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Monday, January 11, 2010

Barefoot And Panty Scanned

From Fred Reed via Bill St. Clair:

Barefoot and Panty-Scanned
The Soviet Union Arrives, Dripping, Having Swum the Atlantic

December 31, 2009

OK, this goofy guy gets on an airplane with an at least somewhat explosive jockstrap and the entire earth goes wacko and orders porn-scanners and everyone has to watch Obama being Leaderly for hours. He is becoming tiresome to watch. A mahogany president with large white teeth. He looks like a goddam piano. Blacks have achieved racial equality. They can produce presidents as bad as the white ones.

What suckers we gringos are. How wonderfully amusing all of this must be for Al Quaeda. So little effort is needed to manipulate the decreasingly Great Satan into doing all manner of comic and expensive things.

For terrorists, the return on investment in phenomenal. They drop those office buildings in New York for not much money, and the US undertakes a war against Islam on which it spends a trillion dollars. Yes, Bush and Cheney and Israel wanted to invade Iraq anyway, but New York made it inevitable. Slick: Bush II couldn’t not invade some Moslem country. Leave your enemy with no choice but to do what you want him to do.

So little is necessary to terrorize the world’s hyperpower. A free-lance dingaling secretes a bomb of sorts in his shoe, whereupon the US goes into convulsions and long lines of Americans stand comically barefoot in airports. Dingaling Two popularizes liquid explosives, and so Washington frenziedly confiscates toothpaste. Yes, the world’s hyperpower is afraid of Colgate, with fluoride. Dinglaling Three hides the infernal machine in his skivvies, so Obama makes Firm Pronouncements, and we will now have to undergo examination by panty scanners. Always, over and over, the terrorists have the iniative. The country reacts hugely and predictably.

Won’t the panty scanners be wonderful? Now some affirmative-action federal retard can look at nekkid women all day. (Actually, as a guy, I can see the appeal. And, potentially, all else.)

Of course taking security pubic has its charms, and not just for the TSA guys who get to look at all those unwrapped cuties. Companies in the electronics racket are going to make out like Wall Street looters. How much does a panty-scanner cost? Multiply it by the number of security gates, and someone is going to swim in gravy. Throw in training contracts, maintenance, and upgrades. The federal teat remains a bounteous spigot.

How much does this have to do with security? Not much. On the evidence, TSA couldn’t stop a two-year-old from waddling across a living room. Note that both the Underwear Bomber and the Foot Bomber were stopped by passengers, after TSA let them board. The current bomber’s father told the US government about the guy, just as various sources warned of the New York attack. The feds can’t stop terrorism even when someone else does their homework for them. And a few weeks ago TSA managed to post its very secret screening manual on the web. It’s good to have security in the hands of experts.

But the gummint can sure buy pricey stuff well.

Now, who is winning the War on Terror? They are. The United States spends ungodly amounts on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, killing people right and left in Pakistan and getting sucked in ever deeper, bombing Somalia, widening the war on Islam into Yemen, threatening Iran. From Al Quaeda’s point of view, this must be peaches. The US, already in a grave recession, bleeding jobs to Asia, having become the world’s foremost debtor nation, now spends itself to death in a widening gyre.

New York was genius. Evil, but brilliant. A few guys with box cutters, a bit of training, and voila! Thousands and thousands of GIs dead or ruined, America dives into a half dozen wars, and there is no end in sight. As strategy, the terrorists have been masterly. They have perfected induced suicide. We have been Kevorkianed.

Further, and implausibly, Al Quaeda has transformed America into exactly what it was intended not to be: a frightened police-and-surveillance state. Wars subvert freedoms, and subvert the desire for freedoms, and then the memory of them. If this is what bin Laden and the gang set out to bring about, they have succeeded splendidly.

The Bill of Rights is largely defunct. Americans now accept random searches in public places, and NSA monitors everyone’s email. So much for the Fourth Amendment.

Police powers grow. Cops increasingly are militarized, ninja-ed out, jackbooted and unaccountable. Habeas corpus is doubtful. American embassies abroad cower behind bars, afraid to allow women to enter with a lipstick. (The world’s hyperpower is afraid of lipstick.) The ever-present loudspeakers in airports and subways urge us to watch each other: We are to be a nation of snitches. Carry-on bags on airliners are being forbidden. The FBI can pull your library records, and the library can’t tell you. As the twilight deepens, journalists hesitate to criticize the government. (This latter, amigos, is happening.)

