August 16th, 2006

Enterprise Bridge

Terrorist plot? Nay. Election-year GOP fearmongering? You bet!

So the wannabe-terrorists they arrested in England last week, whose arrest prompted the latest hysteria in the airline industry... it's already come out that none of them had bought plane tickets. Many of them didn't even have passports yet. They were merely planning some dry runs, and they'd barely begun at that.

Now, as to be expected, the chemistry is bullshit.

The mass media doesn't know jack shit about what it's discussing. I think it's likely the timing of these arrests was not chosen for investigative purposes, but entirely political ones. If you wanted to further an investigation, you'd have let these guys run longer. Let them complete their dry runs, observe them well, rig the computers to flag some of them as selectees and cavity-search them and their carry-on contents. (Learn what type and brands of personal effects they carry.) Let them buy their chemicals. Then bust them. Build a solid case, so no jury would question how serious these guys were. But if you wanted to stir up fear for a repeat performance of the 2004 election cycle, then you arrest them now, between the last primaries and the general elections.
Enterprise Bridge

Another day, another judicial disgrace

So what happens if you live in Bum Fuck Egypt, Ohio, and you pull a stupid prank that causes a car wreck putting two other teenage boys in the hospital with serious injuries, one of whom includes brain damage?

You get to play football before you go to juvie.

Bullshit. You fucked up. You fucked somebody over. You lose. Your team suffers because of it? Tough. You let them down. It's all on you. There's positive things about being the BMOC quarterback? Too bad, you pissed away your chance when you almost killed somebody.