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Honor Bound: Fly the Friendly Skies of Afghanistan

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Filed under Afghanistan, Humor, Military, Open thread at February 23rd, 2014 - 12:55 pm

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Published on Mar 25, 2013 by Raymond Bechard

Flying across Afghanistan isn’t like taking a trip to Disney World. Listen and Learn as the “Flight Attendant” welcomes soldiers and military contractors on the flight between Bagram Airfield and FOB Sharana. This video was taken by “Honor Bound” producer, Raymond Bechard.

Why Israeli airport security is effective – and why the TSA is useless

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Filed under Israel at January 14th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Cracked Magazine has the story. Please click the links:

7 Reasons the TSA Sucks (A Security Expert’s Perspective)

Part 2 of the same article

#Caturday October 19, 2013: Hello Kitty takes to the skies

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Filed under Caturday, Open thread at October 19th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

In an effort to make air travel more tolerable for women and children, Taiwan’s EVA Airlines has a licensing agreement with Sanrio to create a Hello Kitty themed travel experience. The cuteness could almost make up for the sheer misery of LAX.

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Published on Oct 10, 2012 by CNN
The cutesy brand has been co-opted by EVA Airways to try and attract new fliers from a growing Chinese market.
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The Window Seat: Bill Whittle gives a pilot’s eye view of a commercial airline flight

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Filed under Open thread, Technology at March 21st, 2013 - 8:00 pm

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Published on Mar 4, 2013 by Pajamasmedia

Welcome aboard Air Whittle. Bill Whittle brings you a detailed description of what it takes to fly a jet from Los Angeles to New York City. While flying a modern jetliner is complicated, and difficult, it is done with amazing standards of safety. Hear the details on this Afterburner.


Now this is disgusting… #Caturday edition: al Qaeda implanting bombs in CATS and DOGS

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Filed under Al Qaeda, Caturday, Islamic Terrorism, Open thread at May 12th, 2012 - 5:00 pm

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Al Qaeda Bombmaker Designs Bombs to Hide in Cameras, Hard Drives and Pets

At the age of only 30, the al Qaeda bombmaker behind the foiled plot on U.S-bound planes has emerged as the most feared face of terror for American authorities, a master technician with a fierce hatred for America and ingenious plans for hiding hard-to-detect bombs inside cameras, computers and even household pets.

Again and again, Ibrahim al-Asiri has created bombs that get past security screening — the underwear bomb targeting a Detroit-bound jet in 2009, bombs hidden in printer cartridges set to explode over Chicago, even a bomb hidden in the body of a younger brother who was sent on a suicide mission against a Saudi official.

A Saudi citizen who studied chemistry in college, al-Asiri’s parents say he became radicalized after the death of a brother.

“It makes him dangerous,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, R.-Alabama, chair of House Homeland Security Committee, “and it’s clear that we want to make sure that he doesn’t have the opportunity to A, to continue to do, to build any device whatsoever, or impart his knowledge to anyone else who wants to build these devices.”

U.S. authorities tell ABC News that al-Asiri’s latest designs involve bombs surgically implanted in terrorists, as well as bombs hidden in pets to be carried on aircraft, cameras, and external hard drives that would explode when plugged into a laptop computer.

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Newest al Qaeda Terror Threat: Explosives on Small Planes

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Filed under Al Qaeda, Headlines, Islam, Jihad, September 11, Terrorism at September 6th, 2011 - 7:18 am

Terror warning: Al-Qaida looks to load explosives on small planes

(h/t: Jihad Watch)

9/3/2011 9:25:33 PM ET

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security nationwide as a precaution.

According to a five-page law enforcement bulletin issued Friday, as recently as early this year, al-Qaida was considering ways to attack airplanes.

The alert, issued ahead of the summer’s last busy travel weekend, said terrorists have considered renting private planes and loading them with explosives.

“Al-Qaida and its affiliates have maintained an interest in obtaining aviation training, particularly on small aircraft, and in recruiting Western individuals for training in Europe or the United States, although we do not have current, credible information or intelligence of an imminent attack being planned,” according to the bulletin obtained by The Associated Press.

