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At New York's JFK airport today, an individual, later

discovered to be a public school math teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule and a calculator.

Attorney general John Ashcroft believes the man is a member of the notorious al-Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying Weapons of Math Instruction (WMI).

"al-Gebra is a very fearsome cult, indeed", Ashcroft

said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on a tangent in a search of absolute values. They consist of quite shadowy figures, with names like, "x", "y" and "z", and, although they are frequently referred to as "unknowns", we know they really belong to a common denominator and are part of the axis

of medieval with coordinates in every country." "As the great Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'there are 3 sides to every angle'" he added.

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "Make no mistake, if God had wanted US to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."

A member of the Presidential group, who spoke without

attribution said, "I'm extremely grateful that our government has given us a sine that it is intent on protracting us from these math-dogs who are so willing to disintegrate us with calculus disregard. These statistic bastards love to inflict plane on every sphere of

influence. Under the circumferences, it's time we differentiated their root, made our point, and drew the line."

President Bush said, "these Weapons of Math Instruction have the potential to decimal everything in their math on a scalene never before seen unless we become exponents of a Higher Power and begin to factor-in random facts of vertex."

Attorney General Ashcroft said, "As our Great Leader would say, 'Read My Ellipse'. Here is one principle he is uncertainty of---though they continue to multiply --- their days are numbered and the hypotenuse will tighten around their necks."