Yesterday, among the topics my son and I talked about on our way to our traditional every-other-Friday Chinese buffet was the escapades of the Boston police, who collared two young slackers whose crime seems to have been to put up some blinking-LED advertisements for a Cartoon Network show. I'd only glanced at the news stories about it. My son pointed out that the ads had been up for two weeks!. Way to stay on it guys! What crime did they commit? Felony "putting up of silly electronic devices."
My old friend Ron, one of the funniest and smartest people I know (and whom I'm trying to convince to start blogging) sent me a great email about it, which I present to you with his blessing.
Have you seen this?
Cartoon Network should sue Boston for being a pack of dumbasses and property damage.
Can you believe they arrested two guys for "placing hoax devices"? These aren't "hoax devices", they're "exactly what they seem to be devices." If they placed a device that purported to be a bomb, and was not, in actual fact, a bomb, then you would have a hoax. This is an a device that purports to be an ATHF ad, and is, in actual fact, an ATHF ad.
In all of their experience dealing with explosive devices, I wonder how many the Boston Bomb Squad have come across that have a brightly lit Mooninite flipping them the bird? None? Does that sound about right?
Even if you want to stretch the definition of hoax device (in much the same way that you might define a piece of toast as a grilled cheese sandwich because a brain damaged chimpanzee could conceivably confuse the two) the rest of the law says that the hoax device has to be placed with the "intent to panic the public", not the "intent to get the public to watch a movie based on a cartoon on late night cable television".
I blame Fox News.
No way should Turner roll over on this. Boston arrested the two guys who were hired by the ad company to put the signs up and they want Cartoon Network to shell out over a million dollars that the city claims they spent in one afternoon. Turner should turn this into a media circus and hand them their collective asses. If that silly bitch Martha Coakley has a political career after this, someone is not doing their job.
Wikipedia has an entry with some good quotes.
My favorite: "The majority of us recognize the difference between a bomb and a Lite-Brite,"