Feb 29, 2008

Poor Jim

The pastor asked if any one in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers.

A lady stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Jim, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."

You could hear an audible gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Jim experienced. She continued, "Jim was unable to hold me or the children and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation. They were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Jim's scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."

Again, the men in the congregation squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Jim. And the wife continued, "Now, Jim is out of the hospital and the doctor's say, with time, his scrotum should recover completely."

All the men sighed with relief.
Thunderstruck by the wife's account, the pastor slowly rose and hesitantly asked if any one else had anything to say.

A man rose and timidly walked to the podium. He announced, "Hi, I'm Jim and I want to tell my wife, ONCE AGAIN, the word is STERNUM."

Slapped with a meme

Casual Slack invited me to participate in the Crazy 8's meme, let's all see if that was a mistake!
The thing about me is that there really aren't all that many things that inspire true passion in me, so let's call this things I am passionate about, or at least interested...

8 Things I’m Passionate About
- My son Skyler
- Adopting animals instead of breeding
- Inclusion
- Good writing
- Most Sports
- Space program
- Discovery and History channel programs
- Treating others with respect and love

8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die -
- See Skyler live in his own place
- Go to Alaska
- Fly a fighter jet (or at least get a ride)
- Win the Lottery
- Have a place in the mountains
- Go back to Hawaii
- Take a hot air balloon ride
- Ride a zip line

8 Things I Say Often -
- What did you say?
- Fuck
- Stop rolling on that! Come!
- Damn it
- Want to go fool around?
- Shit
- What time were we supposed to be at (fill in blank)
- Use your words Skyler, tell me what you want

8 Books I’ve Read Recently -
- The life of Reilly
- Hate mail from Cheerleaders
- Adobe InDesighn classroom in a book...riviting...
That is it, not much of a book reader, not enough time.

8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over
- Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters, Indigo Girls
- Homeward Bound, The Brigham Young University Choir
- Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole
- You Got It, Whoopie Goldberg
- Willow, Joan Armatrading
- I wanna learn a love song, Harry Chapin
- Mr Tanner, Harry Chapin
- A Better Place To Be, Harry Chapin

8 Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends
- Humor
- Hugs
- Loyalty
- Compassion
- Similar interests
- They bath
- They would help me bury a body
- They wouldn't turn me in after helping my bury the body!

8 People I Think Should Do Crazy 8’s
I won't tag anybody, but would love to hear from all of you!

Feb 28, 2008


We haven't been able to get up and ski this year due to Skyler's back surgery. Our surgeon, Dr Chang is a volunteer at the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park, and knows we love to ski at their program. He told us please don't go up this year, he doesn't want any pounding on his fine work!

But we still donate money to the program, because of what they have done for Skyler, and because if you are looking for a good charity, this one is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. They donate their time, effort, gas money and all for no pay. Just payment in smiles from someone who for just a little while, gets to be like everyone else.

Here are a couple of pictures that are pretty cool, first Skyler up skiing in a sit-ski:

Next is a picture I scanned in from their newsletter that I thought looked way cool:

And these last are images of their posters that send a nice message:

Feb 27, 2008

Definately not safe for work

Oh shit, I am still crying from laughing so hard! This is easily the funniest thing I have found in a long, long time!

Clitter, glitter for your vagina!

Feb 26, 2008

Feb 23, 2008

Skyler stood!

Update on Skyler over at my other blog

While we are on the subject...

An alert friend of mine sent me this video I had forgotten about!

Feb 22, 2008

Time for a new purchase?

Google Search

To the person who found my blog by searching for "narrow cervix", I hope you found what you were looking for.

Come back and visit again some time!

The Management

Feb 21, 2008

People messing with Nature

I have been collection stories and video for awhile of different things I see that I just don't understand. What is the fascination to live among animals that can tear you apart? Why try and think that we can alter nature, even if we have raised an animal from a baby? Doesn't the risk outweigh the "awwww" factor?

