not reflect badly on the sponsor.
          if a bill is never written, it can never BE pass. AT LEAST HE TRIED!

          what the hell have you done today except whine like 12 year old girls

          the real “ass clowns” are the blogers here that talk smack about the ONLY guy that stands up to all the rest of this fascists commies in congress, and for what I’m seeing, Texas.
          maybe if you spent a little more time READING, and a little less time WATCHING you would know the real deal with what’s going on in the middle east.

          by saying you want to stop Iran from getting a nuke, you are advocating the killing of Americans to do it.
          making US the aggressors, NOT them.
          WE WOULD THEN BE IN THE WRONG, and that means, they would be in the RIGHT for defending THEIR liberties and FREEDOMS from the USA

          “ass clowns” like you will be the cause of the destruction of this country, as you avocet taking freedom, and then beat your chest proclaiming land of the free…. indeed
          more like land of the cowards!

          maybe if they get a nuke I’ll come over and hold your hand for you so you won’t be so frightened

          • http://msn.com Tim K

            Now That is the Truth on Ron P.

    • fred

      Gunship

      I don’t know what you want for a Congressman if you cannot accept
      a most dedicated man like Ron Paul, always consistent in applying
      Constitutional principles to every bit of legislation coming down
      the pike. He is alsways on the front lines it seems with proposals
      limiting congressional power not conforming to our great Constitutional standard given us by courageous individuals having
      a great desire to leave for us a possible legacy of freedom if
      we did not fall asleep as predicted.
      Ron Paul is likewise courageous in his stands against big government
      which translates into more liberty for the people. He does not compromise principles and when you listen to him he always makes good
      sense unless of course he may be speaking to people simply not intelligent enough to form proper conclusions who may resort to unintelligent name calling and who lack the ability to use reason.

      If Ron Paul doesn’t win the Republicon nomination it it simply because
      the great majority of the people are burdoned with the disibilities I mentioned, are easily swayed by a controlled press or refuse to
      trace the very logical link between supporting The Constitution and
      achieving the highest degree of freedom possible. A wise leader once said, TEACH THEM CORRECT PRINCIPLES AND LET THE GOVERN THEMSELVES, which pretty much summarizes the effects of supporting The Constitution.
      Of course, if the general popultion does not know or understand The Constitutiion,
      then we lose by default as tyrants invariably will creep in, deceive
      us and control our lives as we the people largely support an imposter
      and illegal government that slowly brings us down not really knowing
      what happened.

      RESULT= SLAVERY

      Fred

    • Dan az

      So wide body c130
      What you are saying is that you approve of all this touchy feely stuff huh?The fact that Ron Paul dosen’t makes me think you may be playing on the other side!What is it cross dressing like eddiee?

    • American Taxpayer

      Taking Uninsured Cars Off The Road

      Recently, in the City of Dallas, Texas, they passed an ordinance that if you are pulled over by law enforcement and not able to provide proof of insurance, your car will be towed right away.

      Afterwards, to retrieve your car after being impounded, you must show proof of insurance to have your car released.. This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars that are typically driven by mostly illegals.

      Shortly after “No insurance” ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up quickly and were full after nine days. Most of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.

      Not only must you provide proof of insurance to have your car released, you have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and charged $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.

      I would suggest other cities across the nation to follow what Dallas, Texas is doing. Not only is it getting uninsured drivers off the road, but it is taking away vehicles driven by illegals that have no insurance that might endanger your life.

      Brings a tear to my eye.
      GO Texas !
      ————–
      Dallas’ Solution

      Get them off the road WITHOUT making them show proof of nationality. Wonder how the ACLU or the Justice Department will get around this one.
      Dallas, TX’s solution to Illegal’s… Brilliant!!!

  • Jim

    Crying shame Texas buckled under. They lost the chance to begin a 10th Amendment dialogue with the rest of the country.

