Last month, somebody tried to assassinate a Saudi prince by exploding a bomb stuffed in his ass. He pretended to be a repentant militant, when in fact he was more like a “propellant” militant.  The suicide ass bomber exploded and just shocked the hell out of the Saudi Prince who escaped with only had minor injuries. (Via Bruce Schneier, really funny comments there).

For years, I have made the joke about Richard Reid: “Just be glad that he wasn’t the underwear bomber.” Now, sadly, we have an example of one. Lewis Page, an “improvised-device disposal operator tasked in support of the UK mainland police from 2001-2004,” pointed out that this isn’t much of a threat for three reasons: 1) you can’t stuff a lot of explosives into a body cavity, 2) detonation is, um, problematic, and 3) the human body can stifle an explosion pretty effectively (think of someone throwing himself on a grenade to save his friends).

We should all buy stock in latex glove companies because I can just see the TSA reacting to news of this attack with rectal exams U.S.  fliers. Er, we are looking for asshole bombs, sir! I guess it’s all in the messaging, maybe it will be touted as “free colon cancer screenings by trained professionals.”

Update: Below is a news story about the ass bomber that is bordering on hysteria.

A guy from website zug.com was pissed to find out that phone companies sell our private data to just about anyone.  So, he went to the home of Verizon CEO, stood in front of his lawn, and shouted the following:

“I’m here on behalf of Verizon customers. PLEASE DO A BETTER JOB PROTECTING YOUR CUSTOMERS’ CELL PHONE RECORDS! Everyone has the right to privacy, including you Ivan! When we don’t have privacy, then freaks with bullhorns start showing up on our front lawn.”

Absolutely awesome.  “Can you hear me now!?”  Indeed.  Via BoingBoing.

Clergy Blocking Van Ness by Steve Rhodes
Protesting Prop 8 by Steve Rhodes

Today’s supreme court decision had many people, gay and straight alike, up in arms. Many took to the streets, including clergy as pictured in the first photo above.  SFGate has some great images of today’s Prop 8 protest.  Also, SFist has great photos of today’s Prop 8 protest and tonight’s rally.  A similar rally in Hollywood brought out celebrities such as Perez Hilton and Drew Barrymore.

To all of our gay friends: we will hang in there with you and continue to fight.  This is total bullshit!

I just read an article that plainly states that the U.S. Government can track your cellphone location and information without the help of your wireless carrier.  A technology called “triggerfish” can be used to pinpoint the location of cell phones without involving cell phone providers at all. By posing as a cell tower, triggerfish, also known as cell-site simulators or digital analyzers, trick nearby cell phones into transmitting their serial numbers, phone numbers, and other data to law enforcement.

Although by law the government needs a court order to conduct this type of surveilance, I have to think that the Bush Administration has probably been ignoring all that and doing this to average citizens suspected of terrorism.  With a “suspicion of terrorism” is seems that all civil liberties may be violated lately.  Hopefully having Obama in office will change that.

The U.S. Secret Service pulled a 14-year-old girl out of class and questioned her until she went into tears earlier this week. What was her crime? Last year, she posted a picture of the president on her MySpace page, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. Now to me, that doesn’t seem like a threat on the President’s life. The girl took down the photo herself when she realized that the photo may be misconstrued as a threat–which is what she had just learned in her eighth grade history class.

Surely, the Secret Service knew everything about this girl before paying her a visit. They knew that she was an honor student near the top of her class, they knew where she lived, who her friends were, and the clubs she attended. Most importantly, they knew she was a peace activist, and to the Bush Administration that may be her biggest crime. The Secret Service decided to teach her a lesson in not dissenting against our nation, even though that is not a principle that our nation was built on. That’s why we are not British subjects.

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