Thursday, January 8, 2009

BYO...?

Prohibited items (to inauguration 1/20) include, but are not limited to:

Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated)
Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
Knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length)
Mace and/or pepper spray
Sticks or poles
Pocket or hand tools, such as "Leatherman"
Packages
Backpacks
Large bags
Alcoholic Beverages
Signs *
Animals (other than service animals)
Camera bags
Duffel bags
Posters
Tripods
Laser pointers
Umbrellas
Strollers
Coolers
Thermoses
Suitcases
Other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners**

* sure as hell wouldn't want to actually allow the tranquil stage managing of patriotic unity and racial acceptance to be marred by an 8" x 11" sign stating "President Osama Saddam" or "I Love Obama".

** this would include babies packed into baby-carrier-units such as Baby Bjorn. God alone knows what you could pack into those things besides wet diapers.

2 comments:

ccyager said...

Umbrellas? Clearly they're not expecting rain....

I find it truly sad that we now live in a world where such security must be necessary. But then, al-Qaeda has been too quiet lately....so maybe the paranoia is justified.

Have you seen "Battlestar Galactica"? I'm thinking of renting it because like all good sci fi, it's supposed to mirror our present world and Mary McDonnell is the president.

Gopher MPH said...

Considering that all of the lunatics running around in Mumbai last month were from Pakistan, and significant numbers of Al-Quaeda purportedly headed there after being displaced from Afghanistan and Iraq ... perhaps they've just shifted targets. Although I'm not sure if most Americans are sensitive enough to the fact that we aren't the only target of anti-democracy terrorism.

Battlestar Galactica: Yes. Yes it is. see Jan 12 entry.