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Monday, July 24, 2006

Fact is Stranger than Fiction

SIR TOBY BELCH Ay, Biddy, come with me. What, man! 'tis not for gravity to play at cherry-pit with Satan: hang him, foul collier!

MARIA Get him to say his prayers, good Sir Toby, get him to pray.

MALVOLIO My prayers, minx!

MARIA No, I warrant you, he will not hear of godliness.

MALVOLIO Go, hang yourselves all! you are idle shallow things: I am not of your element: you shall know more hereafter.


SIR TOBY BELCH Is't possible?

FABIAN If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

SIR TOBY BELCH His very genius hath taken the infection of the device, man.

MARIA Nay, pursue him now, lest the device take air and taint.

FABIAN Why, we shall make him mad indeed.

MARIA The house will be the quieter.

SIR TOBY BELCH Come, we'll have him in a dark room and bound. My niece is already in the belief that he's mad: we may carry it thus, for our pleasure and his penance, till our very pastime, tired out of breath, prompt us to have mercy on him: at which time we will bring the device to the bar and crown thee for a finder of madmen.

Act III Scene 4: Twelfth Night

Mike Hatch is the latest installment. I heard this on my way home from MPR. The Pioneer Press explains:

In the e-mail sent last Friday, the Star Tribune reporters asked Hatch to respond to allegations surrounding the parking ticket.

The reporters wanted comment on rumors that the attorney general parked his car because he was meeting his daughter, who was upset about a boyfriend. The reporters also wanted to know if the ticket "was of particular concern" because the area where the car was parked, a Mississippi River overlook in Mendota Heights, has a reputation for being cruising spot for gay men.

Hatch called this the most "sleazy type of innuendo."

He said Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson first told him that he had received a request about Hatch's parking ticket back in March of 2005. The sheriff opined at the time, Hatch wrote, that the only reason he could think someone would want to know about the ticket was "perception that all overlooks?have beaches which are frequented by gay men in the summer."

The overlook where Hatch got the ticket, the attorney general wrote, lacks a beach and "the ticket was issued in the winter."

Last week, Hatch said he left his car at the overlook in order to drive with his wife to a party. He opted to go home with her and picked up his car, plus the $28 ticket, in the morning.

In the e-mail, the reporters also asked about rumors that Hatch found out about Entenza's research through a phone call that "might be described as a 'sting.'"

Hatch dismissed that line of questions in his complaint. He wrote that he "will not waste time" engaging in a "he said, she said" dialogue.

It's funny. This isn't the first time I heard this speculation about why Entenza was interested in the details about this parking ticket. What's kind of strange, is I had a conversation about this subject with an undisclosed source last week. We'll call the source "Eekhorinkie". Eekhorinkie told me the two scenarios, first telling me the speculation about the ticket being at a gay cruising place and the speculation was that Hatch was having sex with a man. I asked whether that was true. Eekhorinkie said, no, what actually was true was his daughter was having trouble with her boyfriend - and Mike Hatch was trying to help out. So I got a little sneak preview of what was going to appear in the Strib.

But I digress. This was idiotic of Mike Hatch. What part of the first amendment does he not understand? Not to mention, what's the point of picking a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel?

I wonder if Mike Hatch feels the same way about the press coverage of the Bush twins, or of Rod Grams son.