Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Paper Tiger

Scanned Airline Traveler

Scanned Airline Traveler

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the current hot topic of “enhanced pat downs” our Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently started.  Even more, I’ve been thinking about how few people in our country actually seem to care that a government agency has taken it upon themselves, without any debate by elected officials or discussion within the public arena, to grope people using the legal justification that “probable cause” consists of attempting to board a commercial aircraft after legally purchasing a ticket.  For the sake of national security and keeping us all safe from bad guys. Continue reading

A Day to Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I may have mentioned this in the past, but I really like Thanksgiving Day.  In fact, it’s become my favorite holiday.  Notwithstanding that my doctor recently assured me that I was in good health “for a man my age,” just knowing that I have another annual holiday for the chance to give thanks is a good thing.

So, as in year’s past, I want to list the many things Winnie and I are giving thanks for this past year. Continue reading

Dear Mr. President

Flying Mail

Flying Mail

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write you a letter, and decided that posting an open letter on this website had just as much of a chance of being read by you as if I handwrote a personal note on perfume-scented vellum and mailed it directly to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a big red-white-blue striped envelope with a large lollipop taped to it.

So here goes. My open letter to you sir, the President of these United States. Continue reading