Two guys raised a lion from childhood, then let it free in Africa to live with other wild lions. The men came back a year later to see how it was doing. Watch for the moment the lion recognizes them. What happens if the Lion doesn't recognize you?

How about this guy who lets his sled dogs play with the Polar Bears while chained up? Hey dude, chain yourself up out there!

And then there is this guy from Anchorage. There was an article in one of the newspapers about how he retired there and has been feeding the bears for 25 years in his backyard. The bears come and hang out with him and his guests, and he thinks they are his buddies.

This bozo even sits on them!

Be sure to bring along the kids too!!

Here is how I imagine this plays out:

Or am I way off base on this?

Feb 19, 2008

336 days left...

More pearls of wisdom from dubya:

"Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off."

"The senator has got to understand if he's going to have--he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road."

Serious cubicle prank

You know, back when I worked in cubeville, I would actually have liked this!

Feb 18, 2008

Patrick Henry Hughes

I saw a new home get built for this family last night on Extreme Make Over Home Edition, and was blown away by their story. This kid is a great musical talent, his dad really rocks, and it was great to see a family who really deserved a break get their new place!

He marches in the band at Louisville, and ESPN did a story on him:

Rick Reilly did a piece on him:

Here is Patrick's webpage:

Feb 17, 2008

Mrs Hughes

From one of my old co-worker from up in Minnesota, a local lady at a comedy club.

She is pretty damn good actually!

Feb 14, 2008

A Valentines Day Special

Guaranteed to make you throw up in the back of your mouth just a little, comes Geriatric Erotica. A collection of the famous limited edition erotic book series that took the central Florida retirement community by storm is now available WORLD-WIDE!

Feb 13, 2008


From SiliconValley.com, comes this wonderful quote:

"For a computer geek like me, it's really sexy to hear Jessica talk about stable, semi-Lagrangian fluid flows."

-- Duncan Brinsmead of Autodesk, one of the many winners of science and technical Oscars on Saturday who were as thrilled with presenter Jessica Alba as they were about their prize. Said Ron Fedkiw, a Stanford University associate professor and consultant to Industrial Light and Magic on fluid simulation, "They said I got 60 seconds so I might just spend the last 15 realizing I'm 10 feet away from the most beautiful woman on the planet. And no restraining order this time."

Hot Lemon asks the tough questions!

HL knows a thing or two about raising kids with special needs. So he always has these tough questions running around in his head, as do we...

here's a Question for Class Discussion: LONG TERM GOALS. What do you forsee in th' future? Adulthood? Work? Relationships?? What do you want and what does he want?

This is very difficult to answer, because our tactic until just recently has been to just think about the immediate future. It is a bit of a self-defense tactic of our so we don't drive ourselves nuts!

Skylers future will always require a dedicated caregiver to help him with literally everything he has to do. He just doesn't have enough ability to do anything for himself. So whether or not that is going to happen living with us, or living someplace else comes down to a whole lot of factors. Money, proper setting for him to live in, trust in the other caregiver to do no harm, it is a tough nut to crack really. There are waiting lists for funding, and there are jobs out there that are geared toward people who's disability is more cognitive than physical. Programs that are set up for somebody to go to and have a job where they are supervised as the perform a task that is pretty easy to do.

But there just isn't anything out there that we have yet to find where a kid like Skyler, who knows a lot but can't do anything, can succeed at.

He would like to work at a TV station, and we think that with his gifted memory he could possibly do something with a video tape library or something like that. But who knows...

Relationships? It would take a very special woman to get involved with Skyler. Somebody who would be willing to be part time caregiver as well as soulmate. I would hope that as Skyler grows older and matures more, he will catch up somewhat to where other kids his age are at emotionally, that would probably help him.

But you know what? We are all just trying to get through the next day right now.

Feb 12, 2008

2 days and counting...

