Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Ride Of The Pedantic Ranger

This is disturbing enough.
Authorities in northern New Mexico have stumbled onto what appears to be classified information from Los Alamos National Laboratory while arresting a man suspected of domestic violence and dealing methamphetamine from his mobile home.

Sgt. Chuck Ney of the Los Alamos Police Department said the information was discovered during a search last Friday of the man's records for evidence of his drug business.

Police alerted the FBI to the secret documents, which agents traced back to a woman linked to the drug dealer, officials said. The woman is a contract employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to an FBI official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.

You know after the Schroedinger's Hard Drive incident (first they were lost/stolen, then determined to never have existed), the ease of wandering into the facility, and other security gaffs, I'm no longer surprised at anything that happens at Los Alamos. Well, I take that back. I would be surprised if the only news that came out of there was actually science related and not about yet another security breach.

But this... this is what bothers me.
"Los Alamos has always seemed to be rewarded for its screw-ups," Brian said. "We're waiting with baited breath to see if anything has changed."

What is it you ask? Is it that I disagree with this statement? That I agree with this statement?


Look at the quote again. Now read this site.

It's bated! Bated, you illiterate mockery of a journalist! Not baited. What, did he eat a worm, hence getting worm breath, hence baiting his breath to attract birds?

I thought if you were a journalist, you were required to have at least a passing familiarity with the English language. Thanks for making everyone who read your article just a little bit dumber.

God, I hate journalists almost as much as I do politicians.


CNN, which is carrying the same AP article has the correct usage. But the FOX article, which is linked above, still has the incorrect usage. It looks like CNN had access to a dictionary.