Ours is not the America it recently was, and it gets differenter by the month. Who would have thought that so little effort would be needed to wreak such internal havoc on the world’s hyperpower, fearful of gel deodorants? The success of the terrorists is deplorable, but in strategic terms it has been magnificent. Never have so few done so much to so many so easily.

The down-stream consequences may be amazing, tipping the US over the cliff. The prospect is real, methinks, that Al Quaeda will have brought down the world’s hyperpower, afraid of shampoo, for less than a million dollars. You think I am a raving lunatic? Consider:

Things are getting shaky abroad. America’s title of top dog has become questionable. While the US hemorrhages money in strange wars, China grows like kudzu. Economic power eventually, usually quickly, engenders diplomatic and military power. Signs abound. Japan talks about ejecting American forces, apparently not wanting to be used by Washington as a sepoy spearhead against a huge neighbor. The wind is blowing.

I find it interesting to hear the BBC speaking casually of Japan as the world’s most technologically advanced nation, of China as “the world’s factory.” It looks as if Asia will soon be dominant economically. The “war on terror” pushes America toward bankruptcy and, when lost, will leave the Pentagon unable to pursue new adventures for, probably, a couple of decades. Another decade or so of war followed by a withdrawal will leave the United States impoverished, isolated, out of Islamic countries, and with its teeth pulled.

Isn’t that what bin Laden or somebody said he wanted?

Got 4GW, anyone?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty bastards. I hope they scan someone with a ten inch boner!

January 11, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this talk of intelligence failures and financial suicide in a widening gyre?

Every intelligence failure is another totalitarian increment. Every trillion dollars spent is a lot of our money in the right pockets. Our statist-corporatist chimera of a government is succeeding splendidly.

What will it take for people to let go of the quaint notion that government(/oligarch) agenda is at all positively correlated with the interests of the population?

No need to answer, by the way, since a large-scale empirical study is underway to determine this very thing.

-S
III

January 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Sir Henry Morgan said...

Sir

I have blatantly ripped off this and the previous post and used them at this British nationalist-supporting site:

http://wiganpatriot.blogspot.com/

If you object, or object to the way I've adapted them to a British audience, I will remove them.

I've used plenty of extracts and linked to here twice.

Thank you.

January 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's a way to get a tatoo that would only show up under one of those millimeter wave scanners for the TSA screeners.

Something subtle like;
"EAT ME YOU FRIGGIN PERV!!!"
"TSA SUX"
"I GOT YOUR TSA RIGHT HERE!"
"SCAN THIS, B&^%@!!!"
"LOOK!! NO EXPLOSIVES!!!"
"WHY IN THE HELL AM I BAREFOOT RIGHT NOW"
"THE RIGHT TO KEEP BARE ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!"
"CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!"
"DON'T TAZE ME, BRO!"
"DON'T LET THIS CRISIS GO TO WASTE!"
"FORGET THE SIX PACK, HERE'S THE KEG!"
"THIS BUTT'S FOR YOU!"

Well, that's just a start, I'm sure you guys can come up with some other good ones.
____________________

Seriously, all those TSA screeners should have to show reciprocity. If they want to see my big fat white ass, then they should have to sit at the scanner in the nude in full sight of every passenger that passes the checkpoint.

Too bad I can't barter laughs for food in the tyrannical, post collapse world.

Eric
III

January 12, 2010 at 1:25 AM  
Anonymous DocStrong said...

Off topic

In case you missed it, Concerned American. When this is over and we have a new articles of confederation, given the chance we should try to keep them this time.

http://www.stephankinsella.com/2009/08/03/rockwell-on-hoppe-on-the-constitution-as-expansion-of-government-power/

I recall when he spoke at a conference we held on American history, and gave a paper on the U.S. Constitution. You might not think that a German economist could add anything to our knowledge on this topic. He argued that it represented a vast increase in government power and that this was its true purpose. It created a powerful central government, with the cover of liberty as an excuse. He used it as a case in point, and went further to argue that all constitutions are of the same type. In the name of limiting government—which they purportedly do—they invariably appear in times of history when the elites are regrouping to emerge from what they consider to be near anarchy. The Constitution, then, represents the assertion of power.

