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TSA backing off — sorta (also a book update & request for a favor)

Well. That’s something. TSA administrator John Pistole tells Matt Lauer that children under 12 will not be groped. (Video; the comment comes about 4 minutes in.)

Your 13-year-old daughter, OTOH …

I’m not entirely hopeful the TSA will stick to this policy, or that all those infamously uninformed screeners will follow it. I also notice that Pistole utters not one word about exempting children from pedophile porno-scoping.

One thing for sure: even if they do stop molesting the youngest children, let’s hope the public stays angry-angry-angry to the point of resistance.

ADDED: Reason TV prepares us for next year at the airport. Note that all the concern in this “how to conduct a strip search” video is for the screener, not the screenee. Just like in the TSA queue.


Books. Ran out of Bad Attitude. Again. I anticipated it this time and rushed in a new order for copies last Wednesday. But there was a mixup. Books that should have arrived Friday or Saturday have just been shipped today. Eleven orders that came in since the middle of last week will go out the day I receive the package from Paladin. (Probably Wednesday.) Really, guys. They will. Orders containing only Hardyville Tales have been going out on schedule, and fates willing, will continue to do so.

Thanks — once again — for patience. Oh yeah. If you haven’t yet responded to my emails asking how you’d like the books autographed, please let me know! (You may need to check your spam filters.)

I keep expecting sales to slow down. But now people who’ve bought books for themselves are coming back to buy gift copies. It’s fantastic. But occasionally dizzying.

Now to the favor …

If you’ve read and liked The Bad Attitude Guide, I’ve got a favor to ask. Would you please go to the book’s page on and write a review? Currently there’s only one, and while it isn’t scathing (3 stars out of 5), it’s by a reader who was disappointed that some of the content (though not as much as he says) is from S.W.A.T. magazine. I don’t think the review is unfair — and I don’t want anybody to overpraise the book. But well … that one isn’t the kind of review that makes an author glow with optimism.

So if you can help me out in good conscience, I hope you will.


  1. Brogan
    Brogan November 15, 2010 9:11 pm

    12 and under not being groped… Gee compared to what was going on before what a grand gesture… NOT!! It’s like negotiating for a car they say the price is some outrageously high number and the hem and haw about it and then come down a few hundred dollars making you think you are getting a bargain. All you are getting is swindled! The gun grabbers like to use that technique… The cry is “let’s compromise”. We have “compromised” enough already on too many liberties.

    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. ~Winston Churchill

    It’s time to grow a spine and say NO MORE!!

  2. N
    N November 16, 2010 7:53 am

    Children 12 and under won’t ge groped……

    * in that airport, no doubt in other airports in the country they will be
    * they will be in that airport months, weeks, even days later when the media forgets about it and people’s uproar is over
    * Except they will be if they appear to be older than 12
    * Children once they hit age 13 are perfectly fine to be groped

  3. Fred
    Fred November 16, 2010 6:17 pm

    Claire, I have tried twice to leave a review for Bad Attitude on Amazon, using Firefox and IE. For some reason the page doesn’t display properly in either browser and I am not able to post a review. Not sure what’s up with that.

  4. Claire
    Claire November 16, 2010 7:01 pm

    Oh, Fred. I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with that. And I’m surprised Amazon would give IE any troubles. (I know that Firefox, Opera, and other non-Borg browsers sometimes run into those problems. But jeez, I thought every site programed itself for IE!) All I can say is thanks for the try.

    I feel a little better than I did before; Jim Bovard posted a version of his earlier sterling review. That boosted my spirits. And really, I shouldn’t pay attention to negative reviews (and usually don’t). So all is good. I’m just sorry you ended up with a futile effort.

  5. naturegirl
    naturegirl November 17, 2010 1:06 am

    Don’t worry, Claire. The people smart enough to read them, will, and the ones who need a review to entice them probably wouldn’t understand your point, anyway *lol*….

    As for bad reviews, ya gotta take into consideration so many other factors than just what you write about – factors like “head in the sand syndrome” and “I just don’t get it syndrome” and generally crabby-unhappy-hypercritical people, and multitude of other personality disorders…’ll never please everyone and it won’t necessarily be because of what you did (or didn’t) write about, or who you are……

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