A strange dream

I had a truly strange dream last night.  I dreamed that I was singled out for a TSA pat-down.  I went reluctantly, telling them that I sing when I’m nervous.  (This is not true in my waking life, by the way.)  As they started to pat me down, I started to sing The Star-Spangled Banner.  The more they patted, the louder I sang.  And since this was a dream, I was singing in tune.  Gradually, all airport noise around me stopped, and everyone started singing The Star-Spangled Banner with me.

Then I woke up.

A tuneful protest?  An acknowledgment that this world of invasive physical searches is, of necessity, the new American way?  The result of too much Haagen Daaz Chocolate ice cream at bedtime?  I honestly don’t know.  I pass it on to you for what it’s worth.

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  • Tonestaple

    I like it.  Anything to make the experience weirder and make TSA nervous.  Seems like there might be a more pointed song, but if you can’t think of one on the spot, our National Anthem would work.  I’m thinking of reciting “Jabberwocky” with a special emphasis on the vorpal blade going “snicker-snack.”


    Bookworm, we never ever ever ever blame ice cream. Don’t care what brand or what flavor it is. Yes, a tuneful protest and the ice cream made it all the more delicious.
    I already know that I’d be humming Night Train ; I never sing in my waking or sleeping hours.

  • Friend of USA

    For what it is worth,
    I think I know what your dream means, even though I do not master neither the psychological lingo ( even though my father has a Doctorate in psychology ) nor do I master  the English language ( French being my first language )  here I go anyway,
    What is going on with the TSA -and the support of the left for it-  is very un-American.
    And your non violent-way to protest this very un-American situation ( in your dream ) is to act very American by singing the USA’s National Anthem.
    I think it would be great if tens of thousands of people began singing the national anthem in every USA airport at the exact same pre-decided date and time.
    Could the media ignore it ?
    Could Obama and Napolitano ignore it ?
    then again maybe your dream simply means you wish America was more like what it used to be ?…

  • Friend of USA

    The TSA can fine a person $11,000 for refusing a pat down.
    I doubt there is a law that prohibits singing the National anthem.
    You are on to something…I think…

  • http://northstarmartialarts.com/blog1 Scott in SF

    We are eating chocolate ice cream and singing the starspangled banner right now!

  • Spartacus

    Subliminal inspiration from Rick Rescorla, perhaps?  Or maybe the American equivalent of instigating a public chorus of Eidelweiss?

  • Spartacus

    Ah, dang it, make that “subconscious,” not “subliminal.”  (But seriously, do I look like a psychologist?  So OK, then.)

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    “The TSA can fine a person $11,000 for refusing a pat down.”
    That’s for all the people who said that flying is like driving, a privilege, and that you can refuse to do so if you don’t like the security searches.
    Well, do they fine you 11,000 if you refuse to drive and go on the bus/train instead?
    Where do these village educated peeps come from.

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  • http://khemenu.blogspot.com Ari Tai

    The anger comes from realizing the government has failed in their first and most important job – that of insuring the populace can trust each other so civil society (and voluntary association) can do its magic for 99% of our needs. The public wants to live in peace without being reminded that they are no better than untrustable felons that must be strip searched before entering prison (where air travel is but one venue, why not all?).
    What the citizens want is an end to the threat by treating these people and all that they hold dear as rabid animals, to be eliminated even on suspicion. We put an end to the Barbary pirates because we wouldn’t tolerate an even smaller upset. And eventually the threat won’t have a palliative (like this security theater) so we had better learn to exterminate these threats at their root, either by ruthless elimination or by deterrence established by terrible demonstration and use. Wonder if the Left (and jihadis) realize that this could easily lead to something that will make detaining the Nisei in WW2 look tame.  9/11 lit a fuse.

  • suek

    Another nugget.
    This is not good.

  • JKB

    They can take your body but not your soul so close your eyes and sing of freedom.
    Although, I would recommend America, the Beautiful.  With the national anthem, some joker at the TSA may decide to help you with those high notes.

  • suek
  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Suek, doesn’t this all remind you of when the Left kept saying that people with guns can’t fight the US military and police? Have you ever wondered why they were so adamant about that point? Could they have been, even then, expecting to overcome the local populace’s resistance factor.
    Funny when you think of it that way. The Left isn’t some sudden rash that you can put cream on and eventually it’ll go away. It’s more like that flesh eating venom and neural paralysis toxin.

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