Happy Birthday To Me! A CNN Poll and Airport Security.
Happy birthday to me! I’m now 26 years old. I don’t really feel any different, and I suppose that’s the way it is every year. Just another year older. In mathematical speak, I am: f(x)=age+1. That’s about it.
What’s in the news? CNN’s newest poll on Bush says that 61% of Americans oppose George Bush’s handling of/the relevance of/the “good idea-ness” of this Iraq war. “Additionally, 51 percent of those polled said they see President Bush as a strong leader, 54 percent said they do not consider him honest, 54 percent said they do not think he shares their values, and 58 percent said the president does not inspire confidence.”
And here’s the rub. “Americans are about evenly split on whether their commander-in-chief understands complex issues, with 47 percent saying yes, and 51 percent saying no.” This isn’t the fact that he isn’t handling the issues properly. 51% of Americans believe he doesn’t even understand the issues he’s confronted with. This is the person we elected to lead us.
In speaking of leaving Iraq “early,” he says, “In this case, it would give the terrorists and extremists an additional tool besides safe haven, and that is revenues from oil sales. Leaving before the job is done would be a disaster.” When have you EVER heard a news story of ANY terrorist attack originating from Iraq? I’m talking about before we invaded. Iraq was never a terrorist state until we went there! Now it’s the biggest source of terrorism on Earth.
Speaking of us electing him. In that same article, Bush says that “I’m going to do what I think is right, and if, you know, if people don’t like me for it, that’s just the way it is.” What exactly is he thinking? He just had to appeal to what people wanted until he got elected? After that he just does whatever he wants? I don’t know what’s going on here. What I do know is that he has totally screwed this country up, and he’s done the same thing to his Republican cronies, who are, incidentally, looking at (hoping/praying for) reelection bids. Will we ever be able to trust a Republican again? Who knows?
I’m tired of talking about Bush on my birthday. Today should be a good day.
In other interesting national news, Time magazine had an article back in May (I just stumbled upon this) about a new technique for screening airline passengers. It’s called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques). Aside from high-tech bomb detecting devices, metal detectors, etc., screeners will be looking at people’s behavior, eye movements, and other indicators to determine whether someone is “of interest.” The article says, “Here’s how it works: Select TSA employees will be trained to identify suspicious individuals who raise red flags by exhibiting unusual or anxious behavior, which can be as simple as changes in mannerisms, excessive sweating on a cool day, or changes in the pitch of a person’s voice. Racial or ethnic factors are not a criterion for singling out people, TSA officials say. Those who are identified as suspicious will be examined more thoroughly; for some, the agency will bring in local police to conduct face-to-face interviews and perhaps run the person’s name against national criminal databases and determine whether any threat exists. If such inquiries turn up other issues countries with terrorist connections, police officers can pursue the questioning or alert Federal Counter-Terrorism agents. And of course the full retinue of baggage x-rays, magnetometers and other checks for weapons will continue.”
Pretty interesting stuff. It seems a little more relevant than taking shoes off and not letting me bring a book on an airplane. Not that I fly on a regular basis, or have ever flown. The TSA just goes too far sometimes.
And finally, for this entry, you need to take a look at this video. Just how secure are our airports?
Read a book.