There are two stories in the news this week that have a whiff of "gimme some attention." Story 1 is the case of this kid from the University of Florida, Andrew Meyer. He's the one who got tasered and dragged off at a John Kerry appearance. (John Kerry - he's still alive?) If you haven't seen the video...
There are a couple of indications that Meyer was planning to make some kind of a scene. For one, he handed his video camera to a stranger and asked them to record him asking his question. Then, according to the police reports:
"As (Meyer) was escorted down stairs (at the University Auditorium) with no cameras in sight, he remained quiet, but once the cameras made their way down stairs he started screaming and yelling again," Mallo wrote.Hmmmm....just politically passionate, or trying to get his name known? Either way, there are two meaningful suggestions I will make.
Mallo was one of two officers who actually rode in the vehicle as Meyer was escorted to the Alachua County jail...
Mallo also wrote in her report that he asked, at one point, if cameras would be present at the jail.
1. When the cops have decided they're arresting you, yell all you want but it's probably better to lie down on your stomach and let them cuff you. You probably won't talk them out of it once they put their hands on you. Unless you like the feel of the electricity shooting out of your fingertips.
2. If you are a Senator, a supposed statesman, a man of power and influence, and the cops start arresting a college kid because he's asking a question, it would be a good thing if you walked out there and tried to stop the whole thing, rather than just keep talking like nothing's happening.
Story 2 in the "Hey, look at me!" files is OJ. If I never saw this guy's face again it would be too soon, but here he is again. Don't you think if you were this notorious, if three out of four people who passed you on the street were thinking "there goes a cold-blooded, remorseless murderer" that maybe you would sort of lay low, and not take part in activities involving guns and stealing? I know some people are claiming this was a set up. I don't care. Seeing some of the smirking photos that have been taken of Simpson this week just makes me think he's happy to be getting all the attention.
Look, I've got to run. Now that I've posted to my blog I need to go stand by the freeway in my underwear, and later I'm planning to glue a lot of little plastic toys to my car. I hope nobody notices.