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    Monday, January 23, 2006

    Yes, We Have No Pants 

    In response to a humorous inquiry I received from a friend at my MySpace.com account, the answer is no, I was not one of those no-pants subway riders who got busted for baring their briefs and boxers Sunday.

    We are, however, awaiting a commentary from that noted cultural critic and bon vivant, Frank McManus of the Limited Thinker blog, which will certainly place this phenomenon in its proper historical, social, and ideological context.

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    What is so wrong with riding the subway in your panties?
     
    Nothing, unless kiddies are around or your ass looks like mine.

    Seriously, it is hard to tell from the mainstream media reports what occurred, whether the cops overreacted or the jokers provoked the arrests. I've seen both happen numerous times.

    In the summer, shortly before he ran for reelection, Bloomberg said there was this terrorist threat to attack the subways. They started random bag searches and continued even after the feds said that they had no concrete info on any planned attack. But London and Madrid were in people's minds, so many bought it. Of course, nothing and nobody were caught, and only a complete idiot couldn't have figured out how to go to the next entrance to get in without any search.

    Then the MTA passed these new rules. You could no longer drink from an "open container." They gave no definition or description of what that was: a coffee cup, water bottle, soda can, whatever. No one still knows. They even wanted to forbid anyone from taking photos in the subway, again supposedly to stop terrorists. But I think if some tourists had been ticketed or arrested for that it would have backfired, so they dropped that.

    These are the same people that penned legal demonstrators in during the antiwar protests right after the latest Iraq war started. Now the majority of Americans oppose the war, and not just New Yorkers.

    These are just dangerous control freaks running the government and police departments. They could have just given these clowns desk appearance tickets at worst.

    Meanwhile, I often see dangerous situations for riders on the subways, and no cops in sight.
     
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    What is so wrong with riding the subway in your panties?

    By Blogger Blonde, at 7:34 PM  

    Nothing, unless kiddies are around or your ass looks like mine.

    Seriously, it is hard to tell from the mainstream media reports what occurred, whether the cops overreacted or the jokers provoked the arrests. I've seen both happen numerous times.

    In the summer, shortly before he ran for reelection, Bloomberg said there was this terrorist threat to attack the subways. They started random bag searches and continued even after the feds said that they had no concrete info on any planned attack. But London and Madrid were in people's minds, so many bought it. Of course, nothing and nobody were caught, and only a complete idiot couldn't have figured out how to go to the next entrance to get in without any search.

    Then the MTA passed these new rules. You could no longer drink from an "open container." They gave no definition or description of what that was: a coffee cup, water bottle, soda can, whatever. No one still knows. They even wanted to forbid anyone from taking photos in the subway, again supposedly to stop terrorists. But I think if some tourists had been ticketed or arrested for that it would have backfired, so they dropped that.

    These are the same people that penned legal demonstrators in during the antiwar protests right after the latest Iraq war started. Now the majority of Americans oppose the war, and not just New Yorkers.

    These are just dangerous control freaks running the government and police departments. They could have just given these clowns desk appearance tickets at worst.

    Meanwhile, I often see dangerous situations for riders on the subways, and no cops in sight.

    By Blogger Eddie Goldman, at 9:57 PM  

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