Someone Has To Say It

You knew one of us had to mention it.

On Christmas Day, the Panty Bomber was half successful in blowing up an airplane while traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit. Because of that, the Obama Administration and the TSA are all in a dither, and regular people are being detained and patted down more than ever. More freedoms and liberties are being eroded by the minute. Passengers are arriving four and five hours before their scheduled flight, rather than the two to three that are recommended by TSA and the airlines. Why? Because we are so freakin’ Politically Correct that we will not face this problem head-on.

And because this is my little forum, I can say, yeah, I have the answers. Not all of them, but better ones than are currently being exercised.

First, let’s start profiling. [pauses for collective gasp of horror] The two-year-old baby in his mother’s arms is not carrying explosives in his diapers. Not the gunpowder kind anyway. “But what if….?” Look at the baby. Pale skin? Check. Blonde hair and blue eyes? Check. Still not sure? Look at the parents. They also are pale-skinned, with blonde hair and blue eyes? With the last name of “Smith”? Southern accent and spent their entire lives in Mississippi? They’re not Terrorists. Let them pass. The guy behind them, with the swarthy skin, the newly shaved facial hair, and the shifty eyes? Yeah, that one, who says his last name is “Jones” but he can’t pronounce it, and he bears a striking resemblance to the guy on the Watch List with the alphabet soup as a last name. Yeah, he bears a re-check.

I’m not a trained TSA Worker, or an FBI Agent, and I didn’t even stay last night at a Holiday Inn Express. But I can tell you that the baby is not a terrorist, and the other guy trips more than a few warning buttons. But who is more likely to get searched? The mom and the baby, because we don’t want to offend Bomber Boy with the shifty eyes, because he’s dark-skinned.

Here’s another tip: stop with the shoes already. That’s been done. And now the underwear thing has been done, too. Strip-searches, pat-downs, full body scans… these things are going to stop us, the traveling public, from flying. They will not stop the nutjob fanatic who has no qualms about swallowing the explosive, or about placing it in other undetectable places. They’re going to die anyway, what do they care? Here’s a suggestion: look at the hijacking attempts in recent memory that have been thwarted. What stopped them? TSA? No. The FBI? No. Endless lines, pat-downs, x-rays, and restrictions on how much shampoo you can carry? No. The passengers stopped them. Passengers stopped the Panty Bomber. Passengers stopped the Shoe Bomber. Even on 9/11, passengers tried to stop that hijacker, forcing the plane to crash into a field rather than into more buildings. And yet, our “fearless leaders” are using the TSA to thwart the passengers at every turn. They take our nail clippers, but let some mope through with his grundies stuffed with bombs. And then that mope is overpowered and stopped by a bunch of “helpless” passengers.

Let’s leave the passengers alone. Let’s let them take their nail clippers on board. Let’s allow them to keep their pocket knives, their sewing scissors, even the occasional side arm. Why? Because most likely, the people carrying those things are not going to use them for evil. Until this War on Terror started, very few people eyed a two-inch pair of thread scissors as a deadly weapon. People still don’t. Now they’re an annoyance. And the guy who has a Concealed Carry permit knows how to carry and use that weapon. And he will not pull it out unless it is absolutely necessary. And then he will use it. And in that situation? I’d rather die trying to live than die with my hands shackled by TSA. Especially when the terrorist’s hands aren’t shackled.

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24 Responses to Someone Has To Say It

  1. SKL says:

    I have to say, this is a tough one. Personally, my first reaction was that if they are going to search my entire body every time I get on a plane, I just won’t fly unless I have an extremely important reason to do so. So assuming that’s how many people feel, it’s just going to kill more US and international industries.

    On the other hand, I don’t want to get blown to smithereens either, and it’s true that at least some of the terrorists don’t fit the “profile” even if you do “profile.”

    I think airline security is a detail and the real solution is deeper. Why the heck are there so many Westerners and people from other “friendly” countries getting won over by these terrorists? What is going on? How do we stop that? I know the libs will argue that we’re doing many horrible things to the muslims to justify global outrage. But that’s crap. We’re sucking up to them like never before, and it’s just getting worse. I think it’s because we are afraid to crack down on things we know are happening on our own soil and in “friendly” nations. We need to get serious about this. Unfortunately, it seems Obama is determined to take the exact opposite approach. Refusing to call terrorist acts terrorism, refusing to admit that they are connected with muslim extremists, etc. Because – why? My muslim friends aren’t going to be suddenly mistaken for religious extremists. I mean, they’re not running around with weapons and shouting slogans. If they were, well . . . how do you think I’d be treated in a muslim country if I were launching the same types of attacks on their country and religion? And why should only the US refrain from protecting its own interests / citizens?

