Geeks beware…Homeland insecurity is terrified of LED’s

Geeks beware!  Don’t wear LED’s to Boston. Police there are ready to use deadly force to prevent ugly ass art.  File this under absurd overreactions, paranoid stupidity, and moral cowardice.  Are we really prepared to gun down coeds based on the fear of something (terrorism) statistically less perilous than automobiles?

 I’m just glad Star wasn’t harmed. One more reason to not fear terrorism.  The consequences of fear seem far worse to me than the consequences of terroism.



4 Responses to “Geeks beware…Homeland insecurity is terrified of LED’s”

  1. September 21, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Judging from your sentiments, you have no concept of “just asking for it.”

    Lucky for the dim “Star” she didn’t take her little stunt onto a bus or a train where there would be no trained officers to protect her.

    “She wore the white circuit board on her chest over a black hooded sweatshirt, Pare said at a news conference. The battery-powered rectangular device had nine flashing lights, and Simpson had Play-Doh in her hands, he said.’

    To those not in on the dim “Star’s” brainwaves this would appear as a “bomb.”

    Try it yourself and see.

  2. September 23, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    No van. You’re right I have no concept of “just asking for it.” Yes Star is dim. But nobody is asking for submachine guns and threats of deadly force. I, personally, don’t appreciate Star’s juvenile sense of humor. I appreciate the violent government overreaction even less. She was stupid but the boston authorities, and their glib assurances that they were prepared to use deadly force if she didn’t ‘comply’ disgust me. I appreciate even less the response of, my unscientific estimation, four fifths of the blogosphere to the reaction. If stupidity is the crime that the blood thirsty cowards of the ‘shoot first, ask second,’ crowd seem to think it is then watch out. I’ve certainly seen plenty of stupidity. Just look to the current administration. Or to about half of bloggers.

  3. September 26, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    vanderleun, you must be joking. A circuit board arrayed on a sweatshirt looks like a bomb? You’re saying we don’t need all these detection devices, because bombers will walk into airports with bombs on the outside of their clothing? Go on.

    Here’s the irony that this incident portrays: Osama won. His plan was to bring terror to the US, and neocons have said “Booga Booga” so many times since that they’ve persuaded us to let far more of our own be killed than Osama’s cronies could possibly blow up. We got so scared we invaded a country that had nothing to do with terrorism. So scared we sent 3,000 young Americans to their deaths, and probably 300,000 families into wrestling with PTSD. So scared we killed hundreds of thousands – some say over a million – innocent civilians. So scared we’re thinking of bombing Iran, and shooing much of the Muslim world into anti-American fever. So scared we’re threatening to shoot kids for sticking circuit boards on sweatshirts! Wow.

    And the chances of an American getting killed by a terrorist act is statistically about the same as getting killed by an avalanche. It’s not even in the same universe as auto accidents or heart disease or death by stroke from lack of health insurance to treat high blood pressure.

    Terrorists surely know they don’t have to kill many Americans. They just get Americans afraid something bad is going to happen, and Americans will get themselves killed, and destroy their world influence in the process. Dar, we are stupid.

  4. September 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

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