Friday, November 07, 2014

The Friday Funny… 
Wally is loudly insisting that this cartoon is not funny.   Meanwhile, he is having difficulty maintaining a straight face.

But sadly, this is gallows humor and, in times of feeling completely without power, finding a way to laugh about a painful situation is the only way to stay sane.

But the cartoon brings to mind a very sad event.   In early August, a young, unarmed black man was shot by police, as he shopped the aisles of an Ohio Walmart.  Ronald Ritchie, the individual who first called 911, said that a young black man was walking around Walmart while threatening and pointing a gun at children and adult shoppers.  After the shooting, Ritchie initially told reporters that he was an ex-marine.  Later, however, it was learned that he only served seven weeks and was booted out in 2008 for fraudulent enlistment.

“I can almost understand the cops thinking that they may've rolled up on a situation with an active shooter,” Wally wrote in one of his unpublished letters to the editor. “But there is no excuse for the actions of Mr. Ritchie. It was a cruel joke on his part and there must be some kind of law under which he can be prosecuted.”  

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