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Friday, February 02, 2007

Panic no joke

There's nothing funny about the reaction of Bostonians to the discovery Wednesday of numerous blinking electronic signs displaying a boxy-looking cartoon character. Some of the signs had protruding wires. Others resembled pipe bombs. So it's little wonder residents and officials feared their city was under attack. Highways, bridges and river traffic were shut down. Bomb squads were dispatched. All for nothing, as the devices were an advertising gimmick for a Cartoon Network show.

The following day, some people were having a good laugh over the Boston response. After all, similar devices were placed in nine other cities and folks there didn't panic. But why not? In the post-9/11 world, law enforcement officials have encouraged anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to authorities. In the eyes of people who didn't know better, this cartoon-looking thing was suspicious. Better to be safe than sorry.

Turner Broadcasting, the Cartoon Network's parent company, is probably chuckling over all the publicity for its show. Maybe a claim by Boston for the cost of the response - materials used, overtime paid, whatever - will temper its glee.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Don Kosloff said...

People in Boston are stupid wimps who are afraid of their own shadows. That is why they paniced and why they keep electing people like Kennedy and Kerry.

11:58 AM, February 03, 2007  
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2:24 AM, February 04, 2007  
Blogger margaret said...

I think that it was not unreasonable for the Bostonians to be alarmed. They live in a major city. For people to laugh about this just shows the nature of some individuals. 9/11 was not long ago. For those directly impacted by it, it remains the single most devastating event in their lives. To not react in some form over these devices,and, had they been the real thing, much anger and criticism would have been the result towards law enforcement.

My question is, why didn't the cities that found these devices give the heads up to other major cities that these things were found, and were bogus? Not everyone watches Cartoon Network.

10:46 AM, February 04, 2007  
Blogger Ray said...

The whole response was absurd. Look, the things had blinking lights! What terrorist would be stupid enough to build something that would attract attention to it? Those guys may be nasty but they're not stupid.

12:51 AM, February 05, 2007  

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