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1 Vicious Babushka  Mon, May 13, 2013 12:14:32pm

I bought this Hawkins pressure cooker through Amazon last year, they delivered straight to my house. It makes kickass beef stew and spaghetti sauce! I have not used it to build a bomb.

2 Amory Blaine  Mon, May 13, 2013 12:24:13pm

re: #1 Vicious Babushka


My brother loves his Kuhn Rikon so much he bought another one.

3 rosiee  Mon, May 13, 2013 2:11:10pm

re: #1 Vicious Babushka

*drool* babushka’s stew

4 Political Atheist  Mon, May 13, 2013 2:23:48pm

re: #1 Vicious Babushka

I’ll bet your recipe is da bom :-)

5 Joanne  Mon, May 13, 2013 2:44:46pm

re: #1 Vicious Babushka

And this is mine. If someone tried to use it as a bomb, I would sooner blow them up. They will pry that pressure cooker from my cold, dead hands.

I use it for everything.

6 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 13, 2013 3:53:51pm

Since the devices _are_ available here, why would a terrorist need to bring one in?

7 Decatur Deb  Mon, May 13, 2013 3:55:54pm

re: #6 SanFranciscoZionist

Since the devices _are_ available here, why would a terrorist need to bring one in?

Got a hell of a deal at the duty-free.

Ciao, Bella. Va bene?

8 hellosnackbar  Mon, May 13, 2013 4:10:51pm

Carrying a pressure cooker from one continent to another seems absurd,due to weight.
Pressure cookers are quite inexpensive in the USA as I bought one in Annapolis when I sailed across the Atlantic.
They provide a means to bake bread whilst underway.

9 cinesimon  Mon, May 13, 2013 5:56:04pm

This is hilarious.
Extremely sad for the guy who was arrested, but this really shows how totally absurd the security services have become, and how absolutely fucked in the head those who support this kind of nonsense have become.
People actually believe that a guy would bring bomb making materials into America, with a damaged passport. Yeah - and the Vatican has fixed ‘the problem’. And climate change has been ‘proven’ to be a ‘hoax’. And all Muslims are the enemy of freedom and peace.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s “bs” if one can buy a pressure cooker in the states. He may have thought that was the case. Pressure cookers are not illegal.
But of course, as is driving a nice car or walking in a ‘nice’ neighborhood while black, it has become illegal to be Arab or Persian and imperfect in America,.
And even some liberals support this rather overt sign of America’s decline.

Boy, have the terrorists won.
Big time.
America has become a blithering, incoherent mess of paranoia and childishness.

10 cinesimon  Mon, May 13, 2013 5:58:50pm

re: #8 hellosnackbar

May be. That you don’t see his arrest as absurd, is sad.
The self centered weirdness of Americans has become extremely destructive. Far too many of you seem to think that everyone in the whole wide world ought to be functioning with the same values, and the same access to knowledge that you do.
And if they don’t? ARREST THEM!
Because freedom.

11 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 13, 2013 8:57:48pm

re: #10 cinesimon

May be. That you don’t see his arrest as absurd, is sad.
The self centered weirdness of Americans has become extremely destructive. Far too many of you seem to think that everyone in the whole wide world ought to be functioning with the same values, and the same access to knowledge that you do.
And if they don’t? ARREST THEM!
Because freedom.

Stop hyperventilating. He wasn’t arrested for not ‘functioning with the same values and the same access to knowledge’ as snackbar. He was arrested for trying to enter the United States with an altered passport, and the pressure cooker is just a sideshow. He’s a Saudi visiting a relative in college, he’s not a barefoot villager from some place where they don’t know about passports and/or terrorism concerns. By all means, try to enter Saudi Arabia with iffy documents (that includes documents with an Israeli visa stamp, of course) and something that raises a red flag, even for stupid reasons, and see how ‘self-centered and weird’ they can get.

This is undoubtedly a stupid misunderstanding, at least the part about the pressure cooker. But “I don’t know” is not an acceptable answer to “what happened to a page of your passport” in much of the world. It’s not some special example of American fail.

12 SanFranciscoZionist  Mon, May 13, 2013 9:38:18pm

re: #8 hellosnackbar

Carrying a pressure cooker from one continent to another seems absurd,due to weight.
Pressure cookers are quite inexpensive in the USA as I bought one in Annapolis when I sailed across the Atlantic.
They provide a means to bake bread whilst underway.

I do wonder if his nephew possibly asked him to bring him one since ‘buying a pressure cooker while Arab’ may have seemed like too damn much to cope with this month. Uncle might not have grasped that the issue wasn’t one of availability.

Further on the subject: I am old enough to remember that in the 80s and 90s, Americans who expressed surprise or annoyance at the stringent security measures at foreign airports had it explained to us, often with some condescension, that living with the threat of terrorism made this an absolute necessity. I traveled to Europe in 2002, and noted that even then, security at US airports was still much less rigorous than at, say, Heathrow.

Friend of mine once spent four hours sitting in a very small room in Heathrow, until they figured out that it was her bra that was upsetting their metal detectors. When I flew into London on Aer Lingus in the 90s, British Airways wouldn’t accept my luggage from them; they gave it back to me and let me drag it across half the damn airport, through about six security checks. Full stop at each one, me through the machines, the bags through the machines, and did anyone give you anything to carry, and did you pack this bag yourself. If I’d tried to bring something resembling a bomb component in, it would not have been well received. (Hell, I suspect that the metal detectors were calibrated to detect loose pocket change from the Republic of Ireland. I finally dumped all of mine into an Oxfam tin, and things speeded up.)

But yes, Americans, dumbass Americans always overreacting, the Terrorists Haz Won! By that standard, the IRA are world goddamned champions…

13 stabby  Tue, May 14, 2013 1:18:50am

re: #8 hellosnackbar

Carrying a pressure cooker from one continent to another seems absurd,due to weight.
Pressure cookers are quite inexpensive in the USA as I bought one in Annapolis when I sailed across the Atlantic.
They provide a means to bake bread whilst underway.

There are aluminum pressure cookers, they can be quite light.

14 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 14, 2013 9:44:30am

re: #13 stabby

There are aluminum pressure cookers, they can be quite light.

My father tried to take a Keurig coffee maker on a plane last fall. TSA about had a coronary. They slashed the box open, and got very cranky about it.

15 Vicious Babushka  Tue, May 14, 2013 9:47:26am

re: #14 SanFranciscoZionist

My father tried to take a Keurig coffee maker on a plane last fall. TSA about had a coronary. They slashed the box open, and got very cranky about it.

The last time we went through customs at DTW I had $9,000 in cash in my backpack, which my daughter gave me to deposit in her U.S. bank account.

Security spotted the wad of cash in Amsterdam and when we landed in Detroit customs made us count out every bill, and also add to the pile all the euros that we had left (the shekels they didn’t care about).

It was under $10,000 so legally we did not need to declare it. But they really tried to fuck us up.


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