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Area Man Discovers He Is Terrorist

by Tracksuit CEO

The last time the TrackSuit family was at the airport, we were in line behind a man who was talking to one of the airlinetsa.jpg agents. We couldn’t help but overhear the conversation that ensued between the agent and this large lumberjack type fellow:

Creepy Lumberjack: How did I get on a watchlist?

Agent: Sir, just go to and you will find that information there.

CL: [grumbling] I don’t understand why I’m on a watchlist.

Agent: Sir, please just go to the website, it will answer all your questions. Now step back in line.

Step back in line?? Wait a second here! This guy is getting back in line with me and my family, and he might actually be on our flight? And it really didn’t help that he was freakishly large (I’m saying that and I’m 6′ 4″, so you can imagine how big this guy was).

So there he was, right in front of us, a big scruffy survivalist type who the FFA had pegged as a possible terrorist. It made me wonder how one does end up on this watchlist. Can you end up there simply by being neighbors with Timothy McVeigh? (this guy obviously was) So I went to and found this in their FAQ’s:

Q: I have been told that I am on a terrorist watchlist by an airline employee and I frequently have difficulty when I fly. Does this mean I am in the TSDB [Terrorist Screening Database]?

A: No; however, an individual may be a “misidentified person.” A misidentified person is someone who is experiencing a delay during screening because they have a similar name to a person in the TSDB. Misidentified persons are sometimes delayed while the government works to distinguish them from the terrorist in the TSDB. Because these delays are frustrating and inconvenient, there are several initiatives in progress to help streamline the clearance process for misidentified persons. If an individual believes he/she is having a misidentification problem, he/she should contact the screening agency’s redress office for assistance.

After our trip I ran across an article about Sergio Viera de Mello, the UN envoy who the recent book by Samantha Power Chasing the Flame is about. He is known for the saying, “Fear is a bad adviser” and the point of the book (and his legacy) is that if we, as a society, are terrifying ourselves — then we are the true terrorists. And the inner terrorist is one that no government or military can rid us of because we will always find more things to be afraid of. From the article:

“Neutralizing terrorism would entail freeing ourselves from fear at home, while also launching a grand international initiative to make citizens abroad safe in their persons and property.”

So when we let our fears get the best of us, or begin to see the world as a more dangerous place than it really is, we are just terrifying ourselves. Reality is determined by our beliefs. Our beliefs are the lens through which we view our world and if we can change our beliefs we will quickly notice that the world around us will change in kind.

So my idea is to make a new database of these unwitting terrorists. Anytime I hear someone here in Austin, where I live, getting paranoid that their 3 story office building might be the target of the next terrorist attack, I’m going to put them on notice!

Me: “Excuse me sir, I understand that you’re a security guard at Barton Creek Mall who explains all rules and regulations beginning with the phrase ‘well, since 9/11…'”.

Security Guard: “Yes, that’s correct.”

Me: “Sir, you’ve just landed yourself on the TSDB list, and the DB does NOT stand for database! For more information please go to That will be all.”


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Chocolate Rain: What does it mean?

I was introduced to Chocolate Rain through the links section on one of my favorite blogs, Poshdeluxe. Sarah presented the link with a question in the form of an acronym: WTF? My question precisely, yet I can’t turn away, or stop watching its latest YouTube incarnations.

I’ve wanted to write a piece on the Moby technique for a while now. At least that’s what I call Moby’s creative/business process. He writes,chocolate-rain.jpg performs, produces and records his own music and then goes on to release it himself. He’s eliminated all of the middle men. And until recently I thought he was the perfect example fo a Web 2.0 businessman.

Then enters Tay Zonday and his YouTube music video entitled “‘Chocolate Rain’ Original Song by Tay Zonday’. With this one idiot-savant performance, Tay has gone where Moby never could, not until now. He has placed himself on the desktops of millions of people, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and he doesn’t even have to pay for his bandwidth.

I think there’s more to the song than just 19 couplets with the same mind numbingly repetitive intro. There’s an underlying meaning there that the creator himself describes as a message about the “process of internalized racism”. And with lyrics like “the Bell Curve blames the baby’s DNA”, I have to agree.

There’s a lesson to take away from this viral video phenomenon. We should never let the lack of a recording contract or even a lack of what we commonly recognize as “talent” hold us back from getting ourselves out there and basically going platinum overnight.


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Are You a Ninja or a Pirate Questionnaire

Yesterday I explored the two main personality types: Pirates and Ninjas. Now you can take the questionnaire that will tell you what kind ofninja-pirate.jpg person you really are.

How to take the questionnaire:

  • Each question you answer will give you 1,2 or 3 points
  • When you’re done add your points up and click on the number that is closest to your total

So grab a pencil or a calculator and you’ll be done before you can say arghh!/ha-ha!

Ninja or Pirate Questionnaire

(1.) the Beatles (1 pt.) -or- Elvis (3 pts.)

In a fight who would win?:

(2.) Shark (3 pts.) –or– Crocodile (1 pt.) [photo sequence here]
(3.) Monkey (1 pt.) –or– Robot (3 pts.)
(4.) Godzilla (1 pt.) –or– King Kong (3 pts.)

80’s-90’s music:

Which is better:

(5) AC/DC (3 pts.) –or– The Cure (1 pt.)

Which sucks worse:

(6.) Van Halen with: David Lee Roth (3 pts.) –or– Sammy Hagar (1 pt.) –or– Love/Hate Both (2 pts.)

Domestic Matters:

(7.) Toilet paper on the roll: underhand (3 pts.) –or– overhand (1 pt.)

(8.) Domestic Beer (3 pts.) –or– Imported Beer (1 pt.)

Social Network: (Read the Newsweek article on this one)

(9.) MySpace (3 pts.) –or– Facebook (1 pt.) –or– Friendster (0 pts. disqualified!)

If you had to choose:

(10.) Bill O’Reilly (1 pt.) –or– Rush Limbaugh (3 pts.)


Now tally up your points and click on the number that is closest to your total

10 pts.15 pts.20 pts.25 pts.30 pts.


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