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Not Safe, Only Afraid

Friday, Sept. 01, 2006 1:03 PM

Nothing quite illustrates the idiocy of the constant fear parade as the story of the man who was denied his seat on a domestic flight because he was wearing a t-shirt with a slogan in Arabic (with the English translation, 'We will not be silent').

Officials only let Jarrar onboard after he had changed his t-shirt to something less offensive. The airline, JetBlue, said, "We're not clear exactly what happened."

If Jarrar had been a terrorist, would changing his t-shirt make him less of one?

No? Then what happened was discrimination, pure and simple.

And folks who have a problem with that need to ask themselves how they would comport themselves if they were asked to remove a t-shirt with a patriotic slogan.

Donald Rumsfeld is so upset at the negative press coverage of that bit of untidiness otherwise known as Iraq that the military is putting out two $20 million contracts for public relations efforts to spread the goodness.

Perhaps someone should explain to Rumsfeld that if we start getting sunshine and rainbows blown up our asses, the viewing audience (at least those who haven't had their brains turned to guacamole by the Karl Rove Stupid Ray) will begin asking even more questions about what's really going on in Iraq.

And it sustains the impression that the Administration is both being dishonest and has something to hide. (Which, frankly, has been present for a long time.)

It's time for the American people to ask whether or not this train wreck of domestic and foreign policy � unprotected ports, woefully inadequate preparation/response for a natural disaster, panic over plots that result in ludicrous bans on all liquids aboard planes (even though it was only for 48 hours) - in any way supports the claim that Bush & Friends have been keeping us safe from terrorists.

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Brin - 2006-09-01 21:48:13
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