August 15, 2006

One for the stupid people.

You know, when I first saw the headline of this article this morning--X-rays won't detect liquid or gel bombs--all I could think of was, "Well, duh."

Expecting it to be one of those silly mangled headlines that had only a slight relationship to the actual meat of the story, I went on to read the article, and it actually is a report in which the reporter seems to think she has discovered some sort of incredible thing that The Government Is Covering Up.

Hey, guess what, feeb? Airport metal detectors won't detect brain waves of terrorists plotters. Searching hand luggage won't detect a missile fired from the ground. And the deal with X-raying shoes has nothing to do with detecting the presence of chemicals.

The "reporter" hints at this later on, noting that the idea is to scan shoes to see if they might have been messed with. As if someone might have hollowed out a place in the heels or sole to make a place to hide something. But lest we be unclear, once more, X-rays are magical invisible radiation waves that you can use to see through stuff--they DON'T DETECT CHEMICALS.

It's not a coverup or a government conspiracy or anything else. No one in charge has ever said that they COULD detect liquid explosives. And this screening has been going on ever since dipwad shoebomber Richard Reid tried his stunt back in 2001. The only person who seems to have been so gullible and uninformed about this seems to be the reporter.

Imagine my surprise.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 15, 2006 12:36 PM

Oh, please. Next you're going to tell me Bush & Halliburton didn't conspire to drive the price of oil up. Or that Osama isn't working for the Israelis. Or that Al Gore isn't as smart as we think he is.

You nutty conservatives.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 15, 2006 01:04 PM

DRAT! And CURSES!! We've been found out!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 15, 2006 01:29 PM