Americans have an insatiable appetite for political scandals, and the cable networks and news media are doing everything that they can to feed our hunger. The rich and powerful have become the stars of the latest version of reality television, and the elite are now being voted off the proverbial island on a somewhat regular basis.
Frankly, I was pretty shocked during the episode where former Senator Christopher Lee forgot that he was married. I was stunned during the scene where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger remembered that he was a father. I even chuckled when former Congressman David Wu donned his tiger costume and brought some much needed comic relief. Jeez, I’ll miss him…
I actually blogged about the latest chapter, where agents from the Transportation Security Administration made a cameo appearance and confiscated a professor’s cupcake at an airport security checkpoint. They concluded that the dessert’s gel-like icing violated federal regulations, and she was forced to surrender the cupcake at the climax of the story.
And then it ended. Just like that, without any twists and turns, exciting previews or an opportunity to see a political official wearing a tiger costume. The episode simply faded into the background of our daily lives, lost in our collective consciousness as we turned our attention to the holidays, our friends and family and the upcoming new year.
Well, leave it to the federal government to beat a dead horse, only to revive the poor critter so that it could be beat yet again. Pop the popcorn and grab the remote – here comes the inevitable sequel.
The TSA is now embracing the use of social media to reach its audience and disseminate pictures with the public. Somewhere, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is grinning a devilish little smirk.
The agency has recruited Blogger Bob Burns to lead a team that operates its official blog. He recently used the platform to rejuvenate interest in CupcakeGate by using a bit of humor in defending the confiscation of the suspiciously sweet dessert:
This will be short and “sweet.” Like many of you, when I think of a cupcake, I don’t think of it being in a jar. However, the photo (above) shows the “cupcake” that was prohibited from being taken into the cabin of a plane last month…. I wanted to make it clear that this wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill cupcake…
I’m not going to argue for or against the propriety of the seizure of the cupcake. I do, however, want to note that Blogger Bob Burns has a point: this crazy little confection doesn’t resemble any type of dessert that I’ve squeezed into my diet. It almost looks like a science experiment gone awry, and reminds me of that jar of half-eaten food that was lost under a pile of dirty clothes during my college years, only to be uncovered at the end of the semester. I was pretty popular with my roommates, but that’s probably a story best left for another day…
You can read the remainder of the TSA’s post here. In the meantime, though, be sure to tune in during the next episode. You never know when another federal hero will shamelessly forget his marriage, suddenly remember the birth of a child or gleefully prance around in a tiger costume.