Wednesday, September 27, 2006

300th Post!

First off, due to popular request, I'll give you an update on my carlessness. Seems to be going well - I've gotten used to riding my bike into work or throwing it on the front of the TTA bus (bike racks on buses = excellent). I haven't been run over yet, though I did get honked at for no good reason by a jackass passing me once.

Second, on baseball. Derek Jeter and David Ortiz are good baseball players. Whatever. But why the hell is no one mentioning Joe Mauer in the AL MVP conversation? In my mind, he's the obvious choice.

Third, check out this story from a Milwaukee flyer who was detained at a security checkpoint for writing "Kip Hawley is an idiot" on his quart-size liquid bag. (Kip Hawley is the TSA director.) My favorite line from the story is when the security guard says that freedom of speech exists "out there, not in here." Oh, and the idiot trying to rationalize that statement by saying "you can't yell 'fire' in a crowded theater." Given that writing one's political opinions on a plastic bag will inevitably cause a stampede of epic proportions, I think we can all see the similarity. Hat tip to Fark for the story.

Humor aside, the whole story is pretty sketchy. It's incidents like this that make me reconsider my previous stand in favor of pointless cosmetic security measures.


Mike said...

Actually, Jeff, I have yet to hear anyone FAIL to mention Mauer in the MVP conversation. In my opinion, he's the hands down winner at this point.

The security guard's quote reminds me of a certain line spoken by a certain VSC director at a certain closed-door meeting regarding a certain humor publication. I'm almost certain of it.

There has to be some way to reconcile free speech with increased airport security measures. There just has to be.

Aaron said...

Mauer should be the AL MVP without question, but I don't trust any award determined by sportswriters to go to the right person.

Incidents like the TSA security incident are sadly far too common. It's amazing how often people look to exert perceived authority when they have it. I understand the concern of passengers making threats or poorly timed jokes which can be considered threats. Last I checked, however, call someone an idiot is not a threat, or if it is, I've been threatened more times than I can count.