Priorities. “35,000 rubber ducks in Santa, reindeer outfits seized at L.A. port,” from the Los Angeles Times, December 7:
They may have had better luck on Santa’s sleigh, but more than 35,000 holiday-themed rubber ducks from China were detained by U.S. Customs officials at the Port of Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the ducks — dressed as snowmen, gingerbread men, penguins and reindeer — which were valued at $18,522, after determining they contained the chemical phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to children.
Phthalates are used to make vinyl and other plastics soft and flexible, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. Consumer officials prohibit the sale, distribution and import of any child’s toy or child care item that contains concentrations of more than 0.1% of phthalate….
Meanwhile: “Arizona bomber was rejected for citizenship by Homeland Security for ‘terrorism-related activity,” by Patrick Poole for PJ Media, December 6:
Back on Sunday I broke the news
here at PJ Media of the arrest of Abdullatif Aldosary in connection of
the bombing of a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande,
Arizona last Friday morning….
But a bombshell report today based on information obtained by Rep.
Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who had received a request from Aldosary in November
2011 for assistance in obtaining a “green card”.
According to today”s news report,
the Department of Homeland Security responded to Gosar’s request on
behalf of Aldosary last year by saying that he was ineligible for a
change in status because of “terrorism-related grounds of
Gosar said DHS responded by saying Aldosary was not
eligible for a permanent change to citizenship “pursuant to the
terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility, and that “individuals who
engage in terrorism-related activity “¦ are barred from receiving various
In light of the Casa Grande bombing, Gosar questioned why Aldosary
was not detained and processed for deportation in November 2011, after
it was determined he had engaged in terrorism-related activity.
We don’t know why Aldosary wasn’t deported, despite his involvement in “terrorism-related activity.” But he wasn’t. And now he has carried out a jihad bombing in Arizona. But don’t be concerned: at least you’re safe from rubber ducks.