Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shoe-gate

I got back to Vegas yesterday after a great weekend in Dallas (really Plano) with my best girl Stephanie, where we frolicked and romped about North Texas with reckless abandon. It was much needed and lots of fun. Now I'm home with my stinky cat (seriously, there's something wrong with him. Smelly cat, smelly cat, what am I feeding you?) and back to the workday grind. While I was out ducking the law at a local Plano bar (i rode a fake horse and joined a band), our president was ducking shoes. Now, I know everyone has seen this video already, but I'll post it here as a reference point so you all have easy access:



There are all kinds of things to think about this - my first thought was, "holy crap, President Bush has mad reflexes!!!" Many others had this thought!

I thought I would try to compile much of the silliness that has sprung up all over in video and .gif form regarding this shoe throwing fiasco!

Duck Hunt!

Pokemon!

Who Throws a Shoe?

Mortal Combat

Stooges!

The really sad thing about all this is that there are some reports that the shoe-throwing reporter has been beaten while in custody. It is only just that the reporter would face some type of punishment - as funny as the whole thing was, it's also terribly disrespectful, and I want you to think about what would be done in this country (which has a very humane domestic justice system, I'd like to point out) if someone threw a shoe at a foreign leader during a press conference. Even if it were someone we don't like very much. Let's say... Hugo Chavez? That shoe-thrower would be taken down and taken into custody before you can say "you fight like a woman!" and while he most likely would not face anything like life in prison, he would definitely face some type of punishment. All that said... he certainly would not be beaten in custody (i hope). This reporter reportedly has "a broken arm, broken ribs, and internal bleeding." These reports are denied by the Iraqi military. Muntadar al-Zaidi has become something of a hero in Iraq these last few days, and his press union is asking for clemency for his crime (of insulting a foreign leader and disrespecting the Iraqi leader, who was standing next to Mr. Bush). I don't condone throwing shit at people... but hell, the man made his point, no one was hurt, and it caused endless creative products to be born on the internet! I hope his punishment is minimal and that the reports of beatings turn out to be false.

And now, you too can throw a shoe!

Update: Yep, i think our domestic justice system is humane. (I don't think it's especially well functioning or effective in reducing recidivism. But humane, yes). My views on what we do to those we detain outside our borders is another matter altogether, as pointed out in the comments section. Just wanted to make sure we're clear here...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like how you delineated how humane the "domestic" justice system is. Have you given any thought to the not-so-domestic justice system run by the US government? Maybe that could be your next post, or maybe that would be a conflict of interest given your current employer. Love, Dan

A Most Ingenious Paradox said...

you caught that - "domestic" was definitely a deliberate addition on my part!