Monthly Archives: July 2009

Overheard at airport:

“Here,” dad to girl, “Get your ID out and have it with your ticket.”

“Excuse me, sir,” said the TSA officer, pointing to the young female, “She does not need to have her ID out, she’s a minor.”

Dad: “How do you know she’s a minor if you don’t look at her ID?”

…. (silence as everyone waits for answer)….

Dad again: “Kind of a hole in the system, isn’t it?”

TSA Officer, voice lowered … “There are a LOT of holes in the system, sir.” … walks away.

Young girl, “Good one, dad. Now tell her our name is LADEN and see what happens!”

Who gets the first flu shots?

It is decided. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has met, ruminated, voted, and now decrees that pregnant women, health care workers, and children over six months old will be vaccinated first. The reason we even need to worry about this is that there will not be nearly enough flu vaccine to go around in the event of a real surge in the novel swine flu.

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Update on GatesGate: Cop lied, screwed 911 caller.

At this point, I don’t think I’d have a beer with this cop. Also, I have to agree that Obama stuck his foot in it on this one. He may have been right, wrong, whatever, but when this sort of thing happens it is best to stand back and not get directly involved in this sort of thing until the dust settles.

I already told you about this, but I thought you’d like to see the updated MSNBC piece on it, which starts out like this:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The woman whose 911 call led to the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. spoke publicly for the first time about the case Wednesday, contradicting the arresting police officer on a key point and saying she was unfairly labeled a racist.

A police report said the caller described the possible burglars as “two black males with backpacks” — leading some commentators to vilify the caller as racist since it turned out Gates was entering his own home.

And the video. Have a hankie ready:

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