From the yesterday’s ABC News blog, aka “The Blotter”:
While no extra safeguards are in place, U.S. law enforcement are not ignoring the possible significance of tomorrow’s date, August 22, a date that marks an important historic event on the Islamic calendar… This year, August 22 marks the holy day on the Islamic calendar that is the day of reckoning for Shiites. Some Shiite sects believe that August 22 could correspond to the end of the world.
Indeed, I haven’t found any indication online that the LAPD or other local agencies are concerned about any threats out of the ordinary.
However, this provides as good an excuse as any to open the floor on the subject of racial profiling, especially the concept proposed by House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King to create special lines at the airport for travellers who appear to be of Middle Eastern descent. (more at New York Newsday)
I have some very strong opinions on this issue, and if we’re not all killed in a nuclear holocaust today I may address this again later this week. But in the meantime, what do the citizens of Los Angeles think about this topic?