nightquill

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

knock yourselves out

The Washington Post reports today,

"The [Transportation Security Administration] has been reviewing its
list of prohibited items since last summer and has debated whether
throwing stars (a martial-arts weapon), ice picks and knives should be
allowed back on board [airplanes], according to TSA documents."



Twinkle, twinkle, throwing star,
How sublimely sharp you are!
Up above the world so high,
On the plane in which I fly.

We so fear to make an error
In the fight to stave off terror,
That we give up civil rights
For the sake of peaceful nights,

And treat with even greater scorn
Rights of people foreign-born
(Habeas corpus? Not a bit of it!
Detainees shall have no writ of it!).

I thought that I should never see
The day we'd choose to be more free,
But now -- you'd think I'd jump for joy -- a
Small retreat from paranoia!

Why, though, should I be inspired,
When what we'll win's the least desired
Of all the rights we could regain:
To bring sharp objects on a plane?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mimi said...

Can you use a throwing star to cut up an apple?

12:09 PM  
Blogger nightquill said...

Only if you get the flight attendant to stand at the far end of the aisle and place it on her head.

1:21 AM  
Blogger nightquill said...

(the apple)

1:22 AM  
Anonymous W. Tell said...

Blatant plagiarism!!!

2:06 PM  

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