Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fighting Back, Stupid Criminals, -and- Due Process

Fighting Back - pizza deliveryman lobs pizza to escape from teen robber
Stupid Criminals - man lies to cop about his name, but it’s tattooed on his neck
Due Process - couple served legal documents via Facebook

On this day in history: December 16, 1977 - The pinnacle of the Disco era attained with the release of the polyester-clad film "Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta.

Born on this day in history: December 16, 1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Born in Bonn, Germany, composer Ludwig van Beethoven studied under Haydn and possibly Salieri. His music is usually divided into three periods: the first, including his first two symphonies (1792–1802); second, including the "Eroica" symphony (803–12); and third, including the Mass (1813-26).

Scripture of the Day: Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. — Romans 12:16

Video of the Day: Singing Kitty - submitted by Cindy

This looks like a bad neighborhood! Click to enlarge.

Recommended Sites:
David Louis Harter Photography - a showcase for the photography of David Louis Harter

New reality show "Smile, You're Under Arrest"

Fox's new reality show pilot called "Smile, You're Under Arrest" features people with outstanding warrants getting tricked for the audience's amusement before being arrested.

Fox President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell calls it "a reverse Punk’d. Instead of the worst day of your life and then a joke at the end, this is the reverse. This is the best day of your life, and then we arrest you.”

One of three set-ups just shot in Arizona features the cops luring a criminal to a movie set with the promise of making him an extra and paying him a couple hundred dollars. An elaborate film set is staged and filming begins on a faux movie. The set-up continues as the director then gets mad at the lead actor, fires him and replaces him with the law-breaking extra.

The scene escalates with the fake director introducing the mark to a supposed studio mogul and continuing to create this dream-comes-true sequence. Finally, all the participants are revealed as officers of the law, and the criminal is apprehended (before signing waivers to let the footage be used in the show).

Fox is working with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on this show, which is no surprise. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is famous for his "tent city" jail and his no-nonsense treatment of inmates.