Idiots in Pakistan.
The stupid file at The Daley Post.
“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
(Peter Finch as Howard Beale, as a TV commentator in Network.)
I’m as mad as hell too, but not always mad, sometimes just thunderstruck, appalled, amused, irritated, or stunned, depending on the level of stupidity and nature of venality that goes on endlessly around us.
It’s low level outrage, I guess, and I think you feel it too.
Today begins a periodic series of posts on some of those things and my reaction to them.
IDIOTS IN PAKISTAN
First up, are the idiots in Pakistan who have charged a nine-month old baby with murder for ostensibly throwing rocks at gas company officials.
The child’s father says the charge is “vindictive.”
Maybe, but really, it is totally stupid.
The child was seven months old at the time of the “alleged attack” and can still not hold up his baby bottle.
He could not sign in at the cop shop, of course, so the fools took his fingerprints.
The details, but should you wish to know them, are in this story from Tristan Hopper of The National Post.
If you are too young to remember Network, here’s an explanatory note from Wikipedia.
Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall and features Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight.
In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2002, it was inducted into the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame as a film that has “set an enduring standard for U.S. American entertainment”. In 2006, Chayefsky’s script was voted one of the top-ten screenplays by the Writers Guild of America, East. In 2007, the film was 64th among the 100 greatest American films as chosen by the American Film Institute, a ranking slightly higher than the one AFI had given it ten years earlier.
And here’s a clip from the movie.
If you see anything you think should be here, I’d love to hear about it.
And if you get outraged or mad about this kind of stuff, you can comment below!
I love tom hear from you!