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Homeland Security on the job in St. Helens

Good to know that Ridge and Ashcroft are still on the job even though Rummy can't find his ass with both hands, or three hundred sixty tons of explosives with the entire defense department.
How do YOU spell quagmire?
So far as she knows, Pufferbelly Toys owner Stephanie Cox hasn't been passing any state secrets to sinister foreign governments, or violating obscure clauses in the Patriot Act.

So she was taken aback by a mysterious phone call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to her small store in this quiet Columbia River town just north of Portland.

"I was shaking in my shoes," Cox said of the September phone call. "My first thought was the government can shut your business down on a whim, in my opinion. If I'm closed even for a day that would cause undue stress."

When the two agents arrived at the store, the lead agent asked Cox whether she carried a toy called the Magic Cube, which he said was an illegal copy of the Rubik's Cube, one of the most popular toys of all time.

He told her to remove the Magic Cube from her shelves, and he watched to make sure she complied.
really? 30.Oct.2004 09:10

safe?

Mission accomplished? Do you mean to tell us that fatherland security didn't capitalize on their proximity to investigate the al-qadea plot to blow up Mt. St. Helens? I heard they moved all of Iraq's wmd's to an undisclosed lava tube and were planning on blowing up the mountain before november 2nd.
I don't feel safe.

uh wait 30.Oct.2004 12:02

place

Not Mt. St. Helens. This happened in the little town of St. Helen's! Homeland security actually accousted a little toy store owner and made her dump her rubic cube collection. Not kidding. This when there is SO MUCH MORE going on in the world. Check it out. Is patent infringement really top on the HLS to-do list? Better than than go after folks exercising their civil rights, I guess, but not much.