Morning Links

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
  • TSA conducts a a Q&A with the public over its ridiculous new policy requiring ID to fly. Watch as the conversation degenerates, and the contempt, mockery, and snark the TSA official has for the citizens asking him questions. (Via Jim Henley)
  • I knew there was nothing wrong with me.
  • The latest in PC buffoonery.
  • Your humble Agitator’s spirit of choice is enjoying something of a renaissance.
  • The war on drugs vs. the war on terror.
  • A website in Boston monitors and reports police behavior. So the natural reaction from the police department is to . . . investigate the people who runt he website.
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  • 24 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Matt Moore | 

      I knew bourbon was hitting the big time again when some characters on Grey’s Anatomy shared a bottle of “Door River” two seasons ago.

    2. #2 |  Ahcuah | 

      If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

      Mark Twain

    3. #3 |  Ed Brand | 

      So…when I was a kid and nearly threw-up when my mother literally shoved a brussel sprout in my mouth, who exactly was I hating on?

      I wonder what these kooks will say when their 5-year old spits out their first taste of black pudding…

    4. #4 |  Matt Moore | 

      Ed Brand – Belgians. I hate Belgians.

    5. #5 |  Andrew | 

      I’m glad you picked up on the TSA buffoonery on heir blog… I post there a bunch (anonymously, since I’m paranoid, and yes I do realize they can find out who I am if they wanted), and it’s just sad.

    6. #6 |  Bronwyn | 

      My 15 mo son has been known to spit out hamburger, tuna casserole, and pot roast.

      He spat out ice cream just the other day.

      Does this make him unAmerican?

    7. #7 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      Remember the “Mr. Yuk” campaign from the local Posion Control Centers? Must have been a governmental ploy to ensure a new generation of racists, at least ones that never drank toilet cleaner.

    8. #8 |  Nick T | 

      “It’s ridiculous and outrageous, and it’s very frustrating to watch very mean-spirited people write whatever they want behind a fictitious name.”

      (balls up fists and swivels them near eyes) Awwwwwwwwww.

      Accountability stings a little bit, especially because the feeling is just so foreign.

    9. #9 |  Dog's New Clothes | 

      That TSA blog is a gift that keeps on giving.

      But the post from UO was actually via thoreau.

    10. #10 |  Kevin | 

      Bronwyn
      My 15 mo son has been known to spit out hamburger, tuna casserole, and pot roast.

      He spat out ice cream just the other day.

      Does this make him unAmerican?
      ———————————————————–
      My god he’s a junior jihadi!

      Who knew genocide could be avoided by discouraging palette prejudice?

    11. #11 |  Jim Collins | 

      I think that the “the contempt, mockery, and snark”, might have something to do with the attitude of the questions being asked.

    12. #12 |  Well, at least they're trying | 

      Snarky? Have you read ever actually read that blog? Most of the commentors aren’t exactly engaging in reasoned, respectful debate.

    13. #13 |  ZappaCrappa | 

      Is it just my imagination or are the Brits getting to be the epitomy and poster children of an obscenely overly PC country that seems to be leading the way in nannyism to the extreme? Keep a close eye across the atlantic ocean….it may be where we are heading in the next decade or so.

    14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #5 Andrew
      I’m glad you picked up on the TSA buffoonery on heir blog… I post there a bunch (anonymously, since I’m paranoid, and yes I do realize they can find out who I am if they wanted), and it’s just sad.

      I practically never post anonymously. Not only that, but I also post a link to my website which provides sufficient information to precisely target my house with a smart bomb without any further investigation. In fact, you can actually get a “street view” of my house on Google now.

      I’m not bragging about my courage, but rather confessing to my astounding stupidity. On the other hand, not unlike you, I tend to think that the NSA computer that flags my seditious ramblings most likely attaches my real name to them with effortless ease, thanks to built-in technology designed to thwart citizens’ attempts to thwart unconstitutional domestic eavesdropping. My only protection, therefore, is the government’s seeming inability to differentiate between people of the same name, which means that someday some poor bastard is going to be kidnapped in the dead of night and shipped off to some secret prison for sins against the state of which he is completely ignorant. Hopefully he will be one of those love-it-or-leave-it patriots who tells everyone how he regrets never having been given the honor (up to then anyway) of willingly sacrificing his life for his country.

    15. #15 |  roy | 

      I’m from the South, and I can’t stand grits, collard greens, or okra. Does this make me self-hating?

    16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #12 Well, at least they’re trying

      Snarky? Have you read ever actually read that blog? Most of the commentors aren’t exactly engaging in reasoned, respectful debate.

      You have a point. Many of the comments were antagonistic. Citizens should be more respectful when they’re having their rights systematically abolished in the name of protecting their freedom. We should look at the bright side. At least no commentors were tased (although they have probably all been added to that watch list and will be singled out for extra harassment next time they travel).

    17. #17 |  Packratt | 

      Seems to be a pattern developing with police departments trying to shut down police misconduct blogs and intimidate their authors with threats of investigations.

      I wonder when the SLAPP lawsuits will start up again too?

      …and, @16, I know I’ve been added to a watch list for it.

    18. #18 |  Warren | 

      As a Zombie-American I find myself confused. Just the other day my littlest one spit out a mouthful of fresh, delicious, brains.

      Was it because she hates white folk? Tall folk? Mail carriers? People with slight limps? People with girly screams? Or people that stab-her-daddy-with-an-old-pitchfork-even-though-they-know-it-won’t-save-them?

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #17 Packratt
      …and, @16, I know I’ve been added to a watch list for it.

      I’m pretty sure I went on some list when my daughter went to work for an NGO in Afghanistan a couple years ago. Last Christmas she married a Muslim Arab. They’re probably monitoring my keystrokes as I type. In fact, I think they’re inside my computer looking out at me right now. So I’m making making a face and flipping them the bird…

      I feel like Rambo!

    20. #20 |  chris horton | 

      Rare Breed has been my drink of choice for years!

    21. #21 |  Packratt | 

      @19

      Yes, thanks for the reminder that I should think twice before visiting and posting to a libertarian site next time.

    22. #22 |  Justthisguy | 

      Wow, the very idea of TSA having a blog is so weird. I reckon it’s good, in a way…

      We could, of course, do what Archie Bunker suggested, and Argentina has actually done, that is, encourage the passengers to bring their handguns when flying.

      If it’s a Boeing airplane, even if some of the passengers get nervous, it ain’t gonna be brought down by a few pistol bullets. Not so sure about the Airbussies (rhymes with hussies).

    23. #23 |  pierre | 

      Bronwyn – Yes that means your child has incredibly bad taste in food, and you should beat him every time he spits out something obviously so delicious as pot roast!

      As for bourbon whisky, Blech!
      I’ll stick with my single malt Irish whisky thank you very much!

    24. #24 |  Alsadius | 

      I’m rather shocked by the tone of the TSA blogger – he’s a snarky jackass. He’s acting like a blogger, not like the public face of a government agency. I don’t mind bluntness, but mocking the majority of people asking a government agency questions is hardly proper form. A lot of those people probably deserve a bit of mockery(like ALL CAPS GUY), but not from him.

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