Ahh, nothing like old friends. How fondly I remember Tom's rapier-like wit in his youth, giving way to his more seasoned but no less mordant, informed wit as he entered middle age. This good-hearted, dedicated person of course is the one who spilled the Bush OUI story way back when. Now he's in Dutch because of a Halloween First Amendment Trick or Treat...some of dozens of stories about his Bin Laden hijinx:
Now, I haven't spoken to my old friend about this latest event. I could see by his cheesy grin in the back of the cruiser that he was having a fine time and would mop the floor with his prosecutors. I mean, throwing the book at a guy in a rubber mask and costume on Halloween? Even the uptight, uber-conservative frozen-rigid Yanks of Maine ought to know a prank when they see one.
My guess is it's like in Goodfellas when Joe Pesci's character gets whacked...it's for a lot of reasons. Enemies pile on when they see a cheap opening, we all know that.
The details of the prank--whether it made sense in a bizarro way or was a calculated mind-fuck by a guy who I remember answering his door on Halloween dressed in gory detail as a post-asassination John Kennedy--will play itself out. Of course, up this way, the cops and court pride themselves on their Puritan double-standards, and the Portland PD is famed for its brutality and ignorance. But you can count on the fact that the more rural the area of this fine state, the weirder and more squirrely-fascist they become.
I am looking forward to the hearings. It should be great political theater.