|He was just a gosh-darn right-wing teddy bear.|
|Hallelujah, it's raining rich white men.|
|Not the Funny Thing, either.|
"And very good they are - donations."
|Out of my way, I have to veto an anti-texting bill!|
|Maybe he's just unclear on the concept of a "suspicious package."|
|Come to think of it, maybe this is why Rick Perry|
doesn't like the new security procedures.
Sorry, I got carried away. Look, it's no secret that security protocols in American airports are something of a joke compared to those of other nations like Israel. They're inefficient and rely mostly on a series of ever more ridiculous restrictions imposed only after a specific threat is uncovered. So every time a would-be terrorist is caught (and they're always caught as a result of intelligence work, never because of airport security checks), we lose our right to wear shoes or carry shampoo or possess whatever household object the most recent loony tried to turn into a weapon of mass destruction. Now the TSA has decided the best way to minimize threats is to frisk every passenger like a common criminal without regard to probable cause or common sense. Even without the reports of old women and little kids being groped to the point of tears, the invasion of privacy is pretty insupportable.
But as usual, Gov. Perry isn't attacking the issue from the standpoint of human dignity or national security, neither of which is being served by the pat-downs. Instead, his argument is that the federal government can't come busting into Texas and handling our naughty bits. Groping Texans is a state issue, godammit.
|We don't need Big Government to help us |
treat human beings like sexual objects.
Again, I think the pat-downs are pretty offensive, especially since there's no evidence they work better than any previous method of screening. But guess what happens if federal agents are prohibited from enforcing federal law in an aiport that is subject to federal law?
No one knows for sure, because it hasn't happened yet, but it's a pretty safe bet that the TSA won't allow flights originating in Texas to land anywhere else if the passengers on board haven't complied with federal security regulations. And since current regulations require passengers to have their goodies either looked at or touched, it's most likely the TSA would curtail or simply shut down operations at Texas airports until it could up with a new inefficient security protocol.
This is what I mean when I say that Gov. Perry is an asshole. Rather, what I mean when I say that Perry acts out of politcal concern rather than the well-being of his state and its people. In what way does it benefit Texas to jeopardize our airports? How is this boneheaded bill anything other than mean-spirited grandstanding to score points with state and national conservatives?
|One of these primates is an 800-pound gorilla.|