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Engage brain before opening mouth…

Good morning, Netizens...


One of my favorite slogans, particularly if the day isn't getting itself properly attired and ready for another prosperous business day is, “It's another wonderful day in Paradise”, typically spoken with a leer on my face, a mild-mannered form of non-verbal punctuation to the sentence being spoken. It seems that a person had a wonderful day in Paradise yesterday when he threatened to blow up City Hall when asked to sign himself in as a Guest.


Thomas D. McMillan ended up being arrested, charged with one count of threatening to bomb or injure property, a class B felony that prohibits threats against public buildings for his threat.


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/may/14/spokane-man-accused-threatening-blow-city-hall/


Here comes my question: can you think of any circumstances, any justification at all under for making threats to blow up City Hall?


Remember, we ostensibly have a representative government, in which we as citizens gleefully elect at predictably sometimes-macabre occasions, and anyone can run for public office in Spokane if they wish. So long as Council President Joe Shogan does not rap his imperial gavel, anyone can remonstrate, disagree or express an opinion to the City Council during the public input component of the City Council meetings. Of course you can always write letters, because so few of the Council members seem to answer e-mail, based upon my experiences. I submit there are lots of alternatives one should consider before resorting to making threats to blow up City Hall, and I am curious whether anyone can come up with some good rationale for McMillan's behavior.


Or was he just having another wonderful Day in Paradise that somehow got away from him in that he should have engaged his brain before opening his mouth? 


Dave




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