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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Contemporary Observations for Thor's Day


Doubling Down on Progressive Voting

As the holidays approach, things become more desperate. Los Angeles County Supervisors, in a bid to retain their voting base (illegal aliens vote in LA),  the LA County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to waste $3 million from the PEOPLE's TREASURY on lawyers for illegal immigrants/wetbacks/undocumented persons.

I have been cautioned that some people find that my observations make others feel uncomfortable. 

Illegal aliens/wetbacks/undocumented persons who aren't in the US legally and pay no taxes, receive full benefits and are allowed to vote in a system that requires no certified identification. Meanwhile taxpayers/earners drive on crumbling roads filled with potholes, eat crappy casseroles to make ends meet and buy cheap Christmas presents made in China for their children. (Maybe that's why so many of them voted for Trump?)

Melt-Down

The corrupt elite media is still in melt-down mode that Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States and that his cabinet picks signal a reversal of the Obama Years. 

We hear the word "impeachment" thrown around a lot by the progs even though President Trump has not taken office yet. That's clearly the next axis of attack. Social justice warriors say that President Trump will be acting in conflict of interest even though US law indicates that a president has immunity from those laws - and always has had. But never fear. When do you know a prog who actually followed the law? They prefer to guide the nation with 'feelings'. And not just any feelings - their feelings - only theirs. Nobody else's. That's what passes for inclusion the prog world and if you disagree with them, you're a racist homophobe.

The progs insist that they're just getting ready to throw him out - and replace him with Vice President Pence, who is more hard-line in almost all respects than President Trump. I bought a twelve-pack of microwave popcorn the other day.

The Friendly Skies

No, I don't fly on United Airlines unless there is absolutely no other option. But to the point, I've been jet-setting around this holiday season because that's how I make money. I have been vetted by everyone, I have a TSA Pre-Check certification, a US Customs and Border Enforcement SENTRI card, I am certified by Global Entry, I carry other retired credentials from when I worked for a living, I carry a passport book and a passport card with an RFID chip in it, etc.

TSA bounced me off pre-check into the herd and I found myself standing in long lines to take off my belt and get wanded and then patted down anyway.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (over)?

I asked a TSA official why my status wasn't recognized. She said it was because of heightened concern of a terrorist attack. She said that because they can't profile passengers, they essentially are screwing with everyone despite credentials that can be verified 100%. And this is the problem. The only effective way to screen passengers is to profile them. The Israelis figured this out many decades ago. When is the last time an El Al jet was blown up or hijacked, and they are target one? Even the Germans profile. They profiled me to death the last time that I flew through Frankfurt. I'm fine with that. But the reality is that Muslims and more particularly military age Muslim males account for somewhere on the order of 100% of the security problems that airlines have.
A few years ago I traveled to Athens with a Middle Eastern Muslim male who is the very poster child of a terrorist. The Dutch stripped him to his birthday suit just for shits and giggles and harassed me because I had been seen speaking with him. I don't blame them. That's precisely what they should be doing, but TSA is uncomfortable with that.
When is the last time that a sixty year old white male who has been vetted, screened and probed his entire life and can prove it caused a problem in the air from his seat in first class? I didn't even complain when the shrimp salad on American Airlines was wilted and a bit nasty. The pasta on the shrimp salad was maggot sized and I looked hard to make sure that they didn't move before trying to eat it. And even THEN, I didn't complain, but I asked for two hot chocolate chip cookies by way of compensation -- but that's it.

I get up from my aisle seat to let the person who has the window seat piddle and never complain. I just want to get the flight over so I can do what I need to do and return home.

But TSA, which misses 95% of guns, knives and bombs in testing, insists on screwing with the very people who would work to thwart a hijacking if one were to take place.

Ok, I got that off my chest. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Lave sus Manos and all that fancy stuff.

15 comments:

  1. Since when have you cared about making people uncomfortable? Wolf behaviour at its finest.

    You have simply GOT to stand up when you find yourself eating crappy casseroles. That’s enough to tip anyone over the edge.
    That paragraph sums up England to a tee, too. So ridiculously unfair it’s laughable.

    I flew home from Chicago on United Airlines and I can promise you it was a one and done. Never again. I think that plane was stuck together with Araldite. Nasty airline. I get stopped every time in your airports; patted down, computer taken away, boots off, belt off, hat off. Then I had too much loose change in my purse (as in wallet) which made them keep my handbag back. What? SOZ. Bonkers.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas, LL. Hope it’s full of magic.

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    1. I don't mind taking people out of their comfort zones when the need arises as you know. But most people aren't worth the effort.

      As to casseroles, I was not writing of myself. I avoid them (unless it's lasagne or something delicious like that) for the most part. However growing up it's what the poor kids ate, which put me off them once I earned my own money.

      I think it's going to be a good Christmas.

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  2. Liberal feelings are the only feelings that count. Children are like this. Even children who grow up to be conservatives. At what point in their development do conservative children learn that they are not the only pebble on the beach? And why do liberal children remain children for the rest of their lives?

    Just wondering. I fly United. All the time. They are OK. Yes, they have screwed me over plenty of times. So has every other airline, especially the cheapos (Frontier is the worst). I have a United flight in a couple of days, to go visit Aunt Sally and her brood for Christmas. Not to worry, I packed a family-size jar of Tums, I think I am ready.

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    1. Good luck with Aunt Sally and the banquet meals. I'm sure that her heart is in the right place, even though it causes your heart to burn like an arc welder.

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  3. Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide.

    James Burnham

    This explains the TSA PC condition pretty well. Jerry Pournelle has had it as a header on his blog for some time.

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    1. TSA employs "progressive means" to screen out terrorists, which means by practical definition and vetting that it hires felons and misses 95% of the weapons that testers shove through.

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  4. I pretty much hate flying these days and the TSA don't make it any better. But hey, it provides work for the ghetto... I won't go on.

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  5. Hubby and I have decided there is nowhere in the world we need to see, worth flying on an airplane any more. (I imagine that is what the progs want, and since we don't need to fly to work, fine by me.)
    Even if we were to go to Alaska, we'd probably drive. Just like we did before.
    I am glad you are as safe as you can be.
    Merry Christmas to you all, and God bless.

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    1. For me it's one of those things that I do out of necessity. If I can drive somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, I do. Or if I need to bring work tools which the airlines are not comfortable with. Absent that I fly.

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  6. "I have been cautioned that some people find that my observations make others feel uncomfortable".

    My response would be, T.S.

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    1. I haven't stopped blogging, or expressing my opinion. I had a discussion with a bank teller and her supervisor today about President Trump. It wasn't acrimonious, but I suggested that they get over it.

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  7. So glad I don't have to fly the unfriendly skies anymore, Besides I like driving.

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    1. I don't mind driving. I drove home non-stop from TX (24 hrs on the road, only stopping for fuel) in April and while I made it, I suffered for it for a while. I'm not 18 anymore. It would have been better if I'd taken the 3 hour flight.

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    2. Oh yes. Been there, done that. We used to drive non-stop from NC to LA before we retired. Used to be no problem. About 2010, it started being a problem.
      Now we stay in a hotel room half way, haha.
      Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you all.

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