Hey there guys! Remember that Valentines day is just 2 days away and you know you need to get your special gal that perfect something. That's why the crack staff here at Some days its not worth chewing through the leather straps has been working around the clock to provide you, the clueless male, these wonderful gift ideas...

Show your girl that you never want to be far away from her by getting yourselves matching Proximity detection shirts! They actually light up and show signal strength as they get closer to each other:

Not quite Geeky enough for you? Well then give her the gift of a special poem!

So maybe your special girl doesn't appreciate shirts, that's why you can show your romantic side by getting her HTTPanties! Nothing says take me big boy like a "413 requested entity too large" message...

But wait Skydad, I need a little something for that ex of mine that sends a special message you say? Look no further than this delightful cutlery holder to let him or her know your true feelings:

And if all else fails, you can fall back on candy. What girl wouldn't melt at the idea of custom Candy Hearts? The fine folks over at Despair.com have created a Candy Heart Generator to help you send your special message:

If you want to go check out the custom Candy Heart Generator, head on over here...

You all can thank me later.

Feb 11, 2008

Even more Questions and Answers!

This is great, makes me think that there are actually people who care out there! :^)

Suze asks:

Does Skyler have a hard time eating? Can he feed himself or does he have trouble doing it? Good eater or picky eater?

Eating is tough for Skyler. I didn't know this until we got into the whole CP thing, but the reason he can't talk, has problems eating, drools, is because your mouth is the most complex muscle control group you have. Walking is a piece of cake compared to talking and swallowing because of the different muscle groups involved. You have jaw motion, tongue control, neck muscles, and finally you have to control breath. That is a lot going on!

Skyler can't feed himself, he just doesn't have good enough arm control, so we have been feeding him his whole life. He has to eat easy to chew stuff like pastas, mashed potatoes, and if we give him harder to chew stuff, it always has to be cut very small. He is kind of a picky eater, but since June of last year we have been supplementing his oral intake with formula through his G-Tube that goes directly into his stomach. His favorite food is Ice Cream!
Thanks Suze!

Leonesse chimes in with:

What is Skylar's favorite thing to do?
Does he have friends that he hangs out with?
Can he sneak beer in his chair into a movie theater for me?

Important questions get answered first, so his backpack on his wheelchair will hold exactly 7 beers (research is important in these matters). It never gets checked, so we are good to go!

His favorite thing to do is watch his DVDs he makes. He likes to make DVDs of people he sees on the news or Jeopardy that he think are funny.

Sadly, the few friends that Skyler has made through his life have moved on since getting into high school. There are some kids who hang with Skyler at school and are nice to him, but it is tough trying to be Skylers friend and still hang out with the "cool kids" in school. There is a lot of peer pressure once you get into the upper grades about not hanging out with "those kids", and it is pretty sad how much influence there is on kids. We have seen a kid that has known Skyler since grade school walk down the hall with his girlfriend and not even say hi, just because his girlfriend thinks Skyler is icky...

It's life, and you can't guard against you kid being hurt. But it tears a little bit of your heart out each time it happens.

Feb 10, 2008

Answers to questions part 3

Hey you guys are great! Thanks for all of the thoughtful questions and comments, keep them coming!

Grant mentioned he wants to hang out with Skyler and watch Robin Mead. Dude, that's my job, no horning in on the action! It is kind of fun to watch Skylers reaction to some girls, he gets all red in his face and ears when he really finds someone attractive. He reaches out to touch their hair, what a little guy...

Pezda, I hope the info I sent you off list helps, you can always give me another shout if you have more questions.

HL, who knows quite a bit about the world of special needs asks:

Have you programmed dirty words into his Dynavox?

The answer is no, just because he would use them all of the time and it would probably get us into even more trouble than we already are with the school district.

You know what is funny though, he compensates in ways for lack of language. There was a unit on Geology he had in 6th grade, and we put in all of the terms he needed for the class into his Dynavox. One of the Geology terms is cleavage, guess what he keeps going back to on his Dynavox?

