Avalanche of Red Tape


From the Dept. of Unintended Consequences comes news that homeland security restrictions on who can handle explosives has ski areas quivering in fear of avalanches.

Explosives are used to clear dangerous patches of snow, a kind of controlled avalanche that keeps steep slopes safe. Many of the experts in the field hail from Europe, Australia, or New Zealand and they rotate across the globe with the seasons. But new regs ban non-resident aliens from handling stuff that goes boom.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it was Middle Eastern gentlemen without explosives who blew things up.