Sunday, March 05, 2006

Stupid Security

I have my RSS reader pointed at, and I like to drop in every once in a while and browse the headlines. Here are two that caught my eye:

Houston Eyes Cameras at Apartment Complexes

Homeland Security: Policing Porn Is Not Part of Job Description

I noticed in the "cameras in apartment complexes" comments, someone else made the same point I did earlier on this blog about the "If you're not doing anything wrong, what are you afraid of?" meme. I absolutely hate that stupid phrase.

Read some of the replies on that comment - there is some discussion that police sometimes arrest people taping another arrest. If that is true, what is that about? Maybe I'll have to re-sub to the Bad Cop, No Donut podcast.

As for the second article, I have no idea under which Constitution these guys think they are operating. What I find most alarming is that so many citizens just roll over and repeat the stupid meme above that I hate. In this case, someone fought back, and the story has a happy ending.

Again, all this "stupid security" highlights what I think is another stupid meme: that liberals "feel", and that conservatives "think". Nonsense. IMHO, it's the conservatives who "feel" instead of "think". Security like this makes them "feel" that something is being done about "bad guys" and ignore the facts that this doesn't really protect the country from anything. More about that meme later, though.

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