The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 September 2004

From the Department of Gimme A Break

"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh has asked that his 20-year prison sentence be commuted. Counsel for Lindh pointed out that Yaser Esam Hamdi, also accused of aiding the Afghan "militant" group, is being released and exiled to Saudi Arabia without criminal charges being filed, and that "comparable conduct should be treated in comparable ways in terms of sentencing."

A spokesman for the Department of Justice noted that, unlike Hamdi, Lindh had actually entered a guilty plea.

In other news, Governor Schwarzenegger's office could not confirm a report that the Menendez brothers had petitioned him for clemency on the grounds that they are orphans.

(Update, 4 pm: John Ashcroft isn't buying it: "Lindh was fully adjudicated and had his opportunity in court to state his position, and the system operated to provide a punishment for his activities, which were clear and unmistakable.")

Posted at 7:41 AM to Your 15 Minutes Are Up

Oh goody! It's about time that something came along to replace "NeoNazi" when you want to instantly vilify someone while trying to appear somewhat objective (or whatever it is They are trying to appear as)..

Terkish Payne, American Taliban, indeed. Just say Republicans (or Democrats). It's just as evil-sounding, and with only half the pretention.

(aww screw it, just call them Carbs)

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 7:48 AM on 29 September 2004

(ooh, and I know that didn't have anything to do with anything, it just popped into my head when I saw "American Taliban." So if you read that and thought my head is further up my ass than usual, note that I haven't had my coffee yet today)

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 7:52 AM on 29 September 2004

Ah poor, poor Johnny. He just had self-esteem problems as a kid!

Posted by: Dean Esmay at 12:44 PM on 29 September 2004