Law & Order, Human Garbage Unit

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In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups of garbage collectors: the police, who take out the human garbage, and the crown attorney, who locks it in the dump.

These are their stories.

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ZOMFG, Officer Bubbles lawyered up!??:

A Toronto police officer whose stiff upper lip made him an inadvertent YouTube sensation and a symbol of police heavy-handedness at the G20 protests has launched a $1.2-million defamation lawsuit against the website.

Constable Adam Josephs was nicknamed “Officer Bubbles” after a video surfaced of him online admonishing a young protester during the summit for blowing bubbles.

The target of Constable Josephs’s lawsuit isn’t the original video, but a series of cartoons posted on YouTube over the following weeks that depict a policeman resembling the officer engaging in various acts of police abuse of power.

Well after all, even a goddamn werewolf is entitled to legal counsel.

But this is a little silly:  the media is still calling Josephs “Officer Bubbles”, even as they report this story, which tells me that the news is being greeted with guffaws and hoots of derision all around.

I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I suspect Officer Bubbles’ attorney could have an exceedingly tough row to hoe, given the plaintiff’s own absurd turn as an overly enthusiastic cog in the supersized security machine at the G20 protests.  Police were already looking a little heavyhanded, more so now that so many of the protesters arrested without cause in what amounted to a law enforcement hippie-punching hullabaloo have been cleared. Josephs’ combative response to a little flake who was blowing bubbles at him so aggressively just screams and cries to be satirized. Watching the confrontation on video, I can almost hear the distant call… “Gentlemen! Start your ComicLife!”

Ironically, the latest episode in the Life & Times of Officer Bubbles, Human Garbage Unit, will probably unleash a whole new spate of creativity.  It takes more than a Nuisance Lawsuit to obstruct the flow of the Creative Process.

AFTERTHOUGHT: This lawsuit seems so asinine and foolish, I’m starting to wonder if its real purpose is to “out” the offending cartoonist to Officer Bubbles.  Hmmm…

5 Responses to “Law & Order, Human Garbage Unit”


  1. 1 Cornelius T. Zen Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    I’m betting that very few of you are old enough to remember Tom Lehrer. You just might remember Mark Russell. Now, Russell asked Lehrer why he had retired from performing satire. Lehrer said: When reality and satire cross each other on the spectrum of ludicrous, I’m out of a job.
    In times like these, we are all Will Rogers – CTZen

  2. 2 Gabriel Monday, October 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

    …I’ve always wanted to play a lawyer on TV.

    Bubbles’ Facebook quote: “Live life to the fullest and don’t forget to laugh along the way.” He’s still making me laugh, and it’s been like three months since he used his big-boy-outside voice on a kid armed with bubbles. This guy is a gift to us all.

  3. 3 Berlynn Monday, October 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Occifer Bubbles is a fuckwad through and through.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Berlynn, I believe you’re right!

  5. 5 Pax Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    “In 1945 and 1946, during the Nuremberg Trials the issue of Superior Orders again arose: These trials gained so much attention that the “Superior Orders defense” has subsequently become interchangeable with the label, “Nuremberg Defense.” This is a legal defense that essentially states that the defendant was “only following orders” (“Befehl ist Befehl”, literally “orders are orders”) and is therefore not responsible for his or her crimes.”

    Possibly Officer Bubbles was only doing his job? As much as I loathe the current inclination to compare every little thing we don’t like to the Nazi’s since I toured a camp as a young girl living in Germany way back in the good old days (choke) of the early ’60’s the ‘doing my job’ statement sets my teeth on edge.

    Is it just me or do others get the feeling we’re traveling backwards in time to, say, those fun filled ’50’s? Not the rock and roll, Rebel without a Cause ’50’s, but the nuke threat (Thank you, Castro, nice to see THAT back on the table), authority mad, danger Will Robbins, secret RCMP/FBI lists, wire tapping, where doom lurked around every corner and everyone who was ‘good’ knew their place ’50’s?

    Duck and cover, Baby, it’s going to be ANOTHER interesting ride. Damnit.


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