Sunday, September 25, 2005

Cheers and Jeers -- Oh, Hell, just Jeers



Faced with the fact that half of the airport screeners at Houston's airport didn't show up to work as Texans were fleeing Hurricane Rita, the TSA "stayed the course". Instead of calling off the pre-flight passenger screening, TSA officials made do with the insufficient number of screeners available to them. This caused lines to move at a snails pace, forcing thousands to give up on air traffic and instead join the millions facing a 1 mph drive out of the area.

Good work, TSA. Instead of exposing folks to the incredibly tiny chance that al Quida had pre-positioned a sleeper cell in the Houston area on the off chance that airport restrictions might be dropped during a natural disaster, you instead exposed them to the much greater chance of being caught on an open freeway during a hurricane.
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Faced with a plea from the Bush administration begging donations to help rebuild Iraq, generous Americans dug deep into their pockets and came up with the amazing sum of $600. Come on folks, that's not even enough to gold plate the fixtures in Achmod Chalibis' guest bathroom.

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Faced with the challange of showing that Americans do support the war in Iraq, war supporters threw a "support the war" demonstration. They planned for at least 20,000 folks. They missed their goal by 98%. Only 400 showed up.



The anti-war folks had their demo in Washington D.C. the day before. They exceeded their 100,000 attendee goal by 50% - 150,000 showed up there.

San Francisco, September 24, 2005

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