OK, so things are a little crazy in Arizona lately. I know they’re so concerned about the hordes of illegal aliens running over the boarder and destroying our economy (which the good bankers on Wall Street spent so much time creating for us), that they have to a pass a law that flies in the face of the Constitution. But I think opening statement in a recent gubanatorial debate for Arizona Governor explains a lot. It doesn’t get much freakier than this. I thought it might be a Saturday Night Live skit at first. As the title says, “Just Wow!”[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUPKKbmWMZ8]
Good grief, could any more be made of this? New York Governor Elliot Spitzer had apparently been paying for a little something on the side, so now the Republicans demand that he resign. Senator David Vitter (R. Louisiana) was implicated in aÃ‚Â prostitution case, but never resigned…why the double standard?
Spitzer is like Bill Clinton. He is a very smart guy who has done a lot of good. This makes lots of bad people really mad at you (read Republicans). He revealed schemes that were costing ordinary people to pay more for their insurance. He slapped down people who were a half-step from blatant self-dealing. He exposed such stuff as bid rigging. Got of Dick and George’s friends into some serious trouble.
Then he goes and does a really really dumb thing.Ã‚Â Also like Clinton, he obviously couldn’t control some stupid urges for just a few years. It was a dumb thing to do, and it’s idiotic to be in such a highly visible public office, and think you can get away with it. It’s also wrong. He’s a married man with a family, and his family will deal with him appropriately.
However, let’s look at this situation. First, how did this all get started. The story is that a bank sent a suspicious activity report to the IRS, so federal agents started investigating. Duhh. Spitzer is a wealthy man. I’m guessing he moves around large sums fairly regularly. That’s what rich people do. So now we have our FBI taking resources from that all consuming, all import war on terror protecting the homeland bullshit to investigate a high class hooker operation. I love how my tax dollars get spent.
So then what happens. Spitzer calls an “escort service” in Washington to arrange for an “escort.” OK, as noted above, it is the wrong thing to do…no question, but now we have the Republicans and the media coming out with talking points and headlines about Spitzer being “involved in a prostitution ring.” Listen to me…the guy hired a hooker. Saying he’s involved in a prostitution ring is like me saying I’m involved in the fast food franchise business just because I ate at McDonald’s one day last week. Get a grip people.
In an MSNBC report, you have law enforcement officials disclosing the gory details to make it look as bad as possible, but then demand anonymity because of “the sensitivity of the case.” Give me a break. If the case is so sensitive, what difference does it make if they disclose this information officially or anonymously? I’m sure it has nothing to do with Spitzer taking down a few of Dick Cheney’s Wall Street buddies.
And here’s a word to you Republican Assembly Leader Tedisco. Until you demand that Vitter resign from the U.S. Senate, you need to shut up about Spitzer.
Hat Tip to Homeland Stupidity
I’m in Boston this week for training, and the HUGE story up here has been the massive terrorist threat unleashed several weeks ago by the Cartoon Network (discovered only yesterday).
Over the past several weeks Cartoon Network, to promote their television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, placed boards with LED renditions of the mooninites across ten cities. This would have been fine, except for the person who saw one of them attached to a girder above a busway near the Sullivan Square T station. On Wednesday, some frightened little brain-dead Bostonian spotted Ignignokt and Err in Boston – and called the police.
That subway station and Interstate 93 above it were closed for over two hours as police moved in to “neutralize the threat.”
A source close to the investigation told WBZ it was a “sophisticated electronic device” that somebody placed there for a reason. It was not an explosive device and police say it did not pose any danger to anyone.
The device, a large circuit board with wires and batteries, was found attached to a beam with magnets about 15 to 20 feet above a busway that runs below an elevated section of the highway.
A bomb squad officer removed it and authorities blasted it with a water cannon around 10 a.m. to render it useless. The highway and T station re-opened a short time later. – WBZ
“The device was an electronic circuit board with some components that were consistent with what we know to be improvised explosive devices,” MBTA Police Lt. Sal Venturelli said.
Let’s see, it was basically a circuit board with LEDs (one of our guys said it reminded him of a Lite Brite, if you remember those). But for God’s sake, the only thing it actually had in common with an IED was maybe the batteries. So does that mean everything with batteries is now suspicious. Let’s compare, shall we:
This is the sign
This is an IED (Oh yeah, couldda fooled me)
The two men who placed the blinking Ignignokt and Err devices in the Boston area, Peter Berdovsky, 27, of Arlington, and Sean Stevens, 28, of Charlestown, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and placing a hoax device. The two were released earlier today on a $2500 cash bond.
Massachusetts officials proved that they are completely out of their minds and desperately need to be committed to mental institutions.
“We’re not going to let this go without looking at the further roots of how this happened to cause the panic in this city,” said state Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose police department caused the panic.
“It’s a hoax, and it’s not funny,” said Gov. Deval Patrick, who doesn’t know what the word hoax means, and has no sense of humor.
“It’s clear the intent was to get attention by causing fear and unrest that there was a bomb in that location,” Assistant Attorney General John Grossman said. The state certainly did cause a lot of fear and unrest. Grossman was speaking at the pair’s arraignment today, laying on the BS thick. “The appearance of this device and its location are crucial . . . This device looks like a bomb.” See above.
“I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents,” Boston mayor Thomas Menino said yesterday. There ought to be a law against frivolous lawsuits like the one Menino is proposing.
Remember, these things have been posted for weeks, and they’ve been in other cities without the panic. Go figure.