Maybe, that water in my pot had just reached 212 degrees.
I am a law & order guy. I laugh at those Freepers who worry about the curtailing of civil rights with the Anti-Terrorism and Patriots Acts.
Hell, you don't want to hear my position on capital punishment. (Hint: Our population would be greatly reduced)
This article has really pissed me off. Enough is enough.
Look. My wife and I returned from CPAC Sunday night via Baltimore/DC airport. We had a booth at CPAC and we had to pack up stuff to ship back home. I had packed my Swiss Army knife and Leatherman tool in one the boxes that was shipped to the warehouse in advance of the show.
I used the tools to set up booth, cut things...etc. I then put tools in my briefcase. The last day, I had to use the Swiss Army Knife to pack and tape the boxes to ship home.
I forgot to toss the knife into the boxes so I put it in my briefcase.
As I'm standing the security line, I realized the knife is directly on top of the papers in the briefcase. Very easy to see.
Ok, quick analysis. What do I do? If I report it, what are the consequences. One, kiss my over 20 year old Swiss Army Knife goodbye - that was a given. Two, what will the authorities do? Shoot me, arrest me, detain me....who knows.
I looked at the scanner. Young, black, bored not totally interested in what he was doing. Occasionally looking at the screen but only occassionally.
Decision. I'll go through and take my chances and cross that bridge....
Correct Decision. He never even looked.
Of course, when he becomes a Federalized Employee, I will certainly give myself up right away! (/sarcasm)
So, security failed last Sunday but now I can't take a piss because of some new law.
Folks, it's time for some of us to start saying "No, this is an unlawful law. I am an American and I still have some civil rights.
Let's get trained, educated, US citizens leading the airline screening process.
Let's get the baggage screening in place.
Let's agree that passengers now have to follow different rules. If you can't get up for the last 30 minutes of a flight...then you don't get up. We all understand what this about.
And, let's make penalties realistic. Instead of 20 years for acting like an overgrown adolescent, how about hitting this guy where it really hurts? How about a large five figure fine and suspension of his right to fly for six months?
We don't need to be told to keep our hands on our heads...we need to tell the airlines and the Dept. of Transportation to get their heads back where the sun shines.
On the one hand I know what you mean, but on the other....well. I am not sure what I would have done if I had been on the flight w/ Bizarro? After hearing the Captain warn everyone to stay in his seat, I would have been very nervous if someone stood up and walked towards the front of the plane five minutes later. I think Bizarro should have at least called the flight attendent first. If Bizarro had been young and Middle Eastern looking, well I don't know? I might have tackled him myself, and I don't think I would be the only one. Fear can produce some very strong reactions in people, and those like Bizarro need to understand this.