Monday, May 11, 2009

Shot today, suit tomorrow?

One has to wonder how many ambulance-chasing lawyers already are camped out outside the hospital room of the 15-year-old boy who was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy when he pointed a toy gun at officers. A sheriff's spokesman says officers had received reports of someone who was riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun yesterday in Palmdale. Officers reportedly spotted the boy and told him to drop the gun, which did not have an orange tip found on most toy weapons, but the boy instead pointed it at them and was shot. He's in stable condition at a hospital and is expected to recover. But you can be sure that plenty of people will blame the police officer, who in reality would have been cleaning up the gene pool if he had eliminated a teenager dumb enough to point a gun, toy or real, at a policeman.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cops ALWAYS embellish the first report on their mistakes to favor themselves. When the real truth comes out, no one remembers anymore. All we know for sure is that a kid playing with other kids on bikes, with squirt guns, is now dead, shot cown by a policeman called by an overzealous citizen. Wait for the report before blaming the kid, who is now dead.

May 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More harsh, over the top, cynical crap about the death of a child.
Between this and the anti-religious rants, I know myself and others are losing both patience with this blog and respect for the man writing it.
A child is dead, act like a human being for once.
No wonder the OR is in trouble.

May 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Uh, according to the reports I saw, the 15-year-old was recovering from his wound, not dead. And I'm just pointing out the sheer stupidity of pointing a gun, any gun, at a policeman who tells you to drop it. Also, I'm pointing out the litigious nature of our society, in which even if you're totally in the wrong, it's the fault of the police. The police have a tough enough job to do without running into people like this idiot teenager. As for my comments on religion, sometimes the truth hurts.

May 12, 2009 at 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Brant, your deep seeded problems with faith and religion is what is hurting, in other words you. The only person lying to themselves is you.
If one does not care about something, they leave it alone, if one has problems that they need to deal with and then lash out, well that is obvious.
You have a desire to put religion in it's place in your mind, it helps you deal with whatever it is that you are dealing with.
Instead of attacking people of faith, maybe, just maybe you need to take a look inward.

May 12, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

"if one has problems that they need to deal with and then lash out, well that is obvious. "

So... the whole gay marriage thing?

May 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

If some of the so-called "religious people" quit trying to tell everyone else how to live their lives - according to "God's word," of course - I wouldn't have nearly as much to write about. And attacking people of faith? My wife is a Christian educator, and most of my friends are Christians. We all get along just fine. It's called mutual respect.

May 12, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You use your wife's occupation as a shield each time someone dares question you.
Defensive mechanism that again only lies to yourself about your goals and intentions.
Are the churches coming to your home to tell you how to live your life?
Do they force you to listen to their beliefs?
Why the anger?

May 12, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

"Are the churches coming to your home to tell you how to live your life?
Do they force you to listen to their beliefs?"

You didn't feel even the slightest bit of irony while typing those sentences?

May 12, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

To the last anonymous. Can you possibly keep your comments on this subject to one post or another. I replied to you on the other post. Please have the courtesy, if you have the courage - and being anonymous, it should be pretty easy – to reply to what I have written there. And I think Ellipses covered your questions pretty well. You sound like an absolute moron when you suggest that there are not people in the right-wing religious crowd, some of them leaders of churches, who damn sure want to come into my home, figuratively, and tell me what I can do with my life. They want to impose their beliefs on our country as a whole, and I am adamantly opposed to that. And yes, the fact that my wife works in the field of religion, and that most of my friends are Christians, and that religion is at the heart of many pertinent issues and controversies in our country, including gay marriage, sex eduction and more - those are all factors in my interest in religion and my writings about religion. And if I really hated religious people, I would not be married to a Christian educator and befriend Christians. It's not a shield. It's a fact. I love Christians, except those who are on the lunatic fringe and give real, decent people who reflect the core teachings of Christ a bad name.

May 12, 2009 at 3:59 PM  

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