Airports On High Alert After TSA Seizes Block Cheese

The Associated Press reported that the alert came after curious seizures since last September at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston, and Baltimore. Items seized, according to the bulletin, included “wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cellphone components, and dense claylike substances,” including block cheese.

Cheese is a catalyst for fondue, an explosion of flavor and fun in your mouth.

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  1. qwickone says:

    Does this mean they’re going to take even LONGER to look through my bags and pull out my water bottles now?

  2. SBR249 says:

    cheese can also be a catalyst for nasty gas, an explosion of stench and misery in the airplane cabin.

  3. Mojosan says:

    Actually, cheese is most likely of a similar consitancy to plastic explosives, and it makes sence to use it in a dry run.

    But, Ben told us that the TSA is more of a threat to “make plane go boom” than terrorists, so I’m far more concerned with the TSA keeping their agents on alert than anything else.

  4. acambras says:

    Oh, Jeez! *CHEESE*???

    Bwahhahahaha! Another tool in my arsenal of destruction – perfect for my jihad against the lactose intolerant!

    So I guess this means:

    If cheese is outlawed, only the terrorists will have cheese.

  5. Pelagius says:

    First they took my corkscrew, and I said nothing.
    Then they took my wine, and I said nothing.
    Then they took my camembert, and I said nothing…

  6. banned says:

    C’mon, even the TSA can find a fake bomb once in awhile, though I suspect they were looking for the cheese.

  7. Scott says:

    They just had to choose Wisconsin to try to sneak cheese on board. Didn’t they know they’d just confiscate it to eat it even if it didn’t have wires?

    Makes me glad they didn’t decide to search me when I had to take a large bag of sand and clay on my carry-on (my mom is a geology professor) when I was returning from vacation on Chesapeake Bay a few years ago. They did give me some weird looks though.

  8. acambras says:

    @Scott:

    LOL — reminds me of my brother-in-law returning from a trip to the Pacific Northwest — his bag was overweight because of all the rocks he brought back.

  9. SOhp101 says:

    I think it’s official. The terrorists have won. Our freedom to privacy and a right to a speedy flight have been long gone and now the TSA rapes us with their arbitrary rules day in and day out. Maybe they should start force us to urinate at security checkpoints (ammonia, scary stuff you know) and empty out our colons to prevent any hazardous sulfuric compounds from potentially causing noxious gases in the cabin.

    You know what the best solution is? They should empty the cabin of all oxygen so that no fires can be started, or better yet fill it with dihydrogen monoxide. I hear that it’s great at prventing fires as well.

  10. Amelie says:

    I wish I could find a picture of Lucy (I Love Lucy), when she returns home from Europe with a 30lb hunk of cheese disguised as a baby.

  11. Youthier says:

    @SOhp101: Is it the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that assures us a speedy flight? I always forget.

  12. Peeved Guy says:

    YAY!
    Another “What I hate about the TSA/administration/police/government/military/boy scouts” thread.
    I do so love them!

  13. JustAGuy2 says:

    @HeyHermano:

    Don’t be spurious. It’s not so much that it’s a gross Constitutional violation, but rather that it’s an unwarranted, unjustified, and plain dumb intrusion on the lives of Americans. Just because a gov’t policy is Constitutional doesn’t mean it’s not stupid and contemptible.

  14. Doc Benway says:

    @Pelagius: But you still got your crackers

  15. Pelagius says:

    @Doc Benway: For the time being…

  16. coconino says:

    they finally found a reason to confiscate the cheese to accompany with the wine they took from the travelers.

  17. muddgirl says:

    J. H. Christ! They didn’t confiscate a random block of cheese. They confiscated a block of cheese that seemed to be a dry-run for a bomb. I’m GLAD they caught it. It’s a GOOD thing that the TSA can do the job they were hired for.

  18. banned says:

    @muddgirl:
    Does this REALLY make you feel safer!?

  19. humphrmi says:

    What are they going to do when they start flying commercial flights to the moon? I mean really, how will you keep tourists from just taking a chunk and bringing it back with them?

  20. nequam says:

    I’m so confused with a lot of these comments. Airport security with x-ray machines, etc. existed long before 9/11, but people seem to have forgotten that it was a hassle even then. After 9/11, a govt organization took over security with the goal to become more vigilant. Whether it has turned out as expected is separate from whether there is some fundamental evil in security measures.

