Monday, August 01, 2005

Some of us are 'barely' amused by this

Rockers perform naked on live TV show
Two South Korean rock musicians stripped off their clothes while performing live on television, prompting the network to scrap the popular music show.
"And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for?"
A U.S. appeals court has rejected a lawsuit charging 1960s
psychedelic rocker Country Joe McDonald with copyright
infringement for his 1965 protest song "Fixin' to Die Rag,"
which became a rallying cry for opposition to the Vietnam War.
Airport Screening on the Defensive

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A woman who was upset over being searched
bodily at an airport was convicted Tuesday of assaulting a security
screener by grabbing the federal officer's breasts.

A federal jury heard the case against retired teacher Phyllis Dintenfass,
who also allegedly shoved the screener during the search at the
Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton in September 2004.

Dintenfass, 62, faces up to a year in federal prison and $100,000 in fines.
The judge set sentencing for Nov. 1.

On Monday, Transportation Security Administration screening supervisor
Anita Gostisha testified that Dintenfass activated metal detectors at a
checkpoint, and she heard Dintenfass say she thought the problem was
bobby pins and barrettes in her hair.

Gostisha said she took the woman to another screening area, where she
used a handheld wand. Gostisha said she was following protocol when she
also performed a "limited pat-down search."

Gostisha said she was using the back of her hands to search the area
underneath Dintenfass' breasts when the woman lashed out at her.

"She said `How would you like it if I did that to you?' and slammed me
against the wall," Gostisha testified. "She came at me and grabbed my
breasts and squeezed them."

Distenfass claimed she acted in self-defense.

"I said, 'What are you doing? No one's done that to me before,'" she said.
"And she kept going ... for what felt like an interminably long time."

Dintenfass denied shoving Gostisha, but admitted putting her hands on
the agent's breasts.

"I was mortified that I had done that," she said. "I was reacting to what felt
like an absolute invasion of my body."

U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said TSA officers perform a vital service and
are entitled to protection from assault.

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