11/17/10

This week, Mark Hemingway of the Washington Examnier reported that George Soros owns over 11,000 shares of OSI Systems, the parent company of Rapiscan, which manufactures the controversial TSA scanners. But a search today reveals that Soros has divested himself of all those shares.

First, Hemingway's report from Tuesday:

As for the company's other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country's liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI's stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.

Media Matters, the liberal media watchdog funded by Soros, quickly seized on Hemingway's article and mocked him, saying that 11,3000 shares are only "six one-hundredths of one percent" of the company's total stock. It included the following screen shot showing the investment:

Original Story Here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/coincidence-soros-...

Comments (24)

11/17/10

Whoa, great post. Very interesting. The public outcry over these damn things is growing. Could be another lightning rod for the Dem's. I am sure the Tea Party is going to be all over this intrusion of privacy.

11/17/10
Anthony .:

Whoa, great post. Very interesting. The public outcry over these damn things is growing. Could be another lightning rod for the Dem's. I am sure the Tea Party is going to be all over this intrusion of privacy.

That would be awesome. TSA + Padilla + Wiretapping + Iraq + Afghanistan + Iran + Israel turned me into a liberal under neoconservativism.

If the Republicans came out against this, it would signal the death of neoconservativism in the same way that the Blacklist's demise signaled the end of McCarthyism.

We still live in a post 9/11 world, but that's not an excuse to keep sliding further towards fascism- and ignore the protections we have in place- every time somebody gets on an airplane with an exploding shoe.

11/17/10

I'm buying up all the shares of ANALprobe....they're going to get the next big contract, just watch

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

11/17/10

Moderately related but it looks like at least someone is bringing some logic to the table...and from California, who would have thought?
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/loca...

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

11/17/10

He's dumping stock because he smells the public outcry brewing and he thinks the feds are going to step in and cancel the program, leaving OSI high and dry.

11/17/10

If I have to go through an "enhanced" pat down I'm going to claim gay, because if I'm going to get a groping, then by god, I'm getting it from a woman, butch dyke or not.

11/17/10
monkeysama:

If I have to go through an "enhanced" pat down I'm going to claim gay, because if I'm going to get a groping, then by god, I'm getting it from a woman, butch dyke or not.

She could do it anytime:
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.gadling.com/media/2010/...

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

11/18/10

IlliniProgrammer, Republicans, like myself, are against these new TSA tactics because they are a worthless pile of crap. You have an obvious profile of a standard terrorist--Islamic, Middle Eastern and/or African in national or ethnic origin, male, under 40 years of age. Instead of targeting persons who are generally in these groups (including myself, who is 25 and male), they are doing random screenings of people who clearly don't fit the terrorist profile (nuns!, children, the elderly, middle-aged men traveling with their children, etc.) because liberals and their Republican bureaucrat allies act like a bunch of politically correct fools. The absurdity of applying these new invasive tactics to the general population irrespective of profile is, from what I can gather, the primary reason there is such an outcry, especially among conservatives and right leaning independents. Seeing that video of the 3-year-old white American girl crying as she's being frisked by security was infuriating to me because this girl is being violated for absolutely no good reason other than for liberal political correctness. Not a person on her flight was safer for her having been frisked.

This is not even to mention that the former head of Israel's version of TSA said the body scanners are worthless in detecting bombs--they are only good for detecting weapons, which a standard metal detector performs sufficiently.

11/18/10
Virginia Tech 4ever:

IlliniProgrammer, Republicans, like myself, are against these new TSA tactics because they are a worthless pile of crap. You have an obvious profile of a standard terrorist--Islamic, Middle Eastern and/or African in national or ethnic origin, male, under 40 years of age. Instead of targeting persons who are generally in these groups (including myself, who is 25 and male), they are doing random screenings of people who clearly don't fit the terrorist profile (nuns!, children, the elderly, middle-aged men traveling with their children, etc.) because liberals and their Republican bureaucrat allies act like a bunch of politically correct fools. The absurdity of applying these new invasive tactics to the general population irrespective of profile is, from what I can gather, the primary reason there is such an outcry, especially among conservatives and right leaning independents. Seeing that video of the 3-year-old white American girl crying as she's being frisked by security was infuriating to me because this girl is being violated for absolutely no good reason other than for liberal political correctness. Not a person on her flight was safer for her having been frisked.

This is not even to mention that the former head of Israel's version of TSA said the body scanners are worthless in detecting bombs--they are only good for detecting weapons, which a standard metal detector performs sufficiently.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_McVeigh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unibomber

looking for that pick-me-up to power through an all-nighter?
11/18/10

Yeah, in case you can't read, I said that I fall into the category of under 40 and male and therefore I should be getting more scrutiny even though I'm white. Profiling isn't about pulling 79-year-old Ahmed Ali, who is traveling with his grand child, out of the line for enhanced search tactics. Profiling is about giving greater scrutiny to people who fall into certain categories of travel mode, age, race, national origin, gender, etc. and doesn't necessarily mean that every "Muslim" or middle easterner gets profiled because not every one of them fits that profile.

So, LIBOR, try to read the comments next time rather than making a knee-jerk reaction liberal Democrat post.

11/18/10

If I were a savvy terrorist, wouldn't I just find someone that didn't fit the profile / screened? I mean if they're going to fund these elaborate plots backed by millions of dollars, I doubt your strategy is exactly idiot proof. Good try though.

11/18/10

It somehow works for israel, which has the most secure flights in the world. Nice try though.