  • bsfurg

    good god.. if they couldnt pass a simple bill like do you want ppl to be searched of dont you like they do it sometimes.. which is way out of line then how in the heck do they pass something that really counts… some of the searches are doing things they dont need to do..on there own..

    • Christin

      bsfurg,

      Good God… is right!

      Stupid Texas legislature (and Governor)… again NOT REPRESENTING the WILL of the Texas PEOPLE or the Constitution of the United States of America.

      It’s NOT that hard… Who wants their Freedoms and Rights taken away???
      Who wants to be sexually abused when they travel???
      Who wants radiation and cancer from scanners that are making the left rich???
      NO ONE… apparently, …but the ‘law makers’ and fed gov.

      Stupidity at its best.

  • Garry

    Perry had nothing to do with this bill failing. Speaker of the House Straus is directly responsible for this action and Texas needs to replace him in the next primary election so that he will never be able to use his political power to subvert the will of the people again.
    There were many reasons to be upset with the 82nd legislature of Texas, the TSA bill was only one. The rotten apple lies at the Speakers feet.

    • Dons621

      I thought that Texans were the best at rounding up cattle and strays, yet they cant even corral “RINO,s”

    • Christin

      Garry,
      That may be true what you say… but couldn’t the Governor tell the TX legislature I really want to stop the TSA assaults, radiation naked scanners at our airports (and soon other modes of transportation) and PRESS them to pass a good Constitutional bill to protect Texans (and then the rest of the conservative states would follow suit)???

      This could have been a land mark bill for all of America… wimps.

    • Fred

      Garry
      Sorry but Perry had to be pressured into putting the bill on the ballot by a very concentrated power move involving grass roots.
      Perry is a mole and a collectivist internationalist willing to
      sacrifice US Sovereignty to international cartels like NAFTA.
      His scheming to make the Texas Corridor operatonal is well known
      to those who care to investigate the alternative press.
      Perry does not deserve Texan or national support which may be forthcoming.

      Fred

  • River rat

    Gary, I wish I could agree with you about Perry, but sadly, my belief is that this was all a big show, put together by Perry’s presidential supporters. He had Dewhurst, Straus and others configure this little plot to make it look as though he stood up to the TSA. He wanted to look tough to the nation, so that when he runs for president he can go around waving his banner of how he stood up for the people. I held my nose and voted for Perry for Governor because his opponent (bill white) was such an unrealistic idiot. The only way I would vote for Perry for president would be to get his A – - out of Texas and to defeat this muslim socialist we now have in the White House. PERRY IS 100% POLITICIAN. He most definitely not what we need for a President of our nation. To each of you–have a good day

    • http://google gary gerke

      What person in politics isn’t, if Perry doesn’t run, the GOB is doomed in 2012, look at the rest of them…..Pathetic!

  • Gayle

    I read soros was putting his people in all states at the level of secretary of states. He’s got 11 out of 18. But besides all that I also heard perry fiddle farted around with passing the bill. Also, perry is an affiliate of the bilderburg group so whatever he does now is moot to me. Another one, the Bush’s don’t support him. Actions speak louder than words!! There is still no one I support.

    • Carlucci

      That is not correct. The Bushes do indeed support Perry as Perry is one of their biggest brown nosers and always has been. Same thing with that nitwit Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

    • http://google gary gerke

      They could not pass the bill because the federal government threatened to ground all flights from Texas. If your going to comment on the important issues, stay in touch with the facts and with what’s really going on.

  • mickey

    Perry should just have challenged the Fed to shut down the airports when he had a chance. Once he caved on that, he lost any vote I may have considered for him.

    I liked the threat of seceding from the Union too but that didn’t happen. Plus he wants the biggest segment (illegals) to have more influence in the state.

    Appears, CA may be facing seceding and all powers to them. I would back my state if it wanted to secede from the Union. The Fed is way out of hand.

    • B

      If CA secede from the Union, it would be for different reason from Texas’s reason.