The bulletin also says al-Qaida would like to use sympathetic Westerners to get flight training, then get them to become flight instructors.

Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, described the bulletin as routine.

“We shared this information with our partners to highlight the need for continued awareness and vigilance,” he said.
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From Ibn Firnas to the Furnace of 911

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Filed under Islam, Science, Spain at August 3rd, 2011 - 11:30 am

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by Hesperado

It’s August already.

Two thousand and eleven.

Which means that date I’ve been thinking about for years is just around the corner.

You know:

The 10th Anniversary of the 911 Attacks.

Preface:

Excuse my jaded, weary cynicism, but I don’t expect much of a turn-out from the Vast Majority of Western People Who, Because They Are Not “Elites”, Are Supposedly On Our Side.

At best, we’ll see a rally of two to three thousand people (okay, maybe five thousand–whoopty-doo); a few splashes here and there in the mainstream media and its various sidestreams; then virtually everyone will hit the snooze alarm again or divert their attention to more important things–like Charlie Sheen’s new TV show, or some politician’s scandal, or the infinitely boring “debt ceiling”.

Anyway, for those who refuse to forget, I offer up a trip down memory lane–the West’s memory lane. Specifically, on the history of the technology of flight. In a purely accidental way, the Occident provided the means–the jet aircraft–for the 911 Muslims to wreak their havoc. In a less excusable way, the West over the past half century, in its amnesia about the dangers of Islam, has been providing massive opportunities to Muslims for their infiltration, and from there their sine qua non of Jihad: the terror razzia.

The Medieval Origins of Man-Made Flight

Did you know the first person to attempt flight was a Muslim?

Lynn White, Jr., the unassumingly great historian of medieval technology (1907-1987), mentions in a monograph written in 1961 probably the first person to attempt flight, a Muslim who lived in Andalus (Islamic Spain) in the middle of the 9th century A.D. by the name of Ibn Firnas.

According to a Moroccan historian al-Maqqari, White reports, Ibn Firnas:

“…covered himself with feathers for the purpose, attached a couple of wings to his body, and, getting on an eminence, flung himself down into the air, when, according to the testimony of several trustworthy writers who witnessed the performance, he flew a considerable distance, as if he had been a bird, but, in alighting again on the place whence he had started, his back was very much hurt, for not knowing that birds when they alight come down upon their tails, he forgot to provide himself one.

Although the source White uses, al-Maqqari, lived some 750 years after this supposed event (died 1632), and used sources no longer extant which cannot be independently verified, White considers it credible. My respect for Prof. White is high, and I trust him implicitly on this.

Over a century later, in 1010 A.D., the first Western man to attempt flight figures in the title of White’s study: Eilmer of Malmesbury, an abbot of course (most of the technological ferment of the early Middle Ages seemed to have bubbled up from the monasteries of Europe, and not only literally in the refinement of the fermentation of beer, wine and spirits).

The West Takes Off–Literally

True to his form, White goes on for the rest of his monograph charting in detail how it was Westerners par excellence who uniquely took the ideal of flight and really took off with it—literally and figuratively. (In one of his essays—I believe included in his collection entitled Machina ex Deo: Essays in the Dynamism of Western Culture—he traces the history of the violin and notices what a politically correct multi-culturalist would be loath to notice: that, while the rudimentary violin had been invented in the area of Sumatra in approximately the 9th century A.D., its technical development and musical uses remained in that culture relatively stagnant for centuries, and never evolved until the West returned to colonize and bring the gifts of her superiority to it. Meanwhile, after that rudimentary violin, translated through the Islamic Middle East (similarly unfit to unfold the potential of this instrument) into the hands of the Western Crusaders, was introduced into Christian Europe by the 13th century, it was relatively quickly improved and refined, and over the following three hundred more years one begins to see the signs of a progress in violin music—and music in general—astonishing in its beauty, reaching its apogee with J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and ascending impossibly higher with Beethoven and Mozart after that.)

Speaking of apogees, let’s get back to flight.

