Happy Fifth!

No, that's not a reference to the Fifth Amendment, but to celebrating the Fourth of July on the Fifth.

Which is what I did last night, because the fireworks have all been screwed up by rainstorms. Even though I was on a ship on the Delaware River with a perfect view of last night's fireworks, it still rained, although I was able to take a few pictures.

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I love fireworks and it was a lot of fun, although some of the revelers were partying more heavily than others. One of them had to be removed on a stretcher at the end of the cruise. She looked liked she'd had at least a fifth, so I guess you could say that she celebrated the Fourth by drinking a Fifth. (And no doubt she'll be sick on the Sixth.)

Amazingly, the Coast Guard and three Philadelphia police vehicles had to be involved in handling what was a simple incident of public intoxication, at great inconvenience to all the other passengers, who had to wait 45 minutes to disembark. The various cops made a huge deal out of it and I'm sure the woman was arrested (in much the same way disruptive airline passengers are).

Contrast the heavy-handed nature of the response to disruptions on ships and planes with the way disruptions by political demonstrators are handled. Puzzling. Society has zero tolerance for drunken disruptions -- especially on planes and ships -- while endless political disruptions by repeat offenders are treated by simple removal and a slap on the wrist. (Hence Desiree Farooz returns again and again, while disruptive drunks face felony charges.)

I realize that Bush rage is not the same as air rage, but maybe the solution is to get the activists drunk, so that their dysfunctional behavior will be taken more seriously.

posted by Eric on 07.06.08 at 09:44 AM










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That was really awesome to see ...excellent fireworks and pictures.As every year this time to big celebration

webmaster   ·  July 6, 2008 10:50 AM

You can be heavy-handed with drunks, even if their disturbance is slight, because they can't claim martyrdom. Protesters seemed able to convince at least a few others that they are being placed under the fascist boot.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  July 6, 2008 6:19 PM

hehee...no matters what happen, fireworks are makes me happy...

torasham   ·  July 7, 2008 4:03 AM

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