11/18/10

haha It works for Israel? Have you even been there? I hear complaints all the time from non-profit agencies about trying to provide food to palestinians.

And it's like finance, Israel is not a comp to America in any sense. Sure they profile all palestinians since they are an imminent threat, but considering our 300mn population, extensive land and more international presence it's a little hard to say that the risks aren't greater and more difficult.

Besides, do you really think your typical government employee who gets paid less than $35k is going to accurately profile someone even with a cheat sheet that you or say the CIA would be providing? The lowest common denominator is being used to screen for an incident so in the off-case someone we don't expect (a la McVeigh) is caught.

Imagine if we did profile based on your criteria and people who pretty much plan their whole lives and push millions of dollars into an act figure out someone who doesn't fit that stereotype. Who's going to be blamed? The guy who offered a solution on a forum for Wall Street or all of the government / President / CIA / FBI?

11/18/10

Ummm, no one said that people will or should just be let through security without screening. Bags are still checked and people still walk through metal detectors and are searched when the metal detector keeps going off. No one is saying we should let a 13-year-old white girl avoid going through security. What we're saying is that a 13-year-old white girl who is also traveling with her family should not be given a new, random intense pat down while 24-year-old Abdul, traveling alone, who is standing behind her is ignored. It's called common sense. If we were serious about security, we wouldn't be wasting our time molesting 5-year-old children in an effort to thwart terrorism. It's a waste of time, money and security.

A typical government employee can perform basic assessments of risk, i.e. the hispanic mother traveling with her 3 children does not need to be felt up to make this flight more secure. A bag check and metal detector should be sufficient.

By the way, I'm not the one offering up this solution--"my" solution has been offered by essentially everyone from Senators to the FBI. But political correctness will not allow for common sense.

11/18/10
Virginia Tech 4ever:

Ummm, no one said that people will or should just be let through security without screening. Bags are still checked and people still walk through metal detectors and are searched when the metal detector keeps going off. No one is saying we should let a 13-year-old white girl avoid going through security. What we're saying is that a 13-year-old white girl who is also traveling with her family should not be given a new, random intense pat down while 24-year-old Abdul, traveling alone, who is standing behind her is ignored. It's called common sense. If we were serious about security, we wouldn't be wasting our time molesting 5-year-old children in an effort to thwart terrorism. It's a waste of time, money and security.

A typical government employee can perform basic assessments of risk, i.e. the hispanic mother traveling with her 3 children does not need to be felt up to make this flight more secure. A bag check and metal detector should be sufficient.

By the way, I'm not the one offering up this solution--"my" solution has been offered by essentially everyone from Senators to the FBI. But political correctness will not allow for common sense.

I love you guys and the people on the radio. This thing is a catch 22, and unfortunately we would end up with this after 9/11 no matter what.

1- It seems like everyone has gone to Israel all of a sudden. I love that some are pointing that Israel profile, they don't screen anyone? Are you kidding me. I have seen kids, I don't think aged more that 5 getting a pat down.
Moreover Israel has less than 20 MM inhabitants, US 300 MM. Israel population is not as diverse. And more importantly, read Israel newspaper, probably you will see that they their system is flawless.

2- Now it seems like the Republicans do not like it now. But they loved it when it was about wiretapping? The Democrats did not like wiretapping and are all cheering the President now? Hypocrisy is not something we cannot run from huh?

Personally I don't mind it. Kids, female, old people, get into the scanner, we go naked in Hospitals right? Do we complain that the doctor will touch us, see us?

Stop the moaning.

Finally about profiling: so you don't think the terrorist is thinking about this too? Jeez, so they can place stuff in their babies and blow it up? Come on. Think about it, don't react.

11/18/10

Interesting enough, Israel actually screens all babies, children, 13-year old girls, etc. when crossing borders. Is this considered justifiable? You said they seem to have an ideal system, no?

Of course, if you take the argument that if you go by looks alone that a Palestinian girl is typically muslim looking you would be surprised that people you think that should be profiled (Muslim I'm guessing?) don't have similar features to people considered White in America. Ever been to Turkey? Istanbul?

I'm not an advocate for this system and I definitely do not want a police state, but considering metal detectors won't be detecting powder packs that can blow the sides out of an airplane elevated measures needed to be taken.

I don't see a solution when I see your response, just..Let young and old WASP / white people through security to make it easier for all of us! It sounds full of holes and a PR nightmare in a very PC country with a black President who has a typically muslim last name.

11/18/10

It's like you purposely refuse to read what I'm actually saying or what I've specifically stated. I can't have a conversation with someone who is attempting to debate with me while ignoring specifically what I've stated. For example, I specifically stated that no one is or should be allowed to skip security checks and yet you specifically retort that "my" solution--which isn't mine at all--is to let white anglo-saxon protestants skip security checks.

11/18/10
Virginia Tech 4ever:

It's like you purposely refuse to read what I'm actually saying or what I've specifically stated. I can't have a conversation with someone who is attempting to debate with me while ignoring specifically what I've stated or who is trying to draw me in to a debate about how Israel treats Palestinians.

Can't have a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed Hokie...not worth your time

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

11/18/10

That's the Lord's Fing truth.

11/18/10

Then break it down for me if I don't understand. What's your main argument? You are the one who brought up Israel, no?

11/18/10

We already have these scanners in the UK and have to go through them if travelling internationally

11/18/10

In recent news it turns out that airports are allowed to "opt out" of the TSA altogether:
http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-national/fl...

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