Monday, November 15, 2010

Are We Winning?

The Naked Body Scanners are still making nudes news. News, not nudes. Well, anyway... Sorry, my mind gets distracted...

This time, it's the Ragheads that are gettin all pissy:
CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a “special recommendation” for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.
Because, well, nobody would try to hide bombs or anything in their hair anyway, right?
We'll have to see how far TSA is willing to go in order to violate the privacy rights of Muslims. I hope it's at least as far as the rest of us, if not further, because it is the Muslims who are trying to blow shit up, isn't it?
No, on second thought, I take that back. I want them to violate every muslimish looking chick or dude who tries to approach within five miles of an airfield. Forget letting them buy a plane ticket.
Never can be too safe. Right TSA?

I think the situation may be getting better, thanks to the suspects themselves:
In February, the Figh Council of North America, a group of Islamic scholars, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, that full-body scanners violate Islamic law.
“It is a violation of clear Islamic teaching that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” the ruling states. “Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of the faith. The Qu’ran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.”

CAIR endorsed the fatwa, according to a Feb. 21 article in the Detroit Free Press.

OK, so we cant search them. Nor scan them.
If TSA sticks to it's guns and molests everybody equally, Muslims will be religiously forbidden to fly.
The terrorists lose.

I love it already.


Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Unless they've got a tampon bomb. In which case, it's holy war, and thus they're allowed to break the rules.

And none of these "measures" will work for that.


Gino said...

but they still would have to be seen in the naked body scanner. so, they wont do it.

not just brilliant!
its fucking genius!

Brian said...

I'm pretty sure Muslims aren't the only group of people who object to choosing between being viewed naked and being groped.

I am cautiously optimistic that we could be turning a corner here. The video of the kid being "handled" by one of the TSA's finest is pretty powerfully disturbing stuff (and I don't even like children, particularly when flying.) One good scanner porn scandal and we have the makings of a serious public backlash against security theater.

Also, I'm pretty sure 1/5th of flyers opting out will cause intolerable delays.

Something's gotta give...

my name is Amanda said...

Writing "raghead" is like writing "nigger."

I mean, you know that, right?

Same with "wetbacks."

It would the same as exclusively referring to women as "stupid cunts."

Why bother making a distinction? Avoiding reducing people to non-humans with PC-language is such a pussy way of writing, don't you think?!

Brian said...

I just read a post on FB from a friend of mine: "FYI- don't wear a skirt if you plan to opt out of the back-scatter x-ray." I'm sure that it is ENTIRELY A COINCIDENCE that my friend is a very attractive woman.

Seriously, this shit has to stop somewhere.

tully said...

Let's not call them 'ragheads'. You are better than that. We can call ourselves guineas. Ain't that enough?

And I know you're joking. You're also joking in your little syllogism "Muslims will be religiously forbidden to fly. The terrorists lose." But I can't stress enough how dangerous your language is here, even if it's meant jokingly. If we were talking in person, I wouldn't be so cautious. Tone goes a long way.

Palm boy said...

After the second reading of the post, I think its sarcasm.

But I'm not sure.

I do disagree, the terrorists have not lost. You know that. Thats why this is sarcasm.

Bike Bubba said...

Tampon bomb or suppository bomb, both of which the Rapiscan (yes that is what it is called) probably will not detect, according to El Al. (()*&)(*&()*, can't we LISTEN to the Israelis on this? Please?

And for what it's worth, I am all in favor of terrorists sticking explosives up their private areas and setting them off--just not around innocents.

Brian said...

Also, this:

Follow the money...

Gino said...

"Nigger" has 400 hundred years of history behind it, and is in a class by itself as far as words go.

to equate it to guinea, wetback, or raghead is just not accurate.

but you both knew that.

and i've never called or refered to any woman as a stupid cunt. not here. nor anywhere.

tully said...

I didn't make that comparison. I just expressed my disapproval of "raghead." It's a stupid word. It strikes me as a word that stupid people use, and you are not a stupid person.

Maybe guinea is in the same class. I don't know how I feel about the word, because Italian Americans are no longer discriminated against. Muslim Americans are. You must think about the playground effect of any word that is perpetuated in the American vocabulary: If a little Muslim girl wearing a headscarf to school is called "raghead" she's not going to brush it off. It will get to her. It is especially offensive because it encourages Muslim-Americans to alter something about themselves that can be altered with relative ease, but it has a deeper covert effect on their identity.

Of course there are no hard feelings from my corner, and I don't think you're a bigot. It's just a stupid thing to say. I have said stupid things, clearly!

Gino said...

yes, it is a stupid word. thats why i use it.
(and use it when joshing with muslim/arab friends. we laugh about it, just like camel jockey, an even stupider word.)

if i wanted to be mean, i got other words. but my approach here is intended to be less sensitive to muslim concerns, because frankly, if its my life vs their feelings, i'll go with my life first.

and if that means upsetting a few members of the 'koranic community' (is that better, amanda?), they need to take it up with somebody else... like maybe the assholes in their own midst that make this bullshit necessary.

tully said...

"New polling research finds only 73% of camel-jockeys have actual experience with camel-husbandry."

W.B. Picklesworth said...

Your disinclination to put up with PC BS is one of your most charming features. We need more of that, not less.

tully said...

Political correctness is one thing. But in disposing so adamantly of the PC, we make certain implicit assumptions about language, to the effect that language is merely so many words that are tools, with no meaning or power in themselves. This justifies a certain wantonness in our use of language. I value Gino's humor in part because being serious-about-language is not being-progressive-with-language, and those who hope to advance the political through sobriety are lost in that they are so serious about seriousness, they end up valuing seriousness itself more than they would like to acknowledge. But come now, clearly we want a balance between seriousness and humor which allows us to deal with language in a way that is real--and the real has not nearly so much gravitas as some would like. Even so, this realness is what is at stake for us, even in the most flippant remark. Like saying Gino is a guinea, which, by the way, is a direct statement of the real!

Of course having said that, there's a reason I read this blog, and it isn't to lecture you on your use of language. I just on occasion hope that, in the midst of the fun, we do not lose sight of our goal.

Gino said...

but fun is my goal.
i wouldnt do this if it sucked.

tully said...

My body is telling me right now that I'm sucking the fun out of the room, and should appreciate you for what you do without being so uptight. I had dinner with a group which included my former girlfriend who's very PC, and it is more real to me now than before how annoying that is. That doesn't mean that what I've written above is right or wrong. Just that I maybe shouldn't have written it.

Guitarman said...

This is a great post. I flew alot this summer for work and I don't understand the uproar. If someone wants to look at my naked body, to insure flight safety....their loss.

Gino said...

thanks, guitarman.

tully: words do indeed have power. but that power is infused at the eardrum, not the vocal cord.

i havent much control over my own cords, and i'm damned sure not gonna try to excercise it over somebody elses drums.

as for dumping that pc chick: good move. shows the wisdom beyond your yrs that i always accused you of.