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Today we leave (via Amtrack) for Wisconsin… Changing trains in Chicago.


OK. We’re in the middle of packing and getting ready to take off for Milwaukee. I’m getting clothes together and my pills and other medications, my computer and everything else I need to get to Buddy’s wedding. The dogs have been put in a nearby kennel for their “dog vacation,” and I miss them already.

The pain from my broken bones has gotten so much better that I think I will get through this trip okay. We have arranged for wheelchair transport at the railroad stations, one where we change trains in Chicago and the when we get into Milwaukee, so I should be able to get around with luggage.

Let me warn my regular readers at Under The LobsterScope that I may be missing some posts as we travel. The railroad stations already list that they don’t have Wi-Fi and I’m not sure what the situation will be at the hotel.  I will try to get at least one post a day out, preferably with pictures. This should have many interesting scenes worth showing on the blog.

We will be on the road from this evening until Tuesday morning after which will be back in West Virginia and ready to start my regular schedule. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.


This has got to stop… TSA Strip Searches A Young Boy… On Video!

This gets harder to justify every day. Somewhere, the terrorists are laughing their heads off.

I will no longer fly ANYWHERE!

Here’s something about the TSA Patdown that really makes me angry…

From Alan Colmes there’s a video at his site, Liberaland):

TSA Forces Flight Attendant To Remove Prosthetic Breast During Patdown

Cathy Bossi, who has been a flight attendant for 32 years, was forced to remove her prosthetic breast during a TSA patdown.

In early August Bossie was walking through security when she says she was asked to go through the new full body-scanners at Concourse “D” at Charlotte Douglas International.

She reluctantly agreed. As a 3-year breast cancer survivor she says she didn’t want the added radiation through her body. But, Bossi says she did agree.

“The T.S.A. Agent told me to put my I.D. on my back,” she said. “When I got out of there she said because my I.D. was on my back, I had to go to a personal screening area.”

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’. And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”

Cathy was asked to show her prosthetic breast, removing it from her bra.

“I did not take the name of the person at the time because it was just so horrific of an experience, I couldn’t believe someone had done that to me. I’m a flight attendant. I was just trying to get to work.”

It’s been a day of controversy over the Transportation Safety Administration

Isn’t it remarkable that people don’t want full-body scans showing them as stark naked or, as an alternative, having their crotches groped in search of terrorist bombs when getting ready to get on an airplane? It’s even more remarkable that it would apply to a six-year-old child or an 80-year old grandfather.

Jonathan Mann, who has been writing a song a day for the last couple of years, tackles the TSA’s body search in today’s song:

By the way, I support the boycott of flights ntil this is called off (although I’m sure there are a number of sexual perverts who think the experience is neat.)