Male prostitute turned favored White House reporter James Guckert (aka Jeff Gannon) complained to the New York Post that he wasn't invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner. "Probably many who would want to extend such an invitation already assume I will be in attendance." Yes, that's it. Meanwhile, Halfway Down the Danube has learned that HDTD friend John Krewson will be in attendance, as will the comic stylings of Cedric the Entertainer. Remember, John, if things go south, who to take out first. Meanwhile, Star Trek is rapidly sliding down the dark abyss whence no subculture returns. First there was the Trek-cannibalism connection in Germany. Now there's this horrifying story in the Los Angeles Times:
On one wall is a "Star Trek" poster with investigators' faces substituted for the Starship Enterprise crew. But even that alludes to a dark fact of their work: All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie. Det. Constable Warren Bulmer slips on a Klingon sash and shield they confiscated in a recent raid. "It has something to do with a fantasy world where mutants and monsters have power and where the usual rules don't apply," Bulmer reflects. "But beyond that, I can't really explain it."A gallant researcher at BoingBoing did a bit more digging:
I have now spoken to Detective Ian Lamond of the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit and he claims they were misquoted, or if that figure was given it was done so jokingly. Nevertheless, he does claim that a majority of those arrested show "at least a passing interest in Star Trek, if not a strong interest." They've arrested well over one hundred people over the past four years. Det. Lamond claims they can gauge this interest in Star Trek by the arrestees' "paraphenalia, books, videotapes and DVDs." I asked if this wasn't simply a general interest in science fiction and fantasy, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter or similar. He said, while there was sometimes other science fiction and fantasy paraphenalia, Star Trek was the most consistent and when he referred to a majority of the arrestees being Star Trek fans, it was Star Trek specific.Still tres creepy.