Thursday, February 01, 2007

Freewaybloggers Beware!

At the request of one of my readers, (hat-tip to mdhatter) I'm going to weigh in on this Boston panic attack on Wednesday...

2 men released from jail in hoax case
By DENISE LAVOIE and JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writers

In nine cities across the country, blinking electronic signs displaying a profane, boxy-looking cartoon character caused barely a stir.
But in Boston, the signs — some with protruding wires — sent a wave of panic across the city, bringing out bomb squads and prompting officials to shut down highways, bridges and part of the Charles River.

Something that may have been amusing in other cities was not funny to authorities here, the city that served as the base for the hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks. Officials defended their reaction Thursday even as two men charged in the case, and some residents, mocked the response as overblown.

Young Bostonians familiar with the unconventional marketing tactics used by many companies tended to see the city's reaction as unmitigated hysteria.

Tracy O'Connor, 34, a retail manager, called the police response "silly and insane," contrasting it with that in other cities where no one reported concerns about the devices — an advertising gimmick for the Cartoon Network show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

"We're the laughing stock," she said.

Public safety officials and a large segment of Boston's older generation condemned the publicity campaign as unthinkable in today's post-9/11 world.

"Just a little over a mile away from the placement of the first device, a group of terrorists boarded airplanes and launched an attack on New York City," police Commissioner Edward Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"The city clearly did not overreact. Had we taken any other steps, we would have been endangering the public," he said.
Full story here.

Yes, the citizens of Boston were in extreme danger from those deadly promotional ads. Luckily, the Boston police were on the scene, providing as much drama as possible to the situation with bomb squads, sirens, dogs, and pretty flashing lights.

Let this be a lesson to all my fellow freewaybloggers out there. Forget about putting batteries and lights on your signs, lest you unleash the irrational wrath of the Department of Homeland Security. At least if you live in the Boston area, anyway. There hasn't been this much excitement in Boston since 'Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur stormed an airplane at Logan Int'l. Airport with a pocket knife. Now that's something to get your panties all in a bunch about.

Check out the great commentary on this story by teh l4m3 over at Freedom Camp.


At February 02, 2007 7:10 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

the pic says it all -- dude...over cartoons..

i watched 'confession of a dangerous mind' last nite and an interesting thing was said about the job's people had in the CIA during the last 40 infiltrating peace groups and inciting violence

when i see thing like this i think -- it may look crazy but in the long run people are opening their eyes to the 'fear machine' -- which is most excellent!

At February 02, 2007 7:52 AM, Blogger Freewayblogger said...

avoid textual references to bombs, ieds etc. as well. I'm sticking with "Impeach" and the war is a lie for the nonce. hung 30 signs yesterday and met with a berkeley blogger too. looks like there's about a dozen of us with the guts to do this now. of course, once we start bombing Iran, that figure may rise as high as 2 dozen.

I've got the west coast covered. -scarlet

At February 02, 2007 9:22 AM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I have some more signs ready to hang, but damn if it has not rained for the last two months almost every day. I still have not found an overhead projector yet. So the newer signs I am making are made with stencils. Still have to use up the freehand ones, but have the new ones ready to hang. ITMFA!

At February 02, 2007 7:39 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

ITMFA, indeed! Donnie, check Craigslist for projectors. I got a sweet deal on one at that site.

At February 03, 2007 10:19 AM, Blogger LPF said...

I have 12 signs ready to hang and I was going to go nuts this morning. But once again, my relief was a no show and I got off 3 hours late. 3 hours that I could have spent Bayou Blogging! I'm pissed now! this is the third day in a row that I got off late. We are so under staffed right now it ain't funny.

A new manager came in and changed everyone's schedules. 7 people up and quit and one more called in and gave his notice last night as I was talking to one of the supervisors. It's so bad that even the supervisors are having to take the place of others to make things work. One actually got stiffed like I did today and he was still waiting to get relieved when I left. I have to check out Craigslist. Thanks for the 411 buddy.

At February 03, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Anytime, Donnie. By the sound of it, you may want to check the help wanted section while you're there.

At February 14, 2007 5:34 AM, Blogger Psychomikeo said...

Department of Homeland Security whats your Lite Brites... It's for your own good!

Why wasn't there any communication between the other citys (who found these & DIDN'T freak out) & Boston' & why did Boston freak out so bad?


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