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Okay, you want an argument?

Then you've got it. After the cacophony of wailing and gnashed teeth over Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" and the fact he was punted from ABC's Fourth of July special because of the "controversial lyrics" and "flaming rhetoric," I've decided I won't be sorry about posting this. Hell, you know what? I'm proud to post this, and here's why: Lately it seems that people can't stand it when somebody says something negative, or dares show even the least bit of self-confidence in their opinion -- especially if it's unpopular or goes against "current wisdom." Having an opinion or belief that challenges the accepted norms or might upset somebody has gone from merely frowned upon to being outright hated and used as an excuse to dismiss the points raised entirely. We've become a nation of drones it seems, afraid to challenge our socially-programmed thought processes because sometimes the things that do that are the things that aren't viewed as being "trendy," "enlightened," "politically correct" or even "polite." It's like we've got our own little thought police slowly being integrated directly into society. I, for one, can't stand it.

So I'll be the unpopular, hated bastard whom you should cry to have strung up by his thumbs. I challenge you: read this e-mail I was forwarded. Form your own opinion. Discuss amongst yourselves. See if you can guess where I stand on it.




Subject: Profiling - food for thought
From: [redacted]

Profiling:

To ensure we Americans never offend anyone or have unfair practices; airport screeners are not allowed to profile people. They will continue to perform random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Norwegian girls and 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips.

Let's pause a moment & take the following test:


In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were killed at the Munich Olympics by:
(a) Grandma Moses;
(b) The cleaning crew at Rockefeller Center;
(c) Invaders from Mars;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
(a) Norwegians from the University of Oslo;
(b) Elvis;
(c) A tour bus full of 80-year-old women;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
(a) A pizza delivery boy;
(b) Crazed feminists;
(c) Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
(a) Luca Brazzi, for not being given a part in "Godfather 2";
(b) The Tooth Fairy;
(c) Butch & the Sundance Kid;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed by:
(a) The entire cast of "Cats";
(b) Martha Stewart;
(c) Cheese-crazed tourists from Wisconsin;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
(a) Mr. Rogers;
(b) Hillary, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems;
(c) "Mustapha the Merciless"; (Wrestling Villain)
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked and
destroyed by:
(a) Bugs Bunny;
(b) The US Supreme Court;
(c) Barney;
(d) Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40.

Hmmm, nope, ain't no patterns here. Darned if I know. Even though thousands of innocent people have been killed, why we should ever even think about profiling.

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