Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crooked cop = DNC security

Slip the man a $20, and you're in like Flynn:
The Democratic National Convention Committee has hired a disgraced former Denver police lieutenant to coordinate security at the Colorado Convention Center during the convention.But the committee isn't talking about why they hired Gary Lauricella or if they knew about his background when they hired him. . . .
Several current Denver police officers who spoke on the condition their names not be used expressed surprise that the DNCC would hire Lauricella as a top security consultant, given his spotty background.
One might think that the DNCC would take security more seriously than to put it in the hands of someone who apparently cheated Denver’s taxpayers for his own personal gain.
Frankly, I find this encouraging news. When I'm trying to sneak past security with bogus credentials, it's always nice to have advance notice that the guards are amenable to bribery.

UPDATE: VodkaPundit: "Credentials? We don't need no stinkin' credentials."

As I explained to some friends earlier, before departing for Denver, my plan is to stop by Kinko's and run off a couple dozen of these and put them on cheap lanyards. Then, while covering the protest scene outside the Pepsi Center, if I encounter any truly obnoxious Code Pink protesters, I'll give them one: "See? It says right here, 'Total Access.' With one of these, they have to let you in." Then enjoy the fun of seeing them tasered and dragged away in flexi-cuffs when they try to get past Secret Service.


  1. Be sure to fix that so that the flag is upside-down.

  2. No, Patrick: "In like Flynn." The phrase seems to have begun in the 1940s as a reference to the swashbuckling derring-do of actor Errol Flynn, who had a well-deserved reputation as a ladies' man. The person who easily performed a romantic conquest (or some other feat) was "in like Flynn."

  3. This is an excellent idea! Make sure you take pictures to document the fun and post.

  4. Or, actually, "In Like Flint" the spy movie starring James Coburn.