So, some random whackjob in LA celebrated the holidays by taking pot shots at people from his rooftop, then turned the rifle at a responding police chopper. According to Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger:
“This situation could have easily turned tragic, and we were just fortunate that the aircraft was able to land safely without injury to the officers or the public,” he said. “It’s ironic that it happened on Easter Sunday. Someone divine was watching over us.”
So, notch one up for God on his big day of the year. Yay for saving a helicopter. Across the Atlantic, however, all was not well. An 11-year old boy dropped off a zip line and plunged to his death. According to the park’s operations manager, Steve Williams:
the safety equipment had been checked yesterday morning in line with their procedure and everything had been in order
So, since it wasn’t mechanical failure, it would seem fair to assume that someone divine decided that this boy had to die on Easter. Or, at the very least, someone divine, omnipresent and omnipotent just couldn’t be bothered to save this kid.
Why, it could almost make you wonder why he gets all the praise for random good luck, but never any of the blame for apparent blunders…
(Awesome GIF from photobucket)
Go figure. Those huge egos on the stage? Apparently they now think they own everything. Even the pictures that are being taken of them. Old story (March), but still interesting: apparently, a photographer sent to shoot a Lady GaGa concert was presented with a release form that demanded among other things:
Photographer hereby acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Photograph(s) shall be owned by Lady Gaga and Photographer hereby transfers and assigns any such rights to Lady Gaga.
Really, now? That’s pretty ballsy, even for a cross-dressing lady-boy. There’s no way anyone should sign that kind of nonsense — as a photographer, you own the rights to your pictures. Period. You may have shot them for someone else on contract, you may have agreed that they can use them forever for whatever. But the pictures remain yours.
Sad if not surprising to see this happen. Hopefully it’ll result in a backlash and less media exposure for attention whores like GaGa.
(via PetaPixel, and that photo of Lars Ulrich from Metallica is mine, all mine)
What an unmitigated success the police state turned out to be. Apparently, the NYPD has completely eradicated all crime from the streets of New York, and the many, many officers paid for by the city’s tax payers are forced to justify their salaries by making random and bogus arrests of people for completely ridiculous shit like “riding a bike on the sidewalk.”
And when even that’s not enough to fill the quota, they do not hesitate to lash out at innocent bystanders and antagonize them in order to then charge them with “interfering with police business.” That’s one hell of a neat racket they’ve got going.
Apparently, the whole crack-down on bicyclists in the city is a deliberate thing. What’ll the next target be? Toddlers? Little old ladies? Damn, people in NY must be longing for the good ol’ days under Ed Koch where the cops could at least busy themselves with drug dealers and petty thieves.
Of course, if the brave boys from the NYPD had been a little more alert, they could also have unleashed the newest trick in the cops’ quiver of corrupt law enforcement tools, and busted the guy with the camera simply for filming them so valiantly protecting everybody. Because we have to remember: the threat to society is never the irresponsible and despicable acts of lawless, rogue officers on the prowl for citizens to torment while arrogantly assuming that they’ll get away with everything; no, it’s those dreadful digital anarchist with their cameras who dare to document the cops and then have the temerity to make the proof of their crimes public. Have no no sense of decency? I mean, how’s a cop to run his protection racket if he can’t be sure he’s not being caught on tape?
Yes, sure, of course: it’s stupid to ride your bike on the sidewalk; dangerous, even, if you’re a dick about it. So, stop the guy, and give him a friendly reminder that he needs to play his part in the community. Running a red light on a bike? Depends what light and where. Being pedantic about it and simply issuing tickets for everything is *so* counterproductive.
(graphic from here)