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A few days ago I posted Babs beautiful mind’s farts in Sarah’s general direction

“I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said. “And she’s very happy in Alaska, and I hope she’ll stay there.”

Now, it’s Palin’s turn and I must say I like her answer. I think Al Gore and John Kerry can also appreciate it:

Said Palin: “I think the majority of Americans don’t want to put up with the blue bloods. And I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes. The blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners.”

I would have used democracy instead of competition, but the gist is right on the money.

In related news, Obama gives an answer that reminded me of W and Bin Laden

President Obama to Barbara Walters: ‘I Don’t Think About Sarah Palin’

That’s a relief.

Now I can go to bed.

Soon, after 9.11 I read an essay which compared US to a dog and the terrorists to flees.
It’s not the flea bites that get the dog, it’s the scratching.

If we don’t do this or that, the terrorists win – so became the joke of the Bush administration since 9.11.

Let’s remember what terrorism is. per Merriam-Webster

–noun

1.

the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2.

the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.

a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
The first meaning refers to the perpetrators of terrorists act. Notice how their purpose is not to kill or destroy so much as to intimidate or coerce.
As in get all Americans to take their shoes of after an inept attempt to conceal a bomb in a shoe.
And now, get porno scanners an groping of genitals after an inept attempt to hide a bomb in underwear.
Are their goals met? I would say they are.
If I were a terrorist leader, I’d direct a number of minions to hide bombs – working or not – in their cavities.
Then relax and watch the stupid dog chasing its tail.
We cannot control the terrorists actions (although I thought we were “fighting them over there so we didn’t have to fight them over here” ha-ha).
But we do have choice over the way we “scratch”.
Israel has been in the midst of such threats for decades now, and has been protecting its citizens very well.
Instead of using porno scanners and groping hands, they use the low tech weapon of intelligence.
Security people there don’t get in your underwear, they get into your head. All within a short, pleasant conversation.
Last year, on the airport in tel Aviv, I got confused about procedures and left my luggage unattended after they were scanned (luggage, not people are scanned there).
I was invited in an office and went there quite scared as I knew I did a no-no thing.
They re-scanned my luggage . I am sure their scanner was as detailed as ours as they started a conversation about some plastic containers I had in there – with salt from the Dead Sea. A courteous, pleasant conversation that reassured me and  informed them I was no threat. I left there feeling good that they were on the job.
So why can’t we, in this country probe with our minds rather than our hands?
One reason is, of course, corruption

Scanner makers boosted lobbying

a headline from Federal Times – DHS:

Rapiscan Systems, meanwhile, has spent $271,500 on lobbying so far this year, compared with $80,000 five years earlier. It has faced criticism for hiring Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary, last year. Chertoff has been a prominent proponent of using scanners to foil terrorism. The government has spent $41.2 million with Rapiscan.

“The revolving door provides corporations like these with a shortcut to lawmakers” and other decision-makers, said Sheila Krumholz, of the Center for Responsive Politics.

I can’t believe their name is actually Rapiscan. What? Rape Scan was taken?..

But that is only part of the reason. That takes us to the second meaning of the word “terrorism”

2.

the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
We all remember the color code charts and the catch phrase I used in the headline: “if you don’t eat your French fries, the terrorists win.
Bush used it most ostensibly.
Obama too gave a speech on Nigerian packages the day before the election – to little effect.
We are now admonished by the TSA and Obama media to “grow up”

Don’t touch my junk? Grow up, America.

The media – which tells us how to vote is now telling us to  obey. Relax and enjoy.

Yup. We are all big babies for not wanting to be touched in private places by strangers.

We don’t obey well.

All together now: HOPE! CHANGE! (of underwear).

Everyone seems to feel a new war is in the offing – the Axis of Evil are now complete

and 2 US marines were already killed in this attack Read the rest of this entry »

My morning sneeze comes from Roger Ebert’s tweet. He tweets often, on many subjects, relevant and funny.

On this one I am afraid he put the emphasis on the wrong thing though

He should have said : “He said “women”

The article at the link sets it straight from the headline

Female sex workers can use condoms too, says Pope

This is a clarification of prior “game changing” statements

Pope Benedict XVI was quoted at the weekend saying condom use by male prostitutes could be a good thing, indicating the user’s intention to protect others from a deadly infection, apparently condoning the use of contraceptives for the first time. The Vatican yesterday confirmed that the same message applied to women sex workers.

In other words, when sticking his nose in other people’s bedrooms (or cars, or dark  street corners), the Pope decided preventing disease is an acceptable reason for condom use.

But only if sex is traded for money, mind you.

I think some of his advisers since the original statement informed him shockingly, not only some priests go for adult males, but for some, women are of interest as well.

And, voila! Women are allowed to not get sick too!

Another giant step for women! (provided they sell it, mind you). They can now sell sex just like the guys!

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