Saturday, March 24, 2007


Asylum to Asylum: What a long strange trip it's been...

St Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., is famous for having been the home of the American poet Ezra Pound, after World War Two. Pound, one of the outstanding poets of the post-World War One period, had been living in Italy when the second war broke out. Always a crank, Pound became a spokesman for fascist Italy. When the war ended, Pound was brought back to the states, found to be crazy, and imprisoned at St. Elizabeth's. He died there.

In the Satire is Truly Dead Department, we find this item:

DHS has plan for new HQ in lunatic asylum

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is setting up its new HQ in a former lunatic asylum.

The DHS says it will consolidate most of the 60 offices it has across the Washington, D.C. region into a single new headquarters building.

The $3 billion move will begin in 2011, according to a plan prepared by the DHS, once a new building is ready in the grounds of the former mental hospital, St. Elizabeth's.

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