Thursday, October 16, 2008

Let 'em jump


One thing you learn quickly when you scan the Associated Press wires is that stupidity is not in short supply in this country. A recent report out of San Francisco (insert joke here) advised that the board that controls the Golden Gate Bridge has voted to install a stainless steel net underneath the span to keep people from jumping to their deaths. Oh, by the way, it will cost between $40 million and $50 million and, of course, will require an environmental review. Here's my free environmental review: It'll be butt ugly, and some birds are going to fly into it and die. This is just asinine. Officials say that about 20 people commit suicide from the bridge annually. So, because 20 screwed-up individuals want to take their own lives, they're going to spend as much as $50 million on a net? Do they really think people with the intent to kill themselves are suddenly going to choose life because they can't jump off the pretty bridge? I guess it would be better for them to turn on the gas in their oven and potentially cause an explosion and fire that could take their neighbors out with them. Or maybe jump off a tall building and land on innocent people below. If these people want to go bungee-jumping off the bridge without a rubber band, I say let 'em go.

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Anonymous Steelerfan43 said...

Believe it or not there was a guy on Dr. Phil the other day that has an independent film out that shows some of these disturbed people jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. Not sure what the purpose was behind the filming, I didn't watch the show, but I am sure this guy has a great reason for filming other peoples pain. Got to love this crap.

October 16, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I wonder what a body looks like that has plummeted some number of feet at a decent rate of speed and lands on wire mesh. It would probably look like grill marks on a steak.

There needn't be an environmental study on this. Skip the net. Let those who want to jump, jump. They'll land in the water and either decompose naturally or be eaten. Either way, it sounds like a more environmentally viable alternative than a $50 million net that some poor bastard is going to have to empty 20 times a year.

And one more thought: if the jumper is aware of the net, don't you think he won't jump? What would be the point? He or she will just find another high place from which to plummet.

October 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My one worry about a jumper falling into a steel net is that, if he isn't killed, he will strain himself.

October 16, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Kudos.

October 16, 2008 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

Steelerfan43 says:

Got to love this crap.

Please explain what their is to love about any part of this.

October 17, 2008 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Steelerfan43 said...

Roger I was being sarcastic. It is a little hard to do when you are typing. Please do not get the impression that I am all for people committing suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge or some independent film director making and breakthrough in the business off of some poor souls pain and mental instability. Sorry I did not explain myself better.

October 17, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

I recognized the sarcasm.

October 17, 2008 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Steelerfan43 said...

Thanks Brant I glad you recognized it.

October 17, 2008 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone does jump. Maury will probably be right beside him, telling him he's not the father.

October 17, 2008 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

I have to admit that I love the "Who's your daddy?" episodes. There was a woman on there once who was having a DNA test done on the 10th potential sperm donor. TEN! And that would be just during the time frame when she got pregnant. Her mattress probably has a big dip in the middle.

October 17, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I got the sarcasm too, steelerfan. Just thought I'd throw that in.

I don't know how this turned to Maury Povich, but I have to wonder if any of these little sluts or the "studs" who service them care that not only are they bringing an unwanted child into a world where apparently the only thing that matters to the parents is an orgasm, that they are very likely to contract an STD. I'm always amazed at the number of teen girls on shows like that who are having sex with a man in his thirties and the only topic of conversation is 'who da daddy?" Why isn't someone going after the men for statutory rape charges???

By the way, I loved the joke about straining himself after the jump.

October 21, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

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