07 November 2008

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (192)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (from Tuesday, November 4; link good at time of posting):
A visiting St. Olaf instructor who wrote an online essay about stealing John McCain lawn signs -- "like a ninja under the cover of [a] cloudy Minnesota night" -- has resigned, the Northfield college announced.

Philip Busse, an Oregon-based journalist and political activist who taught a media studies course, also will be charged with misdemeanor theft, according to the Rice County Sheriff's Office. He could face up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Busse admitted that what he posted on the Internet was true, said Rice County Sheriff Richard Cook, so as of Friday afternoon, "it was essentially case closed." Busse was expected to receive a citation in his mailbox Tuesday, Cook said: "How appropriate -- on Election Day."

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