Saturday, April 08, 2006

Poetic Injustice

Pictured: Mr. Doyle, "Wannabe" Homeland Security Official

Homeland Cyber-Sex Case Causes Concern

April 7, 2006

(CBS/AP) Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday he did not believe a department official's alleged sexual misconduct resulted in a breach of national security, calling the case an individual's "misstep."

Mr. Chertoff, a 55 year old man responsible for national security safety trying to have sex with a 14 year old girl is not a “misstep” .

A misstep is when you drop your toothbrush in the toilet.

A misstep is when you trip over your own two feet.

A misstep is when you accidentally call your current girlfriend your old girlfriend’s name.

A misstep is when you accidentally leave your wallet at home.

A grown man trying to have sex with an obviously underage girl is not only a crime it is a deviant behavior that is not treatable. It isn’t even in the same ballpark as a “misstep.” Yeah I said pedophilia is not treatable. It can be contained at best but it cannot be “cured”. By contained I mean usually prison forever.

This pseudo-political, knee jerk, butt saving response is typical. Regardless of if you are talking about DHS or the local PD referencing gangs as “wannabe”.

Remember the article mentioning New Orleans reviving gang violence (not that it ever went away as the gangs were still in business when the local government was not), as a bunch of wannabe gang members? The term "wannabe gangster" is an oxymoron.

Groups of individuals shooting at each other, wearing similar colors, under the same “group name”, and killing people are about as “wannabe gangsters” as DHS’s Doyle soliciting sex with a minor is a "misstep."

I’m curious as to how a gang is defined in New Orleans now. Obviously using a group name, committing crimes under that banner, and shooting people under the same group context isn’t considered gang activity.

And these are the people who have yet to explain why gangs controlled the city for a week last year.

I'm also curious as to how Mr. Chertoff would describe a real security threat or a real "serious problem" with our background checks.

Oddly enough this story continues to seethe with coincidence. DHS still has thousands of trailers setting and rusting while people are scattered all over from New Orleans. And New Orleans officials want to encourage us that "there's nothing to see here" with gangs that never left. Carefully crafted words, poetically designed to make us feel comfortable, are not only dangerous they are setting us up for failure.

I’d call that poetic injustice.