Who Knew We’d Still be Alive?

The protection racket gets a seal of approval over at BitsBlog.

On Monday he offered,

The right to life itself, simply to live, has been upheld to a greater extent than anyone thought possible five years ago this morning… Think back to your thoughts and feelings on the middle of September, 2001. How did you envision your immediate future? Did you even dare to conjecture a long-term future?

I dared, Bithead.

On the morning of 9/11/01, I was a passenger on American Airlines flying from Connecticut to Los Angeles. My travel plans were disrupted at the halfway point, but I was not in the least bit pessimistic about my future on that day or in the weeks that followed. My biggest concern was – and is – that the Government’s reaction to 9-11, and the inevitable hysteria about it, would amplify the State’s invasion into my life. I was right.

Government seeks to disarm me, confiscates my property, and invades my privacy. The Terrorists represent less a threat to me than the DEA, ATF, or FBI. That was so five years ago and it’s doubly so now.

23 thoughts on “Who Knew We’d Still be Alive?”

  1. I dared, Bithead.

    Ah, yes, the atheist who doesn’t look up during an earthquake. You’ll forgive me, Lynette, but I’ve heard tehse arguments before.

    My travel plans were disrupted at the halfway point, but I was not in the least bit pessimistic about my future on that day or in the weeks that followed. My biggest concern was – and is – that the Government’s reaction to 9-11, and the inevitable hysteria about it, would amplify the State’s invasion into my life. I was right.

    Then again, why wouldn’t you be? The usual argument is that government will always do so. So how is iit this prediction of yours is any great shakes?

    Government seeks to disarm me

    Yeah, well, if you’ll bother reading, you may note I’ve already taken a position on that… and re-stated it often… this morning, in fact.

    The Terrorists represent less a threat to me than the DEA, ATF, or FBI. That was so five years ago and it’s doubly so now.

    Then, my dear, you under-estimate our enemy, several fold.

    Look, say what you will about an expanding government, I’ll likely agree with you. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that defense is oneof the few legit purposes of government both in a general sense, and a constitutional one.

  2. What terrorists? The one they murdered for the Oklahoma bombing thing and/or the supposed 9/11 hijackers that showed up alive and well in Europe after the fact.

  3. Ah, yes, the atheist who doesn’t look up during an earthquake. You’ll forgive me, Lynette, but I’ve heard these arguments before.

    What argument? I answered a question that you posed. You asserted that, in the weeks after 9-11, I must have necessarily felt so shaken that I could scarcely envision life beyond it.

    You asked, “How did you envision your immediate future? Did you even dare to conjecture a long-term future?” I answered that I did so without the slightest amount of trepidation, whatsoever.

    (And why would I look up during an earthquake, unless it’s to see what might be coming off the the top of the bookcase toward me?)

    let’s not lose sight of the fact that defense is one of the few legit purposes of government both in a general sense, and a constitutional one

    Sure, Bit. It’s part of the common defense to restrict the sale of cold remedies. http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/patriotact

  4. Bottom of the page, Eric.

    The Patriot Act Reauthorization Combats Methamphetamine Abuse

    The Patriot Act Reauthorization Includes The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act Of 2005. This bill introduces commonsense safeguards that will make many ingredients used in methamphetamine manufacturing more difficult to obtain in bulk and easier for law enforcement to track. For example, the bill places limits on large-scale purchases of over-the-counter drugs that are used to manufacture methamphetamines- and requires stores to keep these ingredients behind the counter or in locked display cases. It increases penalties for smuggling and selling methamphetamines.

  5. Ah.
    You’re referring to the fixings for methamphetamines.
    That’s an interesting thing to be defending…..

    Referring to cold remedies.

    There I was in Farmer City, Illinois, working nightshift, an 84 hour work week, feeling like death barely warmed over from one of the worst cases of the flu I’ve ever had. When I asked the clerk at the mom and pop grocery store, “Do you have any of the makings for methamphetamines?”… No wait, I believe I asked her if she had “any decent cold remedies,” She said they had to pull all the effective cold medications from the shelves due to recent legislation.

    “I’m sorry, hon,” she said sympathetically, “you’ll have to go to the pharmacy and get it there when they open… tomorrow.”

    There’s your common defense, Eric. I couldn’t get a decent cold remedy when I needed it because that would be tantamount to joining Al Queda.

  6. If Bithead is really so afraid of Sudafed he thinks it belongs under terrorism laws then he is just an example of how pussy the American Right has become.

  7. Bithead asked:

    So, you needed to buy Sudafed in BULK?

    No, I just wanted to buy one pack. The market stopped selling it altogether. I expect it’s not worth the effort of keeping it locked up and having to maintain separate records of every sale.

    And what if I did want to buy Sudafed in BULK? How does that put you in more danger from terrorism?

  8. Bithead:

    So, you needed to buy Sudafed in BULK? Musta been one hell of a cold.

    What the fuck business is it of yours whether she needed to buy sudafed in bulk or not?

    What business is it of the government’s?

  9. Aren’t Bithead’s(*) statistical chances of being killed by terrorists significantly lower than his chances of being killed in a motor vehicle accident? In all fairness though, blogging about the importance of maintaining factory-recommended tire pressures isn’t nearly as exciting as pretending that you’re part of a War On Terror.

    (*) Inlookers are invited to remember or discover what the technical term is for the smallest possible unit of information, and then make the appropriate joke at Florack’s expense.

  10. “Aren’t Bithead’s(*) statistical chances of being killed by terrorists significantly lower than his chances of being killed in a motor vehicle accident?”

    Yeah, and that would probably remain true even if Al Qaeda detonated a nuke on American soil every ten years or so.

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