    It’s not like this article talks about some new, disgusting tactic by the TSA. Rather, it’s talking about a notice for the screeners to be on special alert – based on a pattern that has emerged from items found during routine searches. The TSA may not always work, but this appears to be an example of its efficacy.

    If more people thought ahead, wore slip-on shoes for the flight, and left their scissors and sewing needles at home, things would go much more smoothly. Really, if you can’t stand the hassle of an extra 20 minutes in line, then don’t fly. It’s not an intrusion if you voluntarily submit to it.

  21. SOhp101 says:

    @HeyHermano: Trick question! The Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution. ;)

    But in all seriousness, I’m sure we can get Bush’s legal team to prove that the TSA is unconstitutional. If they can justify all of his claims for ‘Executive Privilege,’ they can justify anything.

  22. humphrmi says:

    @rocnrule: They confiscated a block of cheese wired up to a timer. Is that an innocent, innocuous thing for a passenger to pack in their bags? Do you feel safe with someone trying to see if they can sneak dense, plastique-like substances attached by wires to timing devices into the belly of your airplane?

  23. rhombopteryx says:

    @HeyHermano:

    The Bill of Rights _is_ (part of) the Constitution, and a non-optional one at that… So, being as pedantic as is apparently required, it’s the Constitution that _guarantees_ the right to (1) travel anywhere within the US without (2)warrantless detentions, and (3) withought seizure or other taking of private property (without just compensation.)

  24. SOhp101 says:

    @rocnrule: You fail at sarcasm. Sorry. =(

  25. teh says:

    @muddgirl: They seized: “‘wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cellphone components, and dense claylike substances,’ including block cheese.”

    This was not necessarily all part of one incident. In fact, the article never stated that anything was with the cheese that made it suspicious.

  26. artki says:

    @rocnrule:
    People assembling devices that look just like bombs (with the high explosive replaced with cheese or clay) makes me feel a LOT less safe. Do you have a legitimate explanation for these “devices”?

  27. Falconfire says:

    @muddgirl: They claim thats what it was. But the facts are not adding up upon further review, especially since the supposed suspects in the “cheesing” are a white elderly couple, and not your typical Muslim/white supremacists/neo con nutty.

    IE they are making shit up to make them look good and to make us be fearful.

  28. The Bigger Unit says:

    Okay, not being able to have water is pretty crappy, but who cares if you can’t have cheese? Seriously…you pack your carry-on for flight, and it’s “Magazine…check; iPod…check; passport…check….cheese…DAMN! Can’t take cheese! Goddam terrorists.”

  29. rhombopteryx says:

    @muddgirl and similars:
    Last time I checked, cheese wasn’t on the list of prohibited items, bombs were… If I have cheese in the same bag as wires (as was the case here) or eve… if they need remedial help.

  30. Kurtz says:

    Bye, bye cheese!

  31. banned says:

    @humphrmi: @SOhp101: @artki:
    Do you all really believe Al-Queda are not creative enough to come up with a new idea!? A small cessna jet loaded with c4 is as destructive as a fully loaded 747. Unless we think it is the terrorists’ goal to destroy the airline industry, I think we need to think a little further ahead. Who’s to say this isn’t a cruel joke!? Dis they attack the world trade center the 1st time w/ planes? Did they bomb the US Cole, or US embassies with aircraft? Did they attack the UK with planes? No, they are creative enough to change their ways, and to only focus on what they have done in the past is as disasterous. I am positive if they wanted to bomb airplanes again, they will, regardless of the TSA.

  32. Mojosan says:

    @Falconfire:

    The “neocon nutty” comment gives you away.

    -The warning was confidential to law enforcement detailing actual events in the last months. It was not made public to scare anyone.

    >>>
    In one case last September, a couple in Baltimore, Maryland, checked a plastic bag with a block of processed cheese taped to another plastic bag containing a cell phone charger. Earlier this month in San Diego, California, a passenger checked a bag containing two ice packs covered in duct tape. The ice packs had clay in them instead of the normal blue gel.
    >>>

    So, in your enlightened opinion, the TSA should NOT notify law enforcement that this is going on? They should not be concerned with, nor be on the look out for this type of behavior?

    The only thing louder than your hysterical shreiks of “NeoC0n Fashizm!!!” will be your howls claiming incompentence when the next “plane goes boom” occurs.

