The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week they were going to do their best to make it easier on us by shunting folks driving those darn RVs and trucks hauling trailers--loaded with boats and ATVs--into their own special lane for special attention at the Lukeville border crossing. We're not sure that's going to make a big difference, but we'll let you know how it works out the next time we make the trip. Though we'll probably try to come home on Tuesday, anyway.
If you think the fustercluck at the Lukeville port of entry is bad, just wait until you see a federal courthouse on Monday mornings. Homeland Security officials announced last week that they were going to detain everyone busted for illegally crossing the border for at least two weeks and as long as six months. No word yet on where they're going to find the detention space, judges, federal marshals and other support staff to pull off that feat. Maybe they'll just quit bothering with court appearances and stick 'em all in a tent city.
In other FEMA news: The agency was so excited about its response to the California wildfires that it held a fake press conference last week in which FEMA employees posed as reporters, tossing softball questions to FEMA Deputy Director Harvey Johnson and getting back answers like: "I'm very happy with FEMA's response."
Homeland Security spokeswoman Laura Keehner called the dog-and-pony show "offensive and inexcusable," and White House spokeswoman Dana Perino called it an "error in judgment" that would not be repeated.
In other odd news: NASA agreed to search for files related to whether the space agency was involved in the recovery of an extraterrestrial craft from the woods near Kecksburg, Pa., in 1965, according to the AP. A New York City reporter has requested any information related to an acorn-shaped object the size of a Volkswagen bus that witnesses say was carted off after a strange object streaked through the sky and crashed in the woods.
The Wildcats beat the Washington Huskies 48-41 after a 22-point comeback in the fourth quarter. Is this the big turnaround we've been waiting for? Find out when the Cats take on the UCLA Bruins at home this weekend. Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.