January 14, 2010


I don't have children, but I think it's fair to say that I've learned a thing or two about kids over the years.

For example: It can be really really hard to just look at one of 'em and know whether or not you're staring at a terrorist.

I'm not the only one who's having this problem. There's the Transportation Safety Administration - better known as the government agency responsible for not letting me travel with salsa or pomade for my hair* - which apparently is finding it difficult to grasp that an 8-year-old Cub Scout from New Jersey doesn't need to be molested by security officers every time he gets on a plane. (Thanks to Highland Park Attorney, once again, for the news item.)

Mikey's mom gets the award for best quote of the article. "It’s quite clear that he is 8 years old, and while he may have terroristic tendencies at home, he does not have those on a plane." Touche, terror-mom. Touche.

You might laugh about this, but clearly, it's not as easy as it sounds, separating the pre-teens who terrorize their parents from those who might actually pose serious threats to our lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness.**

Like, for example, this seemingly cute and innocent Irish lass.

* The pomade is for my hair; the salsa just tastes good on chips.
** I guess the Founding Fathers had it right: Sounds weird with plurals.


ZenMom said...

Well, Dapper Dan, here's a pop quiz for you:

Which are you more likely to find in mid-level gubmint work?

A) Independent thinking
B) Efficiency and expedience.
C) Mindless adherence to policy in the face of absurdity

If you chose A or B, I have this lovely bridge I'd like to show you.

If you chose C ... ding ding ding.

As I said about Palin-as-newsperson, sometimes it's best to just laugh at the absurdity. Fighting it will only end up making you loose hair or tooth enamel.

Not at all funny for poor little Mikey and his family, though.

ZenMom said...

Forgot to "follow". :)

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Ah kids these days. Troublemakers all of 'em.

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