  33. rhombopteryx says:

    @rhombopteryx:
    As I was saying, Bomb or not? Should be mandatory.

  34. MeOhMy says:

    Amendment 6 guarantees the right to a speedy trial.

    Air flight is indeed quite trying these days…

  35. Mojosan says:

    @rocnrule:

    Your correct. But because a method is not 100% foolproof and effective does not mean it should not be utilized.

    Americans still get botulism. SHould the USDA be dismantled because, no matter what, tainted meat will still get thru the system.

    No matter what rules OSHA makes up, workers still get hurt on the job, should OSHA be closed as well?

  36. Pelagius says:

    @nequam: Scissors (up to 4″) and sewing/knitting needles are actually allowed, per TSA regulations.

    Maybe people are confused because the regulations make no sense. Guess what else is allowed? A 7″ phillips head screwdriver. Think you couldn’t kill someone with one of those just as easily as you could with a box cutter?

  37. SOhp101 says:

    @rocnrule: You know what, you’re absolutely right. The only 100% SUREFIRE WAY to prevent terrorism is to BAN ALL PEOPLE ON PLANES! That way NO terrorist will EVER be able to get on flight!

    You’ll never win, terrorists! We’ll take away our OWN freedoms long before you can take away ours! Take THAT!

  38. Peeved Guy says:

    @nequam: “If more people thought ahead, wore slip-on shoes for the flight, and left their scissors and sewing needles at home, things would go much more smoothly. Really, if you can’t stand the hassle of an extra 20 minutes in line, then don’t fly. It’s not an intrusion if you voluntarily submit to it.”

    But, but, but… if I did those things, then I wouldn’t be able to complain about the fascist TSA invading my privacy.

    Very well said.

  39. banned says:

    @Mojosan:
    All I am saying is I don’t feel any safer today than yesterday. I don’t think they should ban the TSA, I think the anti-terrorism efforts should be spread out elsewhere, and as Bill Maher suggests, we need a “fly-at-your-own-risk airline”. There are simply far too many other things to kill you long before you need to worry about a terrorist bombing. The airplane itself is more likely to kill you than a terrorist.

  40. timmus says:

    @SOhp101: We’ll take away our OWN freedoms long before you can take away ours! Take THAT!

    Hear, hear!

  41. nequam says:

    @Pelagius: Oops, sounds like I used a bad example. But my point remains.

  42. miburo says:

    @ROCNRULE

    You don’t feel safer? Why not? it’s been years since september 11 and you are telling me you don’t feel safer now than then eventhough we haven’t been attacked again since then?

    I hate the lines and delays at airports as much as everyone else. And I’ve been stopped and had my bags opened and searched all the way through twice and I was ticked off both times but…..

    You all really think that all this security hasn’t atleast prevented a few cases of the 9/11 incident happening again are really living in some perfect world bubble.

    You focus on the fact it was cheese while totally ignoring how plastic explosives could be be pretty close in size and consistency.

    It’s pretty obvious that eventhough wrong decisions have been made. The government is definitely TRYING to protect you from being used in a terrorist plot.

  43. trecool95 says:

    That was my block of cheese in Baltimore…..my bad.

  44. Falconfire says:

    @Mojosan: They CLAIMED this, the alternate from the couple involved is that there was no such thing, and that it was just a block of cheese in a bag.

    Which do I think is more accurate, a block of cheese in a bag? Or a block of cheese with a timing device or whatever taped to it being stopped by the same guys who let REAL BOMB CASINGS through in the last government run testing of the airports.

  45. EtherealStrife says:

    @nequam: (NSFW) Goatse? Is that you?

  46. banned says:

    @miburo:
    I will only feel safer when douche bag is no longer president. He is single-handedly making us all less safe, every day. No amount of security will make up for the destruction he has done. Perhaps we should focus more on impeachment, and foreign policy, and perhaps start to look at why they attack. The only way to beat terrorists is to offer them a better way of life, and certainly not forcing it on them. That is why we’re in this mess in the first place.

  47. nequam says:

    @rocnrule: Says the Canadian.

  48. Mojosan says:

    >>>>
    The only way to beat terrorists is to offer them a better way of life, and certainly not forcing it on them. That is why we’re in this mess in the first place.
    >>>>

    So if we offer them a better way of life they won’t murder 3000 New Yorkers anymore?

    Ok, good to know.

