03 November 2006

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (88)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Wednesday, November 1; link good at time of posting):
A Maine attorney who released information in 2000 about President George W. Bush's drunken driving conviction was arrested on Tuesday after he dressed up as al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and waved a fake gun at traffic.

Police in South Portland, Maine, arrested Thomas Connolly, 49, of Scarborough, Maine, and charged him with criminal threatening. He was released on bail, local officials said.

Lt. Todd Bernard said the police department received calls about a man wearing Middle Eastern garb and a bin Laden mask and carrying fake dynamite standing along an interstate highway. When police arrived, they saw Connolly holding a gun.

"They ordered him to drop the weapon several times and he eventually complied," Bernard said.

. . . .

"I didn't expect to be arrested," he said. "Obviously I touched a post-9/11 nerve."

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