Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freedom Fondles?

"America truly is a nation of whiners," whines's Debra Saunders, whose title alone shows why there's never a need to parody neocons — Not TSA Pat-Downs, But Freedom Fondles.

She particularly targets "Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who introduced the 'American Traveler Dignity Act' to 'protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse,'" and "[t]he conservative RedState blog [that] likened TSA searches to 'sexual assault, humiliation, and pedophilia,'" as well as those "on the right [who] argue that if the TSA engaged in profiling, agents would not have to bother granny and the kids." It's never "physical and emotional abuse" or "sexual assault, humiliation, and pedophilia" when carried out by the State, but "profiling" is evil.

Fortunately, fellow Townhaller Thomas Sowell is far wiser, arguing in the same issue, "'Security' may be the excuse being offered for the outrageous things being done to American air travelers, but the heavy-handed arrogance and contempt for ordinary people that is the hallmark of this administration in other areas is all too painfully apparent in these new and invasive airport procedures" — Airport "Security"?

I guess if you think they hate us for our freedoms, the one way to make them stop hating us is to take away those freedoms. But "freedom fondles"? Using the adjective "Orwellian" to describe such an idiotic phrase would be an insult to Big Brother.

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Blogger Angela said...


I do think that the phrase "Freesom Fondles" is perfect Orwellian though.

3:09 AM  
Blogger あじ said...

Sowell's comment applies equally to the previous administration. And it's not like the TSA has suddenly and unexpectedly gone downhill in the last 2 years: more like 8. The real security improvements post-9/11 are closed cockpit doors and increased passenger awareness (and maybe some minor stuff I can't think of at the moment). The rest is just theater: as long as people perceive that we're doing something, they'll be fat, dumb, and happy. Well, enough of them anyway.

Meanwhile, terrorists will attack weak spots, as any sane assailant will do. How long before the TSA takes over train stations and bus stops? And why can't we be satisfied with reasonable precautions? Because I can't find anything reasonable about this mess.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Sooner or later, some enterprising Jihadi is going to fashion himself prosthetic gonads out of plastique; for Americans from then on, the screenings will be quite the bomb.

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Angela, thanks for the comment.

あじ, you're absolutely right in all you say; I couldn't agree more. Plans are in the woiks: TSA Searches: Are Trains and Subways Next? and TSA Chief: No Body Cavity Searches, For Now.

I'm meeting my parents in Hawaii this winter. The tickets are already booked and the hotel already reserved. Now, I have to decide if I'll opt for the possibility of skin cancer or to have my first gay experience.

Francis Xavier, I just hope that happens after I fly.

8:59 AM  

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