  49. miburo says:

    @Everyone

    Whether if it was cheese or not, if there was any extra suspicion that it might be a bomb, I would want them to check it out. It’s not like it said “elderly couple arrested for cheese in baggage”

    @ROCNRULE

    And how do you propose that we offer them a better way of life? Don’t tell me you actually think this is true.

    @MOJOSAN

    and we were lucky it was 3000! initial estimates we 10k+ but luckily a lot of people were out of office (including one of my best friends)

  50. Falconfire says:

    @miburo: Right and Hitler blamed the loss of WWI and the depression in germany on the Jews and we saw where that one led to.

    There is a fine line between being on the lookout and being 1984. Right now we are clearly 1984. You cant even crap in a airport without security being called about a possible gas attack, while real threats walk right through.

    Its like AIRPORT (I think it was AIRPORT, maybe it was II), where the security went after the old lady while the terrorists walked right on through with their buddys with rockets and bombs and guns in plain sight…. sept that is ACTUALLY HAPPENING right now, and has been shown to happen numerous times by our own fucking government…. while we hunt down the evil CHEESE.

  51. Mojosan says:

    >>>
    as Bill Maher suggests, we need a “fly-at-your-own-risk airline”.
    >>>

    Do you think Bill Maher would fly on such an airline?

    Would you place your children on a flight where there was no security screening because “they are going to to die someday anyway” right?

    How about if when you were boarding “Fly-at-your-own-risk” airlines there was a young, bearded man shouting “Allah akbar?” You’d be perfectly okay with him expressing his right of free speech….wouldn’t you???

    Simple questions.

  52. Mojosan says:

    >>>>
    security went after the old lady while the terrorists walked right on through with their buddys with rockets and bombs and guns in plain sight…. sept that is ACTUALLY HAPPENING right now, and has been shown to happen numerous times by our own fucking government
    >>>

    And if they don’t stop blue eyed grannys to balance things out, you, and your ilk, will be shreiking about racial profiling.

  53. miburo says:

    @ FALCONFIRE I fail to see what Hitler and the Jews has to do with anything i’m talking about? I’m asking for a actual method to his “Show them a better life and they’ll stop hating us”

    So what do you propose our TSA to do? Stop looking for suspicious items? I don’t understand your guys solutions to the problems. There is a reason why they look for what they do. It’s not like they pick something randomly even if you think it is.

    Do you not realize that people are actually making a coordinated and money backed attempt to kill us? And they specifically have used airplanes to do this already?

  54. miburo says:

    AND BTW, I have almost no disagreements about most of the people here’s view on our foreign policy,

    But that does nothing to change the fact we need extra security to protect us and our loved ones lives

  55. Peeved Guy says:

    Two things:

    1. Bill Maher is an idiot.

    2. Why are so many people on the fence about this? Seriously. It seems like there is a healthy contingent of folks here that will complain about the draconian measures of the TSA and their inability to do anything to stop terrorism all in the same sentence. Trying to be sensitive to both is how we got to where we are now. So, one or the other will have to give. Either get tough about the security measures and do things like racially profile people (GASP!) and actually spending money on security or just forget the whole thing and see what happens.

  56. JustAGuy2 says:

    @Mojosan:

    I would happily board an airline where the passengers have been screened for real weapons (i.e. guns and large knives), but not made to take off their shoes or surrender their liquids because of a non-existent (outside of Die Hard 3) threat of a liquid bomb.

    There is a legitimate societal goal of ensuring that hijackers cannot take control of aircraft and use them as missles – gun screening plus locked cockpit doors and orders to immediately land in the event of a hijack attempt handle that concern. Beyond that, airline security should be the province of the airlines and the passengers who fly them.

  57. JustAGuy2 says:

    @Peeved Guy:

    I don’t believe in abolishing airport security, merely a return to the pre-9/11 rules – shoes stay on, you can take a cup of coffee. Metal detectors and x-ray stay.

    That way, security can focus on looking for actual threats (guns and bombs) rather than hunting down the evil water bottles and 3.5oz toothpastes.

