Sunday, January 29, 2006

Call the Secret Service... 

Someone explain to me why some Joe Schmoe can make a joke in a bar that warrants an investigation and a visit by the Secret Service, while someone else can do this and get away with it:
We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee...
Hm. Sounds like a threat to me -- subborning someone to assassinate a Federal official.

Oh, that's right -- the person who said this, in public, was Ann Coulter, so the media gives her a mysterious pass. Oh, ha ha, look at how wacky and outrageous she is...

What do you suppose the reaction would be if Al Franken said someone should put Drano in John Roberts's cornflakes?

Ann Coulter should be investigated same as anyone who makes public threats against any elected official. I'm sorry, but her tag on the comment, "That's just a joke, for you in the media", doesn't wash with me. That's a phrase that doesn't cancel out the comment. What if she'd said, "Hitler was right, gassing the Jews. Ha ha, just kidding", or "Too bad the terrorists didn't also hit the New York Times building on 9/11. Ha ha..." Oh, wait. She did say that, and didn't call it a joke.

Although, she must have been kidding later on, as the linked article reports: "She drew more boos when she said the crack cocaine problem 'has pretty much gone away.'"

Judging from Coulter's comments, not only has the crack cocaine problem not gone away, she must be one of its biggest users. Because the only way to explain her making such death threats in public is that the woman is on crack.

So, my question to the Secret Service: here we have a woman publicly calling for the assassination of a sitting Supreme Court Justice. What are you going to do about it? At the very least, I think she needs a little visit at a very inconvenient and highly embarrassing time, and then three or four hours of intense questioning, coupled with a background check and a stern warning.

That, and a little Abu Ghraib treatment with some peanut butter, trained attack dogs and a short length of rubber hose.

Ha ha. Just kidding...


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