When he finished, you could hear a pin drop. I’m not sure that anyone was instantly persuaded. He had challenged everything we thought we knew about ourselves. The applause was polite, but not enthusiastic. Yet his points stuck. Over time, I think all of us there travelled some intellectual distance. The Constitution was preceded by the Articles of Confederation, which Rothbard had variously described as near anarchist in effect. Who were these guys who cobbled together this Constitution? They were the leftovers from the war: military leaders, financiers, and other mucky mucks—a very different crew from the people who signed the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was out of the country when the Constitution was passed. And what was the effect of the Constitution? To restrain government? No. It was precisely the opposite, just as Hoppe said. It created a new and more powerful government that not only failed to restrain itself (what government has ever done that?), but grew and grew into the monstrosity we have today. It required a wholesale rethinking of the history, but what Hoppe had said that shocked everyone turns out to be precisely right—and this is only one example among many.

January 12, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When this is over and we have a new articles of confederation, given the chance we should try to keep them this time."

If we ever get a new articles of confederation, it is past "over" and into "started again". The articles led to the constitution, which led to the current crisis. Why do you want to repeat this cycle of failure? Defending freedom means to prevent anyone or anything from getting in a position to impose policy. 'Anyone or anything' includes pluralities bearing articles.

January 12, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous DocStrong said...

"Why do you want to repeat this cycle of failure?"

I don't. I can only hope to prolong the inevitable.

The failure is a result of human nature. It is inescapable. Humans will always want something for nothing, and if the herd is large enough they will destroy others first and eventually themselves to get it. Hiring another human to do the job and calling it "government" doesn't change that in the least. The US could fracture into hundreds of smaller factions, but there would still be a group of people there to tell you what color you can paint your house, and they will hire your neighbor to stick a gun in your face to make it happen.

January 12, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Sir Henry Morgan said...

What was that you said about Diplomatic and Military power usually very quickly following Economic power?

http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2010/01/12/exo-atmospheric/

January 12, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DocStrong, I think you're being overly pessimistic. I'm aware of no economic or psychological theory that proves humanity cannot avoid suffering the wheel of history, wherein the tide of social justice ebbs and floods about every 200 years.

I think a way out comes from tools that tilt the balance of power towards making individuals able to defend against a herd of thieves. Imagine if a tool were invented that allowed one small woman to prevail in defense against ten large men. Freedom lovers manufacture lots of those tools, and give them to the illegal Mexican immigrants who want to work for American employers at cheap wages. These residents become militarily impractical to oppress. Tools are given to the gays who want to marry, the women who want abortions, anybody who would like to buy liquor or pot on Sunday morning, and explorers who want to build rocket ships and colonize the solar system. For the first time America has liberty and justice for all, because any political gang rapist who wants to impose his will by force on the unfashionably brown or queer loses that fight.

The Middle Easterners build their own versions of these tools. The remainder of the US imperial army that didn't come home when their tax-funded paychecks dried up is driven to retreat. Then Muslim women discover civil rights. Millions of fundamentalist Muslim men are furious with "their" women owning property and wearing halter tops. Muslim women find nicer men. American blacks in concentration camps for non-violent drug use are liberated.

What is this tool? Is it a Linux laptop with a TOR web browser? Is it a cell phone with a camera? Is it RPGs available everywhere heroin is sold? Is it a rapid prototyping 3D printer that can help build banned tools? Is it a perfected electrostatic confinement fusion reactor the size of an automobile, that can generate a Megawatt from borax laundry soap, without generating neutrons and high-level waste, used to drive infrared CO2 lasers as a perimeter defense around everyone's homes and small industry? When the Klan shows up to yell "La Migra", their cross is lit for them from a mile away.

Self-defense is a universal desire by emotionally sound humans, and I think freedom lovers should get serious about promoting it.

January 14, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Body Armor said...

I think we need to grow up and let people scan us...its nothing any of us above 18 havent seen before. If it keeps our country safe, we can give up a little privacy.

January 16, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think we need to grow up and let people scan us...its nothing any of us above 18 havent seen before. If it keeps our country safe, we can give up a little privacy."

Historically, the next steps in this sequence are: 1) their fingers searching in your body cavities, 2) you wearing a parole tracking bracelet, 3) you being slowly starved of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Or reporting to the "showers". Maybe we should give a Darwin award to the German Jews.

January 18, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

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