I hate New Year's


Last night the U.S. State Department issued a month-long global advisory, stating with more ominous certainty than ever before that Americans traveling abroad during the turn of the millennium might as well have bull's eyes tattooed on their chests.

The FAA, as if it were anticipating the State Department bulletin, had just announced stepped up security at all U.S. airports -- -- more bomb-sniffing dogs, more high-tech equipment -- -- following a series of arrests of suspected terrorists here and in Jordan. (Those limited background checks on airport personnel don't sound like such a hot idea now, do they?)

Meanwhile, the White House is caught in the unenviable position of needing to sound concerned about domestic terrorism at holiday events without causing a millennium panic.

Time was, the worst thing about New Year's Eve was not having a date. Has anybody else noticed that this holiday has become way more trouble than it's worth?


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