"Shows for next fall, they've already been namin'
"CSI: Boise" and "Touched By An Uncle" both sound pretty lame'n"
-- "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Couch Potato"
It seems that one of the newest fads on the Internet is helping the media uncover the secrets of baffling mysteries, as Patterico did with the LA Times when they wondered about the motivations of the guy who shot up the Seattle Jewish Center (his answer, arrived at by deductive reasoning: because the shooter is a Muslim who hates Jews).
I figured there's no reason why we can't expand on this trend, and help the police answer crime-related questions that seem to be baffling them. I'll start with this case here in Boise:
The parents of an 11-year-old Boise boy shot in the stomach with a pellet gun Monday want a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting the gun charged with a crime. Boise police have sent the case to the Ada County prosecutors office for review.Hmmm, this is pretty curious. What could possibly cause a teenager to shoot his friend with a pellet gun when he's not mad at him? Could it be... I don't know... the fact that he's a teenage boy, and stupid stuff like that is what teenage boys do?
The 11-year-old was slightly injured by the pellets, which gave him welts on the abdomen, when his 15-year-old friend came over to show off his Airsoft pellet gun, police said. The boys are acquaintances and did not appear to arguing prior to the incident; it's unclear why the 15-year-old shot the younger boy, according to Boise police.
"The bottom line here is that this seems to be an intentional act," spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said Monday afternoon. "There is no report of a fight."
The Boise PD should should call me in to help them figure out a motive if they ever have a similar case, like teenage boys vandalizing a restroom in the mall on a Saturday night. I could totally help them figure it out.