Sunday, October 23, 2011

News Roundup

  • From the "When I See It, I'll Believe It" Department - The 'transitional' government in Libya has promised open and free elections within months.  Something tells me it'll run along the lines of "one man, one vote, one time" or it'll be put off indefinitely due to some long-term emergency condition.  
  • From the "Simpleton on a Statue" Department - A twit in New York thought he would express his dissatisfaction with the status quo by taking off his jacket, climbing up a piece of statuary, and shouting out a list of demands, which included the resignation of Mayor Bloomberg.  Apparently being a public nuisance is now considered political discourse.  I'm ashamed to say that the NYPD called out the hostage negotiation unit to get him down.  Guys, this is one of the best cases I can see for rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.  Either that or announce to him in front of witnesses that he's on his own when it comes to liability for any injuries he incurs and then ignore him.
  • From the "Rule 4, Dumbass" Department - A Marine reservist who was hiking in Oregon was killed the other day by a hunter who thought he was a bear.  The hunter was clean and sober, but didn't make sure that his target was indeed a bear.  The article mentions that the victim was wearing dark clothes, but that doesn't matter.  I read about some grade-A idiot shooting at movement or noise every year, and it almost always ends in tragedy.  All hunters and gun owners are tarred with the same brush over it, and it makes me mad enough to spit.  And no it wasn't an accident.  When it comes to firearms and hunting safety, there is almost nothing that is an accident.  This was at best negligence, and I hope the hunter who pulled the trigger without knowing what his target was spends the rest of his life in jail.
  • From the "Til Death Do Us Part" Department - Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed a pair of skeletons what are holding hands and appear to have been buried with their faces toward each other.  Most will see this as a testament to undying love.  My guess as to the circumstances?  She was cold, wanted some body heat, sucked the life force out of him, then perished herself.  If you look carefully, you can see her cold feet up against his backside.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that the hunter should hang for his stupidity, but I NEVER hike during hunting season. You write your own ticket in this life and running around in the woods during open season in dull/dark clothing is like going to Afghanistan with no rifle plates in your flak jacket.

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