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Message: There seems to be some fairly serious concern over possible New Year attacks. Security at Times Square is supposedly going to be tightest ever; having been there in 2001, I can tell you, that is saying something.
US Rep Chris Shays, R-CT CD 4 (CT’s NYC-suburban southwest Golden Panhandle), has advised everyone to stay the Hell away from Times Square tonight. Hoo hah! Chris’s characteristically contrarian stand has plopped him onto the CNN Crawl. Something tells me Mayor Bloomberg will want a word with him. And I know *what* Word, too, but this is a Family Website…:) I doubt that Cong. Shays, himself a War On Terror Hawk, would formulate his warning as “Hey! Lets’s Let The Terrorists Win!” Rather, I think he’s saying Look, we should go on about our lives; but that doesn’t mean we have to stencil bulls-eyes onto our butts. The more of us they can get in One Swell Foop, the more the Terrorists, in fact, Win.
Reminiscence: Dec. 31 2001, Times Square, NYC. NYPD to BLL: “Open your fannypack please sir.” [unzzzip…poke poke root root dig dig, among assorted wires, connectors, batteries, etc…] “Oh, Jesus Christ! Go on through, kid.” /// “See, Dad, I told ya: I don’t fit the Profile.” “Right, Red. Good thing for you they’re not Profiling the IRA.” // Mind youse, this is a man who, to power his electric gloves & socks for to warm his frostbite-prone Extremities, was wearing Batteries on his wrists & ankles. Next Year In Jerusalem: Not.
(Cute lady cop to Dad: “Step this way sir, open your coat please.” Dad: “Uh, that officer over there already did me.” “Oh. Well, [smiles] ya want me to do you again?” “Uh, well sure. It’s only patriotic.” [frisk frisk frisk frisk] “OK, thank you sir.” “Thank *you*! Happy New Year!” / Mom, muttering: “There’s no Fool like an Old fool.” :)
Haha. Classic screwball tableau. (Not that I’m calling you a screwball, Joe) As long as we’re having fun with racial profiling (are we ever having fun with it?)…
Flying back from London in April 2002, I was boarding a nonstop flight to LAX in Heathrow smack dab in the middle of two dozen people from the Asian subcontinent. As the lone (white) American, I suppose I was out-of-place, and so I got pulled aside for the super-special frisking. But no, Joe, Brits though they be, I wasn’t “roughed up.” :)
In any case, it poses the curious question–on an Omaha-to-Tehran nonstop (which I’m certain doesn’t exist) does the redneck among a plane full of Iranians get profiled? I should say so.
Further Shays/Bloomberg Update (G*d help me, I’m loving this :) - Hartford’s WFSB Channel 3, 6 pm news: Bloomberg says he looks forward to Shays’s apology January 1. Shays says Bloomberg is like the beach-town Mayor in “Jaws”, who was more concerned about netting the shoals of tourism dollars than he was about safety. / Woo woo.
Now if memory serves — OKOK, supplemented by the Jaws fansite I just Googled — that would be Murray Hamilton as Amity’s go-slow Mayor Vaughn, who says to the smart-aleck sharkologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) & the alarmed close-the-beach Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider), “I don’t think either one of you are familiar with our problems.” To which Hooper replies, “Uh, I think that I am familiar the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass.” / (Yes but doesn’t all this make Rummy, like, Captain Quint? “Candygram.” Waw haw haw)
I think Shays has a point. But let us pray that IF he is right, he is right on principle only.
1:22 a.m. EST, 01/01/’04: Provisionally (please G*d & Knock on some wiccan W**d for good measure)(Hi Sean :), it looks like Rep. Shays was indeed Correct (if at all) on Principle only: all seems well at Times Square (and the other mammoth Gatherings around the country).
Doubtless NYC Mayor Bloomie will Crow: Cock a Doodle, Dew-Drop In. (Whether US Rep Chris “Chicken George” Shays will Eat that particular Poultry is another Question. RAWWWK buckbuckbuck…The NY/CT Flap will continue for a Day or 2, then Peter out / :) But, it’s all Good good. Gawd Bless the Brooklynite U.S. heroine Shoshona Johnson; the NYPD; & the sharpshooter Men in Black on the NYC Rooftops & in the black Helicopters Over Manhattan too. If we can Make it there, we can make it Anywhere. Happy New Year.