Rich Galen

Once again, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said something which shows why she is not the Administration's liaison with Mensa.

Appearing on CNN's Sunday show, "State of the Union", she said, "We are treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack."


Someone parked an SUV in Times Square on a Saturday night containing, according to the NY Times:

- Three propane canisters,

- Two five-gallon cans of gasoline,

- M-80 fireworks taped around the outside of the gasoline cans, and

- Two clocks with batteries connected to the device by small wires. What does she think the people responsible will be charged with: Illegal alternate side of the street parking? Trying to ignite gasoline and propane without a permit? They may not have been very good at it, but they were trying to detonate a car bomb in a crowded square.

I know that she meant to say it might the work of foreign terrorists, but the Obamas have to keep her off the air until she can rehearse her lines.

Maybe she should have taken some lessons from the Hollywood types the night before. Maybe she and Rachael Ray should switch jobs; everything would be wrapped up in 30 minutes.

The President went down to the Gulf on Sunday. The Obama Administration is in a projectile sweat that the response to the BP oil spill not be compared to the Bush Administration's response to Katrina.

The last bit of news in a news-heavy weekend was the announcement that Continental Airlines and United will merge. The Mullings Director of Standards & Practices asked me if the resulting airline would be United or Continental.

I said it would be called a combination of the two names: Unitedental - "We get our teeth into air travel."

Yeah, well, she thought it was funny.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at