The Farmer in the Pond

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Jacob, let's hope that no one gives a copy of that New York Times piece to Dwight Watson. Watson is the North Carolina tobacco farmer who drove his tractor into a pond on the National Mall, thereby throwing Washington, DC into a gridlocked tizzy.

It is complicated, but as authorities have discerned he is a farmer (the big ass green tractor is a powerful clue), and farmers use fertilizer, and fertilizer can be made into a bomb, Watson just might have a bomb. Cue street closings.

Watson is evidently miffed that U.S. tobacco policy makes it almost impossible to sell the crop overseas. Wait til he sees that the Bush Justice Department wants to put the tobacco biz out of business for good.

I also note that The Washington Post headline is mighty confusing. It calls Watson a "truck driver" when he drove a jeep with a trailer carrying his tractor. Are all non-cars trucks to the Post?

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  1. If a farmer is gonna break the law, he might as well grow and sell pot. That way the terrorists won’t get our money, in fact, it will keep the tradition of the happy American farmer alive.

  2. More details about Dwight.

    Taylor said it isn’t the first time Watson has taken his tractor to Washington. He did the same thing about four years ago, “but it didn’t turn into what it did now. He just drove around Washington and then came home,” she said…

    Bradley said Watson started acting strangely – wearing fatigues and talking about running for president – about three or four weeks ago.

    He’s harmless, but Dwight really needs some help and he needs it bad,” Bradley said. “Dwight is a good person. He’s gone out of his way to help other people. He’s not a bad person, he’s really not. It’s just gotten to the point that he can’t take any more.”

    The town’s sheriff, who’s also a neighbor, adds, “I don’t think there’s any danger in him.”

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