Saturday, December 24, 2005

Waiting For Teddy...

To offer an apology for jumping the gun. Should I hold my breath?

Thursday's Boston Globe featured an op-ed by Sen. Ted Kennedy in which he huffs and puffs about jackbooted government thugs:

"Just this past week there were public reports that a college student in Massachusetts had two government agents show up at his house because he had gone to the library and asked for the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto. Following his professor's instructions to use original source material, this young man discovered that he, too, was on the government's watch list.Think of the chilling effect on free speech and academic freedom when a government agent shows up at your home--after you request a book from the library."

And now, back to planet earth as...

Federal agents' visit was a hoax: 12/ 24/ 2005

NEW BEDFORD -- "The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story. The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account."

And, think of the chilling effect a United States Senator can bestow upon a clueless media and an even clueless public when he spouts nonsense without awaiting word on whether or not every lame brained tale of woe he hears about is true. A Kos-Kid-Type dreams something up and the loons march to the cliff. Priceless.

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