That’ll Show ‘Em

One of my grandma’s favorite phrases was, “That’ll show ‘em.”  She used it when someone got his “just desserts,” (another of her oft-used sayings).”  She would often use the two colloquialisms in situations where the receiver did not survive to learn from his mistakes, such as someone being hit by a car while crossing the street without looking both ways.

As a person who is often inconvenienced by airport security measures since 9/11, both of Grandma’s sayings seem apropos for the following situation:

*TEL AVIV, Israel–The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners.  It’s an armored booth you step into that will not x-ray you, but will detonate any explosive devices you have on your person  This is a win-win situation with no possibility of racial profiling,  and no long, expensive trials for terrorists.

OK.  Imagine you’re in the airport and you hear a muffled explosion followed by an announcement, “Attention all standby passengers.  EL Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London.  Shalom.”

I could almost hear my grandma chuckle and say, “That’ll show ‘em.”  When I stopped laughing after reading the on-line post, I thought of a text in Isaiah 54:17 KJV.  “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”  Sounds like terrorists will get their “just desserts” as well.  If only all evil were as easily thwarted…


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