One of the reasons I no longer self-identify as conservative.

When a company chooses to offer a product it figures it can sell? I’m OK with that. As a matter of fact, I still subscribe to the notion that there’s this market thing that will cause them to stop trying to sell it if nobody buys it. And if people buy it? Well, they can do that. And the company makes money, and sinks it into crazy things like creating jobs and trying to figure out what will sell next. And the world goes ’round.

As a matter of fact, I feel vaguely reassured by the existence of Buck Fush t-shirts. I choose to see them as a sign that we’re a bit farther from the next revolution than I sometimes think we are.

More “help” from the TSA


Less amusing: “You already know you’re not a threat — show us!” Doesn’t that turn a free society on its head?

Why, yes. Yes it does.

You know, I went to elementary school in the early eighties, when the Russians were going to nuke us if the Japanese didn’t buy the whole place first, and I’ve got to say that more and more it sounds like someone pulled this shit straight from the scenarios that we heard about why the commies were the scariest people on Earth. I never would have guessed that we’d descend into this sort of madness in my lifetime.

Then again, as a child it was difficult to see how far down the path we’d already gone. The way things are when you’re growing up has a tendency to become permanently fixed in your mind as normal and therefore good, and given that those perceptions are limited and then blurred by age, it’s sometimes hard to believe that things stayed as good as they did for as long as they did. Humans are marvelously adaptive creatures. Sometimes, though, it seems a shame that we can get used to almost anything. This would be one of those times.