Don’t Tell Me This Makes Us Safe

What do you say when your actions make no sense whatsoever?

“Sorry, this is standard operating procedure.”

This phrase provides cover for thousands of spineless lemmings whose only motivation for participating in semi-productive work is to collect a paycheck. Look at the video below. Notice the person wearing the TSA uniform? She doesn’t care–as long as the direct pay deposit clears twice a month. Our government is brimming with entrenched mediocrity.

What have we done? What have we sacrificed under the auspices of making our country safe? Please, tell me how this uniformed agent has positively contributed to these United States with her actions in this video. (Also, be sure to turn-up the volume and listen to what she says. In a courtroom, this is called “grooming behavior.”)

I suppose we don’t care. The priorities of this country don’t support it.

College kids across the nation protest regularly about rising tuition and professor tardiness.

Millions sit at home pining about the potential loss of the upcoming NFL season.

Wisconsin government workers swarm the state capitol to fight the abolition of their union.

Towns across the US rally in dense human clusters to celebrate when their hometown sports team wins a prestigous trophy.

Each year, hoards of protesters descend on our nation’s capitol for a variety of reasons. Most have no idea what it’s about. They’re just there for the party.

New Coke dies because of the overwhelming gnashing of teeth from dedicated sugary-drink fans.

An absolutely horrid teenie-bopper song called “Friday” gets over 101 million views on YouTube.

Yet, this video gets less than a million passive voyeurs, who largely forget the scene on their way to get a frappuccino. Shame on me. Shame on you.

Where is my country? Or, do I even have one anymore?

Please, someone tell me how the actions in this video keep us safe. Tell me how this keeps terrorists at bay. Tell me how this is reasonable. Tell me why we should suffer such actions by a non-elected, appointed branch of the federal government. Go ahead. The floor is yours.

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Tell Me This Makes Us Safe

  1. I recently flew and my daughters weren’t searched, but rest assured I kept a close eye on them after that. Every action they took and every thing they said during the trip was suspect. That’s my obligation as an American and I willingly embrace it.

    • Thank goodness I wasn’t traveling at that time. I don’t think I could handle the stress of knowing that your daughters were aboard the plane w/o a proper screening.

      Please let me know the next time you fly. I intend to build a bomb shelter.

  2. (Not the Lisa on the Simple Justice blog)

    I’ve seen suggestions for actions, and tried several myself.

    1) Write to your congresscritter. Outline your objections to TSA’s behavior and policies (or even the agency’s mere existance).

    2) If you do a lot of leisure airline travel, cut back. Write to the airline/hotels/resorts you usually frequent and tell them why they’ve lost your business. Point out the sole reason you’ve decided to spend your dollars closer to home is the TSA.

    #1 will send you a form letter assuring you he shares your concern. #2 will send you discounts for trips.

    Honestly, what can be done. I guarentee you if anyone (including the parents) had stepped forward and said “Hey, you really need to grope that little girl?” or “Wow, I didn’t know NAMBLA had a ladies auxilary”, they’d’ve been detained for hours, and probably arrested.

    I recently read an article saying that TSA agents are becoming very stressed and depressed. My snark went into overdrive. Are the rank and file at the TSA really so clueless?

    • The only thing I can think of is large-scale, organized civil disobedience. Unfortunately, I don’t believe our society has the stomach for such stuff.

      Thank goodness I have my very own Lisa. I was getting tired of Simple Justice always bragging about having a Lisa while I was sans Lisa. Take that, SJ.

  3. The most interesting TSA job that I’ve seen is the guy/gal with the sole responsibility for bringing empty bins from the back of the x-ray machine to the front of the x-ray machine

    • Every time I go through the x-ray machines, I think “I’m paying him to do that as a federal employee — he gets a badge, and someday a retirement check from the Federal government for repeatedly moving empty bins 40 feet.” Talk about a job screaming out for automation.

  4. No. Do not automate the bin carriers. TSA will spend a ton of money on the automation, and then we’re even more stuck with them.

    Cautionary tale: Remember when the USAF bought all the stationary bikes to measure fitness? This was back in the 90’s, several years before I retired. The USAF thought too many near-to-retirement folks were dropping from heart attacks during the annual run. The idea was to measure the person’s heart rate/breathing/blood pressure on a stationary bike.

    These set-ups cost over a grand apiece. Every base had to have enought to test every person at least once a year. I’m still pre-coffee so I don’t even want to do the math. Post-coffee it would just give me a headache.

    Problem was: it didn’t work. If a person was in really good shape, it was difficult to raise the heart rate, thus a “fail”. If a person was on just about any meds whatsoever, the test was invalid.

    USAF doctors were appalled. Their attitude was “hey, send everyone for a physical once a year and we’ll tell you if they’re fit. It’s like, our job”

    So now the AF has all this equipment that give marginal results. The AF realize their mistake and implemented a doctor-approved method of acessing fitness. Haha, just kidding. They kept the bikes. They’d already spent all that money, right?

    Back to automation for the TSA. While it sounds good on the surface, remember it means that taxpayers will be dumping more money into the TSA. And the equipment likely won’t work because let’s face it, you might call it “automation”, but it will still be operated and maintained by TSA employees.

    • Ahh the bike test. I once repeatedly “invalid tested” on it during a much fitter time of my life when I swam ~2000 meters per day. Finally they set it to a high setting and made me take the test multiple consecutive times and by the end they were able to get my heart rate into the “testable zone.” Heard it was easier to pass if you smoked and didn’t exercise, but I was never willing to man up and give that technique a try. Now its all run for time, situps, pushups, measure your waist line…so low tech, but yet it seems to work. For some reason if you are woefully out of shape it shows.

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