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Still angry about the TSA

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on July 5, 2011

After reading this: Libertarian Party Asks Florida Sherriffs To Arrest TSA Agents I was inspired to write a letter to my rep, Rep. Lamar Smith.  I suggest you write or call your congressperson and ask for support!  No more sexual assault in our airports!

Here’s the text of my letter:

Dear Representative Smith,

I am writing to ask you to support the American Traveler Dignity Act.  Rep. Ron Paul plans to introduce this legislation this week.

On his website, Rep. Paul writes:

“I am introducing the 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 machinery on another person.  It means they are not above laws the rest of us must obey.” (from: http://bit.ly/ip52wE)

The pat-downs and nude scanners are an invasive violation of the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The pat-down procedure implemented in November 2010, require the TSA agent to touch between clothing and skin and to touch close to a person’s genital organs.  How can such a search be considered reasonable? Travelers are randomly selected for a pat-down, which violates the last part of the Amendment.  Travelers must choose between the pat-down and being scanned by scanners with unproven technology.  Americans have lived with the indignity of removing shoes, belts, having their baggage searched, etc for far too long.  Yet the TSA continues to invade our persons.

Not only are Americans required to give up the sovereignty of their most private body parts in order to travel, but the TSA has never successfully stopped a terrorist!  It’s one thing to give up privacy for security, but we’re giving up privacy for nothing!

The Texas Legislature failed to stand up to the abuse of our Constitution by the TSA.  Texans are smart enough to know that giving up our freedom to fly without being scanned or groped will not ensure our safety.  Searching every passenger who flies on a plane, random selection of passengers for more intrusive searches is not good law enforcement or public safety. Please protect the citizen and travelers with in the U.S. from procedural sexual assault.

Thank you,

Carly Rose Jackson

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promise kept

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on May 4, 2011

Have you ever been waylaid by an Israeli cosmetics salesperson? You should, it’s quite an experience. Tonight I was leaving the mall–as it was closing–and a young man with that familiar accent came up to me.

He insisted on rubbing sea-salt on my arm, then serum, then body butter. When I didn’t immediately run away, he applied eye serum and eye cream.  He made me compare my eye circles while he exclaimed, “Amazing!” and “Look how different!”

He started mentioning prices, and I started making that pained, hissing noise when large dollar amounts are whispered delicately into one’s ear.  He lowered prices and added a couple free gifts (for my beloved mother, of course). After I reluctantly agreed to fork over my credit card (reluctance mixed with the joy of getting high-quality skin products), he tried to sell me another line of even more expensive products.  He went through two more full-blown sales pitches, applying products, naming astronomical prices, lowering said prices, throwing in free gifts.  I enjoyed the show, but I stayed firm.  I already spent enough money.

Finally the lights in the mall were turned off, all the store fronts locked, and he slowly put my purchases into a bag–not without a couple interruptions where he made another deal, and kept placing items in my hands, as if I wouldn’t be able to let them ago.  But no, I would get away with just a handful of items, each one guaranteed to last at least a year.

Really, his performance was fit for Broadway.  He gently mentioned my facial imperfections, asked for personal details about my life, acted like he was really interested.  Maybe he was.

One thing I learned in my economics studies is that a sale benefits both parties.  I spent the amount of money that I was willing to pay for such products.  He made a sale.  I assume that’s beneficial for him, because he worked very hard.

Each product is supposed to last a year.  I want to know if I actually got my money’s worth.  So, here is my BEFORE picture:

Yes, I used unflattering light and a white background on purpose.

A year from today, I will post an AFTER picture.  I bet you can’t wait.

For the record, the products I purchased are Vivienne by Dr. Luxman.

I have:

Exfoliating Body Scrub

Shea Nut Body Butter

OnSen Pure-a-Peel

Pure & Calm Facial Cleanser

Mega-Moisture for face

Peptox Eye Cream

Green Seaweed Serum for eyes

and

2 bars of soap

Not for the record: how much I paid, because my mom reads this blog.

If you want to experience the sales pitch of an Israeli salesman, they have locations in El Paso, Austin, Friendswood and Houston.

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Dear John

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 26, 2011

Dear Starbucks,
We had a good, long run. Well, that’s a lie. We had a good, short run, but I hung on through quite a bit of bad . . . I didn’t know what else was out there and you were conveniently available. Though you regularly disappointed me, I kept coming back.

I mean, it was easy when I worked with you. I could make my own perfect cappuccino foam, and drink anything I wanted for free. Free coffee beans for home, so even on my days off, I never strayed. That was clever. Why would I drink coffee from anyone else? — I always had free Starbucks. Only now do I recognize that subtle manipulation.

Then I had to stop working with you, because I had to go back to school. But you were at school; two locations, one on either side of the building where I had all my classes.

This is when things went downhill.  Yes, I visited you because you were convenient, but afterwards, I was always filled with regret.  You must have noticed my growing dissatisfaction, because you tried to buy me back with gifts.  First you gave me extra points for having a registered Starbucks card, but then I realized the points didn’t actually mean anything, especially compared to my Boloco card.

