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security theater at the north carolina state fair

So Better Half and I went to the State Fair last night, not because we necessarily wanted to, but because we are playing quasi-host to a couple of Europeans visiting the States for a while, and we wanted to be sure to give them as many American experiences as we could think of.  Honestly, the Fair was somewhat underwhelming compared to some of the county fairs we have attended in the past, but that is […]

famous on the internets

So I had the opportunity to hit up a Raleigh-Durham gun show today, and I cannot say as though I was disappointed. 

I was, however, heartily amused at the security theater that took place on the way in.  You walk up to a ticket both, hand the nice lady your money, and she hands you a ticket… which you hand to a gentleman not 10 steps away.  Then, the police officers manning the show […]

a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without […]

disgracing america, one granny at a time

Back when the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters announced their nudity-scanners / cancer-cannons (otherwise known as "backscatter x-ray machines"), I concluded that unless there were no other option available to me (visiting parents across the country, business travel, etc.), I would never be flying ever again. The upside of this is that we have a positively beautiful country, with all manner of awesome and intriguing things between point A and point B, and having to drive […]