San Diego TSA Airport Screeners Out of Control … Passenger Arrested For Refusing TSA Screening, Parade Him Thru Airport in Underwear

November 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

TSA, the Audacity of Grope, San Diego Edition Part Deux:

The TSA is nothing more than a microcosm of Barack Obama and his Administration … a bunch of unqualified screw ups given power and abusing it. WTF AMERICA … THIS IS STILL AMERICA, ISN’T IT? The TSA and this government have totally lost focus on what airport security is supposed to do. IDIOTS, YOU FOOLS ARE TO CATCH TERRORISTS, NOT ARREST INNOCENT AMERICANS!!!

This time the TSA has overreacted and arrested  Sam Wolanyk, a San Diego resident, this weekend after he refused to complete the TSA screening process. Wolanyk then suffered the indignity at the hands of the TSA by being paraded through the airport in his underwear. Is this how the Obama/Napolitano TSA saves face for their screw up in letting the “underwear” bomber on a place last Christmas?

The TSA is out of control and some thing must be done before the Thanksgiving Day travel rush. If this continues, there is going to be mayhem this week. As stated at the Left Coast Rebel, from the airport that brought us, “Don’t Touch my Junk” comes the sequel … “Don’t Show us, We’d Rather Feel For Ourselves”.

In what can only be described as TSA handlers gone wild, the San Diego Harbor Police arrested an area resident for refusal to complete the screening/security process yesterday. This is the same airport that created the TSA security catch phrase“don’t touch my junk.” John Tyner of San Diego started the airport screening firestorm last week as Americans head into the busiest travel week of the year in the United States.

This time the defendant, Sam Wolanyk says he was asked to pass through the 3-D x-ray machine. When Wolanyk refused, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told him he would have to be patted down before he could pass through and board his airplane.

Wolanyk said he knew what was coming and took off his pants and shirt, leaving him in Calvin Klein bike undergarments.

Was this really necessary for the TSA would look to further humiliate air passenger by parading him through two separate airport terminals in his underwear.

Once Harbor Police arrested Wolanyk, he was handcuffed and paraded through two separate airport terminals in his underwear to the Harbor Police office located inside a different terminal at the airport than Wolanyk had originally gone through during his TSA security process.

It gets even worse from the Banana Republican created by Barack Obama … the TSA confiscated the camera of the woman who filmed fiasco and arrested her.

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San Diego: Islamic cleric, preacher of nonviolence and tolerance, arrested for aiding jihad in Somalia

November 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Yet another Islamic cleric misunderstands the Religion of Peace™, even as he preached nonviolence and tolerance. One would almost start to suspect that Islam had a doctrine sanctioning religious deception*. Naah! That would be “Islamophobia”!

“San Diego religious leader among those charged with aiding Somali terrorists,” by Dana Littlefield, Susan Shroder and Kristina Davis for the San Diego Union Tribune, November 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):

SAN DIEGO — The arrest of the leader of a City Heights mosque, a man described as a revered figure who was known for advocating nonviolence and tolerance, has stunned the close-knit Somali community in City Heights, where many refugees of the war-torn country live, work and pray.

Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 38, appeared in federal court Wednesday to answer to charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to provide money and other aid to al-Shabaab in Somalia, which U.S. authorities have designated a foreign terrorist organization.

Mohamud and co-defendant Issa Doreh, 54, pleaded not guilty. A third defendant, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 33, pleaded not guilty to similar charges Tuesday.

Mohamud has been the imam — the religious leader — of Masjid Al-Ansar on Winona Avenue for 10 years, said Bashir Hassan, secretary of the small mosque that primarily serves Somali refugees. Doreh and Moalin both attended the mosque, Hassan said.

Mohamud is married and has several children, Hassan said Wednesday.

“He is the center of the community here,” Hassan said. “Everyone likes him. When anyone needs help, he is the first person to help. His arrest was very shocking. He is a godfather person to the community.”…

* Qur’an 3:28 warns believers not to take unbelievers as “friends or helpers” (َأَوْلِيَا — a word that means more than casual friendship, but something like alliance), “unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them.” This is a foundation of the idea that believers may legitimately deceive unbelievers when under pressure. The word used for “guard” in the Arabic is tuqātan (تُقَاةً), the verbal noun from taqiyyatan — hence the increasingly familiar term taqiyya. Ibn Kathir says that the phrase Pickthall renders as “unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them” means that “believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers” may “show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda’ said, ‘We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.’ Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, ‘The Tuqyah [taqiyya] is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.” While many Muslim spokesmen today maintain that taqiyya is solely a Shi’ite doctrine, shunned by Sunnis, the great Islamic scholar Ignaz Goldziher points out that while it was formulated by Shi’ites, “it is accepted as legitimate by other Muslims as well, on the authority of Qur’an 3:28.” The Sunnis of Al-Qaeda practice it today.

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San Diego Union-Tribune: A Newspaper Redesigns Itself To Adapt to a New Era

August 19, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

These are wrenching times for companies that own newspapers and those who’ve dedicated their lives to working on them. And, in many cases, if a newspaper survives it has to decide on some changes.

