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01 September 2006

A Brief Interlude

If you've noticed a sudden flood of anonymous comments today, it's because I'm apparently using up the 15 minutes of fame allotted to me by Andy Warhol. Netscape appears to have featured my recent This Is What A Terrorist Looks Like post on their web page. You can go there to vote for me if you'd like. Currently I'm losing to Keith Olbermann.

So far fame has exponentially increased my blog's traffic, and not much else. I'd always kind of hoped that free beer would be involved.

Comments on "A Brief Interlude"

 

Blogger Jim said ... (9/01/2006 07:20:00 PM) : 

Some of those comments seem about as intelligent as the cup of coffee I'm drinking and much less enjoyable.

Is it just me or do about nine tenths of the anonymous comments read like they were written by the same orthographically challenged cheesehead?

 

Blogger zalm said ... (9/01/2006 11:23:00 PM) : 

well, i guess we can cross off wisconsin from the list of places you might be going on your trip, jim. :)

is it alright that i'm now officially scared of netscape?

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (9/02/2006 08:55:00 AM) : 

I think most of them are gone now. Whew. My favourite comment was the person who chastised my reading comprehension, misspelling two or three words in the process.

 

Blogger jonathan even-zohar said ... (9/07/2006 08:52:00 AM) : 

yes, free beer would be nice. /homer-mode

 

Anonymous Michael Tangen said ... (9/08/2006 03:55:00 PM) : 

Free beer, eh? Well if we were close enough bud's [and I knew you were 21 or older...which I'm sure you are] I could probably hook you up > mtbrewing.com

Seriously though, I've thoroughly enjoyed your comments and perspectives and feel the same way in many respects.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (9/12/2006 09:08:00 PM) : 

Thanks Michael. I'm an old man of 27, so you're more than welcome to send me all the beer you want.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9/13/2006 06:12:00 AM) : 

Not all Muslims are terrorists but all airline terrorists in the recent memory have been Muslim. Why not profile? If a white man robs a bank would you look for a hispanic? An old grandmother shouldn't be searched as Middle Eastern men walk by.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (9/13/2006 09:44:00 PM) : 

Anonymous,

And what does a Muslim look like? There are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world. And only about 20 percent of them come from Arab countries.

By the way, many of the 9/11 hijackers shouldn't have even made it through security that day, and not because they were "Middle Eastern looking." It's because they were already wanted terrorists in the United States. Stopping wanted criminals from passing through security at airports is probably a better means of stopping terrorism than pissing in the wind, I mean racial profiling.

 

Anonymous Dixie (Anonymous) said ... (9/14/2006 02:31:00 AM) : 

Right now the terrorists have been Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa so why not look for such people. I see nothing wrong with that. Does that mean we don't look for anyone else and assume they are innocent? No. Just the bulk of who we look for should be profiled.
I do agree that security failed that day and stopping known criminals is a must.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (9/14/2006 02:51:00 PM) : 

"Right now the terrorists have been Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa so why not look for such people."

Not entirely. The anthrax mailings, which no one talks about anymore, were most likely homegrown. And may have come from a U.S. military base.

 

Anonymous Dixie said ... (9/17/2006 02:39:00 AM) : 

The airline terrorists have been muslims from North Africa and the Middle East. I am referring to these and not the anthrax or Oklahoma bombings. I am speaking of the lunacy of searching an old white lady while letting young Middle Eastern men walk through security untouched.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (9/21/2006 09:29:00 PM) : 

Dixie,

The only airline terrorists were 19 men five years ago, most of them from Saudi Arabia. One example is hardly a pattern of behavior. The fact is that there have been, are, and will continue to be terrorists of all ages, colors, religions, races, shapes and sizes.

Furthermore, studies have shown that racial profiling doesn't work. In fact, racial profiling of African Americans and Hispanics in New York found that it was whites who were more often committing the crimes that these groups were being profiled for.

Beyond that, it has been well established that Al Qaeda and other organizations are recruiting white people, which is just one more reason to suspect everyone.

Furthermore, on September 11 after flights were grounded, knives were found stashed under seats and taped to seats on several planes (another conveniently forgotten piece of information). If that's true, it is possible that there were moles working in several U.S. airports and that they helped the hijackers from the inside.

 

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