I generally don’t fall into reading a few news stories and conclude the world has gone to hell. But last night as I was clicking through my bookmarks of various press and media sites, I have to admit that I’m questioning…is it getting weirder out there?
We have the man trying tocommit suicide by fighter jet. He flew over my city and that prompted the evacuation of our state capitol.
There is what appears to be a suicide by cop in St. Paul MN. During a confrontation with police a man shot a police dog, K9 Boomer, resulting in officers returning fire and killing him.He left a message:
with a mood status of “done” and a message stating, “I love you
Aside: K9 Boomer survived. Boomer has been featured onAnimal Planet’s K9 Cops:
Then there is the woman in Florida who went to the gun range with her son. With a rented a gun she shot him in the back of the head as he was target practicing. She then placed the gun in her mouth and shot herself.And there is video of it all
Very weird is the Metairie, Louisiana man who was tending his garden when a man walked up and attacked him.‘He bit my arm, chewed the flesh and swallowed it in front of me,’ A neighbor came to his aid and rescue. After the attack, the culprit walked “two blocks to a parking lot, where he hovered near an empty police car” and eventually was arrested when the cops returned from wherever.
Then there is the elderly couple attacked in front of a Target store in FL by aman wielding knives in both hands. The wife interrupted the attack on her husband by hitting the attacker with her cane.
Finally a Harris County sheriff’s deputy arrested for DUI…while still in uniform. And there was a Dallas crossing guard tragically run over by a drunk driver… a Google Street View image of the site of that crimestill shows school crossing guard Franklin Lester at his post.
[EDIT: Forgotthis one:
AUSTIN – The 11
Corpus Christi State School employees accused of forcing profoundly
disabled residents into a late-night “fight club” were hired despite
poor employment histories and little work experience beyond fast-food
jobs, according to personnel records obtained byThe Dallas Morning News.
They took cell phone videos of the fights though thankfully they haven’t been released]
So even though this seems to be more weird than I usually see each night checking the news, I’m not going to extrapolate to a vague generalized sense that humankind is screwed. No…But I will say I REALLY needed to see this video. Now I suppose if this happened in the US someone would pull out a…STOP! Not. gonna. go. there.
(h/t for video:Andrew Sullivan…who viewed it as The Cheney Antidote)