We are a week from the start of the London Olympics, and the security company in charge is woefully understaffed. Britain is criticizing GS4 because they have trained only 4,000 security guards for the 444 million dollars given to make the world-sporting event safe. It sounds like England needs its own Batman. As the eyes of the world turn to London, the officials are calling in real military troops to help secure the venues. In the world of terror and Bains, Scotland Yard might have to unretire Sherlock Holmes for security and peace for our real-life superheroes.
Are the Olympics too big a sporting event for the modern era’s security concerns?
The Dark Knight finally comes to theaters today. Batman has come to capture the imagination of generations of Americans and since the first mega movie with Michael Keaton in 1989, he has solidified his crown as America’s #1 Superhero. Sorry Superman. I remember the shirts, mugs, and hats that were so popular the last summer of the 80s. Though the marketing is different today, the same excitement exists. Here are a few of my favorite Batman pieces from the Lunch Break: The New Batman Villain is Society’s Too, DC vs. Marvel: A Summer Movie Rivalry, The Killing Joke and Life’s Random Misfortunes, and Thank You Mr. Nolan for Dusting Off My Brain.
What was your favorite Batman movie and villain?
Finally, someone has given it to the villainous Parking Authority. For years I have been getting tickets because I refuse to pay the lot fees and well, I am pretty much lazy. But finally a judge is going to make PPA justify the tickets they give us innocent and benign citizens. Philadelphia Parking Authority has its day of reckoning and must allow 1) cross examination of their ticketeers, 2) the exact location of the vehicle, 3) requires the ticketeers to sign the violation (no more, I can’t do anything once I put it in the system) and finally, 4) and if a court upholds a given ticket, they must justify why. This swings the pendulum in the citizens’ direction and though you might not be able to fight City Hall, you soon might be able to win against the PPA. That is a shame. It was the best run organization in the city.
What is your worst ticket experience?