He also asks I'm assuming in Sky's case it's more of a fine motor control issue, no? He can think and mentate fine, right? His body just gives him all sorts of flack about coordinating all the little bits he needs for speech.

Exactly BO, he knows what he wants to say, but he has limited control over his arm, and it is worse when he is tired or fatigued. He knows that he has a limited amount of energy to spend on communication, so he shortcuts a lot of stuff. School wants complete sentences to prove to them he can really communicate, but he leaves out lots of word because we understand most of the time anyway, and it is less effort for him to get it all out.

BO asks the 64,000 dollar question with:

What'bout faith n' religion? How has this whole CP biz affected you & your fambly? It seems to me that there's 2 basic reactions: either people assume that God is trying to teach your something, OR that there IS no God because what kindly being would burden ANYONE, especially a child, with such a disorder??

I'll tell you what BO, my faith wasn't all that solid before Skyler was born! My mom tried to raise me Catholic like she was, and I tried for her sake. But I just saw so many things I didn't agree with, like a woman couldn't be a Priest. Why not? Don't they believe as strongly as a man in God? And I never felt sitting in church like I was better for it. As a matter of fact there were several people sitting beside me that I know were complete ass-hats and yet carried themselves like the were apostles or something.

So there were already too many questions for me in organized faith, and then when Skyler was born with all of these complications after we had done absolutely everything right that we could, well, I guess you could say I developed my own religion. I decided that I was going to try and be as kind as I could to everyone, and treat all others like I wanted to be treated.

I have mentioned before that I have asked a lot, why was he born this way? What did I do that was so bad that a God would punish me by causing a young boy to suffer? What did Skyler do? He couldn't have done anything, unless you believe in the whole reincarnation thing.

And that kind of sums up my view on religion, even though I don't do as well as I should, I keep trying.

Lots of other nice comments for you all, I really do appreciate the nice words. Keep questions coming, like I said, nothing is off limits and nobody judges you around here for being honest in an inquiry!

Oh yeah, one other question came in from Suze:

Can we throw farting into the mix?

Damn straight we can, as well as all the digestive elements! One of the side effects of Skylers recent surgery is that he is a lot less constipated. Why, we don't know. Biut we used to have to give him an enema at least twice a week. Now he is pretty regular. There are good and bad points to this, good that he is regular and thing work normally, bad now that I can no longer kind of "control" when we have to change a stinky diaper!

Feb 9, 2008

Stumped for that Valentines Day gift for your special guy?

May I recommend Mandles?

Just taking a moment to post some more twisted humer, keep those Skyler questions coming!

Feb 8, 2008

Answers to questions part 2

My sister Sandi, from Sandi's Zoo didn't have a question, but she knows everything that goes on with us so why should she? I love you lots sis, and hey - update that blog why don't you?

Chris from Radcliffs Random Midnight Thoughts left a couple of questions, and don't worry, there are no rude questions among us friends:

I'm intrigued by how Skyler communicates. How does that work?

Skyler uses a communications device called a Dynavox. It is a touch screen device that has pre-programmed pages and our own pages on it with buttons that are touched for speech. Each Button you touch causes the device to say the word or the letter that the button represents. It can also learn IR commands like a universal remote control for your TV, DVD, Tivo etc... Skylers system has about 200 different pages programmed into it, we have done a lot of work on it. He is not really able to carry on a conversation like we would, because it takes him so long to spell out a word or to build the parts of a sentence. But he can work most of the electronic devices in the house and can make his needs understood most of the time.

Are there financial resources available to help your family with this? I mean, my wife had to go for a ride in the shiny new ambulance a few weeks ago (she's fine now); they charged us $798 for a three-block ambulance trip. I can't imagine what it must cost for some of the specialized equipment for Skyler... Are there funds available? What organizations help out with this sort of thing?

