Terrorist paranoia — International version at Dublin Airport

A toddler’s toy gun — which is big and blue from the new Minions film — was confiscated by security officers at Dublin International Airport Saturday…

Daire Fitzpatrick said her young son, Leo, was passing through security when security officers seized the Minions Fart Blaster toy.

“Sometime, common sense and compassion can be employed,” Fitzpatrick wrote on Facebook. “Even though the security officer admitted that his child has the same toy and he was fully aware of its function and the reality of its threat level…

“The usual standards are not only woefully below par when it comes to important things, but now apparently when it comes to obviously harmless toys that light up a little boy’s life they are frustratingly laughable,” she continued on Facebook.

Idjits running airports. This is what the Western world has come to.

Supreme Court asked to rule on secret plan to cut cell service?

The Supreme Court was asked in a petition to force the government to disclose the US clandestine plan to disable cell service during emergencies.

The case concerns Standard Operating Procedure 303. A federal appeals court in May said the government did not have to release its full contents because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the authorities to withhold records if they would “endanger” public safety.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center told the high court’s justices Tuesday that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision created a new “catchall provision that can be used in any case involving records related to domestic and national security programs.”

The privacy group had demanded the documents from the Department of Homeland Security in 2011 following the shuttering of cell service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system to quell a protest. The Department of Homeland Security refused to divulge the documents associated with SOP 303, which the appeals court described as a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”

Under the direction of the so-called National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, SOP 303 allows for the shuttering of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”

So, what are the specifics of this regulation? Demonstrations for peace and justice or riots and anarchy in the streets? And who ultimately gets to make the determination to invoke SOP 303? Some New York City precinct commander or a bureaucrat in DHS, faceless or otherwise?

Purple playground = threat of jail time

A Missouri family said their homeowners association is threatening them with jail time after they refused to take down their purple playground equipment.

Marla Stout of Lee’s Summit said her family put up a playset for their young daughters about two years ago and she painted the equipment purple to comply with requirements of the Raintree Lake Neighborhood Homeowner’s Association.

“There’s nothing in the rules about color,” Stout told WDAF-TV. “What it says is it has to be harmonious with the community and with nature and there is nothing that dictates the color of the swing set.”

Stout said she considered the purple color to be “harmonious” because it matches the color of the trees in the fall, but the homeowner’s association disagreed.

Stout said she received a notice from the HOA last year saying they were being fined for not having the playground equipment and its color pre-approved, but they successfully appealed and had the fine thrown out

However, the HOA sent further letters demanding the purple playground’s removal.

“The letters said that if we didn’t remove the swing set from the subdivision in a couple of weeks, we go to jail…”…Another letter pledged the HOA’s lawsuit would cost the family “greater than any principle you are trying to prove.”

She said the HOA ignored a petition signed by more than a dozen neighbors saying they were not bothered by the equipment.

Mrs. Stout said her family has hired an attorney and will continue to fight.

Keep on rocking in the Free World.