Sunday, June 26, 2011

Homeland Insecurity

"This glove's for YOU!!!"
Remember the truly great Teams from the past?

  • Bob Hope & Bing Crosby,
  • Bud Abbott & Lou Costello,
  • Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers,
  • Roy Robers & Trigger,
  • Dan Rowan & Dick Martin,
  • Sonny Bono & Cher,
  • The Captain &Toni Tenille,
  • Bert & Ernie,
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Fluff & Milk Chocolate,
  • Dr. Evil & Mini-Me
  • Count Chocula & Frankenberry,
and last, but not least,
  • Lady Gaga & her 'Meat Dress' 
Lada Gaga - Such a 'Rare Treat'...

Yes, classic combinations each!!!  And the thing of it is that none of these people / items / food groups were as popular alone as they would ultimately become once they discovered their 'Soul Mate', their 'Better half'. 

In the prophetic words of Dr. Evil, "Mini-Me, you complete me." 

Each of the above referenced combinations were 'completed' once they found, and internalized, their complementary missing 'part'. 

Yings firmly aligned with Yangs, and the rest, as they say, is 'history'... 

After all, the (w)hole is greater than the sum of its respective parts...  [Hey, speaking of 'Holes'!]

I am not exactly pleased to announce that yet another great pairing has taken place.  An epic joining of two giants who will ultimately make the world a Weirder (but probably not safer) place.  

Yes, ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, I am here to announce that the friendly gropers at the TSA have voted to be 'represented by'...


Go ahead, I'll give you a moment to let that sink in...

Yes, in order to form a more perfect Union, 40,000+ TSA workers voted last week to select the AFL-CIO to represent their 'interests' going forward. 

Surprisingly enough the Obama Administration approved 'Organizing' for the TSA on February 4th of this year.  In the past (under a prior administration), the TSA was not allowed to organize because, gosh golly, their jobs are so darn crucial to our country's airport security needs.  Shoot, if you were a 95 year old cancer patient, who WOULDN'T to remove your Depends in order to prove you don't have an Uzi in your 'Underoos'?  They're lucky it wasn't me (or is it I?) in that wheelchair, I would have cooked something up for them right on the spot.  "Oops, sorry sonny, did I get pooh on your pretty blue glove?"
Yup, so now, if you ever THINK about suing a TSA worker for 'Touching your Junk', or 'Groping your six year old daughter' in violation of your, and her, 4th Amendment protections... 

You need to 'get over it' - because they're represented by the AFL-CIO and they don't take "No _ _ _ _ from Nobody".  Although, I'd be happy to crank one out for 'em after a couple of rounds of airport food.

Not their 'Actual Moto' but like they say,
"Close enough for Government work."
It's not that you don't have rights... 

You have PLENTY of rights! 

Come on, don't get so gloomy!!!  Turn that frown upside down!!! 

In the above instance, after all, you have the "Right to Remain Silent"!  Because the TSA will be using the resources of the AFL-CIO to help them settle un-called-for and 'messy' legal disputes about 4th Amendment violations. 

But here's the thing (yeah, I know, I always toss in a 'thing', sorry):  You don't get to vote on whether the TSA is represented by thugs or not, but in November 2012, you will have the right to vote (except in certain polling places in PA) to either continue the policies of the past 30+ months, or to make a course correction. 

How you vote is up to you.  I'm not going to tell you how to vote because, well, you're an adult and you can make up your own mind about how this government's been treating YOU lately.   

I guess all I'm saying is that I don't feel terrily 'good' about the Union controlling my access to an airplane.  It's NOT terribly dissimiliar to the Union Bosses who told Sanitation Workers in New York to 'slow down the clean-up' resulting in accidents,  property damage, revenue losses, and yes, even deaths, during 2010's blizzard.  What mischief could Union politics conjour up when you're trying to get home to Grannie's for Thanksgiving?  (Note to self:  Better pack my own Depends, 'cause I might be on the plane for a REALLY long time if someone files a grievance with the Union while I'm waiting on line.)

No, I don't feel too good about that at all...

"Look for the Union Label, when you are..."  Yes, check out the following ad: 
AFL-CIO Union Ad August, 2008

Funny, but I have MORE than 'two things' which I would like to protect.  You'll find the abbreviated list here:

  1. My family,
  2. My religion,
  3. The US Constitution,
  4. The US borders,
  5. The Nation - to pass on to my kids
Yes, you could say that my goals are a 'bit' more grandiose than my friend, Mike D., above.  But in America, our goals / dreams should be larger than those expressed by Mike,. the Union Dude. 

His wanting a gun and a job (is this guy a card-carrying NRA Republican?)  Nope, even if he were his ambitions are not quite grand enough... 

How about the following? 

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Currently, our country appears woefully short on dreams.  Perhaps it's time to shake ourselves awake and re-visit the dreams of our Founders?

“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security” -- Benjamin Franklin 

We sleep at our peril.  Liberties taken for granted (for generations) continue to be leeched away by the Obama Administration with the promise that changes made are for our 'good' -whether we like them or not...

I, for one, do not.  

There has never been a clearer choice.  Four more years of
President Obama's Administration will bankrupt our kids' future.
Not that there's anything wrong with THAT...
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