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Monday, April 11, 2005

Who Says the Times Doesn't Have a Sense of Humor? 

Two items, side by side on page A14 in the Times today, illustrate the heart-break of self-delusion.

One is a photo essay of the freak show outside the Michael Jackson trial. The most striking is a shot of B.J. Hickman, an eighteen year old young man who quit high school in Tennessee so he could "show support" for Jackson. He's a chubby fellow with a gambler's hat and a Superman t-shirt sitting on some step stools with a "We've had Enough! Michael is Innocent!" sign. He has what looks in the paper like credentials strung around his neck, which is a little disturbing, but if you go to this page on the Times' site, go to the bottom and click the Slide Show button, you can see it's just a picture of Michael in full Ruritania regalia.

Immediately to the right is a story about John Kerry speaking to the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts complaining about the trickery that foiled voters in the recent election.
"Last year, too many people were denied their right to
vote; too many who tried to vote were intimidated," Mr.
Kerry said at an event sponsored by the League of
Women Voters of Massachusetts.

He cited examples of trickery. "Leaflets are handed out
saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote
on Tuesday," Mr. Kerry said. "People are told in telephone
calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not
allowed to vote."
More evidence of the bullet we dodged last November.

UPDATE: As Tim Blair says: "No wonder Kerry is upset. Those tactics were clearly designed to reduce the stupid vote."
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