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  •  I smelled something funny about it from the start, (4.00)
    so I looked into it as far as I could. I dug up some info on his prof and wondered if he had put the kid up to such a scam, but I had nothing to back that up so I just blew it off.

    The tip off is that it was about Mao's Little Red Book. Nobody in the government gives a shit about commies any more. They're all after Arabs.

    -6.88/-5.64 In these troubled times the only truth is snark. -JW

    by John West on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 12:45:39 AM PST

    •  it was so very (none)
      time out of joint that it was hard to believe...

      what a dumbass. but that's college for you.... that's why
      Mao sent them to work in the coal mines!

      the good news: it's a great time to be a commie again!

      Workers of the World Unite!!

      (-6.88, -8.31)-- "fuck your war... and your president."--Snake Plissken

      by binFranklin on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 01:00:42 AM PST

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    •  I felt that way too (none)
      I won't say I wasn't taken in, I was. But my first reaction when I hear what book it was involed was to think "What? Why the Hell would they care about that? Are they that incompatent?"

      It was a give away, and I think also says something about the jagoff who perpetrated this fraud. What'd you want to bet Mao's a hero of this idiot? I say the odds are pretty damn good.

      Anyone who voted against the patriot act is too good for the Senate

      Feingold for President

      by Goldfish on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 01:25:51 AM PST

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      •  Are they that incompetent? (none)
        Almost surely.

        Pretty much everything else they've done since they've been in charge has been fubar from the get-go.

        The only think these guys are good at is getting their folks into office.  Once they're in office, they clearly are beyond their abilities.

        -9.25, -7.54

        Yikes. Good thing I don't have guns.

        by Marc in KS on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 03:50:55 AM PST

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      •  The answer is... (none)
        maybe on the incompetence factor.

        Does anyone know about the old rumor re: feds tracking purchase of the Anarchist Cookbook? A friend said that he'd heard the past purchase of said book could cost you the TS clearance. But that doesn't make sense to me.

        "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

        by kredwyn on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 06:36:00 AM PST

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    •  don't count out the commies yet (none)
      The tip off is that it was about Mao's Little Red Book. Nobody in the government gives a shit about commies any more. They're all after Arabs.

      Well, unless the wire tap story is a hoax too, they're monitoring the Catholic Worker's League and muttering about its "communistic tendencies." Communism doesn't automatically rule out any story. And remember we still have a roiling South America that has never fully let go of communist ideaology.

    •  The US government doesn't care about China? (none)
      Or Maoist movements like The Shining Path? Between incidents of spying by China on the US in recent memory, the existence of Maoist rebel groups in Central and South America and the tendency of homegrown terrorists to be eclectic fruitcakes, I think it reasonable that if the feds were going to monitor library titles that The Little Red Book is one that they might choose to monitor.

      The original story said that the kid was made more interesting to the feds because of overseas travel. If he had been to Peru recently and the came back and ordered a copy of The Little Red Book, I can see the government being concerned enough to take interest.

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