After centuries and centuries of patient and ingenious attempts to match the Western flight of the mind with a more literal flight, the first foothold in concrete success was achieved in the 19th century with the epiphany of a Pomeranian inventor, Otto Lilienthal: namely, that the obsession heretofore with aerostat balloons was not the way to progress toward faster and more effective flight, nor so much the mimicking of birds—but rather, the aerodynamics of the kite. His epiphany immediately inspired the Wright brothers and their momentous departure from earth shortly after the fin du siècle of the 20th century.

And the rest is, as they say, history: the history, that is, of the stupendously marvelous career of the 20th century airplane, rocket, missile, helicopter, jets, satellites and space travel.

The Crashing Fall of Islam

Let us return to the Muslim who fell off a cliff and broke his back, Ibn Firnas. Not only did Islamic flight peter out after his nasty fall, Islamic culture in generalafter it reached its artificial apogee in its so-called Golden Age on the backs of the more talented Dhimmi cultures which the Muslims pirated parasiticallybegan its long slow decline and fall into increasing barbarism. However much Islam might have risen, briefly, into a historical moment of artistic and scientific glory, it was mostly parasitic upon the genius and labors of Persian, Hindu, Christian and Jewish Dhimmis under their domination, or of rare Muslims whose minds were un-Islamically open (and thus had to operate relatively covertly for fear of religious authorities), usually due to the fact that they came from families of former Dhimmis who had, under the cruel and unjust pressure of Islamic dhimmitude over time, converted. Indeed, Ibn Firnas himself may have derived from such a background; though, of course, as sterling as Lynn White, Jr., was as a historian, we cannot have expected him to have surmounted the general Western amnesia (even in 1961) about the various pathologies of the history of Islam, and to have thought to pursue this likely explanation for the human (i.e., un-Islamic) curiosity exhibited by Ibn Firnas.

Why that early Islamic attempt at flight fizzled out, while Western attempts only increased in ingenuity until the West achieved what no other culture did in that technology, may have something to do with what the Moroccan historian al-Maqqari, cited by Lynn White, Jr., noted in his history: namely, that Ibn Firnas and his little project seems to have been frowned upon at the time by the Islamic establishment as “un-Islamic” exploration and thus unworthy of being pursued when a good Muslim better should spend his time following the Sunna ever mindful of Allah and the 1,001 Dos and Don’ts of Allah’s last and greatest Prophet, the “ideal man” (al-insan al-kamil) and “the best model for all mankind”, Muhammad.

I.e., medieval and post-medieval Christians seemed to have had no problem with Christians (including abbots!) pursuing technological innovation and creativity seeking, among myriad other mundane improvements, a way for man to fly–but not so Muslims: their theosocial rigidity stifled such development; as it stifled virtually everything else productive and progressive.

While declining after the 9th century into increasing barbarism—or, more accurately, lapsing back into its aboriginal and essential nature of barbarism, Islam nevertheless did not want for military prowess, energized by the hot blazing fire of its religious fanaticism, zeal, eschatology, supremacism, bloodlust, grotesque cupidity and rapine for centuries after, ultimately with an eye to conquer the world, and repeatedly attacking Europe over the centuries in pursuit of that pneumopathological desideratum.

Ultimately, Islam was thrashing about, unable to sustain itself over grander arcs of time–with one hand gaining Byzantium (1453), and with the other hand losing Andalus (1492)–yet managing to wreak horrific damage and slaughter as it crashed about on the world stage. By the late 17th century, Islams essential vortex of imperialistic supremacism had definitively spent itself, in the last military invasion of the West it could muster, in 1683 against the forces of its clear superior at the Siege of Vienna. Relative to its spectacular attempts at military conquest heretofore, Islam would hunker down in a slump and fester and seethe like a wounded scorpion for the following three centuries–capable at best, against the West proper, of only piracy and kidnapping–until a concatenation of various events and factors in the late 20th century–further galvanized by 911would begin to facilitate an inchoate revival of its ancient dream: Islam Redivivus.

