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From Cairo to Bismarck

Jonathan37 Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 9:05 AM
'Look, most of us see indecent exposure as more dangerous than forging petition signatures, but that doesn’t make forgery and fraud any better.' Really? I know I don't consider some kid waving his little worm around in public more dangerous than trying to subvert the political process. The one is merely pathetic, the other has much greater potential consequences. What a bizarre formulation.
1Falcon1 Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 6:38 PM
pjacob Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 12:28 PM
You have a point, and perhaps this could have been phrased far better. But personally I would rather have a petition forger living next to me than someone who indecently exposes himself. The danger from the forger is monetary, or having to vote on a political issue, whereas the exposer might commit a sex crime having far greater consequences on my loved ones.
Wumingren Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 2:54 PM
I agree with Jonathan that corruption of the political process is a greater offense, simply because it is an attack on every citizen and not just the one (or few) who are in the line of sight of some idiot's privates. As for that indecent exposure charge, the man pled not guilty and explained that it was a "wardrobe malfunction." That may or may not be true, but he has not been convicted of a crime. It seems to me that no action should be taken against anyone unless and until they are convicted of a crime. Otherwise, anyone can be set up for false arrest in order to prevent their appearance in a particular game, such as a playoff championship.
1Falcon1 Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 6:39 PM
stop the football analogies the game is on

What do recent events in Egypt and in North Dakota have in common? Maybe very little, except a brazen tendency to evade reality.

The assaults on American embassies in Cairo, Egypt, and Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans (and largely unreported, eight Libyans, too) including the U.S. ambassador, occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Mysteriously, the story didn’t make the front page of either the New York Times or the Washington Post.

But Scott Wilson’s analysis of the story did hit the front page, in yesterday’s Post:...