Monday, December 17, 2007

"When Did You Have Your Last Period?"

The hysteria grows. If not for the weak dollar, would anyone think visiting the U.S. was worth it these days?

Meet the enemy here.


Anonymous RSB said...

This sort of thing is what I fear everyday. My wife is Czech, we live here in the US, but every time we travel to visit her parents, or go on vacation coming home is like running a gauntlet. My wife has committed to memory our attorney's cell phone number in case anything where ever to happen. But the feeling of fear and dread every time your pass through an airport is indescribable.
In other news, the many many illegal American immigrants in the Czech Republic are going to be subject to deportation as soon as Czech joins the Schegen visa zone. I can't wait to see the OUTRAGE when a bunch of trust-fund-kids writing novels get deported from that strange Eastern European country. "How where they supposed to know they needed a visa, they don't even speak English in Czech!"

12/17/2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

Oh, yeah, she looks really dangerous... But I'd give her asylum any time! ;-)

But this gets back to the post from Sunday about the firefighters. It seems like 3/4 of our government is scared, literally, out of it's mind. The other 1/4 is leveraging that fear to further it's own agenda.

Home of the Brave? More like Home of the "Oh my God they're coming to get us!" which then becomes Home of the "sit down and shut up".

Mr. Bush often talks about how the rest of the world doesn't "get us"; about how we need to do a better job of explaining our selves. Well, I think they "get us". Where did they get all of those mistaken ideas Mr. Bush? Could it be by watching what we do? Nah, that can't be it.

We form opinions about people by watching what they do, not by them telling us who they are. It is the same with nations and cultures. Just like with individuals, we make statement about ourselves through our actions. These days those statements are not encouraging.

12/17/2007 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Johnny A. said...

This story is absolutely awful. I pray that our friends in Iceland do not think worse of the American people, but rather our overbearing monstrosity of a federal government. We are doing everything in our power to elect Dr. Ron Paul so we can salvage what is left of our reputation as a free society.

12/17/2007 1:39 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Yes...I agree we are now the land of the sniveling frightened children.

12/17/2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

I see the Paultards are attempting to use her post to campaign. Nice. Could we possibly leave the Icelandic out of our problems?

12/17/2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger LFC said...

Saddam's government was practically free of violence and had low crime rates. The only price that had to be paid was total lack of freedom and privacy.

One only has to see the Bush administration's legacy of illegal wiretapping, lies, preemptive war, torture, and general lawlessness and lack of morality to see the model they admire. The really are looking for the U.S. to become the "before" model of Iraq.

12/17/2007 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like I should apologize. Not like she is ever going to get an apology from anyone in the government. If I were her I would never risk travelling to the US (and spending money) for many years for fear of this happening again. If this had happened to an American in a European country the whining would be so loud on the far right blogs that it would drown out irony.

12/17/2007 3:05 PM  
Blogger Justin Patrick said...


Oh, be quiet. You know as well as I do that Paul would be the only candidate on both sides of the aisle who would be guaranteed to put an end to such brutality in the system, were he president.

12/17/2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger Chris F. said...

We can barely enforce deportment for those who overstay worker visas by years. What are we doing deporting anyone who had a transgression by three weeks more than ten years ago??? (Puts on his teachery voice) Seriously, priorities people.

12/17/2007 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's La Raza when you need them?

12/17/2007 10:17 PM  
Anonymous scottfrost said...

I think Cheryl misses the point. When we talk about Ron Paul, it is about more than just Ron Paul. I admire Ron Paul immensely, but he is the first one to say that this is not about him. When we mention him in such a context it is because of the ideas that he stands for, which no other major politician in our country seems to even care about.

I think that mentioning Ron Paul makes perfect sense because it is one way of pointing out that there is hope for America and that a LOT of Americans do not like what is happening to our country. The December 16th Tea Party showed that emphatically.

Personally, I want foreigners to know that we are not hopeless and not of one fascistic mindset. Some people here still believe in individual liberty and freedom. Our support of Ron Paul makes that point.

12/18/2007 3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But would this sort of thing really change under Ron Paul? I think this represents something bigger.

12/18/2007 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this was done to send a message to Iceland and any other nation not heeding to bow before King George as a payback for the 16 year old in Iceland that was able to call George on his direct number..

As I remember, the boy was not willing to give up the source of the number so obviously the word went out to Homeland Security to nab anyone coming from Iceland that can be abused to let everyone know that you can't F*ck with the US GOV and especially Bush and expect to get away without some payback

Yes, this would change under Ron Paul cause he would recommend to get rid of TSA and the Homeland Security agencies

12/18/2007 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an aside, here in Manhattan people think real estate prices will maintain or continue to increase because Europeans (etc) will use their strong currency to buy up condos/coops and what not.

I'm not buying it, who wants to go through this Gestapo nonsense everytime you come visit your NYC apt?

12/18/2007 8:36 AM  
Anonymous A Historian said...

This is the kind of shit that makes me ashamed of my country.

One of the worst consequences of 9/11 is that it unleashed the gorillas in our society and put them in positions of just enough authority to make our lives miserable & help shatter the reputation of our country. God help us all.

12/18/2007 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the things that makes me most angry and resentful about this administration is the fact that as a native born, very white American female and employee of the federal government I am afraid to travel not because of other government or bad people wanting to do bad things to Americans/westerners. I am more scared to come back into my own country and most expecially of the Customs personnel staffing the re-entry lines for returning citizens with their petty despostic attitude and the secret rules by which someone could get caught up in. No longer is it innocent until proven guilty, it is guilty until you prove otherwise. That benefit of the doubt extended to American citizens has been demolished.

It used to be that I felt the U.S. government was agnostic towards it citizens that paid their taxes and obeyed the law. Nowadays, many days I don't feel that way anymore. Now I think that many within the security aparatus of this government see average citizens as the enemy and are frequently actively hostile and agressive towards them.

12/19/2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Meet the enemy here."

Oh my gosh, is that Britney Spears ;-) Ho hum...

12/19/2007 7:40 PM  
Blogger Dylan Hirsch-Shell said...

justin patrick,

i disagree. among the Republicans, John McCain has been a vocal critic of the use of torture by the Bush Administration. surely he would reduce the brutality factor. of course, he wouldn't get us out of Iraq...

among the Democrats, Kucinich, Gravel and Richardson have all unequivocally stated their intentions to pull troops out of Iraq in an expeditious manner and have condemned our government's current use of torture. they seem to be genuine.

12/19/2007 10:09 PM  

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