The Front Porch has never been a political blog. The simple fact is that I find politics as boring and pointless as watching a Cricket match. I’ve also found that blog posting on politics is about as likely to lead to “change”, as blog posting on Cricket is going to effect the outcome of a cricket match.
But it’s Tuesday, I’m bored, and suffering from a drought of material. So when I read this headline in the news today, I felt compelled to share:
TSA Defends Confiscation of Mass. Woman’s Cupcake
Seriously? It’s come to this? Confiscating cupcakes in the name of national security?
from the AP article:
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas.
The TSA says in a blog comment posted Monday the cupcake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under a policy designed to secure travelers from terrorists seeking to evade detection by using explosives made of plastics, liquids or gels.
Peabody (PEE’-buh-dee) resident Rebecca Hains was barred from taking her cupcake onto a plane last month when a TSA agent said icing in the jar exceeded amounts of gels allowed in carry-on luggage. Hains has called that “terrible logic.”
The TSA says travelers can take cakes, pies and cupcakes through security checkpoints but should expect they might get additional screening.
Good God. Life imitates The Onion more and more everyday. Sometimes when I read the news I start to think I am living in the novel Catch 22. Absurdity has become so common that common sense is becoming a sign of mental illness.
I wonder what our founding fathers would say if they could see us now? After all the lives expended in the name of liberating pastry, the Federal Government has now come full circle.
In the words of Thomas Paine – These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the undercooked pastry will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by his baked goods now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Time for the Boston Cupcake party. Who’s with me?