(Without links for tonight)
First off, I woke up to Mike Gallagher going on about political correctness — like that is new. He wants to screen every person with a Muslim name who wants to get on a plane. I find it odd that there isn’t more outrage about how the guy got on the plane in Africa or Europe. Do the TSA have people in Amsterdam? Another disappointment is that Janet Napolitano felt that she had to answer the screamers.
(Obvious parenthetical — the city was supposed to start requiring biodegradable bags for yard waste, but the new bags are not available widely enough yet. I was able to get all but one bag out for the latest pickup. I will switch to the other bags, but having ordered my composter, I may only need to purchase one package.)
Back to the would be bomber — given that I went on an international flight less than a month after 9/11, I’m not one of the people who gets worked up about this. It’s always been the case that traveling by car is much more dangerous and wouldn’t it be novel for the American public and our officials (in that order) figure that out? The solution to the current issue would be for international airports to wonder and stop someone who doesn’t live in the U.S. buying a one way ticket here. But that’s not what the criticism is about. It will be conflated to 9/11 and be very afraid to fly and everyone will lose some of their freedoms — or not.
Part of me wonders how families and people in general endured continental flights before there were laptops, cell phones, DS’s etc. How did they survive it? And to get back to Mike Gallagher, he pointed to how the Israeli airline deters terrorists: they basically profile Palestinians. As he claims, no one complains. That would make sense. Palestinians live in world where they are suspected no matter what. They are made to wait and wait, often in the sun, just to get to their jobs. Yes, let’s be just like Israel, where you have to be a Jew to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.
I know, Gallagher is just looking to get blog hits at this point. For the last week his sub has admitted as much. He is promoting a link on his blog that gives an 800 number to D.C. Either one of them could have given the number on the air, but no. You must go to the website — oh and sign yet another petition. About Health Insurance Reform. The first one, delivered via ambulance, didn’t work, and so you must do it again.
The same station delivered a ridiculous “best of” Bill Bennett this morning. Why should we let these people be in charge again? It also advertises the USJF — no, not the Judo thing, but the wingnutty thing that supports not only the birthers, but seems to be run by a Dickensian named KREEP, and wants to erect a monument to Saint Ronnnie in Berlin.
I’ve run out of steam. I’ve tried to be humorous. I’ll add links tomorrow.
I had wanted to take picks of what I have been doing, the process, but I didn’t. If there is no rain in the morning, I will capture the work in progress.
And speaking of progress, and the end of the year, I, for one, think our President and Vice President are doing a very good job. I’m relieved that they are the ones in charge. I’m also extremely happy about our Mayor. Except for the governorship, I’ve got the representation that I have always wanted.