  2. javajunkee says:

    I am going to go back and read the rest but just had to rush down here to comment…about I am guessing 6 years ago my husband went with the church group to Guatemala..they practically destroyed his shoes searching them. Not even shitting you. He has light skin BUT he did have a moustache and longer hair…don’t know if that is what triggered a moment with them to take his shoes and try to rip them apart or what. Ok going back to read again.

    • Vicki says:

      Ive also had my shoes ripped into, it was a flight leaving Fl coming to MN..I sat and wondered after they tore into my shoes why and a little light came on in my head..I was to a place over the new year which set off a lot of fireworks and they had those poppers that they thru on the ground which when/if u stepped on them they popped…kinda like caps.. The machine mustve sensed the powder still on my shoes.. which is good i guess..not so great for my shoes though.

  3. javajunkee says:

    why wasn’t that idiot stopped at the border trying to get into the USA? That’s where a big problem lies. We are letting these freaks into our country because we still want to be a “melting pot” yeah that was a great idea wasn’t it..and even after years of being held at gunpoint in our own country we continue to let them in. STOP IT! STOP IT at the border. Until things settle down I say close all the friggin borders ( I think we are still ok with letting Canadians over here)…but the rest of them. SHUT THEM DOWN!

  4. Sue says:

    I think SKL makes some good points. Why is America so politically correct when the rest of the world doesn’t seem to give a crap about that? And if we were in another country doing these things, you can bet your behind we’d be shackled in a dirty cell for eons before anyone knew where we were. And they wouldn’t care.

    Have you seen the videos of the new security screenings? From what I’ve seen, those agents don’t care any more about looking in your bag then they did before this mess happened. The one guy is going through a bag, but looking over his shoulder to see what everyone else is doing! THAT’S our security? A bunch of people who are there for a paycheck that don’t give a hoot? Because that’s what a lot of them are.

    The other thing I don’t get is this guy got on the plane in Amsterdam. He GOT ON in Amsterdam which means he went through AMSTERDAM’S security and yet it’s America’s fault he got on? I haven’t heard one “oh crap” from Amsterdam about what THEY let happen. THEY missed it. THEY let him on and now America is going to launch a full investigation as to how he managed it! How could we miss it? He wasn’t even in OUR country! Yes, countries should be able to share names of terrorists easier, but is that really the point? Amsterdam messed up so why are we trying to make things all better? Yes, there were American’s on the plane and it was coming to America, but how many other people from OTHER countries were also on that plane? Have those countries stood up to say they’d investigate how it happened? Have those countries stood up and said “this is unacceptable”? Why do we have to clean up everyone else’s mistakes?

    • Gary says:

      “Why is America so politically correct when the rest of the world doesn’t seem to give a crap about that?”

      I believe this is because people in America ALWAYS need SOMETHING to bitch and whine about. Our government has to watch their P’s and Q’s more than any other country for sure. We whine and complain about more stupid crap in this country where in other countries it’s just that…..stupid crap.

    • Just a Mom says:

      Sue, I had the same question! Why are we trying to fix something that didn’t break down in our country?!

    • Vicki says:

      Could it be because this was a delta/nwa flight and its an american company which employs these people???? I dunno but thats my guess.
      Ive been thru Amsterdam a few times and i never thought it was that easy to get thru although it was mostly the questioning that seemed so intense.

    • Tessa says:

      Good points Sue.

  5. Sue says:

    I forgot to say that the little Count Down to Obama thingy really distracted me while I was typing b/c I couldn’t stop laughing! That is too funny!

  6. javajunkee says:

    I love that ticker and post it on my facebook page every once in awhile just to remind people there is still hope..we’ve just got a few more days/hours till we see it!

  7. Joy says:

    I was thinking along the lines of SKL also when she says that people will just stop flying if they can help it. Who wants to go through all that? A business trip to Chicago for example only takes half an hour from the Mpls airport yet they have to be there 5 hours before a flight?? Seriously, in this day and age of conference and video calls, the airlines are really going to be losing out. Just last night my youngest son said he’d love to take another trip this winter somewhere warm but with the airlines like this, who wants to fly?

    I also agree with what Sue had to say about none of this happened here yet we are the ones who are taking all this heat. This is ridiculous. Years ago there was a saying, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck so I say just check the people you THINK MIGHT be a problem and let the blonde haired, blue eyed Smith’s from Texas on the plane. You know they aren’t the unibomber. This is all such a waste of time and money it makes me ill.

  8. Just a Mom says:

    Great post!
    First, let’s start profiling. [pauses for collective gasp of horror] You send the P word! 🙂

    If the US wanted to fix the problem at the airports they would let the Israelies train us how to do it. They have even offered to help us train our security. But they profile and we can’t have that here in America!

