Monday, June 02, 2003

Criminal Stupidity

The BBC reports that a Japanese photographer has been sentenced in Jordan to 18 months in prison for what seems to be the Jordanian version of involuntary manslaughter.

Here is where the new level of stupid comes in to play. This photographer picked up a cluster bomb as a souvenir of his time in Iraq. If life were fair this would have exploded and killed the photographer himself – creating a perfect candidate for the Darwin Awards.

Unfortunately… the photographer packed the cluster bomb in his carry-on luggage.

Naturally, the security screener at the airport noted something was amiss in the bag and decided to investigate it. This is where the tragedy comes in to play – the cluster bomb exploded killing the innocent airport security guard and injuring several others.

A story like this further illuminates the fact that members of the press are not any smarter than the rest of us… in fact the opposite seems to be the case.


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