As the West continued throughout its Middle Ages and into the Modern Era to progress amazingly, on all levels, like no other civilization in all of world history, Islam continued to spiral downward in the darkness, corruption, chaos, filth, muck and mire of its essential evil. It was only by virtue of Western Colonialism, beginning to penetrate the Muslim world and its satellites in earnest beginning in the 17th century, and increasing exponentially for more than two centuries after, that parts of the Muslim world began to experience, for the first time in their wretched histories, some breaths of fresh air and sunlight of orderly and relatively decent management of sociopolitical affairs (as in French North Africa, Portuguese and English India, Dutch Indonesia, Spanish Philippines; etc.).

Conclusion:

The precipitous decline of Islam from the time when Ibn Firnas first donned his feathers in the mid-9th century to see if he could fly, floating briefly in the air with a genuine, all too ephemeral spirit of curiosity, to the tour du siècle of the 21st centurywhen out of the clear blue sky his Muslim descendants crashed the Western planes they had pickeered but had not even bothered to learn how to pilot into the concrete manifestations of the civilization they and their brothers and sisters will never understand–charts the straight line, the al-Mustaqeema of Koran 1:6-7, not to Paradise, but to Hell. For Muslimswhen they follow Islamwill only and always raven destruction and exult in the murder, misery and mayhem they cultivate for the twisted anti-eschaton of that infamous angel who was the first of all creatures to fall and crash to Earth, trying to take the rest of Mankind with him.

Though doomed in his grander scheme, he may well be able to take approximately a billion, at least, down with him.

Michael Nerandzic, Serbian-Australian Hero Blimp Pilot

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Filed under Australia, Serbia, Special Report, Technology at June 18th, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Hero Blimp Pilot’s Ethnicity?

Posted by Julia Gorin

★★★★UPDATE★★★★

I received emailed confirmation that the pilot, Michael Nerandzic, is indeed of Serbian origin. His family is from the village of Trostice near the city of Novi Pazar in Serbia (which the Muslims have been blatantly trying to take — see also last excerpt here).

★★★★★

Yesterday, a top story on “Good Morning America” was about a pilot whose Goodyear blimp was flying near Oberursel, Germany when a loud noise and the smell of fuel flooded the cabin. Not knowing what was happening, the pilot hovered close to the ground and told his three passengers to jump out. The resulting loss of weight caused the blimp to shoot back up into the air, where it burst into flames.
“They found him still at the controls when it crashed. He also steered it away from his ground crew.” — pilot’s wife

The pilot’s name was Michael Nerandzic.

While the last name implies the Australian pilot had Croatian, Serbian or Bosnian roots, because there has been no mention — anywhere — of his ethnicity, with no ethnic group jumping to take credit for the man, that means he was most probably Serb. (We can’t have good Serbs, can we?)

I asked Nebojsa his opinion, and after doing some research, he found a bunch of Nerandzics — “from a Serb exile in Imperial Russian services (late 1700s) to modern-day interior designers. There was also a scientist living in Canada (who used to live in Belgrade), an artist on Youtube, and a Wikipedia editor – all Serbs. I also found a bunch of them in Kursumlija, southern Serbia (suggesting the surname is native to the area).

“On this here page. I found an audio recording of his voice (see bottom). He was either born in Australia, or has lived there so long, that he speaks in the local dialect perfectly, and pronounces his name Aussie-style, rather than Serbian style.”

Aussie pilot Michael Nerandzic dies in airship explosion, 3 passengers saved

Blimp Pilot Michael Nerandzic
D**n. Nice! [Click photo for larger image.]

AN AUSTRALIAN blimp pilot has been hailed a hero after he saved three passengers by ordering them to jump from the burning airship only to then die himself.

Michael Nerandzic, from Balgownie in Wollongong, was attempting to land the A60 Goodyear airship at an airfield at Reichelsheim in Germany, when the blimp caught fire during descent. The 53-year-old and three journalists with him were returning from a local music festival.

It is understood the passengers smelt fuel and heard a loud whirring noise before the blimp caught fire.

Realising the airship was only moments away from disaster, Mr Nerandzic then made the heroic decision to put his own life on the line to save those of his passengers.