  9. mssc54 says:

    Well first of all flying in an airplane is NOT a right. If you don’t want a full body scan leave a couple of days earlier on the bus.

    Secondly, terrorists have come to realize that Americans will no longer sit by and allow their plane to be hijacked.

    The next major terrorist attack on America will likely be at a large gathering of people (sporting event, concert, busy shopping mall, etc.)

    • Tessa says:

      I think you are right. Terrorists will and have attacked on the ground, in large groups. The solution really isn’t security, is it? It is to become more educated, to educate others, to eliminate stereotypes and work with other nations better…

      • mssc54 says:

        A while back I saw a 55gl drum on (undeveloped) corner lot at a somewhat busy intersection. I called 911 to report it. They actually called back to thank me and let me know that it was placed there by a construction company who will be developing the land.

        I see wierd stuff all the time and call all the time. We all need to be more aware and willing to bother someone with things that look out of place.

  10. Tessa says:

    Wow, powerfully said. I agree some things seem silly like nail clippers and such being removed. But terrorists are on our planes and so everyone does need to be searched, you just never know, white normal, innocent looking passangers like me with a baby could be a terrorist too, and I don’t mind being at the airport early and being checked. I have flown a lot, just last week, the past few years, and for us the security has not overdone it. We have brought lighters, nail clippers, and food/drinks for our baby on board without problem except checking it with a scanner for drugs in the liquids. They are polite and quick about it. I only got to MPLS airport 3 hours early, and we were through to our terminal in just 1/2 an hour. Then we had to wait 3 hours to board the plane with a crabby little guy! No fun!! But we made it safe and I am grateful for that because it was nerve racking after hearing about the terrorist the week before we left. But I just trust in God and my faith keeps me calmer.

  11. Tessa says:

    We cannot let fear dominate us. Car accidents are still more likely than something going wrong on the plane. My dad is coming to visit, and is very scared to fly, so I think he’ll take the train, but it is more expensive. And takes longer. Like Sue said, this incident was not America’s fault. I think the solution is to work with other airports around the globe, to become allies with other nations, and to stop acting like we are the biggest and best country-work with others and hear them out, help them improve security and help us be safe.

    • Joy says:

      I agree with you for the most part Tessa but I’m not afraid of flying because of being hurt. I just hate to fly. I hate the stale air I breath and I feel agitated if I can’t “get off” something. I’m not afraid of getting hurt. My concern here is the time factor. People will stop taking small business trips and it really will make people think twice “right now” to travel. Many will think it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I do also feel you “get a feeling” about people and if someone “has a feeling,” I feel they should act on it and let “racial” remarks go to hell. Somebody has to stand up and say that we’ve had enough. I hear all to often that someone had “red flags” all over them but they just “slipped” through. From the bombing at the military base just recently to the couple getting into the party at the White House. People have “feelings” or things don’t add up but nobody thinks anything about it until it’s to late.

      I think it’s physically impossible to check every single person who gets on an airplane and there has to be a better way to implement this. IN EVERY COUNTRY.

  12. Nikki says:

    I just find it all sad….Before September 11, 2001, terrorists and an attack on our home land never entered our mind. Now we are afraid to fly, some afraid to gather in large amounts.
    I don’t have a problem going through whatever it is I have to go through to insure my safety. That being said….I don’t plan on flying ever again to be honest. It was too nerve racking the last time and I seriously thought I was going to have a panic attack. The thought of dying, in a very possible situation is too much for me.
    The problem with our counrty is what a lot of others have already said. Political correctness….I for one think we, Americans have EVERY right to profile, single out and go forth with whatever procedure necessary to provide our people a safe place to live. 9/11 gave us that right!

    • Tessa says:

      Well said Nikki. Darryl is afraid to fly too, and many others! My dad probably won’t now. I get nervous, and can definitely understand having panic attacks or feeling like that. Mind over matter, though, and maybe some drinks or anxiety pills 🙂 I’ve really had to learn to strengthen my mind so I don’t panic and I feel in control now with faith, but I understand it. I wish you guys could fly!! We miss ya all.

  13. Laura, I’ll support you in your run for Congress. I am sick to death of all the whiners and be-nice-to-them types. We didn’t become a great nation by sitting an sucking our collective thumbs. We grabbed ourselves by the crotches and gave Mother England the collective finger. “Bring it on, bitches!” we said.

    America’s government is too damned busy trying to get itself re-elected to bother with things as idiotic as its constituency. If we would only take the words self-government a little more literally, maybe these radicals would think twice and sweat a little more when choosing to infiltrate our masses.

    We are America. Don’t Tread On Me.

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