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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Whoa, Mr. President!

Wait a minute, Mr. President.  Did we hear you correctly in your State of the Union
address?  Did you really say your new high-speed trains would be "faster than flying...without the pat-down"?  Your administration is said to be quietly pushing back against public resistance to those intrusive TSA pat-downs.  We all remember the patriot hero John Tyner from last fall.  He's the Oceanside, California software engineer who said, "Don't touch my junk!"

For you to make fun of those privacy concerns is particularly uncaring.  You are a privileged person who doesn't have to go through that gantlet every time he flies. 
It's rather like your put-down of Scott Brown in Massachusetts last January.  "Anyone can buy a truck," you said then, as you campaigned for sure loser Martha Coakley.  No, Mr. President, not everyone can buy a truck.  With your policies, some of us are still stuck driving ten- and  fifteen-year-old vehicles.

Let's get back to your case for high-speed trains without the pat-downs.  It would have been far better for you to put yourself and your loved ones through one of those pat-downs before making a joke of them.

Assuming your administration is correct, and that these pat-downs are necessary for the safety of the flying public, why would you announce in advance to al-Qaeda that your high-speed trains will have a lower level of security?  It doesn't make sense. (Continues here)

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