Monday, August 21, 2006

"Everyone Agreed The Men Looked Dodgy"

As desperate one-issue politicians---aided by a compliant ratings-driven media---continue to play the terror card, expect to see an increasing number of Ox-Bow-lite incidents like this one. So think twice before wearing a leather jacket and checking your watch often---particularly if you're not caucasian. Where's the line between public vigilance and mob hysteria?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are propsects for the enterprising here surely. if only transparent plastic bags are allowed for handcarry on flights from the uk to us, there may be some way to get the supply contract for these bags. if toilets are deemed a threat and have to sealed or reconfigured into seats, this could lead to possibilites for increased sales in open public potty/seatpans or adult diaper suppliers. if anyone flying happens to look suspicious to a fixed percentage of fellow passengers for any reason, new laws could be into place requiring such persons to fly nude...hmmmmm

8/21/2006 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

post 9/11, not sure there IS A line.

8/21/2006 12:01 PM  
Anonymous kilfarsnar said...

Yes, well the terrorists finally have won. To anonymous above, you may be on to something with that adult diaper idea. The passengers on this plane obviously needed them. This reminds me of the stories filed by Annie Jacobsen for Women's Wall Street about the "terrorists" on a flight who turned out to be a musical group touring the US. When I read stories like this it brings into stark relief how hysterical we have become.

8/21/2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eleven eleven 11, 11, eleven have been charged...the threat is real and serious....feel it it sink in and believe...

there may be difficulties to some accepting that that any thinking terrorist will want to hurt innocent travellers when they know there are large segments of people in the west who want a more even handed approach to things in the middle east

it is essential that the enemy be 'placed' firmly in the minds of the people...the fight for minds is on in earnest...

8/21/2006 10:49 PM  
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8/21/2006 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been considering some kind of American Idol passenger voting system. You know, little handsets built into the seatbacks so the pilot can get on the comm and announce: "We've got 7 passengers on standby for this flight. You may vote up to 7 of your fellow passengers off and replace them with those on standby - but beware - our standby passengers might be Arabs. Anyone that earns 50% or more of the passenger vote will be evicted from this flight. Vote wisely."

I'd sell the systems to the airlines. They'd be pretty cheap tying into the existing seatback systems. Passengers would be charged $1 per vote.

I'm pretty sure that I'd make a trillion dollars or so.

8/22/2006 1:39 AM  
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Ox-Bow-lite incidents! Wonderful reference to a grounbreaking western.

8/22/2006 4:33 AM  
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