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Parent Article: FBI Agent "Schooner": Baltimore's Dumb-Ass Extraordinaire
Hidden with code "Policy Violation"
Oh what a lovely pair of coconuts
01 Apr 2004
Modified: 04:50:17 PM
Before this disappears into the hidden files page where it belongs (odd how the perpetrator(s) still haven't figured out that the Boston site is not going to act as a venue for his(their) childish NetLoonery), just a few thoughts from one who is rather saddened to see an act that once had some variety sink into a tired old one-gag schtik.

On the one hand, we have a character who, with endless strings of affirmations of the consequent, notions of "proof" that even a chemtrail believer would find implausible, plenty of pictures with circles and arrows an a paragraph on the back of each one and ravings about IPs and their meanings that even a self-taught tyro can demonstrate to be bulldirkey, has presented us with an excellent caricature of tinfoil-hat thinking. Unfortunately, the Ashcroftian authoritarianism implicit in this character's love of making ex cathedra proclamations of guilt directed at others has rather spoiled the concept.

On the other hand, Mr. "BWAHAHAA" has been badly deprived of good material. His claims about his nefarious activities, though a realistic depiction of the sort of confirmation of a paranoid's beliefs suited to tormenting such a person, have been such transparent handwaving that the audience has too hard a time achieving the suspension of disbelief necessary to a good show.

When the only thing at all memorable about a character is an annoying, overworked tagline, he might as well be written out of the script altogether. There's just nothing there to engage the audience.

A reading of Mark Twain's "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" might aid the writers in coming up with a new project that won't end up banished to the IMC equivalent of late-night UHF TV reruns.