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Words, March 4



Isn't there a constitutional right to bear breasts?
“PHILADELPHIA — After six years of legal wrangling over Janet Jackson's infamous breast-bearing ‘wardrobe malfunction' at the Super Bowl, CBS argued anew Tuesday that it should not be held responsible for the half-second of nudity.”

“The field is expected to enlarge again Wednesday when former state legislator Gunner DeLay of Fort Smith plans to announce his candidacy. DeLay is a partner in the Fort Smith law firm of Rush, Rush and DeLay.” I've heard he may have an opponent from the firm of Hurrey, Upp and Waite.

There seems some disagreement over whether the man who flew an airplane into a government building in Austin, killing himself and at least one government employee, and injuring others, should be described as a terrorist. Some commentators, and some politicians, have been slow to use this terminology, possibly because the guy's name was Joe Stack. If it had been Muhammad something-or-other, the terrorist label would have been applied quickly, I suspect.

An on-line dispatch from Austin quotes a “University of Texas suicide terrorism expert” as saying that Stack's act incorporated violence, reflected a political motive, singled out a symbolic target, and used a copy-cat method, “all characteristic of terrorism.” But, the expert said, because Stack appeared to have been motivated by anger and revenge, rather than a desire to spread panic and fear, his act fell short of terrorism.

Too nit-picky for me. Stack's was a horrible, murderous act, whatever we call it, but I think it counts as terrorism the way that term is generally used by the media. Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, was a terrorist, and so was Joe Stack.

“At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, he looked odd for a ski doctor. … Nicknamed ‘Baby Huey' despite his massive size, Lavin blew his fake doctor disguise that day … ”

Baby Huey was a gigantic and naive cartoon duckling of the '50s. The fake doctor got his nickname because of his massive size.

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