A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 30, 2013
Department of Homeland Stupidity (Department of Homeland Security or DHS nickname)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York City and Washington, DC. The DHS nickname of “Department of Homeland Stupidity” has been cited in print since at least June 2003; a trademark application for “Homeland Stupidity” was filed on November 25, 2002.

Other Department of Homeland Security nicknames include “Department of Homeland Insecurity” (the title of a Frank Rich article in the New York Times of June 8, 2002), “Department of Homeland Surveillance” (cited in a 2003 book), “Department of Fatherland Security” (cited in print since at least November 2002), “Department of Homeless Security” (cited in print since at least March 2003), “Department of Hopeless Security” (cited in print since at least September 2004), “Department of Homeless Insecurity” (cited in print since at least October 2004) and “Department of Homeland Sabotage” (cited in print since at least February 2009).


Wikipedia: United States Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks, and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States of America and U.S. territories (including protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security, and not the United States Department of the Interior, is equivalent to the Interior ministries of other countries. In fiscal year 2011, DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion.

FlyerTalk Forums
TSA still cutting locks?
sowalsky
Jun 1, 03, 3:24 pm
It’s legal. The restriction is based airline-by-airline, not by the dept of homeland stupidity.

the Practical Progressive
Friday, February 18, 2005
Department of Homeland Stupidity
“Al Qaida has considered using the southwestern border to infiltrate the United States,” according to Admiral James Loy, Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Department.

OC Weekly (Orange County, CA)
Department of Homeland Stupidity
Master of Disasters Mike Carona breached secret anti-terrorism plans

By R. SCOTT MOXLEY Thursday, May 11 2006
Above Irvine Lake, somewhere near the intersection of the 241 and 261 toll roads, two miles after an unmarked entrance at the base of Loma Ridge, over a bridge, up a narrow winding road with two blind turns, and beyond two electronic gates and “no public access” signs, surveillance cameras and armed guards, is Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

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Rolli
‏@radi8
New Hampshire Liberty Forum wrap-up - Homeland Stupidity: (((This blogging is well worth a look just for th.. http://tinyurl.com/28mjhv
3:08 AM - 9 Jan 08

FireDogLake—La Figa
Department of Homeland Stupidity: Fair Use, Parody and Satire vs the Government
Lisa Derrick Wednesday October 30, 2013 8:30 am
The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency are using their muscle and copyright law to threaten a novelty store dealer with a lawsuit if he doesn’t stop selling items satirizing the snoopy bureaucracies.

Several offending to the gubmit (but I-am-12 funny to everyone else) hats, tee shirts and coffee mugs sport the words

Department of Homeland Stupidity

and the DHS logo, altered to give the eagle a dunce cap holding a bottle and a pot leaf, ...

Infowars.com
Free Speech T-shirt Maker Threatened By NSA, DHS Fights Back With Lawsuit
Steve Watson
Infowars.com
Oct 30, 2013
Back in August Infowars and Ben Swann broke the story of the NSA threatening online t-shirt makers because users of their sites were creating parody shirts denouncing the agency and selling them on the internet. Now one t-shirt designer, who was specifically targeted is suing both the NSA and The Department of Homeland Security, for violating his First Amendment rights.
(...)
His lawsuit further states:

Defendants violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution by threatening to enforce 50 U.S.C. § 3613 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 506, 701, and 1017 to forbid McCall from displaying his NSA Listens Parody, his NSA Spying Parody, and his DHS Stupidity Parody, from placing the Parodies on products to identify the targets of his criticism, or from selling mugs, T-shirts or other items bearing those designs to customers who want to display the items to express their own criticisms of NSA and DHS.

(Trademark)
Word Mark HOMELAND STUPIDITY
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: PRINTED MATTER, NAMELY POSTERS, STATIONERY, STICKERS, SERIES OF FICTION BOOKS; AND OTHER PRINTED PAPER AND CARDBOARD NOVELTY ITEMS, NAMELY POSTCARDS AND MOCK CERTIFICATES AND CITATIONS
(ABANDONED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: CLOTHING, NAMELY, T-SHIRTS, SWEAT SHIRTS, HATS, UNDERWEAR; AND OUTERWEAR, NAMELY COATS AND JACKETS
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 78188494
Filing Date November 25, 2002
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition March 2, 2004
Owner (APPLICANT) Kennedy, Harry INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 12613 Flint Street Overland Park KANSAS 66213
Attorney of Record HARRY KENNEDY
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date May 26, 2006

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Permalink