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There's Nothing Like a Good Double Standard  | e-mail post

Unfortunately, I'm too busy to comment on this story. Fortunately, I think it speaks for itself.

Yahoo! News - Linda Tripp Gets $595,000 in Privacy Suit: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will pay over half a million dollars to Linda Tripp, a central figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, as part of a settlement of lawsuits that accused U.S. officials of violating her privacy, court documents showed on Monday. "

iro·ny 3 a (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity

"This is a long awaited first step toward holding the government accountable under the Privacy Act," Tripp said in a statement. "The government should never be permitted to use Privacy Act protected information to discredit a political opponent."

Presumably, Ms. Tripp's demand for "justice," if it can even be called that, stems purely from the strict legal entitlement under the Privacy Act. Thus, her actions must stand blameless in her mind.

sanc·ti·mo·nious 1 : affecting piousness : hypocritically devout; also : indicative of affected piousness

Hopefully, she will have ample time in the ninth circle of hell, reserved for those who have committed treachery against those to whom they have special ties, she can contemplate Seneca's words: "It is praiseworthy to do what is proper and not merely that which the law allows."

For those keeping score today at home: Hope: 0 / Cynicism 1
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