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Thursday, May 09, 2002

Okay, so this story sounds like something out of Fahrenheit 451, with a dash of Keystone Cops for flavor. This kid, unfortunately named Lucas, decided it would be a good idea to drive across the country, planing mailbox pipe bombs that explode to make smiley face patterns. That just blows me away, but then the article gets me even more.

They felt compelled to mention both that he was a "clean-cut, 21-year-old college student and one-time rock band member", because clearly both of those things have so much to do with his being a bomber.

And that he was pulled over 3 times in the last few days, and:

"Two were speeding stops -- near St. Edward, Nebraska, just after midnight Saturday and in Fowler, Colorado, before 3 p.m. Sunday.

"The third was a stop for failure to wear a seat belt about 2 p.m. Saturday near Watonga, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma trooper also cited Helder for an expired driver's license."

So, the first two times they stopped him, they didn't even notice his license was expired, let alone suspect that he might be the bomber, even though in the next paragraph it says that the officer who stopped him reported he told him he ""didn't mean to hurt anybody" as he approached. The Colorado trooper said Helder "appeared to be very nervous and had very watery eyes like he was going to cry."" . Wow. Well, I guess he was just so "clean-cut" that he couldn't possibly be a suspect. I have a growing lack of respect for law enforcement officers in America.

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