Been swamped with some expert work and work on the books, so I have to keep it short and sweet today. Well, not sweet, exactly: I have an urge to peg the sarcasm meter.
Item 1. A couple of years ago my daughter and I tried an experiment. When going through TSA security in Houston, she showed her Texas A&M id, and I showed my University of Houston id. The rules claim that a “state issued identification document” is needed to pass security, and both university identity cards are state issued; I wanted to see whether the UH id would work in case I had a brain cramp and forgot or misplaced my license, and I figured that TSA in HOUSTON would recognize that UH and certainly TAMU are STATE universities. No dice: the agent demanded a drivers license or passport. But I guess that’s because we weren’t Nigerian and each had one legit boarding pass in our own names and we didn’t try any dog-ate-my-real-boarding-pass stories. I’ll remember that next time, though I don’t think I’ll be able to pull off the Nigerian thing.
So let me see if I get this. The TSA strip searches 95 year old cancer patients, gropes small children, “inspects” women in a way that to describe accurately requires use of the word “labia”, and routinely hassles people for having plastic combs and wadded up facial tissue in their pockets, but lets individuals from the same country as the junk bomber waltz on aircraft with no valid id and no valid boarding pass? Really?
Have I ever mentioned how much I despise the TSA?
But I’m totally down with giving the government new vast powers over every aspect of my life.
Happy Independence Day!
Item 2. I vehemently disagree with what Mark Halperin said about Obama. There was no “kind of” about it.
Item 3. Now, what better way to get the Republicans to cave on a debt ceiling deal? But if Timmy! goes: (a) who will Barry pal around with?, and (b) will this leave the door open for Gary?