      Just look at San Francisco.

      B

    • Hank, MO

      CA is not attempting to secede from the union. A low level official (town manager of San Diego??) has proposed that several counties in southern CA secede from California and become a separate state because their issues (border control, etc.) are not being properly addressed in Sacremento.

    • http://google gary gerke

      Yea right, a couple of years without flights????

  • River rat

    I do wish that others would be fair and open minded to Ron Paul. This is the only candidate running for the republican nomination that is not pure politician, He has been portayed by the democrats, republicans, and the liberal media as off the wall. If you were to take a little time to ask your self WHY, you might realize they do not want him because they know he is the only one who will mess up their playhouse, and will discredit him in every means available to them.

    • http://google gary gerke

      Great guy but not electable!

      • Greatscott

        He is not electable (In your opinion) to you because you choose to believe the state run news media. Stop voting for the lesser of two evils and start voting for people of character. BTW, Ron Paul has placed first or second in every major straw pole for the 2012 GOP Presidential primary.

  • mickey

    I just looked up secession and by golly each state is a sovereign entity. If one is to cave under Fed authority, it actually is forfeiting its sovereign international right.

    This sort of puts a new light on state immigration laws. If the state is sovereign unto itself, the Fed has no business in its affairs.

    If the southern states, CA, NY, IL want to continue slavery in its current form, bussed in cheap labor, then be it far from the rest of us to decry their right to do so. OTOH, we don’t have to do business with them either.

    More power to the states. We all need to leave the union or force the issues we don’t like. Forget all the “debt to the Fed”. Just increase state taxes to the level of Fed taxes to repay the apportioned amount of spent monies–or not.

    Yep, at this point with obama going out (on our dime) to raise a billion dollars–sounds more like his last stand effort–the only person I would vote for is Ron Paul. Actually, anyone who is against illegals, obamacare, inflation, etc, with only a modest campaign fund, would do. Ron Paul is the only one I think can pull if off to keep the US together and back to the way it should be.

    • B

      Civil war brewing?

      B

    • http://google gary gerke

      Your right!!!! He would be a president that would do the right things, however, he is unelectable, voting for him will split the ticket as Perot did.

      • Bob C.

        spilt the ticket, how?

        that is to assume that Perry or the other fools are any better then obama.
        hell, even one of the republicans have their own forced healthcare program they championed in their state.
        Perry is working hand in clove with NAFTA, the UN, and the bilderberg group!
        They are ALL dirty as hell!

        Only RON PAUL has the past acts/votes to show he IS the real deal, the rest of them are just posers, trying to steal Ron Paul’s lines, but have never done a damn thing for liberty.

        you have fallen for the states propaganda, a Vote for anyone other then Ron Paul is a vote for the same thing, the big government party.
        was life that much better under bush???

        and if none of that convinces you, just look at how many aren’t with you here, maybe your the one splitting the vote by not voting for Ron Paul?

  • http://1776 g.Bush

    RON PAUL is the only one. all the rest sold out along time ago. we the people need to stand up to the facist pigs that are in controll of our country

  • Scoot

    Wake up people! There are no politicians willing to support any bill that restores freedoms to the individual or reigns in powers given to the government. And yes I mean Republicans too.

    • Bob C.

      Ron Paul has countless times
      it’s all a matter of public record

  • PrincessPhilly

    Scoot you are so right.

    All they care about is getting in their points for the party and won’t work together to straighten out the mess the country is in. That is Republicans and democrates – all of them are the same greedy liars.

    I say for America to go bankrupt and be a third world country. If people can’t work together and contintue with their arguing and greed than this country deserves to go down.

