Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Testicle Squeezers at San Diego International

The blog <Insert title here> has a first person account of an encounter with the Testicle Squeezing Authority at San Diego International Airport.

TSA encounter at SAN
More about my TSA encounter at SAN

Just another incident in that long train of abuses hurtling head long to a place intelligent people don't want to go. I sometimes wonder if the govgoons described in the above postings really are as stupid as they appear. It makes no sense that they would provoke citizens the way they do unless the are just too stupid to see where it is leading

Or, maybe, they want to go there.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TSA


Testicle Squeezing Authority

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Other commentary here.

Blogger Bob from the TSA

Blogger Bob who seems to troll blogs looking for anything remotely critical of the TSA poked his head out of his hole to respond to a question about the treatment of passengers who don't care to be scanned by one of the Government's newest invasive toys, the Whole Body Imaging Scanner:
Anon, I'm posting about this because it is relevant. One of the top questions on this blog is about AIT safety.

Also, there is no fondling, squeezing, groping, or any sort of sexual assault taking place at airports. You have a professional workforce carrying out procedures they were trained to perform to keep aviation security safe.

Please keep pat-down discussions in the Enhanced Pat-down post and let's keep on topic with AIT safety here.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team
While thinking about a proper response to the above tripe I found a gem by Billy Beck:
Dear Bob

You are an unconscionable idiot. You don't have a clue in the world what's going on out there. I would not hire you or your perverted goons to take out my trash, and I would rather take my chances with the terrorists. Those bastards don't look me in the face and lie to me like you do.

I can't wait until you're out on a winter-blown sidewalk, starving and trying to sell pencils for a living. I'll spit right in your face as I walk by. I promise.
Some might think that sounds harsh. After all, he is just following orders; just trying to feed himself and maybe a family. I'll bet he is kind to small animals and children, too.

So what? People like Blogger Bob and his team represent a modern example of how evil becomes banal. They actively defend actions that decent people recognize as wrong. They work to normalize ugly and degrading acts and make them routine. They endeavor to get you to accept being treated like a domestic animal as being "just the way things are".

And they do it with a smug sense of moral superiority.

Billy is right. Blogger Bob and his accomplices deserve no consideration or pity. What they are doing is not a tragic mistake they might be forgiven for. They are institutionalizing the degradation of the citizen and defending it with high sounding rhetoric and scientific charlatanism.

If he were freezing to death, I wouldn't piss on him lest it warm him up a little.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Harrison Bergeron come to the Screen

Family Security Matters has a review of 2081 a short film based on the dystopian short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Trailer

The reviewer compares the story to John Rawls influential book, A Theory of Justice
I wonder how many readers remember John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, that scholarly paean to egalitarianism and institutionalized envy, from 1971. How would one dramatize, in visual and auditory concretes, its high-blown, insidious principles?
That's not a bad comparison,

I first read Vonnegut's short story at least 40 years ago. The story is a simple and brutal cautionary tale of the principle of equality taken too literally and carried to absurd extremes. That is the simple part. The brutal part is because those who accept those extremes as proper moral behavior have the power to force compliance and the effects of that are devastating. While I admit I only half understood it at the time, the images of athletes bound by weights and the best human minds interrupted in their thinking by discordant noises acted as an inoculation against later temptations to let a blind application of a principle override my intelligence.

John Rawls' conceptions of justice and fairness are rooted in the Platonic notion that there is a moral order imposed on the Universe by cosmic or supernatural forces and that human morality is measured by how closely it conforms to this ideal. This is convenient for the philosopher because it allow him to "discover" these laws using thought experiments based on purely imaginary scenarios.

Perhaps this explains why one of Robert Heinlein has one of his characters describing philosophers as scientists with no thumbs.

The simple fact is that the moral nature of human beings arises from the evolutionary and intellectual history of our species. Understanding these dual influence requires more than lying about discussing made up principles within a framework of made up scenarios. To understand the evolutionary side requires some knowledge of biology and evolution. To understand the historical side requires a knowledge of history.

It takes what we used to call in Engineering, "skull sweat", a phenomenon much lacking in modern philosophy and apologetics.

H/T to Western Rifle Shooters Association

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Have I Finally Arrived?

I saw this in the statistics for Atheist with a Gun:

I'm not so egotistical to really think this is someone from GSA keeping tabs on me. After all, after nearly a year-and-a-half, I've seem less than 1,500 hits. I'm probably not that dangerous.

Still it was comforting to think, if just for a moment, that I'm actually worth watching.
 
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More Thoughts on the California Election


Election Day is the real Day of the Dead. Dutiful citizens rush to the polls to choose between a blood-sucking vampire and a brain-eating zombie. They do this knowing full well that each is lying about wanting to suck blood or eat brains.

Occasionally a candidate arises who honestly neither wants my blood in a glass nor my brains on a plate. However, I am repeatedly assured that such a candidate cannot win. Furthermore, if I choose such a candidate on Election Day I am wasting my precious vote and acting against the natural order. Without the vampires and the zombies civilization as we know it would cease to exist.