Hovering 2m above the ground he yelled for the three passengers to jump from the gondola to safety below.

That decision reduced the ballast weight of the airship which is believed to have caused it to shoot 50m into the air where it exploded with the burning wreckage falling to the ground. Mr Nerandzic was unable to escape and died in the wreckage.

Witnesses said they heard loud noises coming from the air before spotting a “fireball” moments before it crashed into a meadow near the airfield.

“We could hear the cries of the pilot as the fire surrounded him. It was terrible,” one said.

A close friend and former colleague said Mr Nerandzic was a talented pilot with a deep passion for flying.

He said his decision to save his passengers first summed up the type of person he was.

“He has always put other people first. I don’t even think he would have realised he was doing it – it would have just been instinct,” the friend, who declined to be named, said last night. “He will be a real loss to our community.”

The cause of the fire remained a mystery last night but Germany’s Federal Office for Accident Investigation was investigating.

The departed pilot’s website is still online.


Illawarra Mercury: Airship pilot Michael Nerandzic a hero

BY ANGELA THOMPSON
15 Jun, 2011 04:00 AM

Wife Lyndy in Michael Nerandzic's study

The remains of Balgownie man Michael Nerandzic have been recovered from wreckage of an incinerated blimp in Germany as investigations into the accident continue.

The veteran pilot is being hailed a hero for ordering his three passengers to safety before flames consumed the airship’s gondola on Sunday.

The drop in weight as the passengers disembarked is believed to have caused the burning craft to shoot into the sky still carrying Mr Nerandzic, who would have turned 53 today.

The phone rang hot with condolences yesterday at the home he shared with wife Lyndy.

Upstairs, his study hinted at the colourful working life that took him to the best seat in the house for five Olympic Games.

In 1988, in Seoul, his passengers were the Korean CIA and police carrying out surveillance work.

He clocked up more than 12,300 hours in the air and worked in 24 countries, souveniring rows of promotional caps and access passes for the study walls.

A large framed broadsheet shows a blimp he piloted over Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in 1988, a spectacular spread of ships laid out below.

Opposite, a collection of photos captures billionaire Richard Branson strapped in waterskis, preparing to be towed by an airship with Mr Nerandzic at the throttle.

“He was a character. He was larger than life. He was so, so generous,” Mrs Nerandzic said.

“When they told me what he had done for the passengers it didn’t surprise me one little bit.

“I was just so glad they have retrieved his body. The company’s going to arrange for his body to be flown back to Australia and after that I haven’t thought any further.

“I just spoke to him the night before and we arranged that I would go over there in July.”

The Nerandzics spent the first 10 years of their marriage living out of hotel rooms overseas before settling in the Illawarra.

“He would be in the airship and I’d be in the car with all of our worldly goods in the trailer,” Mrs Nerandzic said.

“When he used to fly fixed-wing I worried, but he always used to say, ‘what’s going to happen with an airship’?”

Mr Nerandzic was returning three passengers to Reichelsheim Airfield, in Oberursel, on Sunday evening when he got into difficulty.

He was flying the Spirit of Safety I, one of two airships leased by Goodyear from Lightship Europe for marketing flights throughout Europe between March until October.

On board were two news crew from RTL television and Joachim Storch, a photographer from Germany’s Bild newspaper.

Mr Storch reported smelling petrol and seeing flames coming from the back of the Gondola, where the engines are positioned.

The airship came about 2m above the ground and the passengers jumped off at Mr Nerandzic’s encouragement.

The Mercury understands eight members of the ground crew were waiting with ballast bags to weigh the craft to the ground, but they were too far away.

Mr Storch reported looking on from the runway as the blimp went up again.

“I heard the screams of the pilot – it was terrible,” he said.

The airship reached a height of about 50m before it came down in a black column of smoke witnessed 20km away.

According to the Goodyear website, the Spirit of Safety airships were specially built by American Blimp Corporation to a length of 39m – about 20m shorter than models operating in the United States and with engines less than half as powerful.

