TSA is a Waste of Time and Money

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I recall seeing that exposé a year or so ago showing that undercover agents working for the Department of Homeland Security were able to smuggle weapons and bomb-making materials through TSA checkpoints with a success rate of 95%. This article (link) makes a great point that TSA is mostly just something to make us all feel better about a very rare occurrence. This is in addition to the fact that a large portion of the TSA agents I encounter tend to be loud-mouthed and condescending pricks. Yes, I know not all of them are like that, but I have never taken a trip that involved traveling through a U.S. airport where I didn’t encounter one.

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POLITICS: Congress is the Political Center of Gravity

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This is as it should be. The Framers of the Republic never intended for the sort of imperial presidency we’ve experienced beginning in the latter half of the 20th Century. It was always intended that Congress would be the political center of gravity. Liberals would do well to understand this. So long as conservative, corporately-backed forces are the dominant force in legislatures across the country, the reforms we seek will remain elusive.

Orthodox community in Hartshorne, Oklahoma

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About a month ago, News on 6 reported about the small Orthodox congregation in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and their impending 100-year anniversary. The community that became Sts. Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church was founded in 1897 as Orthodox immigrants from central and southeastern Europe moved to Hartshorne to work in the coal mines. I visited the church about a year and a half ago on the occasion of Metropolitan Jonah’s pastoral visit to Tulsa in the fall of 2010. The most poignant part of this story is that, at one time, over five hundred people worshiped in that tiny chapel; now the community is down to just seven. You can read more about the church at OSU’s digital library.