By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
Please read this Washington Times piece I've linked to -- after I saw Drudge link to it last night. Can I just state the obvious? Guess which Americans on the airport grounds that night were the LEAST likely to harm 1) a fellow citizen, 2) an aircraft. And which Americans on the airport grounds that night deserved the very best reception possible? Loyal readers know airport security is among my favorite topics: the story of John Glenn being forced to put his shoes through the O'Hare x-ray twice (was there a more patriotic American in the airport on that day, or a guy less likely to harm his fellow passengers, or more likely to defend us from an attack of any kind?) And let's not forget my recent bag inspection at an airport in California: a TSA supervisor insisting the hotel shoeshine sponge in my briefcase "contained a liquid." (So did I, come to think of it.) This is all to say we need -- and have needed for the past seven years -- to make room, somewhere, for common sense in the security process. And until we can assure passengers that 100% of the cargo in the hold just beneath their feet has been inspected, we can't call it a security process. I note with pleasure that the TSA has started a blog for complaints -- including its own liquid sub-group! It's a start.
Today's blog post shout-out goes to Bob in California: "Once Upon a Time in the West" -- what great taste. "Even the hero gets a bullet in the chest" is a great line. I last listened to it on Delta Airlines flying to Washington on Monday. Fantastic. I have a ton of Knopfler -- probably everything he's ever recorded. Earlier today I had on "The Trawlerman's Song" from the Radio Sessions CD -- and a little John Lee Hooker, some Leonard Cohen, some Wilco, the awesome "Black Books" by Nils Lofgren, some Mark Ronson, De-Phazz, the new Cat Power and the New Pornographers… AND I managed to get my work done. So its been a big day.
Don't miss Andy Franklin's great blog below. Thanks to everyone for posting…such a raucous week on the blog. We couldn't do it without you. Okay, Stephanie -- its game time. Have a great weekend, everybody -- please join us tonight for the broadcast.