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Psst, Sayyid!; Act Like a Terrorist! (Airport Security)

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You’re on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, and you’re a  Saudi National. Weeks prior, on Christmas, a man on the same exact flight tried to ignite material that he’d smuggled onto the plane, bypassing airport security by stuffing it in his underwear. The Crotch Bomber. According to Fox News in Minneapolis the men were unruly and not listening to instruction;

Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Susan Elliott said four passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 243 were not complying with crew members. Authorities in Michigan said the men made inappropriate jokes about terror in Arabic, which caught the attention of an air marshal onboard who also spoke Arabic.

The air marshals asked that authorities meet the plane, and the aircraft was held on the tarmac.The men were removed and the rest of passengers were then taken to the terminal. The TSA advised that the four men were interviewed by Customs and the US Border Patrol and released.

You’d think that the denizens of the Middle East might be a tad reluctant to travel in the United States, let alone joke about terrorism while on the exact flight on which the actual terrorist flew 3-weeks prior. It’s also hard to blame the Saudi passengers; situations reversed, you can be sure that some stupid American would most certainly do the same.

Which brings me to the TSA. And the next post.


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Man Dies At Lollapalooza; NBC-TV Chicago Rates Story With A Poll

NBC-TV, CHICAGO posted a poll on how a man’s death at Lollapalooza made readers feel;  The choices were:

  1. Sad
  2. BoredLollapalooza Death
  3. Thrilled
  4. Intrigued
  5. Bored
  6. Furious

According to NBC-TV, Channel 5:

A 39-year-old man suffered a heart attack at Lollapalooza and died,Chicago police say.

He was taken to Northwestern by a Chicago Fire Departmentambulance at about 1pm, department spokesman Kevin MacGregorsaid, according to the Trib.

The man was initially attended to by private paramedics at the scene. It was the department’s first and only ambulance call from Grant Park all day.

While the Cook County medical examiner’s office has not been notified of any deaths related to the festival, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Kevin Kilmer say the man died about 2:30pm. Police are investigating.

So, how does it make YOU feel? Me? I am FURIOUS. Not only was the poll callous, but stupid. NBC TV Channel 5…Good Job at making the sad news that much worse. I certainly hope that the man’s family does not have to read your site.

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Jon and Kate Plus One Hour Special (Too Much Gosselin Around)

Okay, don’t ask me why, but J&K Gosselin have become closer to my heart than anticipated. Yes, I did watch the show regularly, even tuning into marathons lasting for ENTIRE WEEKENDS due to “other” people in my life. I’ve also sat through weekends of  America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), Top Chef, and Sell This House. To name a few. It usually doesn’t bother me so much…multi-tasking is my forte. (Personally, I can’t stand watching reruns of a show in which I already know the outcome, but who am I to complain…I have more negative traits than most.)

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So, now that we’ve watched this family get destroyed on National Cable, a one hour special is going to air on Monday, June 22, to either clear the air, announce that they are DONE with TLC, or announce a divorce. No one knows for sure, but TLC and E! are promoting it like the Super Bowl. If memory serves, nothing this large has rocked any cable channel.

At this point, it’s a wonder that Dr. Phil has not stepped in (unasked for), & taken the kids while J&K figure it out.

Either way, be certain of one thing: the on-air blood bath will end, and the compassionate side of me thanks heaven above that they’ll be done  wearing their pain in public. In checking the news and social sites across the web, the chatter is up, and there’s been speculation, rumor, and innuendo (all unproven at this point) regarding the family’s fate. Unverified, unidentified sources state that they are going to announce a divorce. My educated guess? They are going off-air to try to fix their relationship. Why would they want to humiliate themselves further? Do they feel that they owe America, and the press, this information?

They don’t owe us anything, least of all an explanation. Would you go to your neighbors house and demand to know the specifics of what went wrong with their marriage? Enough said.

It’s my hope that they will come through this, bearing the precious scars of a harrowing experience.

TLC should be ashamed of the exploitation for ratings game they have played with this whole situation. They went from “semi-tasteful” cable show to Howard Stern in a matter of weeks. It would be nice to see J&K sue the network, but it’s doubtful that will happen. Then again, no one thought that a woman would have to pay $1.9 Million dollars for 22 MP3s.

Jeff Louis’ waking  life consists of advertising, where he is a strategic media planner. He also writes for Beyond Madison Avenue and Digital Pivot. If you would like to contact him, please leave a comment, or follow the links:

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