1) "Bronzer" from Shakesville:
A bitch just read this news bit about a Halloween party hosted by Julie Myers, who is head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was a costume party…some sort of office thing…and there was a costume contest. One employee dressed up in prison garb…and sported a wig of dreadlocs…and a face made up with brown makeup.The original article in on cnn.com. Myers was actually one of the judges who praised the costume for "originality."
Hmmm, black face is now original? Perhaps it was deemed OK because they claim a bronzer was used to get that darker hue rather than the traditional burnt cork or shoe polish.
Myers even posed for a photo with the costume wearer but that picture was later "disappeared."
It should be noted that her appointment was met with much criticism even from the Right for her utter lack of experience.
Also, according to wikipedia: "Under her admistration the Immigration and customs enforcement officials admitted to administering Haldol and Cogentin to deportees without consent. Haldol and Cogentin are controlled substances that typically require a prescription from a doctor. The ACLU is filing a suit on the basis that this violates the bill of rights as well as federal laws and may constitute torture."
2) "The Falafel Squad" from firedoglake:
Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists.I'm guessing that the list included not a few vegans of non Middle Eastern background (but they're probably Commies anyway).
The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would
lead to Iranian secret agents in the south San Francisco-San Jose area.
The brainchild of top FBI counterterrorism officials Phil Mudd and Willie T. Hulon,
according to well-informed sources, the project didn’t last long. It was torpedoed by the head of the FBI’s criminal investigations division, Michael A. Mason, who argued that putting somebody on a terrorist list for what they ate was ridiculous — and possibly illegal.
We truly have some scary folks in our government!