"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Thursday, November 25, 2010

We Have Much To Be Thankful For

And the government is doing whatever it can to take it away from us. It's nice to see bipartisanship in action.

But it's nice to know we can rely on our law enforcement agencies to take care of us:

Because the bedridden grandmother sat up a bit straighter, Officer Duran stated that she “took a more aggressive posture in her bed,” and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.

Tinsley said, “Don’t taze my Granny!” But the cops said they would taser him instead. Tinsley was wrestled to the floor, handcuffed and forcibly removed from his grandmother’s apartment to wait in the back of a police car.

The lawsuit states that officers fired tasers at the bedridden woman, hitting her twice, “causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out. The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed” and arrested her.

Y'know, if Al Qaeda really did hate us for our freedoms, they must love us now.

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

You want a revolution? Make people go through scanners -- or submit to molestation -- before they can get on the subway to go home from work. Actually, you know what the real fallout is going to be? More people will drive. Happy traffic jam, everyone.

The crux here is implicit in this bit:

But Mr. Pistole, 54, said that while he had been surprised by the “fullness of the public reaction,” he was happy to take the heat if it meant keeping travelers safe.

“My hope is that, whatever people want to call me, they recognize that we’re simply doing everything we can to work with people to provide the best possible security,” Mr. Pistole said.

But the problem here is that there's no evidence that these procedures are actually increasing safety. I can't find the story right now, but there is the one going around about the guy who walked through a scanner with two 12-inch razor blades that went undetected. Of course, they weren't near his junk.

And business is booming.

The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.

The article does point out that wages and salaries rose in the third quarter, but let me ask a couple of questions: how much did they rise for those making less than $100,000 per year, as opposed to those making $500,000 or more? And did the increase offset the losses over the past ten years? And what are the corporations doing with all that money? They're not hiring.

The country is being run by idiots and cowards.

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