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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Alcoa Sombrero

It's apparently a very popular fashion nowadays. The City Council of Richmond, California, passed a resolution of solidarity with people who believe they are under attack from space-based weapons. The police and mayor's office are now fielding an overwhelming barrage of phone calls from around the nation and the world from people seeking protection.

"We are getting numerous requests from individuals all over the country--some even from other countries related to the Council's recent resolution," police chief Chris Magnus said in a statement released by the mayor's office. "Richmond now seems to be known as the 'resource or helpers' for folks from many states with a myriad of mental health and other problems." The department does not have the resources to field such a large number of calls, Magnus said.

[Mayor] Butt said his office has been receiving requests for help as well, including a message from a woman living in her car in Carson City, Nevada, who says she has been electronically stalked but has received no help from law enforcement.
Okay, that's bad. What's worse is that the only 2 votes against the resolution were from Mayor Butt and Councilor Pimple. And it's not The Onion.

7 comments:

kathy a. said...

Well, this is peculiar. I live a mile or so from Richmond, and have seen nothing local about this at all. Because it was just a stupid resolution! People have better things to worry about. (Although why Richmond decided to consider this, much less pass the resolution, is a complete mystery. Note that most of the crazy people calling in are from OTHER PLACES.

robin andrea said...

Now I know who to call. LOL!

Cervantes said...

Yeah, but don't bother to call Butt or Pimple.

kathy a. said...

Not nice to make fun of names. Although a former councilman of the city was named Corky Booze (with an accent over the e, which I don't know how to do). Not making this up!

Cervantes said...

You are no doubt aware of the sad story of the civic center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They held an on-line referendum to choose the name, and the runaway winner was the late beloved long-time mayor Harry Balz. (It's legit, he deserved the honor.) The City Council thwarted the will of the people and refused to give Mayor Balz recognitioon.

kathy a. said...

And here I was, worried that my son Charles would eventually be called Chuck, leading to the inevitable upchuck jokes. Obviously, we are minor league in the bad names contest.

Cervantes said...

there is a prominent Philadelphia family, the Updegraves. My boarding school roommate (actually Jim Harris, whose mother murdered the diet doc)knew Doug Updegrave. Really. They didn't think of it when they named him.