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10 October 2009

To Catch a Vandal

So, let me see if I have this right: An anti-casino group hoots, hollers and generally acts like angry-at-ma-and-pa teens protesting curfew when the Sugarhouse breaks ground at its site on Thursday.

At 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Daily News' Chris Brennan, "hydraulic lines [were discovered] slashed on a bulldozer, crane, back hoe and dump truck" at the site.

But the group says, "We were not involved with this incident in any way."

Which kind of contradicts the 2008 "Not only will we break the law but we will do (so) repeatedly" quote from one of the group's leaders.

My immediate thought: This whole denial kind of reminds me of a "To Catch a Predator" episode where a dude carrying wine coolers and Trojans tries to spin Chris Hansen on the fact that he was only there to talk to the girl, to protect her from danger when, in reality, the stigma of being saddled with a child sex-abuse charge scares the bejesus out of him.

Or, they're just compulsive liars imported from out-of-state to defend other people's interests.


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