Archive for March, 2003
Could The Sandstorms Be Helpful For U.S.?
Joe Katzman speculates that the sandstorms may not be completely bad for the U.S. efforts in the war. The sandstorm may be preventing Saddam from being able to gas our troops and has already put some fires in the south of Iraq.
Baggage Inspection and Civil Rights
After traveling back to the United States and opening my luggage I noticed on the top of my bag a “notificication of baggage inspection” left by the TSA. My bag contained the following note from the TSA:
“To protect you and your fellow passengers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required by law to inspect all baggage. As part of this process, some bags are opened and physically inspected. Your bag was among those selected for physical inspection.
During the inspection, your bag and its contents may have been searched for prohibited items. At the completion of the inspection, the contents were returned to your bag, which was resealed with a tamper-evident seal.”
For me I don’t feel any safer knowing that the government is randomly going through people’s luggage for “prohibited items.” The TSA should be able to search for bags that have the potential of causing a problem such as those that are found by bomb and drug sniffing dogs. The idea that the government is randomly searching through passengers belongings somehow seems a violation of our civil rights. Baggage inspection may just be a minor inconvenience but our freedoms are the very lack of inconveniences imposed upon the population by the government.
Robin Williams Live Sucked
I am glad to find out that Jesse Walker thinks Robin Williams live on broadway was a bad idea. He doesn’t say it was a bad idea, just that it was the worst thing he had watched on tv all year. It was pretty bad. Maybe I’m strange but when Robin Williams was making Bush jokes I didn’t think it was funny.
I am back in the United States. My travels to the west indies has made me appreciate things America take for granted. Water is a scarcity in the west indies and in many other places of the world. In the carribean water is too scarce to be used on washing machines, dishwashers and constant flushing of toilets. Some Americans may complain of the “era of prosperity” being over but America is still full of cheap consumer products. Before Americans complain about the economy they should appreciate the neccesities that they have in life.
Carnival in St. Barth’s was cool. There seemed to be a large mix of people varying from family’s with children to large numbers of drunk Americans. Carnival started out with a parade of about 7 floats of cars with varying cardboard decorations and soundsystems tied on. Behind the float drunken followers staggered on in costume. Most of the people at carnival had sometime of costume. The parade moved around town until 8PM when the masses headed over to where a variety of “jump-up” caribbean music was being played. A good time was had by all. The carnival parade had some people with no war signs on but they were dressed as pirates. Please. Who takes political advice from pirates. Is this the level the anti-war movement has lowered itself towards?
Wednesday was “the death of Carnival.” Starting at 9PM a group of drummers dressed in black and white follow a fan carrying a huge puppet tied to a stick. The band followed the van with the puppet for about half an hour. The puppet attatched to the telephone poll is then posted in the ground as part of a bonfire and burned. It’s a pretty cool tradition based in slave uprisings.
The current hatred between Americans and the French can only be described as a bunch of crap. My guess is that most people in both France and the U.S. do not feel strongly about the war. Most French and Americans probably are just supporting the beliefs of their country’s respected leaders. It is highly irrational for the Americans to hate the French and boycott their products. Yet the French hatred of Americans is just as irrational.
The Americans are mad at the French because the French choose to dissagree with the Americans in the U.N. By going to the UN, the Americans are asking for the opinions of the respective members of the Security Council and can not be surprised when things don’t turn out perfectly.
The arguments made by the French aren’t more clear. They start by saying Saddam has no weapons or there is no proof Saddam has no weapons. The French supporters then go on to argue the inspectors are doing their job. What will war solve they ask? It’s pretty clear war could change a lot of things. The French seem to be scared of mass casualties on the scale of European cities during World War II which does not seem likely after the relatively small number of deaths in the war in Afghanistan. The French also make the argument that Bush is too excited about war, which Bush may be, but the ability of a leader to make a decision should be made with complete confidence. Too many stupid arguments on both sides.