Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 February 15-31

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We'll Find the Answers Somewhere

French police woke journalist Vittorio de Filippis up one morning, handcuffed him and hauled him off to a courthouse, where he was twice stripped and had a body cavity search performed on him. Then he was questioned without an attorney for several hours by an investigating magistrate before being released. What did he do to merit such treatment? He allegedly did not answer a court summons in a libel case.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Roy and Val Worthington decided to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a cowboy-themed party at their Leicestershire, England, home. But in the middle of the party, police raided the place thinking that the toy guns worn by some partygoers were real.

Shot Down

Marie Morrow is a member of the Douglas County, Colorado, Young Marines. Unfortunately, she's also a student at Cherokee Trail High School. Someone at the high school noticed three mock rifles, which Morrow uses for Young Marines drill team competition, in the back seat of her car. She now faces expulsion under state law banning weapons and mock weapons at school.

Chim Chim Cher-ee

London, England, police arrested Episcopal Bishop Jonathan Blake on suspicion of child cruelty for helping his sons with a school project. Their school was holding a competition to see who could read a book in the most unusual place, so Blake took photographs of Nathan, eight, and Dominic, seven, reading a book on the chimney on top of their house. A neighbor called police, who hauled Blake off to jail in handcuffs.

I Can't Tell You Why

Physicist Abdul Moniem El-Ganayni says he is leaving the United States after losing his security clearance and, with it, his job of some 17 years at a nuclear lab. El-Ganayni, a U.S. citizen since 1988, says he lost his clearance because of his opposition to the Iraq War and the government's treatment of Muslims. Acting Deputy Energy Secretary Jeffrey Kupfer, who ordered the clearance revoked, said he had good information that El-Ganayni is a security risk, but he refused to let the scientist see that information or defend himself.