I’ve been pondering lately why I am a writer slash journalist. Is it because my great-grandfather was a writer slash journalist? Is it because I love it? Is it because I’m allll about telling stories, making up characters and whatnot? Is it because I looooove digging through public records, getting irascible sources to talk to me? Is it because I adore composing FOIAs in my sleep? NOOO! It’s because I knew that someday I would compose something pithy enough to capture the attention of one Jon Erickson.
Why…yes..YES that IS the reason.
Erickson, a fellow Chicagoan who is now an Ohioan who blogs, has a birthday today–a big one too–the big 5-0.
Happy, happy to the only man over 20 who uses emoticons more than a 13-year-old girl. Keep on keepin’ on!
It seems like I’ve been all about cops these days.
One would think that the universe would give me a break on the cops-behaving-badly-storyline but apparently, that desire ain’t in the stars.
Of course it happened near Cleveland.
Courtesy of Cleveland.com
Dare gets 10 NE Ohio police officers in trouble
Seems *cough* innocent enough, right?
To emulate President Obama in the debate against that cuntdonkey Mitt Romney, “Please proceed, Governor.”
“MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A veteran northeast Ohio police officer who put his head in a bucket of urine on a dare is being disciplined by his department, and nine colleagues who paid him for the task are being reprimanded.
The News-Herald in Willoughby (http://bit.ly/T32yKo ) reports an off-duty Mentor patrolman completed the dare last month, using a bucket from a makeshift urinal at a football game. Online video of the incident was reported to the city.”
Did someone say VIDEO? Why yes, they did. Sorry if my feigning surprise seemed phony in a Holden Caulfield kinda way, but I still suffer from this bad habit of giving people the benefit of the doubt.
And of course I’ve posted it for your viewing pleasure. FYI, it’s grody to the max.
Sooooo….the cops involved were reprimanded because they egged him on and each paid him fitty bucks to stick his noggin in a bucket o’ piss.
Let’s sit with this one a while. He, a grown man with responsibilities like carrying a gun and upholding the law, was dared to stick his head in a bucket of piss. Urine. Pee. Human waste. Recycled beer.
Apparently being a public servant ain’t what it used to be with the high pay, great bennies, huge fucking pensions and all. His friends felt the need to supplement his income but only if he worked for it. Now.. hmm…how could that be accomplished whilst drunk?
Let that wash over you while you also wade through this final tidbit:
“An investigator reported that several officers who were involved described the incident as “disgusting” but said they didn’t think it violated the department’s conduct code.”
So much for being a cop 24/7.
There is nothing left to say.