  58. banned says:

    @Mojosan: @miburo:
    I’m sure bill maher would fly the airline just to prove a point. Do you truly believe the current strategy is working? Do you truly believe you are safer today than pre-9/11?
    Now any customer service rep knows the way to deal with irate people is through kindness. Imagine if you will, what would happen to the terrorists if we began feeding them, building them schools and roads, offering health care, or *gasp* treating them equally. I believe on the deepest level, people are good in nature and environment creates evil. If we take away every reason they have to hate us, maybe they personally won’t care, but I guarantee they won’t be able to recruit children and future generations to hate us. How did we deal with the USSR? Certainly not by militarily forcing democracy upon them.
    Its easy to say they killed us so lets kill them back, but in doing so, you’re creating a cycle of violence, like the one that was so prevelant in Ireland. The more we attack, the more they attack back. The more children of theirs we kill, are more entire families hating us. See how violence works?

  59. MeOhMy says:

    I don’t think Bill Maher actually said there should be a “fly-at-your-own-risk” airline.

    ERVIN: Well, I’d like to tell you, Bill, that a lot of those measures are meaningless, but I have to say that we haven’t done nearly as much as we should do to protect ourselves in aviation. You know, cockpit doors are hardened, pilots are armed. But it’s still the case that investigation after investigation shows it’s still easy to sneak guns and knives and bombs past the screeners. And the irony here is that we’ve invested more money – $20 billion – to protect ourselves against – aviation and anything else – with regard to Homeland Security in the last five years, and yet we’re far more vulnerable there than we need to be.

    MAHER: So all the inconvenience at the airport, it doesn’t matter. They might as well just have “Fly At Your Own Risk Airline.”

    From Transcript

  60. MeOhMy says:

    @rocnrule: While a “War On Terror” will never work, neither will being nice to would-be terrorists. At this point anyone that far off the deep end has been indoctrinated for so long (since birth) that they can’t even remember *why* they are supposed to hate westerners or what they are trying to achieve.

  61. Peeved Guy says:

    @JustAGuy2: To be honest, the only thing that seems out of line to me is the liquid ban, but even that I don’t see as that big of a deal. The shoes have to keep coming off, since it is possible to do damage with them.

    @rocnrule: I have to admire your view of human nature. (seriously, no snark) The problem with your theory on the root of terrorism, however, is that the average dirt farmer in some far away country does not wake up one morning and decide that he hates America. He probably doesn’t really give a crap about us because we really have no direct impact on his life.

    The problem is that the people who influence him, his religious and government leaders go to great lengths to point out how America is screwing him and his family over. And, no amount of aid given to the dirt farmer (especially him), the government or religious leaders will pacify them because money/aid/food is not their goal. Their goal is power. The power they wield over the farmer and power they wield over the free world by threats of violence on innocent people.

    Is violence the best tool to use against them? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe a combination of aid and violence would be a good idea? I do know that rolling over and hoping they don’t hurt us anymore is akin to suicide, though.

  62. banned says:

    @Troy F.:
    So if we can’t fight them, and we can’t buy them, what other option is there? All the airport security in the world won’t stop a runaway transport trailer truck-bomb from running into Giants stadium.
    As for Bill Maher, it was a comical reference I’m sure, from his HBO special sat night, but there is truth in comedy.

  63. B says:

    @JustAGuy2: Here’s the thing though, pre 9/11, it was legal to bring razorblades and small knives on the plane. Obviously we went overboard by banning nail clippers and water bottles, but I think keeping sharp knives off the planes is a good idea.

  64. MeOhMy says:

    @rocnrule: I don’t know what the answer is. If I did, i would not be here posting on Consumerist, I’d be in Oslo picking up my Nobel Peace Prize!

    I guess maybe moderate Muslims in the mid-east just need to get pissed off in great enough numbers to finally put the whackos out to pasture.

    Yes Maher’s reference was comical, but Maher’s reference also said simply that the current practices are so ineffectual that at this point a sign that says “Fly At Your Own Risk” might be just as (in)effective and much cheaper. I don’t see him saying – joking or otherwise – that a new security-free airline should be launched for the less risk-averse passengers.

  65. banned says:

    @Peeved Guy:
    I never knew people were so against peace around here(not you specifically).
    I don’t know the answer, but what helped to broker peace in lebanon? Allowing hamas into the government. How did Isreal become powerful? They were given a state. Part of the problem is there religous leaders are not necessarily wrong, as we are screwing them over. The Gulf war alone was the perfect example. People were promised riches and wealth and American help to stand up to Saddam, so they did. What happened? they were abandoned. We will not get further ahead until there is open dialogue. TSA measures, even if they found every bomb, is not making us safer.

