Wednesday, December 14, 2005

 

if i only had a brain...

last week when i spoke with him i was supportive, complimentary, and, well, it was almost as if we were downing whiskey at a local drowning hole we were so talkative ...

my how things change in a week...

the "him" is a reporter at a small town newspeper who has written extensively on a death row case...he called last week to check on some activist actions we were using as organizing tools...on one of the tools he asked who the author was and i pointed him towards an e-mail address linking it back to the author - it was a hot e-mail link and i said he should write to her and ask his questions...we chatted about the case and off he went...

i never saw any of our conversation enter the next 2 articles he wrote...

this morning he calls and he's a bit haughty, even a little aggressive...

"hey, even our sherriff thinks this guy will never be executed - it's just taken so long...there's no end in sight..."

"good for him," i said. " he should feel that way!"

"yeah, even the local prosecutor says he's not gonna seek the death penalty on a current murder because of this old case..."

"perfect," i said. " he should feel that way...it's a HUGE waste of taxpayer $$$ and you've talked with the _________ and ___________ families - look what this long delay has done to them - i mean, how dare we do that to them..."

"hey, i've sent that woman 3 e-mails and she hasn't responded yet...her e-mail address ends in _________, do you think that means she works for ___________?... do you have a phone number for her?... do you know her... have you met with or talked with her???"

no i said...

and i ended the call shortly thereafter...he was annoyed and annoying simultaneously...i said i'd send her an e-mail too and said good bye (but meant good riddance)...

after it was over i turned to alex and said, "he's neither woodward nor bernstein is he???" "if he thinks he knows what office she works in he might call information, get the number and try it..."

next time i watch the wizard of oz not only will i see it as a racist parable (the wicked witch in black and the good witch in white) but i''ll be thinking of this reporter when the straw scarecrow sings...

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