I am what could be considered a “news junkie”; I really enjoy learning new things and trying to understand current events as pieces of a much larger picture. However, sometimes being a news addict can be a very bad thing. It can skew your perspective of the world and make you worry that it’s all just falling apart. That happened in a small way this morning as I was scrolling through CNN’s headlines. Since misery loves company, I thought I would share the bad news with you.
First of all, what is wrong with people? An 18 year old Pakistani actress and singer was attacked with acid, while she slept! These acid attacks have become commonplace throughout the Islamic world and each new attack seemingly desensitizes Western observers. The girl was asleep in her parents home when her attacker broke in and dumped acid on her face. The girl was rushed to the hospital where she is in critical condition. Her life now changed forever, the question becomes what happens to the attacker?
Being an Islamic country, punishment should be swift, and as we’ve seen in other acid attacks… the punishments will likely be severe.
Secondly, tigers are terrifying. In Indiana an employee with a local zoo was attacked and mauled by a tiger. Apparently she had been cleaning its cage when the tiger got out of its holding area because the door had not been properly closed. A coworker heard the screaming and rushed over to find the tiger with the young woman’s head clenched between its teeth! (As a side note – you will never find me cleaning a tiger’s cage.)
The tiger was lured away with food and the woman was air-lifted to a hospital where hopefully she will recover.
Lastly, how about a palate cleanser where the good guys get the best of the bad guys? All over the country LeBron James fans (and shoe fans) were eagerly anticipating the release of his latest collaboration with Nike. The LeBron-X-Denim, which will retail for $180 is sure to be a hit this summer with sneaker fanatics everywhere. In Atlanta, one bad guy thought the release of the sneaker would mean one thing – “easy picking”. In the early morning hours folks had lined up outside of a downtown shoe store hoping to get themselves a pair of the new LeBron’s when the thief made his move, using a gun to rob the customers in line. However, what the thief forgot was that in Georgia many citizens carry concealed weapons. He would have been better off trying something like this in New York City or Chicago, where gun rights are severely restricted.
In Atlanta he found himself “outgunned” as one of his potential victims ended his crime spree and his life.
The police have ruled the shooting “self-defense”, and hopefully the event makes other Atlanta bad guys think twice before trying something similar.
It’s a mad, mad world.
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