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On #1: Really? They guy actually, er, finished his flight.
“Pearson was temporarily asked to step off the plane and learned that another passenger had reported him for suspicious behavior, and noted that he had the words “Atom Bomb” tattooed across his fingers. Questioned by the captain and the flight attendant, Pearson explained that the tattoos referred to a childhood nickname. After answering a few more questions, Pearson — who is a frequent Delta passenger and has flown over 142,000 miles with the airline this year alone — was allowed to return to his seat.”
If this = Gulag, then I’m a polar bear.
On #2: If those are the clearest images we, as paying citizens, can get, then I’m outraged indeed. You would think the government could produce clearer porn if 1,000,0000 amateurs can produce clear porn every day for the various Internet sites. Also, I’d rather have head shots, because I like a little personality in my porn stars. We need a Make Better Porn campaign. I wonder if the feds will listen?
I suppose in a more efficient federally-sponsored porn warehouse, the right-side images would not have the headshots blanked out.
I’m still trying to figure out how a perennially inefficient federal government that is mostly incapable of doing anything right — thus, should let private citizens and private industry handle most things — will transform into an efficient tyranny. I betcha they’d botch that too.
On the lack of free speech, the speech that is allowed is contingent upon the whims of officials. Imagine if blog speech was contingent of the whims of officials. Oh wait… 
An efficient tyranny definitely is too much to hope for. Freedoms are quite effectively taken away by inefficient nanny-states, though, so no worries!
If the tattooed critic had been forced to leave the plane, leave the airport, and denied his flight, he probably would have sued, and won in court, on free speech grounds. None of this would be possible in an actual tyranny.
We would not need such a system if infringements of our freedoms never occurred. In other words, our system assumes they will happen; and, we have processes in place to resolve such disputes. To be outraged because something like an infringement of free speech may have occurred, to the point of claiming the system is broken, seems irrational. The system may be imperfect, but the system itself is designed on the basis that it IS imperfect.
I think the confusion here is that you think I’m accusing Obama of trying to institute a North Korea like tyranny on the United States, which is absurd.
As I’ve said before, Obama is a socialist with Chinese Characteristics. 
The People’s Republic does not practice actual socialism, or enforce an actual tyranny.
It’s just not a free market. Or a free society.
Oh our society is not entirely free. But then, I’ve heard it said that freedom costs.
Primarily: because this is nominally a democracy, albeit a republic as well, with a long tradition of civil liberty, I must bear the freedoms of others — until they overstep the line and infringe upon my own freedoms in such a way that I can prove this in court. Additionally, the employees of federal agencies are, alas, American citizens as well, and thus are afforded the same rights. This causes confusion, since it is ever so easy to see those citizens as non-citizen agents of tyranny opposed to the REAL citizens; and, those citizens employed by federal agencies, who are habituated to having civil liberties, sometimes act freely while on the job. We must bear it until we can prove they have overstepped; or, in other words, infringements are allowed to occur as a matter of course, with the proviso that infringements which actually occur will be prosecuted.
the proviso that infringements which actually occur will be prosecuted.
If this was actually true, I would support your view on this.
It is not, so I do not.
Well, it is good to disagree.
Just not get all bloody and bludgeoned over it.
I generally agree that the poor TSA is confused and clumsy and so forth — just not that they are a hegemon out for world domination, to put it over-the-toply.
The TSA is clearly a hegemon (“leader”), but I think they are out for federal benefits and the voyeuristic thrill of X-Ray vision .
World domination is far beyond these mouth-breathers.
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