Well, I sincerely hope that all of you out there in Cyberland and the great Blogiverse had a good holiday.
It almost didn't turn out good for the passengers on Northwest Flight 253, from Amsterdam to Detroit. To put things in a nutshell, a radicalized rich Nigerian kid tried to set off a bomb (liquid PETN) in his underwear. The bomb fizzled, burning him, and the other passengers beat his sorry ass until the plane landed in Detroit.
So now the cranky loser rich Nigerian kid is now a cranky loser Federal inmate. Interestingly, the usual Right-wing screeches of "endangering America by having terrorists on our soil" are strangely silent.
Instead we hear screams from complete idiots that we need to start profiling Muslims at airports.
"They do it for El Al," they say.
Well, maybe so. But we are not Israel. For an example, I don't read this blog right to left, okay?
But, the pundits argue, it's a simple matter - find anyone with a Muslim name and cut them out of the line, take them in the Green Room and have them body-searched.
Anyone with a Muslim name.
Three words, kiddo: John. Walker. Lindh.
Remember him? The "American Taliban," caught bearing arms against his country in Afghanistan, and now serving time in Federal prison? Change his skin color, and you have Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
And - bonus round! - here's two more words: Richard. Reid.
Al Qaeda and other terror groups are recruiting people who look just like you and me, folks. And what kind of "Muslim" name is John, or Richard? Everyone knows that airport security is a complete and total illusion, a comforting illusion to be sure. But it's all smoke and moonshine, designed to make people feel safe. As long as they have that perception, they'll submit to the vast Stanford Experiment that is the Transportation Security Administration.
As usual, the Right is knee-jerking, reacting instead of acting. All the airport officials had to do was follow the arrows on this idiot:
1. He paid at the ticket counter. In cash.
2. He had no luggage.
Those two things alone should have won him a first-class ticket to the Green Room.
And we wouldn't be having this conversation.