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Security Theater

Posted by MEC on December 18, 2008

Security expert Bruce Schneier coined the term “security theater” to describe the things the government does to make people feel that the government is keeping them safe, even though those things are pretty much pointless. (Making us take our shoes off to get through airport security checkpoints is a prime example.)

Schneier will be talking about security theater on 60 Minutes this Sunday. You want to see it.

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The OTHER Preacher

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 18, 2008

Like most people, I was shocked to see that Rick Warren was going to give the opening benediction at Barack Obama’s inaugural. Warren is not only a raging homophobe and James Dobson with a slicker style, he’s also repaid Obama’s previous efforts at outreach by stabbing him in the back.

Lost in all the uproar over Warren’s presence is the presence of another preacher at the inaugural: Joseph Lowery, the fellow who will give the closing benediction — and who, in addition to being a civil-rights hero on the order of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself (and the man who called out Bush on Iraq during Coretta King’s funeral), is also a friend to the GLBT community.

More past the jump. (Crossposted at DailyKos.)
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