  • C130 Gunship

    Ron Paul seems to garner an inordinate amount of undue adulation from lots of folks around the country. I am going to attempt here to set the story straight concern RP, giving him credit for good and bad things he’s done since he’s been in office….First the good things:

    # He has NEVER voted to raise taxes.

    # He has NEVER voted for an unbalanced budget.

    # He has NEVER voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.

    # He has NEVER voted to raise congressional pay.

    # He has NEVER taken a government-paid junket.

    # He has NEVER voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

    # He voted AGAINST the Patriot Act.

    # He voted AGAINST regulating the Internet.

    # He voted AGAINST the Iraq war.

    # He DOES NOT participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.

    # He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    I commend him on the above votes. But the above votes by no means indicates he has one iota of leadership skills necessary to be president of the USA. Now, let’s look at the bad things:

    # He hasn’t sponsored one bill of any significance that has been enacted since being in office for many, many years.

    # He has been preaching ‘audit the fed’ for years, now that he’s in a position to git’er dun….nothing but crickets…..

    # He now drops ‘sound money’ and is endorsing ‘printing money.’
    Read it here:http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=189274
    He’s barely any better than the rest of the RINO herd.

    # He has no leadership skills to rally a significant number of other politicians to support him in his causes. It’s one thing to sit and push a button to vote on things, but it takes intelligence and the understanding of political dynamics for a politician have leadership skills and RP clearly lacks these qualities and will never be president.

    • Hank, MO

      Good post, Gunship, I agree. Though he does have good conservative ideas sometimes, he couldn’t lead a snail. Leadership is an important trait, and Paul just doesn’t have it. Michelle Bachmann is a much better candidate.

    • Fred

      Thanks forthe dialogue. OK so what Contitutionalist on the
      horizon can you recommend for President?

    • Greatscott

      Ron Paul has not had a bill he wrote pass because they are too sensible for the sellout’s in Congress.

    • Bob C.

      sorry, you are wrong.
      I encourage everyone to read that hit piece on RP, so you can all see what this guy is talking about.

      you assume the money is destroyed, but since the fed is secretive, having no oversight, that can’t be verified, and I find it very unlikely

      what can be verified is the fed didn’t have the money to loan the US government, so it is printed out of thin air, and some times sent out of the country, and we all are charged interested on the fake money.
      the politicians have taken this to the point of destroying the country.

      Paul has said we don’t need to pay the money back since it was fake, the damage has already been done inflation wise, and was never theirs to loan in the first place as it always belonged to the people.
      the ‘paying interest’ part is just nutty , why we would pay interest to people counterfeiting our currency is nuts

      the thing to remember here is it’s not worth destroying the country over trying to pay this fake, illegal loan made to our politicians in, our name, back.

      to list all of the quality’s of a great states men, then to say he is not a “leader” because no one will follow, all being on the take as we all know they are, once again, does not reflect badly on him, he has done his part, if the American people can’t be bothered to sit up and take notice, making the calls to their SOB representatives, well, it’s not the fault of the people that try.
      you can lead a horse to water….
      but forcing them to drink is wrong.

      as for gold, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out our currency has been falling in value ever since FDR, and then Nixon.
      yet some how gold is still money….. and will be long after your argument is dead and gone
      you can’t devalue gold, and that is why a paper currency should be linked to it.

      just because lots followed Obama, does not make him a “leader”, it makes him a good con man
      we are self governing here in our REPUBLIC and have no use for “leaders”, except on the side of our homes

  • Kai

    Texas is a great state and like any other state we have some rotten apples in politics. Strauss and Dewhurst are a couple of them and I have faith that the people of Texas will weed them out next election. We will remember who did this come election time. Texas has a great conservative spirit, the people firmly believe in God and country and politicians will never succeed in banning guns in this state, we are fierce about that. Don’t judge this state on a few corrupt politicians, and btw, we have far less corrupt politicians than a lot of other states like CA, ILL etc.

    • Hank, MO

      Yes, but the problem with Texas is that its economy has been doing very well during this recession/depression, and there is a danger that many Texans will associate their prosperity with the policies of the Obama administration. That would be a serious mistake and would put us in danger of re-electing Odumbo due to the number of electoral votes held by the state. Let’s hope the good folks of Texas are not that foolish.

