Thursday, June 15, 2006
It's not because he's innocent -- no one believes he is -- but because his case isn't a slam dunk. A very important distinction. I'm not sure why it's not a slam dunk, since he lied to the grand jury, but hey, what do I know? I thought shooting a guy in the face was illegal, so it shows where I'm coming from.
It's important to note that while lying to a grand jury and outing a CIA agent and shooting a guy in the face and listening to phone calls without warrants are all A-OK...
...remember that guy who allegedly masturbated in the public library in Cleveland?
In case you didn't hear, he was arrested and held on $500,000 bail.
As in half a million dollars.
The judge said she felt it wasn't excessive. Apparently, she was curling her pinky to her lips like Dr. Evil when she said it.
That's $500,000 bail for whacking your mole in public, with trial and sentencing yet to come. And nada for the CIA-agent-outing-grand-jury-face-shooting stuff.
Oh, well... the good news is he gets a trial. He could have been whisked off to Gitmo or a gulag for one of those trial-less deals.
For the last six months or so, my favorite browser has been a developer's preview of Flock, a sort of user-friendly front end for Firefox. It's now out in beta, and I can't rave about it enough. It is all about Web 2.0 and social networking and all those other buzzwords, and if none of that means anything to you, don't worry, Flock takes all the mystery out of it. It's just a more fun way to look at the web.
Small things, like having a constantly-updated strip of a Flickr contact's photos at the top of the browser if you like. Or being able to stash things for future reference, or even blog from within the browser itself. Or RSS made ridiculously easy.
Check it out. It's free and it's cool.