Friday, February 02, 2007

Morons in search of scapegoats.

Part of bin Laden’s strategy was to attack America and then watch the US politicians spend the country into bankruptcy in response. As horrific as the 9/11 attacks were government has spent billions in response. But politicians are notorious for hysterical responses. One discredited report on the “pesticide” alar in apples and idiots in office are proposing bans. (For the record alar is not a pesticide and was not dangerous.)

Americans want perfect safety which doesn’t exist. And they will bankrupt themselves into Third World status in order to find it. And here is a classic case of the post-9/11 hysteria that grips officialdom. And this case shows them to be a bit stupid as well.

A strange US cartoon show was promoting itself in Boston. They had these small display units. One look at them and they are obviously advertising units. Tiny lights on the front of the device show a cartoon figure making rude gestures. Well, the idiots in the Boston police department when in a panic. They were convinced that dozens of bombs were scattered throughout the city. Scratch a cop and you get a dunce.

These signs had gone up in varius cities. They have been displayed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco and Philidelphia. Only in Boston did the morons in government go on high alert.

Okay so the police in Boston are dumber than most. They closed down roads. The suspended subway services. They swarmed all over the city in a panic. And all they got were some light boxes showing a stick figure giving off rude gestures.

The best response in this case would be to say: “Gee, folks. We are really sorry that we over-reacted and boy do we feel stupid now.”

But in politics when one makes a public ass of oneself the response is to go on the attack. They arrested two men hired by the Cartoon Network to put the adverstising devices. The city prosecutor has filed charges against the men.

They claim the men are guilty of planting “hoax” devices. A hoax device would be a device made to look like a bomb and purported to be a bomb by those planting it or intended to give that impression. In a dozen cities no one else seemed to think these devices looked like bombs. Only the Boston police came to that absurd conclusion. And the city politicians and the police are trying to make two innocent men their scapegoats.

The prosecutor argues that the ad device “looks like a bomb”. But that simply means it contains electric wires. The actual device does not look like a bomb except to the brain dead. An attorney for the accussed men, Michael Rich, said: “If somebody had left a CR on the ground it would have been a device with wires, electronic components and a power source.”

The moronic Mayor, Thomas Menino, tried to blame the Cartoon Network. “I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the responses of today’s incidents.” Menino the Moron blames “corporate greed” and not the stupidity of his own police officers for the city’s incredible ability to spend an estimate $750,000 in just a few hours to determine that the ad machines were ad machines.

This week we award a collective Moron of the Week award to Mayor Menino, the Boston police department, and the politicians of Massachusetts who are seeking for someond to blame for government ineptness.