To start with, about 20 years ago or so (I can't remember the exact date of the legislation) there was a law passed that changed insurance companies ability to deny you based upon pre-existing conditions. That means that when you went from one company to another, and changed insurance carriers, they could not tell you "Hey, he has CP already, we won't cover him". That pretty much saved our live. We guess that Skyler has cost about 1.5 to 2 million so far in hospital stays, surgeries, therapies, etc...

We signed up for a Medicaid wait list when he was a baby and got on it a few years ago, so things that insurance didn't cover can be submitted to them. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don't, but it is better than nothing. We have wound up paying for a ton of stuff out of pocket, and are in debt up to our eyeballs though... But you do what you have to do to try and make it work.

Pistols From Pistols at Dawn had a question that is a great one:

What's the most annoying thing people ask you about Skyler?

There are so many Pistols, where do I start? First of all, it is all in the person doing the asking. I have had people who have a genuine concern for Skyler, but just don't know the situation or the correct language ask me something like "Is he retarded?" and I don't take offense. Because you really can tell when there is a genuine interest or concern. Then I have had a person who is in special education say something completely offensive like"None of my kids understand anything I say anyway." She should know better...

That said, the most offensive thing that ever happened to us was in the grocery store when a lady brought her kids over to us all giddy and told them "Let's watch him and see what he can do!" Like he is trained monkey or something.

I about bitch-slapped her...

Becky from The Pop Eye emailed me off list (yikes, she found me!) to ask:

Skyler is a lovely and unique name. Is there any special inspiration for naming your son that or did you just like the way it sounded?

Like most parents we had the books for names and also several suggestion on names, my grandpa on moms side was Alphonse, thanks but no fucking way... And Kathy and I couldn't make a decision on a name. Then one day while reading the comics in the newspaper, we saw the kid birds name in the comic "Shoe" was Skyler. We both liked it, and it was unusual enough so there you are! After naming him that I looked it up and it comes from the Dutch name of Schyuler and it means "sheltering"

and she also asked:

What hot TV personality does Skyler think is the HOTTEST? :)

Skyler goes back and forth on his ladies, he never wants to devote his whole attention to just one you know... ;^) But his favorite local ones are Angie Austin from Channel 2 news and Kathy Sabine from Channel 9 news. He likes the weather girls the best! From a national perspective, he likes Robin Mead from CNN in the mornings, and Kate Snow from ABC.

Thanks you guys, these are great questions! Keep on coming, and remember that there is no subject off the table. Want to talk poop or erections?

Answers to questions part 1

Hey there, thanks for playing along an asking about our life! I hope this continues. Here are the first few questions I have received:

The amazing Suze from suzelsass wants to know:

Is he able to walk? and What does he think of all this blogging business?

He is unable to walk. He has very limited use of his left arm and hand, enough to use his communications device somewhat slowly, but effectively to play on the computer and let us know what he needs. Skylers form of CP is called Spastic Quad, meaning that all of his 4 limbs are affected, and that his muscles are spastic, or too tight.

As far as this blogging stuff is concerned, if it doesn't involve looking for pictures of the hot TV personalities on the computer, he isn't interested!

Next up is my old workmate/cubemate Kristi from GetKristiLove with this question:

If Skyler could instantly walk tomorrow, what would be the first thing you'd do?

Since Skyler has always relied on us to get him around, and generally been required to go where we want to, it would be up to him on where he wanted to walk. I suspect that if he could all of the sudden walk, he has so many placed he wants to go we would never see him again! I bet he would want to go hike somewhere, we used to talk him when he was small in his first jogging stroller up some trails and he liked that a lot.

Pezda from Pezda's Ghost has joined in the fun and asks: 1. I do know that there are varying degrees of impairment both physically and cognitively, how severe is Skyler's condition? 2. What are Skyler's long term goals (plans? hopes?)?

