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Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, wanted to ask Senator John Kerry a question during a forum held on Monday: was he, like President Bush, a member of Yale’s Skull & Bones secret society?
I personally don’t care much about Skull & Bones, which some people believe rules the world but to me looks like a club for a bunch of privileged jerks biding their time before they actually start ruling the world. (On the other hand, it is alarming that Skull & Bones’ members include the notorious nuclear power plant operator Montgomery Burns.) Still, it would have been interesting to hear Kerry’s answer, and he seemed ready to give one.
Unfortunately, he never got the chance as police moved in and tasered Meyer before dragging him away. Watch democracy in action, Florida-style.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”