August 16, 2006
Hey Mr. Terrorist
Hey Mr. Terrorist. Fuck you!

I know what your thinking, "I've got those Americans scared to fly on airplanes."


Tomorrow I'm taking my family on a long international plane flight and we aren't scared at all. We are going to have a great time, smile, eat, drink, and laugh a lot, then come home safe and sound.

I refuse to be intimidated by your pathetic attempts to terrorize me. It will take great deal more to scare Americans than what you've done so far. In fact, I doubt you can really scare us. You might make us more determined or angry, but we certainly aren't scared.


An Average American

Special note to American readers:

If you are one of those nervous nellies that has their undies in a bind over the latest plots and is considering avoiding air travel due to these wingnuts, stop it.

We are Americans.

We stood up against the mightiest country on Earth to win our independence 200+ years ago.

We stood up against the Axis powers to defend the very concept of freedom in World War II.

We stood up against the Soviet Union staring down nuclear oblivion to win the Cold War.

Yes, some of our leaders have poor judgement we do some silly things like take off our shoes in airports and invade the wrong country, but the average American knows the truth. America and our founding principles will endure any assault or act against us.

So stop being afraid. Stop wringing your hands and worrying. Stop watching the fearmongering passed off as news.

When you see our Fellow Americans acting scared, it's your duty to tell them to stop acting like children. It's embarassing to see some of these confused people actually changing their plans out of irrational fear of these cowardly terrorists.

President Roosevelt said it best, "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Life is good. Go out and live. Give the finger to the terrorists.

Posted by michael at August 16, 2006 07:35 PM


I'm glad you are flying tomorrow and not Friday. I hear a rumor about snakes on a plane on Friday.

Posted by: Grant Henninger [] on August 16, 2006 9:46 PM

Terrorists don't frighten me. The worst they can do is make me dead a little sooner than I would otherwise be. Big deal.

Bored, low-paid security workers with the power to *probe* that's frightening.

Good luck at the gates!

Posted by: James [] on August 17, 2006 4:21 AM

Wear your tie...terrorists will run the other way!!!

Posted by: Chuck C [] on August 17, 2006 7:38 AM

If the terrorists can replace all the love in your heart with hatred and anger, doesn't that mean they've won? What would your mother say? Hate the terror, not the terrorist.

But I do have to say, I'm not really seeing "fuck you" in your eyes. You just look like a poser. If you want to flip terrorists the bird, you really need to sell it more.

Posted by: misterp [] on August 17, 2006 9:13 AM

And I do agree you shouldn't be worried about terrorists. You are far far more likely to be killed by your drunken pilot, the overworked air traffic controller, and the disgruntled mechanical inspector. And snakes.

Posted by: misterp [] on August 17, 2006 9:25 AM

I'm with James. I started taking the train and driving everywhere, not on September 12, but rather several months later after having strangers rifle through my things every time I want to fly. For domestic flights these days its often faster, cheaper, more comfortable, and less invasive for me to rent a car than it is to fly. Terrorism isn't what has chased so many of us Americans from the airways. It's the airlines and the FAA.

Posted by: Ted B [] on August 17, 2006 11:57 AM

It is screwed that our foreign policy is being run by paranoid hillbillies and drunken frat boys; however we got the freakin’ Declaration of Independence!

Posted by: Haven [] on August 17, 2006 1:10 PM

You're 100% right. Go f**k themselves. Live your life the way you want to. When your ticket is due there is nothing you can do. So LIVE!

Posted by: Mark [] on August 17, 2006 7:24 PM

Hear Hear Mr Cruft !!!!

i come fully prepared to the airport. Everything is in my carry on bag, i wear easily slipped off shoes, the computer is out of the bag, and there is no metal on my person when going through TSA check.

My Wife and kids are coming back next Weds from Europe, I have flow 3 times recently to Europe and UK, and plan on going in 2 more weeks as well.

Do not be afraid, just go, have TONS of fun, and take lots of pictures to share!!!

Posted by: jim mcmurry [] on August 17, 2006 8:10 PM

You've really got it ass backwards. Terrorists are not trying to scare us away from air travel. They're just trying to kill us.

It's our own damn government that is trying to keep us in a constant state of paralyzing fear. And if you're not afraid, then you'd better be shopping. That's a good sheep. Have a carrot.

Yes, some of our leaders have poor judgement

Heh. As Homer Simpson would say "Stupid like a fox!"

Posted by: rodan [] on August 18, 2006 10:31 PM

Mr. Terrorist reads Cruft?
Doesn't that narrow things down a bit for the counter-terrorists?

Posted by: Otius Gojius [] on August 19, 2006 2:25 AM

mike, for all of our uncles and cousins and my dad, (your uncle), and my brothers; and for all who all physically and mentally fought so hard, ya-hoo!!! you have truly shown the stuff from which we were raised! an excellent example of that which granny and pa-pa made to be the stock from which their family would long come! bless you and have a tremendous adventure on your trip! mary

Posted by: mary [] on August 20, 2006 11:25 AM

dig it the most!
Love your blog- its best enjoyed in the am with a hot cup of joe. A retired Colonal recently was
interview on Mcneil Leher and said of
the Arab States:
this is a failed civilization and have contributed nothing, culturally or intellectually for 200 years.
I am paraphrasing. Man they didn't even produce their version of Don Ho. Nothing to make fun if even.


Posted by: arlene Karno [] on August 23, 2006 3:05 PM

Amen, brutha!

Posted by: Bribo [] on August 24, 2006 5:08 AM

Posting this in your blog shows, to a certain extent, that you are afraid of terrorsists, especially when considering flying

Posted by: Chris [] on August 25, 2006 3:13 PM
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