Nowhere has that been more evident in my home-base city of San Diego, California, where my former employer the San Diego Union-Tribune has over the past year changed hands, laid off a slew of extremely talented professionals, and been on the lookout to hire people at entry level rates (even offering some of those who were told they had to go to be rehired at the far lower entry-level pay scale). I was a reporter on the San Diego Union before the merger, covering among other things the border, Ronald Reagan’s immigration reform, on the team covering the Mexico City earthquake and also working in general assignment and zones. After I left the paper, the Evening Tribune was merged into the Union, but the paper still looked like the Union.

This week the paper unveiled a brand, new design, complete with new logo (above) which also included narrower pages (a way for newspapers to save on money). Did it work? Did the content — already greatly reduced due to the economy and staff layoffs — suffer? Is the new design something good for the early 21st century or is it a huge mistake, the discarding of a legacy and continuity?

Here is the new look:

I’m on an email list of former UT employees or people who were closely associated with the paper. And, needless to say, I am in the minority in liking and welcoming these changes and feeling theyr’e positive adaptationsin both a new, more difficult age for newspapers and for a company that has just bought a newspaper owned by many years by a family.

Here is the old front:

To look at the new design in detail go to this superb MUST READ American Copy Editors Society blog post analyzing it. It shows you parts of the new design and analyzes it.

I’m putting this on TMV because in this new era it might be useful to get readers’ reactions to this new design — if they love it, hate it and why.And to the larger issue of how newspapers can try to adapt and whether in trying to adapt they can do it successfully or toss away older parts of their content or visual legacies. So your comments are welcome in District TMV. (Link at the bottom of this post). I will copy the comments and foward them onto the list of former UT staffers since they’ll be interested.

Since the list is private (sorry, I’m not going to pull a JournoList type reveal on this) suffice to say my view is in the minority — just like it often is on political issues facing our country.

Here is what I wrote on the email list:

My quick reaction to the new UT design:

1. I think it is a wise — VERY wise move.

2. I like it. I know every design change on a newspaper (even small ones) bring howls of outrage from some readers and cancellations but I do like it.

3. It’s a wise move from the standpoint of the amount of product. The UT had begun to look like a shrunken version of its old self — which it indeed was in both staff size and news hole. This rebranding makes it look like enough of a different paper so you don’t notice that as much.

4. It’s a new company and they are smart to put their imprint on it. In another era (for instance when KRN killed the Wichita Beacon when I was on the Wichita Eagle proclaming they would keep the best darn elements of both papers but actually killed the Beacon and created a bigger Eagle…or when the Trib was merged into the UT and it looked more like the San Diego Union than the Trib) when they would have to display, even celebrate, continuity we are in a new era. It’s the same product (a newspaper for San Diego) with a different look.

5. I like the left hand strip with stories and special deal.

6. Comics looks fine in classified and they haven’t removed strips.

7. The paper STILL is one of the strongest I have seen in my travels in terms of a local paper. There IS content — good content — in it.

8. Yes some type is smaller and that will upset some, but the overall look is a smart one.

9. This is a new century and with the competition from the Internet etc. a new look is unlikely to hurt.

It now looks a little more like the OC Register and less like the traditional SDU and later SDUT.

Number one reaction here is that the paper may be smaller but it’s somehow less notable since it looks like a new product. I travel and either feel cheated by the glorified shoppers that call themselves newspapers…but not with the UT. There is lots of “there” there..

The paper’s new parent company is stressing that it is now a “multi-platform” company. And it has also revamped its excellent website — which is increasingly important to its news operations SignOnSanDiego.

I want to stress that I was on the Union after writing many years overseas and then working for Knight Ridder’s Wichita Eagle-Beacon and then joining the paper, then owned by the Copley Press. I left the paper with the goal to return to freelance writing and to go into entertainment. Up until the past few years, when I’d travel I’d always load up on local newspapers and loved to eat meals at restaurants reading a stack of papers, going overthe local coverage and Op-Ed pages.

But over the past few years, as the country sped towards an economic melt-down, most newpapers became shocking slivers of shadows of what they once were. Many had little local content, or uninspired content. National news? It wasn’t just that I ready read it on the Internet (I HAD: I check the Internet first thing in the morning) but national story copy was often perfunctory. Op-Ed pages shrunk or were eliminated (TMV offers more Op-Ed material now from bloggers and professional columnists now than most newspapers). A few papers — the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, New York Post, New York Daily News, USA Today — still had content and/or pizazz. But I feel cheated now when I buy most local papers that offer bland content — boring to this baby boomer who’s watching Howdy Doody DVDs, let alone to a young person listening to an iPod and tinkering with an iPad.

Leave your comments. Go to the link. Is this adapting to a new era, or throwing away what was good of a past era? Is this adjusting to new news realities or just one more audible breath in what some insist is the the death rattle of the newspaper industry? Would this design be a better delivery system for info, or not? To stress gain: staff has been downsized as has content and stories are shorter. But, as I noted, I see lots of “there there” in terms of info and like the design. Sometimes when faced with a new reality, we all need to work within it. Is that the case here? Or is this somehow “giving up?”

That’s just ME. What do you think?

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