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( Dec. 8th, 2005 09:22 am)
Take the first sentence of the first post you made each month this year.

January - This will prove to be an interesting year, indeed.
February - You scored as True Neutral. (It was a meme I took.)
March - If you ask me, this storm, which was touted as being a real rip-snorter of a nor'easter, was rather a letdown.
April - Ever have one of those days where you just can't get the impetus to do anything?
May - Another weekend has come and gone, but this one was one of the better ones that I've had as of late.
June - And so it's Monday once again, and I'm back at work after a week of being at home with the wife and kiddo.
July - [Action Movie meme]
August - This weekend proved to be... well... interesting is not the word I would use...
September - Anyone else ready to heave their breakfast when looking at your receipts after filling your tanks?
October - And so begins another work week. (Actually, there were two memes before this one...)
November - The BBC asked people to vote for the top 50 things everyone should try a bite of in their lifetime. (Meme)
December - Who is your favourite superhero? (Friday Five meme)
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( Dec. 8th, 2005 09:54 am)
Wild times in Miami.
In case you've been hiding under a bridge the past day or so, here's the skinny: a guy on a plane from Columbia decides to have some sort of mental attack as the plane is on the ground at Miami International Airport. He runs off the plane and onto the bridgeway toward the terminal, making threats to detonate an explosive device in his backpack.
Sky marshals, being quick on the ball, draw down on the suspect and order him to stand down and kiss the floor.
He makes the brilliant move of reaching for and into the bag.
Result? Shots fired. None miss their mark. Suspect down, incapacitated, and expired.

Now comes all the hooha.
Turns out the suspect was bipolar and off his medication, according to his wife who was on the plane with him. Where was she when all this went down? Why didn't she make sure he was on his meds?
And now the uproar against the marshals comes into play, saying that what they did was a hasty kneejerk reaction against someone who has a mental disorder.
Okay, Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Let's put you in the shoes of the marshals for a moment. You're on a plane or in an airport when someone starts screaming and running, threatening to detonate a device. You draw down on him, ordering him to hug the floor. Instead, he reaches into the bag. What's your reaction going to be? Wait and see if what he pulls out is a grenade pin or a lollypop? I think not. You're trained to protect the lives of everyone in that airplane and airport. You're trained to take the subject down. No warning shots. No misses. Center mass. If he lives, he lives. If he dies, then that's what happens. You're not trained to second-guess yourself or the suspect.
The marshals did what they were trained to do. It was a justified shooting. It's unfortunate that the suspect died, but that's how it turned out. In this day and age, we can't tiptoe around this sort of stuff.
Personally, I feel better knowing that they did their jobs.
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( Dec. 8th, 2005 12:17 pm)
For some reason, my posts aren't showing on my friends page... this, on the whole, seems very odd indeed...


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