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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Insulting Wisconsin Man Detained At Airport

Ryan Bird, of Wisconsin, was detained at Milwaukee Airport Tuesday, after writing "Kip Hawley is an idiot" on his plastic, see through, terrorist-proof bag of toiletries. Airport officials detained the man for 25 minutes while trying to determine if what was written was actually a threat. This analysis took almost half an hour, proving conclusively that Ryan Bird may actually be the most clever person in Wisconsin.

The object of Bird's frustration, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the TSA, Kip Hawley, has caught a lot of criticism lately, and not just about his name. The TSA has come under fire from passangers as more than 60 agents have been arrested for stealing property from suspecting passangers. TSA agents, on the other hand have fought beack with statements saying they are frustrated by low wages and by continually being called idiots.

With all the hullabaloo that this has caused, however, I for one do not see the real problem here. As one TSA screener put it so eloquently to the obviously irrational Bird "You can't right things like that." I couldn't have said it better myself. There is simply no reason why first amendment rights should extend inside the airport screening area. Why doesn't Bird just fly over to Pakistan, brush out Bin Laden's beard, and give him a hot stone massage, complete with happy ending? Jihad has never felt so good.


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