Opinion

April 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: What if only criminals can have umbrellas?

• Michael Di Marzo had just finished some errands and was walking to his Olympia, Wash., home when he noticed the helicopter overhead. It almost seemed to be following him. In fact, it was following him. Police showed up later at his home, telling him that someone had reported that a man in a black ski mask carrying an assault rifle had been seen near a school. Officials put three nearby schools on partial lockdown, and police quickly pegged Di Marzo as the man the person described. But it turns out the black ski mask was just a watch cap, and the assault rifle was the 15-inch umbrella Di Marzo had been carrying.

• Nova Scotia, Canada, officials have banned 2,966 words from personalized license plates. The ban includes many curse words and sexual terms. But it also includes “Allah,” “God” and “Jesus.”

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has asked the state attorney general to investigate the Department of Youth and Family Services. Two DYFS agents and local police in tactical gear visited the Carney Point home of Shawn Moore demanding to see his firearms after Moore posted a photo of his 11-year-old son Josh holding a .22-caliber rifle on Facebook. Josh has a state hunting license. When police officers admitted they had no warrant, Moore told them to leave his house. But Moore says one of the DYFS agents threatened to take his children if he didn’t cooperate. Christie says he wants to see if the agents or the police officers violated any laws.

• Meanwhile, Jersey City, N.J., Assemblyman Charles Mainor has come under criticism for two “likes” on his Facebook page. Mainor, a Democrat, liked “Big Booty Freaks” and “You Got Knocked the ---- Out.” The latter features videos of people getting knocked out, and the former, well, you can probably guess. When questioned by local media, Mainor at first denied liking the pages, then admitted that he did. But he said the only reason anyone was making an issue of it is because of his strong support for gun control.

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