January 04, 2002


I've done some semi-Orwellian checking up on the few folks who are actually landing on this site. The top three visitor types are as follows:

1. people using Google to look for pictures of Elmo,

2. people linking from other blogs (thanks to Ye Olde Blogge, Daimnation, Libertarian Samizdata, and Tony Pierce),


3. employees of the State of Idaho.

So, by way of a vague greeting to my small bevy of frequent fliers, I'd like to say, "Sorry for the Elmo mixup, thanks for linking, and please say hello to my Uncle Jim in Boise."


January 01, 2002

coffee break?

Boy, I hope Congress is content with the recent federalization of airport security. It has really worked out well, except for those security breaches and all. Let's see, in recent days we have: the guy who managed to go through several checkpoints with a loaded 9mm pistol in his carry-on luggage, the suspension of two Denver International Airport screeners who let a man pass without going through the metal detector, the unspent round found on an airport concourse in Florida, mass firings of convicted felons in the screener ranks, the DOT's easing of minimum requirements for employment (no high school degree required, for example), etc.

It's safe to say that the federalization of airport security screeners is working about as well as our glorious national rail system and envy of the free world, Amtrak.