Liberal Reality Check At NY Times

As we gather around F.B.I. headquarters sharpening our machetes and watching the buzzards circle overhead, let’s be frank: There’s a whiff of hypocrisy in the air.

One reason aggressive agents were restrained as they tried to go after Zacarias Moussaoui is that liberals like myself � and the news media caldron in which I toil and trouble � have regularly excoriated law enforcement authorities for taking shortcuts and engaging in racial profiling. As long as we’re pointing fingers, we should peer into the mirror.

The timidity of bureau headquarters is indefensible. But it reflected not just myopic careerism but also an environment (that we who care about civil liberties helped create) in which officials were afraid of being assailed as insensitive storm troopers.

What Do Anti-Globos Want?

The Anti-Globos, along with many other leftist or left leaning people continue to baffle me. They take to the streets every chance they get to protest against “Globalization” and any other action taken by the U.S. I have cruised the interneet and read about their movement, but I still cannot understand what they want.

They seem to be against any U.S. business having any trade relations with any other countries, particularly those in the third world. They complain about factories in Mexico, Nike in Indonesia, and Cathy Lee in Cental America.

O.K. Lets just make illegal to do business in these countries. Then the world will be a happy peaceful place where everyone will be fullfilled and hug one another.

But what would these countries get in return?

Oh. They get to be Cuba.

Cuba meets all the requirements that the anti-globos talk about. There are no factories there sweating labor out of the natives for low wages. (except for the government enterprises). There is no child labor (except when required to work in the cane fields by the government). They do not have to pay the outrageous prices for drugs to the greedy american pharmacutical companies.

So why are the leftist in the U.S. so upset with the embargo? It seems to me that it is exactly what they want. Maybe we should give in and extend the embargo to the muslim world also. This would satisfy all those people who regularly decry American culture ruining the rest of the world.

But what do I know; I’m just some poor schmuck.

Maybe De Beste or Lileks or someone like that can do a good column on that. OK, maybe not Lileks, he does different stuff

I Hope No Terrorists Use Wheelchairs

Grandma Beats Up Airport Security Guards

Charges were dropped yesterday against Ruth “Grammy” Gordon, an 83-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother, who was originally charged with assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, because an altercation she had last week with six airport security guards, that left all six hospitalized.

“Justice has been served,” said the 95-pound mother of three and grandmother of six, as she sat in her wheelchair, aided in her breathing by an oxygen bottle. “Now Im going to sue every fool in the federal government for ignorance, stupidity, and just plain general incompetence. Im an American, and I wont be treated like this.”

So Who Is Paying The Bills Now?

Boston, Mar 21 2002

For the second time in three weeks, a metal detector was accidentally unplugged at Logan International Airport yesterday, triggering a security breach that prompted the evacuation of 750 passengers and delayed 11 flights.

Los Angeles, Mar 10 2002

security worker at Los Angeles International Airport who left a metal detector unplugged for 90 minutes on Feb. 28.

Salt Lake City, Mar 21 2002

Citing an unnamed source within the TSA, the national daily reported security officials in Salt Lake City failed to evacuate a terminal on Feb. 16 after finding a metal detector unplugged.

Chicago, Apr 1 2002

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of passengers at O’Hare International Airport had to be re-screened early Monday after security guards noticed that a metal detector had been unplugged, police said.

Miami, May 22 2002

Lauderdale airport terminal evacuated after metal detector found unplugged.

Each time this happens, flights are delayed which in turn costs the airline money. When the Airliness were in charge of screening passengers and the screeners screwed up, they would have to eat the expense because they couldn’t sue themselves. Now with Federal screeners, the airlines are not responsible for checking the passengers and are not responsible if flights are delayed due to screeners screwing up.

The question is, who is responsible and are the airlines going to continue eating the cost when Federal screeners screw up? I don’t know and I have heard nothing from either the airlines or the Feds about the financial implicatioons. This might be a good question for Mineta.

Palastinian Journalist Taking Grenade to Airport

Ha’aretz – Article

Suhaib Jadallah Salem, 22, who was intercepted while traveling to Rafiah, at the southern end of the Strip, was in possession of a hand grenade when he was seized, military sources said.

Salem, who was driving in a vehicle belonging to the international news agency, was heading for Egypt to board a flight to the soccer World Cup, being held in Japan and South Korea, where he was to have joined the team of Reuters photographers covering the event.

Maybe explosives are required at Egyptian airports.
Tal G. in Jerusalem

Colorado Judge Finds Constitution “Unconstitutional”

City Attorney says Constitution of U.S. and Colorado are NULL & VOID in Denver”

As I understand it,” stated Bryant, “Judge Patterson just said that because I live in Denver, the Bill of Rights, and the constitution of Colorado, Article II, do not protect any of my rights from the government of Denver. Is that your understanding, also?” Bryant asked. “Is the city government free to deny all the rights secured to me by the Constitution of the United States, and the constitution of Colorado, so long as they only do it here, in Denver?” Bryant questioned further.

“Yes,” said the city’s attorney. “The Constitution has no force or effect in Denver, because this is a home rule city.”

Via Tony Woodlief