Saturday, January 20, 2007

Follow-up on the news

The NEW YORK POST has given us a follow-up on the story of the stowaway skunk. Canada has finally found someone to give it a ride home. A radio host and producer have agreed to drive all the way from Toronto to California to bring the skunk home. Canadian laws didn't allow the "illegal alien" to remain in the country. If only we could remove our "illegals" as easily and quickly.

On another story, Mayor Bloomberg blasted a judge's decision to free Jeb Corliss who tried to parachute off the Empire State Building last April. "The judge said the guy did nothing wrong and should be able to jump off buildings with a single bound or whatever - I don't know where the judge is coming from," Bloomberg said. "Whether it's legal, that's up to the court system to decide. But we do not need people jumping off of tall buildings in New York City - certainly not without a permit." (Perish the thought there's no permit, the city won't receive a permit fee.)

The mayor added, "If you wanted to do it one time, I suppose for a stunt, and we had plenty of police and permitting and you paid all the costs, yeah, sure - why not?" It doesn't make sense to the mayor, but he'll leave it to the court system to define whether it's legal or not.

This is not the first time someone tried to parachute from a tall building. Back in 1912 a parachutist named Frederick R. Law jumped from the top of the 39 story Bankers Trust Building at 14 Wall Street downtown and landed unhurt 40 seconds later on the roof of the old Sub-Treasury across the street. Back in 1912 a building that was 39 stories tall was a skyscraper.

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