Last year, the governor of Georgia asked his citizens to perform a rain dance to alleviate the drought in that state.
Now the mayor of Birmingham, AL, Larry Langford, has decided that the crime rate in his city is way too high, and that it’s time to try to look as though he’s doing something about it.
I suppose if it were me, I’d start by sitting down with the police to find out what they’re doing and what support they could use from the mayor’s office. And since the University of Alabama’s Department of Justice Sciences is conveniently located in town, I’d call them up and see what works in crime prevention. I bet the FBI or DOJ might be helpful, too: maybe they can recommend a few speakers, or send some brochures, or something.
But obviously Langford isn’t me, because his innovative solution is to dress up in a burlap bag and shout.
That’s quite clever, actually: when the criminals hear about this, they’ll be too busy laughing their socks off to resist arrest.
Either that, or Langford and a large number of people around him really are credulous superstitious fools who believe in magic. And yet somehow manage to function in 21st century society.