so, i have been thinking much about many things- as is my wont :) this whole racial profiling thing going on really bothers me. the argument goes- in law enforcement and in general i suppose- that certain people are perpetrating certain crimes more often than the general population- and thus we can save time and resources and not have to look at everyone. yeah- except we are supposed to be an open society where folks are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. the current argument that is being waged is against middle eastern males on air planes. or anywhere else on the planet i suppose. i won't get into the african american male profile in this particular post- nor the hispanic profiling. those, i have a feeling, will need more attention and knowledge than i can give them- and maybe i can persuade an expert into guest posting- but i digress.
yes- the whole bruhaha in the uk about those two folks who were found to be completely innocent and yet mass hysteria was allowed to rule the day. now, before folks get their panties in a bunch about how 'islamo fascists' want to kill poor innocent amercans for absolutely no reason other than we are just so great- i am going to state QUITE CLEARLY that i am not for islamic terrorist groups like al quaeda, et al. i find their tactics disgusting and reprehensible and the only folks that these tactics help- are the groups. millions of innocent arabs, jews, africans, westerners, etc., are paying with their lives and their way of life for the stupidity and criminality of a few. i am also not for the neo con fascists forcing their world view on unwilling americans and the rest of the world. i view them in the same vein as the islamic nutjobs and have stated that on many occasions.
as colbert would say-"movin'on"- so having said that to say this- this airplane stuff is ridiculous. screen absolutely everyone the same way. if there is suspicion of anything untoward, pull that person aside. don't miss something because you are looking for one thing and not seeing the other. do you honestly think that these folks are too stupid to come up with something different? seriously folks- it isn't going to be an airplane again as much as the neo cons want to scare you into thinking so. i am personally more worried about our infrastructure that continues to be left wide open. our energy supplies, water supplies, ports, train depots, food supplies, medical facilities- yep- all wide open. but goddamn it if you take breast milk on a plane. i am thinking homegrown terrorism and i am thinking biochemicals or germs.
not only that- but islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. did you hear me people? in the world. that means black folks, white folks, yellow folks, brown folks- all believe in islam. yes, the middle eastern folks have their knickers in a twist but so did the phillipines not too long ago. look at malaysia- there was a night club bombing there that killed how many westerners? so- my thought- professional screeners and equipment. i mean actual trained folks at the screeners. it's taxpayer's money- shouldn't we get what we are paying for? seriously.
on to book banning. that one really tees me off. especially when i read the reasons given. especially after i read some folks from the island of cuba who were interviewed tell how they would not want american democracy because they all had jobs and healthcare. because an exiled cuban family knew what their version of the truth was and wants to inflict it on everyone. because they wouldn't want any good news to come out of cuba- it would defeat their mission- and their movement. piss poor reasons to defy the first amendment in my estimation. yes, that's right folks- banning books is an unpatriotic and undemocratic thing to do. you don't want your kid to read it- then don't let them read it. don't read it yourself. you have no right whatsoever to infringe on my constitutional right to read it. that is what i am fighting for.
think i'll go have my wine now :)
correction- when talking about the nightclub bombing in malaysia i actually meant indonesia. thanks to bz.