Back in the days when Lyndon Johnson was a congressional aide rather than a congressman or senator he participated in a group known as the Little Congress. This was an association of congressional aides formed to promote public speaking but in 1933 recognizing the potential for publicity and power that the organization had Johnson arranged without warning to bring in many additional voters of dubious eligibility and managed to win election as the speaker. He ruled over the little congress as speaker and then as boss until eventually a young man from Mississippi decided he was not going to go along with Boss Johnson.
In the 1935 elections for the little congress he managed to rally enough members to pass reforms (strenuously opposed by Johnson men) requiring people to sign ballots and to check them against the voter rolls. This of course eliminated the secret ballot, a sacrosanct right among voters but it turned out that once the ballots were properly checked against lists The Johnson candidate was defeated.
Lyndon being Lyndon instantly decided that the Little Congress was not worth his time he abandoned it and shortly thereafter the informal voting methods returned because the cause that prompted the draconian measures was gone. (this information is from The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power by Robert Caro)
Which brings us to the TSA.
A lot of people are objecting on the basis of decency and the 4th amendment. I disagree with the 4th argument since all passengers are subjected to the same methods thus not constituting an unreasonable search, but this debate is not the point.
The point is that the only reason why these methods are necessary is because
The Flemish Menace a group of Islamic fanatics have declared war on the west and are attempting to kill us.
Our unwillingness to face and waste resources on people not remotely connected to terror would be as if the FBI decided to concentrate an equal percentage of resources examining the black community in Mississippi when investigating the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner in 1964.
The day we face that threat and acknowledge and act accordingly is the day that intrusive searches and pat downs will be unnecessary because we will be examining the actual people who have a motive to strike at us.
Of course the administration being the administration we are not only not doing it, but apparently considering the exact opposite.
Hey we elected this government, we did this to ourselves.
I guess we can conclude that Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to pacify James Clyburn did not work:
The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader.
After a nearly two hour long meeting on Monday night, chairwoman Barbara Lee of California said the group only will endorse caucus member James Clyburn of South Carolina for a leadership position. The causus first wants to know what his role will be in the Democratic leadership before backing the full slate.
I guess they want to see the walking around money before they vote.
Live by the special interest, die by the special interest.
…but guys remember one we have a public limit in terms of what we can’t do that is where our enemies are going to concentrate.
Sitcom culture and
Airplane Airplane 2 (Warning link NSFW) not withstanding may have sex on the mind 24/7 but let me tell you the TSA guys at the airport are more jaded than every doctor. They don’t care what you’ve got with those body scanners, they are thinking “is this the guy with the bomb?”
Remember when the guy already wired to blow goes into that line (and that day will come) it will that person who is doing that mundane repetitive job who will be getting it. Don’t think for one moment they don’t know it.
Yes I’m sure that we can do it better but eyes on the prize. The goal is no exploding planes. If we are meeting this goal I’m good.
But the reason why we are having this debate and searching Nuns and old ladies is because we are too politically correct to admit that it is Radical Islam that produces the need for all of this nonsense.
Until we are willing to face that fact straight up we will be squabbling about breasts and groping.
I will have a longer essay on this later.
Remember those DOJ hearings that the morning shows ignored for the Colbert Hearings? Well there is another interesting development:
E-mails newly obtained by Judicial Watch strengthen contentions that politics motivated the Obama Justice Department’s dismissal of a voter-intimidation case despite video of a nightstick-wielding New Black Panther Party member at a Philadelphia polling place.
The e-mails show two political appointees’ involvement in Justice’s decision to dismiss, the watchdog group says. And, it notes, those e-mails contradict what Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for Justice’s Civil Rights Division, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under oath: that decision involved “only career people.”emphasis mine
The key words here are under oath.
I don’t expect to see much of this on the MSM, they should heed the warning:
One might survive in a niche market but if your business is information and analysis and you are being scooped by people in the street you’d better look for another business pronto.
Don’t say we didn’t tell you.