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Monday, November 05, 2007

You Tell 'Em Ozzy

Ozzy Osborne is rightly pissed about the underhanded tactics of the Cass County, ND, Sheriff:

Osbourne claims his reputation was tarnished when Sheriff Paul Laney invited 500 people with outstanding warrants to a phony party at a Fargo nightclub before the rocker's concert with Rob Zombie at a nearby arena. More than 30 showed up and were arrested.

"Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests," Osbourne said in a statement.

"It is insulting to me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job," Osbourne said.

Although maybe the people were a bit naive for believing this, and undoubtedly many of them deserved to be arrested, this strategy makes me uncomfortable. It's probably a safe bet that many of them had warrants for nothing more than pot possession or unpaid parking tickets.

Yes, I know these things are in fact illegal and the sheriff must enforce the law, but the means seem like overkill. Did the Sheriff actually, you know, knock on these people's doors first?

And it doesn't help when the Sheriff says shit like this:
He said mentioning Osbourne's name in the invitations was no different than a bar advertising a Super Bowl party by mentioning the teams playing in the game.

Actually, it's completely different. Off the top of my head:

* The Super Bowl is real. When the bar advertises it, the event will actually happen.

* The bar wants to attract voluntary customers, not to take them into custody.

* The teams in the Super Bowl are widely known anyway.

And this is just unbelievable:
"Three people called to say, 'I got one of those letters. Since you're being so creative, I'm turning myself in. Give me a court date,'" Laney said.

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