Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm thinking that President Obama would do wonderous things for his popularity right about now if he stepped up and kicked some ass over this airport strip searching thing...

13 comments:

Brian said...

Whose?

Gino said...

most specifically: those responsible, starting with janet napowhatever.

Palm boy said...

He could start by asking her to actually walk through one of these machines.

Mr. D said...

I agree, Gino. It's a hanging curveball.

Bike Bubba said...

Yeah, but his constituency would go after him in a heartbeat if he did the obvious thing and took El Al's advice about how to deal with the matter.

RW said...

This is all George Bush's fault.

Brian said...

Oh give W a break.

Who could have possibly foreseen that nationalizing airline screening would result in absurd, one-size-fits-all top-down mandates, abusive behavior by petty bureaucrats, an erosion of basic expectations of privacy, and rent-seeking by contractors who make really expensive toys to do effectively the same damn thing the last round of expensive toys they sold to the government do?

Gino said...

i think palm boy should be the one to gawk at napowhatever's scan.

its W's machines, now in O's hands.
but he can practice the art of plausible deniability here so easy by kicking an ass, and then proclaiming something like... sometimes you gotta cull the heard or whatever...
or,
i didnt know tha bitch was this stupid when i hired her.

RW said...

It's okay. I posted "This is all George Bush's fault" in thirteen places today over everything from Korea to Brett Farve.

He's a meme now.

kr said...

RW: I laughed out loud ;).

btw, last night I figured a fabulous tin hat scenario, illuminati-level-conspiracy-and-all. Since Gino was so kind as to post another in this string, I offer for your amusement:

The radiation scans are actually part of the long term and global plot to partially sterilize large parts of the breeding human population (who are not the Overlord type people).

Historical context (besides Planned Parenthood's astoundingly long-term attempted extermination of a variety of lesser humans, of course, which is just too overt to be considered worth conspiracy-theorizing about ;) ): The other overt major branch of this effort is the widespread use of phytoestrogens in herbicides in industrial farming, which last I heard was the leading suspect in 1/3 of European men being sterile and another 1/3 mostly so (those numbers are probably 15 years old now). Other less obviously problematic things that have been tacked into this fold are cloudseeding chemicals (are they really for seeding clouds, or massive government chemical warfare on an unsuspecting populace?!?) and of course any and all GMO efforts ... so, you see, there's a handy tinhat network of speculation into which to drop anything that involves mandatory radiation exposure to the public who are not in the special classes (private jets?) that can avoid it.

Anyhow, not claiming this all holds water. But, you know, as the resident tin hat, I figured it was up to me to move the conversation sideways ;).

Gino said...

1/3 the european men are not sterile. they're gay.
i've seen the way they dress when they visit disneyland.

Brian said...

kr--I'd revise your theory to say that this is a conspiracy to reduce the upper middle class, the majority of people who fly a LOT but nonetheless on commercial rather than charter flights. The really poor don't fly much, and when they do it's on Southwest to Vegas.

Of course, decimating the middle class while maintaining a large underclass is entirely consistent with a global elite conspiracy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

kr said...

Brian--EXACTLY ;). You have to be sneakier to get the educated who think they are the elite, but they really aren't. The ones who went through the ivy leagues and (think they) know all the handsignals are the trickiest ;).

(To clarify, the theories usually run that they are trying to in a general way limit the underclass too, because there are only so many you could control in a potential uprising, and making an "example" of a group of people would rather expose the game. The racist theories receive slightly less credit nowadays because it's so much harder for most Western thinkers to really conceive of anyone being racist ... but really, once you start dehumanizing "others," it's not a stretch to decide to aim for specifically decreasing non-you categories.)

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For a few hours yesterday it looked like I was going to need fly (on the company's dime) in December ... one thing about being poor, I don't usually have to really face the increasing stupidity around air travel. Funny to have it thrown in my face by the universe that way ;).

I'd decided on the pat-down. Casual or enforced radiation exposure to living things, like adding poison to the environment, is simply and objectively stupid ... no conspiracy theory required ;).

Yarrrrrrrrrr!