      • http://google gary gerke

        NO! They know what side thier bread is buttered…..PERRY!

  • Bob from Calif.

    Come on Texans are you going to let your politicians get away with this. Alex Jones has already been to the Texas capital protesting this twice. You need a really strong showing to put the fear of God in your politicians. If you want anyone to believe your motto your going to need to step up.

  • Robert

    it’s really simple and we wouldn’t need any legislation to effect the change we the people desire in this tsa matter. simply do not fly. if enough american’s don’t fly the airlines crash and tsa isn’t around to do anything. then we go after the legislators and boot their sorry butts out of any authority whatsoever and we clean the judicial, congressional, and executive branches of all our governments. the problem is people are more concerned about what will happen to them if they do not fly that otherwise. until the people have nothing to lose they will sit on their butts and do little such as complain. stop flying and get everyone you can to stop flying. watch how quickly they stop their stupidity. we the people have all the power we need, we just don’t have all the cooperation necessary yet…

    • Hank, MO

      Any reasonable solution must be grounded in reality. Otherwise, it’s just somebody blowing off steam. What you’re saying, Robert, simply isn’t in the realm of reality.

    • http://google gary gerke

      None of us would ever have to pay taxes again if everyone refused to pay…..Good luck with that!

  • i41

    Ron Paul has promoted federal pork for his district and made sure his district got its fair share. At least Beohner has never asked to have his district get pork form farm programs. Robert you are right about people worrying what federal sow they will get weaned off. Overthe weekend while visiting several areas in differnt sates, several college grads were whining about no jobs and no pay, when I told them they could make 100,000 a year working 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, they were interested until they couldn’t use their worthless degrees, even though they are indebt for about 50-100,000. None of these over educated pointy heads would risk starting a business or going out on their own. There was several young couples that dropped out of college and are running and operating their own small business. Since the banks would loan a damn dime for equipment, but they could have all bought cars, boats and houses, something you had better have the money coming in to make payments on. Only friends and family help them get started, most all stated the houses are an expanse and will not even think of buying one for a few years, so they aren’t tied to an area,and prices get real. They all used their parents and grandparents as getting screwed by the laws in effects. The Banking Reform Bill is killing and job developing, thanks to the marxist/communist democrat Congress and the Presidental bas-ards in 12-1o.

    • http://google gary gerke

      Your friends would be better off borrowing $10K from thier parents and making a political donation to Obummer. They at least have a chance at some sort of government, that is politics today!

    • Greatscott

      Earmarks is money already appropriated that will be spent regardless of who earmarks what money to their district. So anyone claiming Ron Paul gets an un-proportional amount earmarked for his district is ignorant of the facts.

  • BimBam

    oBumya must be just laffing at everybody when no ones looking. No one investigates if he was born here, or his school records, his out of state SS number, his associations with known communist.

    What racist we have, they figure what’s a negro to us anyway? Is that why they are not investigating him?

    But if you and I get on an airplane we have to be inspected into every inch of our bodies.

  • i41

    gary gerke, parents don’t have 10k to make a donations to the (word removed)muslim now. Since marxistt/communist dumbocraps and the niggardly muslim have given stimulas money to unions to buy a car company, or GE to make China, the place to work with a $185 billion and pays no taxes. Giving money to all Onumnutts pervert worshiping goat abusers inbred broing in these 3rd world countries and to the UN. Also don’t forget all the bonuses that went to his Wall Street slubs. To groups that will never get investigated and jailed for breaking federal laws, a democrat and some black muslim puke, brown color as long as it isn’t a muslim pervert.

  • Ned

    Congratulations Bob Livingston.

    You should be very proud that the George Soros crowd finds your discussion group important enough to assign attack bloggers to it. You are right up there with the best conservative and libertarian sites.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Bob C.

      copy that!

  • aaron

    Ron Paul in 2012!

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