The Department of Homeland Stupidity strikes again.
Via Mark Steyn at NRO.
I am looking this bright Easter morn at a Department of Homeland Security “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence”. Late last night, crossing the Quebec/Vermont border, my children had two boxes of “Kinder Eggs” (“Est. Dom. Value $7.50″) confiscated by Customs & Border Protection.
Don’t worry, it’s for their own safety. I had no idea that the United States is the only nation on the planet (well, okay, excepting North Korea and Saudi Arabia and one or two others) to ban Kinder Eggs. According to the CBP:
“Kinder Chocolate Eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen’s egg usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. They are a popular treat and collector’s item during holiday periods in various countries around the world, including those in Europe, South America and even Canada. A toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy. Many of the toys that have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the past were determined to present a choking hazard for young children.”
And yet oddly enough generations of European and Latin American children remain unchoked….
“The Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert for Kinder Eggs, because they are a confectionery product with a non-nutritive object imbedded in it. As in years past, CBP, the Food and Drug Administration and CPSC work in close collaboration to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling and testing products that may present such import safety hazards. Last year, CBP officers discovered more than 25,000 of these banned chocolate eggs. More than 2,000 separate seizures were made of this product.”
……As Janet Napolitano would say, the system worked. I hope America’s chocolate soldiers are enjoying their seized eggs this Easter.
Bonus prediction: What’s the betting that the first jihadist to weaponize a Kinder Egg makes it on to the plane?
This is the same DHS that deems thermoses to be a threat.
That has told the Border Patrol to to stop arresting illegals.
That has granted “special traveler status” to Mexicansso they can skip airport security checks.
And refuses to profile for terrorists becausethey might “offend” the muslim jihadists.
On the other hand, Iraq War veterans and Tea Party patriots are assessed as a “domestic threat”. Soldiers returning from Afghanistan, elderly people in wheel chairs, children, and cancer patients with colostomy bags, are subjected to jaw-dropping stupidity on the part of screeners with a collective IQ of 70, on authoritarian power trips.
I feel so much safer knowing that these assclowns are in charge of our national security.