You know what you get with the politics of fear? An insane police department that freaks out over an advertising campaign, and spends three-quarters of a million dollars in response to little magnetic lightup Mooninites. And even charge the guys doing the advertising with felony terror charges! Any college kid should have been able to identify this almost immediately. Hell, I’ve seen billboards with the exact same image on them.

Ten blinking electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night cable cartoon. At least one of the devices depicts a character giving the finger.

Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices were harmless.

“It’s a hoax ? and it’s not funny,” said Gov. Deval Patrick.

Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner Inc. and parent of Cartoon Network, said the devices were part of a promotion for the TV show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” a surreal series about a talking milkshake, a box of fries and a meatball.

“The packages in question are magnetic lights that pose no danger,” Turner said in a statement. It said the devices have been in place for two to three weeks in 10 cities: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Two weeks to discover an advertising campaign and misidentify it as a “terror hoax”, wasting anti-terror resources. Good work fellas. Way to keep us safe!

Here is the press conference – carried live on Fox News! – of the two accused “terrorists”.


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