TV morning news/chat show host, interviewing a Federal functionary* about H1N1 (swine) flu and air travel:
Bubblehead: "...So, you're saying people with these symptoms shouldn't fly. What about the airlines? Shouldn't they stop those people from flying?"
Public Servant: (slightly huffy) "Oh, no, no, no. We wouldn't want to get into telling airlines who can and cannot fly..."
Meanwhile, over at TSA, they've got a little list, don'cha know. A list of who can and cannot fly, based not on observable symptoms but some vaguely secret criteria. They won't tell you how you might end up on it -- though having the same name as a suspected terrorist helps -- and they won't even tell you if you can be removed from the list.
How about that. H1N1 vector assistance, check. Baby-in-arms named Edward Abbey? Maybe not so much check. Even though the real guy is dead.
* Originally misspelled. Spellcheck options, "functionary" and "fornication." Ooookay.
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