Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Crazy, but True, News of the Week

Sheriff's Deputy Goes Off Half-Cocked

Imagine paying $12.4 MILLION for a new city judicial center, and it taking over a year to construct.

Finally it is opening day. You are the Sheriff of this town, and it turns out to be the worst day of your life.

That's exactly what happened to Sheriff Ralph Curry. It seems that his deputy had accidentally locked himself in a jail cell. That doesn't sound too bad, does it? Except that he was EXTREMELY claustraphobic. He panicked. He figured that the only way out was to start shooting. So he did. Several times.

Luckily no one was hurt when Charles Wright went off half-cocked. He did lose his job, though. Last I heard, they were looking into if he was related to this famous deputy:

Take Your Child to Work Day Goes a Bit Too Far

You've probably heard by now the story of the air traffic controller at JFK Airport in New York who brought his young son to work one day last month. You think that would be distracting enough, but no. THIS FATHER let his kid control the planes. I KNOW. Hard to believe. I know the kid was repeating exactly what his father was telling him to say, but how easily could he have said "left" instead of "right"? What was this controller thinking? Or that's it. He WASN'T thinking. I think a simple tour of the control tower would have sufficed for the kid. If it was a problem with babysitting (no school that day), the father should have taken off of work. It would have been safer to have one less controller than have the air traffic controlled by someone under the age of 10!

Stick 'Em Up at Starbucks

It seems that Starbucks is embroiled in a bitter dispute. Well, the company, itself, is trying to stay OUT of the dispute, but they are the CAUSE of the dispute. You see, it is legal in 43 out of 50 states to OPEN CARRY a weapon. But even if it is legal, some local establishments don't allow patrons to walk in wearing a weapon. Starbucks wants to honor the law. Yep. If the law says you can carry a weapon openly, when then, gosh darn it, you are welcome in their establishment.

Here's where I see the problem. Do you SERIOUSLY want caffeine deprived customers who are waiting impatiently in long lines to carry a gun? Think about it. You are only asking for trouble. And what if the barista should screw up the order, and give you an Iced Peppermint Moca

instead of an Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

Would YOU want to be on the receiving end of that angry customer's wrath? With a gun?

So the situation is, law abiding, gun carrying citizens are walking around showing off their weapons, and the gun control crowd is petitioning Starbucks to "offer espresso shots, not gunshots" and declare its coffeehouses "gun-free zones".

To read Starbucks letter to the public on their position on Open Carry Law, click HERE.

I'm not going to get into THIS discussion, but I can tell you that I can finally use that line, "Are you happy to see me, or is that just your gun?"


Brian Miller said...

i dont know am more afraid of cops shooting hteir way out or pilots letting their kids fly the planes....yikes! hope you are having a great weekend!

Gail said...

I shall carry my weapon in plain sight and be proud of it, my weapon is my mouth.

Anonymous said...

Ha, they say truth is stranger than fiction....;)

Betty said...

I have to agree with Steven
Hope you're having a great Sunaday Pat.
Betty xx

Wendy said...

"OMG, did you hear the latest news?!
Pat's trying to start a class on Debate in the blogs!!"


WhisperingWriter said...

I'm already afraid of flying as it is. Now another fear has been added: is a CHILD controlling the planes?!

Allen said...

The cop story is just funny. The Traffic controller is just scary. To think a child is trying to speak the correct things. OMG I hope they fire that guy.

otin said...

That thing with the air traffic control kid was crazy! Can you imagine that in this day and age that someone would think that it was okay to do?

Missy said...

I always carry a gun to get my coffee! You never know when you will run into a half-cocked deputy!

SquirrelQueen said...

Maybe that's why Andy would only give Barney one bullet, no multiple shots that way.

It does make you wonder what dad was thinking when he let junior talk to the planes. Can you imagine what the pilots thought when they heard a child's voice?

Now I really want a Iced Peppermint Mocha.