When is a first strike not a first strike?
When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

November 09, 2004

The New York Slimes


Back in 1996 I got a phone solicitation from the New York Times and on the spur of the moment decided it'd be a good idea to subscribe.  After about three weeks I noticed that I hadn't seen a paper, and wandered down to the front desk to see if someone might be leaving it in my box.  At the time I lived in a high rise just inside the beltway.  Well, it turned out that rather than deliver the paper to me, or even leave it for me at the desk, the Times delivery service was just driving up to the front of the building and dumping papers intended for the residents unceremoniously onto the sidewalk.

So I called and cancelled the subscription.  Nonetheless, for the next six months I got nasty letters from the circulation department demanding that I pay my bill, until a threatened to take my complaint to a White House intern I happened to know.  (I don't know what the heck he could have done, but it sounded impressive.)

At that point I stopped getting bills.

So after that harrowing experience I wasn't shocked when the Howell Raines controversy broke.  And I'd almost forgotten about the way they pandered to the UN when they distorted the Al Qaqaa non-incident into... something.  But now they're  whining for an assassin's bullet to undo the election and I've about had enough.  It may be time someone started using the "s-word."

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia and The Jawa Report)

Launched by Demosophist at November 9, 2004 08:21 AM

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