A few things have grabbed my attention in the news recently…
Trump Wins Michigan.
This got my attention because I’m still in denial that Trump can win anything, except maybe the popularity contest inside his head. I also found it interesting that Trump did particularly well in Dearborn, where he received strong support among the town’s Muslim population.
A Muslim voting for Trump is like someone trying to crash the Academy Awards; you know you’ll probably get kicked out, but you get carried away in all the excitement.
- The Muslim community thought Donald was one of them because he always seems to be wearing a hijab.
- There is a misunderstanding in the community about the American electoral process based on their heavy viewership of Survivor. They thought they were voting him off.
Woman Arrested for Hiding Child in Carry-on.
I just love it when one of the ideas I put forth in this blog goes viral and begins getting widespread usage. Just a few weeks ago, I did a post about babies on planes called “Won’t That Fit in the Overhead Compartment?” and now somebody has discovered that, yes, yes it will!
Now, before I take full credit, I must admit there were mitigating circumstances.
Evidently, this French woman had adopted a child from Haiti, and they were flying to her home in France which involved a stopover on Istanbul. I’m not sure why that would be, since you’d have to fly past France to get to Istanbul from Haiti. Maybe the woman wanted to take home some baklava along with the kid.
Anyway, for some unspecified reason, they wouldn’t let her new daughter board the connecting Air France flight in Istanbul, so she did what any mother would do in that situation: she hid the kid in a carry-on bag.
I know what you’re thinking: how could a mother do that to a baby? Well, she didn’t to that to her baby. The kid was four years old.
And, to be fair, she didn’t put the bag in the overhead bin, she put it under the seat in front of her. According to a French news site, about halfway through the flight, a passenger across the aisle noticed something was moving inside the woman’s bag. It’s unclear whether the passenger said anything to the crew, or simply assumed, as I would have, that the woman was carrying a Tibetan terrier rather than a Haitian toddler.
But then the child started complaining that she needed to go to the bathroom, which shocked the passenger across the aisle, who was, at the same time, relieved that it wasn’t a dog, especially one pointed in his direction. Their ruse discovered, the woman and child were then moved to the front of the plane for the remainder of the five-hour flight.
I have three comments about this story:
- I don’t think I’d feel very safe flying on Air France. I mean, how good could their security be if the woman’s carry-on bag went through the scanner with a child in it and nobody noticed? “Please remove your laptops and liquids and put them in the trays. You can leave small children in your bags.”
- On the other hand, I’d love to fly Air France because they seem to have a lot more legroom than, say, Delta to Ft. Lauderdale. I’d like to see somebody try to cram a kid under the seat in front of them on Delta, even in the “comfort” seats.
- And if I was going to fly on Air France, you can bet I’d take my daughter with me in a carry-on bag. True, she might feel cramped what with her being 29 years old and all, but I’m sure she’d be whining about it, and we’d be discovered, and then, apparently, they’d move us to first class.
Mother Shot in the Back by Her 4-year-old.
I haven’t gotten this excited over a child-wielding-gun story since I reported on a nine-year-old girl fatally shooting her shooting instructor with an Uzi.
First, I should negate your assumption that the 4-year-old in this story is the Haitian girl in the carry-on bag. That was a silly guess on your part, because, obviously, a gun tragedy like this could only occur in America. Florida, to be exact.
According to the AOL news story:
Jamie Gilt, 31, of Jacksonville, Florida, was reportedly driving Tuesday afternoon when the child picked up a gun in the back seat and fired a shot. The bullet struck the woman in the back and exited her torso. Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies are still looking into how the child got hold of the gun, and charges could be pending.
Charges for who? Will they arrest the kid for shooting his mother, or the mother for getting shot? I guess child endangerment is in play here, and rightly so, because if the kid was safely buckled into a child seat, he shouldn’t have been able to reach the gun.
But the best part of this story is that the mother has a “public pro-gun stance.” In fact, she has a Facebook page entitled “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense,” on which she has proudly posted a link to an article about her getting shot by her 4-year-old son. The “community” is described as “a page to connect people that share a common goal. … to protect and expand our 2nd Ammendment rights.”
Feel free to “like” her page if you want. No need to worry about your spelling.
See you soon.