Take your pick.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I couldn’t decide which of these stories was more absurd, so I’ll just post them both.  Excuse the lack of commentary, but I’ve got some major time constraints today, and anyway, I’m sure you guys will have plenty to say about it!

Teen arrested after allegedly ranking girls on Facebook

(you know there was just some angry mother out there who pressured the school to act….but I’m still not sure why authorities were at all warranted. Because they’re minors?)

TSA Frisks A Baby; Says The Stroller Set Off \’Explosives\’ Alarm

Here’s the visual:

I just love that the TSA immediately responded to the “frisking” story by writing on it’s blog:

The child in the photo was simply receiving a modified pat-down which doesn’t even come close to what the headline implies.

Modified patdown, frisk, same difference?


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22 Responses to “Take your pick.”

  1. #1 |  Brandon | 

    Attempted terrorist attacks foiled by passengers this week: 1
    Attempted terrorist attacks foiled by the TSA this week: 0

    But the TSA got to molest a baby, so they’ve got that going for them.

  2. #2 |  Dane | 

    Wait…why was the teenager arrested? How can you be arrested for disorderly conduct…on the INTERNET.

    Seriously, what is the legal justification here. I want to know.

  3. #3 |  ClubMedSux | 

    How long until we read about a SWAT raid on a high school locker room after a freshman wears a wire and catches a junior bragging about the girls he allegedly slept with?

  4. #4 |  sinister | 

    As a parent I changed many diapers and some of the contents definitly qualify as “explosive”.

  5. #5 |  Bronwyn | 

    NO ONE touches my children like that. Holy crap.

    No matter, I guess, I’ve already decided I’m not flying unless or until this unspeakable stupidity ends.

    But seeing these people touching children (anyone, really, but especially children who don’t know what’s going on) this way infuriates me.

  6. #6 |  sinister | 

    I would just like to add that those TSA personel with brains full of brown matter rather than grey matter were probably naturally attracted to the baby’s diaper.

  7. #7 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Scotty, beam me up.”
    “Why Cap’n?”
    “They’re groping babies.”
    “The Bluglovians.”
    “That’s the most vile thing we’ve encountered, Cap’n. Even worse than the Romula–”
    “I know. Now get me the fuck outta here. And prepare the starship phasers, disintegration levels.”

  8. #8 |  Lurker | 

    How about this one?

  9. #9 |  Discord | 

    “The child in the photo was simply receiving a modified pat-down…”

    “Modified Pat-down” = BOHICA

    Did anyone see the South Park episode where Mr. Garrison creates a vehicle called “The It?” The photo reminds me of the commercial for The It, where they show a baby being lowered on to the…fastening device…and crying.

  10. #10 |  Dave Krueger | 

    # #6 Lurker

    How about this one?

    That certainly qualifies as a contender for most absurd law enforcement act of the week.

    But, before we criticize our law enforcement professionals, we should remember that they protect us from the pedophiles who lurk behind every tree waiting to snatch your toddler son and make him a well known child porn star. And they also protect us from pimps who swarm around every school hoping to kidnap your 10 year old daughter and force her into the Atlanta sex slave market. They save us from bath salts that have become the new crack and they save us from high credit card fees and raw milk. To get all those wonderful priceless benefits we have to put up with occasional idiocy. So what.

  11. #11 |  Kent | 

    “modified pat-down”

    Sounds like a term Chester the Molester would use.

  12. #12 |  Chris in AL | 

    Regarding the link Lurker posted…

    I personally would have loved it if a couple of football players had pounded the undercover cop to a pulp with a folding chair.

    That is also likely to get more kids killed in the future because when the attack starts they will initially think it is another surprise drill. As a parent I would absolutely warn my kid ahead of time.

  13. #13 |  Scooby | 

    I can only hope the blueshirts got baby shit on themselves. I guess I could also hope that it was the start of their shift, so they got to stink of baby shit all day.

  14. #14 |  Nando | 

    I can see how the TSA agent would think that this baby is a Terrorst. There was one just like it on my last flight that puked and pooped all over the seat across the aisle from me (clear bio-terrorism, if you ask me). Since all babies look alike, the TSA agent was just making sure this one wasn’t loaded with the biological WMD that the other one released on my flight.

  15. #15 |  RomanCandle | 

    It’s the juxtaposition of the two stories get to me. To summarize:

    Writing bad things about women on the internet: illegal.

    Doing THAT to a baby: legal.

  16. #16 |  Marty | 

    ‘ #6 | Lurker | May 11th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    How about this one?’


    drug dogs, random drug tests, random searches, locker searches, car searches, DARE bullshit, rah rah govt propaganda supporting whatever bullshit govt program comes down the road, zero tolerance rules, fundamentalist board members trying to force biblical beliefs on students, and now, fucking cops running through the halls discharging fake guns to scare the shit out of everyone?!!!!

    We are abusing our kids by sending them to these schools- what’s it going to take for people to decide that the cost of homeschooling or private tuition is not too much?

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    #13- I bet you wrote amazing book reports when you were a kid! well done.

  18. #18 |  Whappan? | 

    They searched my daughter’s diaper back in 2005 when she was switching planes with my wife in LA. Searching babies is nothing new.

  19. #19 |  Jdub | 

    Those aren’t TSA agents – that airport uses private screeners. Look closely at the patch.

    (Not that it really matters, TSA still makes the rules, but just to be accurate).

  20. #20 |  Kermit | 

    The TSA frisked my cat a few years ago. Or maybe it was a patdown. Either way they did not find the catnip he was smuggling.

  21. #21 |  Jeff | 

    Look at the bright side. If the number of truly stupid people is limited, every one that the TSA employs means one less idiot working somewhere where he or she could do even more damage.

  22. #22 |  Nate | 

    @Chris in AL: I had a similar thought about the cop being pounded. Only, the direction of my thought was that the football players would subsequently be apprehended and charged with assaulting a police officer. It’s not like we haven’t seen that happen when citizens defend themselves from poorly thought out police actions on this blog before.