Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Random stuff in my “to blog” queue:
Bruce Schneier links to the 2004 Onion article, “Local Sheriff Suspects Al-Qaeda Or Teens.” I don’t remember that one. But it made me laugh.
I don’t normally link to botched drug raids overseas, but this one was too good to pass up. Mostly because of this quote from the wrongly-raided-disabled-septuagenarian-pensioner:
“I mean, this doesn’t look like a drug dealer’s house – how many drug dealers have gnomes in their garden?”
Sure, Mr. Loukes. Sounds exactly like something a drug dealer would say. I also like how the police placated Mr. Loukes after they’d just mistakenly identified him as as a drug dealer by fixing him a cup of caffeine and promising him a bottle of whiskey.
It’s fun to watch corrupt government workers squirm. But just as was the case with the U.S. attorney scandals, I can’t help but ask, why is it that the Democrats in Congress only seem to get worked up enough to hold hearings on matters where the Bush administration has done mean things to Democrats? What about the awful things the Bush administration has done to American citizens? This administration has run roughshod over civil liberties in about a dozen different areas. Aren’t those transgressions quite a bit more worthy of congressional oversight than whether or not GSA showed a partisan PowerPoint during somebody’s lunch hour? Yeah. Apparently not.
The family of Martin Anderson, the boy beaten to death by guards at one of those awful “tough love” teen boot camps, won a $7.2 million settlement from the state of Florida. The kid’s still dead, though.
Parody-proof item of the day: The copyright owners of George Orwell’s 1984 are playing tough guy with YouTube over the now-famous anti-Hillary “Vote Different” ad. So the owners of the copyright to the book warning about the dangers of failing to defend free expression are threatening to sue over a political ad warning of the 1984-like policy positions of a presidential candidate, which itself is a parody of a parody of 1984. That’s like, Orwellian and stuff.