You are correct Pezda, there is a wide variety of involvement associated with Cerebral Palsy. CP is the umbrella diagnosis for any brain related injury that affects the bodies ability to control muscle groups. Skylers CP is the result of a brain bleed due to him being born very premature. He was born at 26 weeks, or about 3 months early. His brain bleed was not bad relative to some other kids, but was right in the middle of the part of the area responsible for muscle control. He can't walk, talk, do very much at all. Cognitively, he is probably about at a middle school age, instead of his 16 years, but that is a result of his missing out on a whole lot of life's experiences and not so much as that area of the brain being damaged.

As far as Skylers goals, he loves the TV News industry. He thinks it is fascinating and wants to do something within that area, possible research of their tape/electronic storage systems or something like that. He has toured a bunch of TV stations and gets a big thrill out of meeting the people he sees on TV.

And don't worry Pezda, I didn't know a bit about special needs and CP before we had Skyler...

Thanks for the questions everyone, keep them coming!

Feb 7, 2008

The 500th post

I have tried to come up with something interesting, thought provoking, or some sage wisdom for the big 500th post event. But sadly, I just don't have the energy lately for anything other than my usual quirky humor and video posts.

So I thought I might try something different.

Since one of the reasons I started this blog was to let everyone in on my life with Skyler, I thought why not open it up to those of you who are curious about anything.

So here is the deal:

Ask me any question. Ask me a bunch of questions! No subject is off the table. You want to know my deepest feelings about raising a boy with CP, what goes on in our lives, anything at all.

Just ask.

Send me a list of questions if you want, or just ask in the comments section. It really doesn't matter, I will be honest with you and try and give you a little glimmer about the world we live in.

So open up, let 'er rip, the balls in your court.

Feb 6, 2008

The Insurance Form

Dear Sir:

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs.. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow decent of the bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the accident report that I weigh 135 lbs..

Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equal, impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form.

Slowing only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time, I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground at the bottom and fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs.. I refer you again to my weight
listed in block 11. As you can imagine, I began a rapid decent, down the side
of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming
up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.

Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin it's journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

Feb 4, 2008

Baby Boomer re-releases

I thought this was very funny!

Some of the artists from the 60's are re-releasing their hits with new lyrics to accommodate us Baby Boomers... good news, for those feeling a little older and missing those great old tunes...

Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker"

The Bee Gees - "How Can You Mend A Broken Hip"

The Temptations - "Papa's Got A Kidney Stone"

Ringo Starr - "I Get By With A Little Help From Depends"

Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through The Grape Nuts"

Procol Harem - "A Whiter Shade Of Hair"

Johnny Nash - "I Can't See Clearly Now"

Leo Sayer - "You Make Me Feel Like Napping"

ABBA - "Denture Queen"

Paul Simon - "Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver"

Roberta Flack - "The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face"

Commodores - "Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom"

Rolling Stones - "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"

Bobby Darin - "Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash"

Feb 2, 2008

I love this picture!

This is out of the latest Orvis catalog, which is full of stuff to buy for your dogs...

Liberty versus Control

I always enjoy reading Bruce Schneier's blog about security matters. He seems to have a good sense about him and not the far right "if you don't have anything to hide, why not let them search your things" attitude.

Here is a quote from his latest:
"We've been told we have to trade off security and privacy so often ... that most of us don't even question the fundamental dichotomy. But it's a false one. Security and privacy are not opposite ends of a seesaw; you don't have to accept less of one to get more of the other. ...

Since 9/11, approximately three things have potentially improved airline security: reinforcing the cockpit doors, passengers realizing they have to fight back and -- possibly -- sky marshals. Everything else -- all the security measures that affect privacy -- is just security theater and a waste of effort.

By the same token, many of the anti-privacy 'security' measures we're seeing -- national ID cards, warrantless eavesdropping, massive data mining and so on -- do little to improve, and in some cases harm, security. And government claims of their success are either wrong, or against fake threats.

The debate isn't security versus privacy. It's liberty versus control."

-- Security expert Bruce Schneier

Read the rest here: