August 13, 2009
Spot the Frame in This Picture

Martha Bridegam sends along this emanation from Arkansas — another ripe specimen from the political cesspool out of which Bill Clinton hoisted himself, and which keeps trying to drag him back.

The story is majestic in its improbability. Imagine a would-be jailhouse smuggler filling up a Doritos bag with knives and needles and trying to sneak it past the guards. Imagine further that this smuggler is the sworn enemy of the prison administration.

By contrast, imagine this: A frequent and hated visitor is known to grab a bag of Doritos from the machine on her way in. A malevolent and dimwitted guard suggests leaving a Doritos bag full of contraband in the bin. Another guard, this one with an IQ that breaks into three digits but barely, points out that anyone smart enough to have been White House chief of staff might notice that the bag was (A) open, (B) clanked, and (C) weighed a lot more than a handful of Doritos.


Why not let the bitch buy her usual bag, take it from her for the usual X-ray, and then just replace it with a bag full of the tattooing gear we confiscated last week?

Note also the ridiculous but vicious overcharging — a separate felony count for each of the 48 “tattoo needles” — which has become customary in our ridiculous but vicious criminal justice system, and not just in Arkansas.

Read all about it here.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 13, 2009 10:56 AM
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ah, hahahaha!
I have met Betsy Wright, and she would't do anything like that!

Posted by: Randal Berry on August 13, 2009 11:16 AM

The item was widely written up but I thought most of the other writeups didn't contain sufficient context to show how suspicious these charges looked.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on August 13, 2009 1:22 PM

Well, Mrs. Wright had become an outspoken advocate for the Death Penalty, and conditions of Arkansas prisons for quite a time.
I believe she wisely used her "political" prowess to shine a light on conditions in Arkansas prisons, but in this instance, it may prove to backfire. If indeed she is found guilty of the charges, maybe she should switch to Lay's.

Posted by: Randal Berry on August 13, 2009 1:56 PM

Imagine what the unemployment rate would be if we didn't lock up all the tattoo needle smugglers, pot smokers, and shoplifters! And didn't hire all those prison guards!

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on August 14, 2009 1:59 PM

"an outspoken advocate for the death penalty," am I missing something here?

Posted by: knowdoubt on August 16, 2009 7:34 AM

I think he must have meant "against the death penalty."

"Outspoken" is a word men used to use for women who had opinions in public. It meant they weren't supposed to.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on August 16, 2009 5:10 PM

My bad!
I meant "against" the Death Penalty.

Posted by: Randal Berry on August 16, 2009 7:12 PM

ahh, Martha, you must be speaking for "other" men, or men I haven't met on this planet.
I used "outspoken" for any gender.

You are stereo-typing men in general for saying:

"Outspoken" is a word men used to use for women who had opinions in public. It meant they weren't supposed to."

If you have an issue with men, then say so, just don't pigeonhole all men as the same. Not very becoming, or fashionable!(in a senso stricto sense).


Posted by: Randal Berry on August 17, 2009 10:47 PM
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