As Per Whatever

The fear machine is in full swing again

I went to East Bay Deli w/ the guys from work for lunch today. Faux Noise Channel was on, lower-third chyron screaming to the world that there’s TERROR IN THE SKY. They’ve got the red text with “UK AVIATION TERROR ALERT SEVERE” in their crawl. The President came on TV and reiterated that Islamic fascists could attack at any time. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Yep, the fear machine is in full swing once again. I like the Thoughts of an Average Woman on this subject, myself.

I don’t know about you, but I refuse to live in fear. I refuse to let these things phase me anymore. Fact is I’m still more scared of being run over on that giant crosswalk at Rutledge and Calhoun than being blown up by a Gatorade bottle detonated by an iPod.

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Plot to blow up airplanes foiled

Scotland Yard, etc. has thwarted a plot, apparently by Al-Qaeda, to use liquid explosives to detonate aircraft in flight from the UK to the US.

Political angles notwithstanding, it sure sounds like a pretty lousy day to be a traveler. I get the feeling carry-on luggage will soon be a thing of the past.


Sen. Roberts: We don’t need no stinkin’ checks and balances

I rarely discuss politics on this blog, but I saw this on CNN and was utterly outraged.


…[T]he Republican chairman [Sen. Pat Roberts] of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he had worked out an agreement with the White House to consider legislation and provide more information to Congress on the eavesdropping program.

“I believe that such an investigation at this point … would be detrimental to this highly classified program and efforts to reach some accommodation with the administration,” Roberts said.

Unbelievable, unacceptable…and par for the course these days. Congressional checks on executive power, anyone? The Framers are turning 10,000 rpm in their graves right now. This is maddening.

Want accommodation? It’s there – it’s called FISA! Or are they going to make a few tweaks and remove the FISA roadblock and permit unlimited wiretapping? That’s sure the vibe I get from all this.

Compromising our liberties is a victory for the terrorists. Make sure you write your Congressional representatives and let them know that. These are the fundamentals of our democracy at risk here.