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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


Shoot & Clunk Celebrations

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Libyan rebels joyfully celebrated their advance into Tripoli yesterday by shooting automatic weapons into the air.  The emotional soldiers were practicing a ritual common in many places around the world.  It beats pounding your chest screaming Tarzan victory  yells – but not by much.

Unfortunately, the laws of physics don’t give free passes for celebrations.  What goes up must come down.  And sometimes what comes down crashes through some nitwit bystander’s skull. This year,  while welcoming in the New Year, three people in the Philippines died from falling bullets. In 2010, a Turkish bridegroom killed three relatives when he fired an AK-47 into the air at his wedding.

Although firing weapons into the air injures many more people than it kills, our Mideast friends should imitate our culture.  To celebrate anything, many Americans get shit-faced drunk. The next day’s hangover usually sucks – but it sure beats a bullet hanging over your throat after taking a short cut through your brain.