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People Are Truly Good at Heart? Sadly, No

AudiR10 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 1:28 PM
It's inevitable that when one Marching Mommie discovers someone doing something of which she disapproves -- and poking his eye out or bumping his head or gaining five lb. --, her instant response is to begin screaming that ALL of humanity be prohibited from doing that one thing, even though she can point to no similar result of that behaviour anywhere. That way nobody ever learns from anybody else's mistake. "Doctor," goes the old joke, "it hurts when I do this." "Then," says the doctor in the joke, "stop doing that!" This is funny because it's senseless -- yet Mommy nods wisely.

Eleven years ago, al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb hidden in his shoes. As a result, air travelers to this day must remove their shoes to pass through security at US airports.

In 2006, terrorists plotted to destroy as many as 10 planes flying from London to North America using peroxide-based liquid explosives smuggled in their carry-on luggage. So passengers now must limit any liquids they carry through security checkpoints to minuscule containers sealed in clear plastic bags.

On Christmas Day in 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a...