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Charles Krauthammer: Hands off my junk, Big Bro'
Orange County Register ^ | 11/19/2010 | Charles Krauthammer

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?

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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: junk; tsa; tsapervs

1 posted on 11/19/2010 8:17:26 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

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 ???


2 posted on 11/19/2010 8:23:22 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: markomalley

 

 
 


3 posted on 11/19/2010 8:26:52 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: markomalley

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.


4 posted on 11/19/2010 8:29:07 PM PST by KJC1
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To: markomalley
Bonnie and Clyde were psychopaths, yet what child of the '60s did not fall in love with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty?

Uh, I didn't. Actually, as bad as the acting was, I preferred Billy Jack.

5 posted on 11/19/2010 8:44:47 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Looking forward to the day when some dude shows up in this...

"I dare ya, copper!"

6 posted on 11/19/2010 9:08:12 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tennessee Nana

Jeff Gator Henry wears shorts and a tee-shirt as as he approaches the security area leading to the A concourse at Denver International Airport in Denver, CO, November 17, 2010. Henry said he was protesting that some commuters were being forced to chose between a full body scan or an enhanced pat down. (Craig F. Walker/ The Denver Post)

7 posted on 11/19/2010 9:13:59 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Tennessee Nana
I've wondered what it would be like to give them a running commentary {LOUDLY} during the frisking, "Oh, that feels wonderful !...a Little Lower, PLEASE, OHHHHH! You're so good! Do that again!...More, More!

Let's see how they like the embarrassment.

8 posted on 11/19/2010 9:16:48 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Tennessee Nana
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 ?

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.

9 posted on 11/19/2010 9:25:17 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Responsibility2nd

AWESOME!!!!


10 posted on 11/19/2010 9:27:13 PM PST by milagro
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To: markomalley
The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known...it's taken a while, but it looks as though finally the offense taken by the public at the tactics of the PCers is starting to overshadow the fancied offense supposedly taken by those being "profiled" and "discriminated against" - let's see whose hurt feelings carry more weight with the politicians and the public in the end......
11 posted on 11/19/2010 9:33:52 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: markomalley

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.


12 posted on 11/19/2010 9:57:33 PM PST by qwertypie
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To: markomalley

Wow. What a spot on article. Dr. Krauthammer really cut to the chase there.


13 posted on 11/19/2010 10:04:57 PM PST by rlmorel (TSA's new motto: "You don't get on, Until we get off.")
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To: DeFault User

LOL...see my tagline!


14 posted on 11/19/2010 10:06:04 PM PST by rlmorel (TSA's new motto: "You don't get on, Until we get off.")
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To: qwertypie

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.


15 posted on 11/19/2010 10:14:36 PM PST by rlmorel (TSA's new motto: "You don't get on, Until we get off.")
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To: rlmorel

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.


16 posted on 11/19/2010 10:16:42 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Next time I fly I’m gonna dress like this guy and not bathe for a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 11/19/2010 10:28:19 PM PST by kennyboy509 (Let us eat cake too!)
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To: qwertypie
How about we separate them into two categories:

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
administration.

However, they screwed up (as usual) and mixed up 1 and 2.

18 posted on 11/19/2010 10:36:19 PM PST by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

19 posted on 11/19/2010 11:56:30 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: SaraJohnson

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.


20 posted on 11/20/2010 12:58:28 AM PST by Kellis91789 (There's a reason the mascot of the Democratic Party is a jackass.)
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To: markomalley

Ann Coulter has suggested that air travelers make “sex noises” while they are being intimately frisked.


21 posted on 11/20/2010 12:59:37 AM PST by TChad
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To: markomalley

I wonder what would happen if somebody started a “Sex Offenders Registry” website and posted the names and pictures of any “junk touchers” that travelers care to submit, along with a description of the incident that caused them to collect the TSA agent’s information and take their picture ?


22 posted on 11/20/2010 1:02:52 AM PST by Kellis91789 (There's a reason the mascot of the Democratic Party is a jackass.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"...took off our jeans and T-Shirts..."

