Liquid, Liquid Everywhere, But Not a Drop To Drink Free of Our
by Becky Akers
by Becky Akers: Viva
obsessed with the fluids we ingest, Mayor Mike "Nanny"
Bloomberg or the TSA?
New York City’s
Board of Health, whose members Nanny appoints, will vote this week
to restrict the quantity of soda consenting adults may sell and
other consenting adults may buy to 16 ounces. Though only in certain
venues: we are still supposedly free to purchase two-liter jugs
of such poison (nope, I don’t drink soda. Hate it, in fact) from
supermarkets. But if you wish to slurp from a 20-ounce cup at the
movies, you’ll have to head for China, Russia, or some other place
freer than Bloom-burg-on-the-Hudson.
hasn’t banned the stuff outright, he insists he’s just your average
busybody instead of a megalomaniacal dictator on a power-spree.
"All we’re doing here is educating," he
lied. "[Compelling you to buy soda in the size I decree]
forces you to see the difference."
plenty of accomplices among the mainstream media’s morons. They
obligingly continue to discuss the issue on Nanny’s terms – the
red herring of health – rather than frame it truly as yet another
casualty among our few remaining freedoms. One
of them blithered in the New York Slimes, "With
58 percent of adults in New York City overweight or obese and 5,800
deaths a year in the city because of obesity, it is evident that
some people just aren’t responsible enough to feed themselves."
Yep, I’ll pause while you catch your breath. The arrogance stunned
me senseless, too.
But wait, it
gets better. Though avoirdupois is an issue so specific to each
individual that even the socialists haven’t found a way to redistribute
it, this dimwit tries hard nonetheless: "If New Yorkers reduced
portion size to 16 ounces from 20 ounces for one sugary drink every
two weeks, it would collectively save approximately 2.3 million
pounds over one year." From this, Dimwit deduces, "A nanny
is just what New York City, and the rest of America, needs."
Bloomberg for president, oh, yay.
But while Nanny
and lackeys like Dimwit presume we’re foolish children who can’t
decide for ourselves how much to drink, the TSA runs to the opposite
extreme. It pretends we’re diabolically clever terrorists hoping
to blow up our flights with our beverages.
waiting at his gate in the Port Columbus [Ohio] International Airport
filmed two of the TSA’s minions doing what they do best: harassing
innocent, peaceful passengers. Blue shirts and gloves glowing (too
much time near the X-rated X-ray scanners?), the duo ordered victims
to present their potables for "testing." Then they waved
a magic strip of paper over the liquid and dripped a potion the
TSA won’t identify on the paper. (As Bill Fisher, one of the agency’s
worthiest critics, put it, "Now
the[y] expose people’s drinks to some unknown chemical when
OSHA regulations require a Manufacturers Safety Data Sheet for any
substance that humans contact"). This song-and-dance supposedly
proved that passengers were swilling water, not gasoline.
I suppose it’s
a weird sort of compliment: we’re not only terrorists but superhuman
ones who chug toxic chemicals. Anyone for a side of ground glass
with your liquid explosive?
our anonymous cinematographer points out that he recorded the TSA’s
hocus-pocus "inside the terminal, well beyond the security
check and [with drinks] purchased inside" that area. In other
words, screeners had already ogled, irradiated and groped these
folks while rifling their bags. So even the TSA tacitly admits its
security theater is bogus by repeatedly pestering passengers.
If you’re thinking
this story is déjà vu all over again, you’re right.
In July, KJCT-TV
in Colorado reported that the TSA was snooping into travelers’
drinks at the gate. That unleashed a national firestorm, with taxpayers
vehemently condemning the gate-rapists’ overreach.
response – or non-response – then was the same as now: "We’ve
been doing this for years." Kinda like the shoplifter with
bulging pockets telling the store’s detective, "Hey, it’s OK.
I been takin’ whatever I want for years."
The TSA blames
this outrage – and its ridiculous restrictions of liquids and gels
in general – on Britain’s infamous "Liquid Bomb Plot"
from 2006. Supposedly, 25 terrorists planned to smuggle fluids aboard
several flights, mix them together in the planes’ lavatories, and
blow the jets sky-high.
That may be
fine for a Hollywood thriller, but it’s pretty
much impossible otherwise. You don’t just mix up liquid bombs
as easily as you do a martini. Rather, the components require precise
laboratory conditions and freezing temperatures, or they fizzle,
singing the would-be bomber but not much else.
know this even if politicians and bureaucrats don’t. That may be
why the British government’s case against the "bombers"
fell apart in court: no one seriously hoping to sabotage a flight
would waste his time with a liquid bomb in an airliner’s lavatory.
convicted only three defendants – and on lesser charges, not
But the TSA
never allows facts to thwart its mission of training slaves to obey,
however silly their masters’ dictates. Nor am I merely speculating:
another passenger who clashed with the TSA over her beverage caught
the agency’s admitting this on tape.
when the goons approached her at her gate and ordered her to surrender
her water for testing, she outwitted them by drinking it instead.
(I do hope she handed them the empty bottle with a shrug and an
insouciant, "Throw it away when you’re done, guys, OK?")
Ah, but having
no ingenuity of its own, the TSA doesn’t tolerate it in others.
Its brutes promptly denounced her "attitude" and booted
her off her flight.
News transcribed the exchange she recorded:
[sic for heroine]: Do you think I’m honestly a threat?
Do you think that?
No, no, no but with your attitude . . .
[sic for heroine]: Wait, let me get this straight, this
is retaliatory for my attitude? This is not making the airways
safer, this is retaliatory.
Pretty much, yes. [Inaudible]
[sic for heroine]: Is that legal?
Yes it is.
As you no doubt
expected, the excrement at the agency’s HQ supports this rank abuse,
just as it did its thugs’ pedophilia
of the elderly: "ABC
News contacted the TSA which said, ‘In our initial review, we
concluded that this individual was screened in accordance with standard
And in our
initial review – and all others since – we concluded that the TSA
flushes freedom down the drain. Time we returned the favor.
Akers [send her mail] is
a free-lance writer and historian. Her novel, Halestorm,
is available in paperback
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