According to the Department of Homeland Security, Alexandria, Indiana has more national icons than does New York, New York. In computing how anti-terrorism money should be distributed, the Department of Homeland Security decided that New York did not have any national monuments or icons.
The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation’s most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.
On the other hand, Alexandria Indiana’s Largest Ball of Paint was included in the DHS calculations. An aerial view of the location of this precious precious landmark provided courtesy of Google Earth.
Update: It occurs to me that I may have been sucked in by the dry humor at the Cheers & Jeers entry at Daily Kos. I haven’t been able to find corroboration of the list there (and Kos is down for maintenance so I can’t read the comments for confirmation). On the other hand, I think it’s sufficiently bad that DHS and the Bush administration’s past performance has been bad enough that it is even plausible that a big ball of paint in Alexandria, Indiana might figure into DHS terrorism/pork calculations.