It's pretty much already been done...

http://cubachi.com/2010/11/14/german-flesh-mob-strips-in-airport-to-protest-of-tsa-body-scanners/

23 posted on 11/20/2010 2:36:46 AM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Perhaps one could be forgiven for suspecting the gentleman's cod piece is filled a great deal more aspiration than physical substance.Not that I really want to actually know. O:)
24 posted on 11/20/2010 2:42:56 AM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: KJC1

“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.”

Yeah, him and Fatso (not Brodeur, to you hockey fans). Two reasons why we REALLY don’t have a Senate majority today.


25 posted on 11/20/2010 5:16:55 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: TChad
Ann Coulter has suggested that air travelers make “sex noises” while they are being intimately frisked.

LOL! Here's another idea....

Young Frankenstein

For folks not familiar with the movie, stick it out 'til the end of the clip :)

26 posted on 11/20/2010 5:37:44 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: KJC1

You omit one salient fact...... he was right


27 posted on 11/20/2010 5:40:40 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; SortaBichy

TSA guy going the other way on the escalator has that “Gimme some o’ dat!” look about him.....


28 posted on 11/20/2010 5:44:49 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: markomalley

29 posted on 11/20/2010 6:34:15 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Tennessee Nana

There have been crotch and snuke bombs. I liked his line about how we’ve put up, up to now, with the fiction that a clutch of peanuts is a meal, a seat cushion is a ‘flotation device’, and attackers are randomly distributed throughout the population. (loose paraphrase)


30 posted on 11/20/2010 6:45:47 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: qwertypie

I like the idea of a trusted traveler program, until I realize that the same people managing this mess would be managing THAT mess. In other words, I don’t think they are competent enought to handle it. The only solution, really, would be to dissolve the TSA, and preferably the DHS, and rebuild it from the ground up.


31 posted on 11/20/2010 7:02:15 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: kennyboy509
not bathe for a week

That's a GREAT idea.

32 posted on 11/20/2010 7:03:26 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I intend to show up in boxers... but only after having stopped in the restroom to make myself a little bit happier before heading out for inspection. Then I’ll tell the inspectors that it’s against my religion to be inspected by anyone *not* of the opposite sex.

Hopefully, the female inspector will then fondle me enough to finish the job. If not, I’ll tell ‘em they missed a spot.

(Maybe I’ll do all that, but have my boxers around my ankles in the inspection line. That’ll clearly show my determination to cooperate fully, as I won’t be hiding anything.)

:-P


Point is, the TSA is using this to control the American people through intimidation, fear, and humilation. If we turn the tables and intimidate the TSA, show no fear of the TSA, and humilate the TSA... the TSA loses.


33 posted on 11/20/2010 7:59:09 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: TChad

I think it would be better if everyone just yelled “OUCH” every time the TSA touched their junk. If everyone did this loud for all to hear it could be a resistant type protest. What are they going to do, arrest people for yelling “OUCH”?


34 posted on 11/20/2010 8:32:11 AM PST by Balata
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To: bert
You omit one salient fact...... he was right

No, he wasn't. What he did was the equivalent of predicting that someone would fall down the stairs, moments before pushing that person down the stairs.

35 posted on 11/20/2010 10:43:06 AM PST by KJC1
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To: markomalley
We need an image of Incompetano with her hands defensively raised near her forehead, but not occluding her white hair stripe, captioned Don't Touch My Skunk!
36 posted on 11/20/2010 12:44:48 PM PST by goldbux (When yer odd, the odds are with you.)
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To: mewzilla
LOL! Here's another idea....

I have a singer friend who could do a credible imitation of Madeline Khan's voice. I'll mention this to her, she might want to try it.

37 posted on 11/20/2010 6:30:57 PM PST by TChad
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To: Balata
What are they going to do, arrest people for yelling “OUCH”?

Probably. Loyal servants of the glorious state don't yell "OUCH," they say "Thank you master, will you please fondle me again?"

38 posted on 11/20/2010 6:36:55 PM PST by TChad
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To: KJC1
He left a sour taste in my mouth

Gargle with some mouthwash and move on...........

39 posted on 11/20/2010 6:39:56 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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