Unlike the German zeppelins of 50 years ago, the Goodyear blimps are filled with non-flammable helium. A statement issued by The Lightship Group said the identical craft had been grounded “until further notice”.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew members, and also with our colleagues and the passengers involved with the airship tour in Germany,” the statement continued.

Mr Nerandzic was The Lightship Group’s director of operations in Europe, Asia and Australia until April 2009.

In an interview with The Australian newspaper in 2001 he spoke about his passion for airships and the “lifestyle I love”.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve just loved every day,” he said.

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TSA Naked Scan and Crotch Grope: Draw the Line Against Government Intrusion

by 1389AD ( 110 Comments › )
Filed under Christianity, Holocaust, Islam, Judaism, Liberal Fascism, Nazism, Political Correctness, Sharia (Islamic Law), Terrorism, Transportation at November 26th, 2010 - 10:00 am

Modesty, bodily privacy, and human dignity…

The international press and the blogosphere has been full of news items about banning the burqa in various European countries. (Phyllis Chesler offers many strong arguments in favor of banning the burqa.) This is part of the ongoing controversies regarding shari’a law and Muslim demands for the veiling, isolation, and abuse of women under the pretexts of honor, shame, and “modesty.”

Such intrusive demands for us to change our ways to accommodate Muslim gender apartheid have nothing to do with modesty as we know it in a society founded upon Judaeo-Christian principles. In fact, the Muslim idea of “modesty” is the very antithesis of ours.

For Muslims, veiling the female body to the point of anonymity with the chador, the niqab, or the burqa, becomes a denial of human dignity and a denial of the equal value of men and women in the eyes of our Creator.

For us, decent clothing for all people – including men, women, and children – is a basic requirement of human dignity. Rabbi Daniel Lapin recently appeared on the Glenn Beck show, where he said that, according to the Torah, clothing the naked is an even more meritorious deed than feeding the hungry, because clothing is essential to human dignity.

…versus totalitarianism

The news is also filled with controversy about the recent TSA “naked body scan” and “crotch grope” policies for passengers boarding aircraft in US airports.

I should not need to remind our misguided policymakers that, even in athletic venues such as the gym and the beach, practicing Christians and Jews of both sexes and all ages cover the buttocks and genitalia, and females of all ages cover the chest. This, of course, is the minimum; in other venues, we cover a larger portion of our bodies, dressing in whatever manner is appropriate for the circumstances. We do this to preserve our own dignity as human beings created in the Lord’s own image, and to avoid distracting others with inappropriate temptations.

Despite the recent policies of the TSA, we consider staring at, touching, or groping the private parts of a stranger to be taboo. It is also taboo to peep at, or photograph, a stranger in the nude or even in his or her undergarments. If a private citizen did such things, he or she would end up in prison, and rightly so. Government employees should be under the same rules as the rest of us.

Stripping an unwilling person of his or her clothing, as is commonly done with prisoners, is a deep insult that is intended to shame and dehumanize. The person stripped naked is exposed to ridicule and abuse, and has lost control of his or her fate. Even though I suppose someone will invoke Godwin’s Law, I cannot help but be reminded of the naked prisoners in concentration camp photos from the Third Reich. Yes, there is such a thing as a slippery slope, in which we allow our government to get out of control and to become totalitarian. This is a path that we must never take.

Airline boycott?

Rep. Ron Paul has recently complained of having been repeatedly groped in a “disgusting” manner while flying on official state business, on account of the fact that he has metal in his knees. He rightly points out that this is unconstitutional. He recommends that, whenever we can, we use other means of transportation and not fly on commercial aircraft until this intrusive nude scan/crotch grope policy is discontinued. He also favors a national “opt out” day. Even though readers of this blog, including myself, strongly disagree with Ron Paul on many other things, on this particular point I concur that he is right in saying that the current TSA procedures are an unacceptable governmental intrusion into our personal modesty and dignity and our Constitutional rights.

I recognize that the current scan-and-grope TSA policy is the fault of the Obama Administration and not of the airlines. While that is true, at this point, the only effective way we have of making our anger known to the government is to refuse to participate in their totalitarian activities. Wherever possible, I plan to use other means of transportation that are not yet under this level of government intrusion.


