posted by Chris Bray @ 6:36 PM
But if you're an idiot and cry wolf you're punished. For example, Annie Jacobsen was sentenced to a lucrative career writing about other people's paranoid air travel fantasies. She's even been forced to write for Pajama Media; a fate worse than death!
Wingnut welfare forever -- I keep thinking I should maybe fix my grad stipend problem by faking up 5,000 armed Hezbollah dudes in Newport Beach or something. "Dear K-Lo, I saw a vaguely Muslimy dude at a hardware store in Arcadia, and I soiled my pants. An essay in 900 words." Ka-ching! Norman Podhoretz has been swilling from the HITLER HITLER HITLER trough for longer than I've been alive -- it appears this product never goes wholly out of style.
My absolute favorite detail from the stories Schneier linked to, by the way, was that some folks assumed an Islamist terrorist attack was about to happen because NOT ONLY did they see a Jew on public transportation....They saw a Jew AND A SIKH!!! SITTING TOGETHER!!!A sure sign that Muslims are about to kill you.It's tired laughter, at this point.
At this point I'm inclined to abandon my world history syllabus and just start showing "typical" pictures of every ethnicity in the world so students can at least stereotype correctly.
I was just so scared, officer -- here we were, calmly enjoying our vacation in Rome, when we saw all these men dressed in black with these funny-looking white collars! And there was a man in a white dress with a giant conical hat, and he was on a balcony, talking in a foreign language that I thought must have been Arabian! Well, I was just so terrified -- look at all the Muslims, I said to Madge!
Yeah: clearly Americans are not fit to travel internationally. Real Americans stay home and barbeque. Americans with passports will be quietly but firmly invited to use them. Once.
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