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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Column: Justice Dept. stamping out corruption a joke

  • Apparently, the American Civil Liberties Union has called on the U.S. Justice Department to take control of the Puerto Rican police force, which has been plagued by corruption. The ACLU has had some really goofy ideas during the years, but, on the Preposterous Index — a scale from 1 through 10, 10 being the highest — that idea rates about a 9.99.


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  • The other evening I was watching one of those 24- hour news channels.
    They all have so much information streaming all the time, it's almost to the point of overload. You can watch live commentary or reporting, check on the markets, watch for breaking news, or follow the scroll at the bottom of the screen. But, if you're like me, you can't do them all simultaneously. For instance, I can watch the live reporting and ignore the scroll — or vice versa — but I can't focus on both.
    So, I'm sitting there, watching some news report, and glance down at the scroll only to catch the tail end of a little news blurb. It was kinda like one of those Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction moments or Bob Beckel cursing on the Hannity show moments — did I see or hear what I thought I just saw or heard?
    I actually had to rewind the DVR...repeatedly. But, I still couldn't believe my eyes, so I Googled it on one of those Internet search engines — can't remember which one. The story turned out to be true.
    Apparently, the American Civil Liberties Union has called on the U.S. Justice Department to take control of the Puerto Rican police force, which has been plagued by corruption. The ACLU has had some really goofy ideas during the years, but, on the Preposterous Index — a scale from 1 through 10, 10 being the highest — that idea rates about a 9.99.
    That we would consider sending the Eric Holder Justice Department, to stamp out corruption, is ironic to the point of laughable — laughable to the point of preposterous. It's been 40 years since we've had an attorney general/president tandem so corrupt and with so much contempt for the Constitution — the very document they are sworn to defend and protect. Not since the days of Mitchell/Nixon has an administration alternately draped themselves in the Constitution and the freedoms it affords, only to line the White House bird cage with it the very next day.
    So, understandably, I was curious if there could ever be a scenario that rivaled this one on the Preposterous Index. My first instinct was “no” — not in my wildest dreams, would I be able to think of one.
    But, I always love a good challenge, so I thought I'd give it a try.
    Here's what I came up with.
    Bill Clinton teaching a college course on sexual harassment in the workplace.
    Cheech and Chong presenting an anti-drug program at a high school assembly.
    Donald Trump dispensing advice on hairstyles...or, humility, for that matter.
    An annual NAACP / KKK joint picnic and softball game.
    “Octomom” writing a book on effective parenting strategies.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosting a Middle East peace summit.
    Mel Gibson taping a public service announcement on the evils on anti-semitism.
    John Kerry remembering when times were so tough that he didn't even have a Krugerrand to put in his Gucci loafers.
    The possibility that Al Gore really invented the Internet, the possibility that Bill Clinton never really inhaled, and the possibility that Richard Nixon really wasn't a crook.
    While all of those would truly rate right up there on the Preposterous Index, I really should have stuck with my first instinct. The idea to dispatch Eric Holder's Justice Department to clean up corruption is going to be hard to beat.
    Les Mason is a McPherson resident.

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