The writer lives in Tasmania, about as far from the United States as you can get, and he writes about visiting the US after an absence of many years. His daughter and his elderly mother still live there, but I guess that's not worth overcoming his loathing for a visit.
He writes mainly of the "security" measures he encountered traveling to and from Los Angeles.
And this thought occurs to me: if, and I say here in capital letters, IF, there were any real terrorists out there who are not CIA plants, and if they wanted to bring the USA to a virtual halt, there would be no need whatsoever to get explosives or weapons on to an aircraft. Not at all. Suppose a suicide bomber, or a mind-controlled slave, came into the international check-in area of LAX with two large suitcases packed solid with explosives surrounded by small metal bits, giant Claymore mines, and when in the midst of all those thousands of people queueing up, detonated them.I can relate to that sense of relief at not being part of the US anymore. I feel it daily. But I chose Toronto over, say, New Zealand, for a reason, and I'll be traveling to the US regularly. In fact, I've already booked my first trip to New York. We'll probably vacation in the US sometimes, too, as there are many national parks - and baseball parks - we've yet to visit.
I mean, how could air transport occur if a person couldn't even take their bags into a terminal? What a waste all this illusion of security is making! If a half-assed writer from Tasmania can think up such atrocities over a beer, what could someone dedicated to creating chaos come up with?
Since these things aren't happening, maybe despite DU [depleted uranium] and all the other atrocities committed by the criminals in Washington, D.C., maybe there aren't any real terrorists out there.
With a mind spinning with thoughts like this, I got on the Qantas jet and I confess, that the moment the cabin crew closed the hatch, a palpable sense of relief went through me, as though somehow the crew had created a bit of magic, made the plane into Australian national territory while still on the ground at LAX. I was on my way home.
And I made a vow: I would not return to the USA until there had been a genuine regime change, and by that I did not mean the Democratic party.
Speaking of which: playoff games at 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00 today. We don't watch every game during the Division Series - there are just too many. We'll be exhausted just following both the Red Sox and Yankees series.