Then you gave me this:

A super-shiny gold card with my name on it.

So . . . I’m a girl.

Which means, I am attracted to shiny things.

The name was a nice addition, because it declared:

“THIS SHINY GOLD THING BELONGS TO ME AND NO ONE ELSE!!!!”

And it came in the mail, directly to my house.

Girls like that kind of attention.

I mean, when someone gives you a shiny gold thing just for you, that means commitment– right??

Oddly enough, the presence of gold did not improve the flavor of the coffee.  Nor did it teach the baristas to actually make my drinks correctly or be polite.

So I took that gold card and I cut it in half!

Good-bye Starbucks!

CR

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The Hazards of Flying

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 19, 2011

Completely unrelated to Lara’s swimming, I have become very concerned about TSA searches at airports. Here’s the basic info from TSA on the new types of scanners.

Here’s the image that’s been scaring everybody who reads or watches the news:

Basically the TSA agent remotely viewing the scanner pictures gets a detailed image of what you look like with no clothes on.  TSA is working on changing the image so that it only shows possible dangerous items hidden in your clothing.  But for now, everyone gives the full monty.

I knew the scanners were not in the Austin airport.  But I completely forgot that they might be in the Boston airport.  It didn’t occur to me that Boston wasn’t nearly as enlightened as Austin. Anyway, I get in the security line at Boston Logan only to come right up to the horror-machine:

I have read enough about these that I should have been better prepared.  But in the moment I had to decide, either let them take a naked picture of me, or submit myself to 2nd base with a stranger.  Just to add to the horror, I kept thinking about this video of a 6-yr-old going through the TSA-approved pat-down.  I was filled with dread.  Then I was filled with anger.  I AM A FREAKIN U.S. CITIZEN! HOW DARE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SUBMIT IT’S CITIZENS TO SUCH DEGRADATION!?  And it’s not like this infringement on our rights actually makes us safer!

TSA and Homeland Security must be stopped!

Until then, here’s a list of airports to avoid.  (Also from TSA website.)

Airports who currently have imaging technology:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Boston Logan International
  • Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
  • Boise Airport
  • Bradley International Airport
  • Brownsville
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  • Cleveland International Airport
  • Corpus Christie Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dayton International Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  • Fort Wayne International Airport
  • Fresno Airport
  • Gulfport International Airport
  • Grand Rapids Airport
  • Harrisburg International Airport
  • Harlingen/Valley International Airport
  • Honolulu International Airport
  • Houston William P. Hobby Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Kansas City International
  • LA/Ontario International
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
  • Laredo International Airport
  • Lihue Airport
  • Los Angeles International
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • McAllen Miller Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Memphis International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Mineta San José International
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Omaha Eppley Field Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Palm Beach International Airport
  • Palm Springs International
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Phoenix International Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Port Columbus International
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Rochester International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Saipan International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Sarasota Bradenton International
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Spokane International Airport
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
  • T.F. Green Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Toledo Express
  • Tulsa International Airport

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Story from Seattle

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on March 12, 2009

So this post is a blatant rip-off of my mom’s blog.

gramp & nan in Seattle.jpg

To the left is a photo of my grandparents: Richard and Rosalie Jackson at the Seattle Space Needle.  My dad sent this picture via cell phone. Ah technology.

Here’s a story, copied directly from my mom’s blog.  Sorry if people have already read it there, it’s just too good not to copy.

“Do all swimmers look alike?  Carly wrote on her blog that it is often difficult to tell the swimmers apart in their goggles and caps.  And it might be the same issue when the swimmers are out of the pool in their warm up suits and their hair knotted up on top of their heads.  Well, last evening after finals, we were waiting in the lobby for Lara to come upstairs from deck.  Her very proud grandmother, Rosie, went up to a swimmer and started to hug her thinking that it was Lara, and it was not.  So Rosie apparently made some comment that hopefully this swimmer would one day be as fast as Lara.   When Rosie rejoined our group, we informed her that she had been speaking with Rebecca Soni, an Olympian with one individual gold and one individual silver from Beijing.  So sorry Rebecca!”

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quick update

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on March 12, 2009

parents & craig in Seattle photo by Craig.JPGHi all,

Thanks to everybody who has emailed or posted comments on Facebook about the blog.  I’m glad people are enjoying it!

Last night I tried to watch Lara break the Pac-10 meet record via live webstream, but CBS College Sports had technical difficulties.  Boo.

Anyway, if you want meet highlights, read my mom’s blog.  She posts every morning about the meet and visiting Seattle.

In the photo, my parents enjoying gray northwestern skies.

Also check out this Swimming World Magazine article with Lara in the headline.

Three more posts to go for the homework assignment!  Then I will move the blog to a more accomodating content manager, so that people can actually comment on the blog.

Thanks again for reading!

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