The Coalition of the IndifferentThis is my last post on this subject for the night. I need to get a life and walk down to Adams-Morgan. Hopefully, I'll buy a drink for Jessica Cutler. But, wait, my debit card maxes out at $300... I digress.
Per Michelle Malkin, here's what the Salon crowd thinks of Ms. Jacobsen:
So, to summarize: a woman and her hubby are scared because they see a group of Arabic men exchanging glances, and making frequent trips to the rest room. There are air marshals on board. The plane lands safely. The men are questioned, everything checks out, and the men are released -- they were merely musicians. BUT there was a report in the press saying that terrorists can assemble bombs in restrooms during a flight, and NOBODY DID ANYTHING ABOUT KEEPING THOSE ARABS FROM USING THE TOILET! She talks to federal officials, who tell her confidential stuff about their policies and procedures for handling terrorists, and give her information about the Arabs' upcoming flight plans. Thus, we should all be really, really scared, and violate the civil liberties of swarthy men, or just go ahead and start the internment camps. Just in case.
As usual, some people are too cool for school. Obviously, there isn't a whole lot of room between "skeptical" and "naive".
Basically, they take a bunch of her passages out of context and explain them away with pithy comments. It all most makes me long for Wonkette (or at Maureen Dowd, at the very least).
Skepticism is healthy. If you're looking for some, Donald Sensing has some reasonable doubts. However, criticizing the emotional tone of the story rings a bit hollow. I know this sounds misogynist to some, but women are "emotional." They observe the experience not only with their eyes, but their feelings. A caller on the Seattle radio show in which she was interviewed said she wrote in the "omniscient person." No. Go back to high school. There is a tangible difference between observing the sum of your environment and imputing emotions/thoughts into your cast of characters.
If you read between the lines, the blase' attitude with which World O' Crap treats this is fraught with their political anxiety. "No, really. We're returning to normalcy! Vote John Kerry! There's no threat, you racist, simplistic ninny."