Coming soon to a
theater store or mall near you!
I believe that our legal system and our media have made us afraid of virtually everything from weather, to child abduction, to eating butter on popcorn. These media based fears are being constantly stoked by too much awareness and too little understanding. I fear that the stories below show that we may have just pulled some of the last straws and they were the short ones.
First sign that the apocalypse is upon us.
The Associated Press has reported that a man in Montana has received an award of around $100,000 for injuries he received in a fall after he rode his motorized bicycle in the winter cold, at night, in notoriously flat Montana, on a trail where motoroized vehicles were prohibited and fell on some ice. The eventual results of this award in this patently ridicuous law suit will be one of three things, all involving a loss of general public use and money. They could put in camera surveillance on the bike trail, consider human foot patrols on snowshoes to control bike riders in the winter, or as is more likely in our society, they will, to protect the city coffers from one idiot and his brethren tear out the bike trail so that no one, no matter how careful and deserving they may be, can ever use it again and by doing so totally protect the city from idiot liability and predatory lawyers while at the same time robbing the general public of yet one more enjoyable freedom.
Second Sign that the apocalypse is upon us
I just caught the end of a story, sorry I do not know the source and was unable to find it, where someone has recommended that mall and department store Santa’s no longer have children sit on their knee for fear of potential child molestations, child endangerment charges, and lawsuits.
Winston Churchill said it best when he said , ” We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Fear and “zero tolerance” risk aversion is going to do to our country what outside forces could never do, first paralyze it and then destroy it.
Such a little thing to worry about you may say and it is true. But it is also true that the last straw breaks the camel’s back and each straw counts in the total no matter how small each individual straw may be.
I can see a future where the mall Santa says, ” Stand over there by the camera(a profit center) Ha,Ha,Ha , be watchful for ice and snow in the mall as it is winter time Ha, Ha, Ha, and call me on your cell phone to give me your “Holiday Ha, Ha, Ha, ” list, “Ha,Ha,Ha!.
Santa now laughs “Ha, Ha, Ha,” instead of “Ho, Ho, Ho,” because “Ho, Ho, Ho,” was felonized in 2013 after it was identified by the office of the Speech Czar to be offensive euphemistic hate speech aimed at “sexual satisfaction technicians and providers. “