Skip to comments.Charles Krauthammer: Hands off my junk, Big Bro'
Posted on 11/19/2010 8:17:22 PM PST by markomalley
Ah, the airport, where modern folk heroes are made. The airport, where that inspired flight attendant did what everyone who's ever been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a flying aluminum tube where we collectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts is a meal and a seat cushion is a "flotation device" has always dreamed of doing: pull the lever, blow the door, explode the chute, grab a beer, slide to the tarmac and walk through the gates to the sanity that lies beyond. Not since Rick and Louis disappeared into the Casablanca fog headed for the Free French garrison in Brazzaville has a stroll on the tarmac thrilled so many.
Who cares that the crazed steward got arrested, pleaded guilty to sundry charges, and probably was a rude, unpleasant SOB to begin with? Bonnie and Clyde were psychopaths, yet what child of the '60s did not fall in love with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty?
The junk man's revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? OK. We will swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are randomly distributed in the population.
But now you insist on a full-body scan, a fairly accurate representation of my naked image to be viewed by a total stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body pat-down, which, as the junk man correctly noted, would be sexual assault if performed by anyone else?
This time you have gone too far, Big Bro'. The sleeping giant awakes. Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don't touch my junk.
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How would it be if we turned up in swimmsuits and took off our jeans and T-Shirts along with our sneakers ???
Would they still insist on sexually assaulting us just for the heck of it ???
Maybe if Krauthammer had spent as much time bashing Coons as he did bashing Christine O’Donnell I might be more gung-ho about his article.
He left a sour taste in my mouth, and he lost any conservative say-so in my eyes.
Uh, I didn't. Actually, as bad as the acting was, I preferred Billy Jack.
"I dare ya, copper!"
Let's see how they like the embarrassment.
Of course. The TSA is a system, very much like Stalin's NKVD. Those screeners are just cheap cogs in that machine; their opinions are irrelevant. If the orders say "search them" they will search. [Note that there is only a small step from "search" to "imprison" or "terminate."]
This is exactly the problem with totalitarian states - they are such systems where each individual is just a robot, doing his part of oppressing others. It is pointless to fight that one robot. To make changes you need to fight the brain that issues orders. In TSA's case, that brain is firmly in denial and does its best to ignore the problem.
Another sign of a totalitarian state is laws that appear out of nowhere. Here comes that $11,000 fine for an offense that nobody heard about until now. When laws are invented on the spot we have a problem.
In a real, living, sensible society TSA would be given a free ride out of town, on a rail. Tar and feathers would be gladly donated by concerned citizens.
Krauthammer fell back on the facile “let’s do what the Israelis do.”
OK. Let’s start assembling huge databases on American citizens, separating out the populace into the trustworthy, the less trustworthy, the untrustworthy and the unknown. Keeping in mind that, once you enter the untrustworthy, it is forever and you will have your junk felt, or even denied a ticket or visa altogether.
Because that is the choice: accepting dossiers or a scanner whose output is like a poor 2D version of an “Avatar” video of your junk.
Wow. What a spot on article. Dr. Krauthammer really cut to the chase there.
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I disagree with your take on this.
Dr. Krauthammer is pointing out that Political Correctness has taken us to a point where we have enormous bureaucracies, billions of dollars spent and it isn’t doing a darn thing to protect us.
Political correctness is tying us into a hand-wringing self-destructing pillar of ineptitude.
I honestly can not trust myself around people who would dare aggressively assert their nasty selves into my junk. There is not alot of rationalization I can do with myself under those circumstances. I dare not enter an airport.
Next time I fly I’m gonna dress like this guy and not bathe for a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. Islam with whom we are at war with.
(Muslims get x-rayed and searched.)
2. The rest of us.
(We just get on the plane.)
I like to keep things simple like the current
However, they screwed up (as usual) and mixed up 1 and 2.
I’d love to see some local cops standing by at the airport screening area, observe the pat downs, rush forward, throw the TSA goon to the floor, and take him away in cuffs. If a TSA supervisor tries to stop the cop, do the same to him and arrest him for conspiracy in sexual assault. Indict everybody who formulated these rules all the way up to Janet Napolitano. Let’s see these people face living out their lives as registered sex offenders. See if that causes them to reevaluate how they interpret their “duty” to touch people’s junk.