  66. JustAGuy2 says:

    @B:

    9/11 didn’t happen because sharp knives, it happened because the terrorists exploited a procedural vulnerability. All the rules and expectations said “if someone tries to hijack, don’t resist, they’ll take you to Cuba, you’ll sit on the tarmac for a few days, and then go home.” By the time people realized that the flights were suicide missions, it was too late.

    They can’t pull that trick twice, though. Imagine what would happen today if you stood up with four of your friends on a flight, pulled out knives, and announced a hijack – the pilot (safe behind the armored cockpit door), would head for the nearest airport, and the passengers would beat the attempted hijackers to death with wine bottles/laptops/their bare hands. Seizing control of an aircraft with sharp objects is just a non-starter.

    If you pull a knife on a plane, you can certainly hurt or kill several people before you’re subdued, but that’s true if you do the same in an elevator, at the mall, or on the subway, and we don’t have metal detectors at those places.

  67. Peeved Guy says:

    @rocnrule: Don’t get me wrong. I would love for there to be peace. Imaginge all of the good that could come from the people busy thinking of ways to kill other people. If I thought that passing out lollipops, teddy bears and free hugs would make everyone stop killing each other, I’d be all for it. I just think that is a naive approach. It has been tried before in various forms and yet, here we are.

    I was going to respond to the Israel/Lebanon comment, but that is way out of scope of this discussion and has been hashed over by people smarter that you and I put together for the better part of a century with no solution in sight.

    As far as your comment concerning the Gulf War, I suspect you are referring to the Kurds? Yep, that was crappy. We screwed those poor people. However, the people that want to blow us up typically are not Kurds. They are Sunni (Al Queda) or Shiites (Hezbolla).

  68. Peeved Guy says:

    @JustAGuy2: You know what; I think you have just made a convert of me. Seriously. Let’s take it just one step further though. Rather than letting the passengers defend themselves with whatever is at hand, lets arm them with a large knife or small sword.

    I’m not kidding. If the potential hijacker KNOWS that everyone else is packing, I would guess they would be even less likely to try anything.

    Reminds me of the town(s) in Texas (Wyoming?) that required everyone to own a firearm and carry it with them at all times.

  69. RebekahSue says:

    Behold: the power of cheese.

  70. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @miburo: “You all really think that all this security hasn’t atleast prevented a few cases of the 9/11 incident happening again”
    No. Name one. Not that made up ‘liquid explosive’ plot shit either.
    “It’s pretty obvious that eventhough wrong decisions have been made. The government is definitely TRYING to protect you from being used in a terrorist plot.” Right. The government is failing to do anything but demonstrate their ineptitude at consistently protecting anything other than rich white republicans.

    @miburo: “Do you not realize that people are actually making a coordinated and money backed attempt to kill us? And they specifically have used airplanes to do this already?”
    Yes. You’re talking about our ‘allies’ in Saudi Arabia.

    @Peeved Guy: “1. Bill Maher is an idiot.”
    Based on what? You don’t like his opinions? I don’t like yours either so you’re the idiot.
    “2. Why are so many people on the fence about this?”
    On the fence? Are you high? Intelligent people who actually read instead of having their opinions injected into their brains by the faux news channel pretty much are in agreement that the TSA and the ‘look what rule we pulled out of our ass this week’ policies are in place only to make the average wallymart shopper think they are safer.

    You want to make the country safer? You need to get rid of the idiot administration who got the brilliant idea to invade a sovereign nation who had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks just to make people think they were tough on terrorism.
    You want to get tough on terrorism, stop supporting the terrorists in power in Tel Aviv and Riyadh. Oh, wait, those are allies.

    Pay attention or sit down and shut up.

  71. Peeved Guy says:

    @doctor_cos:

    Bill Maher is an idiot not because of his opinions, which I disagree with, clearly, but because I think his a self-ritous ass. Ever since he went to a Haloween party as Steve Irwin with a ray stiger in his chest (a mere weeks after the fact). That makes him an idiot.

    No, I’m not high, are you? Reread my post, I think I clearly outline why I think people are on the fence. You have let you hatred for all things conservative/republican get in the way of your apparently limited mental faculties.

    I think you may want to consult your doctor about upping your meds.

  72. nequam says:

    @EtherealStrife: Ha ha! Never fallen for the link, and don’t intend to visit it today.

