21 October 2010
A favorite tactic of tyrants the world over is to simply toss the opposition in jail. No charges. No warrant. No problem. Just pick them up off the street, or in their homes in the dead of night. You treat them badly to the point of torture, and maybe later you release them, after they've calmed down, or maybe you don't. Maybe they die in captivity. Maybe they just disappear.
The founders of this country fought with a passion against arbitrary arrests by the British authorities.The ability to simply arrest whomever you please is the pentultimate power grab for . . . → Read More: Yesterday’s Tyranny Today!
14 January 2010
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' – Ronald Reagan
I’ve been making fun of the granny-goosers at the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) for as long as they’ve been around. When they banned styling mousse and toothpaste from airliners, I joked that I was glad the goo bombers hadn’t been bra or briefs bombers. Little did I dream that an outfit as deeply incompetent . . . → Read More: Making My Jokes Come True
16 July 2008
The silly charade that passes for security at American airports is more disturbing to those of us who resent being treated like prisoners. I once received an e-mail critical of my pointing and laughing at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) buffoonery. It’s author said he would gladly crawl on his hands and knees to board a plane if it increased his safety. In a free market system, there would be flights for guys like him and others for those of us less fond of ritual humiliation.
Left to their own devices, airlines would very likely offer low-security . . . → Read More: As Safe as Crawling on Hands and Knees Can Make You
4 October 2007
"Get ‘em skeered and keep the skeer on ‘em" – Lt. General Nathanial Bedford Forrest, CSA
Nathanial Bedford Forrest was described by such military luminaries as Robert E. Lee and William T. Sherman as the most brilliant cavalry commander on either side of the American Civil War. He understood the value of fear in controlling your enemy. And he was a master of keeping "the skeer on ‘em" once he had it going.
I was reminded of Forrest’s axiom of control through fear by a recent N.Y. Times . . . → Read More: Keepin’ Up The Skeer