Thanking God…and a Call for Action

by 1389AD ( 162 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-Jihad, Balkans, Barack Obama, CAIR, Election 2008, Elections 2010, Free Speech, History, immigration, Islam, Patriotism, Second Amendment, Tea Parties, Transportation at November 25th, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Above is the Allen West video cited by author Mary Grabar.

A Slovenian immigrant blogs about what has made America great, and what we must do now:

Thanking God for What Makes Us Exceptional

Being thankful that “Don’t touch my junk” is today’s version of “Give me liberty or give me death.”

November 25, 2010 By Mary Grabar

This Thanksgiving season I am thankful for small pleasures, like being able to order a Mad Happy Ale at Twain’s in Decatur, Georgia, and listen to jazz, bluegrass, and blues musicians jamming on various days of the week.

I am thankful that we ended Prohibition. I am thankful that free enterprise is working on a small scale at Twain’s, where musicians gather on their own time and play for tips, where waiters work for tips, where the brewers are free to concoct that nectar of the gods, Mad Happy Ale. I am glad that I am able to stop by there on my way home after a hard afternoon of working in that most un-free of American institutions, the university.

I am glad that the government has not yet decided to restrict which musicians can play at Twain’s or how many barrels of Mad Happy Ale Twain’s can brew or how much they can discount it on certain nights. It’s supply and demand, and I know that when I requested Mad Happy Ale last Sunday afternoon and they were out, my vote, along with others, set the master brewer brewing that hoppy ambrosia.

I am thankful that I am not flying this holiday season, and I am thankful that Americans are protesting the government’s unlawful searches. I am thankful that the American spirit still lives. “Don’t touch my junk” is today’s version of “Give me liberty or give me death.” That primitive part of our brains that instinctively reaches for a weapon against the searches of law-abiding Americans has not been bred out of most Americans.

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Alexis de Tocqueville warned about this soft despotism. I am thankful that capitalists set up a foundation to pay my salary so that I can teach Tocqueville, because the university where I teach would surely frown upon my placement of Democracy in America on my syllabus. I am thankful that after showing Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech, I could show newly elected Congressman Allen West’s video to my class. He is the Patrick Henry of our day.

I am thankful for the Tea Party, that group of Americans not cowed by the long arm of the government, that group that is clinging to their guns and religion, and that helped elect Allen West. There is still much for them to learn, but I am thankful that so many ordinary Americans have volunteered their hours and dollars to preserving freedom. I am thankful that voters were alarmed and awakened this election.

I am thankful that 70 percent of Oklahoma voters voted to prevent sharia law from taking hold. I shudder at what CAIR is thinking of doing next, like taking away my Mad Happy Ale and music because it offends Muslim sensibilities.

Come to think of it, it’s good to go to a place like Twain’s and never see anyone wearing a hijab. It’s a good place to begin a revolution.

[...]

When I see a photo of Janet Napolitano I see Josef Broz Tito. Big Sis ordered her agents to be on the lookout for those like me, who place “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper stickers on their cars.

Many immigrants from Eastern European countries could not understand how Americans could have elected Obama. Well, our historical memory was wiped clean by the educationists, so that we could not see the threat in our midst.

…There is still something in the American character that shudders at the picture of a long line of docile people being herded into a transportation conveyance, while indifferent, ill-educated government employees ogle, prod, and poke their bodies. They understand what such government invasion means psychologically and spiritually, how it demoralizes a brave and free people. We may be boarding 747s instead of cattle cars, but the American spirit rebels. We know there are better ways, like arming ourselves.

There has been a “long train of abuses” over these last two years. There are still some like Congressman-elect Allen West who see these and say, “Pick up your bayonets” and “CHARGE!”

Isn’t it amazing that someone whose forebears were slaves could strike such a chord among free Americans and inspire them to elect him as their representative? It could happen in no other country. We still speak out and speak honestly. We still sit tall in the saddle. We still have our six-guns at our sides. We will not be prodded and herded along. This is American exceptionalism, what makes us different.

I thank God for that.

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