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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Group Grope




Dope, peace, magic
and gods in the tree trunks
and a group grope, baby! 
--Group Grope,
The Village Fugs

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime 
--To His Coy Mistress,
Andrew Marvell,

My God, he was like an octopus.
Hands all over the place 
--The Gift,
The Velvet Underground
___________________

This Sunday's New York Times Travel section uncovered a threat to female airline passengers so great, the paper was moved to run not just one, but TWO, articles on the matter.

Since it WAS Sunday when I read this -- and one ought operate from a principle of charity -- one imagines the paper ran these out of a spirit of public service, for surely the print taken up by this imminent threat was not cheap.

In a word, Donald J. Trump's small but roving hands may show up in an airline seat near you shortly -- BEWARES, ladies!

Just to make sure you know (in case you have been in Timbuktu): there have been sinister "allegations that Donald J. Trump once groped a passenger" [quote -- see clips below]. I dunno about you, but as a ladyfolk, I'm feeling a darn site better knowing that my national paper of note is hard on the job working for my safety and erudition, right?

Yup.


UPDATE
Recent Incidents Put a New Focus on Sexual Assault on Airplanes
By KAREN SCHWARTZ
Recent sexual assaults — and allegations that Donald J. Trump once groped a passenger — have prompted questions about safety on airline flights.

UPDATE
A plane takes off from Heathrow Airport in London.
How to Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault on a Plane
By KAREN SCHWARTZ
To minimize the risk of being sexually assaulted on a plane, book an aisle seat and talk to a flight attendant if someone is making you uncomfortable.


But Ranger wonders: after airline passengers have been pre-frisked so robustly by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) mashers, how would one know the difference between an offense and a defense grope?

After all, some of those TSA handlers have some hella good fun in executing their appointed duties (all for Uncle Sam, mind.)

Taking people's wallets and loose change, belts and shoes, putting them in plastic boxes and running them through conveyor belts, pat downs and wand scanners. Day in and day out, peering closely at the bodily outlines of the obese and the skinny.

It must be a calling, like being a proctologist, perhaps.

Well, it's like being a member of the government (which they are). And like Mr. Reagan said, Don't worry -- we're here to help you.

Just sayin'.

--by Lisa & Jim

[cross-posted @ milpub.]

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9 Comments:

Anonymous David said...

Perhaps Mr. Trump missed his true calling as a TSA screener.

You have to give it to the Times, once they sense an opportunity to boost page views, they milk it for every last drop. Got to bring those dollars in somehow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 4:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

It has been a while since we last traded comments. I hope this finds you and yours doing well. May we display your header on our new site directory? As it is now, the site title (linked back to its home page) is listed, and we think displaying the header will attract more attention. In any event, we hope you will come by and see what is going on at SiteHoundSniffs.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lisa,
since we war gamed this article/essay i've had a few points to add.
it comes to me that Trump is not the counter puncher he plays himself up to be.
lets assume he felt up the women who claim that he did so. ok this is an insult to feminists everywhere, as long as that every where is in the conus.
since HRC supported the wars and the arab spring to include busting libya and syria as well as invading afgh and irq and cozy dealings with the saudis,here we go.
womwn in these countries can't drive or sit on an airplane alone.they get acid in the face, or shot in the head for expressing womens rights. a female US journalist gets anally raped in egypt, a country we call an ally. did hrc miss this in her daily intsum briefs.all of these anti fem events were on hrc's watch.
in europe refugees are roaming in gangs and assaulting western women.
now for a little comment on hrc's feminism. when shes in arab countries she bows to male supremacy when she covers her head with a rag.
why isn't trump counter punching?.
we are looking for intelligent life in outer space , but can't find it in our political parties.
jim hruska

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:39:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim since Trump is [allegedly] acting like a typical muslim male, isn't he just expressing his cultural diversity in a praise worthy manner. Isn't it bigotry to condemn him for it?

I try to be a good modern progressive person, but it's so confusing. I need a manual with lots of cartoon pics.

avedis

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

On Jim's point - I think Trump has decided he can get more traction out of complaining about Bill Clinton's affairs than about what Hillary Clinton may or may not get to up while abroad.

He is probably correct. Even more than usual, foreign policy, or any policy for that matter, has been an irrelevancy this year. Perhaps this is the first true Twitter-fied election and we will see a sea change as occurred with the rise of television in the '50s.

avedis - Perhaps Trump should convert to Islam. That would really confuse the liberals. Which of them would dare vote against the first Muslim candidate for President?!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Jerry,

How nice to hear from you. Yes, please, we'd be honored to have you mention our site in any way. I will be visiting your site soon.

I hope you are very well,

Lisa



avedis,


Your brave attempts at inhabiting the multi-culti mind are praiseworthy ;)

Stay on that post-Po-Mo hamster wheel . . . I have every faith you'll arrive.



David,

And please note: were the press to have not excoriated the person of Trump, we might have stayed on-topic (topic being df. as "matters of State".) Trump did not begin the mud-slinging, as I see it.

He resonates with the people because he is something other. Sadly, all the entrenched power knows to do is sling mud. As they say, you can't keep clean when you wrestle with a pig.

(Oops, someone else was a "pig with lipstick", in some faraway place and time . . . )

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thank you so very much for giving permission. We actually went with displaying your super cool Ranger Tab badge linked back to the home page. You can see it under All, Political and the United States. If you could say something (preferably good) about SiteHoundSniffs.com here and there, I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S.: I imagine you-all are having a very difficult time being enthusiastic about either major candidate. For both Bill and Hillary have shown where they have no problem sending troops/people into harm's way without the proper numbers and equipment while Trump sure seems likely to get us into another world war--only this time without any allies!

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

Lisa -- Indeed. As is usually the case in such matters, it doesn't take very long before the whole matter devolves to the point where it hardly matters who started it, everybody's covered in mud just the same.

I'm not sure who called a woman a pig with lipstick, but it sounds like a hateful comment, but obviously it was Donald Trump. He's the only sexist to ever run for President, right? I know Barack Obama would never say anything like that!

(It always feels pointless, but print does tend to make sarcasm hard to detect, so before you try and "correct" me, be aware there might just be some mild sarcasm in this post.)

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Jerry,

A pleasure. However, per Mr. Trump, he is less hawkish than Mrs. Clinton, by all accounts.


David,

Yes, humor is the first casualty of our technology. (As I'm sure you know, Mrs. Palin was called this by some politico, per-Trump.)

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 1:53:00 PM GMT-5  

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