    What sucks here is that people cry “freedom,” when all they’re really bitching about is long lines and hassles. It cheapens the concept.

    If the TSA had enough security stations that each traveler would be through in 2 minutes, not many people would be complaining about the supposed indignity of having their shampoo bottle scrutinized.

  73. Peeved Guy says:

    @Peeved Guy:

    self-ritous = self-righteous

  74. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @Peeved Guy: Not all things conservative/republican, just the bunch of criminals currently wearing that self-righteous costume.
    What do you want me to post, ‘thank W for the TSA’?? Maybe if they had a realistic function other than f*cking with random people at the airport and cherry-picking which rules to enforce this week, they could actually ‘make us safer.’ And maybe I should bow to the obviously superior opinions of those who ‘know better.’
    Medication? Don’t go there, either. When we have better health care for everyone, not just politicians and criminals, and the pharmaceutical companies concentrate on curing real diseases instead of inventing them for their latest ‘breakthrough’ purple/blue/green pill (be sure to tell your doctor if you have problems, d’oh), you can talk about medication.
    My previous post was a general shout-out, not a personal attack on you. I don’t know you well enough to determine your level of idiocy, but mine ranges from mild to extreme :)

  75. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    By the way does anyone know which type of cheese would produce the biggest bang? I’m thinking extra sharp cheddar would provide some dangerous (as well as delicious) shrapnel.

  76. Lee2706 says:

    This reminds me of the conversation at the community garden in our neighborhood: Some folks were complaining that “unwanted individuals” kept entering the fenced-in garden. One suggestions was to make the fence taller. Another person thought we should add barbed wire. Might as well electrify the fence too while we are at it.

    No matter how much security measures the TSA and DHS add to the checkpoints, crazed terrorists will find a way to get through. Does that mean remove all security? Definitely not, but common sense should (should!) prevail so that people don’t have to remove shoes and limit liquids to 3 oz. Is cheese a banned substance now?

    Sometimes I think it’s just a conspiracy between Ziploc and the gub-mint.

  77. Mojosan says:

    @doctor_cos:

    >>>
    The government is failing to do anything but demonstrate their ineptitude at consistently protecting anything other than rich white republicans.
    >>>

    At which point you expose yourself and everything further is childish blathering.

    Please, go back to DailyKOS and talk about how terrorism is just a bumper sticker slogan. it’s goes over big with that crowd.

  78. banned says:

    @Mojosan:
    I understand if you don’t agree with the comments but that one specific comment you quote by doctor_cos hits the nail square on the head, maybe not so much the white part but certainly all their crooked friends that got them in power. I think its safe to say this is the worst president ever. As for terrorism, its a label they can invoke anytime they like, place on anybody they like, and you have to accept it. What a joke, just like they used to label people commies. As soon as they play the “Terrorist” card, there is no longer an arguement.

  79. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @Mojosan: “At which point you expose yourself and everything further is childish blathering.”
    Wow, what insightful commentary. How can I possibly compete? Your observation is based on… ? ?
    Let me call Bill O’Reilly and apologize.

  80. humphrmi says:

    Wow this started out as a semi-humorous post about confiscated cheese, and now it’s about Bill Maher and Bill O’Reilly and Republicans Vs. Democrats Vs. Canadians? No wonder we can’t get our act together. We can’t even argue sensibly. Sheesh.

  81. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    And to think I was planning on bringing my entire Velveeta collection with me on my Wisconson vacation next week!

    So does this mean we have to carry our 3 ounce portion of cheddar in a clear plastic bag? Will we be be forced to remove the cellophane from every slice of American???

    And, what does this mean for “Processed Cheese Food” which looks like cheese, but technically isn’t? And what about Cheez Whiz? (How much Whiz will the TSA let come aboard an aircraft?)

    My work here is done.

  82. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    I’m not sure you can legally bring Velveeta ‘cheese’ into a state that makes real cheese…
    And if you need to Whiz on the plane, just hope it’s not that northworst flight from a couple weeks ago, or we’ll have a river of whiz running down the aisle :)

  83. vladthepaler says:

    Aren’t there cellphone components in cellphones? Are cellphones allowed only if their components are removed?

  84. drjayphd says:

    @muddgirl: Silly commenter, it’s easier to make a HI-larious crack about the headline instead of actually reading the article!

  85. Cowboys_fan says: