Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Friday, December 10, 2004


. . . in order to provide passengers with yet another opportunity to be obnoxious and unbearable at 30,000 feet above the ground. Via Drudge comes this article.

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, then you know how I feel about cell phones and their use in public. If you haven't been reading it, here's a sample of my opinion of cell phones and their inconsiderate users.

When it comes to cell phones, illegal immigration, and John McCain, be prepared for me not only to beat those horses until they're dead, but to continue beating them until the bloody pulverized carcasses become dessicated, crumble into dust and blow away on the wind. And even then I'll still be chasing down the particles with a club.

Therefore, I'm telling you again: The use of cell phones in public, where you subject those around you to hearing your private conversation is R-U-D-E. Not only is it rude, it is also completely unnecessary. Although it may pain you to be made aware of this, you are not the leader of the free world and you do not need to be connected 24/7 to a cell phone. You simply are not that important. Don't give me that horse crap about being a parent having to be connected with your children. One does not phone in parenthood. Children have been being raised for millenia without cell phones. Your cell phone "emergency use" generally consists of babbling, prattling, chattering, gossiping, and in general making a public spectacle of the fact that you are braying jackass with the capability to bray from any given location to others at a distance. That hardly constitutes a giant leap forward for the progress and enlightenment of mankind.

Pry that damned thing away from your thick skull that surrounds your empty head and don't subject those surrounding you to your inane private prate. You do not need a cell phone on a commercial jet liner. It will not save you from terrorists, it will not prevent the plane from crashing, it will not allow you to arrive at your destination any faster, it will not substitute for your absence on the ground if there were a real emergency. Stop deluding yourself about your own importance and keep your private conversations private.

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.