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The many uses of DHS: panty-raid

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by CATO, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I'll file this under oppressive govt. Seems DHS is straying a little from its mission statement

    The Department of Homeland Security Goes on a Panty Raid - Hit & Run : Reason.com

    The Department of Homeland Security Goes on a Panty Raid
    Peter Suderman|Oct. 23, 2014 1:27 pm

    [​IMG]Birdies Panties via Kansas City Star / Wichita EagleIn 2002, the Bush administration issued a formal proposal outlining the reasoning for the creation a new, cabinet-level bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    "The changing nature of the threats facing America requires a new government structure to protect against invisible enemies that can strike with a wide variety of weapons," the proposalexplained. "America needs a single, unified homeland security structure that will improve protection against today’s threats and be flexible enough to help meet the unknown threats of the future." Without DHS, America would never be safe.

    Flash forward to 2014. The Department of Homeland Security has a $39 billion annual budget. It is fighting the fight against our invisible enemies, and taking on the unknown threats of the future.

    By confiscating baseball-themed women's underwear from enthusiastic local retailers.

    The Kansas City Star reports on Peregrine Honig, who created the design for "Lucky Royals" women’s boyshorts, featuring the words "take the crown" and a "KC" logo emblazoned on the rear, in honor of the Kansas City Royals baseball team making it to the World Series.

    Honig was going to sell the boyshorts in her store, Honig’s Birdies Panties. Then a pair of DHS agents stopped by:

    Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press.

    "They came in and there were two guys" Honig said. "I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws."

    She thought that since the underwear featured her hand-drawn design that she was safe. But the officers explained that by connecting the "K" and the "C," she infringed on major league baseball copyright. (The officials involved could not be immediately reached for comment.)

    They placed the underwear in an official Homeland Security bag and had Honig sign a statement saying she wouldn’t use the logo.

    Don't you feel safer now?

    The Royals won their first World Series game in decades last night. We all lose when overfunded, unnecessary bureaucracies expand their poorly defined missions into doing dumb stuff like this.

    (Link via Radley Balko's Twitter feed.)

    Here's ReasonTV with three reasons to scrap DHS now:

    Peter Suderman is a senior editor at Reason magazine.
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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Gad. Is there anything that DHS won't get their mitts into?

    (Or is it some kind of sarcastic joke.)
  3. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Since when was DHS involved in copyright infringement?!??! This administration (and all part of the government associated with it) needs an enema!
  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Since the DHS has such a wide sweep in what they are involved in, maybe we could convince a few to attempt to enforce compliance with the Constitution in Washington D.C. ..... boy would that be amazing
  5. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    They have also raided the Gibson Guitar company a couple of times for exotic wood that is legal to own but not to finish.

    Makes me feel much safer...
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    It could have been the two agents just needed some new panties! biglaff
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  7. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    DHS has many parts, Customs is just a small part of that... Customs does the Gibson Raids, looking for illegal Wood. It is their "JOB".... If you have issues with the Importing Statutes, speak to your Congressperson, and the Greenies that forced those Statutes thru, to become Law.... CopyRight infringement is usually a CIVIL Matter, and usually dealt with in Civil Court, between the CopyRight Holder, and the alleged infringer....
  8. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    The department of homeland security just needs to go away. It is a useless organization that enriches all who head it.
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