The people who maintain and repair the REGJB escalators decided that on a Tuesday following a Monday holiday was the perfect time to shut down the escalator from the first floor. Of course chaos (not pictured) ensued.
The escalator repair company blamed the snafu on the company that advises them on repairs: BP.
However, other than the escalator shutdown, the day ran rather smoothly as we reported in our update yesterday. Kudos to Judge Slom and the County Court judges for carefully managing their calendars and not over scheduling a slew of cases for Tuesday.
Speaking of BP.....
As BP works on "Plan Q" this disaster is only going to get worse. We have no concept of the far reaching impact this disaster will have on our planet. Only time will tell.
COMING TOMORROW: THE SUPREME COURT SAYS TO REMAIN SILENT----YOU HAVE TO SPEAK UP. AND GUESS WHICH JUSTICE THAT OUR DAVID MARKUS SAYS IS A GREAT FRIEND TO THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE BAR VOTED WITH THE MAJORITY?
That Judge being wheeled out on a EMS Gurney in Broward on Friday was retired Dade Judge Richard Yale Feder who has been pitching in to cover the calendars of the departing and scandal ridden (and now former) Judge Ana Gardiner. (Hat tip JAA Blog.) A slight blood sugar problem was fixed and Feder was back at it "Dade Style" in the afternoon. Go get em Judge!
In Defense of Israel:
For over half a century Israel has always survived by being smarter than its enemies. Israel could never be bigger than those who threatened its existence. So being stronger meant being smarter. Not this time. Israel was out maneuvered and it was a classic trap. If Israel couldn't see this public relations nightmare coming from a thousand miles away, then something is seriously wrong with their political and military leadership.
But lets remember this incident for what it was: a publicity stunt. The attempt to try and run the blockade and resupply Hamas in Gaza was a classic "win/win" operation. Run the blockade and celebrate the resupply mission. Be intercepted by Israel- and become international martyrs.
The loss of life in this stunt is regrettable. But no less regrettable than the Israeli loss of life when Hamas was mercilessly shelling Israel in 2007. Where was the international outcry then?
The Palestinians are a tragic people. Disavowed by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which at one time was 50% Palestinian, and thrust as pawns in the terrorists battle against Israel, first by the PLO and now by Hamas, the Palestinians are the real losers here. No one speaks up for the Palestinian children and their innocent families who didn't choose the terrorists who claim to speak on their behalf. When Israel attacks Gaza, it's innocent Palestinian families who are caught in the cross fire and die. When Hamas strikes back, it's innocent Israeli families who die from the rockets. See the pattern here? Innocents die while the politicians and their armies wage a century old war. Enough is enough. But until reason returns to the Middle East (and maybe reason has never really been there) Israel has the right and indeed the obligation to protect its citizens. And if that means intercepting ships trying to run the blockade so as to make sure the cargo doesn't contain weapons or WMDs, so be it.
Like the oil spill and our aging escalators, the Middle East just gets worse and worse.