From the Booby Hatch
"Powerful Senator Endorses Destroying Computers of Illegal Music Downloaders!" trumpeted the Associated Press last week.
What a tremendous headline! Orrin Hatch wants to smash the PCs of pirates.
Such opportunities present only occasionally in a journalism career. Impossible to predict, who would have guessed an old but very important poop would be so willing to go apoplectic and voice a desire for revenge on the scofflaw young.
Naturally, assorted minders immediately made excuses for the guy.
The senator was speaking metaphorically, he didn't really mean it, or -- best of all -- "we all take [his] views very seriously."
Yeah, yeah. What Hatch really meant was that kids have no respect for their elders and the RIAA, plus they don't pay for things. I hate kids -- they need to be taught a lesson. Whatsa matter with kids, today?
In the short term, I say cast Orrin Hatch in a remake of "Bye Bye Birdie."
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- News: Destroy 'pirate' PCs, says politician (19 June 2003)