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02 November 2010 @ 02:24 pm
O 4th Amendment, where art thou?  
* This? Is retarded. Want to buy wine in the grocery store? YOU ARE AN IDENTITY-STEALING DRUNK UNTIL YOU PROVE OTHERWISE, CITIZEN. Oh, and give us an extra dollar. These "security" measures don't pay for themselves, you know!

Fuck that. I'll drive to Ohio or West Virginia for wine before I approach one of these stupid things. For the time being, there are still liquor stores in PA, and they don't automatically assume their customers are criminals. They will continue to receive my business.

* Not new, but also fucking ridiculous. The lovely naked picture scanners have been installed at our airport now. This strongly tempts me to fly out of Cleveland from now on... only, Cleveland probably won't be far behind.

You're allowed to waive the scan, but the alternative is a possible (probably imminent) pat-down. What, you don't want to submit to naked pictures that government-issue goons are free to copy and transmit at will? What are you trying to hide, citizen? Stand right there while I put on my gloves. No, I don't have any lube, and we've already confiscated yours.

Just wait until the first guy or gal comes along who tries to sneak past security with something illicit stuck up a nether region. Let's see what sort of knee-jerk, ineffective, humiliating "security measure" passengers will be subject to then.
Arsenalmarkarsenal on November 2nd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Forgive this comment if it's on the TMI side:

Security theatre makes me want to be really, really vulgar. To some extent I feel freer and rather titillated by it all.

I heard about the frequent monitoring of txt messages and it has led me to start sexting my buddies with wild abandon. The strip-search scanners make me really want to wear leather gear to the airport now. Sort of how the post-Prop 8 world has made me super-OUT, I figure this is maybe the time to emphasize: hey, *you* wanted to know this stuff!

I guess the day they start to say "out of respect for screeners, please avoid wearing a cock ring" is the day I'll start feeling indignant. Until then, I'll let them squirm at the unanticipated side effects of all this new knowledge they get to have ;)
Miusherimiusheri on November 2nd, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
LOL! No, you're in good company. My husband even told me, "Everyone going through those scanners should secret
improbably large dildos in their trousers."

In that vein, I have often been tempted to put Farsi books in my carry-on, but I wuss out because I've heard horror stories of people being detained for hours on end at the security checkpoints over much smaller "sins." No charges, no explanation, just sit here alone until we decide you may leave.

Part of the problem is, they know people don't want to be hassled. They know people would rather put down their heads and go for whatever option gets them through fastest, even if it's horribly invasive.

Plus, you never want to stand out to these goons, in any way. When I fly, I use an obnoxiously pink suitcase for my checked luggage. I do this because it's easy to spot on the luggage carousel, and thieves are less likely to try to walk away with it (they play that Oh, I thought this was mine! game mostly with black luggage, since it really does all look the same). Unfortunately, its malicious pinkness seems to make my suitcase 572% more of a threat. Most of the times I've flown in recent years, it has been opened and searched. Each time, the searchers leave that Hey, we totally rifled through your panties. GO TSA! card in there, like they're doing me a favor.

Sigh. We need some flying cars right about now.
parowa on November 2nd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
In reaction to the liquor dispensor: a why can't the supermarket just sell liquor and check your ID like when you buy cigarettes, b why the frick can't vending machines be open after 9pm or on holidays?

As for the security thing, I think we should all just have to fly naked, or heaven forbid be trusting yet responsible citizens, it's kind of hard to hijack a plane or set off a bomb when the person next has just told you about their grandkids and when you actually make a hostile act the entire cabin is up in protest. That said I have no problem with my suitcase being scanned. But, I would like to be able to carry my toothpaste however I feel like.
Miusherimiusheri on November 3rd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
why can't the supermarket just sell liquor and check your ID like when you buy cigarettes

Darn good question, and I'm sure there's no good reason for it. States that aren't stuck in the 1840s do this.

I also totally agree with your other comments. Reinforced doors to seal off the cockpit was a solid idea. The rest of the security "features" introduced in the wake of 9/11 need to go away.
sageblessing on November 5th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
This is why I will only fly Southwest if I do -- if anyone tries to pull shit on those flights, the passengers will get up and just beat the shit out of the fucker. It's happened, I kid you not. Though Southwest was full of it for kicking Kevin Smith off a flight for being "too fat". *eyeroll*

Anyhoo, gotta say, it's great that you can buy beer at CVS in NY... Two years after moving here, that still amuses the hell outta me ;)
sageblessing on November 5th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
fucking assholes at every turn, and I can't take the stench anymore