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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005 7:41 am | Updated: 8:42 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

BOUQUET to federal judge Marsha Pechman for sentencing Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, to 1 1/2 years in prison for unleasing a destructive Internet worm that crippled 48,000 computers.

Computer viruses damage and destroy property and rack up enormous costs for individuals and business. It’s good to see the law, and judges, recognizing that and sentencing these vandals to some serious time behind bars.

BRICK to members of the Washington state Legislature who have kept on the books a law against "slander to a woman." Enacted in 1909, National Public Radio reported Thursday, not out of male chivalry but as a means to keep women as more marketable marriage material, the law should have been retired long ago as unconstitutional. Yet Neanderthal lawmakers have refused to repeal it. New legislative leadership this session is expected to finally make that happen.

BRICK to Amy Nell of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., who Saturday held a seminar at a peace forum in Minneapolis on "Fighting Terrorism with Empathy." The proposed object of the empathy was Osama bin Laden, killer of thousands of Americans in the 9/11 atrocity. The seminar’s aim was to "help understand the position of Osama Bin Laden . . . and explore in what ways the origins of terrorism are to be found, not in some foreign citizen, but in the actions we take out of fear, hate and retribution."

On second thought, BOUQUET to Nell for showing how loopy peace activists can really get.

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