Federast: t-shirt for the age of TSA pornoscanners and grope-a-thons

At $34.99, this "Federast" t-shirt may be one of the more expensive means of getting singled out for punitive treatment at an airport checkpoint.

Federast (Thanks, Janee!)

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  1. would be nice to see the criticism aimed at the government policy folks composing and constructing policy rather than the employees of the agency.

    this is definitely turning into a successful right-wing attack of government workers. see the old conservative attacks: they are under-educated and over-paid; over-empowered and carrying too many benefits.

    1. Yeah, to some degree, but there’s gotta be a face on it for the visual protest to work. How would a t-shirt like this work with some oldster sitting behind a desk? (A: Not very well.)

      Blue-shirted thugs REPRESENT the policy and the government policy folks composing and constructing policy.

      (So, is that synedoche, or metonymy?)

      1. Blue-shirted thugs REPRESENT the policy and the government policy folks composing and constructing policy.

        Funny, I’ve never had any TSA worker treat me in a thuggish manner. Way to make obnoxious generalizations an entire bunch of workers though.

        “some oldster”

        Do they have to be faceless? How about actual TSA bosses? Your political representatives that are supposed to be setting policy?

    2. yeah but isn’t that true? it’s a bunch of people tasked with security who don’t really know what they’re doing. The CIA and the FBI catch terrorists, the TSA catches nail clippers.

      1. I totally agree. What sort of ‘training’ or qualifications do these people really have? Beyond giving copious hand jobs I mean…

  2. Anyone else see this and their first thought was, “What’s with the goatee?”? Let alone lack of obesity? Hey that rhymes!

  3. this is definitely turning into a successful right-wing attack of government workers. see the old conservative attacks: they are under-educated and over-paid; over-empowered and carrying too many benefits.

    Absolutely, then there’s the whole classism involved. Now they’re implying that workers are pedos. Good sheep, attack the workers instead of the people actually making the policy.

  4. Do they have to be faceless? How about actual TSA bosses? Your political representatives that are supposed to be setting policy?

    Yeah, that’d be REAL effective on an agitprop t-shirt. Nothing rallies the masses better than getting them to scratch their heads in confusion with a muddled message.

    1. So instead insinuate that the men and women working for the TSA are pedos. So the message here is that the person wearing the shirt is a complete idiot and a jerk it would seem.

  5. So the message here is that the person wearing the shirt is a complete idiot and a jerk it would seem.

    No such image would convey the exact same message to everyone, and to most viewers, it wouldn’t convey that one. As I’ve been saying, I think most would interpret it as a message about the new TSA policies, instead of about the person/people wearing the uniform.

  6. Bush-league psyche-out stuff. Laughable, man, ha-ha! You try any of that civil liberties shit with us, you flash an iPhone in the line, I’ll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and press the camera icon ’til it goes “click!”

  7. “this is definitely turning into a successful right-wing attack of government workers. see the old conservative attacks”

    if the american left could string a coherent message together, they could use this as a sterling example of what happens when conservatives create welfare programs: a service industry committed to the service of harassing americans while generating no capital or infrastructure. bloody wonderful.

    but no, they cling pathetically to the crumbs of Bush-era counterproductive social programs. Apparently the left’s position is that every worker is just special enough to have a non-unionizable minimum wage job harassing other people, but no more special.

    it’s not really a surprise that we’re losing. as flaky as he sometimes is, I think Zizek’s overall point in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GD69Cc20rw) is spot on.

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