Another Agency in Search of a Mission: Department of Homeland Security Issues Warning on Turkey Fryers

Thank goodness for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—the $57 billion per year super-agency created when the already bloated Department of Defense turned out to be incapable of defending even its own Pentagon headquarters. I mean, if it didn’t exist, how else could Americans learn that vats of boiling oil pose a danger?

For all those hapless cooks who have never seen a movie or cartoon of defenders pouring said vats over the ramparts of their besieged castles, the folks at DHS have helpfully Tweeted this warning on turkey fryers with a video showing their potential dangers.

Oh, wait, the video shown was actually produced and disseminated by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the privately-funded safety-rating agency.

I guess DHS needs to keep searching for its raison d’etre after all.

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute.
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