In a bizarre twist reminiscent of a "Simpson's" episode, some vandals here in South Jersey lopped off the head of a Civil War Statue.
Let's face it, this was no mean feat.
The statue is not a short one by any stretch of the imagination.
It's also made of concrete with the head estimated to weigh around 15 pounds.
Plenty of people are upset. The police chief has fronted $100 of his own money as part of a reward.
Okay so this isn't the first time someone decapitated a statue.
Maggie Thacther "lost her head". She even lived to see it.
Josef Stalin took a low haircut earlier this year.
Then they blew up what was left.
Wow, talk about pissed off.
Meanwhile, back in Bridgeton another statue, this time St. Teresa of Avila had her block knocked off for the second time in two years in 2009.
Ironically, St. Teresa is the Patron Saint of Headaches (among other titles).
I'm beginning to think someone in Bridgeton has a problem with statues.
Normally by now I'd be in a full blown rant.
After all, vandalism serves no purpose. This doesn't appear to be a protest of any kind. It looks to be just some mean spirited destruction.
Unfortunately I can't rant on this one. My own warped sense of humor finds decapitated statues pretty damned funny.
Not that I'd do something like that, nor do I condone that sort of behavior. One exception, if it's done to make a political statement or in protest. The First Amendment of the Constitution probably covers that in most cases. It doesn't mean you won't get a bill for repairs if caught.
Other than that it's been a quiet week around these parts.
That's a good thing.
Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.